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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park
Visitor Information

Mountain and lake weather can change rapidly; be prepared. Visitors should be aware that high winds can come up quickly.

Swimming in non-buoyed areas is dangerous due to boat traffic. There are NO LIFEGUARDS at James Chabot Park.

Park Contact Kootenay Park Services Ltd.
E-mail address: ekparks@telus.net
Phone: 1-250-422-3003

James Chabot Provincial Park

Please note:
  • As of June 13, 2013: The washroom building is currently closed due to a septic system issue. Temporary portable facilities will be in place commencing June 14th, until the issue is resolved.

About This Park

Nestled between the towering peaks of the Purcell and Rocky Mountains, this day-use area provincial park is situated at the north end of 15 kilometres long Windermere Lake.

A broad, sandy beach backed with open, grassy play areas offers pleasant surroundings for families who enjoy lakeshore recreation. Windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming are popular activities. There is an adventure playground and a volleyball court.

Park Size: 14 hectares
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Located 3 km off Highway 93/95 at the Invermere access road. The park is situated 2 km from Invermere town center.
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Nature and Culture

  • Cultural Heritage - The area now known as Althamer and the north end of Lake Windemere, were know to have sustained large numbers of First Nations encampments (pre-colonial Period). These settlements were frequented during salmon runs along the Columbia River. The runs are now extinct because of dams on the lower reaches of the river. The park is located within close proximity to the salmon beds along the Columbia River, known traditionally as “Kwataqnuk”, meaning “where the water leaves the lake”.
  • Conservation - The diversity of life and geography preserved in the nearby Columbia Wetlands offer spectacular canoeing, landscape viewing, wildlife and birding opportunities.
  • General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are paddling, canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park. Windermere Lake is a popular motor boating area; use caution.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

Fish species resident in Lake Windermere include trout (bull, rainbow, cutthroat), kokanee and whitefish. Anyone fishing in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Swimming

Swimming

There are swimming opportunities at this park. There are NO LIFEGUARDS on duty at provincial parks.
Waterskiing

Waterskiing

The lake provides excellent waterskiing opportunities. No boating is allowed inside the buoyed areas.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

A newly constructed 350 metre elevated boardwalk, allows pedestrians to view wildlife and appreciate the wetland within the park. The boardwalk is part of a initiative by the Columbia Rivers Greenways Alliance to link natural habitat and green spaces along the Columbia River. Here is a copy of the James Chabot Dragonfly Boardwalk Information Release [PDF 15KB] and copies of the Welcoming Sign [PDF 72KB] and Thank You Sign [PDF 82KB] .
Windsurfing

Windsurfing

The large open lake provides good opportunities for windsurfing.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Two cold water taps are located in the park and available during the operating season.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area with 40 picnic tables, 360 metres of sandy beach backed by a grassy area and 171 parking stalls.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Flush toilets and a change room are located adjacent to the parking lot.
Playground

Playground

There is a children's adventure playground at this park.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Washrooms, one picnic table and two parking stalls are wheelchair accessible. There is also a concrete ramp that provides access to the lake.