Invermere (incorporated May 22, 1951) is situated within the Columbia River Wetlands (one of North America’s largest intact wetlands) in the Rocky Mountain Trench on the northwest shore of Lake Windermere. Invermere’s local population is 2,955 (including surrounding Wilmer and Athalmer) though the total population of the Columbia Valley (including Canal Flats, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, and Regional District of East Kootenay Areas F and G) totals 8,490. A popular tourist destination, Invermere’s population soars to 40,000 during the summer where activities include boating, fishing, hiking, river rafting, zip lining and bungee jumping. There are more golf courses per capita in this valley than anywhere else in the Kootenay Rockies. In winter, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, downhill and heli skiing, and snowboarding are enjoyed before a relaxing soak in the local mineral pools are located to both the north and the south of the District of Invermere.