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Kinsmen Beach amenity building gets CBT supportPosted: April 26, 2012

From swimmers and kayakers to cross-country skiers and skaters, Invermere residents and visitors have made Kinsmen Beach on Lake Windermere a year-round destination. A new amenity building will soon better service these users, supported in part by $200,000 from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

The building will replace the current washrooms and concession, which are open only in summer, while providing additional space for equipment rentals and small gatherings. The end result will be a facility that can support year-round use by individuals, host small events and provide a venue for larger outdoor events. The project total will come to over $686,000.

“Since the development of the Whiteway in 2008, Kinsmen Beach has become the prime year-round venue for outdoor community activities,” said Gerry Taft, Mayor, District of Invermere. “The new amenity building will increase the enjoyment of those wishing to experience Lake Windermere and the recreational and social benefits it provides.”


The building will integrate eco-friendly building practices. For example, water will be heated by the sun and grey water will be used for irrigation. The goal is to be energy efficient, be carbon neutral and minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Kinsmen Beach Amenity Building will be an all-season facility that encourages health and wellness through outdoor activities,” said Katherine Hamilton, CBT Community Liaison. “It will also highlight sustainable building practices.”

CBT delivers social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit or call 1.800.505.8998.

Above photo: Columbia Basin Trust is supporting the construction of the Kinsmen Beach Amenity Building. From left to right: Katherine Hamilton, CBT Community Liaison; Gerry Taft, Invermere Mayor; and Wendy Booth, CBT Board Member and Regional District of East Kootenay Area F Director.


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