James Chabot Provincial Park
Located in the City of Invermere, James Chabot is a long day-use park on the shore of Lake Windermere. Popular with locals and as a rest area for travelers, this beach is an excellent place to spend any lazy afternoon. Please be advised that dogs and alcohol are not permitted at James Chabot Provincial Park.
Toilets: From May-September, James Chabot provides a flush toilet building accessible between the hours of 8am-8pm.
Drinking Water: Between May-September, James Chabot has a drinking fountain located on the outside of the toilet building.
Picnic Area: James Chabot’s large grassy lawn is speckled with numerous picnic tables making it the ideal location for eating al fresco.
Playground: James Chabot has a playground facility adjacent to the toilet building. A sandy beach volleyball court is also available for those who wish to play and provide their own ball/net.
Things to Do
Swimming: James Chabot is a popular swimming hot spot with a gentle incline extending into refreshing Lake Windermere. A concrete wheelchair accessible ramp also extends into the lake.
Wildlife Viewing: James Chabot has a 350m boardwalk that borders the adjacent marshland area.
Boating: While this park does not have a boat launch, it is acceptable for small man powered watercraft that can be launched from the shore such as canoes, paddleboards etc.
Fishing: There are several species of fish in Lake Windermere: Rainbow Trout, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee Salmon and Whitefish. Fishing licenses can be purchased and regulations read here: http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/
James Chabot Day Use is free for patrons to use. There is no overnight camping.
Photo Courtesy of Trish Croal
Key Rules to Know Before You Go
Pets: Dogs are not permitted at James Chabot Provincial Park.
Alcohol: Alcohol is not permitted at James Chabot Provincial Park.
For more information on park rules and regulations, you may check out the BC Parks Website here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/campingEthics.html
Campground Opening and Closing Dates
All campground opening, closing and charging dates are dependent on many factors (weather, water systems, etc.), as such they are approximate and may change without notice.
Photo Courtesy of Trish Croal
Things to do in the Area
The Village of Radium Hot Springs: Radium is about 15 minutes away from James Chabot. Activities to do in Radium include shopping, dining and more. http://www.radiumhotsprings.ca/
Radium Hot Springs: Located in Kootenay National Park, these large odorless springs are a must visit for tourists in the area. https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/promotion/sources-springs/radium
The City of Invermere: Invermere has numerous recreation activities and a vibrant arts culture. http://www.invermere.ca/
Fairmont Hot Springs: Another nearby hot spring hot spot, a 20 min drive will take you to Fairmont Hot Springs. Shopping, golf and of course the pools are popular with locals and tourists alike. https://www.fairmonthotsprings.com/
Golf: Numerous courses dot the landscape in the Columbia Valley. Plan your trip carefully as it will be hard to experience them all in one trip. http://www.invermere.ca/golf.php