Accessibility Information

Access the Valley

Welcome to Access the Valley, a community initiative supported and locally funded by the CV Foundation and the Greenways Trail Alliance. Our goal is to visit  local venues and take pictures, descriptions and videos of accessible features of each place and promote them  here and on the Greenways Trail Alliance. We are aiming to  provide information to tourists and residents with mobility restrictions.  Businesses will be added as they are reviewed. 

Who are we?

Cassy and Kate are both long time local residents who both benefit from  having accessibility in the valley. Kate was born with Cerebral Palsy, and either uses a electric wheelchair to get around independently, or uses the assistance of another person to help her walk. Cassy's challenges are by proxy with the recent injury of her husband after a ski accident left him with a spinal cord injury in 2015. Our unique and varied experiences help us to view the businesses we use with different eyes.

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Did you know....?

Kinsmen Beach located in downtown Invermere, has a beach wheelchair available free of charge on a first come first serve basis. Just contact Penny or Max at  columbiariverpaddle.com who run the local concessions for access. The rental desk that will get the chair out of storage is there most of the summer hours. Summer hours to be posted soon.

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Did you know....?

Local Parapelegic Tanelle Bolt has started the "RAD society". This society purchases and loans adaptive sporting equipment to people with diverseabilities in the valley, so they can participate in sports that they might have otherwise not of had the chance to. Right now, they have equipment like a adaptive trike, that give people who don't have use of their legs, the chance to go biking on a variety of terrain, and a stand up golfer.  Let the RAD society introduce you to the world of sports, turning something that you  may have thought to be impossible to possible.  Tanelle is very determined to get more adaptive sports available in the valley, so keep up to date with her journey through her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/theRADSociety/

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My family and I have donated our wheelchair accessible van to the Columbia House, through it Columbia House Enhancement Society, that helps enhance the lives of seniors and people in the valley who may have mobility restrictions.  This van is open to anyone that needs it. Go by the Columbia House (850 10th Ave Invermere, British Columbia) and get in touch with Darla to sign out the van for your choice of period of time. For your 1st time using the van, go by, sign up and bring your drivers license and your RoadStar Assistance. Let "Kate's Van" help expand your surrounding, and give you a sense of freedom in the Columbia Valley.

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A couple of years ago, Elieen Madson Primary School(EMP) got its first accessible playground... and... if that doesn’t make you smile... the story around it just might...There was a girl in Grade 3 who had noticed a boy in her school who was in a wheelchair and  who couldn’t play on the playground like she and her friends could... and she didn’t like that... SO... for her birthday party.. she decided not to take presents, but donations for an accessible playground that her friend could play on. Kids, parents, and the staff of EMP thought that was an amazing idea, and they wanted to back her up. EMP searched for grants, local and others to help fund this project and in the spring of 2013, the playground was up and ready to play on. It has a disk swing that is easy for kids with mobility challenges to get on, and a playground that is wheelchair/walker friendly. This is such an important asset in our valley that all kids are welcome and they all deserve to play!! Way to go EMP! You are a very “special place”indeed

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Did you know....?

Smith and Anderschuck has a big flight of stairs to get up to its offices, however, they do have a little side room that my chair can go in for quick meetings or to sign paperwork.  It may not be the most accessible building, but the staff are always thoughtful and want to help in any way they can! They suggest you call ahead so they can open the door for you!

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Did you know?

The Valley Fitness Center now has a portable ramp to assist people who use mobility devices up on the second level. This helps me,  as I usually bring my chair to the gym when I go by myself, to the equipment for safety or if I can sit and do an exercise.  The staff at Valley Fitness are very friendly, happy to see me, and willing to help me with anything! I need!

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Wheelchair Parking and Bathrooms - Downtown Invermere

Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce

We feel so supported by the Chamber about our project. When talking with the staff, we could feel how excited they were about.  The Chamber of Commerce is where tourists come for information about the valley and they provide business and marketing support for local businesses.  The chamber wants to satisfy all visitors to the valley, and encourage them to come back. They have made significant investments in accessibility to the Chamber offices and conference area, with 3 accessible spots, the have lowered counters and invested in great accessible public bathrooms. We acknowledge and appreciate the Chamber of Commerce for your support of Access the Valley and investing in accessible features.

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Businesses Reviewed-

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Community Spaces

Copper Point Golf Club and The Ridge at Copper Point

Cassy and I enjoyed our visit to Copper Point Golf Club and the Ridge at Copper Point. It was a beautiful day to eat lunch on their inviting patio, and look out at their goergous and vast golf course.

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Invermere Library and Community Center

This year, both the library and the Community  Hall moved to a bigger building, which gives people more space to move around. This space seems to attract many people, young children coming to participate  in story time,  and older  people checking out books, or to use the computer.   This new big, bright space has large windows letting the sunlight in. 

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The Mountain Hub

The Invermere Hub is a new business that has come to town this summer. It acts as a quiet space for people to come and set up "office" at a desk with their computer and work. You rent a desk space for a certain amount of time, bring your laptop, and a lunch ( there is a small kitchen with a fridge, sink and dishes), and stay for a few hours. They have free coffee and tea available. What more could you ask for?

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The Movement Company

For anybody who wants to learn how they can move better, pay Patti a visit. You will be so happy you did! Everybody should know Patti! 

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Pharmasave

This building is relatively new, about 7 or 8 years old, and hold a Doctors office, Drug store, physio clinic, medical supplies store and a hearing clinic.

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Pynelogs Arts and Cultural Centre

Pynelogs, a historical building that used to be a hospital and then a home for people with diverseabilities is now an art gallery that shows some pretty impressive art from local artists. They have many art shows throughout the year, and, even have started holding movie nights for movies, short films and documentaries.

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Radium Visitor Centre

The Radium Visitor Centre is very interesting. Thanks again to Brittany for spending time with us, and showing us around. We really appreciate it. To get information on our beautiful valley, or to get a fun educational time with kids, pay them a visit.   

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Valley Hair Styling

Come in for a haircut, a perm, some hair colouring, or a tan. You'll be impressed!

 

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Hotels

Copper Point Resort

This is quite an upscale hotel, that looks out over a majestic view of a golf course...

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Kanata Hotel

I was very impressed with the Kanata Hotel; how nice it looked, and how many accessibility featured they offered, and how courteous the person at the front desk, Sally Davis, was.

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Restaurants and Coffee Shops

 

Circle Cafe and Health Foods

Circle Café and Health Foods is a cozy café located right beside one of Downtown Invermere's local grocery stores, AG Valley Foods. It's located in a little nook called Fraters Landing and is a fun and social place to have a coffee and treat  or lunch.

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Copper City Saloon

If you are feeling like pizza, and a good time with friends, come have dinner at Copper City Salloon

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Gerry's Gelati's

Gerry’s is very popular for its delicious homemade gelato, and since the new owners took over, they have added other delicious items to their menus such as sweet and savoury waffles, lunch wraps, sausage rolls, cookies, and my favourite, cookie dough bars

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Huckleberry's Family Restaurant

All in all, Huckeberries is a very nice restaurant to come to with the family, or a group of friends to share a quick meal on the way in or out of town.

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Invermere Bakery

Many people that come to Invermere, stop by to visit our famous bakery. The bakery seems to be the hang out place for both locals and tourists in town. People enjoy coming in to relax and have coffee and a treat with a friend, our stopping to pick up a locally made goods. In the summer time, or during the holidays, the Bakery can be jammed packed...

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The Invermere Station Neighboorhood Pub

The Station Neighboorhood Pub has a gorgeous view as it looks right over Invermere's Kinsmen Beach.  In the winter, people can eat inside by a window seat and watch skaters go by on our famous Whiteway, and, in the summer,  they can sit outside, on a large, wrap around deck and enjoy a beer and the sight of kids and families playing down by our pristine Lake Windermere. 

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Kicking Horse Coffee

My mom and I made one of our accessibility visits here as it one of our favorite coffee shops to go to. Kicking Horse is a very trendy place to have a hot drink and tasty treats. You can  find Kicking Horse as you drive into town, on the right hand side besides a big grocery store called No Frills.  Kicking Horse is unique as its organic coffee is brewed locally,  and its  free trade brand started in Invermere. 

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Kootenay Coffee Works

If you are new to the valley, or, if you are like me, and have lived here forever, but just never have checked Kootenay Coffee Works out, stop by and have a treat. You never know, it might just be your new favourite snack stop.

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Oriental Palace

Feelin’ like Chinese Food? This would be a good option 

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Outdoor Trails and Spaces

Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena

Hockey fans, if you are touring around our in off seasons, and are dying to get on the ice, come to Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena for a skate!

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Dorothy Lake Trail

My mom and I often enjoy walking on this peaceful trail...

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Lake Windermere Whiteway

The Whiteway is another spot that puts Invermere on the map! It's so famous that in 2014, it was put in the Guinness World Book of Records for being the longest skating rink (30km in total). 

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Radium Hot Springs Pools

My friend Crissanna and I really enjoyed our swim in the magnificent Radium Hot Springs Pools. We felt like we were one with the nature, as we were nestled in the mountains. It is a very popular tourist attraction, as it is one of the first stops people come across as their driving into the valley.

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The Westside Legacy Trail

A couple of years ago, the Greenways Trail Alliance had a vision that one day there would be a trail that would connect Invermere and Fairmont, making it possible for the many avid outdoors people to be able to walk or bike between the two communities, the hope being that it would help further promote active lifestyles for everyone here

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Shopping

Canadian Tire

Canadian Tire is great for buying tools and sporting equipment! Great to get around! Great staff! I remember Invermere being excited when we got one, and now we do so come by and check it out!

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Cold Beer and Wine Store

Need to go for a quick beer run? Stop by the Cold Beer and Wine Store

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Elemental Cycle

Elemental cycle, the local bike shop, which is also located in Parkside Place, sells bikes and biking and outdoor sports equipment.  People can come by Elemental Cycle if their bikes need fine tuning, or they need  something fixed on them.

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Evolve Fine Used Furnishings

Maxine and Spring have done a great job with this store. They have made it hip and modern, with quality furniture for people to buy. Well done ladies! Pop by and see what they have in store.  

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Her Republic

Lots of teens and young adults  enjoy shopping here for clothes; my sister included

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Inside Edge Boutique and Sports Store

The Inside Edge Boutique and Sports Store is a little store, located in a little corner  right across from the Circle Café and, our big blue grocery store, AG (Associated Grocers) Foods.  It sells both sporting equipment, and sheik clothing.

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Inspire Flowers

Both these stores are popular shopping destinations. If your looking for somewhere nice to shop for a couple hours, why don’t you start with these? You might be in them for a while!

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Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Thrift sthop

Every 1st Wednesday of each month the thrift store closes off to most of the public, but lets in people who have mobility challenges, making it easier for them to shop and move around. The volunteers are great role models inclusion with that, as well as donating proceeds to make spaces in our town more accessible, such as the Splash Park at Kinsmen Beach and the Community Hall and Library. Thank you Ladies Auxiliary for your effort in inclusion and accessibility in our valley. We really appreciate it.

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Joes No Frills

Stop by No Frills on your way to town. They have all you need for prices that just can't be beat

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Om Organics

Om Organics has gotten quite popular lately, especially as a lot of people have recently gotten into diffusers and organics creams! It’s a lovely place to shop around! It smells SO nice in there!

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Pharmasave

This building is relatively new, about 7 or 8 years old, and hold a Doctors office, Drug store, physio clinic, medical supplies store and a hearing clinic.

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Rainbow Donkey

Rainbow Donkey is a fun place for the whole family to shop in, and is quite spacious to move around in. If you around town, looking for a place to shop with kids in tow, or looking for a kids birthday, or a baby shower presents, give this store a try.

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Sobeys Grocery Store

Sobeys is a chain grocery store in Canada, which used to be known as IGA(Independent Grocers Alliance).

In Invermere, tourists spot Sobeys as one of the first big stores they see up on a hill as they drive in to town.

Sobeys is a big space to move around in, and has friendly staff that offer great customer service.  They are very much involved  in their community, as they donate food  to different causes around town.

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Three Bears Gift Shop

Three Bears Gift Shop  is a cute and popular store that has lots of beautifully made signs, furniture, knickknacks, and items featuring bears, located in Parkside Place.  I could see people who are coming into  the valley, and looking for some nice shopping spending a bit of time in this store! 

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Village Arts

Its amazing what talent stems from a small town, but there is so much here in our valley, especially artistic talent, and you can check it all out here!

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