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.
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.
Wheelchair Parking and Bathrooms - Downtown Invermere
Participating Chamber Businesses
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...
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.
Invermere Home Hardware
The Home Hardware is located just as you come in to town from Windermere, right across from Kicking Horse Coffee. People can come to the Hardware and find different tools for any sort of project they may be working on, weather it be indoor or outdoor.
The Columbia Valley Chamber
The Chamber of Commerce is the place to go for tourists to go to check out all the services our beautiful valley has to offer. The ladies there were very approachable, and they were very willing to have a conversation with us about how to best provide service to customers coming into their office who may have struggles with mobility, or other challenges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Rainbow Donkey Kids Clothing
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.
Participating Non- Chamber Businesses
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.
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.
Outdoor Trails and Spaces
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