|Paddling on Lake Lillian, Invermere|
We usually drive north to visit family for Canadian Thanksgiving in October but this year we thought it fitting to return to the Radium Hotsprings and Invermere area across the border in BC for one final "play-cation" this fall. We had started the season here at Easter, and wanted to wrap up the "warm weather season" with some of the same friends we'd biked and paddled with in April.
|Thanksgiving in Invermere, Columbia Valley|
We spent three fun-filled days biking, paddling, hiking, playing and soaking in the hot pools in Radium Hotsprings, and even doing some outdoor art.
|Celebrating an Outdoor Thanksgiving in the Columbia Valley|
Paddling, Biking and Outdoor Art on Lake Lillian
Lake Lillian is located just outside of Invermere on the Toby Creek Road that goes up to the Panorama Mountain Resort. We like to paddle here because the water is calm, sheltered, and safe for the kids.
|Learning to Kayak on Lake Lillian|
|Beginner Kayaking on the lake|
|Great Family Paddling on Lake Lillian|
|Flashback to Easter this year at Lake Lillian|
|Easter at Lake Lillian - and yes, that was ice!|
The lake is a fun place to spend the day because there are fire pits and picnic tables with mountain bike trails across the road. At Easter we had the children color Easter Eggs, and at Thanksgiving they painted pumpkins. Both times, we did some mountain biking and had a fire while there as well.
|Pumpkin and Gourd Painting for Thanksgiving|
|Bringing Art Outside|
|Coloring Eggs at Easter|
|Outdoor Art at Easter at Lake Lillian|
To read about our mountain biking adventures at Lake Lillian over the Thanksgiving weekend, read my previous story: Autumn Mountain Biking in the Columbia Valley.
|Mountain Biking on the trails at Lake Lillian at Thanksgiving|
|Easter biking at Lake Lillian|
|Even the youngest in our group bikes at Lake Lillian|
Returning to Ski on Lake Lillian
It won't be long before we're back out at Lake Lillian skiing and skating this winter. The Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club maintains a ski loop on the lake for recreational x-country use over the cold months in the valley. We skied here with the kids last New Year's and hope to be back this year again.
|Skiing on Lake Lillian last December|
|Family-friendly skiing on Lake Lillian|
|Skating on the lake|
I'd love to hear if you have favourite places you always visit in the Invermere area. Like most Calgarians, we love making the trek west to find warm sunny weather in the warm Columbia Valley, and we're always looking for new places to check out.