55 years ago (1959):
Plans for a 1959 Regatta, to be held at Lake Windermere on July 25th and 26th, were on their way after committee conveners were appointed at an organization meeting. The two-day event was to include a parade, water sports, boat races, aeroplane trips over the valley, fireworks and a dance.
50 years ago (1964):
A series of conferences to discuss hospitality were planned in the valley. The conferences were of one-day duration, and one was set to be held in Cranbrook on May 11th, 1959.
45 years ago (1969):
Two films were shown at the Toby Theater in Invermere on a Sunday evening for the Cancer Forum. The first film, “Million Dollar Club”, was a happy film about a million people who beat cancer and were then well and happy. The second film was, “The Choice”, filmed at Lake Lillian and at the Lake Windermere Lodge. The film was about a doctor who started cancer reseach as a means to save lives.
40 years ago (1974):
The Lake Windermere Players Theatre Company presented three one-act plays. This event took place at the Invermere Community Hall on April 20th. The plays ranged from comedic to subtle drama and provided an interesting and varied evening.
30 years ago (1984):
Construction was underway on the $2 million Wild Water Slide Park in Radium Hot Springs. The park was to have four major twister slides, one river run, two kiddie slides, twin bonzias, picnic and barbecue areas and lots of concession facilties. The park was located on 6.73 acres of land on the Drive-In Theater property, which was closed that summer.
20 years ago (1994):
The first ever cadets reunion was expected to bring 3,000 to 5,000 former cadets of all ages. The reunion was scheduled from July 22nd to 24th. The timing couldn’t have been better because there were rumours of the Vernon cadets camp shutting down that year.
10 years ago (2004):
The province was contributing $900,000 through the Habitat Conservation Fund for many types of wildlife and environmental enhancement projects. Also, $200,000 went to help the Nature Trust of British Columbia purchase the Hoodoo/Hoffert property near Fairmont Hot Springs.
5 years ago (2009):
About 14 David Thompson Secondary students raised money for starving children in third world countries by starving themselves for 27 hours. The students got pledges and camped out in the school theatre as a part of their pledge. They hoped to raise $1,500 for the Oxfam Hunger 4 Change initiative.