50 years ago (1965):
Waimere Developments Ltd. announced plans to spend $200,000 to develop part of Athalmer sitting on the shores of Lake Windermere into a major tourist attraction. The plans included a 70-passenger paddlewheel riverboat, a large marina, a public beach and a picnic area. The boat was to have made four to eight 1.5-hour tours of the lake each day.
40 years ago (1975):
The Windermere Valley ski club hosted Panorama Mountain Resort’s first international race, drawing 143 racers to a GS (Giant Slalom) race. The event was organized by Grant Costello, John Nairn, and Pat and Bonnie Bavin.
30 years ago (1985):
Wilmer suffered a major water shortage, resulting in watering restrictions. The community’s gravity-fed water system was running empty by 9 a.m. for residents at higher elevations. Those at lower elevations appeared unaffected.
20 years ago (1995):
The Seel Forests Products sawmill in Edgewater burned to the ground in a raging fire, leaving 40 people temporarily out of work. The blaze was likely sparked by a welder’s torch and burned the entire building to the ground in less than 20 minutes. Constructing the building took 50 years.
10 years ago (2005):
A group of about 30 Copper Point Golf Course neighbours gathered at the course’s maintenance shed to voice their concern about the club’s plan to build a large fence around its perimeter. Course managing partner Ron Mason said the club’s insurance company required the fence. Neighbours voiced doubts on the fence’s necessity for insurance purposes.