June 2007 — Many backcountry lakes in the Columbia Valley were teeming with fish. The spring fishing season was going well as these two boys found out while visiting Cartwright Lake

June 2007 — Many backcountry lakes in the Columbia Valley were teeming with fish. The spring fishing season was going well as these two boys found out while visiting Cartwright Lake

Remember When? (June 6, 2012)

A look back at what's happened in the Columbia Valley over the last 50 years.

50 years ago: Windermere District residents were being urged to come out for weekend polio vaccine clinics. Local health authorities were hoping to see a 100 per cent turn out of the population for the free clinics.

45 years ago: Hospital extension plans were well underway after meetings with government architects. It was concluded that short of building a new building, a better design for the current hospital was nearly impossible.

35 years ago: A young man was in hospital after a hang gliding accident on Mt. Swansea. Francois Christian Marechal was hang gliding with friends when he reportedly tripped during take-off and dove into the side of Mt. Swansea before plunging down the mountainside.

20 years ago: A Calgary development company was proposing a new grocery store to be built on the site of the Invermere alternate school, home to the Windermere Valley Childcare Society. However, sale of the property was conditional on specific roadway concerns of the District of Invermere.

15 years ago: Invermere council gave the okay for part of 7th Avenue in downtown Invermere to become a one-way street. Council decided that it was time to decide if a new traffic system would be beneficial for downtown businesses, and so the trial period began with mixed opinions.

10 years ago: Invermere Home Hardware celebrated an expansion, with an official chain-cutting ceremony hosted by co-owners Al and Don Miller. The retailer celebrated with free cake for the public, as they had just completed an expansion that gave them more space for paint and a patio and outdoor centre.

5 years ago: In an attempt to diminish the “traffic chaos” that had become to corner of 4th Street and 10th Avenue, the District of Invermere agreed to rent public land to the property owners so that a parking lot could be constructed. The lot was to service Chisel Peak and Pothole Park.

 

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