group-shot-september-2016Lake Windermere Fall Shoreline Clean up Results
September 25, 2016

Learn more about the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean up.

Cleanup Summary
Weight (in kilograms) 40
# of Trash Bags Filled 7
# of Recycling Bags Filled 2
# PEOPLE  28
Litter Items TOTAL
Cigarette Butts 694
Food Wrappers 74
Take out Containers (plastic) 19
Take out Containers (foam) 2
Bottle Caps (plastic) 48
Bottle Caps (metal) 32
Lids (plastic) 16
Straws, Stirrers 28
Forks, Knives, Spoons 5
Beverage Bottles (plastic) 19
Beverage Bottles (glass) 59
Beverage Cans 50
Grocery Bags (plastic) 9
Other Plastic Bags 32
Paper Bags 50
Cups & Plates (paper) 38
Cups & Plates (plastic) 12
Cups & Plates (foam) 5
Condoms 1
Diapers 0
Syringes 0
Tampons/Tampon Applicators 1
6-Pack Holders 4
Other Plastic, Foam packaging 111
Other Plastic bottles (oil, bleach, etc.) 4
Strapping Bands 15
Tobacco Packaging/Wrappers 19
Appliances (refrigerators, washers, etc) 0
Balloons 4
Batteries 2
Cigar Tips 21
Cigarette Lighters 2
Clothing, Shoes 28
Construction Materials 60
Fireworks 17
Tires 5
Toys 20
Fishing Buoys, Pots & Traps 1
Fishing Line (1 yard/metre = 1 piece) 1
Fshing Lures/Light Sticks 2
Fishing Net & Pieces 6
Rope (1 yard/metre = 1 piece) 17
Tiny Trash less than 2.5 cm  
Foam Pieces 75
Glass pieces 127
Plastic Pieces 262
Litter Items of Local Concern
Item 1 – Misc. paper (not listed) 37
Item 2 – Misc. metal (not listed) 15
Item 3 – Dog poop 2
Item 4 – Band-aids (not listed) 4
Item 5 – Bear poops! 2
Most Unusual Items Found
bullet casing 1
large metal piece 1
spray paint 1


No Litter Left Behind in Shoreline Cleanup


On Saturday, September 20th, a group of dedicated local residents set out on a mission to scour the water’s edge at Kinsmen Beach and James Chabot Provincial Park for litter of all shapes and sizes.  Due to their proximity to flowing waterways, shorelines are particularly vulnerable to harmful effects of litter, which can alter sensitive ecosystem functions and critical habitat for both land-based and aquatic wildlife. Protecting, restoring and enhancing the quality of the shoreline to improve ecosystem functioning is an important objective set out in the Lake Windermere Management Plan. Lake Windermere is also a source for drinking water, and what goes into the lake has direct implications for human health and safety.


Shoreline Stewards - Invermere's Kinsmen shoreline is free of debris thanks to local volunteers who took part in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup September 20th. The bi-annual clean-up organized by Lake Windermere Ambassadors as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF and the largest direct action conservation program in Canada. Tens of thousands of Canadians band together every September to fight shoreline litter by recording what types of litter are found and taking informed action to prevent pollution at its source. Most of the litter items found each year fall into the category of recreational activities, created by outdoor events like picnics and festivals where things like food wrappers, plastic bags and beverage containers are left behind, forgotten or blown away in the wind. For information on shoreline cleanups happening across Canada, check out

The image to the right captures volunteers collecting data on the number of types of litter removed from Kinsmen Beach. In a single morning, thanks to an awesome crew, our local shorelines were relieved of many harmful litter items, such as small stray pieces of glass, over 50 cans, and more than 400 cigarette butts!  Volunteers also found some unusual items like metal pipe, nail clippers, a glittery hat, and fishing line.

A big thank you goes out to Tim Hortons in Invermere for their generous donation of delicious sandwiches and Timbits to reward and re-fuel our fantastic team!

For additional information, or to find out how you can support the work of Lake Windermere Ambassadors, please e-mail us at or call the office at (250) 341-6898.




Lake Windermere Summer Splash: August 10th

Thanks to the Columbia Basin Trust and BC Parks Foundation for supporting this fun, free community event! The Summer Splash was a huge success, bringing members of the community together in celebration of our wonderful Lake.

The annual Lake Windermere Summer Splash (formerly known as the Regatta) celebrates Lake Windermere and the people who care about it. With a theme of “Lake Fun, Lake Friends and Lake Smarts”, the event celebrates reasons to love the lake through beach and water competitions, and then teaches people how to protect the lake with lake stewardship education activities.

Summer Splash activities have included a sailboat race, swimming races, watershed sand art, sailing and kayaking races, beach volleyball and the increasingly popular sport of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).  Come on down to the Summer Splash and you’ll also get to enjoy “Edu-tainment”  with “fishing for facts,” “how dirty is my water?,” “lake trivia”, and a “find the invasive muscles” activity.