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Help outfit the Columbia Valley Centre with a STATE OF ART PROJECTOR & RETRACTABLE SCREEN. Sign up and vote from October 11-28th.


Vote for us in the Aviva Community Fund by October 28th!

As of October 22 our project has received over 17,700 votes, but we still need more – let’s try to reach 20,000 votes! With 6 days to go please vote for our project, if you haven’t already, and encourage other family members and friends to vote as well.

In December, 30 Communities across Canada will share $1,000,000 in Grants from the Aviva Community Fund. Anyone can register and then VOTE from Oct 11 to Oct 28.

It is very EASY – Here‘s HOW:

  1. Register with the Aviva Community Fund
  2. Vote by October 28th!
  3. Search ‘Invermere’ or ‘Projector’ to find our project or click here
  4. You will have 18 votes – You can use them all on one visit  – PLEASE use all 18 for our IDEA
  5. You do not have to be a resident of our area so PLEASE forward to all of your contacts.

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Something for Everyone

The new Columbia Valley Centre has been designed with multiple user groups in mind. The current hall was built to accommodate our growing community and 70 years later, we are building a new centre with the same spirit.

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Upcoming Events

Local Food for Local Projects, a fundraising dinner at Eagle Ranch on October 14, 2016 supporting the Columbia Valley Centre and the Westside Legacy Trail. Tickets are $75 each, only 150 available.

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Show your support and leave your legacy by donating or by purchasing naming rights to various components of the new Columbia Valley Centre.

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One step closer to a new Community Centre!

piggyYou can be a part of the new home for recreation, the arts, and the Invermere Public Library, by donating to the new Columbia Valley Centre. Poised to be a centre for the whole community, your support will go a long way in making the Columbia Valley a destination we can all be proud of.

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What's the Vision?

What is the Columbia Valley Centre

pointerThe new Columbia Valley Centre, with a flexible auditorium space and library, forms a civic destination reinforcing the pedestrian route through the town. This public space sequence culminates in a new civic plaza and roof patio with views of the distant mountains on all sides.

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The place where our community comes together

After 70 years our Lake Windermere Memorial hall is being replaced.

After 70 years our Lake Windermere Memorial hall is being replaced. The Columbia Valley Centre is replacing the existing 4000 square foot building with a new 17000 square foot multi-use facility, the Columbia Valley Centre, that will include a 7000 square foot main room capable of banquet seating for 500 people. This main room will include retractable theatre seating, a central stage and a screen to accommodate live performances, movies and presentations. A sliding divider will allow the room to be split for simultaneous events. The Centre will also include a commercial kitchen, a large lobby/meeting space, a new library, and a spectacular roof top patio with breathtaking panoramic views of our mountain ranges. Construction has started and is slated for completion late Summer 2017.

There will be dozens of uses for the new Centre, from weddings to conferences, from live theatre and music to sporting events, from children’s events to meetings, as well as the regular day to day groups, such as the library, that will hold their activities there. 

Construction has started!

Work has begun on the new Columbia Valley Centre in Invermere. Once completed, the new facility will be able to accommodate functions and small conventions of up to 500 people; house the library; and provide a gathering place for residents. The building is projected to open to the public in Summer 2017, replacing the previous Community Hall which first opened in 1946.

Your dollars, your community

The $9.7 million project will receive $2 million through the federal Gas Tax Fund. In addition, the Columbia Basin Trust will provide $500,000; the Regional District of East Kootenay $625,000 over five years; and the District of Invermere will provide $5.6 million. With $8.725 million from these secured funds and $251,000 from fundraising to date, another $744,000 is still needed.

70 Years
70 years ago the community of Invermere built us a community centre to meet, celebrate and come together.
Opens 2017
Now that it's 2016 we are returning the favour. The NEW Columbia Valley Centre is set to open in Summer 2017.
$9.7 Million
The new Columbia Valley Centre will cost $9.7 Million, mostly through grants and federal funds.
Everyone is welcome at new Columbia Valley Centre, a place to gather for the entire valley.

The only way to make this happen is to take action!

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