THE CENTER
IS NOW OPEN

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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, our new Centre has been built with the same spirit.

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Are you part of the Dream?

The Centre will have 228 retractable theatre-style seats. 85 seats are available for sponsorship, and each sponsored Seat will feature a metal plaque with your name or the name of the person you wish to honour. The cost to Sponsor a Seat is $1,000. Click for more details!

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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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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 has been replaced.

After 70 years our Lake Windermere Memorial hall has been replaced. The Columbia Valley Centre replaces the existing 4000 square foot building with a new 17000 square foot multi-use facility, the Columbia Valley Centre, that includes a 7000 square foot main room capable of banquet seating for 500 people. This main room includes 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 also includes 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.

There are 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 hold their activities there.

THE CENTRE IS NOW OPEN!

The new Columbia Valley Centre in Invermere is now officially open, replacing the previous Community Hall which first opened in 1946. The new facility accommodates functions and small conventions of up to 500 people; houses the library; and provides a gathering place for residents. Installation of the main hall divider, sound and A/V equipment, pipe grid, curtains and retractable seating and completion of the kitchen will occur over the next several months.

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 $1,052,000 from fundraising to November 30, 2017, the construction of the Centre is now fully funded. 85 of the 228 retractable seats are still available for sponsorship.

70 Years
70 years ago the community of Invermere built us a community centre to meet, celebrate and come together.
Opened 2017
Now we are returning the favour. The NEW Columbia Valley Centre is now open.
$9.7 Million
The new Columbia Valley Centre has cost $9.7 Million, mostly raised through municipal and federal funds, and grants.
Everyone
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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