Programs & Scholarships for Columbia Valley Youth

Lake Windermere Rod and Gun 

The Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club offers a variety of FREE programs and events to encourage Columbia Valley children and teens to pursue outdoor activities, including:

  • children’s air rifle program
  • family-friendly fishing events
  • ice fishing hut rentals (no charge)
  • annual “largest fish” contest
  • archery practice sessions


The Club also offers an annual scholarship to a graduating DTSS student.


Children’s Air Rifle Program

The Club offers an educational and fun air rifle program to all Valley youth (ages 5-15) at no charge. 

From January through March, youth are taught how to handle a gun, marksmanship, and proper firearm safety. 

These sessions usually run in the evening, from 7-9pm in a large, indoor space.

If you would like to participate, please contact Danny McLaughlin at 250-342-9230 or


Family-friendly fishing events in the Columbia Valley

The Club hosts family fishing days every year, providing equipment and personal instruction:

  • January: Family Fishing Adventure Day (members only), Lake Windermere.
  • February: Family Fishing Adventure Day (members & non-members), Lake Lillian.
  • June (Father’s Day): BC Family Fishing Weekend (members & non-members), Lake Lillian.

Check our events calendar for upcoming events.

Ice fishing huts available to members

The Club maintains two ice fishing huts for member use: one on Lake Windermere, and one on Lake Lillian. These huts are equipped with wood stoves.

If you are a club member and would like to book a hut for the day, please contact Bernie or Chris Raven at Maxwell Realty: 250-341-6044.

Annual “largest fish” contest

Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club members of all ages and levels are invited to enter their largest catches in the Club’s annual fishing awards competition. For more details, click here.


Archery range

The Club often offers assistance, unofficial training and the use of club equipment on designated days and times at the archery range in the spring and summer to encourage beginner archers. For more information, please contact Time Baes at


The Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club offers an annual $1,000 scholarship to a graduating student of DTSS (our local high school) for the best essay on a topic related to wildlife, conservation and/or the environment. 

This scholarship is open to graduating students living in Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Wilmer, Panorama, Radium Hot Springs, Edgewater, and elsewhere in the Columbia Valley Regional District.

Details are available at David Thompson Secondary School.