Mt. Swansea launch
Mt. Swansea – Invermere

In 1924, Mt. Swansea was established as a B.C. Forest Service look out. A lookout structure was constructed in 1952 and removed in 1992. Follow this “Out of the Past” link to find out why this mountain is called Mt. Swansea


From the crossroads of Invermere and Hwy 93/95 travel south app. 2.7 km to Windermere Loop Road.Turn left and cross Swansea Road. Travel 3.2 km where a left turn will take you over the Westroc Gypsum Mine Haul Road onto the signed Mt. Swansea Forest Service Road. Note that the Westroc Road is closed to public traffic. Give the right of way to industrial traffic. After 5 km the steep Mt. Swansea Road terminates at the parking area and trailhead. The road is graded to accommodate high clearance 2WD vehicles. However, extreme caution must be used, especially in passing oncoming traffic, since the road is very narrow with numerous switchbacks. Drive carefully with headlights on.

Mt. Swansea south launch
Trail Description

From the parking area this short steep trail leads to the summit of Mt. Swansea – a hike of 15 minutes. The one-half (.5) kilometer trail gains 105 m in elevation and leads to exhilarating panoramic views of the Columbia Valley, lying almost 1000m below the summit.

Mt. Swansea Summit Launch Sites

  • Northwest launch allows about 3 wings to set up and is ideal for afternoon and evening flights. There is also has a wooden ramp for hang gliders.
  • South launch allows about 2 wings to set up and works most of the time in the mornings. This side has a narrow metal ramp for Hang Gliders.


At the field beside the Windermere Water & Sewer Company utility building along the Windermere Loop Road (right below Mt. Swansea). There is a windsock in the middle of the field.
HAPC insurance and a P2 or H2 rating is required.


 Mt. Swansea Webcam and Wind Meter


West view of Mt. Swansea

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South view of Mt. Swansea

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2013 Wind meter, Webcam and launch site improvements

Project funded by:

  • Recreation Sites and Trails BC
  • Columbia Basin Trust (25% of whole project)
  • Western Economic Diversification Canada (50% of whole project)

With the help of Columbia Valley Cycling Society, Valley Chamber of CommerceMinistry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (Aina Cernenoks),lot of volunteer time of the local pilotsLake Windermere Pointe (Webcam tower) and M & H Logging (for groundwork). Recognition for assistance is also due to District of Invermere, Regional District of East Kootenay