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Visitors Choice ’

Castlegar British Columbia

2011

Official Community Guide to Castlegar

14th Edition

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www.clubelement.ca

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Food & Beverage in Castlegar

Open from 11am Mon-Sat Reservations 250.365.8066

292 Columbia Avenue • Downtown Castlegar

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Generating more than power...

Brilliant Dam and Expansion, near Castlegar Columbia Power may be a small local company, but we have lots of experience when it comes to managing the construction of hydro-electric projects. Over the past ten years, we’ve managed construction on behalf of our partner, Columbia Basin Trust, on the 185 MW Arrow Lakes Generating Station and the 120 MW Brilliant Expansion Project, both near Castlegar. Now, along with Columbia Basin Trust and our new

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partner, Fortis Inc., we have begun construction on the 335 MW Waneta Expansion Project, near Trail. Our projects provide jobs for local workers and inject millions of dollars into the local economy. For more information on our projects, visit our website at: www.columbiapower.org

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estled beneath the magnificent peaks of the Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges, at the confluence of the mighty Columbia and Kootenay rivers, we welcome you to our small city with big community...

Four Season Recreation & Adventure, Heritage Sites & Historical Attractions, Dining, Shopping, Family Fun —

Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre 1995 6th Ave, Castlegar British Columbia V1N 4B7 PH: 250.365.6313 | TF: 1.888.365.6313 tourism@castlegar.com www.castlegar.com


10 Amazing Castlegar Experiences 1. Within city limits, you’ll find awesome rock climbing sites, perfect for getting your altitude fix, plus an indoor bouldering cave. 2. The Station CPR Museum is one of the best-preserved museums in BC, located in a train station over 90-years-old. 3. Mountain biking and cycling is great in this area, with tons of trails perfect for quiet rides or challenging downhill workouts. See page 30. 4. A visit to the Doukhobor Discovery Centre will introduce you to Doukhobor culture and their peaceful lifestyle in the West Kootenay region. 5. Looking for fishing? You’ve come to the right place! Castlegar is famous for its amazing Rainbow Trout, Kokanee and Walleye fishing, with creeks, lakes and rivers galore. 6. Unlock the past with a visit to the

serene Zuckerberg Island with its Russian pioneering and Salish First Nation historical information. The island is a great picnic spot too! 7. Take an ATV tour and explore the Columbia Mountains up close in a relaxing setting. 8. Visit the Kootenay Gallery of Art, History and Science to find local and regional artistic treasures, as well as thoughtprovoking exhibits. 9. Winter is the perfect time to strap on some cross-country skis or snowshoes and hit local wilderness trails. 10. Want more adventure? Visit the Castlegar Visitor Information Centre to discover all of Castlegar’s great adventure opportunities! (Map 3, E3) 1995 6th Avenue, Castlegar | 250.365.6313 | castlegar.com

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Aviation Services & Industrial Opportunities

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• Air Canada Jazz provides daily service to Vancouver and Calgary • In-Airport Car Rental Agencies: Budget and National • Public Access Wi-Fi Hotspot in the Air Terminal • Pie in the Sky Restaurant

Call 250-365-5151 | www.castlegar.ca


visitorschoice.com Visitors’ Choice Castlegar is created and published annually by Visitors’ Choice Publications Ltd. as part of a series of visitor map books produced for communities across British Columbia. For further information on VISITORS’ CHOICE, please contact us through the numbers below. Kootenay Region Manager: Sandra Barron Phone: 250.666.0436 Email: sbarron@visitorschoice.com Editor: April Cuffy Sales Director: Fawn Duchaine Graphic Designer: Annette Spreeuw Production: Soraya Romao, David Tong Production Coordinator: Michelle Myers Distribution Coordinator: Sue Wong Controller: Marlita Hodgens Editorial Contributors: Bassnectar Brian Beckstead Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce Castlegar SculptureWalk Don Genova Kootenay Gallery of Art, History & Science Lucas Jmieff Matt Tidball PictureBC / Greg Mayrhofer Shutterstock Wally Soukoroff Cover Photos: top left - Shutterstock top right - Shutterstock bottom left - Shutterstock bottom right - Shutterstock

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FEATURES 10 Amazing Castlegar Experiences 4 Highlights 6 BC Seniors Games 11 Worldly Cultures More to Explore Communities In Bloom Winter Wonderland Get Outside! Hiking & Biking Trails Attractions & Activities Directory Parks & Camping

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Shopping & Services Shopping & Services Directory

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Maps Map 1 - BC & Regional Overview Map 2 - Robson & Castlegar Region Map 3 - Castlegar Map 4 - Downtown Castlegar Map 5 - Uptown Castlegar Street Index

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Accommodation Accommodation Directory

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Dining Dining Directory

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Information Currency Guide Tipping Tips Important Numbers

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Events

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this little city with big heart and abundant community spirit.

From outdoor adventures and family fun, to fine dining and engaging nightlife, Castlegar has a wide variety of attractions to suit every taste, and is rich with cultural history. With so much to explore, you’ll love this great city and soon understand why it all starts here!

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Castlegar SculptureWalk Cruise down Columbia Avenue and you’ll be whisked away in an outdoor art gallery. With 25 original sculptures lining city streets, the 2011 SculptureWalk will be a delight for passersby, and for one lucky sculptor, will mean the purchase of their art by the City of Castlegar, to be displayed in the community. From steel and aluminum to granite and bronze, these artistic monuments are created by local and international artists and are on display throughout the whole year. Vote for your favourite sculpture as part of the People’s Choice Award and be part of history! Various locations, Castlegar | 250.365.9669 | Download maps at: sculpturewalk castlegar.com Photo: Castlegar SculptureWalk

Did you know? Castlegar is the “greatest dam city in the world,” with at least nine hydro-electric dams nearby.

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The original inhabitants of the Castlegar area were the Lakes Indian people, from the Interior Salishan linguistic and cultural group.

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Edward Mahon buys 129 ha (320 acres) of land, and names his new settlement “Castlegar” after his homestead in Ireland.

After the rail bridge is completed, a new train station is built in Castlegar, making it an important hub of passenger and cargo activity.


Syringa Creek Provincial Park Situated on the sunny north shore of the Lower Arrow Lake, this park is a great place to camp with the whole family for several days or a few weeks! With a wide range of recreational opportunities you’ll enjoy canoeing, cycling, fishing, hiking, swimming, water skiing, and windsurfing. All this excitement is just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Castlegar, in Robson. 2011 is BC Parks’ 100th anniversary, so be sure to make your reservations early. 5570 Broadwater Road, Robson | Reservations: 1.800.689.9025 | env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks | westkootenayparks.com (Map 3, A7) Photo: Wally Soukoroff

Kootenay Gallery of Art, History and Science With a colourfully painted lush floral exterior, the Kootenay Gallery invites visitors to explore their diverse collection of rotating exhibits and carefully curated gift shop items. Even the Gallery grounds are a thing of beauty with a working sundial, butterfly and xeriscape gardens and a habitat restoration project, all overlooking the Columbia River below. From large-scale paintings to beautiful hand-crafted jewellery, and local and international artists from every artistic medium, this gallery is a hidden treasure worth discovering. The Gallery also hosts regular events including music concerts, kids and artist workshops and fundraisers. Definitely worth a visit! See Events (page 10). 120 Heritage Way, Castlegar | 250.365.3337 | kootenaygallery.com (Map 3, E2) Photo: Kootenay Gallery of Art

Doukhobor Discovery Centre

Photo: Wally Soukoroff

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Arriving from the Canadian prairies, Doukhobor migrants begin to settle in the Castlegar area, bringing their peaceful, agricultural lifestyle.

Built entirely by hand, the Brilliant Suspension Bridge is open to the public. A sign above the bridge reads: “Strictly prohibited: smoking and trespassing with fire arms over this bridge.”

Peter V. Verigin, beloved leader of the Doukhobor people, dies suddenly in a mysterious train explosion.

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Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011, this expansive village teaches about the rich heritage of the Doukhobor people. These beautifully landscaped grounds and perfectly restored buildings offer a glimpse into a typical day for these peaceful Russian descendants. View over 1,000 authentic artifacts such as the “petch” (bread baking oven) and wood-fired “banya” (sauna) as you tour the village and audio visual room with its exceptional photo and documentary film archive. The on-site gallery has books, crafts, music, films and souvenir items for sale. Open May – September. 112 Heritage Way, Castlegar | 250.365.5327 | doukhobor-museum.org (Map 3, E2)

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This serene riverside path is part of a larger network of paved trails along the Columbia River. With mostly flat stretches and the occasional incline, this beautiful treelined walkway is a local favourite for early morning jogs, romantic moonlight strolls and lazy days on the beach. Located just minutes from downtown, the walkway has two baseball diamonds and a playground, and is close to Zuckerberg Island. 100 5th Street, Castlegar | castlegar.ca (Map 3, B3) Photo: Wally Soukoroff

Zuckerberg Island This enchanted island is a tranquil oasis, just minutes from downtown Castlegar. Walk across the award-winning 144-metre (473-foot) suspension bridge to explore forested pathways leading to idyllic riverside picnic spots on the Columbia River. Several plaques detail local history including the Lakes Salish people who fished and built their winter pit houses here, thousands of years ago. In summer, tour the Island’s Russian Orthodox style Chapel House centerpiece, the former home of Alexander Zuckerberg and his family. 901 7th Avenue, Castlegar | 250.365.6440 | stationmuseum.ca (Map 3, C3) Photo: Castlegar Chamber of Commerce

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Columbia & Western Railway Trail This diverse terrain trail system travels for 168km (104 miles) from Castlegar to Midway, BC where it catches up with the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. Following the original railway line, you’ll be delighted with spectacular mountain vistas from high altitude forested peaks and have your bravery tested by trestle bridges and tunnels. Total travel time from Castlegar to Midway is approximately 8 hours (cycling), with amenities along the way at various town sites. The trail is open to pedestrian, bicycle, horseback and cross-country ski traffic and can be accessed just west of Castlegar, past the Hugh Keenleyside Dam. Check with the Castlegar Visitor Information Centre for more details: 250.365.6313 | spirit2010.net (Map 2)

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With the completion of a road to the City of Trail, Castlegar’s population increases to 10,000 residents.

With the Columbia River Treaty in place, construction of the Hugh Keenleyside dam begins. This same year, Selkirk College is built.

Castlegar gets an “upgrade” and is incorporated as a “town.”

The Village of Kinnaird is incorporated into a town.


Brilliant Suspension Bridge In May 2010, this National Historic Site of Canada was once again opened for non-motorized traffic. Built entirely by hand in 1913, the bridge was part of the main highway between Castlegar and Nelson, as well as the crossing between the Doukhobor homesteads in Ootischenia and their productive agricultural lands in Brilliant. With a towering height of 15m (49 feet) and a length of 100m (328 feet), the bridge majestically spans the Kootenay River below and is a proud testament of Doukhobor craftsmanship. The bridge can be accessed at the east end of Brilliant Road, from the Robson Access Road. brilliant-bridge.ca (Map 3, C1) Photo: Castlegar Chamber of Commerce

Did you know? Castlegar is known as the “crossroads of the Kootenays.” Located at the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers, it’s exactly halfway between Vancouver and Calgary.

Element Club Bar Grill This multi-purpose, two level facility is one of the largest of its kind in BC. With a 600-person capacity and award-winning sound and lighting design, you’ll be tempted to come for the party, but you’ll also be pleased with the food. Listed as a “club, bar and grill,” the Element has some of the best cuisine in town and a stellar wine list to match. 292 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar | 250.365.8066 | clubelement.ca (Map 4) Photo: Matt Tidball

CPR Station Museum

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After initial construction in 1950, the West Kootenay Regional Airport begins its first regular jet airplane flight service.

The two communities of Castlegar and Kinnaird are officially incorporated into the larger “City of Castlegar,” making it one of the youngest cities in BC!

Castlegar hosts the BC Seniors Games, along with neighbouring communities Nelson and Trail. See page 11.

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Literally the birthplace of Castlegar, this authentic Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) station was once a bustling hub of activity, with trains carrying passengers and cargo between Nelson and Castlegar. Almost a century old, the building is now a remarkable museum, complete with perfectly preserved caboose car open for tours, and original second storey living quarters filled with antique treasures and local memorabilia. The museum also houses Castlegar news archives and has an on-site gift shop. 400 13th Avenue, Castlegar | 250.365.6440 | stationmuseum.ca (Map 3, B4; Map 4) Photo: Wally Soukoroff

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What’s Happening events, festivals & performances February 26

Soup for the Cultured Soul

Culinary and ceramic art collide creating hearty soups in ceramic bowls with recipes to take home! Various locations, Castlegar 250.365.3337 | kootenaygallery.com

March The Wizard of Oz

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Join the Rossland Light Opera Players for their fantastic rendition of this classic story. Brilliant Cultural Centre, Castlegar 250.362.5665 | rlop.ca

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All Dressed Up! The young ladies of the Miss Castlegar Pageant float down Columbia Avenue in the annual Castlegar Sunfest parade. Join the fun June 3 - 5.

Everything you could ever want for the home, garden, leisure activities and yourself! Selkirk College, Castlegar 250.365.6313 | castlegar.com

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Kootenay Home & Lifestyle EXPO

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MIR Lecture Series: Never Before in History Sharon Butala speaks on International Women’s Day about contemporary older women in North America. MIR Centre for Peace (Selkirk College), Castlegar 250.365.1234 | selkirk.ca

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St. Patrick’s Day Party

Wear your favourite green clothing and drink some green beer! Lion’s Head Pub, Robson 250.365.2739 | lionsheadpub.ca

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DJ Lazy Rich w/ special guest DJ Bryx

Connections Materialized

An exhibition celebrating the work of 24 art and craft professionals from the Kootenay School of the Arts. Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar 250.365.3337 | kootenaygallery.com

Teen Dance Party

Kids’ Art Camps:

Workshops include still life painting, balloon lanterns and collage making. Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar 250.365.3337 | kootenaygallery.com

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Week 1

A fun-filled celebration for Grades 9 – 12 students. Element Club, Castlegar 250.365.8066 | clubelement.ca

Epic house music and fresh beats performed live by UK-born Lazy Rich and local favourite DJ Bryx. Element Nightclub, Castlegar 250.365.8066 | clubelement.ca

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TD Canada Trust Concert Series

Live musical performance featuring Selkirk Camerata with violins and bass. Castlegar United Church 250.365.3337 | kootenaygallery.com

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Kids’ Art Camps:

Workshops include two-part printmaking and leather mask making. Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar 250.365.3337 | kootenaygallery.com

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Fly Club Symposium

Hosted by the West Kootenay Fly Fishing Club. Community Complex, Castlegar flyfishingclub.org

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“LIVE” The Band

Check out the sweet country styles of this Canadian band, live in concert. Element Club, Castlegar 250.365.8066 | clubelement.ca Back on tour and ready to entertain, performing famous hits and new tracks. Element Club, Castlegar 250.365.8066 | clubelement.ca

ONGOING & SEASONAL Ongoing

SculptureWalk

May – September

May 1 – September 30

Download your self-guided map and explore original outdoor sculptures in Castlegar! Various locations, Castlegar 250.365.9669 sculpturewalkcastlegar. com

Tour the well-preserved interior of this Russian Orthodox style home, nestled in the forest. Zuckerberg Island, Castlegar 250.365.6440 stationmuseum.ca

Explore this reconstruction of a typical Doukhobor Village, including authentic handicrafts and artifacts. 250.365.5327 doukhobor-museum.org

Chapel House Tours

Doukhobor Discovery Centre

June 27 – September 11 Art Walk

Local artists on display throughout participating businesses and galleries. Various locations, Castlegar castlegararts@gmail.com


Save the date! 2011 BC Seniors Games If you’re travelling to the West Kootenays in the summer of 2011, be sure to plan a stop in Nelson, Trail and Castlegar during the week of August 16 – 20 for the highly anticipated BC Seniors Games. These exciting Games will host 3,200 competitors, aged 55+ in a fun-filled week of community spirit, great friendships and good-natured challenges. Participants and spectators are expected from all over BC—and possibly further—as preparation and anticipation grows for this spectacular event. Striving to create an environment where everyone can come together to share laughs and generally have a great time supporting a united cause, the Games are comprised of 26 events, divided between the three cities. Along with athletic sports like tennis, slo-pitch and swimming, the Games will also host activities like card games, darts and one-act plays. These top-level competitions take place annually in a different BC city each year and are recognized as one of the largest Games organized within the province. Highlights for this year’s Games include provincial and world-record holders in attendance, as well as great community buzz and excitement during the week’s events. Castlegar will host a variety of these sports, including the highly anticipated equestrian events, complete with dressage and show jumping competitions, which are expected to draw huge numbers of spectators. In addition, Castlegar will host floor curling, whist, horseshoes and part of the golf tournaments. So whether you’re two-years-old or 102, this is going to be the event of the summer and you don’t want to miss it! For more information, visit bcseniorsgames.org, or enquire at local Visitor Centres, as well as castlegar.com and castlegar.ca.

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TD Canada Trust Concert Series

Live musical performance featuring the classical guitar of Alan Rinehart and Clive Titmuss. Castlegar United Church 250.365.3337 | kootenaygallery.com

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MIR Lecture Series: The Long Hard Road

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Young Visions 2011

Art exhibition of paintings and sculptures from local Grade 8 – 12 students. Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar 250.365.3337 | kootenaygallery.com

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Spring Fling

Artisans, crafters and educational displays, plus live entertainment and kids games. Kinsmen Park, Castlegar castlegar.com

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Castlegar Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

Tease the mind with horticultural treasures from the subtly rendered

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Annual Garden and Nature Fest

Enhance your knowledge of gardens, nature and farming, while local musicians serenade. Millennium Walkway, Castlegar 250.399.4439 castlegargardenfest@shaw.ca

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TD Canada Trust Concert Series

Live musical performance featuring Balkan and Klezmer music by Bessie Wapp. Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar 250.365.3337 | kootenaygallery.com

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Official Launch Party: SculptureWalk

Join the celebration as the 2011 sculptures are unveiled. Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar 250.365.9669 sculpturewalkcastlegar.com

June 2-4

5-Year Anniversary Party

Celebrate the Element’s awesome 5th Birthday. Element Club, Castlegar 250.365.8066 | clubelement.ca

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Sunflower Open

Golf tournament. Castlegar Golf Club 250.365.5006 | golfcastlegar.com

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Sharon McIvor speaks on her struggles and victories to bring full equal rights to Canadian Aboriginal women. Selkirk College (Rm 113), Castlegar 250.365.1234 | selkirk.ca

to the boldly imagined, with a diversity of plants. Station Museum, Castlegar 250.399.0077 castlegargardenclub@shaw.ca

April 24: 40th Year Celebration Join the Doukhobor Discovery Centre for their seasonal grand re-opening and 40th anniversary party. Doukhobor Discovery Centre, Castlegar 250.365.5327 | doukhobor-museum.org

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Save the date! June 3-5: Sunfest! Join the family fun of this annual event with Miss Castlegar Pageant, slow-pitch tournament, talent show, vintage cars, live entertainment, a parade, fireworks and so much more! Various locations, Castlegar castlegar.com

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Spring Recital: Turning Pointe Dance Studio

A celebration of all things dance presented by the Studio’s talented students. Brilliant Cultural Centre, Castlegar turningpointedancestudio.com

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Teen Dance Party

A fun-filled celebration for Grades 9 – 12 students. Element Club, Castlegar 250.365.8066 | clubelement.ca

10-July 24 Cultural Paths

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An exhibition featuring cultural artwork and artifacts from selected Selkirk College faculty and staff collections. Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar 250.365.3337 | kootenaygallery.com

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SculptureWalk Sand Castle Competition

An outdoor sand castle competition you don’t want to miss! Pioneer Arena, Castlegar 250.365.9669 sculpturewalkcastlegar.com

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West Kootenay Beer Fest

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Shambhala Music Festival

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Hot pancakes and syrup?! Yum! Station Museum, Castlegar 250.365.6440 | stationmuseum.ca

Wear your swimsuit to this indoor beach party with real foam! Element Club, Castlegar 250.365.8066 | clubelement.ca

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Canada Day Movie in the Park

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BBQ, family activities, local entertainment and a movie screening, hosted by the City. Castlegar Recreation Complex 250.365.7227 | castlegar.ca

Visit arts, culture and heritage studios and galleries on this twoday self-guided tour. Various venues, see web for map 250.352.2420 | cbculturetour.com

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Bluegrass Jamboree

Stringed acoustic instrument fun! Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds, Castlegar. bluegrass.passcreekfair.com

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Raid the North

Get your four-person team ready for this six-day, 500km course with trekking, trail running, mountain biking and paddling. Various locations, West Kootenays 1.888.295.8181 raidthenorthextreme.com

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West Kootenay Charity Classic Golf Tournament

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A soaring celebration and authentic adventure into the far reaches of the gardening world. Self-guided maps available. Various gardens, Castlegar 250.365.6753 castlegargardenclub@shaw.ca

Painting exhibition about the impact of nature and the pine beetle on our forests. Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar 250.365.3337 | kootenaygallery.com

Join local artists to discuss

Kim Mitchell

Catch this Canadian music legend, live on stage. Element Club, Castlegar 250.365.8066 | clubelement.ca

Canada Day Pancake Breakfast

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Art Walk Opening Reception

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Get your motor(cycle) running and head out on the highway around Castlegar for this popular fundraising event. Start at Joey’s Restaurant; end at Lion’s Head Pub, both Castlegar wktra.ca

10th Anniversary Castlegar & Area Garden Tour

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Start a new tradition and celebrate local and micro-brewed varieties. Lion’s Head Pub, Robson 250.365.2739 | lionsheadpub.ca

Castlegar Golf Club | 250.365.5006 golfcastlegar.com

11th Annual Father’s Day Poker Run

construction and renovations and their sustaining effects on a community. Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar 250.365.3337 | kootenaygallery.com

Electronic music event featuring local and international live DJ sets, plus free camping! Salmo River Ranch, Salmo shambhalamusicfestival.com

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and celebrate their Art Walk contributions. Community Complex, Castlegar castlegararts@gmail.com

Glade Centennial Celebration

Bring your family for crafts, food, music, activities and more to honour the original Doukhobor settlement of Glade. Various locations, Glade

Message from the Beetle: Claire Kujundzic

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Building Buildings to Build Community A photographic exhibition documenting decades of

Foam Party

Columbia Basin Culture Tour

BC Seniors Games

This annual, multi-sport event hosts 3,200 participants, aged 55+ from all over BC. Various venues: Castlegar, Nelson, Trail | bcseniorsgames.org

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Foam Party

Wear your swimsuit to this indoor beach party with real foam! Element Club, Castlegar 250.365.8066 | clubelement.ca

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34th Anniversary Kennel Club Dog Show

Get ready for this world-class, all-breed championship show with

Save the date! July 16: Kootenay Festival: “Let’s Celebrate” Join this communitywide, multi-faceted arts and culture celebration showcasing artistic excellence and cultural diversity. Heritage Way, Castlegar castlegarculture.com


Save the date! December tba: Bassnectar The ultimate sensory bass experience, live with DJ Lorin. Element Club, Castlegar 250.365.8066 clubelement.ca obedience trials, rally obedience trials and junior handling. Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds, Castlegar dogshow.passcreekfair.com

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West Kootenay Toy Run

Join motorcycle enthusiasts from around BC for great fun, awesome riding and big charity! Start / end at Community Complex, Castlegar | wktra.ca

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Illuminating Peace: Amy Loewan

An exhibition incorporating traditional Chinese art materials with computer-generated topography illustrating a dedication to peace building. Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar 250.365.3337 | kootenaygallery.com

16-Nov 6

Existence: Paint: Emotion: Beauty

Vivi Harder exhibits her paintings of minimalist shapes with subdued colours and textures. Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar 250.365.3337 | kootenaygallery.com

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MIR Lecture Series: I Shall Not Hate

October

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Castlegar Highland Games

Wear your best tartan for a day of Scottish culture. Highland dancing, piping, drumming, sheep dog demos and more! Selkirk College, Castlegar castlegarhighlandgames.webs.com

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“Zip It UP”

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Halloween Party

Mixed open golf tournament. Castlegar Golf Club 250.365.5006 | golfcastlegar.com Dress up for fun, prizes and best costume. Element Club, Castlegar 250.365.8066 | clubelement.ca

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Winterfest

Bring the family for a holiday celebration. Hot chocolate, Mr. & Mrs. Claus and Christmas tree lighting! City Hall Spirit Square, Castlegar 250.365.7227 | castlegar.ca

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Annual Festivus for the Rest of Us! A holiday party for an “anti-holiday.” Lion’s Head Pub, Robson 250.365.2739 | lionsheadpub.ca

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Boxing Day Bash

Enjoy great food and drink that you didn’t have to make! Lion’s Head Pub, Robson 250.365.2739 | lionsheadpub.ca

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Ring in 2012 with music, prizes and more! Element Club, Castlegar 250.365.8066 | clubelement.ca

MIR Lecture Series: Greg Mortenson

The author of the best-selling book “Three Cups of Tea” discusses his efforts to provide education to children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Brilliant Cultural Centre, Castlegar 250.365.1234 | selkirk.ca

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Christmas at the Gallery

An annual art, craft and gift sale and exhibition, with works by local and regional artists. Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar 250.365.3337 | kootenaygallery.com

New Year’s Eve Celebration

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New Year’s Eve Party

End the year with music, prizes and more! Lion’s Head Pub, Robson 250.365.2739 | lionsheadpub.ca

For more great events, please visit: castlegar.com, castlegar.ca and the websites listed above. All dates were correct at press time.

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SculptureWalk Gala Awards Ceremony

Join the party and see who the winners of SculptureWalk 2011 are! TBA, Castlegar 250.365.9669 sculpturewalkcastlegar.com

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Annual Halloween Bash

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Cage Rage 5

Fun at the pub with ghosts, ghouls and goblins! Lion’s Head Pub, Robson 250.365.2739 | lionsheadpub.ca Witness edge of your seat action with professional mixed martial

Save the date!

September 23-25:

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Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish how personal tragedy led him to fight for peace in the Middle East. Brilliant Cultural Centre, Castlegar 250.365.1234 | selkirk.ca

arts (MMA) live cage fighting. Element Club, Castlegar 250.365.8066 | clubelement.ca

16th Annual Pass Creek Fall Fair

Join this local favourite for dressage horse and dog agility shows, kids games, baking, food and photography exhibits, plus live entertainment and more! Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds, Castlegar passcreekfair.com

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Worldly Cultures

With year-round festivals and special events, including the annual Home and Lifestyle Expo, Sunfest, Fall Fair and Equestrian Show, SculptureWalk, Highland Games and the Winterfest tree lighting festivities, there’s always something exciting to do here. In between festivals, there’s plenty of opportunities to learn about the cultural histories of Castlegar’s early settlers and present communities at any of the many local attractions. Year-round, you’ll enjoy galleries, museums, and craft stores where local artists can be seen creating works of beauty that reflect the beauty of the Castlegar area, and summer brings the annual ArtWalk exhibition, when the works of dozens of local artists transform businesses into mini-galleries. See What’s Happening on page 10 for a list of local events.

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Verigin Memorial Park: Located just off Hwy 3A (on the Robson Access Road) and surrounded by lush foliage and dazzling flowers, this historic monument offers unparalleled vistas of Castlegar’s expanse, including the Brilliant Suspension Bridge, the Brilliant Dam, and the magnificent confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay rivers. This breathtaking monument overlooks the original Doukhobor agricultural lands in Brilliant, and houses the Verigin Tomb: the final resting place of Peter V. Verigin, his son Peter P. Verigin and their wives, who all served as leaders of the Doukhobor community in Castlegar. The park is best enjoyed in summer when the beloved rose gardens are in full bloom and volunteer staff are available to provide tours and historical information. For more information, contact the USCC Doukhobors: 250.365.3613 | usccdoukhobors.org

STATIoN MUSEUM & GIfT GALLERy Castlegar & District Heritage Society Open Year-Round - Tues. - Sat. - 10am-5pm Tours available throughout the year | Admission by donation

Tel: 250-365-6440 - 400 13th Ave., Castlegar BC stationmuseum@shaw.ca

ZUCKERBERG ISLAND HERITAGE PARK Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park is open all year and the Chapel House is open from mid May-September Tours available throughout the year | Admission by donation

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Message from the Beetle: Claire Kujundzic explores nature and how the pine beetle impacts our forests. Showing July 29 September 11 at the Kootenay Gallery of Art.

Museums, Galleries, Theatre Castlegar is widely recognized for its strong support and celebration of its vibrant arts, heritage and cultural events. Check out the CPR Station Museum, a historic train station complete with authentic caboose and awesome gift shop for a taste of local history and artistic culture. Or visit the Kootenay Gallery of Art for a taste of local and international artists, crafters and artisans. As one of the original 28 government-funded exhibition centres built in the 1970s, the Kootenay Gallery has remained a vital part of the Castlegar artistic and cultural community, providing a spectacular, professional venue for local and regional artists to exhibit and sell their work. In addition, Castlegar is home to a multiplex cinema facility with five separate screens, perfect for spending rainy days indoors or cooling off with some air-conditioning during the steamy summer months. And you’ll want to bring the whole family to the Brilliant Cultural Centre during any one of their great local shows and performances, including live theatre, dance recitals and traditional Doukhobor ceremonies and services.

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Castlegar is home to a mosaic of citizens from around the country and indeed, all over the world. Initially used as a trading and fishing area for First Nations residents, the area soon attracted European trappers and fur traders. In 1888, Sproat’s Landing, located on the north shore of the Columbia River, was the first proposed townsite for the area. A railway bridge was built across the Columbia in 1902, spurring the construction of a railway station, a hotel, and other buildings in Castlegar. Beginning in 1908, more than 5,000 Doukhobors migrated here and acquired land on which to live their traditional communal lifestyle in peace. Today Castlegar flourishes through the important cultural contributions of these societies and their dynamic community spirit. Visit the Doukhobor Discovery Centre, Verigin Memorial Park, the Brilliant Suspension Bridge, Zuckerberg Island and the MIR Centre for Peace, which honours the traditions of the Sinixt, Ktunaxa and Doukhobors, to learn more.

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Worldly Cultures MIR Centre for Peace

Wally Soukoroff

With a mandate to understand and build cultures of peace through learning, this important building is both an educational facility and a gathering place for local events, such as the “Peace Café” and various lecture series. Situated on traditional Sinixt / Ktunaxa lands and housed in a fully-restored, original Doukhobor homestead, this beautiful centre overlooks the Columbia River and the city of Castlegar, and is located on the Selkirk College campus. The MIR Centre for Peace is seen as an important building block for discussions and forward movement on the fundamental idea of peace and what it stands for, not only in the community of Castlegar, but also for our world today and tomorrow. 301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar | 250.365.7292 | selkirk.ca

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Doukhobor History Between 1908 and 1913 the largest internal migration in Canada took place when 5,000 Doukhobor migrants moved from the prairies to the West Kootenay area. As the site of the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers, an historic transportation route, the arrival of the Doukhobors and their original purchase of 5,666 ha (14,000 acres) of land led to major agrarian settlements. By 1913, 5,000 Doukhobors had arrived; developing basic agriculture, orchards, lumber mills, irrigation projects, brick yards, roads, bridges, apiaries and the construction of over 90 communal villages. The spacious, beautiful valley of Castlegar would become a new place of refuge and was named Dolina Ootishenie, the “Valley of Consolation,” by Peter V. Verigin, their leader at the time. By the time Verigin suffered an untimely tragic death in 1924, the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood operated 28,975 ha (71,600 acres) in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. In addition, the migration was assisted by Leo Tolstoy, through his negotiation and fundraising efforts. Tolstoy is fondly remembered by the Doukhobors as their saviour in a time of dire need. To learn more about Doukhobor culture and lifestyle, and view over 1,000 artifacts representing their pioneering arts, crafts, customs and religion, visit the Doukhobor Discovery Centre.

East Shore

Presents its 41st Season!

Stroll through the grounds, view artifacts, Tolstoy's statue & listen to Doukhobor Music & Elders’ Stories. Traditional & Western cuisine at our Village Bistro.

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112 Heritage Way, Castlegar May - Sept 10 - 5 Daily 250.365.5327 www.Doukhobor-Museum.org

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All over the city gardens and landscaping proudly bloom in Castlegar. As part of their rewarding contribution to the national Communities in Bloom program, Castlegar has been designated a “5 Bloom” community, one of the highest honours granted by the program, for their hard work and dedication to beautifying their city. Whether it’s colourful hanging baskets lining Columbia Avenue, bright red tulips blossoming outside local retailers or the wide variety of floral and rock gardens, as well as outdoor sculpture adorning local homes and public spaces, this town is blooming and it shows. For over eight years now, Castlegar has been participating in this brilliant program that brings communities together in spirit and hard work, as they lovingly tend local gardens. Citizens are inspired with civic pride, the city is revitalized with a renewed direction, and visitors love the beauty and vibrancy of the area. Communities in Bloom is a Canadian not-for-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with a focus on the promotion and value of green spaces in urban settings. communitiesinbloom.ca

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Campus Rd Charleston Ave Chickadee Ln Christina Pl Co op Ln Columbia Ave Columbia Heights Columbia Rd Connors Rd Crescent St Crestview Cr Cultural D Daye Rd Donald St Dumont Cr E Edgewood Rd English Rd F Ferry Ave Fir St Forest Rd Frances St Fraser Ave G Greenwood Dr Grosvenor Pl H Hanville Rd Hazelwood St Hedley St Heritage Way Highland Dr Hilldale Rd Hillview Rd Horcoff Rd Hunter Pl I Ironhill Rd Ivy St K Kalesnikoff Kerria St King Ave Knight Rd Knob Rd Kootenay L Lakeview St Larch St Lark Rd Link Rd Lynnwood Cr M Makayev Rd Markova McPhee Meadowbrook Dr

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Meadowlark Ln B4 Merrycreek Rd E3 Monashee Ave D3 Mountain St A6 O Oak St C3 Ootischenia Rd C1-F1 P Park Ln F3 Parkside Rd A3 Pass Creek Rd A3 Paulson Pl D3 Pinewood Dr D3 Popoff B2 Prairie Rd G1 Prince St A4-B4 Princess Cr A3 Purdy Rd A4 Q Quance St A5 R Raspberry Rd A3 Red Birch Rd A4 Relcoff Rd A4 Ridgewood Dr D3 Riverside Cr E2 Robson Access Rd A2-C1 Russian Rd C2 S Selkirk Ave D3 Silverbirch Ln C4 Silverwood Cr D3 Southridge Dr G3 Southridge Pl H3 Stellar Pl E3 T Tamarack St C3 Terrace Rd B1-B2 Tower Ridge Rd D1 V Valhalla St C3 Vine St A5 Voykin B2 W Waldie Ave A5-6 Wanjoff St A5 Waterloo Cr F1 Waterloo Rd F1-H2 Waters Rd A4 Welsh Rd C2-D2 Wildrose Rd A3 Windsor Pl H3 Woodland Dr B4-C4,C3-D3 Y Yew St C3 Z Zaitsoff St A5


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astlegar’s winter months provide endless outdoor adventure opportunities. Snowmobile and snowshoe through forested trails, try your hand at ice fishing or hit the slopes for some snow-capped Nordic fun. Whatever your winter pleasure, it starts here!

Cross-country Skiing Cross country ski enthusiasts will find countless trails leading through pristine winter fields and forested areas, like the popular Paulson Cross-Country Ski Trails and adjacent Nancy Greene Provincial Park. The Castlegar Nordic Ski Club provides approximately 40km (28 miles) of well-maintained cross-country ski trails, plus another 8.5km (5 miles) left untracked, that range in levels suitable for the beginner or the advanced. With various terrain and vegetation types and four warming shelters distributed through the area, it’s no wonder over 15,000 skiers visit these trails every year! Cross-country ski gear rentals are also available locally. Trail maps: castlegarnordic.ca.

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Snowmobiling Join the fun of one of the fastest growing outdoor recreation pursuits in BC: snowmobiling! The Castlegar Snowmobile Association grooms over 70km (43 miles) of phenomenal trails throughout the area to suit the pleasure of every snowmobile enthusiast in search of unique terrain and natural beauty. 250.365.7087 | castlegarsnowmobile association.com

With tons of open terrain and a variety of trails to choose from, snowshoeing in Castlegar is a true winter treat. With two web-like “shoes” strapped beneath your boots, you’ll be trekking over deep drifts in no time. Check out the hiking chart on page 30 to see a list of local trails and also venture around town to find some sweet spots of your own.

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Downhill Skiing The ideal location for those lusting after true north ski and snowboard adventure, Castlegar is centrally located between Whitewater Winter Resort’s deep snow, varied terrain and authentic character and Red Mountain Resort’s world-class steep and deep tree skiing. Can’t decide where to go? With both accessible within an hour’s drive, one weekend in Castlegar lets you try both! skiwhitewater.com | redresort.com

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Get Outside!

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ocated on the southern tip of the Arrow Lakes chain, at the convergence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers, Castlegar is a perfect base for a whole range of outdoor activities. With stunning mountain peaks and gorgeous river valleys, it’s an amazing place for admiring nature and all its accompanying adventures. Fishing

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An angler’s paradise, the spectacular waterways surrounding Castlegar are noted for some of the best fly fishing in North America; just ask any of the local experienced guides and they will lead you to the secret spots that fishermen only dream of. Like the popular Columbia River and Lower Arrow Lake, where exceptional Bull and Rainbow Trout are regularly caught, as well as Walleye and Kokanee salmon. Other great spots nearby include the Kootenay River between Castlegar and Nelson, with catches ranging from Bull Trout and Kokanee to Whitefish and Rainbow Trout up to 2kg (4 pounds) in size, in addition to Nancy Greene Lake 29km (18 miles) west of Castlegar on Hwy 3, which is a great spot for children, with its easily accessible and relatively safe shoreline.

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With so many waterways right within city limits and close by, its no wonder this town loves to boat! Whether it’s a simple canoe, or a full-power speedboat, there’s a perfect spot to set your vessel in the water. Paved boat launches can be found in Robson, Syringa Creek Provincial Park and Scotties Marina, which also has moorage available.

Swimming Whether you like to relax in the sun on warm sandy beaches or discover unique gems on rocky shores, Castlegar has a beach for you. From right within town, beaches like Millennium Walkway and Zuckerberg Island offer perfect spots for impromptu picnics, and just minutes outside the city limits, you’ll find Syringa Creek Provincial Park with its large sandy beach, hugging the relatively calm Lower Arrow Lake, ideal for long days in the sun. Looking for a quick dip on the way to Nelson? Plan a stop at Shore Acres or Crescent Valley beach. These river-fed waterways have swift currents and brisk temperatures, so be sure to keep your wits about you.

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With a championship 18-hole course, a 9-hole par-3 course, and many more courses virtually at its doorstep, Castlegar has something for every golfer. Castlegar Golf Club (18-hole) This beautiful course perched on a hill overlooking the city offers outstanding value for golfers. With a par-72 championship course, great aftergame amenities and friendly staff, it’s no wonder this venue regularly hosts prestigious events and tournaments. (Map 3, D1) 1602 Aaron Road, Ootischenia | 250.365.5006 | golfcastlegar.com Little Bear Golf (9-hole) Although Little Bear Golf Resort has only nine greens, it creates the illusion of 18 holes by having 18 separate tee boxes. The course is well-suited for beginners and attracts lots of families, but can also challenge the most seasoned golfer. (Map 3, G2) 872 Waterloo Road, Castlegar | littlebeargolf.net

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Rock Climbing

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The Castlegar area is quickly becoming known as one of the best rock climbing locations in the province. With stellar sites available all around the city, here are just a few bouldering options to get you started: Bird’s Nest Boulder, Robson (base of Lion’s Head mountain), the Brilliant Overlook, Syringa Provincial Park and Kinnard/ Waterline. castlegar.ca | rockclimbing.com If you’re looking to test your “spidey senses” in a safer environment, head to the Selkirk College indoor climbing facility. With walls of varying difficulty, padded floor and tons of holds, it’s an impressive bouldering cave facility that won’t let you down. 301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar | 250.365.1292 | selkirk.ca

Looking to entertain the whole family on a hot summer’s day or a brisk winter afternoon? Check out these great activities. In the city’s south end, you will find the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre, which features a 25m (27 yard) indoor pool, children’s pool, steam room, whirlpool, and fitness room. Just outside you’ll find a soccer field, baseball in a Championship Setting diamond and Rotary Skateboard Park. (Map 3, E2) 2101 6th Avenue, Castlegar | 250.365.3386 The splash park, located behind the public library in the 1-800-666-0324 downtown core, is a popular family favourite for spraying and www.golfcastlegar.com splashing about on a hot summer day, or building snowmen and 1602 Aaron Road, above Castlegar snow angels in winter. Airport Cool off with a refreshing dip, play horseshoes, bocce or volleyball before a quiet campfire or large-scale reunion NEW RV PARK OPEN barbeque in summer, or frolic in deep winter snow at Pass Creek Regional or Syringa Creek Provincial Park (page 31).

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Hiking & Biking Trails

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t’s a little-known fact that Castlegar is making a big name for itself on the mountain biking scene.

With secluded trails offering some of the most challenging downhill terrain around, you’ll be amazed at this hidden secret. Cycling in Castlegar offers up-close and personal encounters with landscape, wildlife, and weather, making for some of the best vacation experiences ever. Road cycling along the highway is a common practice around here, with scenic mountain passes and

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Waldie Island Easy Old Mill Road On-leash NO and Brilliant only Road (across Robson Bridge)

Dove Hill / Easy 1602 Aaron Road, YES NO Elk Cut-Off Ootischenia C S

Mel Deanna Easy / Castlegar viewpoint, YES YES Intermediate along Hwy 3 towards Salmo

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Merry Creek Easy 2 km down the Merry YES YES Creek Forest Service Road, along Hwy 3 towards Grand Forks

Tulip Creek Easy (some 3.5 km (2 miles) past YES NO Waterfall slippery Syringa Creek Park, sections) on Deer Park Road P (gravel road) Selkirk Easy / Frank Beinder Way (at YES YES College Intermediate Rosedale Rd) or from the campus parking lot

Millennium Easy 100 5th Street, On-leash YES Walkway & Castlegar only Zuckerberg (by Columbia River) Island

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relatively light traffic, in addition to a wide range of gentle straight stretches and more challenging uphill climbs. The really adventurous can try out the Columbia and Western Railway Trail, accessed from the Hugh Keenleyside Dam, just past Castlegar, which traverses up and over high mountain ranges, all the way to Midway, BC (page 8). For more information about Castlegar’s mountain biking trails, see the chart below and visit castlegar-mtb.com.

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1.5 km / This site is a wildlife refuge, especially rich in birdlife—please 0.9 miles keep dogs on a leash—developed by Friends of Parks and Trails in 1996. There are 19 interpretive stops along the route, with with detailed pamphlets available (see friendsoftrails.org).

2.5 km / Starting at the Castlegar Golf Club parking lot, the Dove Hill Trail 1.5 miles (Golf climbs up the mountain and eventually connects with a large Club to Brilliant trail system. The route explores forests and hillsides, with great Substation) views of the Kootenay River, Brilliant Dam and valley below.

5 km / 3 mile This beautiful trail offers an interesting variety of vegetation loop and terrain. The trail begins with stone steps, leads over a rock outcrop and then down through a gate. Allow yourself time to appreciate the serenity of the ponds.

5 km / 3 miles Under the cover of large cedars and between sparkling brooks, (total trail this is an easy 5km (3 mile) walk along peaceful forest trails, network) with a spectacular view of Castlegar from the summit.

15 km / 9 miles A gorgeous network of trails through forested areas and (total trail along the Columbia River, with views of Zuckerberg Island network) and Castlegar.

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200 m / This stunning double cascade waterfall is found at the base 656 feet of a narrow moss-covered valley. Great for photo opps! Please note: Deer Park Road is a narrow, gravel road, with occasional logging truck traffic.

900 m / This delightful, paved path runs along the River with interpretive 0.5 miles signs and plenty of benches for quiet reflection. A dirt path at (paved section) the walkway’s south end connects with Zuckerberg Island. Castlegar Mountain Bike Society: friendsoftrails.org | castlegar-mtb.com

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accommodations

Castlegar, BC South on Highway 3-A Near the Golf Course

250-365-5604 GPS Coordinates:

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Bed & Breakfast

Cabins/Campgrounds

Windborne Bed & Breakfast A place to treat your soul. BC Tourism & Government Approved. Chamber of Commerce 2010 Tourism & Hospitality Excellence Award. Our purpose is to delight you with a fabulous experience.

Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground 26 serviced RV sites, 10 tent sites, 1 get-a-way cabin plus two park model cabins in a 23-acre grassy, creek-side setting surrounded by trees. Quiet and peaceful with amenities only 5 minutes away.

3900 Broadwater Road, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.6697 TF: 1.877.365.6693 windbornebb.ca #3 AC Be Ctv Hi Ba LS $95 HS $110 BB2 Map 3,A7 See ad on page 32; location on Map 3

Abbreviations # = Number of rooms AC = Air conditioning Ba = Private bath Be = Beach access Ctv = Cable TV Ec = Electrical hook-ups Hi = High speed

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Attractions & Activities Hotels, Motels & Resorts

Art Gallery

Flamingo Motel & Quiltworx Clean & Quiet, in the Heart of Castlegar. Park, Gazebo & Quilt Shop. 1660 Columbia Ave, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.7978 flamingomotel.ca

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Sandman Hotel Atrium pool, hot tub and meeting facilities. Newly renovated. 1944 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.8444 TF: 1.800.726.3626 HMR2 Map 3,E3 See ad on page 25

Golf/RV Parks & Campgrounds Castlegar Golf Club Brand new, 20 site park with championship golf. 1602 Aaron Road,

above Castlegar Airport Tel: 1.800.666.0324 CRv4 Map 3,E4 See ad on page 29

RV Parks & Campgrounds Kootenay River Kampground Welcome to our quiet little kampground. Great fishing and golf are just a stroll away. Full facilities include cable, power, water, sewer, laundry, free showers (very clean) and internet. Open all year round. Short and long stays welcome. Beautiful river location with lots of sun, trees & flowers. 651 Rosedale Road Tel: 250.365.5604 kootenayriverrv.com CRV1 Map 3,C2 See ad on page 32

RV Parks & Campgrounds

1090 Parkside Road. Turn off to Robson 250.304.4602 (summer) 250.365.3386

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120 Heritage Way Tel: 250.365.3337 kootenaygallery.com See ad on page 15; location on Map 3,E2

Entertainment Lion’s Head Smoke & Brew Pub Top place in the Kootenays for atmosphere and the best craft beer and bbq smoked meat! Located on the mighty Columbia River this Historic Tudor Pub is a must eat and see! Shows/events and join the facebook group! Good beer Good cheer always on tap here! Great fishing! 2629 Broadwater Rd, Robson (Castlegar) Tel: 250.365.BREW(2739) lionsheadpub.ca Appetizers: $8 - $14 Entreés: $12 - $25 Cards: DP, MC, V See ad & location on Map 3,A4

400 13th Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.6440 stationmuseum.ca See ad on page 14, location on Map 3,B4

Heritage Attractions Doukhobor Discovery Centre Over 1000 artifacts illustrate the Arts & Crafts, customs & religion of the Doukhobors. Books, carved ladles, prints, cards, music & films in the Village Craft Gallery. A/V room features documentaries, photos & exhibits. 112 Heritage Way Castlegar Tel: 250.365.5327 Doukhobor-Museum.org See ad on page 16, location on Map 3,E2

Recreation & Convention

Entertainment Element Club – Bar – Grill Great award winning nightclub, bar and grill located in the heart of downtown Castlegar. Open from 11am Mon-Sat. Come enjoy great food, wine and drink served by our friendly staff in a fun atmosphere. Reservations recommended. The West Kootenay’s premiere venue for live entertainment and events. 292 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.8066 clubelement.ca See ad on Inside Front Cover, location on Map 4

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Station Museum Castlegar Railway station formed the nucleus of the City of Castlegar. It has become a venue for artisans to showcase their talent as well as an important stop to discover the history of the area. Next door is an authentic jailhouse as well as an old caboose. Be sure to stop by.

Castlegar & District Recreation Centre Modern banquet and meeting room facilities that can accommodate small groups or large functions up to 500 people. The Centre also has an indoor pool, whirlpool, steamroom, fitness room, dance studio, ice arena, skate board park and seniors’ centre. 2101 6th Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.3386 Fax: 250.365.0127 See ad & location on Map 5

Golf

Visitor Centre

Castlegar Golf Club Traditional golf in a championship setting. golfcastlegar.com

Castlegar Chamber of Commerce Open year round Monday-Friday (7 days/week June-September)

1602 Aaron Road, above Castlegar airport Tel: 1.800.666.0324 See ad on page 29; location on Map 3,D1

1995 6th Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.6313 TF: 1.888.365.6313 castlegar.com See ad on page 3

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Pass Creek Park and Campground Campground with hot showers and amenities, kitchen. 32 sites.

Kootenay Gallery of Art, History & Science Just past The Doukhobor & Discovery Centre is the Kootenay Gallery of Art. This hidden gem exhibits regional, national and international works of art. Browse the Gallery Gift Shop and view the handcrafted work of over 100 local artisans and craftspeople.

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Dining Casual Dining

Element Club – Bar – Grill Great award winning nightclub, bar and grill located in the heart of downtown Castlegar. Open from 11am Mon-Sat. Come enjoy great food, wine and drink served by our friendly staff in a fun atmosphere. Reservations recommended. The West Kootenay’s premiere venue for live entertainment and events. 292 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.8066 clubelement.ca Ad on Inside Front Cover; location Map 4

Casual Dining

Chinese & Japanese

Lion’s Head Smoke & Brew Pub Great menu of carefully smoked BBQ meats. We make everything in house! From tasty pizzas to salads to sandwichs and entrées. The largest selection of BC craft beer in the Kootenays!

Chopsticks Serving both Chinese & Japanese cuisine. The best Chinese food in the Kootenays! 789 Columbia Avenue,

2629 Broadwater Road, Robson Tel: 250.365.BREW(2739) lionsheadpub.ca Appetizers: $8 - $14 Entreés: $12 - $25 Cards: DP, MC, V See ad & location Casual Diningon Map 3,A4

Thirsty Duck Neighbourhood Pub Phenomenal Food, PPV, Gaming, Sports and Good Times.

Castlegar Tel: 250.365.5330 See ad & location on Map 4

Coffee & Bistro Bagels & Brew Fresh bagels everyday, desserts, specialty coffees & teas. Open daily. 108-1983 Columbia Avenue,

Castlegar Tel: 250.304.2030 See ad & location on Map 5

Coffee, Dessert & Bagels

4370-B Minto Road, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.0035 See ad on page 34

Common Grounds Coffee House Specialty coffees, cappuccinos, espresso, desserts, soups & bagels. Open 6am-9pm, 7am-8pm Sat/Sun.

Casual Fine Dining

692-18th Street (Next to CIBC) Tel: 250.365.3883 See ad & location on Map 5

Café Michael Trail and Castlegar’s Dining Difference. Prime Rib, Ribs, Steak, Seafood, Veal, Chicken, Pasta, Pizza, Espresso and more. Open Mon-Sat at 11am and Sundays at 4pm. Great lunches! Reservations are recommended. 8266 Highway 3B, Trail Tel: 250.364.2112 1432 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.8308 Cards: A, MC, V See ad & location on Map 4

Credit Card Codes A - American Express DI - Discover DN - Diner’s Club/EnRoute DP - Direct Payment JC - Japan Credit Bureau MC - MasterCard V - Visa

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Shopping & Services

Airport

Auto Services & Retail Store

Computer Store

West Kootenay Regional Airport It’s worth getting here.

Canadian Tire Castlegar Automotive, Service Garage, Hardware, Sports, Leisure Goods

Kootenay Komputer Clinic Computer Sales & Service! www.komputer-clinic.com

Tel: 250.365.5151 (Administration) castlegar.ca See ad on page 4, location on Map 3,D2 Tuesday, March 24, 2009 3:13:14 PM CastlegarAirport 13158 L.indd

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CRESTON 428-9343 TRAIL 364-0211 CRANBROOK 426-3004 NELSON 352-5122 www.rent-a-wreck.ca

2000 Columbia Ave., Castlegar Tel: 250.365.7737 TF: 1.888.856.7737 See ad & location on Map 5 Monday, March 23, 2009 10:27:07 AM Community CanTire 13031 C09 L.indd CanTire 13031 C09 L.indd

City of Castlegar Nestled beneath the magnificent peaks of the Selkirk and Monashee Mountain ranges, at the confluence of the mighty Columbia and Kootenay Rivers, Castlegar welcomes you. Our panoramic views create an awe-inspiring backdrop for business, recreation or relaxation. 460 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.7227 Fax: 250.365.4810 castlegar.ca See ad on outside back cover; location on Map 3,B4 & Map 4

#5 - 425 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.5552 See ad & location on Map 4

Dollar Stores Your Dollar Store with More Something for everyone! Seasonal toys, gifts and decorating. Party stuff, costumes and accessories. Pet supplies, art, crafts and scrapbooking. Sunglasses and readers. Photo frames, wicker baskets, candles, and incense. Unique home decor. And much, much more! 1502 Columbia Avenue Castlegar Tel: 250.365.0607 See ad & location on Map 3,D3


Family Dining

Greek

Joey’s Warm, friendly, family-style restaurant. Come try our generous servings of our famous fish and chips, also a vast array of seafood, chicken and ribs, as well as serving breakfast. Open 7 days a week. Summer hours: 7am-10pm. Breakfast served till 11:00am.

Greek Oven Great selection of authentic Greek cuisine as well as a fabulous selection of pizza. All food is homemade. Specialty dishes served all day; feature lunch menu served until 4pm. Take out & delivery available. Tues.-Sat. 11:30am-9pm. Closed Sun., Mon. & Holidays.

100-1983 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.6444 Res: No Cards: DP, MC, V See ad & location Family Diningon Map 5

400 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.2311 Cards: DP, MC, V See ad on page 35; location on Map 3,B4

Monte Carlo Quality Inn Good Homemade Meals. 1935 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.2177 Res: 1.888.820.3313 HMR1 Map 3,E3 See ad on page 32

Mexican

Mazatlan Classic Mexican Grill Enjoy a meal in old Mexico surrounded by original art & fine music. Authentic Mexican cuisine, mild or spicy made fresh daily. Licensed, Patio Waterfall, Take Out, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Kids Menu, Signature Fresh Lime Margaritas. Reserve the Cantina party room for private events. 11am-9pm 932 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.2060 www.mazatlancastlegar.com Entrées: $12.95-$19.95

The Greek Oven

Located in Downtown Castlegar, we invite you to come and enjoy one of our many menu selections. Appetizers, salads, pasta, pizza, steak, ribs, seafood, Greek cuisine and specialty dishes are served all day; as well as a feature lunch menu which is served until 4pm daily. Take-out and delivery are also available. We are a licensed premise. All our food is homemade.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:30 – 9:00 pm Closed Sundays, Mondays & Holidays

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Phone 365-2311

East Kootenay Lake

Flooring

East Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce For more information visit kootenaylake.bc.ca.

Nufloors Specialists in flooring. Area rugs, carpets, ceramics, hardwoods, laminates & linoleums.

Box 9, Gray Creek Tel: 250.227.9367 Fax: 250.227.9126 See ad on page 16

4370 Minto Road, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.5335 See ad on page 36 Tuesday, January 25, 2011 2:32:31 PM Nufloors 17419 C11 L.indd

Apple Auto Glass Windshield repairs & replacements. Specializing in auto glass. Open Monday – Friday, 8:30am-5pm. Most fleet cards accepted.

Tires Brakes Brakes Shocks/Struts Shocks/Struts Alignments Tires Alignments 4280Minto Minto Rd Rd Castlegar Castlegar 250-365-3311 4280 250-365-3311

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Glass Auto & Commercial

THE GREEK OVEN

956 Columbia Ave., Castlegar Tel: 250.365.6505 Fax: 250.365.0280 See ad & location on Map 5

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Shopping & Services Grocery Store

Media Design Firm

Real Estate

Kootenay Market Full service supermarket. Fresh meat & produce. ATM machine.

ProCreative Design Lab www.procreativedesign.ca

RE/MAX Home Advantage Providing professional real estate services to Castlegar and area. Residential, Commercial, Waterfront and Development Properties. For all your real estate needs call RE/MAX Home Advantage. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX. Earn Aeroplan miles.

635 Columbia Ave., Castlegar Tel: 250.365.1011 See ad & location on Map 4 Monday, March 23, 2009 9:46:49 AM KootenayMrkt 13070 C09 L.indd

Insurance

RHC Insurance Brokers Ltd. Home, business & auto insurance. rhcmc.com 13-640 18th Street, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.2773 See ad & location on Map 4

Total Pet 5000+ sq.ft of pets, pet food, & supplies. totalpet.ca 2317 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.2120 See ad & location on Map 5

Pharmacy

Castlegar & District Public Library

Paragon Columbia Pharmacy Full prescription service. Open 8-6 Mon-Fri, 9-5 Sat. Closed Sun. & holidays. 117-1983 Columbia Ave. Tel: 250.365.3400 See ad & location on Map 5

100 - 1444 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.6767 Fax: 250.365.6768 kootenaysold.com See ad & location on Map 3,D3

Rental Vehicles Rent A Wreck For all your auto & truck rental needs. Drive a Good Bargain! 2141 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.7100 rent-a-wreck.ca See ad on page 34

Thursday, April 23, 2009 11:00:00 AM Castlegar Library 13526 C09 L.indd

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 1:47:45 PM ColumbiaParagonIDA 17416 C11 L.indd

Pharmacy & Gift Shop

Tattoo and Body Piercing

Fashion Foundations Finest selection of bras & lingerie Petite to Plus. Specializing in post mastectomy fittings. 233 Columbia Ave.

Pharmasave Locally owned & operated.

Wolf's Den Tattoo Over 16 years experience in custom designed tattoos; plus basic, exotic & custom body piercing. Vast selection of custom jewellery. By appointment, or drop in on Saturdays. Two locations in the Kootenays to serve you: 1407 Second Ave, Trail & 2329 Columbia Ave, Castlegar.

Lingerie/Mastectomy

Castlegar Tel: 250.365.1474 See ad & location on Map 4

1-888-666-5335

Your Flooring Specialists Linoleum, Carpets, Ceramics, Hardwoods, Laminates, Area Rugs 4370 Minto Road, Castlegar T: 250-365-5335 F: 250-365-5365

www.nufloors.ca

1128 3rd St., Castlegar Tel: 250.365.7813 Fax: 250.365.2874 See ad & location on Map 4 Tuesday, March 31, 2009 10:32:33 AM Pharmasave 13026 C09 L.indd

Real Estate

Castlegar Realty Ltd. Your Hometown Realtors. 1761 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar TF: 1.877.365.2169 Tel: 250.365.2166 Fax: 250.365.7715 castlegarrealty.ca See ad & location on Map 3,D3

Trail: 250.364.1977 Castlegar: 250.304.1976 wolfsdentattoo.ca See ad on page 38; location on Map 3,F2

Real Estate

Tires/Mechanical Services

Century 21 – Mountainview Realty Ltd.

Kal Tire - Castlegar Kal Tire is your shop for tires, wheels and mechanical services.

With offices in Castlegar, Nelson & Nakusp. 1695 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.2111 TF: 1.877.930.4600 century21mountainview.com See ad & location on Map 3,D3

4280 Minto Road, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.3311 See ad on page 35

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 2:31:16 PM Nufloors 17418 C11 12.indd

Tipping Tips

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Pet Store

Library 1005 3rd Street, Castlegar Tel: 250.365.6611 Fax: 250.365.7765 info@castlegarlibrary.com castlegar.bclibrary.ca See ad & location on Map 4

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#5 - 425 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar Tel: 250.304.8690 See ad & location on Map 4

AIRPORT PORTER: Usually $1.00 per piece of luggage. TAXI DRIVER: Usually a percentage of the fare, around 15%. You may add more if luggage assistance was provided; it’s not automatically added to the meter bill.

HOTEL DOORMAN / BELLMAN: $1.00 - $2.00. Canada’s “loonies” and “toonies” are ideal for this. See currency guide, page 24. HOTEL ROOM ATTENDANTS: $2.00/day if your stay is over two days. Your attendant may

change each day, so you can leave the tip in an envelope each day. RESTAURANT SERVERS: 15% - 20% of the bill (before taxes) is usual for good food and service. Some restaurants add up to 20% for large parties. — Don Genova


Parks & Camping

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astlegar is home to two provincial parks and several riverside parks that provide endless opportunity for outdoor recreation. And for those who love everything to do with lakeside living, there’s ample aquatic fun in and around Castlegar, including great beaches, swimming and tons of camping. Whether you head to Pass Creek Park, Syringa Provincial Park, or venture a little further to Nancy Greene Provincial Park, you’re sure to find ample opportunities for relaxing and enjoying these lakes. You’re even bound to encounter wildlife such as elk, deer and bighorn sheep on the city’s surrounding rocky bluffs, but keep your eyes open, because these shy creatures rarely venture out, and deserve your utmost respect when they do. Stop in at the Castlegar Visitor Information Centre to learn more about local parks and recreation. 1995 6th Avenue, Castlegar | 250.365.6313 | castlegar.com

Pass Creek Regional Park Pass Creek Regional Park is a quaint camping spot and day-use area in Robson, just across the Columbia River from downtown Castlegar. Attractions include a swimming pond, beach, picnic areas, a children’s playground, ball field, soccer field, nature trails, horseback riding ring, and equestrian facilities. A total of 30 campsites are available in the park, each with a fire pit. (Map 3, A3) 1090 Parkside Road, Raspberry | 250.304.4602

NANCY GREENE PROVINCIAL PARK Named for the renowned Canadian Olympic skier, Nancy Greene Lake is the centrepiece of Nancy Greene Provincial Park. A 20-minute drive from Castlegar westbound along Highway 3, the park features a small beach and offers hiking, canoeing, and fishing opportunities, plus ample picnic and day-use areas. Overnight camping is available, with 10 vehicle-accessible sites, however this park does not take reservations. 26km (16 miles) west of Castlegar on Highway 3

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SYRINGA CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK A 25-minute drive west of downtown Castlegar, Syringa Creek Provincial Park is a popular family destination for locals and visitors. Situated on the sunny north shore of the Lower Arrow Lake, the park offers a wide range of recreational opportunities, including canoeing, cycling, fishing, hiking, swimming, water skiing, and windsurfing. Reservations are recommended. (Map 3, A7) 5570 Broadwater, Robson | Reservations: 1.800.689.9025 | env.gov.bc.ca/ bcparks | westkootenayparks.com

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Important Numbers 10-Digit Dialing The Kootenays are serviced by the 250 area code. When placing a call, all 10 digits of the number must be dialed.

emergency numbers AMBULANCE / FIRE / POLICE: 911 Air or Marine Emergency 1.800.567.5111 BC Nurse Line (24-hr health information) 1.866.215.4700 Crisis Line 1.800.515.6999 Report a Forest Fire 1.800.663.5555 (cell: *5555) Poison Control Centre 1.800.567.8911 Environmental Emergency 1.800.663.3456 Wildlife Emergency 1.800.663.9453 (WILD) Castlegar & District Hospital 250.365.7711 Animal control officer SPCA (Trail) 250.368.5910

INFORMATION FOR DRIVERS Local radio KBS 90.3 FM / Mountain FM 99.3 BCAA Emergency 1.800.CAA.HELP (1.800.222.4357) Road Service Cell users *222 ICBC Dial-A-Claim (24-hour) 1.800.910.4222

Tourist INFORMATION Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Centre 250.365.6313 Tourism BC 1.800.HELLO.BC (1.800.435.5622) Canada Customs Information (24-hour) 1.800.461.9999 Avalanche Bulletin 1.800.667.1105 Castlegar Transit 250.365.3100 Greyhound Bus Lines 250.365.7744 or 1.800.661.8747 BC Government Agent (Trail) 250.364.0591 (Fishing, hunting permits) or 1.800.663.7867

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WEBSITES

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Castlegar Chamber of Commerce castlegar.com City of Castlegar castlegar.ca Visitors’ Choice visitorschoice.com Tourism British Columbia hellobc.com BC Ministry of Transportation drivebc.ca International Discovery Loop kootenayrockies.com/ itineraries/dl BC Parks env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks Weather from Environment Canada weatheroffice.com Canadian Avalanche Association avalanche.ca Canada Border Services Agency cbsa-asfc.gc.ca Greyhound Bus Information greyhound.ca Washington State DOT wsdot.wa.gov/traffic Bank of Canada currency conversions bankofcanada.ca Conversions (driving speeds, distances, fuel, weights, temperatures) onlineconversion.com West Kootenay Regional Airport castlegar.ca/airport.php Border Crossing Paterson B.C. / Northport WA (HWY 22 / SR 25). Hours: 8 am-midnight year-round

Driving Distances Castlegar to area communities: km miles Border crossing (Paterson BC/Frontier WA) 46 28 Balfour 78 48 Creston 120 75 Grand Forks 94 58 Kaslo 115 72 Nakusp 149 93 Nelson 43 27 Rossland 37 23 Salmo 39 24 Slocan 69 43 Trail 26 16 Castlegar to other major centres: km miles Banff AB 511 318 Blaine WA 596 370 Calgary AB 634 394 Coeur d’Alene ID 258 160 Cranbrook 232 144 Dawson Creek 1,237 769 Edmonton AB 933 580 Fernie 324 201 Golden 397 247 Hope 467 290 Jasper AB 708 440 Kamloops 461 286 Kelowna 297 185 Merritt 431 268 Nanaimo 695 432 Port Hardy 1,079 670 Portland OR 806 501 Powell River 791 492 Prince George 987 613 Prince Rupert 1,712 1,064 Princeton 334 208 Radium Hot Springs 373 232 Revelstoke 249 155 Salmon Arm 347 216 Sandpoint ID 230 143 Seattle WA 630 391 Sparwood 353 219 Spokane WA 224 139 Squamish 680 423 Surrey 591 367 Tofino 896 557 Vancouver 617 383 Vernon 345 214 Victoria 695 432 Whistler 694 431

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AND LIONS LAIR BODY PIERCING Serving our communities that have graciously supported us for more than a decade, Darrell Cross and Colin Millar provide CUSTOM art from pen and paper to skin and ink. With over 16 years of experience each, custom designs are available by appointment Tuesday through Friday. Walk-ins are welcome on Saturdays.

Sydney has been professionally piercing for half a decade and offers basic, exotic and custom body piercing, dermal anchor implants, ear stretching and a vast selection of original custom jewelry.

Unique gifts and t-shirts available

TWO LOCATIONS TO SERVE THE KOOTENAYS:

www.wolfsdentattoo.ca Trail 1407 Second Ave

250-364-1977

Castlegar 2329 Columbia Ave

250-304-1976


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There’s doing it, then there’s doing it. Your first love... that last rollercoaster ride. Add to your life’s highlight reel by borrowing a bit of our spirit of people and place. Castlegar is hub-central for exploring life’s tickle trunk of outdoor activity in the West Kootenays. Camp, hike, shop, golf, fish, mountain bike, pursue arts and culture, or wildlife watch. Be an action hero... Life’s an adventure. Start a new one in Castlegar, B.C.

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