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We’re Here for You: The Castlegar Chamber of Commerce is here to help your business thrive on all levels. We like to think of the Chamber being your personal 911 hotline to success. It is our top priority to assist your business to the best of our ability, provide you with multiple networking and promotional opportunities, and will always provide resources whenyour business requires that extra something. Find Your Voice: Joining the Chamber of Commerce is an opportunity to align your company with the hundreds of business people already represented by the Chamber. The Castlegar Chamber of Commerce is a large networking group of friendly, hardworking individuals, all working together to build a healthy local economy. Castlegar and District, with a local population in excess of 13,000 (and a trade area population of close to 70,000), is located in the spectacular Kootenays. It is equidistant between Calgary and Vancouver, and only 30 to 45 minutes from the US border (with three crossings). Situated at the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay rivers, it is also on the main east-west corridor of southern British Columbia (Highway 3). The economy of Castlegar and District is highly linked to

Shape the Future of Castlegar: Business advocacy is the essence of the Chamber. Your business needs can be represented by the Chamber at an extraordinary number of boards, review panels, advisory committees and agencies throughout Castlegar, the Kootenays, British Columbia, and Canada. Promote Your Business: Reach the heart of local businesses, become a member and take advantage of our advertising opportunities. Position your business in front of thousands through our monthly newspaper, website, or by sponsoring one of our business events.

Tammy Verigin Burk, Executive director natural resources that are abundant in the area. Forestry, hydro-electricity, transportation (trucking), tourism, education and government services all play a part in the economic health of the region. The area provides a rich history, a thriving arts culture, and an abundant outdoor lifestyle. The community offers an active lifestyle while allowing residents to raise a family in a safe, friendly and clean environment.

Castlegar & district Chamber of 1995 6th ave, Castlegar British Columbia V1N4B7

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Major routes that pass through Castlegar are Highway 3 (east-west) and Vancouver 3A-22 (north-south). Up-to-the-minute road conditions can be found at West Kootenay Regional Airport in Castlegar offers three daily flights to Vancouver and one daily flight to Calgary via Air Canada. Seattle Budget car rental operates at the airport and Practicar operates downtown. Queen City Shuttle operates daily between Castlegar and Nelson and Mountain Shuttle operates daily between Castlegar and Rossland.


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For service to and from the airport, take the #33 bus from the Castlegar Community Complex or call Castlegar Taxi at 250-687-0133. Reservations are encouraged. averages high (f/c) low (f/c) rain (in/mm)

Jan 31/-0.5 22/-5.5 0.8/20

casTlegar To ‌ Kelowna Vancouver Calgary Seattle Spokane Sandpoint, Idaho

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mar 50/10 30/-1 1.2/30

apr 55/13 35/1.7 1.2/30

disTance 306 km/190 miles 620 km/385 miles 618 km/384 miles 624 km/388 miles 231 km/143 miles 230 km/143 miles

may 70/21 45/7 1.7/43

June 74/23 50/10 1.2/30

driving Time 3 h 44 min 7 h 21 min 6 h 46 min 7 h 17 min 3 h 8 min 2 h 48 min


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July 82/28 53/12 0.8/20

aug 85/29 56/13 0.7/18

sepT 74/23 49/9 0.8/20

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Border crossings Paterson BC/Frontier WA Waneta BC/Boundary WA Nelway BC/Metaline WA

Commerce and economic development Toll Free: 1.888.365.6313




nov 41/5 31/-0.5 2.1/53

dec 30/-1 22/-5.5 1.0/25

hours 24 hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8 a.m. to midnight

Regardless of what brought you to Castlegar… we know you will be back! Once you’ve experienced the Kootenay way of life and had a glimpse of the offerings of our fair city – you will want more! Castlegar is the second largest community in the West Kootenays and is not only a thriving business and residential community but has also become a tourist hot spot as well. Mercer International’s Celgar operation, as the largest employer and main economic driver of the Castlegar area since 1961 is proud of the part we play in supporting the community. Our company and our employees contribute regularly to causes within the community including non-profit associations, charities, sports, annual scholarships and community events and projects. The Castlegar Parks and Trails society, Sculpturewalk, Communities in Bloom, the Kootenay Gallery, the Kootenay Festival and Spring Fling are all proudly supported by Celgar. We are especially proud of our BE SEEN pedestrian safety campaign and our contributions to Castlegar’s largest tourist attraction; the Millennium Park. The Celgar Pavilion, Celgar Drive In… Drop In launching ramp at the Bike Skills Park and the outdoor exercise equipment located there were all sponsored in part by Celgar. We hope you enjoy your visit to Castlegar – see you again soon! Working together to be the best for our communities, our environment… our future! 250.365.7211 Celgar, a division of Mercer International is located on the shores of the Columbia River just minutes from downtown Castlegar. The pulp produced at Celgar is recognized as some of the best in the world and our customers; paper, tissue, toweling and hygiene product manufacturers all over the globe depend on it to add strength to their products. The power we generate fully supplies our own needs and also allows us to export enough Eco-certified Green Energy to the local power grid to supply approximately 20,000 homes.


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Where mountains and rivers meet in a fertile valley that boasts rich cultural heritage, a thriving artistic scene and more than enough outdoor recreation for every kind of enthusiast. take the time to reconnect with what’s important by stopping by the little city in the valley. We look forward to seeing you.

a message from The mayor On behalf of city council and the citizens of Castlegar, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our wonderful community. The City of Castlegar is committed to maintaining a quality of life unsurpassed in the province of British Columbia. The combination of our location, business services, recreation, educational opportunities and most importantly the hospitality and energy of our residents makes Castlegar a dynamic community in which to live, invest and visit. The City of Castlegar is pleased to answer any questions you may have regarding our community. We appreciate you taking the time to explore our city, and invite you to experience all that our community and region have to offer. Best wishes for an enjoyable visit! Mayor Lawrence Chernoff


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Stunning Outdoor Sculptures

Enjoy artwork from International artists on a beautiful walking tour in downtown Castlegar. Vote for your favourite sculpture via ballot, or decide which one you’d like to purchase or lease for yourself. See why we’ve been named The Sculpture Capital of Canada™ and take the Sculpturewalk today! | 6 | CASTLEGAR 2018 VISITOR GUIDE


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Brilliant Suspension Bridge

1. doukHoBor disCoVery Centre The Doukhobors are a religious group of Russian origin who fled the Czarist government in the late 1800s and with the help of the Canadian government settled in Western Canada. Many found themselves in the West Kootenay in the early 20th century and they have since farmed and flourished. The Discovery Centre is off Highway 3A, across from the airport, at 112 Heritage Way. The 10-acre site features 10 historic buildings including a blacksmith shop, communal dwelling and village market. There are also orchards, gardens, a textiles display, workshop, bistro and gift shop. (While on the property be sure to check out the Kootenay Gallery of Art next door, the many walking trails, and fruit trees.) 8 | CASTLEGAR 2018 VISITOR GUIDE

Doukhobor Discovery Centre

Photo: Shawn Morris Lavina Lookout, Duncan Lake, BC Verigin Park

2. Brilliant Bridge The local Doukhobor community built the Brilliant Suspension Bridge in 1913 and it was used until 1966, when a new bridge was constructed. Public outcry saved the historic bridge from demolition in the 1970s and in 1991 a working group was formed to explore restoring the bridge. After years of perseverance by some members of the community, the bridge was declared a National Historic Site in 1995, and reopened as a pedestrian bridge in 2010. 3. Verigin Memorial Park This Doukhobor burial site and flower garden located on a hillside approximately 2.5 km off Highway 3A outside of Castlegar. It is a tranquil place with spectacular scenic views of the Kootenay and Columbia River valleys. The meticulously manicured flower gardens and grounds are funded and maintained by the Union of Spirtual Communities of Christ with support from other Doukhobor societies and friends. The Verigin tomb contains the remains of leader Peter V. Verigin and his son, Peter P. Verigin, as well as their wives.

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4. tHe CPr station MuseuM The CPR Station Museum, or Railway Museum, is housed in a century-old train station, one of the best preserved in the province. Visitors can easily envision what the hustle and bustle must’ve been like when passengers boarded trains during the 1900s. There is a station agent’s residence on the upper floor and one of the most popular onsite attractions is the perfectly-preserved caboose — a relic of a time when crew members lounged in the last car awaiting their next duties. 5. zuCkerBerg island heriTage parK Named for Alexander Zuckerberg, a teacher and civil engineer who settled on the island in the Columbia River in the 1930s. He was greatly admired by those he taught and to this day he’s celebrated, particularly by the Doukhobors. During his time on the island, the Estonian-born artist built a Chapel House in the style of Russian Orthodox country architecture and it’s perfectly preserved today. there are eight hectares of woods and a variety of paths to explore on the island as well as picnic tables, benches, and a suspension bridge.

Castlegar Railway Museum

The chapel house on Zuckerberg Island. 10 | CASTLEGAR 2018 VISITOR GUIDE




Communities in Bloom

Verigin Memorial Memorial Park Park isis aa historic historic Verigin Doukhobor burial burial site site and and flower flower Doukhobor garden. ItIt isis aa tranquil tranquil place place with with aa garden. spectacular scenic scenic view view of of the the valley valley spectacular and confluence confluence of of the the Kootenay Kootenay and and and  ColumbiaRivers. Rivers. Columbia

6. Communities in Bloom Communities in Bloom is all about greening through environmental, natural heritage conservation, and horticultural actions that involve citizens, businesses, institutions, and municipalities. Castlegar in Bloom is a volunteer committee working under the guidance of the national program. For 15 years Castlegar has been working with a variety of community groups to support education on greening initiatives, with a focus tourism readiness. In June, Castlegar will host the BC Yukon Peony Show and in 2019 the National Peony Festival.

The park parkis located is located approximately The approximately 2.5 2.5 offkm off highway 3A Castlegar between km highway 3A between Castlegar of and Nelsonand andNelson, is open1km to thenorth public the Castlegar regional airport, during the summer season dailyand fromis open to during the summer 10:00 amthe to public 5:00 pm. Admission is by season daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 donation. pm. Admission is by donation. For additional information contact For USCC additional information contact the Office at the Brilliant the USCC Office at the Brilliant Cultural Centre: Cultural Centre: Tel. 250-365-3613 Fax. 250-365-5477 Tel. 250-365-3613 Fax. 250-365-5477 Email Email



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Castlegar’s first Police Station and Refurbished Caboose as added attractions. Open 10am - 5pm Tuesday thru Saturday • April to October. During July, August & September it’s open 7 days a week. For winter hours, tours and all other info please call.

Zuckerberg Island is open year round. Chapel House is open 7 days a week during July, August & September and open mid May thru October from Wednesday to Sunday 10-5.For all other information, including tours please call the Station Museum.

400 - 13 Ave, Castlegar, BC (250) 365-6440

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Both sites are dog friendly

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sculpTure capiTal OF CANADA

In the past eight years over 120 sculptures have been on display as part of Castlegar’s annual Sculpturewalk. Every May, 30 new pieces from artists in the Kootenays and around the world are situated around the city’s downtown core. Locals and visitors alike are then encouraged to get a voting ballot, visit all the sculptures and rate their favourites. The votes are counted every October and the city buys the most 12 | CASTLEGAR 2018 VISITOR GUIDE

popular sculpture to display in perpetuity. Although the event is still in its infancy, it’s received worldwide recognition and pieces for consideration are being submitted to the selection panel from as far away as Russia and Iran. Castlegar Sculpturewalk is also having an impact on neighbouring communities as Nelson and Rossland, who are now leasing sculptures for display in their own downtown cores.

One of the best attractions in Castlegar is the 23-hectare Millennium Park, located on the shores of the Columbia River near the city’s downtown core. This is where children and adults alike spend afternoons and weekends swimming, biking, walking, building sand castles, enjoying picnics near the gardens and playing everything from soccer and tennis to beach volleyball.

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The natural swimming ponds, fed by the Columbia, are popular with families because the shallower areas are great for kids. And the newly built three-acre bike park is, hands-down, the best in the Kootenays because of the amazing array of amenities on offer from beginner to expert pump tracks, dirt jumps and the lumber drop in, made up of over $15,000 worth of wood. It’s considered one of the most aesthetic bike-related structures in the province. If you’re single, a couple or a family, Millennium Park is a must-visit destination in the West Kootenay.

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The Top 5 trails for biking and hiking

1. Columbia & Western This trail system runs from Castlegar to Midway, where it connects with the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. Follow the original railway bed through diverse terrain over trestles and through tunnels. (A bike light is required.) Trailhead: Past the Hugh Keenleyside Dam just west of Castlegar. Distance: 168 km/104 miles. Difficulty: Challenging. 2. Waldie Island This trail goes through a protected Blue Heron bird sanctuary developed by the Friends of Parks and Trails in 1996. It’s designed as a self-guided interpretive trail with stops along the route. Visit for a guide pamphlet. Trailhead: Old Mill Road and Brilliant Road. Distance: 1.5 km/0.9 miles. Difficulty: Easy. 3. Dove Hill Starting at the Castlegar Golf Club parking lot, this trail climbs up the mountain and eventually connects with a large trail system. The trail offers views of the Kootenay River and valley below. Trailhead: 1602 Aaron Road, Ootischenia. Distance: 2.5 km/1.5 miles. Difficulty: Easy. 4. Mel DeAnna This shaded trail loops around Champion Ponds. It’s a great trail for birdwatching and offers beautiful views of the Columbia River valley. Fall offers great colours and in winter this trail is popular for snowshoeing. Trailhead: Viewpoint along Highway 3 toward Salmo. Distance: 5 km/3 miles loop. Difficulty: Easy/moderate. 5. Selkirk College This trail network includes 15 km of trails through forest and along the Columbia River, offering great views of Castlegar and Zuckerberg Island. Trailhead: Frank Beinder Way (at Rosedale Road) or from campus parking lot. Distance: 15 km/9 miles. Difficulty: Easy/moderate.


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3 BesT rocK climBs in casTlegar

A PLACE THAT rocKs Most people are amazed to learn that mountaineers and rock climbers have been climbing the rock walls in and around Castlegar since the 1950s. This area was first used a training ground for those establishing new routes in the Valhalla, Selkirk, Kootenay and Purcell mountain ranges. Today, Castlegar is a destination in its own right for sport climbers, trad climbers and boulderers given the many walls and areas strewn within and around the city. In fact, Castlegar is the only city in BC, aside from Squamish, with a natural rock climbing wall within its boundaries. (Kinnaird Bluffs boasts no less than 70 rock climbs for everyone from beginner to expert climbers.) It’s also the only city in North America to boast an outdoor rock climbing pub. (The Lion’s Head Pub property has a rock wall with established routes on it located about 40 feet from its back patio.)


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yellow sling Details: 5.10b trad Where: Yellow Sling Wall, Kinnaird Bluffs Established in 1967 by the Offermann brothers, this 25-metre crack route was one of the hardest in the province at the time. And it’s still one of the best in British Columbia. Because the wall enjoys excellent southern exposure, people have been known to climb here as early as February. For those who prefer a little more spice, there is a 15-metre 5.11d extension to Yellow Sling called Impetus, established in the 1980s by Canadian rock climbing legend Peter Croft. no dogs allowed Details: 5.12a sport Where: The Valhalla Wall, Waterline No other single-pitch route in Castlegar gives you as much bang for your buck as this one. The 28-metre-long No Dogs Allowed starts with 5.10 warm-up moves, which lead into a 5.11 face. From there the climbing gets delicate and a lot of finesse is required until the final show-stopper crux which entails a lateral dyno, unless you know the secret beta. megawaTTs Details: Nine pitches. 5.8 sport Where: Brilliant Bluffs Although the rock isn’t as good as other areas in Castlegar, this climb deserves to be in the top three simply because of its positioning. The views from the route of the Columbia River, Arrow Lake and Castlegar are stunning. And the climbing is a lot of fun. For your first foray, plan on taking at least a half day and enjoy the leisurely walk-off down the Brilliant Overlook hiking trail. This climb gets full sun and so is excellent in the shoulder seasons but best avoided in the afternoon heat of the summer.

1. Slocan River Tube the upper Slocan river, class I-II. Put in at the Slocan Park bridge. Park on the right of the bridge. This is an approximately three hour float, depending on water levels. Take out is at the Crescent Valley beach and community centre. The best time to tube is July to the middle of August, for warm water and good flow. Tips: Cans only, be prepared to navigate the river with either a paddle or your hand and feet. Don’t litter, bring a bag that can carry all your garbage. Bring water and be sure to watch for log jams and pilings on the home stretch. Rent or buy a tube from Endless Adventure, who also provide shuttle to the river. Buy a tube from Canadian Tire or Lordco in Castlegar. Raft or whitewater kayak the lower Slocan, class III+. Experience necessary. Check out Endless Adventure for guided trips and kayak instruction.

Top 3 Paddles

2. Columbia River Paddle board the river, class I-II. From the old ferry landing (across from the Lions Head Pub). You can go up toward the Hugh Keenleyside Dam for an easy paddle upstream. Or paddle down to Millenium Park, Zuckerberg Island or as far as Genelle. Take out at the trailer park boat launch. This is for intermediate paddlers looking for rolling waves and exhilarating whirlpools. Watch for white sturgeon at the mouth of Pass Creek. 3. Lower Arrow Lake Kayak across the lake to explore the Natural Arch. Approximately 45 minutes from the gravel boat launch in the small community of Deer Park past Syringa Provincial Park. Go straight for the other side. The marked path is located where the well-manicured mansions stop and the mountainside starts. This is a 35-minute switchback road. The lookout is spectacular and gives an opportunity to imagine how that freshwater creek must have raged to blast through the rock.

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WINTER recreaTion sKiing


1. resorts We are 40 km from three main alpine skiing areas, Red Mountain, Whitewater Ski Resort and Salmo Ski Hill.

Castlegar is home of the Rebels, a Junior B team in the Neil Murdoch Division of the Kootenay Conference of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). The Rebels play their home games at the Castlegar and District Community Complex. The Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team has competed in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League since 2007. They are four time league champions.

2. nordiC The Nancy Greene trails are located 32 km west of Castlegar on Highway 3, just west of the junction of Highways 3 and 3B near Nancy Greene Lake. With 45 km of packed and classic tracked ski trails ranging from beginner to advanced levels, there are trails for everyone, including a popular 7.5 km circular route from Mud Lake to the Ben Shaw cabin. Ideal for young families and beginners. The wider trails are for skate skiing. There are a number of longer, more challenging loop trails for intermediate and expert skiers and several kilometres of untracked trails for advanced backcountry skiers. 3. BaCkCountry There are two backcountry lodges, two heli ski operations and three cat ski guides. For our full list check out and click on the Recreation tab.

sledding The Castlegar Snowmobile Association grooms over 70 km of phenomenal trails throughout the Norns, Ladybird and Goose Creek areas. Check for more information on gear, training and forecasts. 20 | CASTLEGAR 2018 VISITOR GUIDE

Top 2 spoTs for sKaTing

3 Top ToBoggan runs

1. Castlegar and distriCt CoMMunity CoMPleX: they rent skates and helmets. Public skating is generally available tuesday, Wednesday, and thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., fridays 4 to 6:15 p.m., and saturdays and sundays from 2 to 4 p.m., but phone ahead to confirm availability: 250-365-3386, ext. 0.

1. Cone Hill: Community park with fire pit. great for all levels.

2. outdoor rink at kinnard Park: By the ball diamonds. operates from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily in december and January, weather dependent.

3. Close to tHe Castlegar airPort: Park before the golf course gates at the entrance to the dove Hill hike. intermediate and advanced.

2. Verigin MeMorial Park: Just before the memorial site, pull off on the right. fun for beginners and intermediate levels.

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3 favourite fishing spots and fishing facts

Top 3 favourite spots 1. Lower Arrow Lake by Syringa Provincial Park. 2. Old Robson ferry landing 3. Selkirk College at the confluence of the Kootenay and the Columbia rivers.

Top 3 species facts 1. Arrow Lake holds the world record for the largest kokanee (a landlocked type of sockeye salmon). 2. The best spots for rainbow trout fishing are within the city limits, located downstream of the mouth of Pass Creek, between the Robson bridge and old CPR bridge. 3. The most popular hotspot for walleye is just few hundred feet up river from the boat launch directly across from the Celgar pulp mill.

3 classic golf courses

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1. Castlegar Golf Course is a championship 18 hole, semi-private golf course. Fully stocked golf shop, restaurant, driving range and a 20-site RV park. 2. Little Bear Golf Course is an executive Par 3 golf course. Family course with a fabulous restaurant. 3. Champion Lake Golf Course is nine holes with long fairways, several water hazards and tactically placed sand traps. Enjoy a great meal at the Eagle’s Nest restaurant with one of the biggest decks in the Kootenays.

3 toP Beaches 1. syringa ProVinCial Park: This popular site is on Lower Arrow Lake, a 19 km drive from Castlegar via Broadwater Road. In addition to the beach, there is a 76-site campground, hiking trails, picnic area, and boat launch. 2. MilleniuM Park: Castlegar’s premier park offers three natural swimming ponds, ranging in depth from 0.7 to 3.6 meters, and has small slides. The water is drawn from the Columbia River. 3. sHoreaCres BeaCH: The Kieran Galbraith Shoreacres Beach Memorial Park, 20 km northeast of Castlegar on Highway 3A, has long been a favourite swimming hole. It’s near the confluence of the Slocan and Kootenay Rivers.

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Where to stay Chameleon Hotel 330 Columbia Ave. 250-365-4981

Canada’s Best Value Inn 1935 Columbia Ave. 250-365-2177

Cozy Pines Motel 2118 Crestview Crescent 250-365-5613

Flamingo Motel 1660 Columbia Ave. 250-365-7978

Fireside Inn Hotel 1810 8th Ave. 250-365-2128

Sandman Hotel 1944 Columbia Ave. 250-365-8444

Super 8 Motel 651 18th St. 250-365-2700

Twin Rivers Motel 1485 Columbia Ave. 250-365-6900

Genelle House B&B 327 15th Ave. Genelle 250-693-2189

Kekuli House Hostel 301 Frank Beinder Way 250-365-1227

Mountain Retreat Guest House 1542 Mountain Dr., Pass Creek 250-365-8386

Windborne B&B 3900 Broadwater Rd., Robson 250-365-6697

Robson Homestead B&B 3671 Broadwater Rd., Robson 250-365-2374

Serene River B&B 2210 Highway 3 250-304-7308

Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground 1725 Highway 3 250-365-2337

Castlegar Golf Club RV Park 1602 Aaron Rd. 250-365-5006

Kootenay River Kampground 651 Rosedale Rd. 250-365-5604

Nancy Greene Provincial Park Junction of Highways 3 and 3B parkpgs/nancy

Pass Creek Campground 1090 Parkside Rd. 250-304-3602

Syringa Creek Provincial Park 5570 Broadwater Rd., Syringa 250-365-6945 parkpgs/syringa


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Cartwrights 1432 Columbia Ave. 250-365-2215

Bagels & Brew 1983 Columbia Ave. 250-304-2030

Chameleon Restaurant 330 Columbia Ave. 250-365-4981

Black Rooster Bar & Grill 651 18th St. 250-365-7779

Chopsticks 789 Columbia Ave. 250-365-5330

Boston Pizza 1983 Columbia Ave. 250-304-6944

Common Ground Coffee 692 18th St. 250-365-3883

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Crumbs Bakery Cafe 635D Columbia Ave. 250-365-6561


• Specializing in Greek and Meditteranian cuisine with pasta, seafood and vegetarian options


• Homemade burgers and fries featured on our lunch menu along with other delicious options such as our wraps and soups


50% OFF pick-up & delivery only

Where to eat

Traditional Doukhobor fare

• Delicious monthly pizza and salad specials that wander from around the globe

y for Open dailt and lunch All foo s dm breakfa on site an ade fresh d licensed

400 Columbia Ave, Castlegar • 250-365-2311

You don’t have to fly to eat at Pie in the Sky

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where To eaT

cuisine of india 908 Columbia Ave. 250-365-0999

lions head smoKe ‘n’ Brew puB 2629 Broadwater Rd., Robson 250-365-2739

pie in The sKy resTauranT Castlegar airport 250-365-8211

dairy Queen 604 18th St. 250-365-5522

liTTle Bear cluBhouse 872 Waterloo Rd., Ootischenia 250-365-2353

rooTs modern healTh food 9-1502 Columbia Ave. 250-687-4442

grand Buddha BisTro 1810 8th Ave. 778-460-2227 TheGrandBuddhaBistro gravi Tea coffee & Toys 111-1983 Columbia Ave. 778-460-4869 Java shacK 502 Columbia Ave.

mcdonald’s 1991 Columbia Ave. 250-304-2400 monTe carlo grill 1935 Columbia Ave. 250-365-3877 Panago Pizza 102-1990 Columbia Ave. 250-310-0001

sTarBucKs 1721 Columbia Ave. 250-365-7771 suBway 2-425 Columbia Ave. 250-365-0330 suBway 2001 Columbia Ave. 250-365-7826

Your hub of adventure with BC’s finest craft beer on tap, a family friendly atmosphere and an outstanding menu. We’re the start and finish to your next adventure in the Castlegar area with two sunny patios. Rated one of the top 10 pubs to visit in BC – BC Magazine, 2016

(250) 365-2739 | | Robson, BC 26 | CASTLEGAR 2018 VISITOR GUIDE

The Nineteenth 1602 Aaron Rd. 250-365-2439 Thirsty Duck Pub 4370 Minto Rd. 250-365-0035 Tim Hortons 1465 Columbia Ave. 250-365-2992

Gravi Tea Coffee & Toys Amazing coffee, food, tea and toys • A place for friends and family 111-1983 Columbia Ave., Castlegar BC | 1-778-460-4869

The Wandering Greek Oven 400 Columbia Ave. 250-365-2311

Serving breakfast until 5 pm every day. Great menu for lunch and dinner too. We have something for everyone in the family.

The Woods 292 Columbia Ave.

1983 COLUMBIA AVE., CASTLEGAR BC • 778-460-2644



692 18th St. Castlegar, BC | 250.365.3883



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Calendar 2018 March


Castlegar Minor Hockey Tournament



Castlegar Rebels playoffs Soup for the Cultured Soul, Kootenay Gallery


Sunrise Rotary Wine Festival

West Kootenay Trade Show Spring Fling

Scotch Tasting Fine Dining




Peony Show Sunfest Wednesday Music in the Park


Fear BC Race Knights of Columbus pig roast Wine and dine at Little Bear Golf Course Monday Night at the Movies

Canada Day Kootenay Festival Kootenay Country Music Festival Wednesday Music in the Park


Monday Night at the Movies

Kootenay Gallery opening exhibit Wednesday Music in the Park


Sculpturewalk gala Monday Night at the Movies Castlegar Skating Club hosts West Kootenay Invitational Winter Fest

Flights daily to Vancouver New Terminal Building • Short & Long-term Parking • Business Lounge & Free WiFi • Spacious Waiting Area, Convenient Check-in, and Kids Corner Just 30 minutes from Castlegar


(800) 663-2872

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Mind, Body, AND soul

Top 3 healTh and wellness mind 1. REST Assured Kootenay Floats: The Kootenay’s largest floatation facility, offering physical and mental benefits in two state-of-the-art floatation therapy cabins. Rest, rejuvenate, recharge.


Body 2. Silver Birch Spa: Treat yourself to unique facials. Exclusive to the West Kootenay using organic hand-picked seaweeds from the west coast, alongside other organic botanicals and natural wholesome ingredients to leave your skin rejuvenated and bright. Perfect for in between seasons. Leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.

soul 3. Mollie Kindered, Medium: Want an experience like no other? Looking for alternative ways to heal, reset, reconnect and or transform? Been seen like you have never seen yourself before. Expand your soul. Be the change you want to see in others.

Castlegar is the centre for exploring entrepreneurial opportunities, and outdoor activity in the West Kootenays. Our distinct cultural flavour, and warmth and openness of humanity will bring a quick smile to your face…and a lingering feeling of contentment. Lifestyle is not urban rush, but a relaxed mix of outdoor rugged and urban cool. Business is important, but the lifestyle dog still wags the business tail. Be an action hero. Be a cultural sponge. Life’s an adventure. Start a new one in Castlegar!


Largest Airport in the West Kootenays 3 Daily Flights to Vancouver & Daily to Calgary Providing Connecting Flights to the World Central location to the region with shuttle service to Trail, Nelson connecting to Cranbrook & Kelowna Modern, full-service terminal with casino, restaurants & free wiďŹ

Life’s an adventure, start one here in Castlegar!

Castlegar, BC 250-365-5151

Special Features - Catlegar Visitor Guide 2018  


Special Features - Catlegar Visitor Guide 2018