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Castlegar, British Columbia

5 Blooms International Winner

Message from the chamber

Coming out of a successful 2018, the Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce was recognized as the BC Chamber of the year and given the community engagement award by the BC chamber executives. We stand out for our collaboration and innovation, due to the exceptional hub of services that creates our team: economic development, Destination Castlegar, visitors centre, Community Futures and the Chamber of Commerce. It’s one-stop shop for economic development, business, and tourism needs, striving to provide the highest service to our members, businesses and community at large. We aid in the growth and sustainability of Castlegar businesses and organizations. We’re pleased to be the strongest voice for local business, encouraging a climate that enables our communities to prosper. 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

Our vision is to encourage business and facilitate visitor friendly experiences. Our organization shares in the interest and economic well being of our citizens. The chamber is committed to working to enhance the community’s quality of life by encouraging growth in commerce and supporting sustainable development. We are proud to represent the “centre of it all”: Castlegar and regional district Areas I and J. Once you visit, we will guarantee you will be back!

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 &1995District Chamber of Commerce 6th Ave, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N4B7 tourism@castlegar.com www.castlegar.com Toll Free: 1.888.365.6313



getting here




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

Sandpoint Spokane Calgary

Kelowna Nelson



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)

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Distance 306 km/190 miles 620 km/385 miles 618 km/384 miles 624 km/388 miles 231 km/143 miles 901 km/560 miles

May 70/21 45/7 1.7/43

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DriVing tiMe 3 h 44 min 7 h 21 min 6 h 46 min 7 h 17 min 3 h 8 min 9 h 25 min

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

Castlegar & District250-304-8231 Economic Development edm@castlegar.com caded.ca

table of contents

7-9 arts &


10 sculpturewalk @photosby-huziak


11 hiking & biking


13 DaMs @bchydro

15 paDDling @endless adventurepics

18 rock


12 MillenniuM

park & beaches @chezlamere

14 Motorcycling @destination_castlegar

16-17 Map @miller_mermaid

20 fishing @chillbillyguide_



golfing @castlegargolf

22-23 winter

recreation @colinskahl

24-27 where to eat


28-29 where to stay


31 eVents @creativeworks bychristine

coMe anD Visit the centre of it all

#fishthegar #bikethegar #climbthegar #hikethegar #sledthegar destination_castlegar Destination Castlegar


a Message froM the Mayor The City of Castlegar is certainly a hidden gem found within the Kootenays. It’s beautifully cushioned alongside the Columbia River and is rich with early settlement history. Tucked in the southeast corner of British Columbia, Castlegar holds true to its West Coast roots. With beautiful freshwater lakes, lush green hiking trails and outdoor opportunities for all types of sports enthusiasts, our strong little community offers so much. Castlegar truly has a diverse range of opportunities and amenities for businesses, families, education, and tourism. We are proud of the multicultural town we have always been and celebrate our strong diverse community. Echoing the Canadian appeal, Castlegar shows its distinguished beauty throughout all four seasons. From biking, fishing and rock climbing to skiing, hockey, and snowmobiling our community offers explorers, visitors and newcomers all you’ll need to start a family or relax comfortably. We are proud of our citizens, businesses, community, volunteers and council for ensuring your time here is memorable. So, please come check out our Millennium ponds, lakes, Sculpturewalk, waterparks, restaurants and heritage buildings — you won’t leave without discovering your own natural wonder. Mayor Bruno Tassone

Castlegar is the second largest community in the West Kootenays and is not only a thriving business and residential community but a tourist hot spot as well. Those of us who live, work and play here know how lucky we are! Mercer Celgar is located on the shores of the Columbia River just minutes from downtown Castlegar. As the largest employer and main economic driver of the area since 1961, we are proud of the role we have played in building and supporting the community. The Pulp produced at Celgar is recognized as one of the highest qualities of pulp in the world and is used by our customers across the globe, in the manufacturing of basic human needs essentials like tissue, toweling and other paper hygiene 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. Our People; our employees and our company, 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 hot-spot; 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! PublicRelations@Celgar.com 250.365.7211

Celgar is a subsidiary of Mercer International; one of the world’s largest producers of market pulp and a growing leader in solid wood products, services and bio-extractives with operations in Canada, Germany and Australia.


coVer photo Photographer: Lee Orr Overlooking the Lion’s Head bluff and Columbia River.


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Eric Lawson Greg Nesteroff Jenn Cowan Destination Castlegar Courtesy of Destination Castlegar and Black Press


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Old Glory Trail, Rossland Svetlana Hadikin, Student Photo Contest Winner

Imagine a learning environment where lifestyle meshes perfectly with life goals and success is achieved in an atmosphere that caters to individual needs. That place exists at Selkirk College.

Come explore everything the Kootenays have to offer!

Located in the magical mountain setting of the West Kootenay, Selkirk College has been making post-secondary dreams come true for more than 50 years. With a choice of 60 nationally recognized programs in an unsurpassed learning environment, the pathway to a bright future is within reach. Find out more at selkirk.ca


Katrine Conroy, MLA

Kootenay West 1-888-755-0556 Katrine.conroy.mla@leg.bc.ca www.katrineconroy.ca

arts & heritage 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.

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.

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.)


Brilliant Suspension Bridge

Brilliant Bridge

arts & heritage Leo Tolstoy statue at Doukhobor Discovery Centre & Verigin Memorial Park

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.

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.

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 National Peony Show.

Kootenay Gallery

The Kootenay Gallery is a public art gallery featuring a rotating series of exhibitions by professional artists from the region, the province and beyond. There is also a gift shop with a wide variety of arts and crafts items made by artisans in the Kootenay region. The gallery hosts events, workshops and youth programs.


KOOTENAY GALLERY OF ART & GIFT SHOP Fine Art. Unique Gifts. Beautiful Things.

Doukhobor Discovery Centre

112 Heritage Way, Castlegar, BC 250-365-5327 www.doukhobor-museum.org

Open Jan. - Nov. Tues. - Sat. 10am-5pm December 1st - 24th 7days/week 10am-5pm 120 Heritage Way Castlegar, BC 250.365.3337 kootenaygallery.com



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

901 - 7 Ave. Castlegar, BC (250) 365-6440

Both sites are dog friendly • Admission to museum and chapel are by donation


May - October | 9am Shop Free Wi Fi & Small Gift (250) 365-6440 CASTLEGAR 2019 VISITOR GUIDE | 9


Castlegar is the Sculpture Capital of Canada. In the past four years over 120 sculptures have been on display as part of the city’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 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 ear, and what a in their own downtown cores. display

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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!

info@castlegarsculpturewalk.com | sculpturewalkcastlegar.com 10 | CASTLEGAR 2019 VISITOR GUIDE

hiking & biking 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: Intermediate/challenging.

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 friendsoftrails.org for a guide pamphlet. Trailhead: Old Mill Road and Brilliant Road. Distance: 1.5 km/0.9 miles. Difficulty: Easy.

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. Not bike friendly.

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: Challenging bike, intermediate hike.

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.

Merry Creek

The hiking network contains three trails: Big Cedar Trail, Merry Valley Trail and the Columbia Trail. A pleasant 5 km walk through a dense forest followed by a climb to a fine view of Castlegar and the Columbia Valley. Cyclists have three dedicated trails: Merry Go Round, Hail Merry, and Mr. Greenjeans and Captain Kangaroo. Trailhead: 2 km off Highway 3 on Merry Creek Forest Service Road. Distance: 5 km. Difficulty: Easy (hiking) and intermediate/advanced (biking).

Pass Creek

Pass Creek is a very diverse watershed. Rainbow trout can be seen spawning in the spring; kokanee in September, and mountain whitefish in the fall. Dogs must be leashed. Trailhead: Parkside Road at campground. Distance: 1.5 km loop. Difficulty: Easy.

Little McPhee waterfall

This trail follows the original Doukhobor workers’ trail from Brilliant Dam. The trail drops into the creek bed, which is followed upstream for a short distance. A short extension of the trail ends at the plunge pool of the scenic waterfall. The waterfall is best in spring and early summer when water runoff is high; later in the season the creek flow is significantly reduced. Trailhead: From Brilliant substation parking lot, follow Skattebo Reach trail for 2.25 km. Distance: 2.3 km oneway. Difficulty: Intermediate. For more information about biking trails, check local bike shop Cycology at 926 Columbia Avenue or call 778-460-2453. CASTLEGAR 2019 VISITOR GUIDE | 11

MillenniuM park & beaches

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 76site campground, hiking trails, picnic area, and boat launch.

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.

Millennium 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. 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. 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. The best parts of Millennium Park 1) The swimming ponds 2) Adaptable walking and biking trails 3) The bike park




410 Columbia Avenue Castlegar, BC (250) 608-2732 12 | CASTLEGAR 2019 VISITOR GUIDE

100 Hall Road, Castlegar | 250.304.6300 |


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Dams Hugh L. Keenleyside Dam

Castlegar is DAM interesting. Within a 55 km drive, there are 11 dams on the Columbia, Kootenay, and Pend d’Oreille rivers. Here is a list of dams and power facilities that can be easily accessed by car from Castlegar, listed by proximity to the city: Arrow Lakes, Keenleyside, Brilliant, South Slocan, Lower Bonnington, Bonnington Falls, Upper Bonnington, Corra Linn, Kootenay Canal, Seven Mile and Waneta. The closest ones for a convenient day trip are:

Hugh L. Keenleyside Dam

Located: Columbia River, 11.8 km northwest of Castlegar Completed: 1968 Owner: BC Hydro Generating capacity: Storage facility only Size: 52m high, 853m long Description: Located on the Columbia River, 11.8 km upstream from downtown, the Keenleyside Dam is 171 feet (52 m) high and has a crest length of 2,800 feet (853 m), made of earth and concrete. It was completed in 1968 as part of the Columbia River Treaty and controls a drainage area of 14,100 square miles, or 3.6 million hectares. The entire Arrow Lakes system extending 232 km north to Revelstoke is the dam’s storage reservoir. The dam has the only navigational lock in Western Canada, which is available for public viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. From the city’s downtown core, it’s an easy trip up Arrow Lakes Drive to the dam. There’s also a lookout off Broadwater Road on the other side of the river that provides visitors an excellent view of the dam’s super structure. It was one of the most controversial dams ever created, as it resulted in the displacement of about 2,000 people in the Arrow Lakes valley.

Arrow Lakes Generating Station

Located: Columbia River, just below Keenleyside Dam Completed: 2002 Owner: Columbia Power Generating capacity: 185 MW Size: 73m high (13m above ground, 60m below) Description: Used to generate power with the water stored by the Keenleyside Dam.

Brilliant Dam

Located: Highway 3A, Kootenay River, 8 km east of Castlegar Completed: 1944, expansion added in 2007 Owner: Columbia Power Generating capacity: 260 MW Size: 42.6m high Description: Constructed during World War II by mostly Doukhobor labourers, which allowed them to avoid conscription.

South Slocan Generating Station

Located: Kootenay River, West Kootenay Road, 24 km northeast of Castlegar Completed: 1928 Owner: FortisBC Generating capacity: 57 MW Description: A complex near the dam was constructed to house workers. Nearby was a recreation hall with badminton courts and a bowling alley.

Lower Bonnington Dam

Located: Highway 3A, Kootenay River, 26 km northeast of Castlegar Completed: 1897, rebuilt 1924 Owner: FortisBC Generating capacity: 23 MW Size: 18.2m high, 36.5m long Description: The dam was originally built to supply energy requirements of the Rossland mines. CASTLEGAR 2019 VISITOR GUIDE | 13


There’s nothing quite like the feel of hugging tight corners on two wheels while zooming through the terrain. And if that terrain just happens to be mountain passes threading past turquoise lakes, all the better!

The Old Glory Loop

If you’re short on time, this is an excellent loop that can be done in about two hours or you can take it slow and enjoy the entire day. From Castlegar drive Highway 3 west towards the Paulson Summit. At the junction where Highway 3 meets Highway 3B you’ll find Nancy Greene Provincial Park. From there wind your way south on Highway 3B and you’ll spy Old Glory Mountain. Eventually you’ll come to Rossland. Once you’ve enjoyed a coffee and rest, continue east and down the hill to Trail. Continue on Highawy 3B over the bridge and follow the Columbia River. You’ll climb in elevation and eventually reach Fruitvale. You can rest there and then continue on the last leg of your journey up to the Bombi Pass. Turn west on Highway 3 and follow it back to Castlegar.

The Bombi Pass

This loop can take two hours but you’ll definitely want to dedicate more time. Start in Castlegar then drive south over the Bombi Pass to Salmo. Wind your way to Ymir where you should stop inand see the eclectic collection of art and musical instruments at the hotel. Eventually you’ll continue north to Nelson where you’ll want to be sure to cruise Baker Street where the majority of the city’s stores and restaurants can be found. The last stretch of the journey takes you west from Nelson over the Taghum bridge before heading back towards Castlegar along the Kootenay River past several hydroelectric dams and beautiful viewpoints. There are some fantastic corners along this stretch but also more traffic than the rest of the journey so be aware of your speed. 14 | CASTLEGAR 2019 VISITOR GUIDE

River Ride

Start in Castlegar and travel on Highway 3A along the Kootenay River toward the Playmor Junction. Turn left towards Crescent Calley. Take a left over the Slocan River onto Pass Creek Road for a windy ride along Pass Creek back to the Castlegar and a view of the Columbia River. This is a nice, short option with windy roads.

The WKRDS Dirt Biking Trails

There are innumerable opportunities to go dirt-biking around Castlegar. Plenty of logging roads will take you high into the alpine or to neighbouring valleys. Consider visiting the trails of the West Kootenay Recreational Dirt Bike and ATV Society for maintained dirt biking trails. Southeast of Castlegar you’ll find a full MX track, a kids MX track and a 23 km hare scramble loop. To get to the KMX track, follow Highway 3 east up the Bombi Pass and about 5 km after the summit (where the power lines cross over) look for a runaway lane on your left. You want the first left after the runaway lane (look for the KMC sign). Once you make a left turn, follow the Beavervale FSR for about 1.5 km then turn right and follow the road through the gate. Membership rates apply to use the KMX track but the extensive singletrack system at Rover Creek is free. To access those trails, set your odometer to zero at the north end of the Brilliant Bridge just outside Castlegar. Follow Highway 3A for 18.9 km and look for Blewett road on your right. Follow Blewett Road for 3.5 km and look for a dirt road on your right just after crossing the Kootenay Canal bridge. For more information about the West Kootenay Recreational Dirt Bike and ATV Society check out their webpage at wkrdas.com.


Slocan River

Tube the Upper Slocan – Tube, 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. Lower Slocan – Raft or whitewayer kayak, class III+. Experience necessary. Check out Endless Adventure for guided trips, kayak instruction, and rentals.

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. Watch for white sturgeon at the mouth of Pass Creek in the spring. Or paddle down to Millennium 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. Join the paddle parade on Canada Day.

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. CASTLEGAR 2019 VISITOR GUIDE | 15







Selkirk College

Natural Swimming Ponds

~ Fishing ~ Climbing ~ Biking

WORLD-CLASS destination for






For recreational opportunities, historical interest and for a warm welcome, Castlegar can’t be beat. As ‘GATEWAY TO THE ARROW LAKES’, Castlegar offers over 200 km of world-class fishing and boating. The abandoned KETTLE VALLEY RAILWAY is an amazing cycling experience.




Castlegar Golf Club & RV Park



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Little Bear Golf

Meldeanna Trail - 8 km


2018 Special Map Edition for Destination Castlegar Produced by: manon@designonthego.com ©DESIGN ON THE GO All Rights Reserved





Pick up your Castlegar detailed map at the Visitor Centre

Nancy Greene Prov. Park - 26 km





Aquatic Centre & Skateboard Park


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rock cliMbing 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.)

3 best rock climbs in Castlegar

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. 18 | CASTLEGAR 2019 VISITOR GUIDE

Flights daily to Vancouver and beyond • Short & Long-term Parking • Business Lounge with WiFi • Spacious Waiting Area, Convenient Check-in, and Kids Corner

30 minutes from Castlegar


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fishing 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. Kokanee: Arrow Lake holds the world record for the largest kokanee (a landlocked type of sockeye salmon). 2. Rainbow Trout: 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. Walleye: The most popular hotspot for walleye is just few hundred feet up river from the boat launch directly across from the Celgar pulp mill.

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102-1983 Columbia Ave. Kootenay Crossing Mall


Little Bear Golf Course is an executive Par 3 golf course. Family course with a fabulous restaurant. Birchbank is located on Highway 22 just outside of Castlegar. This 18-hole championship course is a fully mature, treelined classic overlooking the Columbia River with spectacular views of the surrounding Selkirk and Monashee ranges.

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• Championship 18 hole golf course situated in the heart of the Kootenays • Rated four stars by Golf Digest • Fully stocked golf shop, restaurant, clubhouse • 20 Site RV Park A “must play” for any Kootenay golf holiday!



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Conquer the Kootenay esCape room An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objective at hand. Puzzles are hidden throughout the room. Perfect for families, friends, companies, tourists and game enthusiasts.

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Castlegar Golf Cours

Castlegar Golf Course overlooks the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. This is a championship 18-hole, semi-private course. Full service golf shop, restaurant and driving range and a 20-site RV park.

winter recreation Skating

Castlegar and District Community Complex: Skates and helmets are available for rent. Public skating is generally 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. Pioneer Arena: Open October to March. Mini-ice surface and modified NHL surface. Rent the ice or dry floor for your conference or special event by calling the same number above. 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.


Cone Hill: Community park with fire pit. Great for all levels. Verigin Memorial Park: Just before the memorial site, pull off on the right. Fun for beginners and intermediate levels. Close to the Castlegar Airport: Park before the golf course gates at the entrance to the Dove Hill hike. Intermediate and advanced.

Skiing and Snowshoeing

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. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available at Mallard’s Source for Sports. Resorts: We are 40 km from three main alpine skiing areas, Red Mountain, Whitewater Ski Resort, and Salmo Ski Hill. Backcountry: There are two backcountry lodges, two heli ski operations and three cat ski guides. For our full list check out destinationcastlegar.com and click on the Recreation tab. 22 | CASTLEGAR 2018 VISITOR GUIDE

winter recreation Sledding

The Castlegar Snowmobile Association grooms over 70 km of phenomenal trails throughout the Norns, Ladybird and Goose Creek areas. Check csasled.org for more information on gear, training and forecasts.


Castlegar is home of the Rebels and Selkirk Saints. The Rebels are 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.


Cuisine of India When your appetite calls, come to Cuisine of India • Authentic Indian Cuisine • Eat-in, catering and take-out options • Everything made fresh to order – all dietary requests respected • Committed to the highest quality food, drink and service • Open 7 days a week 908 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, BC | (250) 365-0999 | cuisineofindia.ca

McDonald’s Tasty Treats, Delicious Eats 799 Victoria St, Trail 1601 Marcolin Dr.(Walmart Location) Trail 1991 Columbia Ave, Castlegar

250-368-3361 250-368-8661 250-304-2400

CASTLEGAR GOLF CLUB & RV PARK • 20 Site RV Park • Stay and Play packages • Free firewood

• Natural environment • Wifi, washroom facilities

1602 Aaron Rd, Castlegar, BC V1N 4L6 • 250-365-5006 • 1-800-666-0324 golfcastlegar.com Host Phone # 1 (604) 217-2166 (Dennis & Susan)


400 Columbia Ave,, Castlegar BC thewanderinggreekoven.com | 250-365-2311

Where to EAT A&W

1982 Columbia Ave. 250-365-4990

Bagels & Brew

1983 Columbia Ave. 250-304-2030

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

Boston Pizza

1983 Columbia Ave. 250-304-6944 bostonpizza.com

Chameleon Restaurant 330 Columbia Ave. 250-365-4981

Canadian 2 for 1 Pizza 1004 Columbia Ave. 250-365-3244 canadian2for1pizza.com


1432 Columbia Ave. 250-365-2215


789 Columbia Ave. 250-365-5330 chopstickscastlegar.com

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

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

Cuisine of India 908 Columbia Ave. 250-365-0999 cuisineofindia.ca

Dairy Queen

604 18th St. 250-365-5522 dairyqueen.com

Dawn’s Early Rising Sunshine Cafe 2305 Columbia Ave. 250-365-4916 dawnsearlyrising.com

Grand Buddha Bistro

1810 8th Ave. 778-460-2227 facebook.com/TheGrandBuddhaBistro

Gravi Tea Coffee & Toys 111-1983 Columbia Ave. 778-460-4869

Lions Head Smoke ‘n’ Brew Pub

Roots Modern Health Food 502 Columbia Ave. 778-460-3663


1721 Columbia Ave. 250-365-7771 starbucks.ca


2-425 Columbia Ave. 250-365-0330


2001 Columbia Ave. 250-365-7826

Tailout Brewing

1810 8th Ave. tailoutbrewing.com

2629 Broadwater Rd., Robson 250-365-2739 lionsheadpub.ca

The Bombi Restaurant

Little Bear Clubhouse

The Humble Bean Coffee Co.

872 Waterloo Rd., Ootischenia 250-365-2353 littlebeargolfcourse.ca/restaurant


1983 Columbia Ave. 778-460-2644 1125 4th St. 250-513-0273

The Nineteenth

1991 Columbia Ave. 250-304-2400

1602 Aaron Rd. 250-365-2439 facebook.com/TheNineteenthCastlegar

Monte Carlo Grill

The Wandering Greek Oven

1935 Columbia Ave. 250-365-3877

Panago Pizza

102-1990 Columbia Ave. 250-310-0001 panago.com

Pie in the Sky Restaurant Castlegar Airport 250-365-8211

Roots Modern Health Food

400 Columbia Ave. 250-365-2311 thewanderinggreekoven.com

Tim Hortons

1465 Columbia Ave. 250-365-2992 timhortons.com

Trackside Bistro 1237-1249 3rd St. 250-687-0789

9-1502 Columbia Ave. 780-365-9436


where to eat Welcome foodies, to a large variety of eateries including big city classics, brew pub, home cooking and ethnic cuisine.


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Serving breakfast all day, every day. Great menu for lunch and dinner too.

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692 18th St. Castlegar, BC | 250.365.3883

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

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B&Bs, Vacation Houses

Hotels & Motels

Where to Stay Chameleon Hotel

Canada’s Best Value Inn

Cozy Pines Motel

330 Columbia Ave. 250-365-4981 chameleonhotel.com

1935 Columbia Ave. 250-365-2177 canadabestvalueandsuits.ca

2118 Crestview Crescent 250-365-5613 cozypines.com

Flamingo Motel

Fireside Inn Hotel

Sandman Hotel

1660 Columbia Ave. 250-365-7978 flamingomotel.ca

1810 8th Ave. 250-365-2128 firesideinn.ca

1944 Columbia Ave. 250-365-8444 sandmanhotels.ca

Super 8 Motel

Twin Rivers Motel

651 18th St. 250-365-2700 super8castlegar.com

1485 Columbia Ave. 250-365-6900 twin-rivers-motel.business.site

Genelle House B&B

Kekuli House Hostel

327 15th Ave. Genelle 250-693-2189 genellehouse.com

301 Frank Beinder Way 250-365-1227 backpackers.ca

Windborne B&B

Robson Homestead B&B

3900 Broadwater Rd., Robson 250-365-6697 windbornebb.ca

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

3671 Broadwater Rd., Robson 250-365-2374 robsonbb.com

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

Pass Creek B&B 2402 Upper Gibson Rd., Pass Creek 250-365-7773 passcreekbb.com

Hotels & Motels Legend

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Airport Shuttle

Pet Friendly

On-site Restaurant

Bikes Offered


where to stay Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground 1725 Highway 3 250-365-2337 castlegarrvpark.com

Nancy Greene Provincial Park Junction of Highways 3 and 3B env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/ parkpgs/nancy

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

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

Pass Creek Campground 1090 Parkside Rd. 250-304-3602 passcreekcampground.weebly.com

Syringa Creek Provincial Park 5570 Broadwater Rd., Syringa 250-365-6945 env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/ parkpgs/syringa


An award winning 5-star oasis in a forest setting with the luxury of an upscale boutique hotel and the creature comforts from home. We offer relaxed elegance and tantalizing gastronomic delights with hospitality that consistently exceeds guest expectations. Our suites are large and comfortable with forest and valley views from every window. Come experience the Ahhh . . . 2402 Upper Gibson Road 250-365-7773 Castlegar [Pass Creek] BC passcreekbb@shaw.ca V1N 4S7 passcreekbb.com

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VISITING CASTLEGAR? STAY WITH SANDMAN Call 250 365 8444 and quote ‘Castlegar Vacation Guide’, or book online using promo code ‘VISITORS’ to receive exclusive rates. So Many Reasons to Stay: Indoor pool and whirlpool | Complimentary high speed Internet | Complimentary parking | Meeting & banquet facilities | Business centre | Fitness facilities

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“DRIVE A GOOD BARGAIN” Trail: 250-364-0211 Nelson: 250-352-5122 www.practicar.ca

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1507 Columbia Ave, Castlegar 250.365.2955

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Fashion Show – Castlegar Hospice

Wine Festival – Sunrise Rotary Club

Fishing Symposium – West Kootenay Fly Fishing Club

West Kootenay Trade Show – Castlegar Chamber of Commerce

Ignite – Kootenay Women’s Conference

Spanish Blues – Claud Barbon

$5 Movies: Castle Theatre

International Fly Fishing Festival $5 Movies: Castle Theatre


Sculpturewalk Spring Farm Fare – Pass Creek Regional Exhibition Society Diamond Dinner – Castlegar Rotary Club Starwars Golf Tournament – Castlegar Golf Club I Downtown – Castlegar Downtown Celebrates Doukhobor Sports Day – Doukhobor Discovery Centre $5 Movies: Castle Theatre Twin Rivers Choir




Sunfest Business awards Scotch Tasting – Castlegar Rotary Club Art Walk Dinosaur Golf Tournament – Castlegar Golf Club International Peony Festival – Communities in Bloom Classic Rock Golf Tournament – Castlegar Hospice Wednesday Music in the Park $5 Movies: Castle Theatre

Canada Day Paddle Parade – Endless Adventure

Shambhala Music Festival – Near Salmo

Youth Paddle Academy – Endless Adventure

Kennel Show – West Kootenay Kennel Club

Fiddlers Camp – Kootenay Fiddlers

Wednesday Music in the Park

Golf Camp – Selkirk College

Free Family Movies: Castle Theatre




Saints Golf Tournament – Castlegar Golf Club

Old Fashioned Health & Wellness – Doukhobor Discovery Centre

Saints hockey – Selkirk College

Christmas in September – Castlegar Golf Club

Saints hockey – Selkirk College

Christmas at the Gallery – Kootenay Gallery

Wine & Dine – Castlegar Community Foundation

Castlegar Rebels hockey – Junior B Mystery Dinner – Kootenay Gallery

$5 Movies: Castle Theatre

Paint Night – Kootenay Gallery

Fall Fair – Pass Creek Regional Exhibition Society

Kootenay Festival – Millennium Park Wednesday Music in the Park Free Family Movies: Castle Theatre

Castlegar Rebels hockey – Junior B $5 Movies: Castle Theatre

$5 Movies: Castle Theatre




Saints hockey – Selkirk College

First Night New Year’s event – Castlegar Nordic Club

Saints hockey – Selkirk College

Saints hockey – Selkirk College

Beans and Rice – Selkirk College

Castlegar Rebels hockey – Junior B Winter Fest – City of Castlegar $5 Movies: Castle Theatre

Castlegar Rebels hockey – Junior B Troll Loppet – Castlegar Nordic Club $5 Movies: Castle Theatre

Castlegar Rebels hockey – Junior B Soup for the Cultured Soul – Kootenay Gallery $5 Movies: Castle Theatre


CENTREOFITALL Life’s an Adventure...Start yours here 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 wifi

Castlegar, BC 250-365-5151 / www.wkrairport.ca

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