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WELCOME TO THE CENTRE OF IT ALL! Where mountains and rivers meet in a fertile valley that boasts a rich cultural heritage, thriving artistic scene and more than enough outdoor recreation for every kind of en-

thusiast. Take the time to reconnect with what’s important by stopping by Castlegar, the little city in the valley. We look forward to seeing you.

CASTLEGAR BY THE NUMBERS: 13,000 – population 70,000 – trade area population 30 – minutes from the US border 20 – maintained hiking trails near the city 56 – size of the downtown Millennium Park in acres 73 – kilometres of downhill mountain biking trails 3 – flights a day to Vancouver in the summer plus 1 to Calgary Calgary

GETTING HERE Not only is Castlegar located at the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay rivers, it’s conveniently based where Highways 3, 3A and 22 meet. It’s also where the West Vancouaverday Kootenay Regional Airport can be found. Air Canada Jazz operates three flights to Vancouver in the summertime and two a day in the winter as well as one daily flight to Calgary throughout the year. Budget car rental is located at the airport and Practicar Seattle has a location downtown. There are also public bus routes between Trail and 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. CASTLEGAR TO … Kelowna Vancouver Calgary Spokane

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAMBER Welcome all, we invite you to visit us and find out more about the exceptional services that are offered under the umbrella of the Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce…known as The HUB: The HUB consists of Economic Development, Destination Castlegar, Visitor Information Centre, the West Kootenay Regional Airport Welcome Kiosk and Community Futures of Central Kootenay. We strive to be your one stop shop by providing the highest level of service to our members, visitors, businesses and the community at large. Our vision is to inspire business and facilitate vis-

itor friendly experiences. The HUB is dedicated to the promotion of growth within our local commerce by supporting sustainable development, which will in turn enhance the quality of life within our community. We are at the “centre of it all”. Once you visit, we will guarantee you will be back!

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Welcome to the Regional District of the Central Kootenay. We are delighted to introduce you to the City of Castlegar and rural areas and communities that surround it. The lifestyle here is an unconventional mix of rugged outdoors and a laid-back urban cool - with a strong undercurrent of creativity, entrepreneurialism, and true grit. The area is rich in history, and just as rich in opportunity. Tourism is a big part of what makes this region so dynamic. The area may seem remote, but we are connected to the world via regional and international airports. With a multitude of tourist attractions on our doorstep - including festivals and fairs, farm-to-table dining experiences, the winter wonderlands of Red Mountain and Whitewater Ski resort, the natural sanctuaries of our provincial parks, and the charming hospitality of our neighbourhoods and villages - Visitors can choose their own adventure. Bruno Tassone, Mayor, Castlegar Andy Davidoff, Director, Electoral Area I Rick Smith, Director, Electoral Area J COVER PHOTS Photographer: Stacked Film Landscape

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What Kind Of Traveller Are You? Tick all the boxes that apply to you to determine what kind of traveller you are. You feel comfortable with familiarity There’s a certain security in returning to a destination multiple times You like to see and experience things while in a group setting It’s relaxing when others take care of the details for you You like knowing a destination’s history, its culture, and the people who reside there You deem it important to truly understand the places you visit You plan your trips in advance and upon arrival you immerse yourself in the surroundings rather than in crowded tour groups You connect with the “why” of where you are You consider yourself adventurous, social, open-minded and spontaneous You like to experiment and try new things whether it’s an event, a sport or a delicious meal You are equally comfortable relaxing on a sandy beach, biking through beautiful forests, or attending an art show You like to always keep it fresh and interesting If you ticked more green boxes: You are a Gentle Explorer. Get comfortable and enjoy the familiarity of Castlegar. We’re an easy place to visit but we’re impossible to forget.

If you ticked more blue boxes: You are an Authentic Experiencer. We invite you to embrace, discover and immerse yourself in the rich culture of Castlegar.

If you ticked more red boxes: You are a Free Spirit. Bring your enthusiasm for life to Castlegar and you’ll be met with adventure, fun and international cuisine.

Be sure to look for colour-coded boxes throughout this visitor guide to learn about the various sites and activities that cater to exactly who you are as a traveller.

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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!

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Castlegar in a Day Here are three itineraries for every type of traveller.

Gentle Explorer

Authentic Experiencer

Free Spirit

Morning: Enjoy a guided trip while fishing, hiking or skiing. (See pages 12, 15 & 17) Afternoon: Go on a scenic walk around the city and take in all the sculptures that are responsible for Castlegar being named the Sculpture Capital of Canada. (See page 28) Night: Eat at any number of familiar restaurants and then go see a movie. (See page 34)

Morning: Visit the hydroelectric dams that keep Castlegar and a lot of the pacific northwest lit up. (See page 27) Afternoon: Take a heritage tour of the city and visit the Doukhobor Discovery Centre and the Train Station Museum. (See page 29) Night: Visit a local neighbourhood pub and taste the local brews and fare. (See page 34)

Morning: Get outside! Go hiking, mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing or paddling. (See pages 11, 12, 13, 16 & 17) Afternoon: Take your fun inside and try the Kootenay Escape Room or the waterslide at the Recreation Complex. (See page 23) Night: Surprise your tastebuds at a local restaurant. There’s everything from authentic Indian and Greek to locally brewed beer on offer. (See page 34)

Here for longer? Take a scenic walk around Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park, lie on the natural beaches at Millennium Park, visit the Kootenay Gallery and Butterfly Gardens, immerse yourself in a “Float Cabin” at Rest Assured Kootenay Floats and attend a yoga class.

Here for longer? Then be sure to spend time in Millennium Park, walk the Brilliant Suspension Bridge, visit Verigin Memorial Park, get out on the water for some paddling or fishing, go swimming or skating at the Recreation Complex and enjoy browsing at the downtown shops.

Here for longer? Then be sure to float or paddle the Slocan River, hike and camp in the backcountry or explore it via snowmobile or ATV, visit one of the six waterfalls near the city and enjoy skiing at the two downhill resorts that are 30 minutes from the city.

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

Both sites are dog friendly


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

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Doukhobor Discovery Centre

Explore the sights and sounds of Doukhobor Village life in BC (1908-1938) Offering dynamic tours of the buildings, culture and beautiful gardens. The centre has a gift shop, offers workshops and welcomes special event ground rentals for weddings, reunions and birthdays. Follow us on facebook @doukhobordiscoverycentre

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Castlegar is home to the largest bike park in the Kootenays.

MOUNTAIN BIKING Castlegar has quickly become one of the best mountain bike destinations in the West Kootenay region, thanks to the hard work of the Castlegar Parks and Trails Society. Here are the best mountain bike trails to enjoy in the area no matter whether you’re a novice or expert, according to Adam Pomery, co-owner of local bike shop Cycology.

CASTLEGAR BIKE PARK If you’re a beginner to mountain biking you’ll be happy to know Castlegar boasts the largest bike park in the Kootenays with a mellow flow track, fun dirt jumps and a pump track. And because it’s located in Millennium Park near downtown Castlegar, it’s very easy to access. Trailhead: In Millennium Park, 110 5th St. Size: 3 acres. Difficulty: Everything from easy to hard.

MERRY GO ROUND Part of the Merry Creek network of trails, Merry Go Round features the “Cliff Hanger,” a 20-metre-long bridge structure that hangs off an 18-metre-high sheer rock face over the forest floor. Although ominous sounding, the bridge is wide and easy to ride. And it’s just one of the many amazing trail structures you’ll see in this area. Trailhead: 2 kms up Merry Creek FSR. Distance: 1.5 km. Difficulty: Intermediate.

GRANDLIFORIUM An eight-kilometre test piece that features everything from A-frames and gap jumps to rock roll downs, bridges, drops and skinnies. Trailhead: 6 kms up Rialto FSR. Distance: 5.5 km. Difficulty: Moderate. There are six other trails that make up the Merry Creek network and an expert trail off Rialto FSR, near Grandliforium, called Awakener. For more mellow fare, consider biking part of the Columbia & Western Trail, a converted railbed that runs for 168 kms from Castlegar to Midway. Visit destinationcastlegar.com for more details. www.destinationcastlegar.com #theheartofthekootenays | 11



HIKING Whether you prefer long strolls beside the river or high alpine treks, Castlegar has it all. Thanks to the hard work of such local organizations as the Castlegar Parks and Trails Society and the Kootenay Mountaineering Club, there are dozens of well-maintained hikes from casual strolls to multi-hour treks. According to CPTS past president Doug Clark the three best include:

DOVE HILL Although short, this trail offers excellent views of the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia rivers. The preferred variation is a 2.4-kilometre out-and-back from the power substation to the summit of Dove Hill and there’s only 160 metres of elevation gain. Trailhead: 1602 Aaron Road, Ootischenia. Distance: 2.5 km. Difficulty: Easy.

COLUMBIA RIVER TRAIL This beautiful, relatively flat hike follows the southern shore of the Columbia that connects Castlegar to Trail. It’s not a short one though: the entire trail stretches 25 kilometres one way, so it’s recommended to do a car drop or hike only part of it. Trailhead: Columbia Road in Ootischenia. Distance: 25 km. Difficulty: Easy but long.

BRILLIANT OVERLOOK TRAIL For supreme views of Castlegar, the Columbia River, Arrow Lakes, and Robson, this trail is the best. It takes about four hours round trip and involves 350 metres worth of elevation gain. Trailhead: The power substation at the end of McPhee FSR, Ootischenia. Distance: 6.5 km. Difficulty: Intermediate but steep in sections. There are 17 other hikes in Castlegar including the popular Mel DeAnna, Selkirk College, Merry Creek, and Pass Creek trails. Visit destinationcastlegar.com for details of each.

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Paddling From mellow floats on mountain lakes to exciting whitewater, Castlegar is an amazing paddling destination. Here are three bodies of water where you can canoe, raft, stand up paddleboard, kayak and float.

Arrow Lakes Immediately north-west of downtown Castlegar is the Arrow Lakes system, which is divided into South Arrow and North Arrow. Together they offer no less than 230 kilometres of flatwater paddling opportunity.

The Columbia River Running through the heart of Castlegar, the Columbia is one of the longest rivers in the Pacific Northwest and it offers plenty of fun paddling opportunities right in the city. You might even spy a prehistoric White Sturgeon swim past.

Slocan River If whitewater thrills are more your thing, the Slocan River south of Crescent Valley is a popular Class III play spot. Endless Adventures offer guided excursions. The rest of the 80-km river is more mellow and there are various access points at the bridges along Highway 6. Other mellow paddling spots include such mountain lakes as Nancy Green, located just west of the city on Highway 3, and Champion Lakes, south of the city.

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Golfing There are not too many places on Earth where you can enjoy golfing on perfectly manicured fairways and greens located beside one of the world’s longest rivers and between snow-capped mountains. Castlegar is one of the most amazing golf destinations on the planet and the best part is its relatively undiscovered so you don’t have to wait long for your tee times! There are over ten golf courses located within a 45-minute drive of the city but the most acclaimed and easiest to access are the following.

Little Bear Golf Course This executive par 3 is a great spot for your next meeting or a quick round.

Birchbank Located on Highway 22 just south of Castlegar, this 18-hole championship course is a tree-lined classic overlooking the Columbia River with spectacular views of the Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges.

Castlegar Golf Club Less than a 10-minute drive from the downtown, this course was honoured with a four-star rating by Golf Digest. It has been the host of the BC Men’s Amateur Championship four times as well as numerous other Provincial and National Championships. There are ten other golf courses located within a 45-minute drive of Castlegar making it the perfect city to base yourself on your next golfing vacation.

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Fishing Castlegar is a world-class destination when it comes to freshwater angling. Whether your preference is fly fishing for trout in mountain streams, jigging for walleye in rivers or casting for lake lunkers, there’s something for every angler. A motorized boat will help access more fishing holes but it’s not imperative as there are plenty of angling opportunities from the shoreline right in Castlegar. Before embarking on a fishing excursion, remember to get a freshwater fishing license, which can be purchased online at the BC Government’s angling site, as well as check for any restrictions. Here are three of the best fishing adventures in Castlegar.

Columbia River Hire Chillbilly Charters and enjoy a trip on a 16-foot drift boat down the Columbia River anchoring at various spots where walleye and trout are known to bite.

Keenleyside Dam As you approach the dam on Broadwater Road, you’ll see a large, yellow fisherman’s area sign. Follow the stairway to the water and there’s an excellent spot there for lure casting.

Waneta Road Near the Northport-Waneta border, about a 30-minute drive south of Castlegar, excellent fishing can be found at the confluence of the Columbia and Pend Orielle Rivers. Other notable spots for fishing near Castlegar include Nancy Green Lake, Champion Lakes and the Kootenay River, where you’ll find large rainbow, bull trout, kokanee, whitefish and walleye. There’s also the Lower Arrow Lake where the largest Kokanee salmon on earth was caught! The story goes that local Denis Woodcox and his son were fishing the lake in August 2015 when he brought into the boat what they thought was a large trout that weighed 12 pounds. He took it home where he smoked the meat and stored the carcass in a freezer for later disposal. But he started wondering about the dark flesh of the fish and so retrieved the head, fins and skeleton and took it to provincial scientists for testing. Sure enough, DNA sampling and other tests confirmed the fish was a seven-year-old Kokanee that was a full three pounds larger than the official world-record caught in Oregon. Because Denis ate his fish, however, his official record isn’t recognized. He said it tasted good though. For more information on these and the many other fishing spots in and around the city, visit destinationcastlegar.com.

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Rock Climbing Castlegar is one of the best-kept secrets when it comes to rock climbing in British Columbia. Not only does it have one of the longest seasons in the province (March to November), it also boasts a dozen areas with over 300 routes that are all easy to access. Here are some of the best.

Kinnaird Bluffs People have been climbing on these bluffs since 1950 and there are now over 70 routes from easy trad to hard sport climbs to moderate, multi-pitch classics. The area is within city limits on 37th Street. Summit Mountain Guides offers guided experiences here for those new to rock climbing.

Pub Wall This is the first of many walls located on Broadwater Road and it’s also the only natural rock climbing wall in the backyard of a pub in Canada. You can do any one of the 11 routes here and then pop into the Lion’s Head bar to quench your thirst.

Waterline Walls Developed in 2005, Waterline is now one of the most popular sport climbing areas in the Kootenays. There are over 60 routes on six different walls and the access is a five-minute walk off 14th Ave. Selkirk College has a bouldering gym where people can go if the weather is wet or if they’re new to the sport. For more details about all the rock climbing in Castlegar, you can find the West Kootenay Rock Guide available at the Castlegar Visitors Centre.

The Castlegar & District Community Complex is a multi-purpose facility that houses an Arena, a 6 lane, 25 meter pool and leisure pool, whirlpool, weight room, fitness studio, meeting rooms, banquet facility, kitchen and senior centre. Castlegar & District Community Complex Nearby are 4 tennis courts, 4 pickle ball courts, soccer/football phone: 250.365.3386 www.rdck.ca field, ball diamond and skate park. 16 | www.destinationcastlegar.com #theheartofthekootenays

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Skiing It’s not every city that can boast it’s located equidistant from two of the best downhill ski resorts in North America. But Castlegar can proudly exclaim it is truly at the centre of it all when it comes to world-class alpine skiing. Situated in British Columbia’s beautiful Columbia Valley, Castlegar is an easy 40-minute drive from both Red Mountain Resort in Rossland and Whitewater Ski Resort near Nelson. Both have won Powder magazine’s annual “Ski Town Throwdown Award” and they boast an average of 12 metres or 40 feet of snow! If flatter terrain is more your style, there are many places in and around the city where you can enjoy cross-country skiing. For example, there’s plenty of room in Millennium Park to go for a schuss but aside from that, these are three of our favourites:

The C&W Rail Trail The Columbia and Western Railway Trail is a converted rail line that runs from Castlegar to Midway and is part of the Trans-Canada Trail. It is free to use but not groomed in the winter months so it’s more suitable for classic cross-country skiers.

The Slocan Valley Rail Trail Another popular trail that’s free to use is the Slocan Valley Rail Trail, which winds its way from Slocan Lake towards the Kootenay River for 52 kilometres. There are seven trailheads but the closest to Castlegar is at Crescent Valley, about 30-kilometres north of the city.

Paulson Cross-Country Ski Trail Maintained by the Castlegar Nordic Ski Club, this area offers 53 kilometres of interconnected trails, 45 of which are groomed and maintained for both classic and skate skiing. They include easy, moderate and more challenging trails that boast multiple shelters and warming huts. And because it’s located at an elevation of 1,300 metres, it offers the longest season for nordic skiers in the region.

Skating Skating is definitely one of the top things to do with your family in Castlegar in the winter because it can be done both inside and outside.

Indoor The best indoor skating area is at the Castlegar and District Community Complex, known locally as the Rec Centre located at 2101 6th Avenue. There is a NHL-size ice surface and, if you’re new to skating, this is the place for you because you can rent both skates and helmets.

Outdoor The best outdoor skating rink in Castlegar can be found at Kinnaird Park (2501 14th Avenue) near the baseball diamonds. It’s open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the winter and the two rinks are lit up during the evenings. They’re free to enjoy and are maintained by the City of Castlegar works crew who take pride in ensuring the surfaces are as smooth as possible. www.destinationcastlegar.com #theheartofthekootenays | 17



Snowshoeing & Tobogganing Two of the most popular wintertime activities in Castlegar include tobogganing and snowshoeing. The latter can be done almost anywhere and you can rent snowshoes at Mallard’s Source For Sports at 660 18th Street. As for tobogganing, there are three main areas where people go and they include the following.

Cone Hill This community park features a hill that’s great for all levels of sledders, whether you’re new to the activity or a professional GTer. The park also features a fire pit so the whole family can stay warm during a full day of tobogganing. Location: 3500 9th Ave.

Verigin Tomb Memorial Park This is another great spot for beginner and intermediate sledders although those who are more advanced might find it a bit tame. Location: 1850 Terrace Rd.

Dove Hill If you’re looking for more of a thrill, try the hill located near the entrance of the Dove Hill Hike, near the Castlegar Airport. The steepness of this hill is sure to stand your toque’s pom pom on end! Location: 1602 Aaron Rd. Park before the golf course gates at the entrance to Dove Hill hike.

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Snowmobiling Snowmobiling is one of the most popular winter activities in Castlegar because upwards of 12 metres (40 feet) of snow can fall in the mountains surrounding the city, meaning at higher elevations the season is very long. Plus there’s plenty of terrain to choose from. Many logging roads and trails can be accessed near the city but the two most popular spots for snowmobiling are maintained by the Castlegar Snowmobile Association. You’ll find over 70 kilometres of groomed trails at these locations plus three cabins with free firewood and barbecues on hand. In exchange for these services, the CSA charges $120 for a seasonal membership or $15 for a single-day trail pass.

Bombi Pass This is a popular area with snowmobilers because it’s easy to access and there aren’t any fees involved. The common staging area is at the 1,214-metre Bombi Summit just off the highway where the power lines cross the road. There are plenty of service roads in this area so you can choose your own adventure. Access: From Castlegar follow Hwy 3 east from the city for 17 kilometres and park at the staging area and the Bombi Summit.

Goose Creek The CSA grooms the trails here and they follow safe terrain into the alpine past two warming huts. One has beds and can be booked for overnight excursions. Access: From Castlegar cross the Robson Bridge and turn north onto Pass Creek Road. Follow this for 15 kilometres and turn west onto Goose Creek Road. Follow this to the parking area and trailhead.

Lady Bird & Norns Both of these CSA areas are best for advanced riders, especially Norns as its access trail isn’t groomed and it passes through an avalanche path on its way into the alpine. That said, it leads to some of the best backcountry adventures in the region. The Lady Bird Cabin is in the zone and is excellent for mid-day warming. Access: Drive Pass Creek Road for 19 kilometres and turn west onto Lady Bird Road. Follow this to the parking area and trailhead. From here there’s one groomed trail that takes you to a definitive junction where you can turn left to reach Norns or right to get into the Lady Bird area.

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Motorcycling There’s nothing quite like the feel of hugging tight corners on two wheels while zooming through mountainous terrain framed by beautiful turquoise lakes. Here are three of the best loops.

The Old Glory Loop This two-hour ride follows Highway 3 west of Castlegar to the junction of Highway 3B where you’ll find Nancy Greene Provincial Park, a great picnic spot. From there wind your way south on 3B and spy Old Glory Mountain, which rises 2,356 metres (7,795 feet) to the west. Eventually you’ll come to the alpine town of Rossland and then down the hill is Trail. Highway 22 will lead you back to Castlegar.

The Bombi Pass This loop can take two hours but you’ll definitely want to dedicate more time. From Castlegar, drive Hwy 3 south over the Bombi Pass, enjoying the mountain views and evergreen forests before reaching the town of Salmo. Continue north to Ymir and Nelson before returning West on Hwy 3A past multiple hydroelectric dams.

The Slocan Valley This is the longest motorcycle day tour from Castlegar but it’s also the best. Drive north on Hwy 3A to Hwy 6 and then follow the Slocan River north, enjoying views of Valhalla Provincial Park. At New Denver turn onto Hwy 31A which takes you to the village of Kaslo and then veer south past Ainsworth Hot Springs and Nelson, enjoying the final stretch of highway, which parallels the West Arm of Kootenay Lake back to Castlegar.

Dirt Biking and ATVing If off-road is more your thing, there are plenty of logging roads around Castlegar that will take you high into the alpine or to neighbouring valleys such as the Slocan. If you’re looking for something more maintained, however, visit the trails of the West Kootenay Recreational Dirt Bike and ATV Society.

Rover Creek The extensive singletrack system at Rover Creek is currently free. To access the trails, set your odometer to zero at the north end of the Brilliant Bridge just outside Castlegar. Follow Hwy 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. Park in the wide area at the base.

KMX Motocross Trails Located near the Bombi summit just south-east of Castlegar, this trail system includes a full MX track, a kids MX track and a 23-kilometre hare scramble loop. To get there, follow Hwy 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. For trail maps and more details about the snowmobiling, dirt biking and ATVing areas around Castlegar, visit destinationcastlegar.com.

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Fun for all ages Aside from all the outdoor adventures listed on the previous pages, there are plenty of other things for families to do in Castlegar. In this section we look at the different types of indoor adventures available in the area.

Kootenay Escape Room Imagine you’re locked in a room with seven of your closest friends and you only have 60 minutes to find the treasure and escape! That may sound like a stressful way to spend an afternoon but trust us when we say the Kootenay Escape Room is one of the most fun indoor adventures you can experience in Castlegar. Located at 425 Columbia Ave., the Kootenay Escape Room is a physical adventure game in which players are given clues and hints to solve a series of puzzles to achieve an objective and “escape” the room. (You’re not really “locked” in.) The Castlegar experience is the first one of its kind in the West Kootenay and it is a pirate-themed adventure in which players have exactly one hour upon entry into the room to solve all the riddles and find the prize.

Movie Theatres There are two venues with a total of six theatres in Castlegar. The larger of the two is the Kootenay Centre Cinemas, conveniently located near the highway at 1940 6th Ave, and it offers five theatres in an intimate yet modern setting with just a touch of down-home hospitality. The other is called The Castle Theatre (or “The Old Theatre”) and it’s located downtown. Throughout the month it offers special discounts and you can enjoy great movies in the comfort of a historic theatre for only $5

Bowling Alley Just like the old days, the Castlebowl bowling alley, located at 206 11th Ave is a fun place where family and friends can enjoy some great times. But there are some new twists here such as bumper bowling for the little ones that keeps the ball out of the gutter. There’s also music and lights to rock the night away, and a great licensed lounge.

Hockey There’s no question Castlegar is a hockey town. With two indoor rinks and multiple outdoor ones, there are lots of spaces to play Canada’s national sport. Plus there’s plenty of opportunities to cheer on your favourite players given that there’s a local Junior league team and a Varsity team. Here are the best ways to watch and play hockey in the city.

Selkirk College Saints Check out varsity hockey action with the Selkirk College Saints who have been entertaining crowds since 1966. The season lasts from September to March and the team plays their home games at the Castlegar Recreation Centre.

Castlegar Rebels Double down on your hockey watching fun and catch the Castlegar Rebels in action. The Junior B team was first established in 1976 and, like the Saints, they play their home games at the Castlegar Recreation Centre.

Play Shinny There are two indoor rinks in Castlegar including Pioneer Arena and the Recreation Centre where various leagues and pick-up hockey games happen. Also, you can always join a game in progress at one of the many outdoor skating rinks in the city, such as two well-maintained ones at Kinnaird Park, 2501 14th Avenue, which are open every day from 7 am to 10 pm. For more about the season schedules and tickets for the Selkirk College Saints and the Castlegar Rebels, or to learn about rink times at the Recreation Centre and Pioneer Arena, visit destinationcastlegar.com. www.destinationcastlegar.com #theheartofthekootenays | 23


Parks There are two provincial parks near Castlegar, many regional and municipal ones and, of course, the 56-acre Millennium Park that backs onto the Columbia River and is located right near the downtown core. Take the kids and frolic on the many beaches, enjoy the playground equipment, wander through forests and go skating or cross-country skiing. Here are three options to explore.

Waldie Island The Waldie Environmental Reserve is located on an island in the Columbia River and is easily accessible from downtown. It boasts an easy 1.5-kilometre-long self-interpretive hiking trail through a beautfiul cottonwood forest as well as a bird sanctuary lookout. Location: Pass over the Robson Bridge, turn south onto Old Mill Road and park at the trailhead.

Pass Creek Regional Park This 36-hectare park has everything from 30 camping sites, equestrian facilities, ball field and playground as well as a day-use area that can be booked for picnics and other family events. Location: The southern end of Broadwater Road.

Millennium Park One of the best attractions in Castlegar is the 23-hectare Millennium Park located on the shores of the Columbia River at 110 5th St. 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. Location: 110 5th St. 24 | www.destinationcastlegar.com #theheartofthekootenays


Syringa Provincial Park was established in 1968.

Beaches Given that Castlegar is located at the confluence of two major rivers as well as the southern terminus of the 232-kilometre-long Arrow Lakes, there are plenty of beaches to enjoy. From perfectly smooth sand to rocky shores that are fun to explore, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in water-side fun in and near the city.

Millennium Park Located near downtown, this is the largest park in Castlegar and it has beautiful, sandy beaches on the shores of the Columbia River. It’s a perfect spot for families with small children because the natural swimming ponds are shallow. Location: 110 5th St.

Syringa Creek Provincial Park Found on the shores of Lower Arrow Lake, Syringa Park has multiple beaches and is a great spot for an afternoon picnic or an easy overnight camping trip. Enjoy swimming, paddling, hiking, bouldering and much more at this natural oasis located a 20-minute drive from downtown. Location: 5570 Broadwater Road.

Shore Acres The community of Shore Acres is located a short drive north on Highway 3A from Castlegar. There you’ll find a beautiful beach where the Slocan River enters the Kootenay. In the summer it’s a peaceful spot but during Spring runoff there are fun rapids nearby that are a favourite with local paddlers. Location: Twenty kilometres north on Highway 3A, just past the bridge. www.destinationcastlegar.com #theheartofthekootenays | 25


Waterfalls Waterfalls are beautiful to behold and luckily, we have many of them near Castlegar to enjoy. Whether you’re keen to go for a hike to discover a beautiful waterfall tucked among the evergreens, or prefer to just pull over in the car and photograph one, there are a number all within easy driving distance of downtown. Here are three favourites.

Allendale Creek Although not the most aesthetic waterfall in the region, this is definitely the easiest to access. You don’t even have to get out of your car to see it! This 25-metre-high waterfall is seasonal and typically dries up in the summer months. Location: Broadwater Water, just north of Scottie’s Marina.

Glade Glade is a tiny community located 20km north of Castlegar that’s accessible via a very short cable ferry ride across the Kootenay River. Here you’ll find, hidden in the midst of a coniferous forest, a 20-metre-high waterfall that’s awe-inspiring. Location: Drive north on Hwy 3A, cross the Kootenay River on the Glade cable ferry and take the first right on Glade Road. Park at the creek then take the trail on the right which brings you to the bottom of the falls.

Cayuse Creek By far the most fun waterfall near Castlegar is the one at Cayuse Creek, because not only is it pretty to look at, it’s also a lot of fun to slide down! The four-metre-high waterfall cascades over perfectly smooth rock shaped like a natural water slide that takes you into a beautiful turquoise swimming hole. Location: Ten kilometres along Deer Park FSR, past Tulip Falls.

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Hydroelectric Dams There is a lot of natural beauty to be seen in and around Castlegar, but there are many man-made marvels as well. In fact, no less than 11 hydroelectric dams are located within easy driving distance of the city. Here are three to see.

Hugh Keenleyside Located 10 kilometres upstream from downtown, on the Columbia River, the Hugh Keenleyside dam was completed in 1968 and controls a drainage area of a whopping 3.5 million hectares. The best part about it is visitors can enjoy free tours. Location: From downtown follow Arrow Lakes Drive to Keenleyside Road, which leads directly out onto the deck of the dam.

Brilliant Dam This dam was constructed during World War II by mostly Doukhobor labourers, which allowed them to avoid conscription. It’s 42.6-metres high, has a generating capacity of 260 MW. The nearby Brilliant Bridge is a popular tourist attraction. Location: On Highway 3A, five kms north of the West Kootenay Regional Airport.

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Arts Perhaps it’s the beautiful vistas or the appealing heritage or the invigorating mountain-fresh air. Whatever the reason, Castlegar definitely attracts artists and creative types making it the perfect art lover’s destination. Whether your preference is visual art, music, indoor shows or outdoor spectacles, there’s something for everyone in the city. Here are three artistic forte you won’t want to miss.

Community in Bloom Some artists prefer canvas and paint while others work with living plants. That’s the case with those involved in the annual Community in Bloom project. With numerous greenspaces and a rich agricultural heritage, Castlegar is the perfect place for those with green thumbs to create beautiful displays of flowers. Location: Flowering displays can be found throughout the city.

Kootenay Gallery of Art Not only does the Kootenay Gallery display rotating art exhibitions throughout the year, it also boasts the only Butterfly Gardens in the region! Location: 120 Heritage Way.

Sculpture Walk There’s a reason Castlegar has been trademarked the “Sculpture Capital of Canada.” Every May, 30 new pieces from artists in the Kootenays and around the world are placed around the city’s downtown core. Locals and visitors alike are then encouraged to get a voting ballot, visit all the sculptures and rate which ones are their favourite. The votes are counted every October and the most popular sculpture is then purchased by the city to be on display in perpetuity. Location: Sculptures can be found throughout the downtown core. There are many art shows, markets and music festivals throughout the year in Castlegar. For more information about each, visit destinationcastlegar.com.

Castlegar Art Walk 2020 Self guided summer tours run from June 17 through September 26, 2020. Pick up a brochure at any participating location.

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Heritage Castlegar’s history dates back thousands of years to when the region was inhabited by the Lakes Salish First Nations people. In fact, where the Kootenay River meets the Columbia was an important trading place as well as a fishing spot. Fur traders arrived in the late 1700s and when gold was discovered a century later, the region started to see more development. In 1891 the first successful train journey occurred between Robson, near Castlegar, and Nelson and that same year Edward Mahon moved to the region from his home in Ireland and became a successful land baron. He eventually named Castlegar after his home town across the Atlantic. In the early 1900s, Castlegar became an important hub for farming as the Doukhobors, who had escaped persecution in Russia, bought up vast tracts of fertile soil. There are many sites throughout the city in which to learn more about our rich cultural heritage including the following.

CPR Station Museum Housed in a century-old station in downtown Castlegar, the railway museum accurately portrays what it would have looked like during the railway boom in the early 1900s. Visitors will find a station agent’s residence on the upper floor and a perfectly-preserved caboose – a relic of a time when crew members lounged in the last car of the train in between shifts. Location: 400 13th Ave.

Verigin Memorial Park Peter V. Verigin was the leader of the local Doukhobors and was instrumental in the shaping of the community as we know it today. Sadly, he was assassinated in a still-unsolved CPR train explosion on October 29, 1924. Today his tomb can be found at the park bearing his name as well as manicured lawns and flower gardens. Location: 1850 Terrace Rd.

Doukhobor Discovery Museum This is an amazing place to learn more about the culture that has so profoundly shaped what the city is today. You’ll find ten historic buildings on site and many displays that wonderfully recreate Doukhobor life in Castlegar in the early 20th Century. Location: 112 Heritage Way.

Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park Alexander Zuckerberg was a Russian-born artist, teacher and engineer who built a Chapel House in the style of Russian Orthodox country architecture on the island that came to bear his name. Visitors are encouraged to visit his home where you’ll still find examples of his artwork, as well as walk the grounds where you’ll learn about the Lakes Salish people who first fished and built winter pit houses here thousands of years ago. Location: 901 7th Ave.

Brilliant Bridge Declared a National Historic Site in 1995, the Brilliant Suspension Bridge was constructed 82 years earlier by the Doukhobors. It is located near the junction of Kootenay and Columbia Rivers and at the time of its construction connected the Doukhobor’s industrial hub of Brilliant (there was a very successful jam factory there) with village sites at Dolina Ootischenia. It consists of two paired concrete towers supporting steel cables from which the walkway hangs and pedestrians are welcome to stroll its length and take in the views. Location: 1839 Brilliant Road. For more about cultural and heritage sites in Castlegar, visit destinationcastlegar.com. www.destinationcastlegar.com #theheartofthekootenays | 29


Heritage Dining Local company Endless Adventure is now offering unique tours involving a leisurely float on the mighty Columbia River followed by a cultural culinary experience. There are only three dates available for each and limited seating. For more information about both, visit endlessadventure.ca.

Zuckerberg Island Drift down the Columbia River while taking in the beautiful mountain scenery and listening to the history of the area. At the culturally significant Zuckerberg Island you’ll disembark and walk along an easy pathway to an eating area complete with white tablecloths. There, a five-course meal will be served paired with a selection of Okanagan wines. Duration: 2.5 hours.

Doukhobor Discovery As with the Zuckerberg Island dining tour, you’ll float the Columbia, visit the island to see the historical sites and then continue down the river to the Doukhobor Discovery Centre for a tour of the grounds and a classic borscht lunch at the long dining table in the traditional home on site called a dom. Duration: 5 hours.

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The Flamingo Motel is one of the most unique accommodations in Castlegar, conveniently located close to shopping & restaurants. Features beautiful gardens and private entrances.

to shopping & restaurants. Features beautiful gardens and priv

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flamingomotel.ca http://flamingomotel.ca/ Genelle House B&B

1660 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, BC V1N 1H9 • (250) 365-7978

1660 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, BC V1N 1H9 • (250) 365-7978River, a vie Genelle House Located offB&B Highway 22 and just steps from the Columbia Located Highway 22 and just steps from the Columbia River, room. a view of the gardens oroffColumbia River is offered in each A mountains, full breakfast or Columbia River is offered in each room. A full breakfast is served daily (fresh from the garden whenwhen in season)in season) 327 15th Genelle, BC V0G 1G0 • (250)BC 693 2189 327Ave, 15th Ave, Genelle, V0G 1G0 • (250) 693 2189

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Scotties Marina You can’t get any closer to the water than this! Check out our new

Waterfront Rental Accommodations. Adult and youth kayaks, as well as stand-up paddleboards, available to rent on site. Onsite store with parking for vehicles and boats.

5220 Broadwater Rd. Castlegar, BC V1N 4V7 • (250) 365-3267

Castlegar Cabins and RV and RentalsRV Rentals Castlegar Cabins

Rest in our our fully serviced sites serviced or KootenayRV camping are nestledcamping on 23 acres sites of Restupup incozy ourcabins, cozyorcabins, or ourRV fully sitessites orthat Kootenay that are n shade treetree forestforest which provide a cool campingarespite all weary Kootenay tourists and vacationers. shade which provide cool to camping respitetravellers, to all weary Kootenay travellers, tou 1725 BC-3, Castlegar, BC V1N 4W1 (250) 365-2337 1725 BC-3, Castlegar, BC•V1N 4W1 • (250) 365-2337

Twin Rivers Motel

Twin RiversanMotel Providing ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, we offer an array of am Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, we offer an array of amenities designed fortravellers travellers For those interestedwhile in Sculpturewalk visiting Castlega for like you.like For you. those interested in Sculpturewalk visiting Castlegar wewhile are a short (2.1 km)km) away.away. We haveWe onsite laundry! (2.1 have onsite laundry! 1485 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar, BC, V1N 1H8 • (250) 365-6900 1485 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar, BC, V1N 1H8 • (250) 365-6900 Sandman Hotel

Whether you’re staying for business or pleasure, a large indoor atrium pool, whirlpool and fitness centre add that extra touch to make your stay a relaxing treat. Nearby forest trails, pristine golf courses and popular ski areas, make us the ideal stopover for all adventurists, tourists, families and business people alike.

1944 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, BC V1N 2W7 • (250) 365-8444

Cozy Pines Motel Ltd.Ltd. Cozy Pines Motel

We are and largest motelmotel in Castlegar. Our rooms and suites have have Wethe arebest the best and largest in Castlegar. Our rooms and suites either kitchenettes or fullorkitchens, and FREE HI SPEED WIFI. WIFI. either kitchenettes full kitchens, and FREE HI SPEED 21182118 Crestview Crescent, Castlegar, BritishBritish Columbia Off Hwy at the Crestview Crescent, Castlegar, Columbia Off#3 Hwy #3 atWest the West Entrance to the (250) (250) 365-5613 Entrance tocity. the city. 365-5613

CAMPGROUNDS Castlegar Cabins, Castlegar Golf RV Park & Club RV Park Campground 1602 Aaron Rd.

Kootenay River Nancy Greene Pass Creek Campground Syringa Creek Kampground Provincial Park 1090 Parkside Rd. Provincial Park

651 Rosedale Rd. Junction of Hwy 1725 Highway 3 250-365-5604 3 and 3B 250-365-5006 250-365-2337 golfclubcastlegar.com kootenayriverrv.ca env.gov.bc.ca castlegarrvpark.com

250-304-3602 passcreekcampground. weebly.com

5570 Broadwater Rd., Syringa 250-365-6945 env.gov.bc.ca

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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

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

Cuisine of India

Little Bear Clubhouse

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

908 Columbia Ave. 250-365-0999 cuisineofindia.ca

Maggies Mug

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

1991 Columbia Ave. 250-304-2400

Monte Carlo Grill 1935 Columbia Ave. 250-365-3877

Panago Pizza

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

2-425 Columbia Ave. 250-365-0330


2001 Columbia Ave. 250-365-7826

Tailout Brewing

1810 8th Ave. tailoutbrewing.com

The Bombi Restaurant 1983 Columbia Ave. 778-460-2644

The Humble Bean Coffee Co. 1125 4th St. 250-513-0273

The Nineteenth

Castlegar Airport 250-365-8211

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

Jacky’s Chinese Restaurant

Roots Modern Health Food

The Wandering Greek Oven

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

J & V Restaurant

Roots Modern Health Food

Tim Hortons

Common Ground Coffee

Lions Head Smoke ‘n’ Brew Pub

1004 Columbia Ave. 250-365-3244 canadian2for1pizza.com


1432 Columbia Ave. 250-365-2215


692 18th St. 250-365-3883

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

1249 3rd St. 778-460-2297


932 Columbia Ave. 250-365-8888 2816 Columbia Ave. (250) 304-2168

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

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Pie in the Sky Restaurant

9-1502 Columbia Ave. 778-460-3663

502 Columbia Ave. (downtown location) 780-365-9436


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

400 Columbia Ave. 250-365-2311 thewanderinggreekoven.com 1465 Columbia Ave. 250-365-2992 timhortons.com

Waf Pho

4370 Minto Rd. 778-460-1071

Common Grounds

The Apple Guy The best place in town to get fresh produce! Stop by today to get inspired by our seasonal offerings and check out new products from local artisans.

We are a newly renovated cozy cafe tucked into the castleaird shopping centre! Full service Cafe with baked goods, soups, wraps and more!

112 Heritage Way, Castlegar • (250)365 1009

692 18th street, Castlegar • 250-365-3883

The Bombi Restaurant

The Grand Buddha Bistro

The Bombi serves Castlegars only all day breakfast. We are locally owned and licensed, there is something for everyone at The Bombi! 100 1983 Columbia Ave. Castlegar, British Columbia • (778) 460-2644

Enjoy our Vietnamese, Thai and Korean Cuisine. Located beside the Surestay Hotel. Enjoy daily happy hour in Castlegar’s newest lounge! 1810 8th Ave Castlegar • 778 460 2227

Legendary Meats

is your neighbourhood Butcher Shop offering: Retail Meat Sales, Custom Cutting, Roaster Rentals, and Workshops.

The Humble Bean Because quality matters.

Come in and meat us!

1125 4 St, Castlegar


The Castlegar GolfRVClub The Castlegar Golf Club Park RV Park

A 20site site RV Park in a natural environment our golf pristine semi pri A 20 RV Park in a natural environment adjacent to ouradjacent pristine semito private course. Take advantage of our great Stay & join Play join us for a mea course. Take advantage of our great Stay & Play packages, us packages, for a meal in our or justor camp! in ourclubhouse, clubhouse, just camp! 1602 Aaron Rd, Castlegar, BC V1N 4L6 1602 Aaron Rd, Castlegar, BC V1N 4L6 (250)365-5006 (250)365-5006

Cuisine of India

Cuisine Cuisine of ofIndia India Enjoy the Authentic taste of India in the heart of Kootenays We are Enjoy Enjoy the the Authentic Authentic taste taste ofof India India in in the the heart heart ofof Kootenays Kootenays We We are are committed to the highest quality in food, drink and service. Each dish is committed committed toto the the highest highest quality quality in in food, food, drink drink and and service. service. Each Each dish dish is is prepared your specification byExecutive our Executive Chefs. We prepared prepared toto to your your specification specification byby our our Executive Chefs. Chefs. We We also also offer offer a a also offer a lunch buffet. Eat-in, Catering & Take-out lunch lunch buffet. buffet. Eat-in, Eat-in, Catering Catering && Take-out Take-out options. options.options. 908 908 Columbia Columbia Avenue, Avenue, Castlegar, Castlegar, BCBC V1N1H2 V1N1H2 • 250-365-0999 • 250-365-0999

The Wandering Greek Oven

908 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar, BC V1N1H2 • 250-365-0999

The Wandering Greek Oven

independently owned operated family-style isisanan independently owned and operatedand family-style restaurant that serves flavourful Greek restaurant thatauthentic serves and authentic and flavourful Greek cuisine. Our food is cooked with love by our owner and cuisine. Our food is cooked with love by our owner and Greek chef, served by an attentive and friendly staff. Greek chef, served by an attentive and friendly staff.

400 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, BC V1N 1G7 (250) 365-2311


400 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, BC V1N 1G7 (250) 365-2311 Roots Eat Good, Live Good. WeGood. hope to inspire Happy, to Healthy and Eat Good, Live We ahope inspire a Happy, Healthy and Whole Lifestyle to all our guests. Offering quick-serve food Whole Lifestyle toorall our Food guests. Offering quick-serve food without sacrificing on taste nutrition. for all diets. Everything in house. withoutmade sacrificing on taste or nutrition. Food for all diets. https://www.kootsroots.ca/ kootsroots.ca Everything in house. #9 1502 Columbiamade Ave, Castlegar, BC, V1N 4G5 • (778) 460-3663

McDonald’s https://www.kootsroots.ca/ kootsroots.ca

McDonald’s Tasty Treats, Delicious Eats. Tasty Treats, Delicious Eats. & Kathleen Zubick. Locally Owned by Brad

#9 1502 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, BC, V1N 4G5 • (778) 460-36

Locally Owned by Brad & Kathleen Zubick.

convenient locations to serve you. you. 33 convenient locations to serve 799 Victoria St,St, Trail - open 24 hours 799 Victoria Trail - open 24 hours 1601 Marcolin Dr.(Walmart Location) Trail 1601 Marcolin Dr.(Walmart Location) Trail 1991 Columbia Ave, Castlegar - open 24 hours 1991 Columbia Ave, Castlegar - open 24 hours

250-368-3361250-368-3361 250-368-8661 250-368-8661 250-304-2400


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50 years in 2023

Sunfest makes the first weekend in June a fun filled festival for all ages. Jam packed with events that appeal to everyone. Starting on Friday at 3pm with the ‘festival in the park’ (Kinsmen Park) to Saturday 8pm, featuring free live bands Friday and Saturday nights and hosting Food, Treats and Craft vendors. Saturday night at Selkirk College take in the best fireworks display in southern BC. There is a tennis tournament that takes place all day long Saturday at the Castlegar Recreation Complex. Sunday kids events from 10am to 3pm there is a kids parade as well as kid specific al bands (Kinsmen PPark). The entertainment with local arts at main parade on Saturday morning starts wn 11am from 15th street, proceeding down ark. Columbia Ave, ending at Kinsman Park. or Don’t forget to buy your 50/50 ticket for a chance to win up to a possible prizee of $10,000! One prize, one winner.. See you at Sunfest! 50/50 possible


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June 5 - 7th, 2020

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For more info please visit www www.castlegarsunf .castlegarsunfest.ca or search castlegar sunfest on Facebook acebook

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International Fly Fishing Festival

Wine Festival – Sunrise Rotary Club

$5 Movies: Castle Theatre

West Kootenay Trade Show – Castlegar Chamber of Commerce


Sculpturewalk Opening Diamond Dinner – Castlegar Rotary Club Golf Tournament – Castlegar Golf Club I Downtown – Castlegar Downtown Celebrates Twin Rivers Choir $5 Movies: Castle Theatre

Fashion Show - Castlegar Hospice Paddling Film Festival $5 Movies: Castle Theatre




Sunfest Business awards - Castlegar Chamber Scotch Tasting – Castlegar Rotary Club Art Walk Dinosaur Golf Tournament – Castlegar Golf Club

Canada Day Paddle Parade – Endless Adventure

Kennel Show – West Kootenay Kennel Club

Shambhala Music Festival – Near Salmo

Wednesday Music in the Park

Classic Rock Golf Tournament – Castlegar Hospice Wednesday Music in the Park $5 Movies: Castle Theatre

Jamaican Link Up - Music & Food

Youth Paddle Academy – Endless Adventure Fiddlers Camp – Kootenay Fiddlers

Free Family Movies: Castle Theatre

Golf Camp – Selkirk College Kootenay Festival – Millennium Park Wednesday Music in the Park Free Family Movies: Castle Theatre




Saints Golf Tournament – Castlegar Golf Club

Saints hockey – Selkirk College

Saints hockey – Selkirk College

Fall Fair – Pass Creek Regional Exhibition Society

Castlegar Rebels hockey – Junior B

Castlegar Rebels hockey – Junior B

Christmas in September – Castlegar Golf Club

Mystery Dinner – Kootenay Gallery

Christmas at the Gallery – Kootenay Gallery

Paint Night – Kootenay Gallery

$5 Movies: Castle Theatre

Wine & Dine – Castlegar Community Foundation

Walleye Fishing Derby $5 Movies: Castle Theatre

Pet Fest - Blue Barn Climbing Festival - Lions Head $5 Movies: Castle Theatre




Saints hockey – Selkirk College

Saints hockey – Selkirk College

Saints hockey – Selkirk College

Castlegar Rebels hockey – Junior B

Castlegar Rebels hockey – Junior B

Castlegar Rebels hockey – Junior B

Winter Fest – City of Castlegar

Troll Loppet – Castlegar Nordic Club

Twin River Choir

$5 Movies: Castle Theatre

Soup for the Cultured Soul – Kootenay Gallery

$5 Movies: Castle Theatre

Fishing Derby $5 Movies: Castle Theatre

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Get To Know Castlegar

A Crossword

Now that you’ve had a chance to go through this visitor’s guide and learn all about Castlegar, here’s a fun crossword that’ll test to see how much you remember about our beautiful city at the centre of it all. For the answers, visit destinationcastlegar.com

Across 4: What is the Prehistoric fish you may see in Castlegar 6: Castlegar has the West Kootenay airport 8: Walk among the artist masterpieces 10: A park & ponds named after a period in time Destination Castlegar - Crossword Puzzle Down


1: What museum was built over 100 years ago 2: Bird sanctuary 3: Classic hike or mountain bike ride 5: Where two rivers meet 7: The Doukobor Bridge 9: There are many beaches in Castlegar

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4 What is the Prehistoric fish you may see in Castlegar?

1 What museum was built over 100 year ago?

6 Castlegar has the West Kootenay ______ airport.

2 Heron sanctuary.

8 Walk among the artist master pieces.

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10 A park & ponds named after a period in time?

3 Classic hike or MNT bike ride. 5 Two rivers meet. 7 The Doukhobor _____ Bridge. 9 Russian word for sauna.

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


100 year


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The city of Castlegar is situated at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. World-class fishing, kayaking and climbing are at y...

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