The Free Spirit Traveller
You’re adventurous, social, open-minded and spontaneous. You’re not afraid to experiment and try new things whether it’s an event, a sport or a delicious meal. And you can be equally comfortable relaxing on a sandy beach, biking through beautiful forests, or attending an art show. The key for your type of travel is to always keep it fresh and interesting.
Fishing, hiking, paddling, biking, shopping, dining out – you name it, we’ve got it. And it’s amazing.
We have good news: Castlegar is the perfect place for free spirit travelers to visit! The city is located in the West Kootenay, which is famous for its alt-culture scene, and surrounded by beautiful tracts of land and water that you can explore without feeling encumbered by excessive rules and regulations. In short, we’re a fun place to be free.
As you browse this website, you’ll notice personalized suggestions we have made for you and other free spirit travellers. You’ll find suggestions for sights to see, things to do, where to stay, where to eat and different recreational activities that are well-suited for your personality as well as blog posts related to topics you might enjoy. Here are some other ideas:
Go Fish: The West Kootenay fishing season kicks into high gear in the Springtime so whether you prefer casting, fly fishing or drifting, Castlegar is the perfect place to throw your line.
Swill A Beer: Enjoy the fresh flavours of Tailout Brewing, Castlegar’s first micro-brewery. Or visit the Lion’s Head Pub where you’ll find multiple microbrews on tap. They’re the perfect places to visit with your buds after a day of backcountry fun.
Jump On A Motorbike: The local West Kootenay Recreational Dirt Bike and ATV Society maintains the nearby dirt bike trails or you can enjoy some of the best road riding in North America here.
Surprise Your Tastebuds: Guaranteed your hunger will be satiated at all the restaurants in the city including the Wandering Greek Oven, Chopsticks, Crumbs Bakery, Wah-Pho and the Humble Bean Coffee Company.
Go Mountain Biking: Castlegar is home to the largest bike park in the Kootenays: over three acres of jumps, pump tracks and more. There’s something for every level of rider. Plus, the singletrack season starts early here because of all the sunshine we receive. By late March people are usually
Take A Hike: There are literally hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails around Castlegar. No matter whether you prefer gentle, flat walks or steep treks, you’re guaranteed beautiful views here.
Build Your Stay
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