Whether you’re visiting by car, plane or bus from elsewhere in Canada, the United States or around the world, you’ll find Castlegar has all the services you require.
You can fly into the West Kootenay Regional Airport, conveniently located 10 minutes by car from downtown Castlegar, from such urban centres as Calgary or Vancouver. Or you can visit via the Trail Regional Airport, located about 40 minutes away. The closest international airports are within easy driving distance and include:
It truly is beautiful driving into Castlegar from any direction. You’ll enjoy mountain views while you drive alongside rushing rivers and past quaint homesteads. And because BC Highway 3A passes right near downtown, it doesn’t get any easier to access us. Best of all, if you don’t have your own vehicle, you can find rides to, from, and around the region using Kootenay Rideshare.
A note of caution that there can be deer, bears, bighorn sheep and other mountain animals near the roads and while they’re beautiful to look at, be aware they can occasionally walk onto the road in front of you. Drive with care. in the winter, driving conditions can change quickly at higher elevations. Winter tires are required if you are driving to Castlegar between the months of December and March and carrying chains is advisable. Delays for avalanche control and snow removal may be possible. For seasonal driving advisories, refer to the following websites:
If you’re travelling within the region by bus, you can use the BC Transit – West Kootenays service. There are multiple transit stops in and around Castlegar. The phone number is 855-993-3100.
By Taxi or Shuttle
The local taxi service is Castlegar Taxi, which can be reached by phoning 250-387-0133. There are also two shuttle services that provide airport pick-ups and rides to Red Mountain, Spokane Airport and other destinations. They include:
- Mountain Shuttle Airport pick ups, rides to Red Mountain in Rossland and more. 250-362-0080
- Queen City Shuttle Local airport pick ups and rides to Spokane Airport year round (daily in the winter months). 250-352-9829
- Solace Mountain Tours Inc. Airport pick ups, rides to Kelowna & Cranbrook. Customized trips. 250-608-2927
- Fritz Travels. Airport pick ups, shuttle offerings. 250-512-1385
Castlegar is located just North of the American border and is an easy drive from northern Montana and Idaho and eastern Washington. In fact, there are three border crossings nearby and the closest is less than an hour away by car. drive closest border crossing is less than an hour’s drive from the closest border crossing. To cross the international border between the United States and Canada, you must have proper identification (usually a passport). You must also know the hours of operation for each border crossing as some are not open 24 hours. And finally, be sure to familirize yourself with the regulations about what you can and can’t bring into each country. Check the information provided by both governments. The three closest border crossing to Castlegar include:
- Frontier/Paterson – 50 minutes from Castlegar. Open 24 hours.. Phone: 509-732-6215
- Boundary/Waneta – 1 hour from Castlegar. Open 9am-5pm. Phone: 509-732-6674
- Metaline Falls/Nelway – 75 mins from Castlegar. Open 8am-12am. Phone: 509-446-4421
Castlegar enjoys beautiful warm, sunny weather in the summer months and mild winters with lots of snow to play in. Average temperatures in the summer hover around 28°C (82°F) and in the winter they hover between -1°C (31°F) and -6°C (21°F). Average annual precipitation is 75 cm (30 in) but in the winter months the nearby ski resorts and mountains enjoy averages of 12 metres (40 feet) of snow!
For details regarding the different activities and attractions that are on offer in and around Castlegar, click on the “Recreation” and “Attaction” tabs in the menu above. In the meantime, here is a short list of just some of the things you can do during your stay in Castlegar.
- Mountain biking
- Rock climbing
- Visiting various markets
- Attending festivals
- Enjoying sculpture walk
- Visiting cultural sites
- Downhill skiing
- Backcountry skiing
- Nordic skiing snowmobiling