You recognize the importance of truly understanding the places you visit. You like knowing a destination’s history, its culture, and the people who reside there. You plan your trips in advance and upon arrival you immerse yourself in the surroundings rather than in crowded tour groups. In short, you connect with the “why” of where you are.
Find out why Castlegar locals love to play outside in the winter: the temperatures are mild, the snow is fun and the views are beautiful.
Whether you’re learning about the unique history of the area, participating in the Sculpture Walk, or chatting with locals at Millennium Park, Castlegar is an excellent destination for the authentic traveller. We are a cultural hotspot that boasts unique Doukhobor heritage, fascinating hydro-power dyanmics, both past and present, and a deep connection to the land around us.
As you browse this website, you’ll notice personalized suggestions we have made for you and other authentic 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 Cross-Country Skiing: Many Castlegar locals love nordic skiing because of the many excellent groomed trails around as well as the mild winter weather.
Try Your Hand At Fishing: Because Castlegar enjoys a lot of sunshine throughout the wintertime, the rivers and lakes in the valleys tend not to freeze. Which means you can hire a guide and enjoy fishing year-round!
Tour Our Heritage: Take a cultural tour, starting at the Kootenay Art Gallery and continuing with the Sculpture Walk throughout the city.
Eat Like A Local: Experience the small town charm and deliciousness of restaurants such as The Black Rooster Bar & Grill, Monte Carlo Grill, Maggie’s Mug and the Lion’s Head Smokehouse.
Snowshoe In Millennium Park: The 23-hectare Millennium Park, located on the shores of the mighty Columbia River near the city’s downtown core, is a beautiful place to be whatever the season.
Shop: Downtown Castlegar offers a unique shopping experience. Whether you’re looking for vintage clothing, local trinkets or a cozy coffee shop, we’ve got it.
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Whether you prefer skate skiing for fitness, or relaxed nordic skiing through untouched snow, Castlegar has the best cross-country skiing in the Kootenays.
Castlegar is equidistant from three ski hills, two of which were awarded best downhill resorts in North America. Situated in British Columbia’s beautiful Columbia Valley, Castlegar is an easy 40-minute drive from Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, Whitewater Ski Resort near Nelson and the Salmo Skil Hill.
One of the best ways to get out and about in Castlegar is to explore the thriving river culture, specifically fishing. Throwing out a line into one of the many nearby lakes and rivers is joyful and talking about it with friends over beer afterwards even more so.
Castlegar has quickly become the best city in the Kootenay region of British Columbia for rock climbing and there are many areas that are perfect for families. These are the three best for families of rock climbers.
Fishing is an incredibly popular activity in Castlegar for anglers of all ages but how does one get to the stage when a child is reeling in a fish on the end of a line? In this article we explain the five steps to getting your family involved in fishing in Castlegar.