Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine‘s website has showcased the Castlegar area and Arrow Lakes in an article titled “Why Castlegar Should Be On Your Must-Visit List This Fall.” Created in partnership with ZenSeekers and Arrow Slocan Tourism, the story features words by KMC editor Vince Hempsall, photographs by long-time Kootenay resident and professional photographer Dave Heath, and a video by Chris Wheeler.

The team joined Castlegar residents Gitansh Nagpal and Saumya Bhasin to explore the area around the city, specifically Broadwater Road and Lower Arrow Lake. They began at the Lion’s Head Smoke and Brew Pub in Robson, the only eating establishment in Canada with a natural rock climbing wall in its backyard. Vince and a few friends climbed the warm cliff in the September sunshine while Gitansh and Saumya enjoyed craft beers and various dishes on the pub’s patio facing the rock.

All photos by Dave Heath.

After the Lion’s Head, everyone travelled up Broadwater Road, past the Hugh Keenleyside Dam to Scotties Marina on Lower Arrow Lake where Saumya tried kayaking for the first time. She and Gitansh stayed within the breakwater for safety’s sake even though the lake was mirror calm and after that they tried something a bit more exciting: speeding up the lake on a wakeboard boat owned by Pass Creek resident Mike Hadkin.

After hanging out on the lake, the team decided to relax beside it. They travelled a few more kilometres past Scotties to Syringa Provincial Park where they set up a lakeside campsite complete with Westfalia campervan and an open fire. There they watched the sun set behind the mountains and took their last photos before Vince returned to Castlegar for a pint of craft beer at Tailout Brewing and then some shuteye at the SureStay Hotel right next door.

To read the Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine article in its entirety, visit mountainculturegroup.com.