Authentic Experiencer

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 is the “Sculpture Capital of Canada” and take a tour of the Sculpture Walk around the city.

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 dynamics, 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:

Visit A Dam: There are a dozen hydroelectric dams in and around Castlegar. Take a tour of the Hugh-Keenleyside or check out any of the others that keep Castlegar and a lot of the Pacific Northwest lit up.

Take A Stroll: Go for a casual walk in Millennium Park where you have a front row seat to watch the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. Or saunter across the Brilliant Suspension Bridge, which was built in the early 20th Century and restored in 2009. Or go on an exploration to find all the monuments that have shaped our community.

Tour Our Heritage: Take a cultural tour of the city by visiting the Doukhobor Discovery Centre, Zuckerberg Island, and the Verigin Memorial Park.

Try Your Hand At Fishing: Because Castlegar is located at the confluence of two major rivers and is surrounded by lakes, fishing is a part of life here. Hire a guide and cast away!

Enjoy a Craft Brew: Try the fresh flavours of Tailout Brewing, Castlegar’s first micro-brewery. Or visit the Lion’s Head Pub, where locals have been gathering since the 1980s and where you’ll find multiple microbrews on tap.

Build Your Stay



Waldie Island Hiking Trails



Where To Stay

Best Western – Sure Stay


Kootenay RV

Where To Eat

Lions Head

Crumbs Bakery Cafe

The Grateful Table

Buddha Bistro

Cuisine of India

Chameleon Restaurant

Monte Carlo Grill & Pizza

Local Sights

The Kootenay Art Gallery

Doukhobour Discovery Centre

Sculpture Walk

Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park

CPR Railway Station Museum

Brilliant Suspension Bridge

Verigin Memorial Park

The Castlegar Lookout

Millenium Park and Ponds



Music in the Park

Pass Creek Fall Fair

Little Bear Wine & Dine

CPR Station Farmers’ Market


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