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.


Rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, paddling – you name it, Castlegar has it. 

We have good news: Castlegar is the perfect place for free spirit travellers 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 Fishing: The Castlegar fishing season kicks into high gear in the Spring so whether you prefer casting, fly fishing or drifting, there’s a perfect spot to throw your line. Book a guide and discover where all the best holes are.

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. For a list of the best rides, read our story about motorbiking around Castlegar.

Surprise Your Tastebuds: Guaranteed your hunger will be satiated at Maple Mirch,  The Grateful Table, Chopsticks, Crumbs Bakery, and so many others. Read our article about the best restaurants in Castlegar for more ideas.

Go Mountain Biking: Castlegar is home to the largest bike park in the Kootenays: over three acres of jumps, pump tracks and more. Plus, the single-track season starts early here because of all the sunshine we receive. Here are some of our favourite trails.

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. See our story about the best local trails for descriptions and directions.


Build Your Stay




Rock Climbing



Where To Stay


Super 8 Hotel

Pass Creek Regional Park

Syringa Provincial Park


Where To Eat

Crumbs Bakery Cafe

The Grateful Table

Buddha Bistro

Cuisine of India

Lions Head

Boston Pizza


Local Sights

Millenium Park and Ponds

Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park

Sculpture Walk

Tulip Creek Waterfall

Deer Park Natural Waterslide

Brilliant Suspension Bridge

CPR Railway Station Museum



Kootenay Climbing Festival

Music in the Park

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