You feel comfortable with familiarity. There’s a certain security in returning to a destination multiple times as well as seeing and experiencing things while in a group setting. It’s also relaxing when others take care of the details for you and allow you to simply enjoy the time you have away.

Castlegar is the perfect place to rest, relax, and take in the beautiful scenery of the three local mountain ranges and two rivers.

Castlegar is a comfortable and easy place to be in. Tucked into the folds of the Columbia and Kootenay rivers, the city is familiar with its dining and accommodation options, yet unique enough to appeal to the traveller who wants to experience something new without having to put too much on the line. From guided recreational trips that include fishing and hiking, to tours of the Railway Museum and the Doukhobor Discovery Centre, there’s plenty enough in Castlegar to keep you coming back for more.

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 more ideas:

Enjoy A Delicious Coffee: Looking for a local favourite? We’ve listed ours in the article “Best Coffee Shops in Castlegar.”

See The Local Artwork: Take some time to see the Kootenay Art Gallery featuring a rotating series of exhibitions by professional artists from the region.

Stroll Through Millennium Park: There are many reasons why Millennium Park is the best urban park in the Kootenays and we’ve listed 18 of them in our article about the park. One reason is it’s a 23 hectares of green space that’s only five blocks from the downtown core!

Go On A Sculpture Walk: There’s a reason Castlegar is called the “Sculpture Capital of Canada.” There are statues and works of art all over the downtown core and it’s easy to stroll and take them all in.

Visit A Waterfall: There are six beautiful waterfalls near Castlegar and spring is the perfect time to see them because they’re gushing with run-off from the mountains.

Try Your Hand At Fishing: Castlegar offers world-class fishing and you can hire a guide to show you all the best spots. In fact, early Spring is some of the best time to fish for walleye because of the lower water levels in the rivers. Find out more in our article, “How To Get the Family Fishing in Castlegar.


Build Your Stay


Bird Watching

Guided Fishing




Where To Stay

Super 8 Hotel

Sandman Hotel

Windborne B&B


Where To Eat

Boston Pizza

Tim Hortons

The Grateful Table

Panago Pizza





Local Sights

Millenium Park and Ponds

Sculpture Walk

Tulip Creek Waterfall

Chartered Fishing Trips

Endless Adventure Tours

Castlegar Lookout

Nancy Greene Provincial Park

Syringa Provincial Park

Chances Casino



Music in the Park

West Kootenay Kennel Club Dog Show

West Kootenay Trade Show

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