The Free Spirit Traveller
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.
Skiing, snowmobiling, tobogganing, snowshoeing, ice fishing – you name it, we’ve got it. And it’s awesome.
We have good news: Castlegar is the perfect place for free spirit travelers 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:
Jump On A Snowmobile: The local snowmobile association grooms over 70 kilometres of phenomenal trails throughout the Norns, Ladybird and Goose Creek areas.
Visit Three Ski Resorts: Castlegar is conveniently located equidistant from Salmo Ski Hill, Whitewater, and Red Mountain – the latter two are world-famous for their snow and terrain.
Swill A Beer: Enjoy the fresh flavours of Tailout Brewing, Castlegar’s first micro-brewery. Or visit the Lion’s Head Pub where you’ll find multiple microbrews on tap. There are many perfect places to visit with your buds after a day of fun.
Enjoy The World-Famous Kootenay Backcountry: Castlegar is conveniently located at the centre of three mountain ranges, each boasting excellent backcountry skiing and riding. To the east is the Rossland Range of the Monashee Mountains where you’ll find the Big Red Cats cat-skiing operation. And to the north are the Valhalla Ranges of the Selkirks, which are serviced by multiple cat skiing operations and backcountry lodges.
Surprise Your Tastebuds: Guaranteed your hunger will be satiated at Wah-Pho, the Wandering Greek Oven, Chopsticks, Crumbs Bakery, and the Humble Bean Coffee Company.
Go Skating Outdoors: There’s a maintained outdoor rink at Kinnaird Park, by the baseball diamond. This seasonal rink operates from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily in December and January.
Take A Hike Or A Snowshoe: Dove Hill Trail climbs up the mountain and eventually connects with a larger trail system where you’ll enjoy views of the Kootenay River and valley below. Alternatively Merry Creek has three main trails and is a pleasant walk through a dense forest followed by a climb to a fine view of Castlegar.
Build Your Stay
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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.