Most people are amazed to learn that mountaineers and rock climbers have been climbing the rock walls in and around Castlegar since the 1950s. This area was first used a training ground for those establishing new routes in the Valhalla, Selkirk, Kootenay and Purcell mountain ranges.

Today, Castlegar is a destination in its own right for sport climbers, trad climbers and boulderers given the many walls and areas strewn within and around the city. In fact, Castlegar is the only other city in British Columbia, aside from Squamish, with a natural rock climbing wall within its boundaries. (Kinnaird Rocks boasts no less than 70 rock climbs for everyone from beginner to expert climbers.) It’s also the only city in North America to boast an outdoor rock climbing pub. (The Lion’s Head Pub property has a rock wall with established routes on it located about 40 feet from its back patio.)

Castlegar is also the location for the Kootenay Rock Climbing Festival, which happens in late September every year.

Related Climbing Stories

Experts Agree: Rock Climbing in Castlegar is Tops

Why is Castlegar the perfect place for rock climbing in British Columbia? These experts explain. 

Explore Castlegar In a Day With These 3 Different Itineraries

The reason Castlegar is the heart of the Kootenays is because there's something for everyone to do here. In this article we look at a possible daily itineraries for your family, and share the contact details for various outdoor guides.

Celebrate Endless Summer With These Family-Friendly Castlegar Activities

In this film we see many of the events and activities that are perfect for families to enjoy in the "endless summer" months in Castlegar, British Columbia.