The 10 Best Coffee Shops in Castlegar

Every Sunday morning during the summer months, a group of road cyclists ride from Nelson to Castlegar. One would assume they're doing the 100-kilometre round trip because they're interested in the exercise and the beautiful views of the Kootenay River, but that is only partly true. Really they're…


It's a Patio Party! Here are 14 of the Best Patios in Castlegar

There is one song that is the preeminent anthem for patio culture in Canada: Kim Mitchell's "Patio Lanterns." The chorus speaks to those perfect moments when we Northerners can sit outside without worrying about snow, rain and mosquitos; when we can sip beverages, eat good food, and laugh with our…


14 of The Best Dinner Restaurants in Castlegar

Back in the day, when people wanted to dine out in Castlegar, their first thoughts might have turned towards such fast-food options as McDonald’s and Tim Hortons. And while those two do exist in the city, there are other establishments that have been making a name for themselves, many of which are…


What To Do After Visiting Castlegar’s Cannabis Dispensaries

On October 17, 2019 Canada celebrates the one-year anniversary of the legalization of recreational marijuana. Medicinal marijuana has been legal in this country since 2001 but it was only last year that the federal government decreed that those over the age of 19 are allowed to put any strain of…


10 Reasons To Visit Castlegar Before and After Shambhala

Chances are you’ve heard of Shambhala. The 22-year-old West Kootenay event was just awarded “Best Music Festival” in North America by DJ Mag. Every year it boasts huge international acts such as Moby and Kaskade and over 10,000 revellers converge on the private farm located near Salmo, a half-hour…


8 Ideas For Date Night In Castlegar

With its many restaurants, movie theatres, parks, hikes and scenic viewpoints, Castlegar is an excellent city for date night (and date days). There are not too many places where you can suggest strolling along a beach, followed by an easy hike to a mountain viewpoint and then finish off the date…