The 3 Best Family-Friendly Rock Climbing Areas in Castlegar

Castlegar has quickly become the best city in the Kootenay region of British Columbia for rock climbing. People have been climbing here since the 1950s but in the past two decades popularity in the sport has skyrocketed thanks in part to indoor gyms such as the one at Selkirk College, as well as…


Canada's Best Rock Climber Calls Castlegar Festival The Best in the West

The Kootenay Rock Climbing Festival returned to Castlegar September 21-22, 2019, and featured Canada's best rock climber Sonnie Trotter. This is the eighth year the Festival has been held at the Lion's Head Pub in Robson, which is only a few minutes away from the Castlegar's downtown core and it's…


The Best Rock Climbing Routes at Kinnaird Bluffs

Kinnaird is a unique chunk of rock. Located on the southern perimeter of the city of Castlegar, the white and ruby-coloured cliff band is composed of 110 million year-old gneiss and granite formed during a mountain building episode associated with plate collision on the coast. According to…


Adventure Journal Features Castlegar Climbing

The Adventure Journal, one of the most popular online magazines in North America, has just featured Castlegar in a story that highlights the city's rock climbing and, specifically, the natural rock wall located behind the Lion's Head Smoke and Brew Pub. The article, entitled "This Climbing Crag is…


The 3 Best Rock Climbing Routes in Castlegar

Outdoor rock climbing has already begun this year in Castlegar. Because of the many south-facing cliffs in the area, snow has melted in the lower elevations and people have been enjoying the sport since the beginning of March. That’s even earlier than the popular Skaha climbing destination in the…


Canada's Only Rock Climbing Pub

Ask most rock climbers and they’ll tell you there’s nothing better than a cold beer after a day of hanging out on the side of a cliff. Luckily for visitors to Castlegar they don’t have to venture far from the climbing routes at the area known as Pub Wall because a frosty pint is literally 20 metres…