Old Growth Forest Hikes Near Castlegar

There's something awe-inspiring about walking through an old growth forest. To be amongst trees that were around before settlers arrived in Canada is a humbling thing. And to be surrounded by living beings that are so large, yet so silent, is enchanting. Today, there are multiple pockets of old…


33 Places To Take Your Dog in Castlegar

According to a recent survey by Toronto-based Logit Group, over one-half of Canadians currently have a pet in their household and of those 55% have a dog. Looking at the stats provincially, residents of British Columbia and the Prairies are more likely to own a dog compared to any other region. So,…


Spark Program Offers $3,000 To Help Launch Or Improve Your Tourism Business

The city of Castlegar has been invited to be a part of the West Kootenay division of the BC Tourism Innovation Lab, which is offering grants and mentorships to help entrepreneurs in the tourism industry either get their endeavours off the ground or level up their current ones. The Innovation Lab is…


The 7 Best Beaches In Castlegar

Summer is a magical time in Castlegar when the air temperature is warm but the water is cool. It's the perfect season to bury your toes in the sand while watching the kids frolic on the shore and luckily the city has many areas to do just that. In fact, Castlegar has some of the highest numbers of…


18 Reasons Why Millennium Park Is The Best Urban Park In The Kootenays

Central Park in New York City is the most renowned urban park in the world. It came about as part of a public landscape design competition in 1857 and today the 341-hectare green space in the middle of the world’s ninth largest city, boasts a zoo, carousel, running paths, and even a castle. But it…


Here's Why You Should Join The West Kootenay Ladies Shooting Group in Castlegar

There are only four registered not-for-profit women’s shooting clubs in the entire country and one of them is located in Castlegar. The West Kootenay Ladies Shooting Group (WKLSG) was formed in 2020 by local businesswoman Amber Berukoff to provide safe handling and shooting instruction in a…


Where To Find The Best Beer in Castlegar and the West Kootenay

There's a very good reason why Castlegar, and the West Kootenay region in general, is a hot bed for cold beer. After all, the area is famous for its outdoor activities and what better way to celebrate a fun day of recreating than with a delicious craft beer? There have been many articles written by…


Everything You Need To Know About Snowmobiling in Castlegar

There's a reason snowmobiling is a one of the most popular winter activities in Castlegar: terrain. There are so many places to explore via snowmobile around the city and in the surrounding mountains that it would take a lifetime to see it all. And the fact the region gets about 12 metres (40 feet)…


A Haunted Destination - Halloween in Castlegar

Although Castlegar is considered a newer community by Kootenay standards, having been incorporated in 1966, it still has enough history to scare you around the campfire at night! For Halloween this year there isn't just pumpkin patches and candy apples here in the city; with its rich history, the…


Celebrate Endless Summer With These Family-Friendly Castlegar Activities

Castlegar is the perfect place for families. What with all the festivals, parks, excellent schools and heaps of outdoor recreation opportunities from swimming in lakes and paddling to skiing and snowmobiling, the little city in the valley is great for kids and their adults. We’ve listed fun things…


A Heritage Tour Of Castlegar

Castlegar’s history dates back thousands of years to when the region was inhabited by the Lakes Salish First Nations people. The junction where the Kootenay River meets the Columbia, just south of where downtown Castlegar is now located, was an important trading place as well as a fishing spot for…


Meet Sarah Meunier, Castlegar's Queen of the Trails

The first time I met Sarah Meunier was two years ago and she immediately impressed me with her positivity and enthusiasm. Then she told me a hilarious story about a bikini she made from two problem martens at Chatter Creek Lodge, and I wanted her to be my best friend forever. The first time…