KMC Magazine Showcases Castlegar Taxidermy School

Kootenay Mountain Culture magazine has featured Lino Grifone and his Western Canada School of Taxidermy, which he's operated in Castlegar since 1991. Called "Institute of Higher Preserving," the article appeared in the publication's Summer 2021 issue and describes how the school was Canada's first…


BBC Features Castlegar's Doukhobor Community

The British Broadcasting Corporation has featured Castlegar and its Doukhobor Community in its summer article entitled "Canada's little-known Russian sect: The fascinating but little-documented story of the Doukhobors, a pacifist religious sect who fled persecution in Russia to undertake one of the…


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,…


8 Indoor Ideas In Castlegar When It's Raining Or Smoky

Castlegar is a wondrous place that boasts some of the most beautiful views in the province: the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers, the mountains, the valley. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to see all these things. When the clouds are low and the rain is falling, for example, it's a good time to do…


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…


Places OPEN this Winter in Castlegar

British Colombians have been asked to stay close to home this winter season. When travel restrictions are lifted, please remember these important factors for being a smart traveler: Stay home if you aren't feeling well. Wear a Mask in all indoor spaces or when distancing isn't possible. Practice…


5 Ways To Enjoy A Fun Halloween in Castlegar This Year

Halloween is one of the most fun annual events for both children and parents. There are costumes, candy, house decorations and, unlike Christmas or Easter, there's "tricking" to go along with the treats. Halloween 2020 will be a bit different this year given public health measures. The British…


BC Ale Trail Features Castlegar Beer and Mountain Biking

One of the definitive websites dedicated to beer in British Columbia has featured Castlegar. In a story that ran September 2, BC Ale Trail details the Tailout Brewery, the Lion's Head Pub and the mountain biking on the Merry Creek trail system, located just outside of city limits. Called "Castlegar…


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…


Get Lost and Found On Castlegar's Golf Courses

There’s a certain freedom in being lost. It leads to new discoveries. A cherished place that you never knew existed, or something powerful within yourself that you didn’t know was there. But to find yourself… well, first you have to be lost. And to get lost we need room to move. Room to breathe.…


FishingBC Features Castlegar Angling

One of the most definitive websites about fishing in British Columbia has featured the angling opportunities in Castlegar. In a story that ran earlier this year, FishingBC detailed the incredible rainbow trout fishing opportunities in and near the small West Kootenay city. Called “The Heart of the…


The Best Birdwatching Spots In Castlegar

There’s a special poetry in the names of birds: Barrow’s Goldeneye, Cinnamon Teal, Savannah Sparrow, Snow Bunting, Loggerhead Shrike. It’s no wonder people become captivated by bird watching: describing the names of those you’ve spotted is a joy onto itself. It’s as if the words themselves are…