Whether you're driving or flying into Castlegar, it's impossible to not be impressed by the beautiful area that this small BC town is situated in. Nestled in the Columbia Basin at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers lies this down to earth destination. I've compiled a list of 5 reasons that you should visit, but it barely scratches the surface of all that Castlegar has to offer.
#1 The Views
Covered in snow, or lush and green in the summers sun, Castlegar has stunning views year-round. Hike the Brilliant Overlook trail for an overview of town and the rivers, or take a stroll down the Millennium Walkway in Downtown. Being so close to nature means that there's an abundance of trails close by, so be sure to stop by the visitors centre to grab a map!
The Kootenay Region is steeped in culture and rich history, take a walk around Zuckerberg Island and you'll feel it all around you; from the remains of pit houses of the Sinixt people, to the Russian Orthodox Chapel House built by Alexander Zuckerberg.
Another historical site to check out is the Brilliant Suspension Bridge that spans the Kootenay river, built by the Doukhobour's in 1913. To learn more about this National Historic site of Canada and those who built it, be sure to stop by the Doukhobour Discovery Centre located across from the Airport.
Castlegar isn't the sculpture capital of Canada for no reason, take a walk Downtown to view a diverse range of art from both local and international artists on display for Sculpturewalk. The show changes yearly, so if you like what you see you might just have to visit again and see some of the new pieces that are up!
#4 Starry Skies
The views in Castlegar are spectacular during the day, and at night they're just as stunning. There's less light pollution than other bigger towns or cities, meaning the milky way is clear, bright, and easily viewable. Spend a night camping at Syringa Provincial Park and venture down onto the beach at night to get a glimpse of one of the most inspiring views the West Kootenays has to offer.
#5 Outdoor Adventure
The list of activities that you could get up to in and around Castlegar is seemingly endless, and there's something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you want to spend the day fishing on the Columbia, tackling the Columbia and Western Rail Trail that runs from Castlegar to Christina Lake, or climbing at one of the unique crags around Castlegar; you'll be sure to have a great time.