Located in the Central Kootenay Region, Castlegar sits at the confluence of the Columbia and the Kootenay Rivers. The Arrow Lakes, the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers flow in from the north. From Castlegar, the Columbia River flows south to the USA. Castlegar is the focus of no fewer than 9 dams controlling the water flow and generating electricity for all North Americans.
Nestled beneath the magnificent peaks of the Selkirk and Monashee Mountain ranges, at the confluence of the mighty Columbia and Kootenay Rivers, Castlegar welcomes visitors to it's small city with a big community spirit.
Castlegar with a population of approximately 16,000 includes the city itself and surrounding communities of Blueberry Creek, Robson, Brilliant, Genelle, Ootischenia, Pass Creek, Shoreacres, Tarry's and Thrums. Together they make up the Castlegar Area.
The City of Trail is situated on the Columbia River in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia where 7,500 people call home. Surrounding communities include Rossland, Waneta,Warfield, Montrose, Fruitvale and Salmo. They make up the Trail Area.It is a special place with affordable real estate, outstanding recreational facilities and an abundance of outdoor activities. In addition, it has an active arts and culture community and a variety of service clubs and organizations.
Incorporated in 1897, Nelson has a population of about 9500 and a trading area of over 50,000 people. Nelson is in the Central Kootenay Regional District and is most closely bordered by RDCK Areas E & F.Surrounding communities include Taghum, Harrop, Proctor, Blewett and Ymir. Together they make up the Nelson Area.
The continuous flow of sparkling waters, the lush and fertile vegetation, the abundant wildlife and the mesmerizing panoramic views create an awe-inspiring backdrop and a natural location for family holidays, romantic getaways, business venues and adrenaline adventures - the perfect balance of business, recreation and relaxation any time of year.
Adventure seekers of all abilities will find trails for hiking and biking. Enjoy world-class fishing and championship golf. Ski through untouched powder and swim in lakes, rivers and pools.
Be transported back in time with rich historical attractions and heritage sites. Wonder at the power of water behind one of nine area dams or the amazing structural engineering of the many bridges spanning the vast waterways.
Local shops, abundant with local arts, crafts and produce, cater to every ned. Dine-in or take-out restaurants with an array of ethnicity provide flavours to suit every taste. Enjoy the community hospitality and discover treasures around every corner.
Being located halfway between Vancouver and Calgary and situated at the intersection of highways leading to Nelson, Trail, the Slocan Valley and Grand Forks - each within an hour's drive in a different direction - makes Castlegar the ideal destination for your full West Kootenay lifestyle choice.
Local accommodations from full service hotels to rustic campgrounds allow you to make yourself "at home" while exploring a different direction and experiencing a new adventure every day.