Summer, winter, spring or fall, there’s always something to do here. Castlegar is beautifully located in the centre of the West Kootenays, just a short drive to nearby Nelson, Rossland and Christina Lake to name a few.
Adventure in the playground abounds. Enjoy nearby golf, biking, skiing, hot springs and some of the best fishing. The area offers great year-round recreation, dining and sights to see. Be sure to ask our friendly staff for more insider info about what to take in on your next visit here. Book your room online and check out what our area has to offer.
Photo Credit: Don Weixl, Trickle Creek Golf Resort
The region boasts 18 courses, some as close as a 5 minute drive. Check out our special package rate, book online or call and speak with our staff to learn more.
Photo Credit: Destination Castlegar
BC's best kept secret - the Columbia River. Home to one of the best Walleye fisheries in all of western Canada. The world-famous Columbia River flows through the heart of Castlegar offering world class fly fishing. Explore the vast 230 km Arrow Lake system that ends in Castlegar. Many nearby lakes also offer amazing rainbow trout fishing.
Visitors to Castlegar, BC have a beautiful and new area on the Columbia River to enjoy. Swimming Ponds consist of three separate pools. Ground-filtered well water is drawn from alongside the Columbia River during the day and descends through the pools before returning to the river. This 23-hectare park has fun for the whole family offering soccer fields, picnic areas, Pickle ball, tennis, a food concession, swimming and more.
Photo Credit: Destination Castlegar
Castlegar offers extensive trail system with over 27 designated trails. The area is great for all riders offering something for everyone from easy pavement, hardcore downhill, technical and fast & flows. Hail Merry trail is one to mention - best for intermediate to advance riders. It’s fun and it’s a showpiece that boasts some of the most beautiful designed structures to ever grace a bike trail.
Visit the new three-acre bike park located in the heart of Castlegar and try out the flow area, dirt jumps and pump track. Or you can travel the mellow C&W Rail Trail, an abandoned railway bed that’s now part of the Trans-Canada Trail system. It winds its way from Castlegar to Christina Lake (and beyond) and is famous for its tunnels and trestles. Seven Summits is an incredible ride, well deserving of its IMBA Epic ride status. Not for the inexperienced rider due to its length and advanced technical rating, this point-to-point trail should be a part of every rider’s itinerary.
Mountain shuttle www.kootenaygateway.com/transport.
Bike stores in the region - Castlegar: Cycology Bike, Rossland: Revolution Bikes, Nelson: Sacred Ride and Gerricks in Trail.
Photo Credit: Ryan Flett / RED Mountain Resort
This part of BC is known as part of the Powder Triangle. Castlegar is central and offers easy access to many skiing options with Red Resort & White Water short drives away. For the adventurer at heart the area offers heli skiing, snowcat skiing and x-country. To list a few:
Just another one of BC's best kept secrets. The 215-kilometre route that circles the Kokanee Glacier is an experience not to be missed. It is a route that delivers heart-stopping sweeping turns, mesmerizing scenery, and quaint historic towns.
Castlegar sledding association has 70 km of groomed trails - check it out!
Photo Credit: Matthew Brown
The Kootenay offers an abundance of hot springs that are known for their therapeutic benefits: the mineral content of the waters may increase metabolism, accelerate healing, soothe muscles, improve blood circulation, and detoxify the body's lymphatic system.
Choose from developed hotsprings including Ainsworth Hot Springs, Canyon Hot Springs, Halcyon Hot Springs, Nakusp Hot Springs. Ainsworth is a quintessential part of any visit to our region. It’s located in a historic village with a three pool set into the side of the mountain, part of which flows through a steaming cave and nestled on the edge of Kootenay lake. There are also undeveloped hot springs, such as Lussier Hot Springs which are a little more tricky to get to but well worth the effort. You’ll have to have your explorer's hat on for these. www.ainsworth.com
Kokanee Mountain Zipline one hour North on highway 3A.
No wings required. From high up in the forest canopy, experience a bird’s eye view of the stunning natural environment as you soar above Kokanee Creek canyon on six awe-inspiring ziplines. It’s the only outdoor adventure that’ll leave you breathless without breaking a sweat.
One hour drive.