Castlegar, Photo Destination BC Kari Medig

Castlegar

Castlegar is situated at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers at the southern end of the Arrow Lakes in the Central Kootenays. There is a lot of history and culture to explore in the Castlegar area including the Doukhobor Discovery Centre set in landscaped gardens and with hundreds of artifacts and the Canadian Pacific Railway Station Museum which has a preserved caboose, original living quarters and more. Go on the Sculpture Walk and see the many sculptures installed in the downtown area, provided by artists across North America.

Take a walk across the 144-metre (473-foot) Brilliant Suspension Bridge – a National Historic Site –  to explore forested pathways leading to idyllic riverside picnic spots on the Columbia River. Explore some of the trails, get in a round of golf and participate in some water sports. In the winter, skiing and snowmobiling are popular.

Location

The City of Castlegar is centrally located in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. The City is 600 km (372 mi) from both Vancouver and Calgary and 233 km (145 mi) north of Spokane, Washington. Castlegar is the focal point of three major highways – Highway 3 (Crowsnest Highway), Highway 3A and Highway 22.

A Step Back in Time

The first settlement in the area was West Waterloo (now known as South-Castlegar). Discovery of iron cappings in the vicinity led to interest in gold prospecting and by 1895 there were forty houses in Waterloo. The town boomed until the end of the century when interest in the local mines declined. Around the year 1902, the Canadian Pacific Railway built the bridge at Castlegar and laid the wide gauge railway tracks to Trail. They put in a box car station at the old Waterloo trail crossing and called it Kinnaird Station in honour of Lord Kinnaird, who was a shareholder in the Canadian Pacific Railway.

There was little in Castlegar until after the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s bridge. The first school in Kinnaird (now South Castlegar) was built in the fall of 1916 by volunteer labour. The lumber and bricks were donated by local residents. There was a fairly large mill built about a mile west of the present school in 1918-19. This mill was operated by the Milestone Lumber Company from Milestone, Saskatchewan. They also had a lumber yard and a large planing mill.

During the 40s, both Castlegar and Kinnaird were incorporated as villages, and during the 60s, both were incorporated as towns. The two communities amalgamated on January 1, 1974 and were incorporated as the City of Castlegar.

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Castlegar & Nearby Accommodations

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Kootenay River RV Park

Kootenay River RV Park

Castlegar

A quiet adult only RV park, situated near the convergence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. Kootenay River RV is nestled in the Columbia Valley and is only a 5 minute drive to the city of Castlegar. This area provides plenty of adventure and excitement for everyone. Some activities include: fishi ... Read more
Cozy Pines Motel

Cozy Pines Motel

Castlegar

Located at the West Entrance to Castlegar, Cozy Pines Motel welcomes you to the largest motel in town that provides you with exceptional service. Our well-appointed rooms and suites include one queen bed, two queen beds, kitchenettes, or full kitchens. Each room features modern bathrooms, air condit ... Read more
Castlegar Golf Club & RV Park

Castlegar Golf Club & RV Park

Castlegar

Special Green Fee rates for RV Guests $57 plus tax not incl. power cart. New spotless washrooms, hot showers, 30 & 50 amp service, laundromat. Overflow sites available. Free WiFi. Golf and hiking. Communal firepit, free firewood. Pets welcome. ... Read more
Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground

Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground

Castlegar

Situated halfway between Vancouver and Calgary, Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground is an ideal destination for guests travelling on Hwy 3 or wanting a family vacation. Nestled on 23 acres of lush forest, our resort provides a peaceful mountain setting to unwind and relax. Our campground offers 4 ... Read more
Beaver Valley Family Park Campground

Beaver Valley Family Park Campground

Fruitvale

Overnight camping and day use area near to Champion Lakes Provincial Park. Hookups, hot showers, volleyball court, covered picnic shelter. ... Read more
City Of Trail RV Park

City Of Trail RV Park

Trail

The City of Trail operates an RV Park in the city for the convenience of travellers to the area. The park offers various sites to choose from, including grassed grounds, partially serviced and gravel sites. For your convenience and comfort, washroom facilities and flush toilets are available for use ... Read more
Rossland Lions Campground

Rossland Lions Campground

Rossland

Rossland Lions Community Campground is Rossland's only campground. Located 3 mins. drive/15min. walk south west of downtown, just off Hwy 3B, situated alongside Centennial Ball Park and Rossland’s Advanced Mountain Bike Dirt Jump park. Easy access to bike trails – Drakes, Tamarack, Centennial Tr ... Read more
Rocking River Campground

Rocking River Campground

Salmo

Welcome to the PRIDE of the Kootenay area - "Rocking River" Campground, where you truly leave it all behind and have a chance to relax and re-connect to nature. 10 acres of total peace and quiet situated 8 kms. south of Salmo, BC and right on the Salmo River. Each campsite is spacious enough to put ... Read more
Parklane Motel & RV Campground

Parklane Motel & RV Campground

Christina Lake

Enjoy a peaceful and fun camping experience at the Park Lane RV Park and Campground! Both RV and camping sites are spacious and they offer semi-shade with their own firepit and picnic table. For our campers’ convenience, all sites have access to dishwashing sinks, power and water. All guests are w ... Read more
Blue Mountain Lodge

Blue Mountain Lodge

Christina Lake

Blue Mountain Lodge Christina Lake, is set on our 1.5 acre property with a variety of beautiful trees throughout. We offer you the best in comfortable accommodations, perfect for vacations or family/group gatherings. Choose from our fully-renovated Lodge Suites, popular Cottage, cozy Rose Cabin, or ... Read more
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