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CastlegarCanada

Once a settlement for Russian immigrants, this mountain town at the confluence of two rivers features hiking trails, bike paths and gorgeous river valley views.

From its location in a river valley amid the Selkirk Mountains, Castlegar offers easy access to the low mountains near the border between British Columbia and the United States. Trailheads begin from the town and provincial parks lie a short drive away. Before heading out into the wilderness, explore the small town to learn about its long heritage as a settlement for the Doukhobors, a group of 19th-century Russian religious immigrants.

Castlegar lies next to the point at which the Columbia River intersects the Kootenay River. Take a 2-mile (3-kilometer) hike up to Brilliant Overlook to view the spectacular twin river valley from above. Along the way, look for moose and elk, common throughout the Castlegar countryside.

Rent a bike to see more of the surrounding countryside. Castlegar was incorporated as a railroad town in the mid-20th century. Today, many of the old railroad tracks serve as bike trails. Ride the Columbia and Western Railway Trail, which gradually rises to the valley’s western summit. Along the way, pass through tunnels, including the 2,950-foot (900-meter) curve of the Bulldog Tunnel.

While Castlegar wasn’t established as a town until 1966, it had served as the site of a Doukhobor settlement for many years beforehand. This history is on display at the Doukhobor Discovery Center, which features more than 1,000 artifacts from this Russian immigrant group, including tools and works of art. The Castlegar Museum has more recent artifacts from the town’s history, including a large newspaper archive.

Drive into the Castlegar countryside to find several nature parks, including Syringa Creek Provincial Park. This site, located a 25-minute drive west of town, lies along Arrow Lake, a massive mountain lake stretching all the way into Glacier National Park. Hike the Yellow Pine Nature Trail to reach a hillside overlooking the lake.

Fly from Vancouver or drive 8 hours east to reach Castlegar. The small town is a perfect steppingstone to national parks like Banff and Glacier.

Top Hotels in Castlegar

Savoy Hotel
Savoy Hotel
3.5 out of 5
198 Baker Street, Nelson, BC
The price is ¥8,803 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Nelson hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Touchstones Museum, Cottonwood Falls Park, and Nelson & District Community ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (110 reviews)

"Absolutely amazing stay! Sauna was beautiful, rooftop deck and hot tub amazing, manager/owner so incredibly helpful and kind, beds super comfortable, overall great experience!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2020

Savoy Hotel
Hume Hotel & Spa
Hume Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
422 Vernon St, Nelson, BC
The price is ¥13,848 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31

Located in the heart of Nelson, this spa hotel is steps from Columbia Mountains, Touchstones Museum, and Baldface Lodge. Nelson & District Community Complex ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (817 reviews)

"Staff are all amazing. Front desk, lounge, restaurant and pub...all wonderful. I’ll be back 😊"…"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

Hume Hotel & Spa
Prestige Lakeside Resort, BW Premier Collection
Prestige Lakeside Resort, BW Premier Collection
3.5 out of 5
701 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, BC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥15,475 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Located in the heart of Nelson, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Columbia Mountains, Kootenay Lake, and Nelson & District Community Complex. Touchstones ...

4.4/5Excellent! (415 reviews)

"We enjoyed the balcony lake view. The restaurant on site is very good"…"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

Prestige Lakeside Resort, BW Premier Collection
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Castlegar

Great value here, nice suite!
Great value here, nice suite!
Rossland, BC

Situated in the mountains, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Columbia Mountains and Red Mountain Resort. Big Red Cats and T-Bar are also within ...

Great value here, nice suite!
Cozy Log Cabin in Pristine Nature
Cozy Log Cabin in Pristine Nature
Nelson, BC

Situated in a rural location, this historic cabin is within 2 mi (3 km) of Columbia Mountains, Cottonwood Falls Park, and Kootenay Lake. Granite Pointe Golf ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Great getaway

"We had a great 10 day stay. Maria has a pleasure to meet and had recommended some great hikes in the area. The cabin has several nice sitting areas outside as well to enjoy the view."…"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Cozy Log Cabin in Pristine Nature
Nelson Beachside Retreat
Nelson Beachside Retreat
Nelson, BC

Nestled on the beach, this Nelson cabin is just steps from Columbia Mountains and Kootenay Lake. Kokanee Creek Provincial Park is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.

4.9/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Incredible Beach Setting!

"What a great week....ideal family accommodations, and all the desired amenities for this incredible lake setting. Walk, paddle, swim, enjoy evening campfires, dark sky star gazing, abundant clean sandy beaches, this is the perfect combination for an outstanding, memorable vacation! Convenient access ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2020

Nelson Beachside Retreat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Aug 6, 2019

everybody was so friendly, it was nice. Loved the slower pace

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Feb 8, 2019

Easy to get to from Slocan Valley, weather permitting, and food chains close by,as well as being close to the airport.

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Thomas

Sep 30, 2018

We were simply passing through, but Castlegar seemed to have the basic amenities a city should offer. Seemed pretty quite, and beautiful natural areas.

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