Castlegar

Travel Guide
Castlegar showing a river or creek

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.

Sandman Hotel Castlegar
Sandman Hotel Castlegar
2.5 out of 5
1944 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, BC
The price is ¥6,530 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
Located in the heart of Castlegar, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Columbia Mountains and Columbia River. Doukhobor Discovery Centre and ...
3.7/5Good! (405 reviews)
"Nice and clean. Enjoyed the swimming pool"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Sandman Hotel Castlegar
Super 8 by Wyndham Castlegar BC
Super 8 by Wyndham Castlegar BC
2 out of 5
651 18th Street, Castlegar, BC
The price is ¥8,814 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Located in the heart of Castlegar, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Columbia Mountains and Columbia River. Doukhobor Discovery Centre and CPR Station ...
4.1/5Very Good! (471 reviews)
"Nice and clean; organized."

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Castlegar BC
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Castlegar
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Castlegar
2.5 out of 5
1810 8th Avenue, Castlegar, BC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥8,505 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 9
Located in the heart of Castlegar, this hotel is 2 mi (3.1 km) from CPR Station Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Doukhobor Discovery Centre and Kootenay Gallery. ...
3.9/5Good! (455 reviews)
"Good location- 2 restaurants very close by and liquor store across the street. Nice updated room decor."

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

SureStay Hotel by Best Western Castlegar
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.
Sentinel Mountain view Flat, outdoor activities & parks right at your doorstep
Sentinel Mountain view Flat, outdoor activities & parks right at your doorstep
Castlegar, BC
The price is ¥8,163 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 12
This family-friendly Castlegar apartment building is located on a river, just steps from Columbia Mountains and Columbia River. CPR Station Museum and Kootenay ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Castlegar Apartment
"Stefan’s apartment was clean, comfortable & quiet. Everything we needed was on hand including delicious peaches right off the tree! Thx you Stefan"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

Sentinel Mountain view Flat, outdoor activities & parks right at your doorstep
CHARMING & INVITING Railtown Suite - WALK EVERYWHERE!
CHARMING & INVITING Railtown Suite - WALK EVERYWHERE!
Nelson, BC
This family-friendly Nelson vacation home is located in the mountains, steps from Columbia Mountains, Baldface Lodge, and Touchstones Museum. Cottonwood Falls ...
5/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Amazing property! Eager to stay again!
"10/10 Everything about our stay was excellent! The space is really beautiful. The beds and furniture were all very comfortable. The windows are huge and bright. The kitchen had everything we needed, and then some. The bathroom was very well stocked with great supplies. There was laundry in the suite ..."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

CHARMING & INVITING Railtown Suite - WALK EVERYWHERE!
Little Chickadee Cabin - Social distancing friendly
Little Chickadee Cabin - Social distancing friendly
Nelson, BC
The price is ¥8,278 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Situated in Nelson, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Columbia Mountains, Kootenay Lake, and Kootenay River. Kokanee Creek Provincial Park and Lakeside ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
great stay in a cozy cabin
"A well thought out wee place with some lovely artistic touches....we enjoyed our stay and only wish we had booked for longer!"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

Little Chickadee Cabin - Social distancing friendly
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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