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Updated: May 31, 2023

Population: 8,338

Elevation: 496m / 1627ft

Castlegar is a city in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. It is located in the Selkirk Mountains, at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers, and serves as a regional trade and transportation centre. The city’s economy is based on forestry, mining and tourism, and it is home to Selkirk College, a regional airport, a pulp mill, and several sawmills.

Castlegar has a rich and diverse history, influenced by the Indigenous Sinixt (Lakes) Peoples and the Doukhobors, a religious group that migrated here in the early 20th century2. The Sinixt were the original inhabitants of the area, who lived in harmony with the land and the rivers. The Doukhobors were persecuted in Russia for their pacifist beliefs and settled in Castlegar after receiving land from the Canadian government. They brought with them their culture, language and traditions, which are still evident in the city today.

Castlegar at Sunset. (Music by Jonny Dudar)


City Hall

460 Columbia Avenue - Castlegar, BC - V1N 1G7

Phone: (250) 365-7227

Castlegar Visitors Centre & Chamber of Commerce

1810 8th Avenue Unit A - Castlegar, BC - V1N 2Y2

Phone: (250) 365-6313

Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK)

Box 590 - 202 Lakeside Drive - Nelson, BC - V1L 5R4

Phone: (250) 352-6665

Toll Free: (800) 268-7325


Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

(Closed from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm daily)

Castlegar Demographics Information


Twin Rivers Elementary Primary School

Twin Rivers Campus

649 7th Avenue, Castlegar, BC V1N 1R6

Phone: 250-365-8465 Castlegar Primary Campus

749 7th Avenue, Castlegar, BC V1N 4E1

(250) 365-5744

Kinnaird Elementary

2273 10th Avenue, Castlegar, BC V1N 2Z8

Phone: (250) 365-8478

Toll Free: (888) 316-3338

Stanley Humphries Secondary School

720 7th Avenue, Castlegar, BC V1N 1R5

Phone: (250) 365-7735

Toll Free: (888) 316-3338


Castlegar Health Centre

709 10th Street - Castlegar, BC - V1N 2H7

Phone: (250) 365-7711

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

1200 Hospital Bench - Trail, BC - V1R 4M1

Phone: (250) 368-3311

Toll Free: (866) 368-3314

Patient Care Quality Office: (877) 442-2001

(31km ~ 27min drive from Castlegar)

Kootenay Lake Hospital

3 View St - Nelson, BC - V1L 2V1

Phone: (250) 352-3111

(45km ~ 38 minute drive from Castlegar)


Dining out - List of restaurants on Tripadvisor

Kootenay Centre Cinemas (5 Screens)

1940 6 Ave, Castlegar, BC V1N 3H5

(250) 304-2229

**Renovated in 2022 with the addition of reclining chairs and more.

Castlegar & District Community Complex

(Fitness, Pool, Arena, etc.)

2101 6th Ave., Castlegar, BC V1N 3B2

(250) 365-3386


West Kootenay Regional Airport

Hall Road, just off of Highway 3A

Castlegar, BC - V1N 4M5

(250) 365-5151


Trail Regional Airport

Airport Operations

9019 BC-22A - Trail, BC - V1R 4W6

Phone: (250) 367-0029

(40km ~ 35 minute drive from Castlegar)

Flights and Reservations

Pacific Coastal Airlines

4980 Cowley Crescent - Richmond, BC - V7B 1C1

Phone: (800) 663-2872

Approximate distance from Castlegar to...

Nelson, BC - 43km / 27mi

Kelowna, BC - 305km / 190mi

Vancouver, BC - 616km / 383mi

Cranbrook, BC - 229km / 142mi

Calgary, BC - 621km / 386mi

Spokane, WA - 230km / 143mi

Seattle, WA - 624km / 387mi

Sandpoint, ID - 265km / 164mi

Snapshot of the local climate.

(Region on chart is right between Castlegar & Nelson)

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