Castlegar is located in the heart of the West Kootenays, nestled peacefully in the valley where the Columbia and Kootenay rivers merge as one. Castlegar is within a 45 minute drive of Nelson, Trail, Christina Lake and Rossland. It’s 600 km between Vancouver and Calgary, and about 230km north of Spokane, Washington. There are some 16,000+ residents in the city of Castlegar and surrounding areas. The three industries with highest employment are industrial manufacturing, retail trade, and educational services. It is the perfect place to call home for anyone who considers themselves a die-hard outdoor enthusiast right down to those whose limits reach as far as the fresh cut grass on the edge of an outdoor patio. There are dozens of mountain biking trails in the West Kootenays. All of the parks in the West Kootenays offer simple day hiking and many offer the kind of alpine access that makes life worth living. If you love camping , or grabbing the boat with family the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers make for great recreation and fishing. There are several golf courses such as Redstone, Champion Lakes Golf Club, Castlegar Golf Club and Birchbank Golf Club. If you’re a bit rusty, check out the par 3 Little Bear Golf Course located in Ootischenia. In the winter Red Mountain and Whitewater are two world-class alpine ski resorts located less than an hour’s drive away. Castlegar is also home to Selkirk College located across from our West Kootenay Regional Airport and Casino.