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    Visitors ChoiCeCastlegar

    British Columbia 2011

    14th edition vcvisitorschoice.comOfficial Community Guide to Castlegar

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    Generating more than power...

    Columbia Power may be a small local company, but we have lots of experience when it comes to managing the construction of hydro-electric projects.Over the past ten years, weve managed construction on behalf of our partner, Columbia Basin Trust, on the 185 MW Arrow Lakes Generating Station and the 120 MW Brilliant Expansion Project, both near Castlegar. Now, along with Columbia Basin Trust and our new

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    partner, Fortis Inc., we have begun construction on the 335 MW Waneta Expansion Project, near Trail. Our projects provide jobs for local workers and inject millions of dollars into the local economy. For more information on our projects, visit our website

    Brilliant Dam and Expansion, near Castlegar

    Open from 11am Mon-SatReservations 250.365.8066

    292 Columbia Avenue Downtown Castlegar

    Voted #1Food & Beverage in Castlegar

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    Four Season Recreation & Adventure,Heritage Sites & Historical Attractions,Dining, Shopping, Family Fun

    Castlegar & District Chamber ofCommerce and Visitor Centre

    1995 6th Ave, CastlegarBritish Columbia V1N 4B7

    PH: 250.365.6313 | TF:

    Nestled beneath the magnifi cent peaks of the Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges, at the confl uence of the mighty Columbia and Kootenay rivers, we welcome you to our small city with big

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    Call 250-365-5151 |

    Aviation Services& Industrial


    Air Canada Jazz provides daily service to Vancouver and Calgary

    In-Airport Car Rental Agencies: Budget and Nati onal

    Public Access Wi-Fi Hotspot in the Air Terminal

    Pie in the Sky Restaurant

    1. Within city limits, youll find awesome rock climbing sites, perfect for getting your altitude fix, plus an indoor bouldering cave. 2. The Station CPR Museum is one of the best-preserved museums in BC, located in a train station over 90-years-old. 3. Mountain biking and cycling is great in this area, with tons of trails perfect for quiet rides or challenging downhill workouts. See page 30.4. A visit to the Doukhobor Discovery Centre will introduce you to Doukhobor culture and their peaceful lifestyle in the West Kootenay region. 5. Looking for fishing? Youve come to the right place! Castlegar is famous for its amazing Rainbow Trout, Kokanee and Walleye fishing, with creeks, lakes and rivers galore. 6. Unlock the past with a visit to the

    serene Zuckerberg Island with its Russian pioneering and Salish First Nation historical information. The island is a great picnic spot too!7. Take an ATV tour and explore the Columbia Mountains up close in a relaxing setting. 8. Visit the Kootenay Gallery of Art, History and Science to find local and regional artistic treasures, as well as thought-provoking exhibits. 9. Winter is the perfect time to strap on some cross-country skis or snowshoes and hit local wilderness trails. 10. Want more adventure? Visit the Castlegar Visitor Information Centre to discover all of Castlegars great adventure opportunities! (map 3, E3) 1995 6th avenue, castlegar | 250.365.6313 |

    10 AmAzing CAstlegAr experienCes

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    Visitors ChoiCe Castlegar is created and published annually by Visitors Choice Publications Ltd. as part of a series of visitor map books produced for communities across British Columbia. For further information on VISITORS CHOICE, please contact us through the numbers below.

    Kootenay Region Manager: Sandra BarronPhone: 250.666.0436Email:

    Editor: April CuffySales Director: Fawn DuchaineGraphic Designer: Annette SpreeuwProduction: Soraya Romao, David TongProduction Coordinator:Michelle MyersDistribution Coordinator: Sue WongController: Marlita Hodgens

    Editorial Contributors:Bassnectar Brian BecksteadCastlegar & District Chamber of CommerceCastlegar SculptureWalk Don Genova Kootenay Gallery of Art, History & Science Lucas JmieffMatt Tidball PictureBC / Greg MayrhoferShutterstockWally Soukoroff

    Cover Photos:top left - Shutterstock top right - Shutterstock bottom left - Shutterstock bottom right - Shutterstock

    Visitors Choice is a member of the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce

    Copyright 2011 by Visitors Choice Publications Ltd. No part of this publication may be duplicated or reproduced in any manner without the prior written permission of the publisher. All efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of information in this publication, however the publisher accepts no responsibility for errors or omissions.

    Head Office:102 East 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 1G2Tel: 604.608.5180 Fax: 604.608.5181Sales email: sales@visitorschoice.comEditorial email: editor@visitorschoice.comPublishers email:

    Printed in Canada using vegetable-basedinks on recyclable paper products.

    vcvisitorschoice.comWhats happening 10


    map 1 - BC & regional overview 17map 2 - robson & Castlegar region 18map 3 - Castlegar 20map 4 - downtown Castlegar 22 map 5 - Uptown Castlegar 24street index 26


    dining directory 34


    informAtionCurrency Guide 24 tipping tips 36important numbers 38

    ACCommoDAtionAccommodation directory 32


    shopping & services directory 34

    shopping & serviCes

    feAtUres10 Amazing Castlegar experiences 4highlights 6BC seniors Games 11Worldly Cultures 14More to explore 17Communities in Bloom 18Winter Wonderland 27Get outside! 28hiking & Biking trails 30Attractions & Activities directory 33Parks & Camping 37



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    fYifYiThe original inhabitants of the Castlegar area were the Lakes Indian people, from the Interior Salishan linguistic and cultural group.

    1891:Edward Mahon buys 129 ha (320 acres) of land, and names his new settlement Castlegar after his homestead in Ireland.

    1902: After the rail bridge is completed, a new train station is built in Castlegar, making it an important hub of passenger and cargo activity.

    Did you know?Castlegar is the greatest

    dam city in the world, with at least nine hydro-electric

    dams nearby.



    Welcome to Castlegar, where mountains meet and rivers converge, creating a naturally beautiful setting for this little city with big heart and abundant community spirit.

    From outdoor adventures and family fun, to fine dining and engaging nightlife, Castlegar has a wide variety of attractions to suit every taste, and is rich with cultural history. With so much to explore, youll love this great city and soon understand why it all starts here!

    Castlegar sculptureWalk Cruise down Columbia Avenue and youll be whisked away in an outdoor art gallery. With 25 original sculptures lining city streets, the 2011 SculptureWalk will be a delight for passersby, and for one lucky sculptor, will mean the purchase of their art by the City of Castlegar, to be displayed in the community. From steel and aluminum to granite and bronze, these artistic monuments are created by local and international artists and are on display throughout the whole year. Vote for your favourite sculpture as part of the Peoples Choice Award and be part of history! various locations, castlegar | 250.365.9669 | Download maps at: sculpturewalk photo: castlegar sculptureWalk





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    Kootenay gallery of Art, history and scienceWith a colourfully painted lush floral exterior, the Kootenay Gallery invites visitors to explore their diverse collection of rotating exhibits and carefully curated gift shop items. Even the Gallery grounds are a thing of beauty with a working sundial, butterfly and xeriscape gardens and a habitat restoration project,

    all overlooking the Columbia River below. From large-scale paintings to beautiful hand-crafted jewellery, and local and international artists from every artistic medium, this gallery is a hidden treasure worth discovering. The Gallery also hosts regular events including music concerts, kids and artist workshops and fundraisers. Definitely worth a visit! see Events (page 10). 120 heritage Way, castlegar | 250.365.3337 | (map 3, E2) photo: Kootenay gallery of art

    Doukhobor Discovery Centre Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011, this expansive village teaches about the rich heritage of the Doukhobor people. These beautifully landscaped grounds and perfectly restored buildings offer a glimpse into a typical day for these peaceful Russian descendants. View over 1,000 authentic artifacts such as the petch (bread baking oven) and wood-fired banya (sauna) as you tour the village and audio visual room with it