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Castlegar, BC

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With a population of 13,450 in the immediate area, Castlegar is located within the Selkirk Mountain Range at the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers. It is the West Kootenay’s commercial service centre, including the West Kootenay Regional Airport and Selkirk College’s main campus. Castlegar believes the West Kootenay is underserviced. The community is pursuing enhancement of regional commercial, education, healthcare, and tourism services by spotlighting a trade area population of 60,000 people. Castlegar’s competitive advantage lies in its central location, low business costs/cost of living, and cultured outdoor lifestyle.

From grape vines to vivid backcountry, Castlegar offers reconnection to land. More deeply, the warmth, creativity and openness of local culture makes Castlegar distinctive – and a place where business and lifestyle are in balance.

  • commercial and residential real estate prices significantly below B.C. average
  • 7% population growth 2005-2010
  • target enterprise is:
  • regional big box commercial anchors for a 37 acre City-owned serviced property adjacent to the airport
  • independent and creative entrepreneurial spirits attracted by the combination of soulful people, warm climate mountain geography, and critical mass of population that supports full services
  • professional services
  • tourism-related activity including but not limited to niche accommodation, attractions, recreational property development, arts and crafts, food services, and retail services
  • competitive business costs (substantially lower than major urban centres)
  • friendly atmosphere
  • rugged outdoor to refined City experiences
  • cultural highlights include art gallery, museums, several annual events, and international Sculpture Walk
  • full service community recreation centre
  • extensive recreational options within 30 minutes, including five golf courses, four campgrounds, river parks, one regional park, one provincial park, mountain biking, hiking and snowmobiling on hundreds of kilometres of trails, two downhill ski hills, and cat/heli skiing
  • Arrow Lakes – camping, fishing, boating, water sports

Contact Information

The City of Castlegar
City Hall, 460 Columbia Avenue,
Castlegar BC V1N 1G7
Ph. (250) 365-7227 • Fax: (250) 365-5074

Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce
1995 6th Avenue
Castlegar BC V1N 4B7
Ph: (250) 365-6313 • Fax: (250) 365-5778

Community Futures Central Kootenay
201 – 514 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC V1L 4E7
Phone: 250-352-1933
Fax: 250-352-5926

Success Stories in Castlegar, BC
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