Here you’ll find information on anything you’ll need to know if you are new to BC; where the Service Agencies are located, resources for families, a Newcomers Guide, employment sites for spousal employment, and much more.
Choosing a daycare that is right for your child and your family is an all-important decision. Castlegar provides a selection of formal child-care centres, family daycares, and in-home daycares. Listed here are links to the formal child-cares centres, some of our family daycares, as well as the BC Child Care Resource and Referral Program:
Finding a place of worship in a new community can be an important support for you and your family. In the following link you will find a comprehensive list of Castlegar churches.
The Castlegar Nordic Ski Club has been providing well maintained cross country ski trails in the Paulson Recreation Area for the last 50 years.
With 45 km of packed and tracked ski trails ranging from beginner to advanced levels, the club hosts approximately 15,000 to 20,000 visitors every season. There are trails for everyone, including a popular 7.5 km circular route from Mud Lake to the Ben Shaw cabin that is ideal for young families and beginners, as well as several longer, more challenging loop trails for intermediate and expert skiers. An additional 8 kms of untracked trails are available for the more advanced backcountry skier.
Twin Rivers Elementary School (3-7) is a modern elementary school located in the downtown area of Castlegar. Twin Rivers, as a pilot this year, is offering early French Immersion (beginning in Kindergarten), as well as housing the Late French Immersion Program for grades 6 and 7. Castlegar Primary School (K-2) is located right next door to Twin Rivers and strives to develop foundations for lifelong learning and encouraging a strong connection between our school and the child’s home is imperative to our staff.
Kinnaird Elementary School (K-7) provides hands-on learning experiences in a caring, family atmosphere where parents and volunteers are welcome. We provide a variety of extra-curricular activities, which include outdoor gardening and a wetlands pond, and promote wellness and nurturing of the whole child.
Experience some of the best fly fishing in North America right here in the Kootenays. Living in Castlegar allows you to walk out your door and be fishing on the Columbia River within 20 minutes, however, if it’s a quiet lake you seek you’ll find them here too. But don’t take my word for it, hear it from an expert.
Access to hiking trails in the Castlegar area are everywhere. From the waterline trail right in the city to several trails built by the Friends of Parks and Trails only minutes from anywhere in the city, you’ll find everything you need, from just a casual hike to a more intense climb. So whether you have 20 minutes, or the day, you’ll find something to suite your needs.
A group of young mountain bike enthusiast are making things happen in Castlegar, building an accessible trail system for young and old, novice to expert. Slip out your back door after work to enjoy a quick ride while breathing in fresh mountain air, it doesn’t get much better. Check out their Facebook page to see what they’re up to, and who’s riding when.
Constructed as a Millennium Project by the City of Castlegar, the Millennium Walkway was officially opened on June 1, 2001. The project incorporates a 900 metre paved walkway with formal elements such as an entry gateway, a kiosk, an arched bridge, landscaped viewpoints with interpretive signs, and amenities such as benches and a washroom.
More recently a unique Natural Ponds Swimming Facility has been added with plans for bike park, an off-lease dog park, pickle ball, tennis, and beach volleyball courts to be constructed in 2016.
Stanley Humphries Secondary School (8-12) offers a unique experience for students. We offer French Immersion and Russian Language programs along with a rich and comprehensive variety of subjects and activities for our students.
Other highlights are the Transition to Trades programs (in conjunction with Selkirk College) in Carpentry, Welding, Millwright Machining, Metal Fabrication, Electrical, Hairdressing, and Chef Program. We boast a wide variety of electives such as BC First Nations Studies 12, Psychology, Leadership 10-12, Digital Multimedia 11, Strength and Conditioning 11-12, Science and Technology 11, with strong Art, Drama, and Foods departments. SHSS is also supported by an excellent Special Needs Department. Stanley Humphries offers a wide range of athletic opportunities fielding teams for nearly all sports and also runs a music program off the timetable
The Castlegar & District Library is an active resource for the community where community members of all ages come to gather to do research, read, work, and even do yoga.
Castlegar received the 2008 Energy Action Award from the Community Energy Association for the design of its new city hall.
The new city hall saves over 50% of the energy of a conventional building, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 29 tonnes annually.
Feel at home in our classrooms and communities, nestled within the welcoming West Kootenay and Boundary regions. Since 1966, Selkirk College has been providing innovative and unique learning opportunities through 60+ nationally recognized programs.
Selkirk College is also home to over 311 international students, from 26 countries, studying in 25 program areas and 127 Aboriginal learners study in more than 30 program areas. Selkirk College also offers transfer courses that enable students to transfer to a university to pursue their degree. The college is located in a world-class outdoor setting that provides incredible recreational opportunities for students in both their studies and leisure time.
Robson Community School offers students from K-7 a meaningful educational experience while meeting the unique needs of all of our students. These needs are very diverse and as such, a very collaborative, communicative approach is developed with our staff, students, and families. With 175 students enrolled in our school, the staff is committed to developing responsible, respectful, resilient, capable, and supportive citizens.
Situated in Robson, our school has a very strong community spirit and a climate, which welcomes all community members. The staff is committed to educating and caring for all students and to meet the needs of the “Whole Child”. We work collaboratively to offer a wide range of activities for children and their families during the school day and beyond, to address the significant social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. To extend the educational experience, our school hosts a Strong Start Centre, offering a variety of activities for preschoolers and their families, as well as an After School Care Program. With these partnerships, the educational community at Robson Community School strives to develop a strong foundation for lifelong learning by providing a rich educational program while enabling our students to be socially and emotionally capable.
The Kootenay Gallery of Art creates a welcoming and engaging environment where
people are motivated to transform their understanding of the world by connecting with
the visual arts.
The Castlegar & District Community Complex is a multi-purpose facility that houses an Arena, a 6 lane, 25 meter pool and leisure pool, whirlpool, weight room, fitness studio, meeting rooms, banquet facility, kitchen and senior centre. Adjacent to the facility are four tennis courts, soccer/football field, ball diamond and skate boarding park.
The West Kootenay Regional Airport is owned and operated by the City of Castlegar and offers regular service to both Vancouver and Calgary. It is 250km by road to the nearest alternate airport with scheduled passenger air carrier service.