Castlegar (British Columbia)

Castlegar is a city in southwestern British Columbia, Canada. It is located in the Central Kootenay and is according to Nelson, the second largest city in the region.

In the language of the local First Nation, the tribe of the Kutenai, the city k'iksi ǂ uk called (in a sense about path).

Geography and climate


Castlegar is located on the edge of the Selkirk Mountains. The Selkirk Mountains are a mountain range in the Columbia Mountains, which are upstream of the Rocky Mountains. The city is located at the mouth of the Kootenay River into the Columbia River. In the north of the city, about ten kilometers outside the Arrow Lake, which is fed from the Columbia River is located.



The area south of the Arrow Lakes was inhabited by Indians of the tribe of the Lakes. Europeans have not settled as part of the settlement of the American West in this area first. There were only paths through this area that led from Waneta to Hope. Only by gold discoveries in the area of Trail 1855 were settlers in this part of British Columbia. Of importance for the history of Castlegar was the construction of the railway. After the construction of a bridge over the Columbia River, a station was set up in 1902, which represented one of the nuclei of colonization. 1910, there were not only the station, but also a hotel, a post office and city hall tasks and a school. The settlement grew steadily and in 1946 determined the village. Due to continued growth, the appointment would come to the city on January 1, 1966.


The census in 2011 showed a population of 7,816 inhabitants for the city. The city's population has thereby increased since the census of 2006 at 7.7%, while the population in British Columbia grew by 7.0 % at the same time.


The city is governed by the Castlegar City Council. The council consists of the mayor and six other members. These are elected for three years. Mayor since 2005 is Lawrence Chernoff.


As an airport for the region is located in the south of the town of West Kootenay Regional Airport. It provides the Air Canada frequent connections to Vancouver and Calgary are available.

The Highway 3 binds to Castlegar to the national road network. He leads in a westerly direction over Osoyoos and Hope to Vancouver, to the east it crosses the Crowsnest Pass in the province of Alberta. The northern hinterland is accessed by Highway 3A; this leads to South Slocan, where it meets Highway 6. The south of Castlegar is reached by Highway 22 to the trail.