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Kootenay Rockies


mountain bikes riding in the forest
Photo by Robin Munshaw

BC’s Best-Kept Secret

It’s a little-known fact mountain bikers have been sculpting trails in this little city in the valley since the 1990s. And some of those same architects are still at it, having perfected their craft and created such masterpieces as the Merry Go Round trail, which features a 20-metre-long wooden bridge structure dangling from an 18-metre-high sheer rock face over the forest floor. Appropriate really, given Castlegar is the “Sculpture Capital of Canada.”

If you’re looking for family-friendly fun, visit the city’s Millennium Park, which boasts the largest bike park in the West Kootenay. If you seek downhill gnar, check out the trails off Rialto Road. In fact, the only thing you won’t find here is crowds. See for yourself. Come ride Castlegar where there are always free parking spots at the trailheads and empty stools waiting for you at the tap houses nearby.

Castlegar Inspiration

Uncover stories from Castlegar and nearby places.

Getting Here & Trail Access

Castlegar is deep in the mountains where the Kootenay River meets the mighty Columbia River.

Located along the Crowsnest Highway (Hwy #3).

Driving Distances & Times:

  • Vancouver - 621 km ( 386 mi), 7 hours 53 minutes
  • Spokane - 232 km (144 mi), 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Calgary - 614 km (382 mi), 7 hours 10 minutes
  • Revelstoke - 250 km (155 mi), 3 hours 37 minutes

The West Kootenay Regional Airport (YCG) located in Castlegar is currently served by Air Canada / Jazz.

Air Canada Flight Information and Reservations: 1-888-247-2262

Trails in Castlegar are found in the following trail networks:

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