Twinning is a relationship between two centre of different cultures. This could be two cities within Canada or elsewhere in the world. Castlegar has twinning agreements with Stephenville, Newfoundland; Embetsu, Japan; and Yueyang, Peoples Republic of China.
The primary purpose of twinning is to promote greater international understanding, goodwill and peace as well as to foster education, social, cultural, industrial and commercial ties of friendship and mutual understanding between Castlegar and its twin cities. Exchanges of communication and visitors have been done through mutual visits including youth exchanges, cultural exchanges, and exchanges of promotional material and information.
In June of 1998, the City of Castlegar and the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce entered into a Community Leaders Partnership Program (CLPP) Agreement with the Town of Stephenville, Newfoundland. The CLPP is a cost-shared initiative, financially supported by a partnership which includes the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Government of Canada and the Royal Bank of Canada. The goal of CLPP is to promote cooperation and understanding in the areas of economic, social, cultural and linguistic development among Canadians from communities across the country. Municipal, business and community leaders are linked with their counterparts in other provinces to share knowledge and expertise about common problems and shared challenges.
The Town of Stephenville is located on the west coast of Newfoundland and has a population of 8,000 citizens. The overall population of the entire region surrounding Stephenville is estimated at 17,000 people. Stephenville performs an important role in the area as the region's hub, providing leadership in trade and commerce, health, transportation, recreation and education. The Town of Stephenville also owns and operates their municipal airport.
In 1991 the Sister City Agreement between the City of Castlegar and the City of Yueyang was signed.
The City of Yueyang is located at the lakeside of Dongting Lake in the northeast of Hunan Province, Peoples Republic of China. The City has a population of 4.47 million and covers an area of 15,019 square kilometers. Yueyang enjoys a mild climate with plenty of rainfall. Tourist attractions in Yueyang include the Yueyang Tow, Cishi Tower, Lusu Tomb, Yuexhou Cultural Temple, the Jun and Bian Mountains and Nanhu Park.
In 1989, representatives of the City of Castlegar and Selkirk College visited Embetsu to sign a Sister City agreement. Since then there have been several visits of adults between the two communities. In 1998, the Castlegar-Embetsu Educational Exchange Program, a program of youth exchange began with a group of eight students traveling from Castlegar to Embetsu. In 1999 Castlegar welcomed six students from Embetsu.
The Town of Embetsu* is located on the northern tip of the island of Hokkaido, Japan and has a population of 4,000 citizens. Agriculture, one of the township's key industries, has prospered by focussing on rice production. Embetsu has become well established as an important food producing area in Hokkaido. Other agricultural products are melons, asparagus and Japanese radishes. Scallops, flatfish, octopi, mottled skate and salmon are the leading commercial species fished in Embetsu. Tourist attractions in Embetsu include various parks, the Fujimi Road Station, the Restaurant Tongarikan, the Asahi Hot Spring and the Local History Museum.