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Living in Castlegar

Castlegar is a small city with a big heart and big ideas. It’s a place where opportunity meets lifestyle. Visit us to learn more about living in Castlegar.


Castlegar has a population of 8,338 and is situated at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers in the southwestern corner of the Kootenay Rockies.

Incorporated in 1966, this relatively new mill town sits in a valley that has a rich and diverse history.

People flock to Castlegar for many reasons – its diverse art scene, its world-class recreational activities, its rich culture, and its ideal location in the mountainous Kootenay Region of beautiful British Columbia.

Castlegar is a small city with a big heart and big ideas. It’s a place where opportunity meets lifestyle. Our community is shaped through innovation: innovation in sustainability, regional servicing, and technology. We are a community with a sense of place, created by people with purpose and passion.

Surrounded by trees, mountains, and water, we have a consistently high-quality landscape and local airshed. Excellence in energy action and conservation showcases our leadership in environmental stewardship. Our economic environment is adaptable to fluctuating market conditions and attracts creative entrepreneurship.

Living is affordable, housing forms are diverse, neighbourhoods are complete and inclusive and the community is well-serviced. We are a connection point that unites the region – a hub from which to explore life’s adventure. Nature and technology are our enablers.

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