How to get Here
Located only 6km from downtown Castlegar, the West Kootenay Regional Airport provides daily flights to and from Calgary and Vancouver. Other area airports include:
- Trail Regional Airport (40 min)
- Cranbrook (3 hours)
- Kelowna (3.5 hours)
- Spokane (3.5 hours)
Because of its convenient proximity to Highway 3A, a road trip to Castlegar is smooth and effortless. And with its location within the Selkirk Mountain Range, you'll enjoy spectacular panoramic views along the way.
If you need a vehicle, options include:
Kootenay Rideshare - Rideshare is a program that allows fellow road trippers the ability to find, and share, rides. You can arrange rides between towns anywhere in North America quickly and without hassle.
Budget Rent a Car - Located in the West Kootenay Regional Airport, Budget Rent a Car serves the Castlegar and surrounding area.
Due to its close proximity to the American border, there are three border crossings close to Castlegar:
- Frontier/Paterson – 65km from Castlegar. Open 24 hours. Phone: 509-732-6215
- Boundary/Waneta – 75km from Castlegar. Open 9am-5pm. Phone: 509-732-6674
- Metaline Falls/Nelway – 90km from Castlegar. Open 8am-12am. Phone: 509-446-4421
BC Transit – West Kootenay - For local travel, Castlegar’s public transit system is supplied by West Kootenay Transit, which services Castlegar and surrounding area. View their website for maps, up-to-date schedules, route information and rider and fee information.
There are two taxi services that serve Castlegar, Trail and surrounding area:
Castlegar Taxi - phone: 250-687-0133
Trail Taxi - phone: 250-921-6921
Castlegar offers three airport shuttle companies that operate daily:
Queen City Shuttle - operates daily between Castlegar and Nelson, a 35-40 minute drive along the Kootenay River. On-line reservation is required for all bookings and additional shuttles and group charters also available
Mountain Shuttle - operates daily between Castlegar, Rossland, Trail, Kelowna and Cranbrook. Located in Rossland, they offer a variety of shuttle services along with tours, guiding and more.
SMT Kootenay Transportation & Tours - Operates daily between Castlegar and Kelowna. On-line reservation is required.