About Castlegar & District

Business Landscape

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The region’s key economic development drivers are in the following sectors; Forestry, Transportation, Tourism, Government Services, Education, Healthcare and Retail.


Forestry: Mercer Celgar, Interfor and Kalesnikoff are some of the largest private sector employers in the region. Each brings unique expertise to the region. These businesses have been proactive in expanding their markets, now with significant revenues coming from Asia.


Transportation: The West Kootenay Airport serves all of the region with service by Air Canada. CPR provides commercial rail service in the area with links across Canada and to the USA. Lastly, numerous trucking companies have significant operations in the area.


Tourism: Visitors from around the world visit the area, drawn by amazing scenery, outdoor adventure, hot summers and moderate winters. Come enjoy our boating, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and sailing.


Education: Selkirk College is one of the largest employers in the area. An expanding enrollment adds over $40 million annually to the local economy. 


Government Services: Municipal, regional, and provincial government agencies have operations in the area.


Retail; Large businesses and small local operators thrive in the Castlegar & District region. With over 14,000 vehicles a day travelling through  uptown, and 10,000 downtown, all parts of the city generate a mix of drive-by and foot traffic for retail businesses. Come join us.


Healthcare: With a hospital, numerous clinics and a full compliment of general practitioners, the area is home to an expanding healthcare sector.


Where We Are

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Castlegar & Area is located squarely between Vancouver and Calgary. The backdrop is one of majestic mountain landscapes, endless trees, and powerful rivers. The community is well established, with a stable and diversified economic base and an affordable cost of living. With a population of close to 14,000, the area is the regional trade and transportation hub for West Kootenay.


The region is a playground for boaters, skiers, campers, hikers, mountain bikers and people who want to get away from it all.


The area is only a 30 minute drive from the American border, and a 2.5 hour drive from Spokane, Washington.