November 4, 2006

Considering Castlegar

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:03 pm by skijumper

Our little family is considering a big move.  We are hoping to move to Canada (from Australia) in the near future and are debating between big city living (Edmonton, Calgary, or Vancouver) vs the small town life.  One of our options, based on the demand for skilled engineers, is a small town in the interior of British Columbia.  The town of Castlegar.

The “Crossroads of the Kootenays” welcomes you. Castlegar takes pride in its friendly atmosphere, and it’s convenient, central location in the Kootenays has established Castlegar as the hub of commercial activity within the region. Highways 3, 3A and 22 put Castlegar at the regional centre with Nelson, Trail, the Slocan Valley and Grand Forks within an hour’s drive. Being home to both the regional airport and Selkirk College, Castlegar is positioned to serve the needs of the Kootenays and beyond. The amicable climate and breathtaking scenery offer a lifestyle that includes an unlimited range of outdoor recreational activities. Being located at the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers provides for exceptional fishing, boating, kayaking, and general recreation water sports. Castlegar is just a short distance from championship golf courses, two world-class alpine ski resorts, groomed cross country ski trails, and endless hiking, mountain biking, and camping possibilities.

Source: City of Castlegar Introduction

Sounds great, doesn’t it?  I can imagine myself skiing at nearby Red Mountain, canoeing the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers, golfing at the Castlegar golf club, and sipping a hot chocolate at Tim Horton’s.

More importantly, the decision to move to a small town is a decision to slow down.  Enjoy more family time.  Enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. 



1 Comment »

  1. jill said,

    If you are already used to small town life, Castlegar sounds perfect for you.

    Try and get a look at Corner Gas (Canadian comedy about small – micro small – town life in Saskatchewan. Imagine it with mountains).

    Castlegar is bigger than Dog River (Corner Gas town) but if you need city conveniences, be prepared for an adjustment.

    Good luck wherever you end up.

    jill from Calgary

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