Fans of suspension bridges have an intriguing adventure waiting for them in the small town of Castlegar, which is situated in West Kootenay. And it’s a beautiful spot for fall foliage, with yellow larch trees and golden valleys that come alive this time of year.
Named for the former Irish townsite founder Edward Mahon, the town lies on the traditional territories of the Sinixt (Interior Salish) and the Ktunaxa Indian bands, according to The Castlegar Source.
In 1910, the small settlement received an influx of Doukhobor immigrants, an ethno-religious group hailing from Russia. In 1913, the local Doukhobor community built the famed Brilliant Suspension Bridge, which still stands today despite facing demolition twice over the years.
Now, the National Historic Site serves as a beautiful place to take in the natural scenery while suspended in the trees, and is part of the Trans Canada Trail.
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And if you love art, Castlegar happens to be known as the ‘Sculpture Capital of Canada‘, famed for its annual Sculpturewalk. The rotating exhibition takes guests on a tour of the many outdoor sculptures situated in downtown Castlegar, one of which is voted “The People’s Choice” every year and is purchased by the town.
Another draw of the town is the 23-hectare Millennium Park, which is situated on the shores of the Columbia River near the downtown core. Known as the ‘largest bike park in the Kootenays,’ the park is a popular spot for visitors and residents alike to enjoy swimming, biking, and picnicking.
So there you have it, BC. Both art and nature enthusiasts have plenty to explore in Castlegar!
Where: Castlegar, BC