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Castlegar banner.jpg Castlegar is a city of 7,800 people (2023) in British Columbia on the southern tip of the Arrow Lakes chain. It sits at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers, and is a perfect base for a wide range of outdoor activities. The surrounding lakes and mountains offer unlimited outdoor possibilities. There is tremendous fishing on both big rivers and on the Arrow Lakes, and Syringa Creek Provincial Park is nearby.

Islam in Castlegar

the Islamic Center of Castlegar is a beacon of faith and community for Muslims in the region. Established with the goal of promoting a deeper understanding of Islam and fostering unity among its members, the center has become an integral part of the religious and cultural landscape of Castlegar. The Islamic Center of Castlegar is a testament to the power of faith and the strength of the Muslim community in Canada.

The idea for the Islamic Center of Castlegar was born from the need to provide a dedicated space for the growing Muslim population in the area. As the number of Muslims in Castlegar increased, there was a demand for a place where they could gather, worship, and learn about their faith in a comfortable environment. Local community leaders and Muslim residents came together and set the groundwork for the establishment of the center, raising funds and securing a suitable location.

The Islamic Center of Castlegar provides a wide range of facilities and services to cater to the needs of its members. At its core, the center offers a peaceful and welcoming space for Muslims to perform their daily prayers and partake in communal worship. The center also houses a library, stocked with books and resources about Islam, enabling visitors to delve deeper into their faith and expand their knowledge.

Additionally, the center organizes educational programs, including Quranic classes for children and adults, as well as seminars and workshops on various Islamic topics. These programs aim to instill a strong foundation of Islamic principles and values in the community, inspiring members to lead a life grounded in their faith.

Recognizing the importance of fostering strong bonds within the community, the Islamic Center of Castlegar actively organizes social events and gatherings throughout the year. These events help to strengthen the sense of camaraderie among members and promote a spirit of unity and cooperation. Celebrations like Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, and other religious festivities bring families together, creating lasting memories and cherished traditions.

The center also places a strong emphasis on interfaith dialogue and cooperation. By collaborating with other religious organizations and institutions in the area, the center strives to foster mutual understanding and respect among diverse faiths, contributing to a more harmonious and inclusive society.

The Islamic Center of Castlegar is dedicated to giving back to the community through various charitable initiatives. The center regularly organizes food drives, blood donation drives, and other community service projects, demonstrating the spirit of generosity and compassion at the heart of Islam. These initiatives provide a valuable opportunity for members to engage in acts of kindness and contribute positively to the community.

Castlegar Halal Explorer

The city's population includes a large number of Doukhobors, who were largely responsible for much of Castlegar's early development and growth.

A sizeable Portuguese community grew as workers, mainly from the Azores islands, moved in to take up employment in the area. The area which was to become Castlegar was an important centre for the Sinixt (Lakes) Peoples. Outside the city limits are the small surrounding communities of Ootischenia, Brilliant, Robson, Robson West, Raspberry, Tarrys, Thrums, Glade, Shoreacres, Fairview, Genelle, Pass Creek and Krestova. There are also the much smaller communities of Deer Park, Renata, and Syringa on Lower Arrow Lake.

Taken together, these outlying areas comprise an approximate population of a further 8,000 people.

History of Castlegar

On 5 September 1811, David Thompson arrived at the location where Castlegar now sits, where he camped near the mouth of the Kootenay River. A plaque dedicated to David Thompson can be found on the east bank of the Columbia River overlooking the present day site of Castlegar.

The first settlement in the area was West Waterloo, now known as South Castlegar. There was widespread provincial interest in gold prospecting in the late 19th century, and by 1895 there were 40 houses in Waterloo. The town boomed until the end of the century when interest in the local mines declined.

Castlegar takes its name from Castlegar, County Galway, Ireland, the ancestral home of townsite founder Edward Mahon. (Castlegar is on the eastern boundary of the city of Galway.) The city was planned in 1897. Around 1902, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) built the bridge at Castlegar and laid the wide gauge railway tracks to Trail. There was little in Castlegar until after the completion of the CPR bridge.

First Nations history

Castlegar is in the border area between the Sinixt (Interior Salish) and the Ktunaxa Indian bands. Experts cannot agree where the Ktunaxa range ended, and where the Sinixt began. There was much overlapping of cultural and territorial activity between the two peoples. The Sinixt were the original people in the area, and that the Kootenai arrived several hundred years ago from central Canada.

"Qepitles" was a site on the north side of the Kootenay River, just above the junction with the Columbia River. Native implements (arrowheads, pestles, etc.) have been found along the nearby Arrow Lakes. A reconstructed kekuli dwelling was established on Zuckerberg Island, at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia rivers.

Doukhobor history

The Doukhobors put a ferry into operation near Brilliant on the Kootenay River in 1910 and the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood (CCUB) made an application to the CPR for a railway station and siding to this point. Brilliant was the centre of the CCUB commercial enterprises. Located on the site was the Brilliant Jam Factory, a grain elevator, and a flax seed mill.

How is the Climate in Castlegar

Hot days and cool nights in summer, with moderately dry weather and cold winters with heavy snowfall due to the mediterranean tendencies of high winter precipitation. Castlegar is wetter than most places in the Southern Interior of BC, as the city receives around 400 mm more precipitation than nearby Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops (which are in the dryer Okanagan region of British Columbia, while Castlegar is in the Kootenay region).

How to travel to Castlegar

Castlegar's welcome sign

  • By car: Castlegar is about 600 km from Calgary and from Vancouver on Highway 3.
  • By air: Air Canada offers daily flights from Vancouver and Calgary to the West Kootenay Regional Airport 2 km SE of Castlegar. Nearby airports include Trail Airport, which is 40 km to the south.

How to get around in Castlegar

By rental car

Budget and National have offices at Castlegar Airport and Downtown locations.

How to take public transportation in Castlegar

There is a limited bus service through the Castlegar area. Contact BC Transit for schedule.

What to see in Castlegar


  • Castlegar Sculpturewalk - 276 Columbia Ave The sculpturewalk is an annual, rotating exhibition of sculptures and artwork by international artists. In 2017, works of 330 artists were brought to the town to compete for a $25,000 prize.
  • Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park - 901 7th Avenue Suspension bridge to wooded island where you can see the confluence of two of the greatest rivers in British Columbia: the Columbia and the Kootenay. Picnic areas and nature walks.
  • Doukhobor Discovery Centre - 112 Heritage Way 49.297297, 117.640017 Phone +1 250 365-5327 Opening Hours: May-September: Monday to Saturday 10AM Monday - 5PM, Sunday noon-5 PM; off-season by appointment only Adults $10, seniors $8, students: $5, children (under 5) free outdoor displays, interactive educational exhibits and historical artifacts illustrating Doukhobor life in the Southern Interior of British Columbia (1908-1938).
  • CPR Station Museum - 400 13th Ave Phone +1 250-365-6440 Opening Hours: April - October Tuesday - Saturday 10AM Monday - 5PM; July - September: daily 10AM Monday - 5PM Suggested donation of $2 1906 Canadian Pacific Train station with perfectly preserved caboose. Gift shop offers a variety of handmade gifts crafted by local area artisans, including paintings and pottery.
  • Kootenay Gallery - 120 Heritage Way - across from the Castlegar Regional Airport, just past the Doukhobor Discovery Centre Phone +1 250-365-3337 Opening Hours: March - Nov: Tuesday - Saturday 10AM Monday - 5PM; Dec 1-2: daily 10AM Monday - 5PM A principal gallery for the visual arts within the Gulf countries Kootenay region. gift shop.

Top Muslim Travel Tips for Castlegar


The Seven Summits mountain bike trail, Castlegar BC

  • Climbing: an up-and-coming climbing area with the potential to grow, great rock around try the "waterline" and some other local spots,
  • Mountain biking: some unreal trails and secret spots that will blow your mind. Locals are friendly and helpful. The Seven Summits train is one of the more well known.
  • Golfing:
  • 18-hole championship course at Castlegar Golf Club (non-members welcome)
  • 9-hole par three at Little Bear Golf Course
  • Syringa Creek Provincial Park on the Arrow Lake, 19 km northwest of Castlegar on Hwy 3A -- look for the Robson exit just before or after you cross the bridge over the Kootenay River - Syringa Provincial Park eHalal Reference: Q7663346 Large sandy beach, good swimming, large campsite, hiking trails, boatlaunch, sani-dump. Campsite often full during peak season so book ahead if possible. This all-season 4500-ha park protects provincially significant interior Douglas-fir forests and preserves one of the few remaining examples of grassland ecosystems in the Kootenays. A variety of wildlife are at home in the park including, elk, deer and a herd of rocky mountain bighorn sheep that can often be observed grazing on the many rock bluffs.
  • Boating: Great boating and fishing on the Arrow Lake, west of Castlegar.
  • Scotties Marina - moorage, fuel, food, burger bar, bait, free boat launch
  • Syringa Park Marina—moorage, fuel, food, boat launch
  • Floating the Slocan: Popular summer activity is a 2-3 hour float down the Slocan River from Slocan Park to Crescent Valley. Tubes available for purchase at Canadian Tire or for rent at Wildways in Crescent Valley.
  • Hiking: Numerous day and multi-day hikes in area.
  • Summer festivals
  • Castlegar Sunfest—first weekend in June
  • Shamabhala Music Festival—western Canada's largest party. 5 days and 4 nights in mid-August
  • Kaslo Jazz Festival—floating stage, August long weekend



  • Red Resort - About 30 mintues drive to Rossland, one of Canada's best and most famous ski resorts. 5 lifts, 2900 vertical feet, 83 marked runs and deep Kootenay power snow, large adjacent cross-country area.
  • Whitewater Winter Resort - Located approximately 50 minutes from Castlegar, cross-country and downhill ski area, famous for deep powder snow. 3 lifts, 1300 vertical feet.
  • Cat and heli-skiing:
  • Valhalla Powder Cats - Based in Crescent Valley, cat-skiing in deep untracked powder, single day and packages available.
  • Baldface Lodge. Cat-skiing from helicopter accessed alpine chalet.
  • Wildhorse Catskiing - Based in Ymir, deep powder cat skiing, with day trips and packages.
  • Snowwater Lodge - Alpine lodge with cat-skiing and heli skiing in the Selkirk Mountains close to Castlegar.
  • Snowmobiling: Hundreds of kilometers of groomed and ungroomed trails located around Castlegar.
  • Cross-country skiing

Shopping in Castlegar

  • Yes Please! - 277 Columbia Ave Phone +1 250-365-7665 Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10AM Monday - 5PM Art by local artists.

Halal Restaurants & Food in Castlegar

Zaitoon Restaurant

1502 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 4G5, Canada - Phone: +1 250-365-2777

Zaitoon Restaurant serves authentic Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, offering a variety of dishes such as shawarma, falafel, kebabs, hummus, and salads. The restaurant uses Halal meats and follows strict Islamic dietary guidelines, ensuring quality and delicious flavors. It has a warm and welcoming ambiance, making it an excellent choice for both casual dining and special occasions.

Curry in a Hurry

1020 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 1H2, Canada - Phone: +1 250-304-8889

Curry in a Hurry is a cozy, family-owned and operated eatery that specializes in Indian and Pakistani cuisine. They offer a variety of Halal dishes, including butter chicken, biryani, tandoori dishes, and vegetarian options. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, making it an excellent choice for a quick meal or a leisurely dinner. Take-out and catering services are also available.

Muslim Friendly Hotels in Castlegar

  • Super 8 by Wyndham Castlegar 651 18 Street Phone +1 250 365-2700 - From $137 Free continental breakfast and WiFi. Non-smoking hotel with themed rooms, accessible rooms, and executive and Jacuzzi suites. Each comes with a microwave, refrigerator, 42-inch flat-screen TV, and access to guest laundry facilities. Heated indoor pool and hot tub.
  • Flamingo Motel - 1660 Columbia Ave. Phone +1 250-365-7978 Free shuttle service from Castlegar Airport and Bus Terminal. Non-smoking rooms, colour TV, fridges, stoves and microwaves and High Speed Internet access.
  • Sandman Hotel Castlegar - From $135 - Large indoor atrium pool, whirlpool and fitness centre, nearby forest trails, high-speed internet, business centre, exercise gym, free parking, on-site restaurant, pets allowed in some rooms, pool, wheelchair accessible, whirlpool.

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