Castlegar is a small city  with a population of about 7,000 in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. It's a beautiful place that is nestled within the Selkirk mountains and located at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia rivers. This regional airport services mostly private planes, but Air Canada flies in from Vancouver and Calgary daily, and only during the daylight hours due to the fact that the airport runway is closely surrounded by mountains. 


I chose hotels that have the best ratings and amenities, and decided to highlight a couple of hotels from nearby Nelson, which is about half an hour away, as most of the hotels in Castlegar are showing their age.

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Editor's Top 3 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$128 CAD
Hotel with themed rooms, indoor pool and 124' waterslide
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, parking and continental breakfast
  • Many guests felt the rooms were spacious and comfortable
  • The pool and breakfast were appreciated by many guests
  • Staff were complimented by many guests
Cons
  • A few guests felt the hotel was a bit aged and outdated
Super 8 is a friendly place with some good amenities for the traveller. It has an indoor pool with waterpark and an on-site restaurant. It serves a good free breakfast and offers its guests free Wi-Fi and parking. It's only 6 minutes to the airport and 5 to downtown Castlegar. Out of 3 hotels in Castlegar, it's ranked # 1 and has a guest rating of 7.9/10.
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Book from ~$157 CAD
Downtown hotel with clean, modern rooms and on-site restaurant
Pros
  • Free wired internet, Wi-Fi and parking
  • Many guests thougt the rooms were clean and well-maintained
  • The staff were complimented by many guests
  • Many guests liked the downtown location
  • Some guests enjoyed the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • Some guests who had rooms facing the courtyard were disappointed with the view
Best Western in Nelson, B.C. is located right in the downtown area of Nelson within walking distance of restaurants and shops. Guests praised the hotel's location, staff and on-site restaurant. It offers free Wi-Fi and parking and is 32 minutes to the airport in Castlegar. It has a guest rating of 8.2/10.
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Book from ~$156 CAD
Guests feel B&B is well-appointed, has friendly hosts and good free breakfast 
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the free breakfast
  • The staff were frequently praised for their friendly and accommodating service
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing restaurants on foot
  • A couple of reviewers enjoyed the on-site sundeck
Cons
  • Some guest rooms have shared bathrooms
The Cloudside Inn is a bed & breakfast located in the heart of downtown Nelson, B.C. close to restaurants and shops. It offers several room choices and even a 4-room apartment with kitchen and private entrance. It has a garden terrace and sun deck for quiet enjoyment and offers free to all guests:  Wi-Fi, a very well-reviewed breakfast and parking. It's ranked # 1 out of 4 hotels in Nelson and has a near-perfect guest rating of 9.9/10. There's no pool, restaurant or elevator on site and if you're thinking of booking here, it seems to me that you may need to book quite a bit in advance, as it fills up quickly. Some rooms (but not all) have shared bathroom facilities. It's smoke-free inside, but smokers are allowed to smoke on the deck and terrace.

3 Other Hotels Close to Castlegar Airport

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Book from ~$126 CAD
Pet-friendly Castlegar hotel near Kootenay Crossing Mall with indoor pool and free parking
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean with comfortable beds
  • The location was convenient to the highway and restaurants
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good overall by reviewers
  • Several guests found the staff friendly and helpful
Cons
  • Some judged the hotel to be dated
  • Some found the AC units ineffective
Location
At just a 4-minute drive from the airport and less than a 1-minute drive from Crowsnest Highway (3), this hotel is perfectly situated for those just arriving or passing through town.
Parking
Free parking is available on site for guests.
Getting Around
On a main thoroughfare, Highway 22, this hotel is just across the road from the Uptown Plaza Shopping Centre and just a 2-minute walk from the Kootenay Crossing Mall. Downtown Castlegar is a 6-minute drive away.

A number of different bus routes service this hotel, depending on your destination. The transit exchange point is within a 10-minute walk southeast of the hotel.
Dining
A continental breakfast is included in some room rates. Other guests can partake for $5. A number of casual dining restaurants are also available within a 2-minute walk.
Entertainment
Guests can take advantage of the indoor pool, hot tub and fitness centre on site.
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Book from ~$108 CAD
Clean Castlegar hotel near airport (YCG) with pet-friendly rooms and restaurant
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking
  • Many guests felt the rooms were comfortable
  • The staff were complimented by some guests
  • Guests enjoyed updated rooms with laminate floors, new bedding and TVs
Cons
  • Some guests complained about noise from other guests
Location
Located about 1 minute by car from the off-ramp from Highway 3, and approximately 4 minutes from the airport by car, this hotel is located on a commercial strip along Highway 22.
Parking
Free parking is available to guests during the course of their stay.
Getting Around
Just up the road are the Uptown Centre Plaza and Kootenay Crossing Mall (a 3-minute walk), as well as a number of restaurants. The Castlegar city centre is a 5-minute drive away.

This hotel is accessible by a number of public bus routes, and the transit exchange point can be accessed within a 10-minute walk.
Dining
Breakfast is not included in the room rate, but the Monte Carlo Grill is open on site daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other casual dining restaurants are within a 3-minute walk of the property.
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Book from ~$110 CAD
Just off Hwy 3, free breakfast, great staff, clean rooms, pool located across street
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Many guests were pleased with the hotel's proximity to the highway and restaurants
  • Numerous travellers praised the hotel's attentive and helpful staff
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and well equipped
Cons
  • A few guests reported dated decor and highway noise
  • The hotel's pool and hot tub are located across the street

Tips For Staying Near Castlegar Airport

Location
Castlegar Airport, also known as the West Kootenay Regional Airport (YCG), is located in the heart of the Kootenay Rockies. This airport is in a valley with the runway surrounded by mountains and sitting on the edge of Arrow Lake.
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Parking
Metered parking is available at the airport for $0.50 for every 30 minutes. It also offers a $5 per day extended parking option.
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Getting Around: Driving
For those looking to explore the area by car, there are two rental car agencies in the airport, Budget and Prestige.

The airport is linked to the city of Castlegar (a 9-minute drive away) and all Castlegar hotels are clustered around the intersection of Crowsnest Highway (3) and Highway 22. 

Nearby towns include Nelson (a 35-minute drive), Trail (a 25-minute drive) and Rossland (a 35-minute drive).

The Castlegar Golf Club is a 6-minute drive away and Selkirk College is reachable in under a 3-minute drive.

For those looking to head to Nelson, a shuttle service is available for $25 from the airport to Nelson and meets all arriving flights, however, a reservation is recommended.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
BC Transit serves the airport and a number of routes are available to downtown Castlegar and surrounding towns. 
For a multi-zone connector heading to Nelson, catch bus #99 and pay the $3.50 fare. For the bus running between Castlegar and Trail, take bus #98. The airport is in the middle of the route, and the fare is $2. 
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Dining
The only on-site restaurant is the Pie in the Sky, which is usually open from 8 am to 5 pm, or after the last departing flight. It is licensed to serve alcohol and has a full menu as well as pre-packaged meals.
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Entertainment
Some of the most popular activities in and around Castlegar revolve around the mountains, trails and rivers in the Kootenay region, including skiing and snowboarding, mountain climbing, biking, kayaking and fishing, just to name a few.

Castlegar Golf Club is also located near the airport (a 6-minute drive away) for those wishing to get in a good game of golf.
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