Castlegar Airport

The official name of this scenic little airport, West Kootenay Regional Airport (YCG), is more specific regarding the exact location. The airport is named for the nearby city of Castlegar, and serves the communities in the mountainous region of the West Kootenay region of the Selkirk Mountains. Despite the size, this airport handles many visitors that travel and from the interior of British Columbia and beyond.

Departure and Arrival Information

Operating an airport between this kind of rough mountain terrain is an interesting challenge, which is one of the reasons this airport only operates during the day and has one permanent resident airline, Air Canada Express. Geography keeps the runways short, therefore only small and medium sized planes can land or take off. This doesn’t mean that this friendly community transport hub doesn’t have some first class amenities.

  • Transportation. The options for getting to and from the airport are impressive for such a small airport. You can rent a car or call a taxi during the regular airport hours and reach either Castlegar or Nelson after a 15 or 20 minute drive. Buses that are part of the Or take one of two express shuttles. The Queen City Shuttle travels between the airport and Castlegar in about 45 minutes, and can get you to downtown Nelson is just over half an hour. The Mountain Shuttle goes to Rossland, a popular ski destination, but only if you book in advance.
  • Handy Amenities. It’s not fancy, but if you need it, it’s available. You can eat at the restaurant or take something home-baked and fresh to-go, use both a wireless or cable internet connection, rent a car, book a hotel, or do some in-depth research into local activities and tourist attractions. There are several bus tours that start in the mountains and lead to Vancouver on Canada’s west coast, a trip that can take a few days or 12 hours depending on your ground transportation.
  • Customs Services. A concrete example of the amount of international traffic that comes through YCG. The airport itself can’t handle big airplanes and the customs agencies here can take no more than 15 people at a time. This airport is classified as a port of entry and is staffed by the Canadian Border Services Agency.
  • There are a myriad of ski resorts in the region that often sell packaged deals that include airline flights, and they can land in Castlegar, Rossland, or other small airports in the area. Research your Trail airport (26km)

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 Who flies to Castlegar

 Location Details

Longitude:117° 37' 55'' W
Latitude:49° 17' 44'' N

 Airport Location

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