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Samara Nicoll stands in front of bookshelves.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nakusp, Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Trail Read ’em and reap: A list of West Kootenay bookstores

If you’re a devoted bookworm, you’ll love the varied selection of new and used bookstores across the Kootenay region

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Holly Tayal standing in front of Modern Purair sign.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Great earning potential led this entrepreneur to buy two Modern Purair franchises

Franchising in the Kootenays: Meet Hollie Tayal of Modern Purair

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A dirt bike rider gets big air off a jump on the Kootenay Motocross track at sunset.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Tourism What does it take to run a world-class motocross track and ORV area in the Kootenays?

David Ketel, president of the WKRDAS near Castlegar, B.C., delves into the exhaustive and fulfilling work required to operate a family-friendly ORV destination

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Melinda Nealis and Kayla Carley standing in front of their farmers market booth.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Salmo, Slocan, Trail, Environment, Health & Wellness, Small Business Replenish, refill and recycle at this West Kootenay business

Based in Nelson, B.C., Melinda Nealis and Kayla Carley are the mother-and-daughter duo behind Replenish—The Kootenay Refill Store

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Veronica Roberge stands in front of a partially open closet, smiling into camera.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Mo’ Better Organized in Castlegar helps clients clear away clutter

Mo’ Better Organized assists clients by helping them organize their homes and lives

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Owner of Love and Lemons standing in a garden
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business When life gave her lemons, this entrepreneur built two successful Castlegar companies

Marie-Pier Dionne arrived in B.C. with a backpack, $100 and a dream—now she owns a bilingual daycare and aromatherapy line in Castlegar.

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Derrek Kittson stands in front of his business, Central City Shoes.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Castlegar Chamber President Derrek Kittson

Derrek Kittson, President of the Castlegar Chamber of Commerce, is excited about a new Chamber building and upgraded infrastructure on Columbia Avenue

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Mario DiBella has light white hair and wears a grey shirt.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Technology Kootenay entrepreneur’s specialization led to Martech’s business growth and spin-off companies

Mario Dibella, owner and president of the Martech Group of Companies in Castlegar, B.C., discusses how his company has maintained unprecedented endurance

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Close-up of Vanessa Terwoort.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Rossland, Environment, Mining, Technology Vanessa Terwoort describes her rewarding career in industry and encourages others to follow suit

Women can have fulfilling careers in industry, according to Vanessa Terwoort, Director, Environment, Mercer Celgar

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Tammy Verigin-Burk is white with long black hair and wears a black shirt and silver necklace.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Castlegar Chamber executive director Tammy Verigin-Burk

Tammy Verigin-Burk, Castlegar Chamber executive director, highlights some accomplishments of 2020 and challenges moving into 2021

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New warehouse being built.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments 7 of Castlegar’s continuing developments, including two courier centres and Millennium Park upgrades

Castlegar is focused on attracting new investment and supporting and growing existing businesses

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Aerial view of Castlegar in autumn.
West Kootenay, Castlegar Castlegar’s Economic Development Strategy requires feedback from residents

A community survey is being conducted to help develop a vision of Castlegar’s future

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Carl & Sarah Kistner, owners of Stone Meadow Gardens, standing in a field of flowers.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Rossland, Salmo, Slocan, Agriculture, Cuisine At the farm gate: Fresh food, flowers, fine wine and fanciful wares for sale at West Kootenay farms

Throughout the West Kootenay area, local farms and food producers sell directly to the public through roadside stands and farmgate sales

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The Columbia River runs through Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Cuisine, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Castlegar

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Castlegar

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Mike Sherwood, owner of Sherwood Shuttle Services, kneeling beside his vehicle.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Sherwood Shuttle Services serves up smiles to those in need

Mike Sherwood provides shuttle service with a smile to low-income residents and seniors in Castlegar

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Ainsworth Hot Springs pool on a snowy winter night.
West Kootenay, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Castlegar, Nelson, Revelstoke Top 4 Businesses of the Year 2019 as awarded by the West Kootenay chambers of commerce

What were the Top 4 Businesses of the Year as awarded by the West Kootenay chambers of commerce in 2019?

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The front of Tailout Brewing is beige with maroon accents and a brown roof.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Cuisine, Small Business Castlegar’s new spot to down a brewski and hang with friends: Tailout Brewing

Hedin Nelson-Chorney, owner of Tailout Brewing in Castlegar, B.C., has created a new community hangout

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Nikki Luxton smiles while holding the handle of the door to enter Studio Bronze.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness, Small Business Get your glow on at Studio Bronze in Castlegar

Nikki Luxton, owner of Studio Bronze in Castlegar, B.C., provides tanning after work and on weekends

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The facade of Rest Assured Kootenay Floats is triangular with many windows on its face. A rainbow climbs over the roof of the house with a darkened sky lingering in the distance.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness, Small Business The only floatation therapy centre in the Kootenays is making waves

Daniel Messett, vice president and co-owner of Rest Assured Kootenay Floats in Castlegar, B.C., is looking to sail into the sunset

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Woman sleeping in bed.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness Opening of Castlegar Sleep Centre offers sweet dreams

The Castlegar Sleep Centre provides patients with consultations and sleep diagnostic services

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Group of people smiling and celebrating.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Kaslo Three more West Kootenay communities vote to go green

Three more West Kootenay communities have signed on to the EcoSociety’s 100% Renewable Kootenays campaign: Castlegar, Warfield and Kaslo

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A solar array installed on the rooftop of Castlegar City Hall.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Environment Castlegar is committed to energy conservation

The City of Castlegar is dedicated to sustainability and renewable energy generation

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Four staff of Alopex Couriers stand in front of one of their fleet vehicles, a black car with the company's name in white letters on the side of the car.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Foxy Alopex Couriers trotting into the Kootenays

Expect swift service from Alopex Couriers, named after the Arctic fox and expanding with more trucks in the Kootenays and a new warehouse in Castlegar

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Amy Keonen sitting outside at table.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Small Business Community connection for women in Castlegar

Her HQ is a unique women-centred co-working and personal growth space in downtown Castlegar

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Trey, Gentry, Jacquelyn, Noah and Padn Konkin sit on a couch in a wooden home.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business This reliable contractor has an award-winning reputation in Castlegar

Gentry Konkin, owner of PNT Contracting in Castlegar, B.C., runs an award-winning business with his family

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Happy Gut water kefir is a live probiotic sparkling beverage.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness, Small Business Happy Gut on Dragons’ Den

Leeza Zurwick, owner of Happy Gut in Castlegar, B.C., will be on CBC’s Dragons’ Den on November 21, 2019

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A wide angle shot of Castlegar from up on a mountain.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business 2019 Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

14 awards were handed out during the 2019 Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

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CFO Krystle Seed, CEO and president Ken Kalesnikoff, and COO Chris Kalesnikoff visit Kallesoe Machinery in Denmark to see their new state-of-the-art glulam line in action.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Environment, Forestry Kudos to the Kalesnikoff Lumber Company

The fourth generation keeps Kalesnikoff Lumber Company a proud and successful enterprise with its forward-thinking approach to forestry

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Group of Columbia Valley region recipients.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Kaslo, Salmo, Slocan, Trail, Financial Strong, vibrant communities are good for everyone

The Kootenay Savings Community Foundation is excited to announce the distribution of more than $57,000 in new grants

Mickey and Sharon Tarasoff, along with daughter Shawna.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Castlegar businesses reap the rewards at the annual Chamber of Commerce Excellence awards

Castlegar businesses came together on Saturday, June 8 to celebrate their achievements at the annual Excellence awards

Front of Columbia Auto & Radiator Service in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Auto repair shop takes old-fashioned approach with “treat your customers right” motto

"We want to be a good, old-fashioned automotive shop that treats people fair,” said Brandon Black, head of the Powerstroke Diesel division

David Gandossi (left), president and CEO of Mercer International Inc., and Brian Merwin , vice-president of corporate development at Mercer International Inc.at the Forest Products Association of Canada awards ceremony (May 9, 2019, Vancouver, B.C.)
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Forestry, Transportation Mercer Celgar wins at innovation

Award-winning new trailer design from Mercer Celgar creates more efficient transport of wood chips and pulp.

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Castlegar's Downtown Shell - Benson Oil, showing fuel truck at station.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Castlegar’s Downtown Shell – Benson Oil Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The busy and popular stop with the motoring public is celebrating 30 years in business and recently held an open house for staff and customers.

Community Futures Central Kootenay named Charlotte Ferreux its 2019 Volunteer of the Year.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Charlotte Ferreux awarded Community Futures Volunteer of the Year

Ferreux was first introduced to Community Futures as a client of the Self Employment Program, which helps aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own business.

An Air Canada Express airplane on tarmac at airport.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Financial, Transportation Government of Canada investing in safety at the West Kootenay Regional Airport

The West Kootenay Regional Airport in Castlegar will receive funding to rehabilitate the airside lighting and electrical systems

Picture of Paulson Bridge.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Transportation Highway 3 bridge enhancements to improve safety

The Paulson Bridge crosses over McRae Creek and the Kettle Valley Rail Trail on the Crowsnest Highway, approximately 50 kilometres west of Castlegar

Kootenay Gallery of Art has been showcasing art to the rural community of Castlegar for the last 40 years.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Tourism Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar has been showcasing art for the past 40 years

Maggie Shirley, curator and gallery assistant for Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar, B.C., highlights the historic gallery’s exhibitions and programs

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Widened sidewalks are just one of the many upgrades that have been completed on Castlegar’s Columbia Avenue.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments Changes to Columbia Avenue in Castlegar are more than meets the eye

Stephanie Allen-Pelletier, communications director for MarWest Industries, highlights the completed updates on Columbia Avenue in Castlegar

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40 under 40 logo with
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Trail, Golden, Grand Forks 40 under 40: The West Kootenay/Boundary list

Meet the West Kootenay and Boundary region nominees for our 40 under 40 list.

DCT Chambers truck on an elevated stretch of highway built on a mountainside
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Forestry, Transportation The Chambers Group: Trucking at its most innovative

DCT Chambers Trucking presents the DCT or dump-clean trailer—another innovation in a long line of firsts.

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Selkirk College alumnus Alexandre Landry
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Technology Selkirk College GIS Alumnus soars in new career

A geospatial analyst for Nelson’s Harrier Aerial Surveys, Landry is part of a team that provides high-precision surveying

Mark Laver is the economic development manager in Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Technology Castlegar steps into the future

In Castlegar, the seeds of economic development, career inspiration and opportunity are planted early and deep.

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Group of students looking at display of Mobile Terrestrial LiDAR unit.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Technology Selkirk College provides closer look at LiDAR Data Collection Tools

Selkirk College hosted a demonstration day that put focus on the latest tools used for geospatial data collection.

Maryann Puliz is the owner and trainer at FiTBoX Cross Training in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Strong is the new sexy at FiTBoX Cross Training in Castlegar

Maryann Puliz, owner and trainer at FiTBoX Cross Training in Castlegar, B.C., has combined kickboxing and crossfit into a stellar workout

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Natalia Pacheco, owner of Gravi Tea Coffee & Toys in Castlegar, B.C., and Castlegar Chamber’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2018.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Natalia Pacheco

Natalia Pacheco, owner of Gravi Tea Coffee & Toys in Castlegar, has earned a place on our Top 10 Kootenay Business People 2019 list.

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Two female students are wearing warm layers of clothes and are holding a sign that says
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Energy, Environment A Cool Challenge

Selkirk College is participating in the BC Cool Campus Challenge to lower its environmental footprint

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