Allison Zoobkoff

Tourist Tales from the Castlegar Visitor Centre

A look around at who's around and taking a look at us

Have you been noticing an influx of tourists around Castlegar? The staff at the Tourism Centre is, with more than 1,300 visitors being assisted with their travels in the month of June alone.

From Europeans, Americans, and fellow Canadian residents alike, Castlegar is booming with new faces and far-away languages.

“This past weekend we had an outstanding number of American tourists visiting our area and taking in the breathtaking scenery and exciting attractions found in Castlegar,” said Anna Kaytor, executive assistant with the Castlegar Chamber of Commerce. “Over the past two months, Castlegar has also seen a record number of Germans travelling through our area on bikes making their way to Banff or Vancouver. When conversing with them, they’re constantly reminding us how fortunate we are to live in such a serene and picturesque environment, something not typically found amongst  city skyscrapers.”

Also in June, 689 phone calls came into the centre and 485 mail/email and fax enquires were answered.

Within those, there were 560 queries about accommodation, 417 about adventure/recreation, 529 about maps and directions, 342 about dining and 448 looking for transportation information.

The Castlegar Visitor Centre plays an integral part in assisting visitors with all of their enquiries and all counsellors are certified.

“The Visitor Centre staff receives great feedback on the service these centres provide, such as ‘how helpful they are’ and ‘great service from friendly staff,’” said Kaytor.

The Castlegar Visitor Centre is located at 1995 6th Avenue; one of over 115 official Visitor Centres around B.C. providing services which in turn boosts local economies.

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