Communities in Bloom judges were in town this week, culminating a year of hard work for the Castlegar CIB team. Castlegar is participating in the Grand Champions category in this year’s competition. Colleen Stockford from Sussex, New Brunswick and James Bourgeois from Rosemère, Québec toured sights around Castlegar including the Columbia Avenue revitalization project, Millennium Park, City Hall, downtown, the Station Museum, Castlewood Village, Brilliant Suspension Bridge, local golf clubs, Kootenay Gallery and the Doukhobor Discovery Centre. The judges’ stay was capped off Monday night at a beach-themed dinner for local volunteers and supporters. This was the first time either judge had visited the Kootenays and they were impressed with Castlegar.
“It is stunning,” said Stockford. “I absolutely love it.”