Local scouts were recognized at the CIB reception for their volunteer work beautifying Castlegar. Photo: Betsy Kline

Communities in Bloom showcases Castlegar highlights for judges

Volunteers recognized for contributions.

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.”


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A reception was held Monday night for Communities in Bloom volunteers and supporters, including Adopt-a-Road participants. Photo: Betsy Kline

Chamber of Commerce representatives including Jane Charest embraced the beach theme of the Communities in Bloom reception. Photo: Betsy Kline

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