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Discover the Kootenays with a Castlegar Airport car rental

Pick up a Castlegar car rental and explore the incredible natural beauty of Canada’s British Columbia. Sitting in the West Kootenay Region surrounded by rivers and mountains, Castlegar offers ample opportunity for outdoor recreational activities and incredible sightseeing. The small city also offers a wealth of cultural highlights and exciting events, such as Sunfest and the Kootenay Festival. With its hot summers and mild winters, the official ‘Sculpture Capital of Canada’ is a great destination to visit year-round, so get a deal on Castlegar car rental and hit the road.

Picking up car rental Castlegar Airport

The West Kootenay Regional Airport (YCG) is conveniently located five kilometres from the Castlegar city centre. It is city-owned and operated, and offers limited flight services within Canada, mostly to Vancouver and Calgary. The small airport has standard traveller services and amenities including free WiFi. Please proceed to the arrivals area to coordinate with your chosen car rental supplier.

Finding your way around with a Castlegar car rental

Keep these driving tips in mind when you pick up Castlegar Airport car rental.

  • The drive from the West Kootenay Regional Airport (YCG) to Castlegar city centre should take no more than ten minutes. 

  • Driving in and around Castlegar offers amazing scenery and a pleasant driving experience, but it does require extra care on narrow and winding mountain roads.

  • Winter driving can pose a challenge in Castlegar. Slow down and keep up with local weather reports.

  • It is common for wildlife to be on the roads in the West Kootenay Region. Stay alert and drive with extra caution at dawn and dusk when visibility is lower and the animals are most active.

  • Most Castlegar hotels provide free parking spaces to their guests. Visitors will also find ample on-street parking in the city. Time restrictions apply, so check local signage before parking your car hire.

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Car rental Castlegar BC: Things to do

Hiking

Get a workout in with an energetic walk up Brilliant Outlook and enjoy the reward of stunning views over the Columbia River Valley. For a more relaxed pace and some excellent birdwatching, hit up the Waldie Island Trail.

Cultural highlights

Make time to soak up the region’s art, culture and history with a visit to the Doukhobor Discovery Centre, the Kootenay Gallery of Art and Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park.

Syringa Provincial Park

Enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming in the Arrow Lake Reservoir from this excellent base camp. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound and the park remains open year-round.

Sculpture walk

From May to October each year, visitors to Castlegar can enjoy this outdoor exhibit of magnificent original sculptures that give the city its “Sculpture Capital of Canada” title.

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Top tips for Castlegar car rental

  • Choose a rental car type you feel most comfortable driving, with your travel plans in mind. Sporty SUV is a popular choice for road trips through the mountains.

  • Due to its remote location, car rental selection in Castlegar is limited. Book well in advance to get the vehicle you want, particularly during peak travel periods.

  • Note that shuttle or pick up service going to an off-airport location are usually available only with Budget car rental deals.

  • If you are planning a Canada road trip, most car rental companies, such as Budget Rental Car, allow you to pick up a vehicle in Castlegar and choose a different drop off location. Kick off your adventure in Castlegar and return the rental car in Abbotsford, Cranbrook, Kelowna, or Calgary. In some cases, you may be able to book a one-way rental to a city in the USA like Spokane or Seattle.

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Car rental Castlegar BC: Frequently asked questions

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Which car rental companies in Castlegar have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Most car rental companies in Castlegar have responded to COVID-19 by updating and improving their cleaning and safety policies. Check the specific terms of each listing to find out what the individual companies are doing to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

What cleaning measures are being taken by Castlegar car rental companies to control the spread of COVID-19?

Castlegar car rental companies have updated their cleaning policies to meet the challenge of the pandemic. To assure maximum cleanliness, you may filter your search results by the ‘Enhanced cleaning’ option.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Castlegar?

Castlegar car rental rates fluctuate as a result of multiple factors, including supply and demand. It is best to check current rates by typing your dates into the search function on this page and comparing prices across multiple brands. To help in your planning, use the filters, according to your budget, location targeted, inclusive dates, and preferred car rental company.

No need to check individual brands' websites for the best discount code, as you can compare car rental deals here, not just the prices or brands but also including the car type, and even if one-way rentals are available (like the top Budget locations to drop off Castlegar).

How much will it cost to rent a car in Castlegar, British Columbia in January?

$49 per day is the average Castlegar economy car hire rate that we have recorded for January. Castlegar rental car companies run promos at different times, and it is expected that there are great offers during the start of the year in January.

The first quarter's average prices are close to a daily rate of $50 per month, while the second quarter sees a decline to $40 per day. During the third quarter, from July to September, we have recorded more than $100 daily rate for rental cars Castlegar.

What do you need to rent a car in Castlegar?

To book a rental car in Castlegar, renter must be at least 21 years of age, bearing a full and valid driver’s license, as well as a major credit card under his name to hold the reservation. A facially valid identification card is a highly recommended supporting document.

If there is no Canadian driver's license, the home country driver's license and IDP / international driver's permit must be kept during the duration of the rental. Any form of temporary driver's license is not accepted.