Category Archives: Castlegar

2024/2025 Exchange


  • A selected group of twelve Grade 6, 7 and 8 students from Castlegar and area accompanied by two Group Leaders.


  • Meet the student delegation from Castlegar’s Japanese Sister City, Embetsu.
  • The opportunity of a lifetime to visit Embetsu and touring in Japan.


  • Host a student from Embetsu tentatively August 7-12, 2024
  • Travelling to Japan for 14 days in July 2025


  • To reinforce the relationship of goodwill and understanding between the young people of Castlegar and Embetsu.

Important Dates

  • April 30th, 2024 at 7pm – Information meeting for interested students and their parents at Twin Rivers Elementary School in the Library
  • May 1st, 2024 – Application Packages will be available at City Hall for those who could not attend the student and parent information meeting
  • May 15th, 2024 at 4pm – Deadline for applications to be dropped off at City Hall
  • May 25th, 2024 9am – 12pm – Applicant interviews (accompanied by at least one parent) at Twin Rivers Elementary School
  • Tentatively August 7-12th, 2024 – Host Embetsu students in Castlegar
  • Mid July, 2025 – 2 week trip to Japan

Leaving Castlegar

Today we said sayonara to our new Embetsu friends.  We hope to see you again!

Farewell Dinner

Camping at Syringa

We camped overnight at Syringa Creek Provincial Park Sunday to Monday.