Transportation in BC’s Lower Columbia

CP Rail Train

BC’s Lower Columbia has a healthy transportation infrastructure.

Three rail trans-load facilities and numerous couriers and trucking companies service the Kootenays. This allows for the smooth and cost-effective shipping of goods to destinations across North America, including the ports of Seattle and Vancouver.

Passengers enjoy multiple weekly flights a week between two regional airports and larger urban centres like Vancouver and Calgary. There are three international airports within comfortable driving distance in the West Kootenays.


Highway Travel

Highways 3, 3B, 6, 22 and 22A run through BC’s Lower Columbia region.

Travel Map


Highway Transport

Canadian Freightways ships to all destinations within Canada and the US, and has a service centre in nearby Castlegar.

Other truck transport options in BC’s Lower Columbia region include:

Trail Cartage & Storage: 250-693-2414

Westcan Bulk Transport Ltd: 250-367-7778

NRS Trucking: 604-855-2120

Bryan’s Transfer: 250-368-5525

Trimac Transportation Service: 250-367-7701


Rail Transport

CP Rail Freight Service runs to Calgary and Vancouver out of Trail.

Burlington Northern runs to all US destinations out of Waneta.


Air Travel and Transport

Pacific Coastal Airlines

The West Kootenay Regional Airport, located in Castlegar, serves BC’s Lower Columbia, as does the Trail Regional Airport.

Charter flights are available through these businesses:

High Alpine Air Services: 250-354-0977

Highland Helicopters: 604-273-6161

Book regularly scheduled flights with these carriers:

Pacific Coastal Airlines

Air Canada

If you’d prefer to travel directly to/from an international airport, here are the options and links:

Kelowna International Airport

Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook

Spokane International Airport


Ports of Entry

Below are the three Canada US border crossings that serve BC’s Lower Columbia. Click on the BC location to find the contact information for the Canadian Border Services office at that location.

Waneta BC / Boundary WA

Nelway BC / Metaline Falls, WA

Paterson BC / Frontier WA