Zuckerberg Island, Castlegar, British Columbia

On our recent trip to Canada we visited Zuckerberg Island which is located on the outskirts of Castlegar.

This tiny island is located where the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers meet. A Russian Civil Engineer by the name Alexander Zuckerberg built the little chapel house on the island around 1931. He died in 1963 and is buried at the back of the house with his wife.

It wasn’t until 1984 that the suspension bridge was erected to allow access to the island on foot.

There is also a Hiroshima Memorial on the island where Japanese maples have been planted in remembrance of the 40th anniversary of the bombing.


Not everyone enjoyed the suspension bridge!


An old timer shows how it’s done


A view from the bridge


The Kootenay River from the bridge


The Zuckerburg’s house. Note the Russian influence on the roof. Husband and wife are buried behind the house.


A view from the front.

20110430-094231.jpgTo us it looked like a fairytale cottage…..

It is a beautiful place to visit and well worth making the short drive out of Castlegar if you are in the region.

All photographs taken with a Canon 5D MkII and Zeiss 21mm ZE lens. An awesome combination.


One response to “Zuckerberg Island, Castlegar, British Columbia

  1. Mmmh, no, not all of us did enjoy the suspension bridge. Love how you forgot to mention that a certain HonieMummy has a bit of a vertigo problem – only with bridges it seems! Oh and maybe a few cliff top walks.

    A fabulous place to visit steeped in history, right on the edge of the Columbia river in Castelgar BC.

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