Selkirk College

Founded 1966 | Castlegar, BC

Outdoor enthusiasts love the setting of Selkirk College. The West Kootenay–Boundary region has mountain trails, rock climbing and water activities such as kayaking, fishing and paddle boarding. The Red Mountain and Whitewater ski hills are close to Selkirk College’s campuses in Castlegar and Nelson, respectively. A stunning mountain bike trail system runs through all of the college’s communities. The college’s main campus is in Castlegar, with three more in Nelson, one in Trail and three learning centres in Grand Forks, Kaslo and Nakusp. The Tenth Street campus in Nelson offers dorm-style residences, while single-room, suite-style accommodations are available at Castlegar.

Selkirk offers more than 60 associate degree, diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in areas that range from ceramics and forest technology to engineering and nursing. The school also incubates talented musicians in its contemporary music and technology program.

The trades-based Silver King campus in Nelson recently completed a $22-million refresh. It features modern shop spaces, a new Student Commons Building, and a hair salon where hairstylist students can get real-world experience. Selkirk received more than $1 million from the B.C. government to create a child care centre at Silver King, which opened in 2021.

Popular Programs

• Adult Basic Education

• Business Administration

• Recreation, Fish and Wildlife

• Forest Technology

School Size



• Degree: $4,528-$6,869

• Diploma: $3,661-$7,668

• Certificate: $1,114-$6,068

• Post-Grad: $1,858-$6,869

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Blacksmithing & Metal Art: In this eight-month certificate program, students develop skills in blacksmithing and welding, with a focus on ornamental metal art design.

• Ski Resort Operations and Management: Students in this program get an in-depth look at the business and logistics side of the ski industry on the Nelson hilltops of British Columbia.