British Columbia

Trail

                                              Population: 21,275 - Greater Trail
Attractions:

  • Gyro Park, Aquatic and Leisure Centre
  • Rossland-Trail Country Club
  • Columbia River Boat Tours and Guided Fishing Charters
  • Self-Guided Walking Tour
  • Downhill and Cross-Country Skiing
The city of Trail was established in the 1890s when a small shelter was constructed on a bench above the Columbia River to serve the rich mines in Rossland. Now the largest non-ferrous lead and zinc smelter in the world has just celebrated its Centennial of Smelting.

A large influx of Italian immigrants in the early 1900s has lent a distinctive character to Trail - a festive love of life experienced today in such celebrations as Silver City Days. Grape-stomping, parades, and pasta dinners are the order of the day at this annual festival held during the second weekend in May.

Our wonderful new Aquatic and Leisure centre is proving to be a popular centre of activity. If you are looking for a waterslide or a hot tub, a workout or a leisure swim, a place to cool off or to warm up, visit the Aquatic Centre, open seven days a week, 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.

The city also enjoys a tremendous tradition of excellence in sports, industry, business and lifestyle. Stop by the newly erected Home of Champions monument in downtown Trail commemorating locals who have proved themselves champions in their field; some of the many names may surprise you.

In addition to hiking on mountain trails or golfing on excellent courses, you can fish the mighty Columbia River or enjoy a picnic in Gyro Park. Shopping for something different?

Downtown Trail, the East Trail shopping district, and the Wanete Plaza Mall offer the service and variety you need. Industrial tours of the Cominco smelter or the local dams can be arranged through the Chamber of Commerce. Winter fun is only 10 km away at Red Mountain and the nearby cross-country trails.

A warm welcome is extended to all visitors. Take advantage of Trail's justifiable famous reputation for friendliness and civic pride; visit this Home of Champions.

The greater Trail Area is a land of legend and pioneers, traditions, and spectacular scenery. Today the greater Trail area has a population of 20,500 including Warfield Montrose and Fruitvale. The downtown area and Waneta mall offer a wide variety of shops and services.

Located at an elevation of 1,023 metres, Rossland is truly Canada's Alpine City. This mountain paradise boasts a colorful history as a former gold mining boom town and is now home to some of the best alpine and cross-country skiing in BC and well as mountain biking in the summer.

Between Trail and Rossland is Warfield, affectionately known as "Mickey Mouse Town" because of the cartoon-like houses built there around 1938. This closely-knit community has a very high volunteer spirit and many recreational activities.

Montrose, originally an area of about 220 acres of woods overlooking the Columbia River, was developed in 1942 and named after a popular place in Scotland. It now has a population of almost 1,200. When in this area, be sure to take a moment to view the Columbia River valley from one of Montrose's vantage points.

Fruitvale, originally a railway stop for the Great Northern Railroad, has a growing main street with several great little shops. The area has many recreational sites including Champion Lakes Golf Course, Champion Lakes Provincial Park and Beaver Valley Family Park.

Recreational opportunities abound in the area, with modem centres offering hockey, curling, bowling, golfing and a new aquatic/fitness centre. Ski at famous Red Mountain, fish or sail on Arrow, Kootenay or Christina Lakes. The regional airport is only 25 minutes away.

For more information, please visit www.trail.ca

 

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