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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Trail

Trail is located 10 km (6 miles) east of Montrose on Hwy 3B and 106 km (66 miles) of Grand Forks on Hwy 22. Rossland, the home of Nancy Greene Raine, is just 10 km (6 miles) away with the Village of Warfield in the centre.

Columbia River
Castlegar is located 26 km (16 miles) north of Trail on Hwy 22 - a very pretty stretch of highway as it travels along side the mighty Columbia River.

'Silver City'
Known in the region as 'Silver City,' Trail has had numerous smelters through the years processing the ore coming out of the Kootenay Region. Many a fortune was made and lost in the early 1900's as people sought out the riches of the silver mines especially in the Le Roi Gold Mine located near Rossland and the processing facility at Cominco in Trail.

Teck's Trail Operations
Today Teck has a fully integrated, zinc-lead smelting and refining complex that is considered one of the largest in the world at the old Teck Cominco site. The Trail operation helps support the local economy by being the largest employer in the southern Kootenays.

Cominco Interpretive Centre
You can visit the Cominco Interpretive Centre a mini-science centre centrally located above the Toronto Bank in downtown Trail to learn all about the procedures involved in mineral exploration.

Home of Champions
Throughout the years a higher percentage of British Columbia's world-class athletes have come from the Trail area. To show respect to Trail, it is often referred to as the 'Home of Champions.'

Trail Memorial Centre
Trail has responded and has erected the Hall of Fame, a tribute to these world-class athletes that have come from the Trail area. You can visit the Hall that is located within the Trail Memorial Centre at 1051 Victoria Street.

Trail Museum
There is also a small museum housed at Trail Memorial Centre - the Trail Museum. It has some very historical artifacts notably old photos. A good example of what you'll see before you visit is to look at The Trail Historical Society. They have some very interesting old pictures - notably of Cominco and the Columbia and Western Railway.

European Presence
Trail is a vibrant community with a population of around 9,000 people. Old picturesque buildings along the business section with neatly tree-lined houses reflect a strong civic pride. There is also a very strong European presence locally, especially Italian, because of past migration for work in the smelter.

Excellent Ethnic Restaurants
The result is there are a couple of very excellent ethnic restaurants in town. If you enjoy Italian food, try The Colander Restaurant which has been in existence a long time. Another local favourite for breakfast is the Glenwood Cafe located at the Glenwood Motel. For a local vineyard try the Columbia Gardens Vineyard & Winery. For watching a hockey or football game on television try going to Benedict’s Steakhouse & Tunnel Pub located at 3 Schofield Highway.

For winter sports and mountain fun you cannot beat the outdoor resources around Trail. Rossland, the home of Canadian Olympic skier, Nancy Greene Raine is only 10 km (6 miles) from Trail, with the Village of Warfield sandwiched between.

Red Resort
Rossland is a mountain paradise featuring Red Resort, an area encompassing two mountains: Red and Granite. The powder snow is excellent with the terrain both challenging and quite varied.

Hydro-Electric Power
There are quite a few hydro-electric dams within the Trail area. Teck Cominco has a dam on the Pend d'Oreille River located just south towards the United States called Waneta. BC Hydro has a dam called Seven Mile, also located on the Pend d'Oreille River.

Hugh Keenleyside Dam
Then, if you go to Castlegar, BC Hydro has a complex called Hugh Keenleyside Dam, 8 km (5 miles) upstream from Castlegar on the Columbia River at the Lower Arrow Lake. Syringa Provincial Park is close by and features good swimming, a fairly private campground plus access to Arrow Lake.

USA Border
If you want to go to the USA, Trail is just 18 km (11 miles) north of the USA border at Frontier, Washington/Patterson, BC and only 20 km (12.5 miles) from the border crossing south of Montrose at Boundary, Washington/Waneta, BC.

Two Other Border Crossings
If you are coming from another direction, there also two other crossings close by. Just south of Salmo there is the customs station at Remac, Washington/Nelway, BC. If you are going to visit Christina Lake before Trail, then use the Laurier, Washington - Cascade, BC crossing.

Information on Trail



Map of Trail, Warfield and Rossland
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Teck Cominco Trail Operation
Teck Trail Operation


Home of Champions
Home of Champions


Welcome to Trail
Welcome to Trail


Columbia River
Columbia River


Columbia River
Columbia River

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