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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Benedicts Steakhouse & Tunnel Pub located at 3 Schofield
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,