The Village of Warfield, the 'Jewel of the Kootenays,' is located
just west of Trail and 5 km (3 miles) east
of Rossland on Hwy 3B or, more commonly
called, 'The Schofield Hwy.'
The village was named after Carlo Warfield, the personal secretary
for F.A. Heinze, the owner of the original smelter at Trail. A good
proportion of the people who have lived and worked at Warfield have
historically kept this relationship and have proudly worked in nearby
Trail at the Teck Cominco smelter or the mines in Rossland.
With a population size of around 1,750, Warfield is a clean well-kept
community that prides itself on its clean and neat appearance with
tidy gardens, abundant fruit trees and neatly cut lawns. The streets
are very quiet and many of the homes exhibit a distinct style with
shaker-style roofs. The community is defined by three unique neighbourhoods
called Upper Warfield, Annable and the Beaver Bend Area.
3B - 'The Schofield Hwy'
The 'The Schofield Hwy' climbs the hill leaving Trail or coming
down from Rossland quite steeply and is full of dangerous curves.
Between Trail and Rossland Hwy 3B has a 10% grade for around 6 km
(4 miles) and can be nerve-racking. The village can easily be missed
while you concentrate on Hwy 3B especially coming into Trail.
The main business section of Warfield is situated on the south side
of Hwy 3B. Here you can find the Warfield Community Hall, Kootenay
Savings building, beauty salon, Warfield Food Market that offers
Chinese Food Take Out, a small apartment complex, some other retail
space and a Shell service station.
Warfield is a great spot to stop and have a rest while you're travelling
on the highway. There is a trail called Arnold Lauriente Walking
Path if you need to stretch your back. The Arnold Lauriente Path
is a local favourite as it joins all three communities of Rossland,
Warfield and Trail together. In 2008, funding has been granted for
improvements of the Path, allowing for greater use.
If you have kids, there is the Warfield Centennial Pool available
for them to cool down. The complex located at the Warfield Community
Hall features a small waterslide and has been a Warfield institution
dating back to 1967.
to Warfield - Warfield to Trail
There are a couple of other walking trails in Warfield. One trail
goes from Warfield to Rossland following an abandoned CPR rail grade.
The other trail is from Warfield to Trail, going next to the Little
Sheep Creek following the path of the historic Dewdney Trail intermixed
with local roadways. If you require more trail information for Sheep
Creek to Warfield, try (250) 362-9472 or for general information,
Graham Jones at (250) 362-9966.
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Warfield
and especially around Rossland, please remember this is Bear Country
as is the rest of BC. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon
spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around. There
is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so
please play it safe and practice good outdoor wildlife procedures
and don't travel alone.