Elevation: 440 m (1,440 ft)
Established in the 1890s, Trail is flanked by the Monashee Mountains to the west and the Selkirk Mountains to the east. A visit to Trail should certainly include a tour of the Trail Museum, the Sports Hall of Memories and the Teck Trail Operations Interpretive Centre – the huge smelter complex at the heart of this small city has been in operation for more than a century.
Check out the Home of Champions monument in downtown Trail commemorating locals who have proved themselves champions in their field, including the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club who is remembered for two world championship wins in 1939 and 1961. For great views, live music, picnic sites and a fine beach to cool off, head to Gyro Park after your day of exploring.
Trail is an international Communities in Bloom winner. Explore the beautiful flowers and gardens during the summer months.
More Things to See and Do in Trail
Arts & Culture
VISAC Art Gallery – Creative Activities Centre Society for the Visual Arts – check out local art exhibits and performances. The Artisan Craft Coop showcases a collection of local artisan creations, where you can find unique treasures every time you shop. The artisans specialize in quality, handcrafted items made in the region and beyond.
Columbia Gardens Vineyard & Winery
A small production winery producing VQA (Vinters Quality Alliance) quality wines. Enjoy the Burl – tasting room and gift shop.
Famous Rock Walls
Choose from 10 routes, from treks to walks – pick up a self-guided brochure at the Visitor Centre.
The incrEDIBLE Trail Farmers Market takes place very second Saturday during the summer, this wonderful market takes place. Silver City Days takes place each May – Trail celebrates its traditions, culture and food during Silver City Days. Join in this fun, family-style event.
Explore Trail’s history, the Trail Museum offers a wealth of artifacts, photos, displays and memorabilia.
The Trail and Rossland area is home to some of North America’s top mountain biking and hiking trails. In addition to the mountain trails, try fishing the mighty Columbia River. The Birchbank Golf Course offers 18-holes and an easily-walkable layout. Winter fun is only 10 kilometres (6 mi) away at Red Mountain Resort and the nearby cross-country trails. Gerick Sports offers sales and service sporting goods for both winter and summer seasons.
Sports Hall of Memories at the Trail Memorial Centre
Over 30 cabinets displaying photos, trophies, uniforms and other sports memorabilia.
Teck Interpretive Centre & Guided Tours
Trail is home to one of the world’s largest non-ferrous zinc and lead complexes. Tours are available weekdays at 10am from the Visitor Centre. Prebooking is advised.
Trail Aquatic & Leisure Centre
The Aquatic Centre, open seven days a week, is a popular centre of activity.
Trail Market on the Esplanade
A wonderful downtown market takes place every second Friday during the summer.
Trail’s heritage: Although the Lakes (Salish) Tribe once settled here, the history of the city itself is truly the story of settlers who followed the lure of precious metals. During the early and mid-1880s, white explorers travelled through the area, but it was not until gold was discovered at Rossland that settlement occurred. In 1895, a small smelter was constructed in Trail to service the mines in Rossland. A Family Statue, in Rotary Park, was commissioned for the Centennial in 2001, and represents the families and family values that are such an integral part of the fabric of this close-knit community. A large influx of Italian immigrants in the early 1900s has lent a distinctive character to Trail.