In 1895, a small smelter, named the BC Smelting and Refining Company, was constructed at Trail Creek Landing to refine the ores from the nearby Rossland mines. Through the course of over 100 years, the smelter has grown into one of the world’s largest fully integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes. Now known as Teck Trail Operations, the facility employs approximately 1,400 people and processes raw materials from mines from North and South America and Australia.
Teck Trail Operations produces other metal and chemical products as a by-product of the zinc and lead processes, including silver, gold, indium, germanium, sulphuric acid and fertilizer. The facility also recycles lead acid batteries, cathode ray tube glass, fluorescent light bulbs and zinc alkaline batteries. Visit the Teck Interpretive Centre to learn more about metal production and how those products are used in our everyday lives. Located at the Visitor Information Centre, on-site tours of Teck Trail Operations can be arranged here.