The beautiful West Kootenay region is not isolated to Trail; many neighbouring communities also provide scenic and exciting opportunities for exploration.
Approximately 15 minutes westward, just “up the hill” from Trail, is the beautiful ski-town of Rossland. Rossland BC is a gorgeous ski-town surrounded by mountainous ranges of forested terrain. Home to Red Mountain, a world-renounced ski resort, the Rossland area is an ideal location for winter sporting and recreation such as snow shoeing, cross country, and downhill skiing. In the summer season, the ranges provide beautiful hiking trails, and there are multiple locally crafted mountain biking trails. The downtown area has many high-performance sports and recreation stores along the main street, as well as a variety of stores, with an abundance of cafés and coffee shops complementing the shopping
About 5 minutes on the trip upward to Rossland is the Village of Warfield. The Village of Warfield is often referred to as “The Jewel of the Kootenays”, and is a small mid-mountain town located approximately half way between Rossland and Trail. With beautiful antique housing and gardening, Warfield is a beautiful stop alongside the main highway. It is also home to the Centennial Pool, a large outdoor pool equipped with lap lanes and a water slide, as well as the CornerStone café.
The Village of Montrose is located approximately 10 minutes eastward of Trail. The Village of Montrose is referred to as the “gateway” to the Beaver Valley and the Village of Fruitvale. It offers some great view-point hikes and waterpark with a dry-park jungle gym.
Roughly a 10 minute drive past Montrose will take you to the Village of Fruitvale. The Village of Fruitvale maintains a beautiful countryside energy. Fruitvale offers many parks and scenic hikes, including a stunning Beaverfalls Waterfall hike just off of Bluebird Road. The downtown Fruitvale area has many great gift-shops and diners to grab a bite to eat.
About 20 minutes out from Fruitvale will take you to the Village of Salmo. The Village of Salmo is a small, yet beautiful, mining town located in a valley abundant in farming lands, scenic creeks, marshes and man-made lakes. It provides a natural habitat to many species of wildlife, having multiple camping sites and hiking/biking trails. Downtown Salmo is a “flash from the past”, having many old historic buildings and artwork depicting moments from the past.
Travelling out 30 minutes on Highway 22 will take you to the city of Castlegar. The City of Castlegar is a beautiful riverside city with an abundance of hiking Trails and scenic parks. Rich in history, ranging from the original Sinixt peoples to the more recent Doukhobor settlers, Castlegar offers an abundance of historic sites, including the Train-station Museum, the Doukhobor Discovery Centre, and Zuckerberg Island. Their popular Millennium Park functions dually as a dog-friendly walking park with hiking and jogging Trails, as well as a child-friendly park with a jungle gym, and outdoor work-out area for adults. Recently, the park has also added “natural ponds” for swimming and summer recreation.
Driving another 30 minutes outside of Castlegar you will reach the city of Nelson. The City of Nelson is situated between multiple mountain ranges, lakeside on the shores of the stunning Kootenay Lake. It is a small-business-filled city, offering unique and varied shopping opportunities, with an abundance of restaurant and dining selections. In being so close in proximity to Kootenay Lake, Nelson has an abundance of beaches and has a thriving water-sport and adventure-recreation community.