Things to Do

Photo Credit: Ryan Flett/Lower Columbia Tourism

Trail is located directly in the centre of four major mountain ranges: The Purcells, the Selkirks, the Rockies and the Monashees. This unique geographic orientation, combined with being constructed alongside the mighty Columbia River, has its benefits. Trail receives the most of each season; the sweltering summers balance out the mild but snowy winters, and our crisp, fresh autumn and spring really round out the city’s diverse weather.

Acting as a recreational launchpad, Trail gives its community access to all the beauty that mother nature has to offer in the form of sport, adventure, or simply just sightseeing. The mountains leave plenty of room for off-road expeditions, or maybe you would like to stay on the beaten path with some of our gorgeous hiking trails. Along the Columbia River you can find the magnificent Gyro Park, where you can enjoy the day on the beach, walking on the riverside sidewalk, or even playing in the spray park and playground. Fishing is also ripe along the Columbia River, where you can catch some of the biggest rainbow trout around.

If you are looking for your sports fix, summer holds many baseball games to be hosted at Butler Park between our two competitive teams: The Trail Blue Jays and the Trail Orioles. The baseball diamond is conveniently located beside our recreational centre, The Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre, that has an indoor pool, hot-tub, waterslide, and also a weight room. In the winter time, we are just fifteen minutes away from a world famous ski resort, Red Mountain in Rossland. The Black Jack Nordic Ski club also runs out of Rossland. The Trail Smoke Eaters are our local hockey team, and we are proud to support them at the Cominco Arena. The Cominco Arena also holds Trail’s curling rink.

Finally, in addition to the recreation and the sports, the heritage and history contributes to making Trail truly an outstanding city. These lands are included the traditional hunting and gathering territory of the Sinixt (SIN-EYE-IXT), also know as “Lakes” peoples, who are believed to inhabit the Kootenay region for thousands of years. Bordering nations, such as the Ktunaxa (TUN-AH-HAH), or Kootenai, peoples are also believed to have travelled to the Trail area and utilized the abundance of natural resources that our beautiful region has to offer. 

The old Italian culture that first founded the city of Trail is still very visible today. The rock walls and covered stairways that many built with their bare hands still stand resolute; the residents of Trail with Italian heritage are determined to protect the past and remind all of the power of hard work and community, Currently, Trail is in the process of constructing a brand new walking bridge that will span across the Columbia River. This new suspension bridge will be the one of the largest walking suspension bridges in North America, and a real sight to behold.

With all of the diversity that Trail has to offer, it would be hard to find something not to do; we hope that you choose to come and visit our amazing community and experience the beauty of Trail firsthand. 

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