With such a wild geography, situated between multiple major mountain ranges, neighbouring a major river, and riddled with many small-lakes and ponds, Trail has an abundance of outdoor activities to offer for the wilderness recreation enthusiast.
We recommend that before embarking on an outdoor adventure in our region that you make yourself aware of the wildlife that frequents the territory and pack accordingly to prepare yourself adequately for a potential encounter as well for the particular weather presented by the season.
Hiking And Biking Trails
The Trail and West Kootenay region provide some of the best mountain biking single-track trails in the province. The Kootenay Columbia Trails Society website identifies over 170 km (106 miles) of trails. Please be respectful; volunteers work with property owners, industry and others to establish, map and maintain the trails.
Recommendations for some of our more popular trails are as follows:
Antenna Trail Loop– access at 4th Street 12th Avenue, Montrose; 3.5km; easy to moderate; beautiful viewpoint
Elder Trail- off Palyga Drive in West Trail; 2km; easy; old roadway up Lookout Mountain.
Miral Heights Trail– access at top of Albert Drive in Miral Heights; 4.5km; easy; walk or mountain bike for dramatic views above Gyro Park.
Raven’s Rock– turn up Goepel Street in East Trail; access between hospital and high school; links to Miral Heights Trail; 2km; moderate (steep in places); see tumbling water and raucous ravens.
Bluffs Trail– a continuation of Miral Heights Trail; 2.8km; loop accessed from or the new Sunningdale Traverse; moderate.
Sunningdale Traverse– access from Sandpit Road (off Marianna Crescent) in Upper Sunningdale; links with the Bluffs Trail; 2.4km; moderate (this is the crown jewel of area trails with spectacular views).
Beaver Valley Family Park– located 3km east of Fruitvale; easy trails for hiking and biking.
Camp Tweedsmuir– access through Mazzochi Park in Fruitvale; 1km loop with side trails; pleasant and easy walk along Kelly and Beaver Creeks.
Rossland-Warfield old railway– popular for hiking, biking or cross-country skiing; no motorized vehicles allowed; Access from Shutek Drive in Warfield, behind Warfield Hall and public works buildings.
Seven Summits– Nancy Greene Summit access at Strawberry Pass on Hwy 3B west of Rossland; 30.4km; difficult. Considered an “epic ride” by the International Mountain Biking Association.
Skiing and Nordic Sports
Red Mountain Resort is a world renowned Ski Resort located just beyond the Alpine city of Rossland, boasting 110 different runs over the terrain of three stunning mountains. It has a wide variety of difficulties accommodating all levels, beginner to expert. With an abundance of snow, friendly staff, short lift lines, and a beautiful location, you will be sure to fall in love with this amazing Resort.
Blackjack Nordic Sports is a non-profit club with more than 600 members run out of Rossland. Its goal is to provide excellent opportunities and services for everyone interested while building an amazing community. They provide information on trail & facilities, skiing programs, and events in the region.
Whitewater Ski Resort is a legendary mountain with excellent snow conditions and diverse terrain. Located near the fascinating city of Nelson, you will be sure to satisfy your cultural tastes while pursuing the epic winter sports offered at Whitewater Ski Resort.
For equine and outdoor enthusiasts, Trail is home to the beautiful Harding Heights Ranch. The owners provide unique and detailed care for their horses, using rope halters instead of bits in the mouth, while also avoiding shoes on the hooves.
Harding Heights offers year-round trail rides, as well as lessons however, pre-booking is required for these services. They also provide farm-tours and have a petting zoo available.
The Columbia River, as well as the many surrounding lakes and ponds in the region, offer great opportunities for fishing.
Local recreational fisher, Don Freschi, is one of the original masterminds behind the Sport Fishing on The Fly , a nationally broadcasted fly-fishing series. He provides many great seasonal fishing tips.
Perched on the bank of the Columbia River, the Birchbank Golf Course has happily served the Kootenay’s as a prime golfing resource for over 50 years. It is one of the first courses to open early in spring, as well as one of the latest running out into the fall.
In addition to the beautiful greens, Birchbank also has a full-service Bistro with an appetizing menu for hungry golfers post-game.