Trail offers a variety of guided and self-guided tours that you can enjoy while visiting our beautiful city.
Guided: Teck Tours
The establishment of Trail as a town came by way of the intense mining and smelting history that is attached to these mountainous lands. If you are interested in learning more about the history of Teck, the business that started it all, “Teck Tours” are provided 5 days a week, Monday to Friday. Call the Trail Chamber of Commerce at 250-368-3314 to book a tour with one of our friendly Teck-retired guides.
The tours begin at 10:00 at the Teck Interpretive Centre, an attachment to the Trail Visitor Information Centre. Starting with an informational video and commentary provided by our guides, guests are then welcome to explore the interpretive centre. The tour then travels to the Teck Trail Operations building.
Teck Trail Operations is still a functional smelting and mining establishment, so there are special requirements in order to be able to tour the building.
- Guests must be aged 12 or older.
- Guests must have solid mobility in order to access the building, as there are many stairs.
- Guests with pacemakers are not permitted to enter the facility.
- Guests must wear closed toe shoes, pants, and a long sleeved shirt (or have a jacket).
- Guests are not permitted to bring cameras, cellphones, or mobile devices into the facility.
- Guests must provide their own transportation to the Teck site; special parking passes will be handed out, as well as detailed directions to the facility.
- Tobacco products are prohibited form the facility.
Self-Guided: Italian Masonry (Rock Wall) Tour
The City of Trail is widely known for it’s Italian heritage. In the 1900’s, Italian citizens would immigrate to Trail, seeking employment at the smelter. A community was soon established, rich in traditional Italian culture and values, and despite the rough terrain, being mountainous and damp with a flooding river and creeks in wet seasons, Italian masonry would prove to be useful in constructing the foundation of the city. As a result, the many beautiful rock walls and stairs of Trail were created, many of which are still standing today.
The Rock Wall Project Enthusiastico Society has compiled a brochure that includes detailed maps for guests to enjoy self-guided tours to admire the beautiful, historic Italian masonry that spans the Trail region. For access to this brochure, visit the Trail Visitor Information Centre.
Self-Guided: Trail Murals Walk
The City of Trail has invested in a brilliant initiative to get people active and to regenerate some of the beauty in the downtown region. Multiple murals have been painted on the side of local establishments throughout downtown Trail, depicting moments of the cities history. They can be located as followed:
Across the street from the Victoria parking lot (next to Lordco) is the Bowery Mural on the side of the Balfour building. The mural depicts the way the town looked a century ago. It also depicts the old Trail Creek News building during one of the early floods.
The Hockey Mural on the side of the Trail Memorial Center pays homage to Trail’s hockey legacy. The 1961 world champion Smoke Eaters are on the right, and the mural on the left depicts Minor Hockey which was started in Trail in 1957.
River Reconnect is the mural on the other side of the Trail Memorial Center, facing the river. It goes back to the river’s earliest days, noting the native woman and the compass of the first explorer, David Thompson. The hands holding the baby fish indicate the attempt to restock the river with salmon for future generations. And the maple leaf morphing into the eagle’s wing represents the close relationship between Canada and the U.S., who both share the waterway.
The Riverbelle on the Esplanade features the Flood Mural, depicting the 1948 flood and sandbagging efforts. The ticket booth at the local theatre was a good indicator of how high the water rose. If you view this mural from a distance, you’ll notice it is actually in two parts, showing ominous clouds approaching from up the river.
The LeRoi mine and smelter is depicted on the side of the Coldwell Banker building on Bay Avenue. Yes, it’s dark, but it pays homage to the early miners and smelter workers who built the industry that build our town.
On Eldorado Street and the side of Shopper’s Drug Mart is the paddle wheeler SS Rossland, which plied the busy river in the early 1900s, ferrying ore, cargo and passengers.
At the base of the Gulch on the side of Gericks Cycle is the Kootenay Hotel Mural. The hotel was a landmark in Trail and first to provide the town’s traditional spaghetti dinners. The “Postcard” on the side depicts the old bar. The hotel burned to the ground June 27, 1978.
There are also a couple of murals in East Trail: the Wolfs Den Tattoo Parlour on the corner on Bailey and Second has an amazing three-dimensional look; and one block up, the bridge Mural on the corner of Second and Robertson depicts the old bridge appearing in the untamed wilderness.
In Fruitvale, there is also a beautiful mural on the side of the Liberty Food Store, as well as another on the Fruitvale Elementary School.
Self-Guided: Community in Bloom Scenic Gardens
Trail is actively involved in the Communities in Bloom (CIB) program, which evaluates cities (with similar demographics) on floral displays, landscaping projects, urban forestry, heritage conservation, environmental awareness, and tidiness. The City of Trail proudly won the bronze medal in the International (Medium) Competition (2015), the Provincial Title (2004), as well as two National Titles for cities under 10,000 (2006, 2010). The City of Trail has also maintained a “five-bloom” status with the CIB Program for over a decade.
Feel free to take yourself on a self-guided tour throughout the community to see CIB participants and view the work they have contributed towards our award winning natural aesthetics.
Explore your Trail, your Way.