Trail, South Kootenay

Trail

Located in British Columbia’s South Kootenay area of the Kootenay Rockies, the City of Trail straddles the magnificent Columbia River which flows through the valley between the Monashee and Selkirk Mountain ranges. Primarily a mining town and home to Teck Cominco, the town has taken advantage of its mining heritage and visitors can tour an interpretive centre with interactive displays. The surrounding area will excite the outdoor enthusiast as there are plenty of hiking and biking trails as well as fishing, boating, swimming and more. The winter also provides plenty of opportunities to ski and snowboard at nearby world-famous Red Mountain Resort.

Music at the Gyro Park in Trail.

Location

Trail is located just 10 km (6 mi) north of the US border on Hwy 22 & Hwy 3B. The closest town is Rossland to the west at 9 km (5.5 mi) and Castlegar to the north at 30 km (18 mi).

A Step Back in Time

Prospectors Joe Moris and Joe Bourgeois discovered gold and copper on Red Mountain in the late 1800s. This led to the area becoming the foremost mining hub in North America. To process the ores, a smelter was built in 1895 and the town thrived. In 1901 Trail was incorporated, World War 1 increased demand and commerce and schools developed and a bridge was built across the Columbia River. Europeans, mainly Italians, arrived in the early 1900s and provided a distinctive character to their homesteads. They set up home at the entrance to Trail in an area that is known as “the Gulch”. This was so named as the land begins at the start of Trail Creek narrows between the high, sandy slope of Smelter Hill and West Trail bank. The homes were built on these banks.

An aerial view of the Victoria Street Bridge at night in Trail.

Contact Information

Trail Visitor Information Centre

Tourism Trail

Trail & Nearby Accommodations

12 Listings

City Of Trail RV Park

City Of Trail RV Park

Trail

The City of Trail operates an RV Park in the city for the convenience of travellers to the area. The park offers various sites to choose from, including grassed grounds, partially serviced and gravel sites. For your convenience and comfort, washroom facilities and flush toilets are available for use ... Read more
Rossland Lions Campground

Rossland Lions Campground

Rossland

Rossland Lions Community Campground is Rossland's only campground. Located 3 mins. drive/15min. walk south west of downtown, just off Hwy 3B, situated alongside Centennial Ball Park and Rossland’s Advanced Mountain Bike Dirt Jump park. Easy access to bike trails – Drakes, Tamarack, Centennial Tr ... Read more
Beaver Valley Family Park Campground

Beaver Valley Family Park Campground

Fruitvale

Overnight camping and day use area near to Champion Lakes Provincial Park. Hookups, hot showers, volleyball court, covered picnic shelter. ... Read more
Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground

Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground

Castlegar

Situated halfway between Vancouver and Calgary, Castlegar Cabins, RV Park & Campground is an ideal destination for guests travelling on Hwy 3 or wanting a family vacation. Nestled on 23 acres of lush forest, our resort provides a peaceful mountain setting to unwind and relax. Our campground offers 4 ... Read more
Cozy Pines Motel

Cozy Pines Motel

Castlegar

Located at the West Entrance to Castlegar, Cozy Pines Motel welcomes you to the largest motel in town that provides you with exceptional service. Our well-appointed rooms and suites include one queen bed, two queen beds, kitchenettes, or full kitchens. Each room features modern bathrooms, air condit ... Read more
Castlegar Golf Club & RV Park

Castlegar Golf Club & RV Park

Castlegar

Special Green Fee rates for RV Guests $57 plus tax not incl. power cart. New spotless washrooms, hot showers, 30 & 50 amp service, laundromat. Overflow sites available. Free WiFi. Golf and hiking. Communal firepit, free firewood. Pets welcome. ... Read more
Kootenay River RV Park

Kootenay River RV Park

Castlegar

A quiet adult only RV park, situated near the convergence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. Kootenay River RV is nestled in the Columbia Valley and is only a 5 minute drive to the city of Castlegar. This area provides plenty of adventure and excitement for everyone. Some activities include: fishi ... Read more
Rocking River Campground

Rocking River Campground

Salmo

Welcome to the PRIDE of the Kootenay area - "Rocking River" Campground, where you truly leave it all behind and have a chance to relax and re-connect to nature. 10 acres of total peace and quiet situated 8 kms. south of Salmo, BC and right on the Salmo River. Each campsite is spacious enough to put ... Read more
Parklane Motel & RV Campground

Parklane Motel & RV Campground

Christina Lake

Enjoy a peaceful and fun camping experience at the Park Lane RV Park and Campground! Both RV and camping sites are spacious and they offer semi-shade with their own firepit and picnic table. For our campers’ convenience, all sites have access to dishwashing sinks, power and water. All guests are w ... Read more
Christina Pines Campground

Christina Pines Campground

Christina Lake

Located in the beautiful Kootenay Valley, Christina Pines Campground is a family oriented campground for the family to enjoy their holidays. Take a dive in the warmest lake during the summer in Christina Lake, only a 15 minute walk from the park. Our RV sites are spacious to back in or pull through ... Read more
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