Known as the Silver City, Trail is located in the West Kootenay region of B.C. It was named after the Dewdney Trail, which passed through the area.
The Columbia River flows through the town and has been instrumental in shaping its history. This section of the Columbia River valley is located between the Monashee Mountains to the west and the Selkirk Mountains to the east. Trail is 20 minutes by car from the U.S. border.
From the end of the 19th century until present day, Trail’s economy has relied on the city’s refining industry. Today, Teck’s Trail Operations is one of the world’s largest fully integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes. The metallurgical operations produce refined zinc and lead, a variety of precious and specialty metals, chemicals and fertilizer products.
The summer climate in Trail is generally hot and dry with moderately cool nights. The fall months bring dense river fog. Winters are mild to cold with periods of moderate snowfall.
In 2017, the median price of a detached home in Trail was $187,000.
According to Statistics Canada, Trail’s population in 2016 was 7,709.
Employing approximately 1,800 people, Teck (formerly Cominco) is the region’s largest employer.
The city is also noted for its large Italian community.
The Historic Gulch is located at the entrance to Trail. Originally called the Dublin Gulch, it eventually became known simply as simply “The Gulch.” It’s home to shops and the Terra Nova Hotel, located at the entrance to Trail’s central business district at the foot of Rossland Avenue.
During the July and August, Gyro Park hosts the Music in the Park series. Trail’s VISAC gallery supports the work of emerging and established Kootenay artists.