Trail

 

Trail

Trail is a city in the West Kootenay region of the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. It was named after the Dewdney Trail, which passed through the area.

100px-Trail_BC_shieldTrail was founded in the 1890’s to serve the rich mines of Rossland a Italian colony is notorious for their festivals in May and in September.

You can find rock walls everywhere in the city, a mason heritage.
The main source of wealth has come from the Teck Cominco’s smelting industry, one of the largest lead and zinc of the world.

Also a strong legacy on sports has built the town since years ago.

Employing approximately 1,800 people, Teck Resources (formerly Cominco) is the region’s largest employer. The average age of an employee at Teck Resources’ Trail operation is 47. It is anticipated that within 15 years Teck Resources’ Trail operation will have a completely new and different labour force. A younger and perhaps more technical labour force will most likely replace those that are retiring. The big picture for the area is one of an aging population which brings about ongoing employment opportunities in the area. This is evidence based on the improved housing sales in the years between 2005 to 2007, making the Greater Trail area a target destination for people looking for better quality of life in a smaller community setting.

The City of Trail is also home to the largest hospital in the West Kootenay region.

Attractions

The Trail Memorial Centre currently plays host to the Trail & District Public Library, the Trail Smoke Eaters hockey team, the Trail Museum, and the Sports Hall of Memories, in addition to many local sports facilities. This historic landmark, located at 1051 Victoria Street, was home to two world championship Smoke Eaters teams.

The Trail Memorial Centre is a hub of civic activity year-round, and has been a focal point of the community since its inception.

River Activities and Music in the Park at Gyro Park in Trail

Located at 1090 Charles Lakes Drive in East Trail on the route to Sunningdale, Gyro Park is the home to Music in the Park during the summer. Listen to the melodic tunes under the gazebo in Gyro Park, where visitors enjoy live music Thursdays in July and August. During long hot summer days, Gyro Park is extremely popular with locals and visitors to the area who enjoy a day at the beach.

“The Onions” and other popular river currents that wind between the rocks on the East banks of the Columbia River, are a popular summer magnet for river activity. Often, throughout the summer, an abundance of avid swimmers and rapid paddlers with a deep respect of the Columbia River dare to navigate the frosty swift waters to ride the waves, such as the local favorite “Onions” river current at Gyro Park beach.

Teck Cominco Interpretive Centre

Trail is home to the largest non-ferrous lead and zinc smelter in the world and visitors can learn more about the areas largest employer by taking the 2.5 hour industrial tour of the Teck (Cominco) smelter which can be arranged in the Teck Cominco Interpretive Centre through the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce office located above the Toronto-Dominion Bank, in the heart of downtown Trail.  This centre is the starting point for the free tours beginning at 10 am, Monday to Friday during the summer; by appointment from September to May. Learn about the plants’ operations in the mini-science centre featuring hands-on exhibits for the whole family.

View video presentations and displays which exhibit sophisticated environmental monitoring systems installed in the Trail area by Teck. Other presentations illustrate the history of Cominco’s Trail smelting operations and provide information on career opportunities in the industry.

The Historic Gulch

In the early 1900s a large influx of Italian immigrants lent a distinctive character to “The Gulch” which is located at the entrance to Trail accessed by the Schofield Highway which drops down the long grade down from the city of Rossland and the village of Warfield and sub-division of Annabel onto Rossland Avenue.

This neighbourhood which runs the length of Rossland Avenue is known as “the Gulch.” Originally called the “Dublin Gulch” in the very early days, it eventually became known as “The Gulch” as it filled up with Italians who chose not to live on the original Trail townsite. The Gulch starts as throat of Trail Creek narrows between the high, sandy slope of Smelter Hill on its left bank and the West Trail bank where early pioneer houses were built by immigrants as the purchased properties along the west bank steep terrain.

In the early pioneer days, industrious Chinese launderers and cooks spent time gardening in the defile of the Gulch. Few of these immigrants ever acquired rights to own land[citation needed] in the Gulch and their gardens were gradually displaced by Italians and other European working families who terraced their properties into level plots. Despite the steep terrain, these immigrant families planted vegetable gardens reminiscent of the old country, fed by plenty of water from Trail Creek and the hot summer sun.

The Gulch is home to shops and the Best Western Terra Nova hotel, located at the entrance to Trail’s central business district at the foot of Rossland Avenue.

 

 

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Howe Sound

 

Howe Sound, The Fraser Canyon, Cat’s Lake, Cayoosh Creek, Kalamalka Lake, Squilax General Store, Turtle Valley, Wood Lake, near Kamloops, Tantalus Range

Howe Sound

Spectacular Howe Sound is North America’s and Vancouver’s playground for sailing, diving, camping, hiking, and a host of other recreational activities extending from West Vancouver to north till Squamish. Surrounded by peaks, the scenic Sea to Sky Highway 99 and that Railway, with many islands including Bowen Island, Gambier Island, Keats Island, and Anvil Island. Also the well-known Porteau Cove provincial Park.
The communities along the coast are Squamish, Britannia Beach, Lions Bay, Horseshoe Bay, Port Mellon, Langdale, and Gibsons.

The Fraser Canyon

The Fraser Canyon is a part of the Fraser River where it flows rapidly through rocks in the Coast Mountains on the way from the Interior Plateau of British Columbia to the Fraser Valley.

Cat Lake

Cat Lake is a small lake near Squamish BC. Has a beach and is a perfect place for fishing, swimming, picnicking, hiking and mountain biking. It has small campsites. Gravel road access. Opens May 15

Cayoosh Creek River

This is the area of the streams which connect Seton Lake and the Cayoosh Creek basin to the Fraser, adding the Cayoosh Creek basin itself. Near Lillooet.

Kalamalka Lake

Kalamalka Lake. Along Highway 97, between Vernon and Oyama, “The Lake of Many Colours” attract swimmers, fishermen, waterskiers and sunbathers to the naturall coves and warm rocks at Kalamalka Provincial Park. Named by National Geographic as one of the 10 most beautiful lakes in the world with the changes of temperatures during spring or autom takes different colors from green, vivid blue or deep blue. Hiking, swimming, riding horses and wildlife viewing are some of the activities you can enjoy.
The park’s name, Kekuli, refers to the homes built and inhabited by the Interior Salish natives. Evidence of Kekuli pits can still be found in the park. Also a warning Kalamalka lake was used in the Second Wold War for the artillery and there some lost shells if you see any of them report them to the park official.
There are campgrounds, sandy beaches, walking trails, playground, picnic facility, pit, showers and toilettes. Fees are collected from April 1 to October 31

Squilax General Store

The historic Squilax General Store, the hostel sits on Shuswap Lake, one of the province’s most popular summer vacation destinations for swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and hiking. The hostel features three converted Canadian National Cabooses (rail cars) as sleeping quarters. Organic grocery store on site. Tenting also available. Hostel pets on site.

Turtle Valley, Wood Lake, near Kamloops. Tantalus Range between Squamish and Lillooet.
In the heart of the Shuswap, 26 mines west of Salmon Arm, Shuswap Lake Estates Golf and Country Club provides you with the finest practice facilities.

 

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Kaslo

Kaslo

Kaslo ( 49°54’13?N, 116°56’07?W ) is a village located on the shores of Kootenay Lake, in British Columbia, Canada and is known for its great natural beauty. It is part of the Central Kootenay Regional District. As of 2001, it had a population of 1,032.

Originally designated as a sawmill site in 1889, Kaslo grew on the silver boom of the 19th century, and retains much of the history from its mining days. The town today relies mainly on the industries of forestry and tourism.

Every August, the town hosts the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival, a popular music event which attracts international performers and draws large audiences.
The Moyie is the world’s oldest intact passenger sternwheeler. Located against the stunning scenery of the town of Kaslo in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada, the Moyie awaits all who want to step back in time and experience life at the turn of the last century. The sights, sounds and smells have all been recreated aboard this grand vessel.    

The Moyie Web Site

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Rossland

 Rossland

A very small city with around 4000 inhabitants, many heritage buildings and the Glamour of his past, once was the biggest city in British Columbia.

With a warm weather in Summer and a lots of snow in Winter, makes de town a perfect place for vacationers, a relaxing and young atmosphere helps to enjoy every moment of your permanency.

One of the attractions is the mine of Gold now not operating but for tourist purposes so a visit to the Rossland Mining Museum in the Le Roi gold mine is a must, part of the mine is open to tourists during summer time.

Rossland Weather

Red Mountain

Red Resort was recently rated the number one resort in the world for the hard-core skier or snowboarder, and the reasons why are not difficult to see. Red has acres and acres of terrain (1200 to be exact) spread over two great mountains – Red Mountain and Granite Mountain, making this resort a skiers/boarders paradise! Red Resort has some of the best tree and glade skiing on the planet.

All 360 degrees of Granite Mtn are accessible from the Motherlode triple chair that runs up the north face. From the top, you will get a spectacular view that is unlike any other, and then you can ski the 2800 vertical feet of 100% natural Kootenay powder! The south side of Granite is named ‘Paradise Basin’, so named for the gentle intermediate terrain that is home to some of the best spring skiing around. This area is served by the Paradise triple chair.

Skiing & Snowboarding:

Big Red Cats Web Site

Rossland City Web Site

Red Mountain Resort

 

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Sandon

Sandon, BC

Sandon, British Columbia is one of many mining ghost towns in British Columbia, Canada. It is also the birthplace of hockey legend, Cecil ‘Tiny’ Thompson.

For a short time, Sandon was among the most important and most sophisticated of all the many silver towns in the Kootenay and Slocan regions. Two different railways reached the town from New Denver on Slocan Lake and Kaslo on Kootenay Lake, and the town’s narrow streets were jammed around the train terminals and between the steep, mountainsides hemming in the city, which was as sophisticated as any in the province at the time. As with the other silver-fueled towns in the shadow of Idaho Peak, southwest of town, Sandon faded with silver prices and remained as a nearly-intact ghost town of some prestige until devastating floods in the 1950s wiped out most of the town’s old frame structures, elegant and otherwise. Today Sandon has a population of fewer than a dozen, and some old buildings have been restored.

 

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Fernie and Sparwood

Fernie

The City of Fernie is located in the southeast corner of British Columbia, Canada, surrounded by the Canadian Rockies. Founded in 1898 and incorporated in July 1904, the municipality presently encompasses a year-round population of approximately 5,000 although the population drastically increases throughout the winter. An additional 1,500 live outside city limits under the jurisdiction of the RDEK.

Fernie lies on the Elk River, along Canada’s southernmost east-west transportation corridor through the Rockies that crosses the range via the Crowsnest Pass, 40 kilometres (25 mi ) to the east. As the largest and oldest community in the immediate area, Fernie serves as something of a regional centre.

After a disastrous fire leveled much of the downtown core in 1904, the fledgling municipal government passed an ordinance requiring all buildings in the area to be built of ‘fireproof’ materials like brick and stone. Consequently, a new city centre rose from the ashes sporting brick buildings along broad avenues that would have looked more at home in a sedate and refined Victorian city rather than a rough-and-tumble frontier coal town. They were short-lived, however, as a second, larger inferno swept through the city on August 1, 1908. Whipped up by sudden winds, a nearby forest fire burnt its way into a lumber yard on the edge of the community and sparked a Dresden – style firestorm that melted brick and mortar and essentially erased the entire city in an afternoon. There were few casualties, however, and for a second time a stately brick downtown core rose from the ashes. Today, these historic buildings, most of which still stand, are a treasured and distinctive feature of the community.

Fernie Weather

Sparwood, BC

Sparwood is a town in British Columbia, Canada. It is the second largest community on the Elk River.

Located approximately 30 kilometers from Fernie, the District Municipality of Sparwood has approximately 3812 residents, according to the 2001 census. Sparwood is quite large for its population, taking up an area of 177.71 square kilometers and incorporating the local Coal Mines.

Sparwood promotes itself extensively as the home of the Terex Titan , at one time the largest truck in the world. The bright green Titan stands a few yards from the Crowsnest Highway where it can attract the attention of tourists and travellers.

A “Coal Discovery Center” is being built across the highway from the Titan. It will be a museum and information center to promote the district’s history with coal mining.

Sparwood has a population of approximately 3812 residents, with a population density of approximately 21.5 per square kilometer. The local population is mainly white, blue-collar families, working in or supporting the coal industry. A large percentage of the population has completed education to the high school level, but a much smaller percentage has a college/university degree.

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Squamish

Squamish

 Half way from Vancouver and Whistler, Squamish has become a main attraction by himself, one of the best spots from British Columbia, just 45 minutes away from North Vancouver and another 45 minutes to Whistler is no day one can feel bored, The best ski station from North America and close to the best city of the world, there is a lot of activities and places to go.
 Is known by the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada and it has a climbing rock “The Stawamus Chief” and a mountain bike race “Test of Metal”.

The West Coast Railway Heritage Park

 The largest collection of rolling stock and other railway artifacts and home of the Royal Hudson 1939, was assigned to handle the Royal Train from coast to coast, for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother).

 Following the Royal tour, they designate the entire class of streamlined Hudson locomotives as “Royal”, with permission of the Royal family to wear the Royal family crown on their running boards. They have been “Royal Hudsons” ever since, the only locomotives outside of Great Britain to be permitted the Royal designation.

 There is Rail Tours, a Miniature Railway in wich you can tour all the park and many other different attractions for the season.

Heritage Park Phone Number: 604-898-9336
GATES OPEN: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Web Page of the West Coast Railway Heritage Park: http://www.wcra.org/

Brackendale Eagles Watch

 Each winter more than 3000 bald eagles come to the Squamish River making Brackendale a unique place in the world , you can watch them by walking along the Squamish River, by horse or by rafting.

Squamish Days Logger Sports

 Happens on the BC Day weekend, five days of excitement where you can see tree climbing, axe-throwing, chopping, clowns, etc. This year Squamish Days has 2 Canadian and 5 World Championship events.
 You can see more information here: http://www.squamishdays.org/

Totem Hall

 In front of the Stawamus Chief is the Totem Hall the community center of the local Squamish Nation. With a large Totem pole in front of the building which has at its top a Welcoming carving .

 

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New Denver

New Denver 

The Town of New Denver was founded in 1892 for the purpose of mining, today is a peaceful community, with a glimpse of the 70’s, artisans, galleries, bistros, farmers, etc.
Situated on the Slocan Lake with a population of 571 inhabitants, has a high school and a local hospital, if you like sports, then is a lot to do here, swimming, cross-country, boating, touring, downhill skiing, golfing, fishing, hiking, trekking, sailing, snowmobiling, etc

There is some attractions for the visitor: Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, The Kohan Reflection Garden, Silvery Slocan Museum, New Denver Glacier, Ghost Towns at Retallack, Zincton, Three Forks, & Sandon, Idaho Peak Lookout.

More information about the museum, city and gardens here: http://www.newdenver.ca/

Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre

In 1942 during the Second World War, more than 22,000 Japanese – Canadians were moved to internment camps spreads trough all Canada, 4,000 of these were relocated here in New Denver, all their properties were taken by the Canadian Government.

The Nikkei Centre has five buildings, three of them are original from 1942, you can imagine the living conditions of this families, not bad if because there was no heat for the winter time, there have been apologies and compensation for the survivors from the Canadian Government

For the glory of the survivors, one of the most actual prominent Canadians spend some years as a child here: David Suzuki

http://newdenver.ca/nikkei/

The Kohan Reflection Garden

This Japanese Garden is in memory of the survivors of the Nikkei Centre, you can see more than 200 different plants, Is open from May till October, and you can enjoy the beauty of the Garden and the lakeside, a perfect place for meditation or just enjoy the paths surrounded with flowers.

Silvery Slocan Museum

The Silvery Museum has many interesting displays, collections of records, artifacts and photographs of the Slocan Lake Area, instruments from the old Community Hospital, artifacts from the early Knox Church, and a room dedicated to New Denver Japanese-Canadians.

In the courtyard to the east of the building is the “Lancet” exhibit, an 18′ motor vessel, built around 1912.

 

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Osoyoos and Greenwood

Osoyoos, Oliver and Greenwood

Osoyoos

Osoyoos a little Spain in the Okanagan, dry, dessert, lakes, beaches, wine, peaches, grapes, etc..is increasing in tourism for its weather, numerous hotels and camping’s.
There is a lot of activities to do in Osoyoos, visiting the wineries in Oliver and around where they make without doubt the best Canadian wines, crossing the desert, sailing the lake, etc
There is a big colony of portuguese families who they have come on the 50’s, thanks to their hard work we can enjoy some of the finest wines.
Is a place where you want to spend few weeks or not to retire there for the rest of your life, his dry climate is perfect for the elderly.
With less than 200 mm of rain a year, has rattlesnakes, turtles, coyotes, cactuses, grasses and desert brushes.

Oliver

Oliver has a small airport; it is possible to be flown directly in to town by private jet from a neighboring city such as Penticton or Osoyoos.

Car access to Oliver is made simple by the fact that Highway 97 (a major highway through the Okanagan region) passes directly through the town. While Oliver has a private taxi company, there is no public transportation system except for specialized bus services for seniors or people with disabilities.

Oliver is a relatively small town; most, if not all, of everything is within walking distance. However, you can get a private taxi service to drive you around if need be. There is the KVR trail (also referred to as the Hike & Bike path) that makes its way to Osoyoos and up to OK Falls and Penticton; it is a scenic route along the Okanagan River. Most of the route is paved and well maintained, and even the unpaved (gravel) parts are well looked after with minimal holes and obstructions. This path is definitely faster, safer and more fun to travel on than the highway, if you plan to bike or walk to any of Oliver’s neighboring cities.

Make sure to visit some of the many world class wineries while in Oliver. Oliver is home to the Golden Mile, and some of the valley’s best grapes are grown here.
Across the valley from the Golden Mile is the Black Sage bench, which is home to some of the valley’s most acclaimed wineries. It is renowned for its easterly position, heat, and long summer sun exposure, allowing for the production of high-quality red wines. Not all wineries in the area focus on “big red” wines, however. The Black Sage region of the South Okanagan is definitely a worthwhile area to tour during a stay in Oliver.

Greenwood

Greenwood in BC is a small City in the west Boundary area south of British Columbia incorporated in 1897 with superb heritage houses from the gold rush has tourism interest, with a museum, old log ruins, waterfalls, etc

 

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Fort Steele

Fort Steele – Cranbrook BC

Experience life as it was in the 1890’s with a visit to Fort Steele Heritage Town . This excellent heritage site features over 60 displays depicting life at Fort Steele before the turn of the last century. New this year! Gossip Tours twice daily in the Spring and Fall seasons. Join one of Fort Steele ‘s colourful historical characters for a unique (and sometimes scandalous) perspective on turn-of-the-century life. Popular summertime features include the Wild Horse Theatre and living histo­ry street dramas, a steam railway, horse­drawn wagon rides, blacksmith, harness maker, and domestic interpretation. Gold panning is now included in sum­mertime admission!

The origin of Fort Steele can be traced to the small settlement of Galbraith’s Ferry, which was born during the 1864 Kootenay Gold Rush to Wild Horse Creek. In 1888 the settlement’s name was changed to Fort Steele to honour Superintendent Samuel Benfield.

Steele of the North-West Mounted Police, who peacefully reduced tensions between the Ktunaxa Kinbasket people and the settlers who were relatively new to the area.

Major mineral discoveries in the East Kootenay brought a new boom in the 1890’s, and by 1897, Fort Steele had become the thriving commercial and social hub of the region. One year later, when the long-promised Canadian Pacific Railway bypassed Fort Steele in favour of nearby Cranbrook , the boom sputtered to a halt and the town began its decline into obscurity.

The province purchased the historical site in 1961, and it was operated by the province, with the assistance of the Friends of Fort Steele Society until 2004. On April 1, 2004 The Friends of Fort Steele Society began the first year of a 15-year agreement to manage Fort Steele Heritage Town on behalf of the Province of British Columbia . The Province con­tinues to own all the buildings, artifacts, and archives held on site, and while Provincial funding has been reduced by half, it still exists.

Weather in Cranbrook

Special Events and Dates

April 30 Spring season begins

Trades & domestic interpretation begins. Gossip Tours twice daily.

Food services open.

May 8 Mother’s Day Lunch Buffet open from noon to 3 pm. Admission is free for moms. Call (250) 426-6719 to reserve. June 19 Father’s Day at the Fort Steele Railway. Dad’s ride free on the train’s first trips of the year! July 1 Summer season begins. Wagon Rides, Wild Horse Theatre, Living History Street Theatre and Fort Steele Steam Railway open for the sum­mer. And the same day..
July 1 Dominion Day Celebration Happy Birthday Canada !
Bring the family for a slice of birthday cake, musical entertainment, living histo­ry street dramas, and heritage games. Aug. 21 RCMP Musical Ride
Sept. 5 Fall season begins. Gossip tours twice daily. October 9 24th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration possibly Fort Steele ‘s favourite event (but not the largest). Dress warmly for a crisp autumn after­noon in the great outdoors! Help harvest potatoes for the local food bank, and enjoy a sampling of traditional Thanksgiving fare at the Lambi house. Activities run from noon to 4 pm. Book dinner in one of three seatings at the International Hotel. Call (250) 426-6719.
October 10 Final day of fall season.
We’re still open for self-guided walking tours and pre-booked activities. Groups call ahead for options. October 29 Halloween Spooktacular One of the East Kootenays ‘ greatest fam­ily nights! Haunted houses (safe & scary), bonfires, fireworks, trick-or-treat­ing, games and theatre show for kids.
6 pm start. Dress up. Dress warm. Come and have fun!
Nov. 26 to Dec. 24 – 6th Annual Christmas at Fort Steele .
Join us for a season of Christmas programs and activities for all ages. TBA Winter Sleigh Rides
Jingle all the way! Join us for a wintery ride in a horse-drawn sleighs or wagon if there is no snow. Fort Steele ‘s sleigh ride day is a great family afternoon: horses, hotdogs, marshmallows and bon­fires, crafts and carols. Bundle up and join us from noon-4 pm.

For Information:
Fort Steele Heritage Town
Fort Steele, BC V0B 1N0
Telephone: (250) 417-6000 . Fax: (250) 489-2624
Recorded Information: (250) 426-7352

 

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