Discover the Charm of the Kootenay Region in Trail, British Columbia

A perfect combination of history, natural beauty, food and entertainment makes Trail the ideal place for a getaway.

Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, some peaceful relaxation, an outdoor adventure or just to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the heart of the West Kootenays.

Enjoy temperate weather and breathtaking views of the Columbia River and Monashee Mountains, learn about the historic ‘Home of Champions’, catch live sports games, dine on amazing food, and be entertained by local talent.

Where to Stay in Trail

First, you’ll need somewhere to stay. Trail boasts several comfortable lodgings for all travellers.

Best Western Plus Columbia River Hotel

Best Western Plus Columbia River Hotel

Best Western Plus is located in West Trail, just minutes away from the Columbia River, Cominco Arena and much more. Enjoy quality customer service, accommodations and on-site amenities such as a spa, restaurant, fitness facility, liquor store and more.

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Glenwood Inn & Suites

Glenwood Inn & Suites

Enjoy a home-away-from-home in Trail at Glenwood Inn & Suites, located in East Trail. Glenwood Inn & Suites features an indoor and outdoor pool, whirlpool spa, fitness center, free breakfast and more. The hotel is pet friendly, so you can bring your furry pals along!

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Information for Visitors

Whether you’re visiting Trail for your first time or your fiftieth, you’ll never run out of fun things to do, interesting things to learn and tasty foods to try. There are countless ways to enjoy Trail’s natural beauty and fascinating culture — here are some ideas to help get you started.

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Things to Do

Trail is known for its picturesque natural setting and abundance of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed year-round.

The Columbia River

Enjoy all that the famous Columbia River has to offer — fishing, boating, kayaking and more. Relax on the beach, take a refreshing dip or take a scenic stroll on the Columbia River Skywalk.

Gyro Park

Gyro Park is a popular gathering spot for tourists and locals alike. A beautiful and expansive space located right off the Columbia River, Gyro Park is also the venue for many local shows and events, complete with a spray park where kids love to play.

Golfing

Looking to practice your swing? Trail is home to some of British Columbia’s best golf courses. Tee off at Birchbank Golf Course for an amazing day on the green, or experience true mountain golfing at Redstone Golf Course.

Hiking and biking

The Kootenays are known for its striking, mountainous landscape — hiking and biking through the many trails is one of the best ways to experience it! Visit the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society for more information about trails in the area, or check out the mountain biking capital of Canada, Red Mountain.

Winter Sports

Red Mountain Resort is the ski and snowboarding hub of the Kootenays. Plenty of powder, over 100 uncrowded runs and convenient amenities make Red Mountain Resort a must-visit for snow lovers. Nelson’s Whitewater Ski Resort is another local gem with great snow and even better vibes.

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Culture & History

Well-known for its unique landscaping and notable sports champions, Trail offers a rich history just waiting to be explored.

Rock Walls

Take a walk along Trail’s historic rock walls inspired by Italy. The Haggis Hike and Rigatoni Ramble are the perfect way to get some exercise and view one of the area’s landmarks.

Trail Riverfront Centre

A visit to the stunning Trail Riverfront Centre, a combined library, museum and visitor centre, is an excellent way to learn more about the region. View one-of-a-kind artifacts, photos and exhibits as you explore Trail’s vibrant history.

Teck’s Trail Operations

Teck is Canada’s largest diversified natural resources company. The operation has been running in Trail since 1931, and the company is now committed to responsible mining and mineral development. Visit an exhibit or take a free guided tour to learn more about this fascinating industry.

Sports Hall of Memories

Nicknamed the ‘Home of Champions’, Trail is well-known for its many notable athletes, especially in hockey. Located in the Trail Memorial Centre, the Sports Hall of Memories is a collection of memorabilia honouring the athletes who have brought fame to the region.

The Home of Champions Monument

After visiting the Sports Hall of Memories, be sure to stop by the Home of Champions monument in downtown Trail. The monument was erected to pay homa ge to the many people from Trail who have gone on to excel in their fields of interest.

The Trail Aquatic & Leisure Centre

Having won several awards for its intriguing design, the Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre is the perfect place to get some exercise or enjoy a relaxing soak.

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Arts & Entertainment

If you’re looking for entertainment, you’ve come to the right place! From arts, to music, to live sports, there’s never a dull moment in Trail.

Visac Art Gallery

The Visac Art Gallery is a non-profit gallery in Trail that showcases the work of both new and established Kootenay artists. Perouse the exhibits or sign up for a workshop to practice your creative skills.

Trail Memorial Centre

Trail is known as B.C.’s #1 Sports Town for a reason! Enjoy the crowd’s ecstatic energy as Trail’s Junior A hockey team, the Smoke Eaters, battle it out on the ice at the Trail Memorial Centre. The Trail Memorial Centre also houses the Sports Hall of Memories and the Trail and District Public Library.

Charles Bailey Theatre

Catch a live show or concert and enjoy the local talent in downtown Trail. With seating for over 700 guests, the Charles Bailey Theatre is Trail’s hotspot for performing arts.

Food & Drink

Feeling hungry? Trail has options for foodies of all types.

Foxy’s Fine Food & Drinks

Trail’s only casual fine dining restaurant, located on the main floor of the Best Western, is the perfect place for an evening of food, drinks and friends. Pull up a chair at Foxy’s Fine Food & Drinks and enjoy tasty appetizers, meals and drinks in a trendy atmosphere.

The Colander Restaurant

Serving amazing Italian food since 1972, The Colander Restaurant has become a ‘Trail tradition’. This family-run restaurant serves up delicious pasta dishes, salads, sandwiches, desserts and more.

Getting Here

Getting to Trail by air is easier than ever. Trail is easily accessible by road from several directions, and is also close to the three nearby airports.

By Road

Access Trail via Highway 22 and 3B if travelling south-west from Castlegar or Nelson, or if traveling east from Grand Forks. Trail is a short 20 minute drive from the border and can be accessed via the Waneta Highway (22A) if travelling north from the United States.

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By Air

The Trail Regional Airport (YZZ) offers convenient, twice-daily flights to and from Vancouver and Victoria.

The West Kootenay Regional Airport (YCG), located in Castlegar just a short 30 minute drive from Trail, offer daily flights to and from Vancouver and Calgary.

For those traveling from abroad, the Spokane International Airport (GEG) across the U.S. border is a 3 hour drive away and offers regular flights to multiple countries.