Growing Great Places Together

City of Trail, British Columbia -
2024 National Finalist

Trail is situated on the banks of the Columbia River where 8,250 people call home. The town can boast affordable real estate, outstanding recreational facilities, and an abundance of outdoor opportunities – hiking and biking trails, lots of nearby lakes and streams for fishing and close proximity to one of the best ski hills in North America – Red Mountain.

In addition, there is an active arts and culture community, a variety of service clubs and organizations, and a dedicated community of givers and volunteers.

Trail is also a hotbed for technology, research and development as well as businesses dedicated to the environment.

The Trail Regional Airport ensures a quick one-hour connection to Vancouver daily and the Regional bus services keep people moving around the area, especially between the Trail and Castlegar campuses of Selkirk College.

The Teck Lead-Zinc Smelter complex is one of the largest of its kind in the world, driving the economy of Trail and the greater region.

The city is also home to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, the largest diagnostic and acute car hospital in the West Kootenays (between Kelowna and Calgary). J. L. Crowe Senior Secondary School, built in 2015 is an outstanding facility for our growing youth population. And a new elementary school is set to open next year. Seniors can live well here with several options of residential care.

For residents and visitors alike, Trail offers outstanding opportunities for living life well and to the fullest. The town offers stunning natural surroundings, a rich cultural and architectural heritage, and a wealth of possibilities to be capitalized on.