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Trail is culturally and historically a mining town. The 1890 discovery of gold/copper ore on the face of Red Mountain was the single most important event in the history of Trail.
Trail has a long and diverse mining past, which began with the Rossland gold rush and continued with the construction of a smelter in 1896 to process the ore coming from the mines nearby. With the success of the smelter, the small town of Trail grew. It was incorporated as a city in 1901, and continues to thrive to this day.
Over the years, Trail has become home to a large number of European immigrants who have contributed to the city’s distinctive character. Trail is very proud of its diverse heritage – the terraced yards and intensive gardens tucked into the winding streets are a delight to see. It now has a population of around 7500 and is a special place with affordable real estate, an abundance of outdoor activities, as well as an active arts and culture community and a variety of service clubs and organizations.
Citizens of Trail have always been active in sports and have brought many British Columbia, Canadian and even World titles back to this region. Hockey, skiing, curling, track and field and baseball have provided the greatest number of successes. Recreational facilities for both indoor and outdoor sports are extensive! The Home of Champions monument downtown recognizes the importance Trail places on excellence in sport as does the Sports Hall of Fame located in the Trail Memorial Centre.
Also located in the Centre is the Trail Museum, where you’ll find, among other things, a collection of Interior Salish native artifacts. Another interesting stop is at Teck’s new Interpretive Centre, located right downtown.
Want to shop? Try downtown Trail, the East Trail shopping district or the Waneta Plaza for a variety of merchandise and services. And after all that shopping, grab a snack at one of the many bakeries, coffee shops and fine restaurants in the town centre.
Trail and area has a fascinating history, lively culture, and beautiful scenery. There is a wealth of activities sure to make your visit a memorable one. For more information find Trail on the web at www.trail.ca or www.trailchamber.bc.ca
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