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Rossland[1] is a small mountain city in Southern British Columbia Canada. Originally built in the 1890s as a gold mining town, Rossland has become a lovely city of 3,500 people. Located inside the crater of a dormant volcano in the Kootenay Range, Rossland has become well known for both its excellent ski and mountain bike trails.

Rising above the weather at Red Mountain

Get in[edit]

By Plane[edit]

Rossland does not have it's own airport, however there are a few regional airports nearby that offer relatively easy access to Rossland either by road or by shuttle.

  • Castlegar Municipal Airport[2] is owned and operated by the city of Castlegar. Castlegar Municipal Airport is 36km from Rossland and offers regular service from both Vancouver and Calgary with Air Canada.
  • Kelowna International Airport[3] is the largest Canadian airport that has access to shuttle service to Rossland.
  • Spokane International Airport[4] is the closest and only airport in the USA which has access to shuttle service to Rossland.
  • Trail Regional Airport is located just South of Trail and is the closest airport to Rossland. Allowing easy access to local public transit Trail Regional Airport is one of the best options for travelers looking to reach Rossland on a budget. The airport offers direct service from Vancouver through Pacific Coastal Airlines.

Airport Shuttle[edit]

  • Red Mountain Express Shuttle[5]. In the winter, on behalf of Red Mountain Resorts, Adrenaline Adventures operates a shuttle from all four of the above airports, however they operate on a reservation only basis.

By bus[edit]

No long distance bus companies offer bus service into Rossland, however it is still fairly simple to reach Rossland by bus.

  • Greyhound[6] offers a direct bus service into Castlegar and works directly with an independent transport company that offers service into Trail.
  • Kootenay Boundary Transit [7] a regional division of BC Transit runs direct public bus trips to Rossland from Trail. A single adult fare costs $2. (Route 6 Map & Schedule).

Get around[edit]

Rossland is a small enough place that everything can easily be reached by foot, however be prepared to deal with some steep hills. Alternatively, traffic is light enough that driving throughout the town is quite painless. Keep an eye open, however, as the locals jaywalk quite frequently. Watch out for rogue mountain bikes as well.

See[edit][add listing]

Rossland Mining Museum & Gold Mine Tour [8] artifacts and photos from historic Rossland and an underground tour of the old Le Roi Gold Mine that last operated in 1929. A British Columbia Information Centre is also located here. Mine tours run from May to August. The Museum has winter hours. There is also a "Ski Wing" at the museum. See their website for details.

There are a number of fine old historic buildings in Rossland including the Old Firehall, the old Bank of Montreal building, the Rossland Post Office, the Miners' Hall and the Court House. The Court House was designated a Canadian National Historic Site in 1980. Have a look at these buildings during your walk around town. A Walking Tour brochure is available from the Visitor Centre. Back in 1897, there were 4 banks, 42 saloons, a couple of newspapers and a population of 7000, during the height of the mining activity in the area.

Do[edit][add listing]

If it's not skiing season, then it's biking season in Rossland.

  • Mountain biking - The usual bikers' endearments apply here - sweet, gnarly, rad.... There are lots of trails suitable for biking, far too many to mention here. All-day bike shuttles are available for a modest cost from Adrenalin Adventures. To learn about the opportunities for biking, get a trail map at Revolution Cycle [9] 2044 Columbia Ave (250-362-5688). (Talk to Tyler). The Seven Summits Trail is an IMBA "epic trail". More information is available from Kootenay Columbia Trails Society [10]
  • Cross Country Skiing at Nancy Green Lake (Nancy Green Provincial Park) [11] and the neighbouring Blueberry-Paulson summit area, about 25+ km from Rossland near the junction of Hwy 3 and 3b.
  • Downhill skiing at Red Mountain Resort [12]. On a powder day, the runs on Red and Granite Mountains will be busy but 4 big lifts plus a T-bar and a Magic Carpet for the kids will keep things moving.
  • Disc Golf at Thin Air Disc Golf located at the Blackjack cross country ski area. 18 baskets, regulation concrete tee pads, great variety and outstanding views of the Rossland Range

Festivals[edit]

  • Rossland Mountain Film Festival [13], a four day film-festival that focuses on local talent. In late November (Nov 19-22, 2009).
  • The Rossland Fat Tire Festival [14] (1st Annual in 2009) on the first weekend in September. Includes the legendary Seven Summits Poker Ride.
  • Rossland Winter Carnival [15], advertised as Canada's Oldest Winter Carnival. It's held at the end of January and features (among other activities) bobsled races down the steepest residental streets in town. Some locals start building their sleds in late fall, all in an effort to celebrate life in the crater of an ancient volcano.
  • Rossland Old Fire Hall Jazz Festival [16] at the end of September. The first annual festival was held in 2009.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Rossland has one of the best local grocery stores around (Ferraro's), a Pro Hardware Store, a book store, some clothing stores...with most of the basics the visitor could need.

Eat & Drink[edit]

  • Old Fire Hall restaurant, bar and music venue; 2115 Queen St. Operates in an old, remodeled classic building with good food and great wine selections.
  • Idgie's Fine Foods and Misty Mountain Pizza [17]. Good food and lots of it - between $20 and $30 for entrees. Whole pizzas or by the slice. Misty Mtn is located behind Idgie's. Find both establishments at 1999 Second Ave near downtown Rossland.
  • Village Restaurant. Serves Chinese and Western foods. Located at 2032 Columbia, downtown Rossland. (250) 362-3390.
  • Drift Izikaya a Japanese-style pub and eating establishment - "sushi fusion". Located at 2104 Columbia Ave (250-362-2190).
  • Gabriella's Apres Ski Restaurant, a small Italian-style restaurant at Red Mountain Resort (Mountain View Rd).
  • The Gypsy at Red also at Red Mountain Resort.
  • Grind- Urban Heritage Coffeehouse, (On the corner, at the only light in town), 250-362-2280. 7:30am- 3:00pm. The BEST coffee in town! Also, come here for a breakfast or lunch that excels in quality and quantity. Almost no one can finish a meal to themselves- take home half for dinner. A variety of baked goods available. Relaxed atmosphere, great magazine collection.... and more!  edit
  • Rafters - built of reclaimed timbers from a local mine. A great place for the apres ski crowd. Located on level 3 of the main ski lodge at Red Mountain Resort.
  • The Flying Steamshovel, 2003 2 Avenue, 1-250-362-7323, [18]. One of Rossland's original landmarks, The Flying Steamshovel is built on the site of the very first helicopter flight in North America. Underneath the bar there is also a cold beer and wine store.  edit
  • The Rock Cut is between Rossland and Red Mtn Resort on Hwy 3B. Has a reputation for great wings along with your drinks and can often be open when other establishments are closed.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Lions Campground on Hwy 3b south towards Patterson just out of town. Has 15 to 20 sites in a nice location.
  • Angela's B&B, 1520 Spokane St., 1-250-362-7790, [19].  edit
  • Creekside at Red (88 Creekside), Creekside Terrace (Base of Granite Mountain), 509 844 2212, [20]. The Mountain homes at "Crekside at Red" offer Red Mountain/Rossland's finest choice for the adventure minded visitor. $350+.  edit
  • The Flying Steamshovel, 2003 2 Avenue, 1-250-362-7323, [21]. $90-110.  edit
  • Mountain Shadow Travelers Lodge (Hostel), 2125 Columbia Ave., 1-250-362-7160, [22]. checkout: 11:00am. $20+.  edit
  • Casa Alpina Hotel, Junction of Hwy 22 & 3B (At south-west entrance to Rossland), 800-663-0203, [23]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 11am. Welcome to the Casa Alpina. You will find our immaculately clean, comfortable and affordable hotel rooms in a quiet and beautiful surrounding. All rooms, kitchenettes, and suites have cable television, refrigerator and wireless Internet access. Some are equipped with in-room coffee and A/C. To start your day, enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast. We are conveniently located only a few kilometres from Red Mountain Resort and Redstone Golf Resort and just minutes away from downtown Rossland. $80 avg. (49.07737992951158,-117.81431436538696) edit
  • Red Mountain Condo, +1 888 875-4733, [24]. Located at the base in Red Resort, our unit is very spacious, approx. 1100 sq ft, and has just completed construction. It is fully furnished and equipped with beautiful furniture - it sleeps 4 adults and 2 children.  edit

Contact[edit]

The Rossland Library has Internet access.

Free WiFi is available at Clanceys Coffee Shop (with great baking to go with your surfing).

Get out[edit]

  • Kootenay Boundary Transit[25] a regional division of BC Transit runs direct public bus trips from Rossland to Trail. From Trail, Kootenay Boundary Transit offers connections to Castlegar, Genelle, and Sunningdale. A standard adult fare is $2 for all routes except when travelling to Castlegar. To travel to Castlegar the fare is $2.50. Kootenay Boundary Transit Map



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