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Trail is a small city in the West Kootenay region of interior southeast British Columbia, Canada with a population in the neighborhood of 7000 people. The city is about 10 km north of the USA border at Waneta and about 25 km from Castlegar, a town also on the Columbia River. Another neighboring community is Rossland. The main employer in Trail and the most prominent feature on the city's skyline is the smelter operated by Teck Cominco.

Get in[edit]

Trail is located on Hwy 3B, the main route through southern BC, and extends out on both sides of the Columbia River. A Private vehicle is the most common and most convenient way to reach Trail, but there are a few other options:

  • Greyhound[2] offers service into Castlegar where they work with an independent transport company to offer direct transit into trail. This can all be booked directly through the Greyhound webpage or through a Greyhound ticket agent.
  • Castlegar Airport, about 25 minutes from Trail, has commercial flights from Vancouver, the Okanagan and Calgary with Air Canada Jazz.
  • Trail Regional Airport is just south of the city on the way to Waneta and the USA border and has flights to Vancouver via Pacific Coastal Airlines [3]
  • Spokane International Airport in Spokane, Washington, is about 200 km south of Trail.

Get around[edit]

Although the downtown is reasonably compact and easily walkable, some outlying areas of the city are located at some distance and require a car or a bike. There is some public transit in Trail and the surrounding area provided by the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary and BC Transit [4] or phone (250) 364-0261. Several nearby communities are served by connections with this system.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Silver City Days first started in 1962 and held early in May each year.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Tour the Teck Cominco smelter, the large lead & zinc smelter that looks over the downtown area.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Trail has at least two good food stores in or close to the downtown, Ferraro's and Safeway. Some distance east on Hwy 3B you can also find an Extra Foods, a WalMart and a Canadian Tire.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Fast Food - Trail has the usual collection. A few examples....

  • McDonald's - 8000 Hwy 3B
  • Subway - 1180 Bay Ave
  • Dairy Queen - 1100 Bay Ave
  • Sizzling Wok - 112-8100 Hwy 3B

Other restaurants

  • The Colander 1475 Cedar Avenue, a family pasta restaurant.
  • Ace of Taste 1344 Bay Ave. Moderately priced, high quality Chinese cuisine; well known for their Dim Sum.
  • Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant 876 Rossland Ave.
  • Trail's End Cafe 1580 Bay Ave. A reputation for good food.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Campgrounds - the City of Trail RV Park at 7500 Hwy 3B has 31 partially-serviced sites; (250)368-3144. Located at the east end of Trail near the Walmart and the Canadian Tire, close to the junction of Hwy 22A and 3B. Operates from May through September.
  • Hotels & Motels
  • Best Western Terra Nova Hotel, 1001 Rossland Ave, Trail, BC, (250)368-3355, [1]. checkin: 2 pm; checkout: 11 am. $130 and up.  edit
  • Crown Point Hotel, 1399 Bay Ave, (250)368-8232.  edit
  • Ray Lyn Motel, 118 Wellington Ave, Trail, BC, 250-368-5541. About half way to Warfield on the road to Rossland.  edit

Get out[edit]

Visit nearby Rossland, only 6 km west on Highway 3b. Rossland is well-known for it's mountain biking during summer and skiing during winter.

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