From its pristine, jagged, snow-capped mountain peaks and alpine meadows down to its lakes, waterfalls and the mighty Columbia River — the Lower Columbia grabs at the adventurer’s soul.
For thousands of years, this area was home to the Kootenai First Nations, who lived off the area’s significant bounty, and had incredible paddling skills to travel the region’s waterways. In the mid-1800’s, the Gold Rush changed the Kootenays forever. It left a legacy including Canada’s most prolific gold mine, an intriguing history of railway and nation building, and the birth of the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Find information about area history, arts and culture and plan a visit to our museums and galleries. The 5 municipalities and two electoral areas that make up BC’s Lower Columbia region each have their own unique personality, history, micro-climate and demographics. These safe, affordable, and friendly communities include the City of Trail, City of Rossland, the Villages of Fruitvale, Montrose and Warfield.
If you haven’t already realized, sports and recreation are central to the lifestyle in the Kootenays and complemented by our natural environment. The cities of Trail and Rossland, located only 9 kilometers apart, have an elevation change of 610 metres (2,001 feet). These unique climatic zones enable a person to ski, hike, mountain bike, enjoy alpine wildflowers and panoramic vistas in the high alpine, then swim, kayak, fish and tour the local winery in the valley below. And of course, you’ll likely see some of the areas abundant wildlife along the way.
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