BC’s Lower Columbia region with its majestic mountains, alpine meadows and many lakes, rivers, streams and abundant wildlife is an inspiring place for any artful mind. Known mostly for it’s strong industry, recreation and sport champions, visitors are often surprised and delighted to discover how these activities have influenced the artistic and cultural aspects of the area.
Arts and culture, in its many varieties, thrive in the Lower Columbia Region. Check event calendars at the City of Trail, the City of Rossland and the villages of Fruitvale, Montrose and Warfield to view planned events. The Trail & District Arts Council website provides a list of affiliated theater, dance, music, heritage, visual arts and writing organizations located in the region.
The Visac Gallery operates a public art gallery and assists the community in developing creative opportunities in visual arts and fine crafts through exhibitions, workshops and classes.
Artists and galleries in the wider region are featured on the Kootenay Rockies website.
There are more than 50 ghost towns in the mountains and valleys of the Kootenay. These towns tell the story of mining history in British Columbia. Many local street names, businesses, performance art presentations, festivals and events pay homage to the historic mining culture and add to the ambiance of the region. Visit museums in Rossland and Trail to gain a sense of this history.
Although most area mines have long closed, the small smelter initially constructed in 1895 to service the mines is now home to one of the world’s largest metallurgical complexes. Teck Trail Operations offers on-site tours of its modern facility and an Interpretive Centre where video and interactive display are available. Book tours through the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce.
Both Rossland and Trail have self-guided walking tours that highlight our heritage. The City of Rossland has a self-guided “Heritage Tour” describing the historical significance of local buildings with maps available at the Rossland Chamber of Commerce. Trail’s Rock Wall Tour maps out a 10-route walking tour of hundreds of historic rock walls that highlights its unique character and Italian heritage.
From Olympic champion skiers to professional hockey players, the Sports Hall of Memories pays tribute to our many athletes who made history in the world of professional and amateur sports.
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Gold Fever Follies in Rossland’s historic Miners Hall.
Kootenay Rockies Things To Do provides a list of summer activities, attractions, events and festivals.
Rossland Light Opera Players is believed to be the oldest amateur musical theater group in British Columbia.
Rossland Winter Carnival is Canada’s longest running winter carnival.
Silver City Days is Trail’s annual early May celebration, where 5 days of fun, food and entertainment begins by honouring the Citizen of the Year.
Trail & District Arts Council lists performances at the Charles Bailey Theater, music and film series events.