Living in BC’s Lower Columbia region has big benefits when considering summer recreation activities. The mountainous climate and geography give the region 2-unique climatic zones that are less than 10 kilometers (6 miles) apart. This elevation range means that it is possible to back country ski in the morning and then swim and sunbath in the afternoon at Trail’s Gyro Park. This popular park fronts the Columbia River and features a kids spray park and adventure playground and hosts many festivals and events throughout the year.
Due to our favourable climate, golfing begins early and ends late in the season at the historic Birchbank Golf Course, the first course constructed in the Kootenay.
Golfing enthusiasts have the opportunity to play at 2 other totally distinct local golf courses, Champion Lakes Golf & Country Club and Redstone Resort. These affordable, full service courses are nestled in spectacular surroundings typical of the region. Approximately 20 additional courses are located within a 2-hour drive, creating the perfect golf tour.
When the snow melts, skis are put away for the season, and the mountain bikes come out of storage. Known as the “Mountain Bike Capital of Canada”, Rossland boasts some of the best single-track trails on the planet. The Kootenay Columbia Trails Society, a dedicated group of volunteers, work with private property owners, industry and others to establish, map and maintain over 170 km (106 miles) of hiking and biking trails as identified on their website. In 2005, the International Mountain Bicycling Association identified the Seven Summits Trail Epic as mind-blowing!
The Warfield Municipal Outdoor Pool, Rossland Outdoor Pool and Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre offer swim programs and recreation. While our West Kootenay Provincial Parks provide delightful opportunities to camp, fish, swim, bike and hike or just to be a part of nature.
Outdoor water pursuits include canoeing, boating, windsurfing, water-skiing, and whitewater rafting. Borderline Boaters Kayak Club provides information on the wild waters of the West Kootenay region; they know the best creeks, rivers, holes and waves. The Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club website also hosts the Columbia Canoe and Kayak Club newsletter and schedule.
Fishing in the Lower Columbia region is a year round sport. The Columbia River is world-class and internationally renowned for its abundant fishing. It is possible to catch a 10-pound trout on the fly or spinning rod, but get ready; these fish have learned to use the current to their advantage! Additionally, the river Walleye will hammer your bait while putting up a good fight, even during a hot summer day. Sport Fishing on The Fly is a nationally broadcast fly-fishing television series with articles, videos and fishing tips available on its website. Check fishing regulations for the Kootenay region when you plan your fishing trip.
If you need gear, find it at our local sporting goods stores. The friendly staff can provide a little local knowledge and will encourage you to enjoy our lifestyle.
Summer Activity Programs
Selkirk College Continuing Education – Covers a broad range of topics for personal and professional development, including local First Aid and Safety Training Centres for all ages.
Trail Parks and Recreation Leisure Guide – Offers recreation and leisure programming for all ages.
Summer Activity Resources
Home of Champions Monument – Located in Trail honours Greater Trail residents who champion Sports, Business or Lifestyle excellence.
Kootenay Columbia Trails Society – Provides mountain bike and hiking trail information for the Rossland ranges.
Revolution Cycles & Service in Rossland, and Gerick Cycle & Sports in Trail have gear and information about the local cycling scene.
Sports Hall of Memories – Located at the Trail Memorial Centre
Trail Aquatic & Leisure Centre – Pools, hot tub, water attractions, gym, steam room, fitness centre.
Trail Memorial Centre – Ice rinks, gymnasium, racquetball, squash, meeting rooms, commercial kitchen.
Kootenay Rockies Things To Do – Provides a list of summer activities, attractions, events and festivals.