Education & Lifelong Learning in BC’s Lower Columbia

JL Crowe secondary school in Trail, BC

Education is an important aspect of West Kootenay culture. We have active communities that employ a variety of educational opportunities to increase knowledge and build our networks. Learning resources are available locally beginning with kindergarten, elementary and secondary schools. But it doesn’t stop there.

Selkirk College operates 8 campuses and learning centres in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions. It provides access to university transfer courses, technology, career and vocations programs.

Check out our links to educational resources for learning opportunities for your family and yourself.

Education Resources

School District 20 – Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Distance Learning School of the Kootenays – Offers online learning from Kindergarten through Grade 12, includes Adult upgrading.

Selkirk College – Campuses in Trail, Castlegar & Nelson.

Ecole des Sept-sommets

Fruitvale Elementary

Glenmerry Elementary

J.L. Crowe Secondary

KC Learning Centre

St. Michael’s Elementary

Rossland Summit School

Seven Summits Centre for Learning

Webster Elementary

Little Scholar’s Children’s Village


Beaver Valley Public Library

Trail & District Public Library

Regional Business Library

International, Business and Alternative Learning Resources

Take a Hike – Youth at Risk Foundation
To enable at-risk youth to positively change their lives

Community Futures – Offers in-house and video conference business training.

Greater Trail Community Skills Centre – Offers employment skills training and resources.

Kootenay Association for Science & Technology – Promotes regional science and technology opportunities.

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.

Selkirk International – Offers a wide variety of educational opportunities for international students.

Trail Parks and Recreation Leisure Guide – Offers recreation and leisure programming for all ages.

Red Ski Academy – Offers a unique program for students ages 13 to 18 to pursue a passion for alpine ski racing, free skiing, dance or snowboarding without sacrificing their education.