The West Kootenay lifestyle embodies sports and recreation, and has for a long time. BC’s Lower Columbia region is home of the historic Trail Smoke Eaters, the only hockey team to win two World Championship titles. Their achievements significantly contributed to the remarkable sporting reputation of the City of Trail, British Columbia and indeed Canada.
The entire Lower Columbia region has developed professional athletes for several decades. These athletes include the National Hockey League’s Adam Deadmarsh and Barrett Jackman from the Beaver Valley. Olympic Gold medalist skiers Nancy Greene-Raine and Karin Lee-Gartner from Rossland as well as George Grey, a 2010 Olympic cross country skier also from Rossland. Jason Bay, American League Rookie of the Year, is from Trail and currently plays with the New York Mets. These are just a few of the professional athletes that have come from the Lower Columbia region and are a testament to the commitment of parents and volunteers in the region.
Perhaps our obsession with sports is recognized in our abundance of first-rate recreational facilities. Over 100 facilities provide space for abundant local programming and our community volunteers enable our region to host events like the BC Summer and Winter Games, the BC Disabled Games and the upcoming BC Senior Games. The City of Trail also hosted the 1995 Babe Ruth World Series, the first time this event was ever hosted outside of the United States and what a success, it broke the all-time World Series attendance record.
Community sports and recreation facility locations, programs and information is available through the City of Trail, the City of Rossland and the villages of Fruitvale, Montrose and Warfield websites.
Our four-season climate is varied and perfect for year round outdoor adventure. Along with all the local facilities that offer indoor and outdoor sports and recreation, our natural surroundings and West Kootenay Provincial Parks provide delightful opportunities to camp, fish, hunt and hike or just to be a part of nature. Local sporting goods stores can provide all the latest gear, while staff provides local knowledge and advice – and don’t be surprised to meet them again recreating after work!
More Sports & Recreation 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.
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