It’s all about strong community involvement and connections made that are evident in BC’s Lower Columbia. Many festivals and events are promoted and well attended during the course of the year.
Area residents have a history of merry-making and begin festivities in January. Rossland held its first Winter Carnival in 1897 and has made it an annual event ever since. The Western Regional Pond Hockey Championships are also held during this event. Boom Town Garter Girls perform at the Gold Fever Follies in Rossland’s historic Miners Hall during July and August. The Rossland Mountain Film Festival is a November event that features the very best in outdoor extreme sport films as well as independent films from the Kootenays and beyond!
Trail’s annual Silver City Days is held during the second week of May. The celebrations include pancake breakfast, bocce tournament, midway and carnival, fireworks display, casino, parade, bavarian gardens and many other events throughout the city.
Gyro Park is a central gathering place in Trail that hosts many festivals and events throughout the year. Music permeates the air during summer when musicians perform for the “Music in the Park” series. Park amenities include a concession, kids spray park, adventure playground, sandy beach and picnic tables.
Beaver Valley May Days is an annual event occurring on last weekend of May in Fruitvale. Festivities include musical entertainment, farmers market, parade, children’s activities, car show, tournaments (slow pitch, little league, and youth soccer) and fireworks.
More Festival & Events
City of Rossland has a self-guided ‘Heritage Tour” describing historical significance of local buildings with maps available at the Rossland Chamber of Commerce.
Rossland Light Opera Players is believed to be the oldest amateur musical theatre group in British Columbia.
Rossland Winter Carnival is Canada’s longest running winter carnival.
Trail & District Arts Council lists performances at the Charles Bailey Theatre, music and film series events as well as lists affiliated theatre, dance, music, heritage, visual arts and writing organizations.
Trail’s Rock Wall Tour maps out a 10-route walking tour of hundreds of historic rock walls.