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British Columbia, Canada. Trail Operations.

About this location

Located halfway between Vancouver and Calgary is Trail, one of British Columbia's quintessential and historic small towns and home to Teck Trail Operations, operating for more than 100 years. 

Trail is situated in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia by the Columbia River, between the Monashee and Selkirk Mountains, Trail was established in the 1890s after gold was discovered in neighbouring Rossland and a smelter to process the ore was built on the bench above the Columbia River. Soon after that, the town began to boom, welcoming a large influx of Italian immigrants who have shaped and influenced the town's character to this day. A tight-knit community, Trail and neighbouring Rossland are home to some of North America's best biking and hiking trails, fishing spots alongside the Columbia River, the 18-hole Birchbank Golf Course, and world-class downhill and Nordic skiing at the Red Mountain Resort. Trail is also known as B.C.’s number one sports town and home to the broadly supported Junior A hockey team, the Trail Smoke Eaters.

In the Area


West Kootenay residents have access to excellent health care and medical facilities delivered through the Interior Health Authority. In Trail, you will find the Kootenay Regional Hospital. 

Airports and City Centres

Two airports service the area: The Trail Regional Airport, offering flights to Vancouver, and the West Kootenay Airport, offering flights to Vancouver and Calgary. 

The closest international airports are Kelowna International Airport and Cranbrook Rockies International (2.5-hour drive) in British Columbia and Spokane International Airport (2.5-hour drive) in neighbouring Washington State. 

Drive time between Trail and Kelowna is about 3.5 hours, Kamloops 5.5 hours, and you can be in Vancouver in about 7.5 hours by vehicle. 

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