Trail is a safe, relaxed city with an immediate population of approximately 8,000 people and has a total regional catchment population of approximately 80,000.
The City of Trail is situated on the Columbia River in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia; it is a community with outstanding recreational facilities and an abundance of outdoor activities. In addition, it has an active art and culture community and a variety of service clubs and organizations.
For residents and visitors alike Trail offers a wealth of activities, from golfing and fishing to mountain biking, hiking, skiing and hockey. Not only is this Kootenay mountain town blessed with a central location and a temperate climate, but it is also a hotbed for technology, research and development. The Teck Lead-Zinc Smelter complex is located in Trail and drives the regional economy. The city is also home to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, the largest diagnostic and acute care hospital in the West Kootenays. Trail’s exceptional education, financial and retail services ensure that its residents have everything they need at their disposal without the need to travel outside of the region. Driving times to major centres are approximately five hours to Kelowna (309 km), nine and a half hours to Vancouver (625 km), ten hours to Calgary (656 km), and three and a half hours to Spokane, Washington (220 km).