Trail, BC is nestled in the beautiful Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges. Its 8,000 residents are afforded unparalleled lifestyle opportunities. It is a special place with affordable real estate, outstanding recreational facilities and an abundance of outdoor activities. In addition, it has an active arts and culture community and a variety of service clubs and organizations. Trail has been declared BC’s Number One Sports Town offering a wealth of sports and state of the art recreational facilities. Enjoy golfing, hockey and fishing to mountain biking, hiking and skiing. The city is also home to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, the largest diagnostic and acute care hospital in the West Kootenays. With a thriving economic base including the world’s largest lead and zinc smelter, Trail has it all. Steeply terraced neighbourhoods, riverfront properties, downtown offices, and recreational properties, Trail offers prospective real estate buyers excellent opportunities.
Warfield is officially known as the Jewel of the Kootenays. The charm of this village is hard to resist. From the “Mickey Mouse” homes, so named due to their charming character to larger homes on beautiful tree lined streets, this village remains very popular. Warfield residents take pride in their well-kept homes and you will find many tidy gardens, abundant fruit trees and well manicured lawns. Webster Elementary School is part of Warfield. Warfield Centennial Pool is one of the areas outdoor pools. There is also Haley Field, offering running tracks and several ball diamonds. Warfield backs onto the local Redstone Golf Course, cross country and bike trails such as the Railgrade Trail that connects the communities of Rossland and Warfield. There is also a bank, restaurant, coffee shop, gas station, and community hall.
Rossland is a city in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. Tucked high in the Monashee Mountains, Rossland is at an elevation of 1023 metres (3410 feet). Population today is approximately 3500; a number that fluctuates from season to season. The population is at its peak during the winter. But back in 1897, as a result of a gold rush, Rossland for a time was one of Western Canada’s largest cities. A number of historic buildings survive from this time. Rossland promotes itself as ‘Canada’s Mountain Bike Capital’ and an extensive trail system radiates from the outskirts of the town. Nearby is Red Mountain Resort, rated as one of the best in the world for the hard-core skier or snowboarder. If cross country siking is your sport check out Black Jack Ski Club. Once the snow has melted for the winter, Redstone Resort has world class golfing five minutes out of Rossland. It really is a four seasons destination.
The Village of Fruitvale, is the “Heart of the Beaver Valley” which includes the Village of Montrose , the Village of Fruitvale, and the community of Beaver Falls. Fruitvale is a clean air community with spectacular natural scenery, unique shopping and friendly people. If rural living at it’s best is what you are looking for, you’ll find it in Fruitvale. Fruitvale has many sports clubs including the Beaver Valley Nite Hawks Hockey Club, Beaver Valley Little League, Beaver Valley Youth Soccer, Beaver Valley Cross Country Ski Club, Snowmobile Club, Champion Lakes Golf & Country Club. Nearby you will find the Champion Lakes Provincial Park.
Christina Lake is British Columbia’s recreation paradise. The scenery is spectacular, the climate wonderful. Whether you are planning a vacation, wedding, reunion, or looking for a quieter lifestyle, Christina Lake has a lot to offer any time of year. Drenched in summer sun, Christina Lake is legendary for its warm, clean water, ideal for swimming, boating, and water sports. The surrounding mountains have an abundance of hiking and biking trails, some of BC’s finest. The Trans Canada Trail runs through the area, with trestle bridges, tunnels and the spectacular Cascade Gorge. Nearby Kettle River is a great mild kayaking run, while golfers can choose between two excellent courses. In winter, cross country trails are abundant, snowshoeing is very accessible, or you can downhill at nearby Phoenix or Red Mountain. With its small town charm and scenic setting, our community provides plenty of local amenities, recreation facilities and our new Christina Living Arts Centre.
The name Montrose was chosen after a popular place in Scotland. Known as the gateway to the Beaver Valley, perched atop a hill, this village affords stunning views of the Columbia River and surrounding valley floor. Situated between Fruitvale and Trail. Montrose has several parks a community hall and a Volunteer Fire Department.
Salmo is a small friendly community in southeastern British Columbia. It is an equal 30 minute drive from the communities of Nelson, Castlegar, Trail and Creston. Mines in the area were major producers of gold, silver, lead, zinc and tungsten. Logging has continued to flourish over the years and continues today as a mainstay for many residents of the area. Surrounding mountains, pristine lakes, streams and rivers make Salmo an ideal setting for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. During the winter months the local ski hill offers night skiing on fully lit runs as well as great daytime skiing on the weekends. Salmo also has an indoor curling rink, outdoor skating rink and many cross country ski trails. In summer, the outdoor pool, hiking trails and local parks provide endless opportunities to enjoy a healthy living lifestyle. All of this makes Salmo truly one of the best places to live.
Red Mountain is truly the hidden jewel of British Columbia, nestled at the foot of a quintessential mountain town, Rossland. Rossland’s unique history created a town that has character and a taste for the real. Named one of the Top 10 Resorts in North America, Red Mountain is considered one of the hidden gems of Canadian ski destinations. The excellent snow conditions, beautiful natural scenery and remarkably short lift lines have made this one of the most sought after winter resorts. If luxury living and outdoor recreation are important to you, you must see the properties at Red.
At first glance the beautiful tree-lined streets and abundance of well-maintained heritage homes of Grand Forks will enchant you. But don’t stop there, spend some time exploring! Grand Forks has everything one could ask for in four-season recreation-fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, golfing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, camping, and all types of water sports on our many lakes and rivers. The Boundary area is also a haven for the history buff with many turn of the century mine sites, the old Phoenix town site, and many abandoned rail grades to explore. In town, visit the Art Gallery, browse downtown, stop in for a dip at our indoor Aquatic and Fitness Center, enjoy a game of tennis or sunbathe at one of the many beaches along the river. And when it is time for lunch, drop in to one of our many restaurants that offer delicious, authentic Russian borscht and a big thick slice of homemade bread.
Castlegar is located in the heart of the West Kootenays, nestled peacefully in the valley where the Columbia and Kootenay rivers merge as one. Castlegar is within a 45 minute drive of Nelson, Trail, Christina Lake and Rossland. It’s 600 km between Vancouver and Calgary, and about 230km north of Spokane, Washington. There are some 16,000+ residents in the city of Castlegar and surrounding areas. The three industries with highest employment are industrial manufacturing, retail trade, and educational services. It is the perfect place to call home for anyone who considers themselves a die-hard outdoor enthusiast right down to those whose limits reach as far as the fresh cut grass on the edge of an outdoor patio. There are dozens of mountain biking trails in the West Kootenays. All of the parks in the West Kootenays offer simple day hiking and many offer the kind of alpine access that makes life worth living. If you love camping , or grabbing the boat with family the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers make for great recreation and fishing. There are several golf courses such as Redstone, Champion Lakes Golf Club, Castlegar Golf Club and Birchbank Golf Club. If you’re a bit rusty, check out the par 3 Little Bear Golf Course located in Ootischenia. In the winter Red Mountain and Whitewater are two world-class alpine ski resorts located less than an hour’s drive away. Castlegar is also home to Selkirk College located across from our West Kootenay Regional Airport and Casino.