A year-round tourist destination lies within the mesmerizing peaks of the Kootenay Rockies Region in British Columbia, Canada. Tucked into an ancient volcanic valley in the middle of the Monashee Mountains, Rossland is the ideal place for outdoor adventures and exciting sports. With its topographical location, this small mountain city provides the perfect venue for some rough and thrilling mountain hiking during the summer as well as exhilarating skiing during the winter. So if you are looking forward to an action-packed and active vacation, Rossland is the place to be.
One of the major activities to try in Rossland is mountain biking. Known as Canada’s Mountain Biking Capital, the sport is a big thing here. With seven great mountains that are criss-crossed by steep and rugged trails, the adventure that awaits visitors is endless. Two of the best mountain biking routes that thrill-seekers will love are the Seven Summit Trail and the Dewdney Trail. Both located near Cascade Highway, these trails are long and give access to stunning views of miles of greens and whites (during winter). The historical Dewdney Trail used to be a major transportation route during the 1800’s. Today, it is popular for mountain biking, hiking, camping and even horseback riding. Its Rossland-Christina Lake part is considered a hard hiking trail due to inconsistent elevation as it climbs the Cascade Mountain peak. Seven Summits Trail is the more scenic of the two trails. The trail explores forests and valleys with superb vistas of mountain peaks and cliffs that make it perfect for sightseeing and biking. There are also shuttles that allow group rides for those who are not into biking. There are numerous trails you might want to try such as the Christina Crest Trail, Old Glory and Mount Roberts.
Surrounding Rossland are various provincial parks with beautiful lakes and picturesque sceneries. Champion Lakes Provincial Park features a chain of small lakes excellent for swimming, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Nancy Greene Provincial Park, on the other hand, is a famous camping site. Picnic areas, drinking water and toilets are available for use. Other notable parks are Gladstone Provincial Park and Beaver Creek Provincial Park. For some historical background of Rossland, visit Rossland Museum where the city’s mining history is well preserved and open for public viewing. Take a glimpse of a miner’s life during the gold rush era. There are also maps that can guide visitors to the Rossland Heritage Walking Tour. 32 historical sites are showcased including the Court House, the Miner’s Hall, the Rossland Post Office and the Old Bank of Montreal building.
Golfing is another activity you might get engaged in while staying in Rossland. The Redstone Golf Resort features a Les Furber designed mountain style golf course. It is part of a group of eight state-of-the-art golf courses in different locations within the West Kootenays that includes Castlegar, Christina Lake, Granite Pointe, Balfour and Brichbank. With scenic surroundings, this is a real golfer’s haven.
Winter is a great time to visit Rossland. There are loads of activities visitors can choose from to make their stay here memorable. Cat skiing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, name it and you can try it on Rossland slopes. The city of seven summits is home to the two largest cat skiing operations in the world: the Red Mountain Resort and the Big Red Cats. The Red Mountain, being the last unspoiled resort, offers pristine vast terrain to be navigated by skiers and enthusiasts. It also offers ski lodgings, fine dining, a professional skiing school and even a daycare. There are also shuttles that give free rides around Rossland. For classic and skate skiing, stop over at Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club and experience the 40 kilometer professionally groomed terrain. Admire the magnificent views while gliding along the slopes of white powder. There are cabins where you can get warm and dry after a day of fun and amusement. Or maybe you might want to experience Le Petit Fromage with family and friends. It starts with ski tutorials for your group, not less than 6. Then you ski your way to a remote cabin where a candle-lit, three-course French cheese fondue dinner awaits. Enjoy an unforgettable evening with your loved-ones in the middle of snow-capped mountains. An ideal vacation, indeed!