The Greater Trail area consists of five communities – Trail, Montrose, Fruitvale, Warfield and Rossland, and two Regional Districts – Kootenay Boundary Electoral Areas “A” and “B”. Each has its own unique ‘personality’, history, micro-climate and demographics. The communities share common traits such as their friendly, safe and relaxed atmosphere.
The City of Trail is situated on the banks of beautiful and mighty Columbia River. Trail is commercial, financial, and industrial centre for the South Kootenay region. This city had its beginning during the mining boom around the end of last century. In 1896 Trail, British Columbia was the home of the first smelter, which, in a much changed and more sophisticated format, still dominates the skyline and the local economy. Trail is also known for its significant Italian community. Before the end of World War II Italian immigrants were largely responsible for shaping the community’s social and cultural structure.