The Rustic Crust


The inspiration for Rustic Crust Pizza comes from the traditional Napolatena style pizzas that were made by the Italian families who emigrated to our small city of Trail, British Columbia, in the 1900’s. It didn’t take long for the Italian people to infuse our community with a number of Italian customs, among them a huge passion for traditional Italian pizza, especially those made in authentic wood-fired ovens that were found throughout Italy. For the last century, these local pizza-makers have been producing unique mouth-watering pizzas using the freshest most flavourful ingredients harvested from their own back yard gardens.

Like the best neighborhood restaurants you’ll find worldwide, Trail’s restaurant scene in the past was primarily owned and operated by close-knit families. Their products were more a labour of love than a quick money-making scheme. The resulting pizzas, though most were unaware at the time, were of a world class standard. Though not Italian by any known blood line, the Wiley family, who have called Trail home for four generations, feel they’ve acquired some cultura italiana by osmosis.

Cooking out of a wood-fired oven began for the Rustics at Mirror Lake where Papa Rich, with a little help from friends and family, built their first adobe oven with clay dug from the banks of nearby Kootenay Lake. After a few experiments with chicken, bread and some other goodies, pizza night quickly became the favorite of the family for a little friendly competition, good eats and good times. It was during these evenings that the hunt began for the best crust and toppings they could create, and shortly after they developed a desire to share it with others.

The Wiley’s felt what was missing in Trail’s current culinary scene is authentic Napolatena style pizza — hence, the Rustic Crust.

Canadian Cancer Society: West Kootenay

cancersocietyCanadians recently came together to celebrate the Tragically Hip: A National Celebration! Fans gathered for the love of the iconic band but also to raise critically needed funds for brain cancer research. Participating venues, including the Royal Theatre and the Arlington Bar & Grill in Trail, the Element Club Bar & Grill in Castlegar, the Civic Theatre and Mike’s Place Pub in Nelson and Clyde’s Pub in Grand Forks, broadcasted the concert that was live from the band’s hometown of Kingston, Ont., on Aug. 20th.

The Canadian Cancer Society was welcomed into participating venues across the country, to ask for voluntary donations to the newly established Brain Cancer Research Fund in Honour of Gord Downie. Together, West Kootenay Boundary communities raised desperately needed funds toward the national campaign, which is still being tallied across the country but was well received locally with $5,000 total raised. Alongside, a text to give push garnered $8,705 nationally in donations on Saturday night – the program since its inception July 1st has raised $12,055 and continues to be live until September 1st. Donors can still text the word FIGHT to 20222 and choose to donate $10, $20 or $25, or give via or by calling 1-800-268-8874.

Without the support of venues and also Canadians who gave, the Society’s effort would not have been possible, and the message to tens of thousands of people would not have been heard. Because of Gord Downie’s very public confession of Glioblastoma, a cruel and incurable brain cancer, it has become a national topic of conversation. The Hip campaign was an exciting opportunity for the Society and is just one example of the many revenue development initiatives managed and supported by the Society’s staff and amazing volunteers.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a volunteer organization that strives to eradicate cancer and support individuals in their fight against cancer. The office located in Trail serves the West Kootenay Boundary as a landing pad for connecting locals with services such as financial support for those traveling for treatment or wigs for those undergoing chemotherapy. The office also works to raise funds for such support services, cancer research, and prevention education through community events such as the Daffodil Dash and Relay For Life and other means of revenue development like the Daffodil campaign.

Here’s a look at support statistics for the Southern Interior for 2015/16:
– Cancer Information Service Inquiries: 775
– CancerConnection matches: 112
– Camp Goodtimes participants: 42
– Financial Support clients: 210 (Note: the CCS provides the most financial assistance to residents in the Southern Interior. The next highest is the North with 118 clients.)
– Lodge: 1,352 clients

The Canadian Cancer Society values the Trail and District Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber connects like-minded business professionals and organizations that share a common goal of serving its communities and providing a service to residents.

To follow the local office, check out its Facebook page.

Genelle Travel

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Book your next vacation with Genelle Travel. They offer a variety of vacation packages, tours, river and ocean cruises and other unforgettable custom travel packages. Leave the details to the.  Just sit back, relax and enjoy!

Your Full Service Local Travel Agency. Groups, Corporate Travel, Sun, Europe, Cruises, Fight Centre, Vacation Centre, Travel Insurance & Destination Weddings. Members of Travel Professionals International & Virtuoso Luxury Travel Specialists. CPBC Licence no. 65928

As part of Genelle B&B Guest House, they offer a 4hr fly fishing package by drift boat down the Columbia from Castlegar with experienced guide for $375.00 double occupancy

Call Gordon at 1-877-693-2189 or click here to visit the Genelle Travel website.

Birchbank Golf Course


Birchbank has developed into one of the finest golf courses in the Kootenays and is sure to provide an excellent golf experience for everyone. With spectacular views of the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains, this 18 hole Championship Course is a fully mature, tree-lined classic. Known for its large manicured greens and contoured fairways, this extremely well maintained, great walkers course offers an enjoyable experience for all golfers.

Since the opening of the Club in 1962, several upgrades have been made at the Birchbank Golf Course/Rossland Trail Country Club. These changes include the reconstruction of several greens, hole relocations, additional bunkers and tee boxes as well as a new irrigation system which includes the ponds situated along #12 and #15 fairways.

Birchbank includes an 18 hole golf course, driving range, practice green, Bistro lounge and dining room, CPGA pro and a full service pro shop.

July 30th & 31st is their two-day Mixed Open tournament with dinner, prizes and lots of fun! Click here for the registration form.

Visit their website for upcoming events or to book a tee time online.


Columbia Valley Counselling Centre Society


Did you know that stress in the workplace accounts for 19% of absenteeism? It also affects 40% of turnover costs, 30% of short and long term disability and 60% of workplace accidents. These numbers are significant to any workplace. If you want to decrease these numbers in your organization and save money in the long-term, you need to invest in professional support to assist employees. Early intervention helps employees stay at work longer or return to work sooner.

Who better to assist than Columbia Valley Counselling Centre Society. They are a local non-profit professional employee and family assistance counseling service located in Trail. The qualified professional counsellors are dedicated to improving the health of your employees. And of course, confidentiality is of utmost importance.

The full service counseling rate is $61 plus GST per full time employee per year. This includes spouses, dependents and retirees. If you are interested in improving your workplace by offering counseling services to your employees, contact CVCCS at 250-368-9118 or email

The Natural Path Clinic

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Dr. Brenda Gill is a speaker, writer and female natural medicine doctor. With over 20 years of experience, she focuses on solving health issues rather than providing a band-aid solution. She became interested in naturopathic medicine after she witnessed her father’s treatment for colon cancer and felt there must be better way. Brenda then made the huge leap from teaching high school to being a student herself. After graduating, she wanted to live in an area that was vibrant, had small town caring & involvement and access to outdoor activities… so Rossland it was!

Dr. Brenda’s amazing ability to connect ALL the pieces of information that make up a person’s unique situation is the key to getting clients to feel the way they want to feel. People describe Dr. Brenda as a smart cookie. She’s known for giving the best specific tools and strategies that work while coaching with compassion and understanding.  Her solutions have amazed clients at how quickly they turn around.

As a regular contributor to the Rossland Telegraph, the Trail Times, and the Nelson Daily, Dr. Brenda is always looking for interesting topics to feature in her articles or talk shows. Herself and her work have been featured in many health magazines such as HANS and have been aired on the station CJLY-FM. At a local college, she often teaches “How to” courses as well.

She’s been answering health questions for over 20 years, but her commitment is to accurately inform the public. She doesn’t just believe in giving fantastic solutions, she wants them to make educated decisions and take charge of their health. Dr. Brenda will do everything in her power to create a healthy, pro-active client that has the energy to take on the world!

Contact: Dr. Brenda Gill at, 250-362-5035 or



Canadian Mental Health Association for the Kootenays

canadian mental healthThe Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) branches across Canada provide a wide range of innovative services and support to people who are experiencing mental illness and their families. These services are tailored to the needs and resources of the communities where they are based. One of the core goals of these services is to help people with mental illness develop the personal tools to lead meaningful and productive lives.

CMHA Kootenays was historically involved with the Trail Chamber in order to connect with local employers. They no longer provide employment services in the Trail area, so they rely on the Chamber for support and promotion.

CMHA Kootenays is offering two important training sessions to communities in both the East and West Kootenay region: the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills and Training (ASIST) workshop and the safeTALK workshop. The ASIST workshop is 2 full days, whereas the safeTALK workshop is just a ½ day. Both training sessions require between 8 and 30 participants, and dates and times are flexible.

It would be ideal if most members of a community attended either ASIST or safeTALK training to learn these suicide intervention and suicide alert skills. They hope and believe that both workshops can contribute to suicide-safer communities. This is the beginning of such a great opportunity to make a difference in communities across the East and West Kootenays.

For more information on fees and booking, please contact Patricia Whalen, the Regional Gatekeeper Coordinator for the CMHA Kotenays at 250-426-5222 ext. 3124 or

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Shoppers Drug Mart

shoppersShoppers Drug Mart in Trail has been hosting their bi-annual Beauty Gala for over 10 years, with half their proceeds going towards the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC and Yukon division. The money is earmarked for the purchase of three digital mammography vans that travel to rural areas such as our own community.

The first Gala of the year is on Saturday, April 30th. With the purchase of a $10 ticket, you will receive a skin consultation and makeover. Sounds great right? Well, there’s more! After you attend your appointment, you will receive a $5 in-store coupon and the other half of the ticket price will be donated.

Linda Seib has been the store manager (and Associate Owner) of the Trail Shoppers Drug Mart since 2005. She belongs to the Chamber because she wants to support any group that looks out for the business community in Trail. She is proud to live, work and raise her family here, and she feels fortunate that to have a career that allowed her to come back to her hometown.

Bock & Associates

BOCK AND ASSOCIATES is a recognized leader in workforce development offering organizations and leaders over 30 years of well-rounded experience in workplace and program development. Their expertise is ‘building coaching cultures’ and working with organizations to create an exceptional and engaged workforce. Sue Bock, owner of Bock and Associates has been recognized for her outstanding work within the coaching and business sector. Sue is known for developing BOLD leaders and STRONG coaches.

On April 26th and 27th Sue will be offering a one and a half-day coaching workshop with co-owner and colleague, Julie Butcher. Together they have created Trilogy Leadership© and part of that system is their hands-on and practical model of Trilogy Coaching Conversation©. It was designed from their philosophy that Relationships Impact Results©. The model offers leaders a way to integrate coaching into their day to day work, building accountability and success with their teams.

For information and registration details please follow their link at:

Sue is a solid member of the Chamber movement. She sat on the local board years ago as well as represented the district Chambers on the provincial board for almost 9 years. Sue believes every business should be a member of their local Chamber to ensure a strong and collective business voice is leveraged municipally as well as provincially. It’s a great gateway for small business to influence the policy changes they need to thrive.

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Paradise Pool & Spa

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Brian Moncrieff established Paradise Pool & Spa in 1991. With the help of his dedicated family members, Brian has since expanded from a small, home-based business serving the Greater Trail area, to the top pool & spa business serving a large portion of both the West and East Kootenays.

They pride themselves on providing unparalleled customer service and offering high-quality products in swimming pools and hot tubs. Some of their achievements include:

  • Consecutively voted to win “Best of Business” Platinum award by Kootenay Business Magazine for Best Swimming Pool Company and Best Hot Tub Company in the Kootenays
  • “Exceptional Customer Service Award” presented by Jacuzzi Hot Tubs

Paradise Pool and Spa has been a Chamber member since 2003. They believe the Chamber provides opportunities for growth for the business and for individuals, and allows them to be more involved in their community. The business uses the Chamber as an outlet to promote their business to other members and also belongs to the Chamber Group Insurance Plan.

They are currently gearing up for a busy backyard season. Watch out for their upcoming pool care seminar and Traeger grill demonstrations! Visit their Facebook page and stay updated: