The Natural Path Clinic

Natural path clinic

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



D.G. Park & Associates


We would like to recognize Donal Park for donating his time to the Chamber by preparing our year end financial statements for our AGM. He has been providing this service pro bono for over 10 years. Thank you D.G. Park & Associates!

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.

Bock workshop

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:

Business Excellence Awards Winners Announced!


The Trail & District Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate all of the nominated businesses and business leaders that were honored at our Business Excellence Awards on Saturday, October 1st. The event would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors, and we would like to thank everyone for the amazing support.


Business Person of the Year – Sponsored by FortisBC

  • Gina Ironmonger – Keystone Appraisals
  • Ingrid Hope – Hall Printing
  • Janet Fraser – Out of the Cellar
  • Lizette Tucker – Trail Integral Therapeutics
  • Tersia De Jager – Columbia Gardens Vineyard & Winery

Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation

  • Cedar Avenue Salon & Esthetiques
  • Mountain Nugget Chocolate Company
  • Selkirk College (Trail Campus)
  • Selkirk Security Services
  • Thoughtexchange

Emerging Entrepreneur Award – Sponsored by Community Futures of Greater Trail

  • Alicia Gray – Bombshack Apparel
  • Carol Costa – A Brand New Me Lifestyle Transformation
  • Dale Detzler – Detzler Chiropractic
  • David Abenante – Elite Physiotherapy
  • Trinda Bowman – Curiosity Clothing  

Excellence Under 40 Award – Sponsored by Maglio Building Centre

  • Alicia Gray – Bombshack
  • Andrea Ryman – Endless Adventure
  • David Abenante – Elite Physiotherapy
  • Mary & Roger Austin – Austin Engineering
  • Nadine Tremblay – Charles Bailey Theatre

Tourism Award – Sponsored by Trail & District Chamber of Commerce

  • Columbia Gardens Vineyard & Winery
  • Endless Adventure
  • Kokanee Mountain Zipline
  • Kootenay Mountain Bike Coaching
  • Rossland Beer Company

Go Green Award – Sponsored by Canadian Tire

  • Gaia Janitorial
  • Hall Printing
  • incrEDIBLE trail
  • Luca Hair Studio
  • Revival Boutique

Community Impact Award – Sponsored by Keystone Appraisals

  • Ferraro Foods
  • incrEDIBLE trail
  • Rossland Beer Company
  • Rossland Mountain Market Society
  • USW Local 480  

Customer Service Award – Sponsored by Hall Printing

  • Alpine Grind
  • Canadian 2 for 1 Pizza
  • Gerick Sports
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Warfield Fas Gas Plus

Professional Service Award – Sponsored by AM Ford

  • Fair Realty: Your Local HomeTeam
  • Roots Carpentry
  • Selkirk Security Services
  • Trail Integral Therapeutics
  • West Kootenay Animal Hospital

Retail Award – Sponsored by Selkirk Security Services

  • ComfortWalk Shoes & Orthotics Solution
  • Curiosity Clothing
  • Leather and Steel
  • Out of the Cellar
  • Valley Firearms


Additional Sponsors:

Ferraro Foods
Pacific Coastal
Mountain Nugget Chocolate Company

Silent Auction Sponsors:

Canadian Tire
Uncorked Okanagan Wine Tours
Sunshine Houseboats & Marina

Endless Adventure, Valley Firearms, Style Mavens Hair Studio, Home Hardware, A Brand New Me Lifestyle Transformation, Accent Inns, Prestige Mountain Resort Rossland

 Red Mountain Resort, Rossland Beer Company, Golf Osoyoos, The Bailey Theatre, Revival Boutique, Okanagan Symphony Society, L’Bear’s Health Foods, Kokanee Mountain Zipline, Rock Island Tape Centre, Columbia Gardens Vineyard & Winery, Gaia Janitorial Services, Country Roads, Comfort Walk Shoes & Orthotics Solution

Luca Hair Studio, Warfield Fas Gas Plus, Alpine Grind, Colander, Foxy’s Fine Food & Drinks, Arlington, Gabriella’s, Leather & Steel, Detzler Chiropractic, Bombshack Apparel, Shoppers Drug Mart, The Source. Out of the Cellar, Tails Pet Supplies, Barks & Recreation, Kootenay Spice

Trail Home Hardware Building Centre

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After running five stores for the previous owners for five years, Patti and Kelly decided to purchase the stores in 2013. They believe the Trail Home Hardware Building Centre is definitely a jewel in their store group. As absentee owners, they are proud to rely on a very  knowledgeable team, including an experienced and driven Manager, Tim Harding.

On May 28th, Trail Home Hardware will be hosting their 6th annual trade show with over 50 vendors. Each vendor will display and demonstrate their product line. There will be tons or raffles with around $10,000 in giveaways that day. This has proved to be one of the biggest events in the Kootenays and this year will be no exception.

The big news right now is that Trail Home Hardware is in the planning stages of a proposed expansion. This expansion will include a 7000 sqft addition to the store, as well as an 18,000 sqft covered lumber yard. With the success Trail Home Hardware has had over the past few years, they feel this expansion is a must going forward. They will be supplying their customers with everything they need from start to finish. This expansion will keep customers shopping locally.

Visit Trail Home Hardware today!



Benedict’s Steakhouse & Tunnel Pub


What are your plans for Valentines Day? Why not take your loved ones out to Benedict’s Steakhouse for a steak and seafood feast, located at 3 Schofield Hwy, Trail, BC.

Benedict’s Steakhouse & Tunnel Pub has been a family run establishment for more than 30 years by Roy Benedict. His son, Ryan, joined the culinary team in 2005. If you’re looking for a family friendly casual fine dining experience or a relaxing pub style atmosphere, they’ve got you covered. They feature a signature slow roasted prime rib Tuesday through Saturday in both Benedict’s Steakhouse and the Tunnel Pub. This is a real treat, as most restaurants only offer this special deal on Fridays and Saturdays.

There’s always something going on at Benedict’s Steakhouse & Tunnel Pub, like daily food & drink specials, happy hour, Monday wing night and much more!

Tel:  250-386-3360

BA Benson & Son Ltd.

Benson-Oil-LogoThis year will mark BA Benson & Son Ltd.’s 70th year in business and 41 years as a valued Chamber member! Congratulations for being such a successful business in our community for so many years.

Family owned and operated, BA Benson & Son Ltd. has been supplying the Southern Interior with lubricants, tanks, pumps, equipment and full service fuel distribution since 1946. When they were first established in Trail, it was a one-crew company with owner/operator Beverly Benson as the local Shell Agent. Many years of progress followed as the forestry industry grew significantly, and major infrastructure and construction projects developed.

Now they are into their 3rd generation of family management. BA Benson & Son Ltd. is an independent supplier of diesel, heating oil, gasoline and aviation fuels, as well as a multi-branded lubricant distributor. They also rent and sell storage tanks and ancillary products for fuel and lubricants, and serve commercial, industrial, residential, municipal, and retail clients throughout the southern interior.