British Columbia Travel Guide
The unofficial BC Travel & Tourism Guide
The historic community of Rossland sits high above the Columbia River Valley from an elevation of 1035 m. It is located in the beautiful wilderness of British Columbia's Kootenays and is surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Monashee Mountains. Only a short drive from the U.S. border, Rossland has acquired a reputation as Canada's Alpine City, boasting some of the best alpine and cross-country skiing conditions in B.C.
Rossland has an unbelievable choice of activities to suit everyone: From mountain biking the Seven Summits Trail, to skiing at the famous Red Mountain Resort, only 5 minutes from town. All-time favourites in the summer are mountain biking on Red Mountain, fishing, kayaking and golfing. The new Redstone golf course with its 18 hole Les Furber design ranks with the top resort courses in Canada.
Rossland was originally discovered during the Gold Rush in 1890 and was established as a mining town. Today, it still has Victorian-era architecture with many heritage buildings. Its history in the mining industry can be explored at the Rossland Historical Museum & LeRoi Mine. The community has a large number of artists, whose work can be viewed in studios and art galleries in the town's centre. It also offers dining, relaxing spas and boutique shops.
The historic community has a wide range of accommodations including hostels, B&B's, self-contained guesthouses, self-catered houses, luxury condos, and hotels.
Concerts, live theatre and annual events like the Rossland Mountain Film Festival, Rossfest and the Winter Carnival draw locals and people from around the world.
Location and access:
Location: Rossland is located at the junction of Highway 22 and Highway 3B in the southern Kootenays, 10 km west of Trail and 10 km north of the US/Canada border on Highway 22 (US Highway 25).
Summer average 20 degrees Celsius
Winter average -5 degrees Celsius
Rossland Things to Do