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Communities in Bloom Program

  • Communities in Bloom (CiB) is a national Canadian non-profit, volunteer-based program that promotes "people, plants and pride" in which cities across Canada enter the competition and are awarded "Bloom Ratings."
  • Cities are evaluated on floral displays, landscapes, turf and ground covers, urban forestry, community involvement, heritage conservation, environmental awareness and tidiness.
  • This organization is committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community participation and the challenge of competition.

Trail's Community in Bloom Committee Accomplishments

  • 2004 - Won best city in B.C. in its category (population under 10,000);
  • 2006 - Won the National competition with a score of 86.2%(7,500 - 10,000 population-category);
  • 2007-2009 - Entered the International competition and maintained 5-Bloom rating;
  • 2009 - Recognized for the Colombo Lodge's piazza development;
  • 2009 - Awarded the first-ever Butchart Gardens Land Reclamation Award;
  • 2010 - Won the National competition with a score of 89.7%;
  • 2011 - 2013 - Entered International competitions and maintained 5-Bloom rating;
  • 2012 - Won the Floral Award which represents the Best Floral City in Canada;

  • 2013 - Entered the International competition and maintained 5-Bloom rating;

  • 2014 - Entered the International competition, maintained five blooms but also won the Landscape Award - given to a city with the best-landscaped areas in Canada.

  • 2015 - Won the International (Medium) competition and maintained 5-Bloom rating (bronze) with a score of 85.3%.

  • 2016 - Won the Community Achievement Award, which brought Canadian garden guru Mark Cullen to Trail for a special volunteer appreciation night.

  • 2017 - Entered the Communities in Bloom Class of Champions category and maintained 5-Bloom rating.

  • 2018 – Entered the Communities in Bloom Class of Champions category and maintained 5 Bloom rating.

  •  2019 - Won the Garden Community Destination of the Year Award.

Trail Community in Bloom – it’s not just about flowers!

The Trail Community in Bloom (CiB) Committee is the catalyst for making the City of Trail esthetically pleasing for residents and visitors, keeping the city involved in the national and international Communities in Bloom program. While chair Dan Rodlie and his little army of volunteers do a lot of work, the accolades go to the people of the City whose pride and community spirit shines. Keeping residential and business properties, streets and boulevards neat and tidy; making strides in environmental improvements, and honouring our historical past, are all parts of the CiB package that keep our 5-bloom rating possible.

With funding from the City of Trail, Teck Metals Ltd., Home Hardware, Columbia Power Corporation and other corporate and individual sponsors, the CiB Committee plans and undertakes work to enhance the beauty of our city. The committee works hand-in-hand with the Mayor, Council, City staff and volunteers to make Trail a better place to live, work and play. Some of the ongoing projects of the CiB committee are as follows:

Floral Program

This past year, we brought in over 200 new self-watering pots and baskets, all designed with water reservoirs to help cut down on daily watering. In addition, we contracted with C & S Contractors for watering. Besides hanging baskets and pots, volunteers also design and plant a number of “show” beds and stationary planters throughout the city, including the “Italo” Arrivederci bed, and the Colombo Piazza beds in the Gulch, the intersection at Rossland Avenue and Highway 22, the Family Statue bed across from the arena, the Cenotaph Veteran’s Square bed, the White Garden, the Esplanade, and some smaller beds in East Trail. In addition, CiB volunteers plant and maintain the beds at the Entry-to-Trail sign in Tadanac and work with residents in Sunningdale, Shaver’s Bench, West Trail, Tadanac and Glenmerry to enhance the entrances to their neighbourhoods.

White Garden

The White Garden developed along the Esplanade in Jubilee Park was envisioned and pushed forward by former Village of Montrose Councillor Phyllis Stone. The garden emulates the English White Garden at Sissinghurst in Kent, England, with trees, shrubs and flowers blooming white from spring into the late fall. The garden has been slowly taking shape for the past five years as we add ornamental trees and perennials. Overseeing the planting and maintenance of the garden is CiB volunteer Connie Smith with help from Rachael Brown. This past year, they added a “Rainbow” garden at the entrance to the park, with strips of various colourful flowers, indicating Trail’s diversity.

Arrivederci Garden

The "Italo" or Arrivederci garden is at the exit/entrance to Trail (from the south) adjacent to Star Grocery, and has always been the most photographed garden in Trail. Members of the Italo Canadese sponsor this garden and provide funds as well as occasional help for planting and weeding. Connie Smith and Rachael Brown have done a fantastic job of selecting plants and organizing soil prep, planting and much needed pruning and weeding throughout the summer, and clean-up in the fall.

Neighbourhood Entry Gardens

The residents of various subdivisions around town have created their own entryway gardens. At Shaver's Bench/Miral Heights, there is a rose garden along the highway at the entrance to these subdivisions, which was built and planted by residents and is now maintained by CiB.  On the other side of the highway, a grass bed graces the entrance to Miral Heights. This bed was sponsored by Regional District and the late Jim Halpin who gave countless hours and equipment to its development.

At the top of Glover Road, there is a small "park" planted and maintained by West Trail residents. B Street Park in West Trail is also looked after by locals who plant tulips in the fall and maintain the brush and lawn.

Tadanac residents plant the bed at the entrance to Tadanac and the Welcome-to-Trail sign on Highway 3B.

At the Sunningdale "Y" there is a special bed dedicated to children fighting cancer. The CHILDRENS GARDEN OF HOPE is organized, planted and maintained by Sunningdale resident Lynn Gould, whose granddaughter died tragically from diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a dreadful form of incurable cancer that invades children. The garden is to remind people about children suffering from various forms of cancer.

For all the other parks and green spaces throughout the city, garden contractors, MB Landscaping maintain the beds, including a rose garden at Gyro Park.


Besides flowers, CiB was instrumental in developing the mural program on public and private buildings downtown. All feature events that shaped Trail throughout its first 100 years. On the arena is the “River Reconnect” mural which depicts aspects of the Columbia River. This past year, CiB contributed to a small mural on the wall between the new Riverfront Centre and White Garden. All Trail's murals have been designed and painted by Canadian Murals, an extremely talented Kootenay company. Read more about the City's extensive mural program.

Avenue of the Clans

To honour Trail's Scottish pioneers, CiB initiated Avenue of the Clans. Tartan banners depicting families from early Trail are hung on light poles in East Trail and along the river walkway between the bridge and through Gyro Park. Main sponsorship for this project came from Columbia Power Corporation. We currently have about 50 banners up now and will take orders for more. If anyone is interested in adding their family tartan to the banners, call Jessie Hendrigan at 364-9911

Hills to Valley Garden Tour

A subcommittee of CiB organizes a spectacular garden tour each summer. The Hills to Valley Garden Tour has expanded to include gardens in Warfield and Rivervale. Sponsored by Teck Metals Ltd., this year's tour is happening on July 6. For more information, contact chair Roberta Pasquale at

Graffiti Grannies

It is a known fact that graffiti attracts more graffiti - and nothing can bring an area or a city into a derelict-state faster than a wall of graffiti. CiB volunteer Ev Cross and friends have taken up the challenge of eliminating graffiti as it appears: on rock walls, sidewalks, boulders and rocks at Gyro Park and inside the many covered staircases on Trail's hillsides. Donations for paint and cleaning supplies have come from various businesses. If you see graffiti, contact Ev at 364-2969

Incredible Landscape Committee

A subcommittee of CiB, this group encourages sustainability and food security by partnering with businesses, service organizations and residents. They oversee the Food Bank Garden located on Riverside Avenue just passed the Columbia River Skywalk.  Volunteers plant, maintain and harvest fresh produce for the food banks. 

The committee also hosts Trail's IncrEDIBLE Farmer's Market throughout the summer on the streets in downtown Trail, plus Night Market at Music in the Park, and the Last Minute Christmas Market.

This past year, the committee sponsored a healthy eating initiative called the Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program, which partners with Trail United Church Food Bank. Coupons are provided to economically challenged families, seniors and expectant moms to purchase vegetables, fruits, nuts, dairy, cut herbs, meat and fish. It supports the farmers, market and strengths food security.

For more information, contact Gina Ironmonger at 250.231.8671.

Tidiness Programs

The CiB program takes in what EVERYBODY in town does. So, keeping a home with "curb appeal," a nice garden, neat boulevards and debris-free neighbourhoods is all part of the program. Hence, CiB thanks the overwhelming community of gardeners in Trail.

In addition to keeping neighbourhoods clean, there are a number of Adopt-a-Highways sponsors: Trail Rotary, Waneta Sunrise Rotary, the West Kootenay Metis Society and the Incredible Landscapes Committee have all taken on sections of the highways leading into Trail, going out twice a year to pick up debris along the roadways.

Because Trail is built along the mountainside, there are a number of covered staircases. A committee of Adopt-a-Stair sponsors have taken on the task of keeping the covered stair cases in West Trail, as well as the tunnels under the highway, free of debris and graffiti.

CiB volunteers also patrol the town to rid the sidewalks of weeds and shooting grasses and frequently check for any problem areas, especially the Landfill area, which seems to get more than its share of debris flying off vehicles.

We are always looking for volunteers to help with weeding and planting as well as people to just come and share ideas - be part of what makes this city great. We meet about six times per year between October and May and keep connected via email. The city provides a budget, which covers the city’s floral program. We also accept donations for any of our various projects. Please make cheques payable to the City of Trail and earmark them "Trail Community in Bloom."

For more information, contact chair Dan Rodlie at 368-9227.

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