Arts and Culture

Take it in

Trail offers a host of cultural experiences for all ages.  

Cultural Events

For a complete listing of arts and culture events in the Trail area, check out the Trail & District Arts Council Events Calendar.  From live performances by some of Canada's top acts to colourful jazz sessions, culture is thriving in Trail!


Situated in the brand new Trail Riverfront Centre, the Trail Museum & Archives offers a glimpse into Trail's long history as a pioneer industrial town and sports haven.  Did we mention it's free?
Phone:  250-364-0821
1505 Bay Avenue  View on map
Trail Museum and Archives

For a deeper look into Trail's sport heritage, drop by the Trail Memorial Centre and take in the 22 exhibits of sporting history.
Phone:  250-364-0821
1051 Victoria Street  View on map
Sports Hall of Memories

GYRO PARK GAZEBO (Music in the Park, Summer only)
Enjoy live music in the beautiful Gyro Park. From June through August, the Trail & District Arts Council and Kootenay Savings bring in a variety of talented musicians for your enjoyment. View their events schedule, grab your lawn chair and bring a toonie for donation.
1090 Charles Lakes Drive  View on map
Music in the Park 

The ultimate venue for live performances and music in the Kootenays, The Bailey promises large capacity and intimate ambience for culture seekers.  Check out their events calendar before planning your stay.
Phone:  250-368-9669 (Box Office)
1501 Cedar Avenue View on map
The  Bailey

Trail's VISAC gallery supports the work of emerging and established Kootenay artists actively rotates exhibitions, programming and workshops.  It's the ideal place to explore your creative side.  
Phone:   250-364-1181
1501 Cedar Avenue (Basement)  View on map
VISAC Gallery

Built in 1928, The Royal offers a modern movie-going experience in vintage style.  Proudly serving real butter!
Phone:  250-364-2114 (Show Line)
1597 Bay Avenue View on map
Royal Theatre

TECK INTERPRETIVE CENTRE (Currently unavailable)
Ever wonder what actually goes on up "on the hill"?  The Teck Interpretive Centre located in the Trail Chamber of Commerce gives you an inside look into the science behind smelting.  Book a tour with former Teck employees who can tell you everything you need to know!
Phone:  250-368-3144 (Trail Chamber of Commerce)
#200 - 1199 Bay Avenue  View on map

Cultural Landmarks

Get a little taste of Europe with a walking tour of Trail's historic rock walls, built to support the European-style streets in West and East Trail. The Rigatoni Ramble or the Haggis Hike will bring you face to face with the hundreds of rock walls, some 25 feet high, many of them carved by hand. Purchase a self-guided walking tour map prepared by the Rock Wall Project Enthusiastico Society at the Trail Riverfront Centre at 1505 Bay Avenue.
Rock Wall Trail BC

Trail's unique covered staircases, mainly located in West Trail, total 63.  Built in the 1930s and 1940s, the staircases provided easier access to the downtown core.  Fun fact: stacked atop one another, the staircases would equal 6,610 vertical feet or 1.25 miles! If you're looking for a workout with a side of culture, look no further!
Covered Staircases

For the active heritage lover, spend some time in downtown Trail admiring the historically-themed murals and the many plaques featured on downtown buildings.  Like what you see?  A companion guide is available for purchase at the Trail Riverfront Centre, complete with a map of plaque and mural locations. For more information on any building or mural, email the Trail Museum & Archives staff or call 250-364-0829.
Trail Mural

Chances are you'll recognize a few names on the Home of Champions Monument, where we honour Greater Trail's outstanding achievers.  Check out the inductees!  You'll be surprised who we can claim as ours!  It proudly sits at 1199 Cedar Avenue in downtown Trail, right outside Kootenay Savings Credit Union.
Home of Champions Monument

Photos: Lower Columbia Tourism / Ryan Flett Media & Dave Heath; and City of Trail; and FATE Photograhy; and Brian Findlow; and Larry Doell.


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