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Downtown Rossland
(Dave Heath photo)

Rossland

Geography

Rossland lies nestled within the Monashee Mountain range, on the west side of the Kootenay Rockies region.

Its high elevation (1,023m/3,410ft) has earned Rossland yet another nickname: "Canada's Alpine City." The distinct feeling of being on top of the world here also makes it the perfect spot for skiers and bikers who want to take on vast and steep terrain.

Located approximately halfway between Vancouver, BC and Calgary, Alberta, Rossland is a mere 10km/6mi north of the United States border, and 10km/6mi west of Trail.

Rossland's Volcano Valley

This unique mountain community is built on an ancient volcanic caldera (or valley) at the base of Red Mountain. The high altitude brings bluebird skies and crisp alpine air, with spectacular views in all directions.

The mighty Columbia River flows past Trail, (a ten-minute drive from Rossland and at half the elevation) and offers exceptional fishing. Nearby provincial parks include Nancy Greene, Gladstone, and Champion Lakes and all are perfect for water activities and family fun.

Climate and Weather

Rossland has moderate annual temperatures, making it an inviting community to visit at any time of the year. With its high elevation, it receives approximately 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, and an impressive amount of snow. The average annual snowfall in town is 370cm/148in, and Red Mountain Resort (only 3km/1.8mi from town) receives an average annual snowfall of 760cm/300in. Winter temperatures range from -10°C/14°F to 3°C/37°F, so pack for the cold and ensure any rental vehicles are winterized and have snow tires.

Summer temperatures range from 11°C/52°F to 25°C/77°F. Windy days are rare, but gentle mountain breezes cool the warm summer evenings. Autumn's cooler temperatures bring brilliant fall foliage to the mountainsides as the leaves change colour.