Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
Rossland's history includes stories of wild fortunes, great losses, and remarkable feats, dating back to the exciting and turbulent gold rush era of the late 1800s.
Rossland Mining History
Although the city's first claims staked in 1887 proved to be of little value, persistence paid off. In 1890, Moris & Bourgeois staked the Le Roi claim on Red Mountain. Excitement began to surge through the camp, and Ross Thompson pre-empted a town site which he first called "Thompson" but quickly changed to Rossland. An illustrious and profitable mining industry existed in the area for nearly four decades. Rossland's respect for its hardworking heritage is reflected in the preserved historic buildings dotted around town, and the many festivals and events honouring the history of this "Golden City".
Historic Walking Tours
Pick up a Historical Heritage Walking Tour brochure from the Rossland Visitor Centre, and take a stroll past buildings dating back to the gold rush era.
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1100 Hwy 3B
Rossland, British Columbia
The mountaintop city of Rossland welcomes visitors to its museum complex and archives. Learn about Rossland's rich mining and skiing history along with a number of other permanent exhibits on the social and industrial history of the region. In the summer, enjoy a guided site tour of the museum's many outdoor displays, view our mine tour video, try your hand at gold panning and visit the amazing Geology Centre. The museum displays bring Rossland's remarkable story to life for your viewing pleasure.
We also have an on-site Visitor Centre, gift shop, picnic area, and kids' area.