Backcountry skiing at Red Mountain Resort near Rossland

(Dave Heath photo)


Historic & Heritage Sites

Heritage buildings  (Picture BC photo)

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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