Professional & Spectator Sports
Spectators at a hockey game (Kevin Arnold photo)
Trail has both an abundance of sports facilities and the enthusiasm to use them.
The self-proclaimed "Home of Champions," Trail was voted "BC's Best Sports Town" in 2005 – and maintains bragging rights in skiing, track and field, baseball, and of course, hockey. As a tribute to the extraordinary successes of its athletes the City of Trail has erected a "Home of Champions" monument, on Farwell Street, outside the Kootenay Savings Credit Union. Check out Smoke Eaters hockey, as well as numerous other amateur sporting events frequently held in the city.
Trail Smoke Eaters
The legendary Trail Smoke Eaters hockey team won their first World Championship in 1939, and were the last amateur team to win a World Championship when they did so in again 1961. Rather than fading into history, these accomplishments continue to inspire young Trail athletes. Now part of the BCHL, the Smoke Eaters is still a community-owned franchise that produces high-calibre players, such as Barret Jackman of the St. Louis Blues.