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Rossland
Travel Guide

Rossland showing a city and heritage elements

This mountaintop city, with its charming downtown heritage area and golden past, is one of Canada’s highest cities and an excellent base for outdoor activities.

Ski on powder slopes, ride along legendary trails or simply enjoy the town’s sidewalk coffee scene. Rossland is one big outdoor playground.

Rossland sits at 3,410 feet (1,023 meters), situated about halfway between Vancouver and Calgary and just north of the US border. Nestled in the crater of an ancient volcano between the Monashee and Selkirk Mountain ranges, the city forms the heart of the West Kootenays of British Columbia.

The original settlement was named by 1890s gold miner Ross Thompson. Enjoy the timeless atmosphere in The Flying Steamshovel, which lays claim to being one of the oldest pubs in British Columbia. The historic Rossland Court House is another reminder of those prosperous gold rush days.

Before you venture out in nature, browse the downtown Rossland Visitor Centre, Museum & Discovery Centre. Learn about Rossland's gold mining and skiing history, then visit its Geology Centre. Try your hand at gold panning and enjoy the picnic and kids’ play areas. Tour the museum's outdoor displays in summer.

During the warmer months, play alpine golf at Redstone, hike through alpine meadows full of wildflowers or speed things up on a bike. As the “Mountain Biking Capital of Canada,” Rossland has trails for all levels. Ride along old railway beds and miner’s wagon trails or, if you are game, take on the legendary Seven Summits Trail. This 22-mile (36-kilometer) single track takes you over dramatic ridges and through sub-alpine meadows and forests. You can even go “bikepacking,” taking a tent and food with you on a multi-day adventure.

After dropping its colorful fall foliage, Rossland transforms into a powdery winter wonderland. Enjoy cross-country skiing at Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club or snowshoe to the Strawberry Pass, where rustic day-use cabins are the perfect setting to rest your legs and have a picnic. On nearby Red Mountain, try Nordic skiing or snowboarding and sign up for snow-cat adventures. This multi-peak ski resort is blessed with snowfalls of 300 inches (760 centimeters) per year.

Rossland’s own climate is surprisingly gentle, with far less snow and about 2,000 hours of sunshine per year. Whether you come here to relax or for serious action during mountain-top challenges, Rossland is a comfortable base.

SureStay Hotel by Best Western Rossland Red Mountain
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Rossland Red Mountain
2.5 out of 5
1199 Hwy 3B, Rossland, BC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $97 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
Situated in Rossland, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Columbia Mountains and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Red Mountain Resort. Rossland Museum and T-Bar are also ...
3.9/5Very Good! (66 reviews)
"We had a great night’s rest at the sure stay. Very clean, bright, clean room. The staff Samil was so helpful and pleasant. Thanks so much for making our trip easier by having a fantastic place to lay our heads."

Reviewed on Jun. 6, 2021

SureStay Hotel by Best Western Rossland Red Mountain
The Josie - A Noble House Hotel
The Josie - A Noble House Hotel
4 out of 5
4306 Red Mountain Road, Rossland, BC
The price is CA $191 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 6
Located in the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Rossland is within a 5-minute walk of Columbia Mountains and Red Mountain Resort and close to winter sports ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (79 reviews)
"Sleek addition to relaxed local vibe of Red Mtn. Beautifully done; great room, bar, dinner and service."

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2021

The Josie - A Noble House Hotel
The Flying Steamshovel Inn
The Flying Steamshovel Inn
2.5 out of 5
2003 2nd Ave, Rossland, BC
The price is CA $156 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Columbia Mountains and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Red Mountain Resort. Rossland Museum and T-Bar are ...
3.9/5Very Good! (73 reviews)
"Unique updated rooms, contactless check in, high end furnishings and top notch bedding mattresses"

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

The Flying Steamshovel Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Aladar's Cabin is 2 Minutes Drive to Red Resort
Aladar's Cabin is 2 Minutes Drive to Red Resort
Rossland, BC
Situated in the mountains, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Columbia Mountains and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Red Mountain Resort. Rossland Museum and T-Bar are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Beautiful place - highly recommended.
"5/5 stars. We would definitely return ;-)"

Reviewed on Apr. 7, 2021

Aladar's Cabin is 2 Minutes Drive to Red Resort
Red Shutter Cabin
Red Shutter Cabin
3 out of 5
4421 Red Mountain Rd, Rossland, BC
Located in the mountains, this Rossland cabin offers ski-in/ski-out access and is within a 5-minute walk of Columbia Mountains, Red Mountain Resort, and Big ...
3.7/5Good! (3 reviews)
Rustic cabin on the mountain
"We had a great time in a perfect location with a very Pleasant staff to make our stay the most comfortable it could be."

Reviewed on Dec. 28, 2015

Red Shutter Cabin
Our Most Affordable AND Fantastic Location!
Our Most Affordable AND Fantastic Location!
Rossland, BC
Located in the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out condo building in Rossland is within a 5-minute walk of Columbia Mountains and Red Mountain Resort and close to ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Great place near the hill!
"All very smooth and as advertised! Had a great stay.!"

Reviewed on Mar. 6, 2020

Our Most Affordable AND Fantastic Location!
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