Rossland, B.C.: A welcoming place for tourists and golfers

Updated: July 30, 2022

By Steve Turcotte         

So you say you are looking for a place that is a tourist destination in the summer and winter months. A place that offers some warm sunny temperatures in the summer and some winter wonderland in the colder months. Rossland, British Columbia is just that kind of place you might be looking for.

Located just across the U.S.-Canadian border and about two hours north of Spokane, Rossland is a special hamlet. A place that caters to visitors 12 months a year. With its, population of nearly 4,000, Rossland is a place that entertains tourists in every month of the year.

Rossland’s history dates back to the 1800s when the gold rush was bringing in people to look for their riches. And in those days, the nearby Red Mountain was also an attraction, not just for prospecting but for skiing. Olaus Jeldness, who has a statue in the middle of downtown Rossland, is credited with bringing winter sports to Rossland. And now, Red Resort is one of the biggest ski areas in Canada with its nearly 4,000 acres of skiable terrain and 119 runs.

Rossland is also know as the mountain biking capital of Canada. And for good reason. As you make your way around town you either see people on bikes or SUV’s with bikes attached to the back. There are miles and miles of trails, including a run called the Seven Summits, a 35-kilometer point-to-point ride.

And during those summer months, golf is always on the table. The Les Furber-designed Redstone Resort has been around in one shape or another since 1922, meaning golf has been a part of the Rossland history for years. This is a true alpine course, carved out of the tall trees and featuring the opportunity to see plenty of wildlife along your 18-hole tour.

Looking to cool off? Rossland has you covered. With nearby Nancy Greene lake, named after the Canadian gold medal Olympian, is a treat for paddleboards, canoes and kayaks. 

Down the hill from Rossland sits the city of Trail, B.C. In 2016 the city of Trail in conjunction with Rossland and the Village of Warfield, created the Columbia River Skywalk – a 1/3-mile-long pedestrian bridge across the Columbia River. It is one of the longest suspension bridges of its kind in North America and part of the vast Trans Canada Trail network.

For lodging and dining, Rossland has plenty to offer. There are first-class hotels like the Josie Hotel, Prestige Mountain Resort and Flying Steamshovel. Bed and breakfast establishments like the Wild Turkey are other terrific options.

For dining, look no further than places like the Velvet Restaurant and Lounge in the Josie Hotel and Gabriella’s in the Prestige. Other places like the Rossland Beer Company offer a great place sit and drink a beer either inside or outside.

There is plenty to like about Rossland. Just make the trip across the border and find out for yourself.