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About Rossland


Elevated beauty, unassuming charm and a golden past characterize Rossland. This truly is the best place to live, work and play.

Location:  Rossland is located approximately halfway between Vancouver and Calgary on Highway 3B, only 6 kilometres north of the U.S. border. Nestled between the Monashee and Selkirk Mountain ranges in the heart of the West Kootenays, Rossland boasts a glowing reputation as a highly desirable location in which to plant roots. 

Small-town life: With a population of 3,557, no traffic lights or sprawling malls, the City of Rossland is really a small town. But back in 1897 when tremendous gold finds lured thousands of people, Rossland incorporated. The city celebrated its centennial in 1997 by flaunting its many assets for all to enjoy.

An Alpine City:  Nestled in the crater of an ancient volcano at an elevation of 1023 meters, Rossland is one of Canada’s highest cities. With an average annual snowfall of 750 centimetres (300”) at Red Mountain, Rossland has a renowned reputation for powder skiing and has produced some of Canada’s best ski racers. Rossland offers mountain bikers and hikers hundreds of kilometers of trails, all radiating from the centre of town.

Weather stats The ski hill, which is only three kilometers from downtown, is blessed with snowfalls that exceed 750 centimetres per year. In town, the annual snowfall averages 370 centimetres. Although there is snow in Rossland a month longer than in nearby valleys, the climate is gentle. Average summer temperatures are 25 C high and 11 C low. Rarely are winter days colder than –10 C and the average high is 3 C. Often above the clouds, Rossland receives about 2,000 hours of sunshine per year and windy days are rare.

For more information on visiting Rossland visit Tourism Rossland. www.tourismrossland.com

Climatic Design Data

Location Elevation ft (m) Degree Days
Below 18º
kPa Wind Loads
1/10       1/50
Rossland 3400 (1036) 4600 159 7.2 .026       .041 36"
Red Mtn Base 3806 (1160) 4700 172 8.2 .026       .035 42"