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The Secret Tucked Between Two Passes
It was clear to me that Fred, who spent the late morning telling me about his town, understood why people come to retire in Trail. Trail is an outdoor lover's paradise snuggled in the Columbia River valley.
Like Shangri-La, Trail, part of the South Kootenay, is accessed by passes to the east and west. And like Shangri-La, Trail is a well-kept secret, a very good secret!
Trail is the regional center and has the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital
with a large staff including many specialists. While I was traveling to Trail, I met a retired couple who told me they had moved to the city because of the hospital. I am sure their story is repeated by many who need to be close to medical help.
But medical services exist in all major centers. What makes Trail stand out?
People Retire In Trail For The Weather
Residents tell me that Trail has four wonderful seasons. The summers are hot and drier than in many surrounding communities. The autumns are long and lovely. January and December are the coldest months, with temperatures averaging about -6 degrees. Winter is followed by a short and pleasant spring.
People Retire In Trail For The Activities
I arrived in Trail during a long weekend in August. At first I thought I'd landed in a ghost town. I could have set up my tent in the middle of the main street. But a little investigation revealed that people had headed for the lakes
that dot the country around Trail. One of them, Christina Lake, is the warmest in western Canada.Those who weren't swimming or boating were hiking or biking or river rafting or golfing.
If I could have stayed later, I could have taken in the concert in the park.
If I'd come in the winter, I'd have found that the people were snowmobiling or skiing--cross-country or downhill.
Trail Serves Seniors Well
With a population of 8000, Trail is a safe, comfortable community.
There is a range of housing options available to retirees. And when the time comes, seniors can sign up for assisted living or extended care. Continuous care facilities ensure that people do not have to move as physical needs increase.
Do You Want To Retire In Trail?
Now that you know a little more about it, do you think you might want to retire in Trail? If so, you will want more information from someone who lives in the community.
Fred, who gave me part of his weekend morning, moved to Trail from the maritimes and loves his new town. He knows the area well and can answer questions from the perspective of someone in the retirement-not-too-far-off category. Fill in the form below to start a conversation with Fred, a local real estate agent who can help you decide if this is the town for you.
And if you have already decided that Trail is the best place to retire
, click the link and share your reasons. Other people making decisions want to hear from you.