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West Kootenay Power and Light Company

  • Corporate body
  • 1896-2002

The West Kootenay Power and Light Company incorporated in 1896, with the construction of the dam and hydro-electric station in Lower Bonnington Falls. They created the longest high voltage line in North America at the time, which transferred power 51km from Bonnington Falls to Rossland BC to supply the mines. The company soon provided power to different sites and homes around the West Kootenays and soon around the East Kootenays and Sourthern British Columbia. The company’s biggest consumer was CM&S (currently known as Teck) which was down the hill in Trail. WKPL had many subsidiaries, such as Rossland Water and Light, South Kootenay Power and Light, Cascade Water, Power, and Light, Northport Power and Light, Sheep Creek Light and Power, and Bonnington Falls Power Co. During WWI, WKPL was bought by CM&S to ensure that it would continue to be supplied with electricity; and in 1987 CM&S – at that point renamed Cominco – sold WKPL to an American Company, Utilicorp United. In 2002 WKPL was taken over by FortisBC. Some notable employees of the company are Lorne A. “LA” Campbell, JD McDonald, and F.A. Lee.

Rossland-Trail Olympic Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1960-1962

The Rossland-Trail Olympic Promotion Committee was founded in 1961 with the goal of hosting the 1968 Winter Olympics. Whistler, Fernie, and Rossland-Trail all bid to be Canada’s entry for the games, but Calgary was selected. The committee wrote letters back and forth with Canada’s Olympics Committee, as well as compiled maps and research about the area and snow fall history. In the end, the 1968 Olympics were held in Grenoble, France.

Trail United Church

  • Corporate body
  • 1987-2018

In 1984, Kootenay Presbytery approved the joint application of Knox United Church, Trail, B.C. and East Trail United Church to become a single two-point Trail Pastoral Charge. In January of 1985 the two congregations became one Pastoral Charge functioning with one Official Board. The two congregations were fully amalgamated in 1987, when Knox United Church became Trail United Church, and the East Trail property was sold. Trail United came together with congregations at Rossland, Salmo, and Fruitvale in 2003 to form a four-point charge, Communities in Faith. In 2016, the congregation at Salmo disbanded and the new Beaver Valley Pastoral Charge was formed, leaving Trail and Rossland congregations in Communities of Faith Pastoral Charge. The two congregations amalgamated in December, 2018, to form a single congregation (Communities in Faith) overseeing two properties.