The Rossland Range Recreation Site


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The Rossland Range Recreation Site is a free public use area in the high mountains and rolling hills near Rossland, BC, Canada. Strawberry Pass Summit and the primary parking area is located about 19 km north of Rossland on Highway 3, or about 8 km south of the intersection of Highways 3 and 3B. (Printable versions of the North and South portion of the below map are on the Before You Go ( and a MAP) page.)

Rossland Range Rec Site Map

The area has a network of winter routes and a chain of unique, winter, day-use shelters for all ages and families who would enjoy self-guided snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or backcountry ski touring. In summer, there is hiking, mountain biking, watching wildlife, walking a dog or taking a horseback ride on summer trails.       

Only a short drive from Rossland, the excursion you plan in this area could be from 1/2 hour to up to 1 1/2 hour, an easy route or a more difficult route, it's up to you to decide. The area is about an hour of highway driving from Nelson and Grand Forks, BC.

In winter, the unique day-use shelters are a fine destination to plan to visit, offering warmth and shelter from the weather or a break with lunch or a warm drink. Some of the day-use shelters are very near and easily accessible from the trailhead, others are further away and can provide a more challenging adventure. Dogs are allowed on the winter trails, which are not "groomed".

Snowshoe & Huts

The Friends of the Rossland Range have created a fabulous network of trails to cabins in and around Rossland. These cabins can be enjoyed by all and can easily be acccessed by snowshoe, cross-country or touring. Go explore them for yourself. #RosslandVideo by: Bohdan Doval

Posted by Rossland on Monday, March 28, 2016
Video by: Bohdan Doval, Courtesy of Tourism Rossland

In summer season, you can enjoy the area on foot, mountain bike, horseback and with a dog using the extensive system of mountain bike trails and hikes in the Recreation Site and around Rossland including those on maps by the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society .

Everyone is welcome - all ages, groups, abilities, visitors, locals.

The combination of high country from Mt. Kirkup to Mt. Crowe, varied terrain, easy access, and long history and tradition make this area a unique recreational area treasured by locals and visitors. Because this area is so special, the community worked together to achieve Recreation Site status for the area. Community volunteers can now build on what has been done in the past, with security for projects and funding to maintain this very special place.

The success of the Rossland Range Recreation Site depends entirely on the enthusiasm of its volunteers.  There are many opportunities for people to become involved – shelters, access, signs, public education, and more.  If you would like to discuss becoming a volunteer, please browse these pages and get in touch with someone on the Contacts page to find the right role for you.

Because of the huge increase in public use now that the area is officially designated and being developed, we have had to implement a policy to manage potential commercial use in the Recreation Site.  You can see it HERE.


There is a role for everyone!

All are welcome to help!


It’s your Recreation Site!



NOTE: it’s a “Site” because that’s what the relevant legislation calls it, but it includes lots of area.