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Similar Journeys, Different Trails: One Destination
Trail Museum
Trail , British Columbia


   The history of Trail,
British Columbia is very much
a story of Canada’s
immigrants. For the first 50
years of the 20th century,
this city, known for its gold
and copper mining and its
smelter, drew people looking
for work from every part of
the globe. They arrived in

families, they arrived alone,
but they all arrived in
search of a better life. The
work they undertook was often
grueling and conditions were
poor. But there were lots of
jobs and there was always
food on the table.
   Culturally, Trail
benefited from an array of

traditions and customs that
the new residents brought
with them. This was
particularly true of the
Italian immigrants who
settled in the west end of
the city in an area known as
The Gulch. In language,
food, faith and work ethic,
the Italian presence has been

strong. Its influence, along
with that of the large
British immigrant population,
helped establish a culture of
hospitality, industriousness,
and good will that still
resonates in Trail today.
This exhibition explores how
industry played a pivotal
role in drawing people to

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