Trail (electoral district)

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Trail was the name of a provincial electoral district in the Canadian province of British Columbia located in the West Kootenay region. It is named after the town of Trail, B.C.. It made its first appearance on the hustings in the election of 1916 . Its predecessor riding was Rossland City (1903–1912) and from 1924 it was succeeded by the riding of Rossland-Trail.

For other current and historical electoral districts in the Kootenay region, please see Kootenay (electoral districts).


Population, 1911
Population change, 1901–1911
Area (km²)
Population density (people per km²)

Political geography[edit]

Notable elections[edit]

Notable MLAs[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Note: Winners of each election are in bold.

14th British Columbia election, 1916
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Socialist Albert Goodwin 262 19.07% unknown
Conservative James Hargrave Schofield 626 45.56% unknown
  Liberal Michael H. Sullivan 484 35.23% unknown
Total valid votes 1,372 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
15th British Columbia election, 1920
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Liberal Joseph Stephen Deschamps 848 39.20% unknown
Conservative James Hargrave Schofield 1,315 60.80% unknown
Total valid votes 2,163 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %

Redistribution following the 1920 election resulted in the merger of the Trail riding with the adjacent Rossland riding to form Rossland-Trail for the 1924 election. That riding lasted until 1996. The riding currently representing this area is West Kootenay-Boundary.


Elections BC Historical Returns