Anyone looking for things to do this last weekend before school starts, the city has 150-plus suggestions, mostly free, in its Canada150 Passport. (From left) Jessee Regnier, Sawyer Thor-Larsen and Nicole McIsaac crossed one of those activities off the list by visiting a night edition of Trail Market on the Esplanade on Wednesday. Passports are available at city hall, the Aquatic Centre or on Trail’s website, trail.ca. (Sheri Regnier photo)

Looking for something to do in Trail this weekend?

The Trail Canada150 Passport lists 150 ideas of things around town for free or at low cost

Looking for something fun to do in Trail this long weekend?

The city is reminding locals and Labour Day visitors about 150-plus suggestions that are mostly free and involve being active as well as interactive with your neighbours – or even with someone you don’t know.

Launched on Canada’s 150th birthday July 1, the Trail Canada 150 Passport has a long list of ideas that encourage participation in community initiatives, activities and events to mark the country’s sesquicentennial year.

“This is a celebration of Canada 150 and the whole concept is to highlight unique and different things that are available to do at pretty much no cost or little cost,” says the city’s Andrea Jolly. “The goal is to remind people of all the many wonderful things we have … such as the green spaces and the many parks, statues, and amenities that we often forget about … we are encouraging people to try new things, something they have never tried before.”

The Canada150 Passport touches on a range of possibilities such as exploring Trail history and culture with a visit to the Colombo Piazza, Home of Champions Monument or Cenotaph for example. There’s 11 parks to check off the list, some of which are tucked away in the older neighbourhoods like “B” Street or Daniel Street parks. Besides numerous hiking trails and a stroll by the rock walls in historic West Trail neighbourhoods, there’s the two kilometre “Bridges Loop” or a picturesque pathway below the Trail Regional Airport.

Jolly suggested visiting a favourite shopkeeper and letting others know about it on social media, or helping someone with their groceries or buying them a coffee as a random act of kindness.

The Trail passport is all about engaging with others – Jolly reminds users to take a selfie, or photo of friends and family partaking in the various activities then share it to Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #TrailCanada150.

“We came up with as many ideas as we could with a small committee and reaching out to the public,” said Jolly. “But I am sure there are just as many untouched stories out there and we want to hear about them.”

Using the honour system, the city is also offering prizes for those who complete 30 items on the list.

The next draw date is Sept. 15 with a deadline the day before, and entries can be dropped into Canada150 boxes at the municipal office on Pine Avenue or at the Aquatic Centre in East Trail.

Passport booklets are available at city hall, the Aquatic Centre or can be digitally accessed 24/7 on the city’s website, trail.ca.

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the LeRoi Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

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