Beginnings of the Colombo Lodge

What brought the Italian immigrant to Trail ... but a persuasive letter to a "paesano" or a relative in Italy about the mining areas of Butte, Montana and California telling them of the work that was available in this remote little smelter town situated in the mountains of British Columbia along side the Columbia River.

First to arrive were (people from the provinces of ) Toscani, followed by Abruzzi, Trevisani, Friulani, Calabrese and today practically every dialect is represented in this City of Italians, which is a perfect example of mulitculturalism within our community. With an ever increasing Italian population plus a language barrier and being in a distant and lonely land, there was a necessity to form a Society .

This came about on April 5, 1905, when 32 founding members banded together to form the Cristoforo Colombo Lodge Mutuo Soccorso No. 1, a benevolent society, whose main purpose was to assist its members in cases of sickness or accident and to provide a decent burial for deceased members. Even though there are many health schemes throughout Canada, we still are one of the few remaining Benevolent Society ties. The Cristoforo Colombo Lodge was a saviour . . . Shortly after the society was formed, a Hall was built where the immigrants could hold their social activities, operettas, concerts, carnivals, banquets, which are held traditionally even today.

The Colombo Lodge was and still is the heart of the Italian community for the entire area. Without the society, we would have been just another separated ethnic group, but we are a unique united society with (at this writing) 600 brothers and 425 members in the Sorelle di Colombo.

Success of our Lodge can be attributed to the democratic outlook with a harmonious attitude whose main objective is to work for the Lodge.

Link to Pictures from the Archives Room in the Colombo Lodge


Presidente & Presidentessa 2017 Message

Presidente Joe Parrilla

Buon Natale e un felice e prosperoso Anno Nuovo a tutti voi.  Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you all.

I want to thank our Past Presidente Pat Zanier for his many hours of hard work and leadership over the past three years and look forward to having Pat as Grand Marshal.  Pat your experience will be a valuable resource.  I wish to thank, our going Grand Marshal, Larry (Bertoria) Martin for his many years of dedicated service to the Lodge.

Leaving the executive are John Borsato and Mike Brace.  Thank you both for your hard work and dedication to the Lodge.  Both John and Mike have indicated their willingness to continue helping out when needed.  We have four one year Counsellors elected to this years executive.  They are Pat Zinio, Winston Fayant, Alex Coutts and Terry Hanik.  Larry Martin has been elected two year Counsellor.  I welcome these new executive members and look forward to working with them.  A special thanks to all the returning Executive members.  Also, thank you to all the members and non-members who helped us throughout the years.

We had a very busy and successful calendar of events in 2016:  Starting with the Joint Curling Bonspiel, Founder's day in March, Silver City Days's Bocce Classic, Spagettata, July 1st picnic, in September Piazza Day, followed by Columbus Day Family dinner, Trail Smoke Eaters Tippits tourament, Fall Bocce Classic, Christmas Family Dinner and New Year's Eve celebration.  I envision 2017 will be another successful year!

We all have inherited the Societa Cristoforo Colombo and the iconic Rossland Avenue brick building.  Our only responsibility is look after these and use both for the good of the membership.  Our focus for 2017 is to open up the lodge, to engage all member of all ages, and put in place activities that will interest all age groups.  With your input and participation, we can make the Colombo Lodge a place of Italian Pride.

I look forward to my first year as Presidente, please join me in celebrating our Italian culture and hertiage. 

Joseph Parrilla 


Presidentessa Kristine Forbes Brace

My first year as Presidentessa went quickly and was full of successful events and meetings.  It has been wonderful to meet so many of the members of the Colombo Fratelli and Sorelle.  I am thankful for an excellent group of ladies on the Executive who have been an enormous help to me this past year.  I am looking forward to a new year of activities and with another great Executive, working hard for the membership.  I am also thankful for all the ladies who volunteer to help at our various events.  It is you, who keep the club successful and enjoyable.  I encourage all members to come out to at least one event this year and experience a part of our Italian heritage.

Kristine Forbes Brace



Catering Document - open file to see the fulll document and video of hall setup.

Are you looking for a great location for a wedding, rehearsal dinner or a company party; or, for a family, social, corporate, or team building function? The Colombo Lodge has the hall for your event. Located in the Historic Gulch and next to the award-winning Piazza Colombo, we offer a unique setting with updated kitchen facilities and a large elegant hall. The hall and kitchen are rented separately and a list of caterers is provided for you to choose from, if you wish.


Current Events

Colombo Lodge Joint Curling Spiel 
Sun Jan. 28th 8:30am
Sorelle and Fratelli, with spouse, partner or friend.

Sign-up at the Trail Curling club, the Lodge or

Contact Pat Zanier at 250 231-8578 or pzanier@shaw.ca,
by Tuesday Jan 23rd
Dinner Meeting to follow at the Lodge. Meeting at 5:00pm
Dinner at 6:00pm with all Sorelle, Fratelli, spouse, partner or friend invited.


Men's Events

  • December 2017
    Sat      Dec 02 Supper Meeting (Family Christmas Dinner) - Nominations Close
    Thurs  Dec 07 Executive Christmas Dinner
    Sun     Dec 31 New Year's Eve Cabaret

    Thurs  Jan 11, 2018
    Thurs. Jan 18, 2018 New & Old
    Posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:06 AM by F Romano
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Ladies Events

  • December 2017

    Posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:05 AM by F Romano
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2017 Events Schedule

Sports and Wine Winners

  Bocce Champions  - Each year the sports committee organizes a Bocce tournament at the Trail Curling Rink during the Silver City Days in Trail on Mother Days's Weekend.  The major sponsor of the tournament is AM Ford..
The tipit tournament is another event that is held annually at the Tipit supper executive meeting.  The tournament is held in honour of  Renato Colbachini who loved to play tippit and always organized the                                                           tournament.

                                                                                                                                                           Curling Champions
One sporting event that has always been part of the Colombo Lodge is the annual curling bonspiel.  It is a full day of fun starting with a continental breakfast at the Trail Curling rink.  All teams play four games of curling of five ends.  After two games there is a traditional Italian lunch break with cold cuts..  At  the end of the event the teams all go back to the lodge for the monthly supper meeting.  The best part of the event is that everyone also gets a prize.  Everyone has a great time.

Held annually at the Birchbank Golf Course followed by a great steak fry at the Birchbank picnic grounds.  Check the events schedule in the Document section and record it on your calender