Two local cities have wowed the judges at the Communities in Bloom annual awards.
Trail is the International Challenge champion having beaten other entries from Northern Ireland, the US and Alberta.
Councillor Carol Dobie says the silver city scored well in various areas.
Meanwhile Castlegar came second in the Class of Champions for their white gardens project having won for Millenium Ponds last year.
Committee Chair Darlene Kalawsky says the program succeeds in bringing volunteers, the city, businesses and students together.
Castlegar also won the National Tidiness Award and volunteers Mac and Kathy Gregory won a provincial Outstanding Achievement Award.