Elkford

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District of Elkford
District
Motto: Wild at Heart
Elkford is located in British Columbia
Elkford
Location of Elkford in British Columbia
Coordinates: 50°01′14″N 114°55′13″W / 50.02056°N 114.92028°W / 50.02056; -114.92028
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Rockies
Regional district East Kootenay
Incorporated 1971
Government
 • Governing body Elkford Council
Area
 • Total 101.59 km2 (39.22 sq mi)
Elevation 1,300 m (4,300 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 2 523
Time zone Mountain Standard (MST) (UTC-7)
Postal code span V0B 1H0
Area code(s) (250) 865
Highways 43
Website District of Elkford

Elkford is a small community in southeast region of the Canadian Province of British Columbia. It is nestled within the majestic Rocky Mountain range. Elkford is located 32 km north of the junction at Sparwood, on provincial Highway 43.

Elkford has year-round outdoor recreation opportunities and activities.

The town and area boast many kilometers of horse riding, hiking, snowmobiling and cross country ski trails, as well as a family oriented ski hill, Wapiti, run by Elkford resident volunteers. The Wapiti hill consists of a nine-tower T-bar lift, a lodge, rentals and night skiing all at affordable rates.

The Elkford Aquatic Centre has a competition-size pool, hot tub and sauna.

There are two public schools Rocky Mountain Elementary School and Elkford Secondary School with a combined student population of 400 (January 2006).

There are 5 open-pit coal mines within an hour's drive of Elkford: Fording River Operations (FRO), Greenhills Operations (GHO), Line Creek Operations (LCO), Elkview Operations (EVO) and Coal Mountain Operations (CMO). All mines belong to Teck Resources. Elkford was created, due to mining activity, in the early 1970s. Many Elkford residents work directly for the mines as Teck employees or as contractors and other residents work in service industries directly related to the mines.

There has been an influx of people buying homes and building new homes, merely to enjoy the mountain wilderness Elkford has to offer, as casual residents. There are approximately 2,500 residents in Elkford.

One of the coal seams, close to Aldridge Creek north of Elkford, has been burning for decades.[1]

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Radio stations[edit]

  • 99.1 FM - CJDR, Classic Rock
  • 92.7 FM - CFBZ, Country
  • 97.7 FM - CBTN, CBC
  • 106.9 FM - CJAY, Rock
  • 90.1 FM - ..., Hip-hop/Hits
  • 93.5 FM rock
  • 92.9 FM rock

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Coordinates: 50°01′17″N 114°54′57″W / 50.02139°N 114.91583°W / 50.02139; -114.91583 (Elkford)