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District municipality
District of Sparwood[1]
Sparwood is located in British Columbia
Location of Sparwood in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°43′56″N 114°53′13″W / 49.73222°N 114.88694°W / 49.73222; -114.88694
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
 • Acting Mayor Lois Halko
 • Governing body Sparwood council
 • MP David Wilks
 • MLA Bill Bennett
Population (2011)
 • Total 4,200
Time zone Mountain Standard (MST) (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 250

Sparwood is a district municipality in the Canadian Province of British Columbia. It is the second largest community on the Elk River.

Located approximately 30 kilometers from Fernie, the District Municipality of Sparwood has approximately 4200 residents. Sparwood is quite large for its population, taking up an area of 177.71 square kilometers and incorporating the local coal mines.

The name Sparwood comes from founding father, Sparky Sparson, proprietor of the first retail lumberyard west of the Rockies, east of Hope, BC. Originally the town was known as "Spar's Woodton", but has been abbreviated since at least the 1870s.

The barn scenes from Disney's 1985 film The Journey of Natty Gann were filmed here.Sparwood is also home to the 2011 boy's B.C provincial champion Snowboarding team.(


The local economy is heavily dependent on coal mining, one of British Columbia's primary industries. A large part of the population either works in the mines or as tradesmen and labourers in related support industries, such as trucking or as mechanics. Logging is another important industry.

Sparwood/Elk Valley Airport is the local airport for general aviation; airlines provide service to Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International Airport.

Sparwood was formed on May 12, 1966 accepting people from the nearby towns of Michel, Natal and Middletown (an urban renewal). Since the beginning of Sparwood, it has experienced many ups and downs in the primary industry (coal mining).


Terex Titan in Sparwood

Sparwood promotes itself extensively as the home of the Terex Titan, at one time the largest truck in the world. The green Titan stands a few yards from the Crowsnest Highway where it can attract the attention of tourists and travelers.


Sparwood has a population of approximately 4200 residents, with a population density of approximately 21.5 per square kilometer.


There are two public schools in Sparwood; Frank J Mitchell which is an Elementary School and the new Sparwood Secondary School. These schools are operated by School District 5 Southeast Kootenay which is based in Cranbrook.


Local media[edit]


  • Fernie Free Press - Weekly Paper
  • Elk Valley Herald - Weekly Paper
  • Kootenay News Advertiser - Weekly Paper
  • The Valley - Weekly Paper
  • Fernie Fix - Monthly Glossy Magazine
  • Black Rock News - Semimonthly

Radio stations[edit]

  • 99.1 FM - CJDR, Rock
  • 92.7 FM - CFBZ, Country
  • 97.7 FM - CBTN, CBC
  • Mixitup FM - MIUFM, Pop

Cable television stations[edit]

Notable people[edit]

The following people were born in Sparwood:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" (XLS). British Columbia Ministry of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ Sparwood. Mayor and council
  3. ^ "Calculation Information for 1981 to 2010 Canadian Normals Data". Environment Canada. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°43′59″N 114°53′07″W / 49.73306°N 114.88528°W / 49.73306; -114.88528 (Sparwood)