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District of Elkford[1]
Wild at Heart
Elkford is located in British Columbia
Location in British Columbia
Elkford is located in Regional District of East Kootenay
Location in the RD of East Kootenay
Coordinates: 50°01′17″N 114°54′57″W / 50.02139°N 114.91583°W / 50.02139; -114.91583Coordinates: 50°01′17″N 114°54′57″W / 50.02139°N 114.91583°W / 50.02139; -114.91583
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Regional districtEast Kootenay
 • Governing bodyElkford Council
 • Total101.59 km2 (39.22 sq mi)
1,300 m (4,300 ft)
 • Total2,499
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
Postal code span
Area code(s)250 / 778 / 236: 250-865 778-521
Highways Hwy 43

Elkford is a district municipality in the southeast region of the Canadian province of British Columbia in the Rocky Mountain range. It is 32 km (20 mi) north of the junction at Sparwood, on provincial Highway 43. Outdoor recreational activities take place in Elkford throughout the year. Elkford hosts an annual festival called Wildcat Days during the last weekend of June.

The town and area has many kilometres of horse riding, hiking, snowmobiling and cross country ski trails, and a ski hill, Wapiti, run by Elkford resident volunteers. 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 in January 2006.

There are five 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 for the mines or as contractors; other residents work in service industries directly related to the mines. The Fording River Operations (FRO) mine is located on the Continental Divide of the Americas, known as the Great Divide.

A coal seam close to Aldridge Creek, north of Elkford, has been burning for decades and is known to residents of the area as "The Burning Coal Seam."[2]

Local media[edit]

Radio stations[edit]

  • 99.1 FM - CJDR, Classic Rock
  • 92.7 FM - CFBZ, Country
  • 97.7 FM - CBTN, CBC Radio
  • 106.9 FM - CJAY, Rock
  • 90.1 FM - ..., Hip-hop/Hits
  • 93.5 FM rock
  • 92.9 FM rock
  • 107.9 FM summit 107

Cable television stations[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Elkford is the setting of Braceface, an animated children's television series that aired in the early 2000s.

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. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Elkford Chamber of Commerce

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