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Sparwood, British Columbia
Sparwood, British Columbia 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 Canada
Province Flag of British Columbia.svg British Columbia
Government [1]
 - Mayor David Wilks
 - Governing body Sparwood council
 - MP Jim Abbott
 - MLA Bill Bennett
Population (2006)
 - Total 3,618
Time zone Mountain Standard (MST) (UTC-7)
Postal code span
Area code(s) 250

Sparwood is a district municipality in British Columbia, Canada. It is the second largest community on the Elk River.

Located approximately 30 kilometers from Fernie, the District Municipality of Sparwood has approximately 3618 residents, according to the 2006 census. Sparwood is quite large for its population, taking up an area of 177.71 square kilometers and incorporating the local coal mines.



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.


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 yellow Titan stands a few yards from the Crowsnest Highway where it can attract the attention of tourists and travelers.

A "Coal Discovery Center" is being built across the highway from the Titan. It will be a museum and information center to promote the district's history with coal mining.


Sparwood has a population of approximately 3812 residents, with a population density of approximately 21.5 per square kilometer. The local population is mainly white, blue-collar families, working in or supporting the coal industry.


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



  • Fernie Free Press - Weekly Paper
  • Kootenay News Advertiser - Weekly Paper
  • The Valley - Weekly Paper
  • Fernie Fix - Monthly Glossy Magazine

Radio Stations

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

Cable Television Stations

See also


  1. ^ Sparwood. Mayor and council

External links

Coordinates: 49°30′15″N 115°03′46″W / 49.50417°N 115.06278°W / 49.50417; -115.06278 (Sparwood)


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