was incorporated in 1966 to replace the blackened coal towns
of Michel and Natal. Those communities were bulldozed because
of environmental concerns and the residents moved to Sparwood.
Beyond this alpine community exists a treasure of high country
adventure. Fly fishing in pristine mountain lakes and streams
exceeds every angler's expectation. Whitewater rafting exhilarates
even the most experienced. Hiking or biking old forestry trails
earn glimpses of deer, elk or bighorn sheep and promise rare
Beautiful community parks are favourites for picnics and evening
strolls. Sparwood's mining history is depicted in murals painted
on the buildings in the downtown core.
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Industries: mining, forestry
1140 m. (3740 ft.)
Sparwood is serviced by a commercial bus line. Highway
3 runs through the community - southeast to the Alberta border
and southwest to Fernie. Highway 43 heads north from Sparwood
to Elkford. The Elk Valley Regional Airport has charter flights.