The closest airport is the Canadian Rockies International Airport, just west of Cranbrook. Car rentals are available at the airport, which is located 125 km/78 mi west of Sparwood.
Other airports within practical reach of Sparwood are Calgary International (308km/191mi) and Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Montana (218 km/13 5mi). Both offer car rentals.
Sparwood’s 4,000 ft airstrip, 8 km/ 5mi north of the village, is used primarily by private aircraft.
Greyhound Canada operates two buses per day to destinations east and west only.
BC Transit operates the Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood Loop from Monday through Friday, with additional service to Elkford on Thursdays.
The closest car rental agencies are in Fernie, 20 minutes south west of Sparwood. Rentals are also available at the Cranbrook Airport, which is located 125 km/78 mi west of Sparwood.
Kootenay Taxi Ltd.
Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0
P: 250 423-4408
The Sparwood Chamber of Commerce provides valuable information about the community, relocation and local businesses. Visit their website here.
Sparwood currently has an East Kootenay Credit Union on Aspen Drive and the CIBC in Greenwood Mall.
Sparwood is in Southeast Kootenay School District #5.
Frank J Mitchell Elementary School
101 Blue Spruce
Sparwood, BC, V0B 2G0
P: 250 425-7818 | F: 250 425-2426
Sparwood Secondary School
101 Pine Spur
Sparwood, BC, V0B 2G0
P: 250 425-6666 | F: 250 425-6661
Sparwood has a rich mining history that is represented in the murals that adorn the slab concrete sides of buildings, and in the antique mining equipment that is placed in key locations around the downtown core.
Tour one of Canada’s largest open pit mines. Explore the history of underground coal mining with the aid of the Sparwood Mining History Walking Tour which starts at the Visitor Centre.
Sparwood’s annual celebration Coal Miner Days takes place in early June with the small town fun which includes a carnival, crafts, competitions, fireworks, dancing and lots of food.
East Kootenay Roller Derby League and the Coal Miner Days Society have many events over the year that also double as fundraisers for charity.
Play a round at the 9-hole Sparwood Golf Club. Whiskey Jack Resort is developing an 18-hole golf course which is next to up to millions of acres of Crown Land, which abounds with wildlife such as bighorn sheep, mountain goat, bear, elk, mule and white-tailed deer.
Try canoeing and kayaking in Michel Creek and the Elk River.
There’s world class fishing on the Elk River or Michel Creek for cutthroat trout, whitefish and bull trout. Nearby Grave Lake has kokanee and rainbow trout. Fish Summit Lake for Gerrard rainbow trout (the largest trout in the world). Float down the river in a tube on a hot day or spend a couple of hours in the pool at the Henry Volkmann Memorial Leisure Centre.
Mountain bike down the valley between Sparwood and Fernie. Start on the Mountain Shadows loop, accessed from the campsite, and pick up the Coal Discovery Trail. Other biking options include the Michel Creek Loop and the Upper and Lower Elk Valley Road loops.
Hike up the Matevic Draw, and get a bird’s eye view of Sparwood. This hike up to the alpine involves about two hours of steady climbing on a well marked, forested trail. Viewpoints are scarce until out of the woods. The trailhead is accessed via the power line, off Sycamore Road in Sparwood Heights. Hikers can tackle the difficult 8 km Sparwood Ridge Trail, the leisurely Big Ranch grasslands trip, or the Mt. Hosmer Trail to the Ghostrider Peak.
For those who enjoy winter sports the great endless terrain and dependable snow conditions provide hours of enjoyment for snowmobiling.
Go downhill skiing or snowboarding in nearby Fernie. Fernie Alpine Resort is less than half an hour down the highway. Get a workout with cross-country skiing, classic or skate, on the trails above Sparwood Heights.