Elkford is located on Hwy 43 up the Elk Valley 32 km (20 miles)
north of Sparwood and the junction of
Hwy 3 to Fernie.
Capital of British Columbia'
Known for its abundant coal reserves Elkford is also situated right
in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and is known as 'The Wilderness
Capital of British Columbia.'
With an altitude of 1,300m (4,265 ft) above sea level, Elkford has
the notoriety of having one of the highest elevation of any town
in Canada with nearby Banff in Alberta having the highest at 1,383
metres (4,537 feet). Beautiful mountain views and untouched wilderness
is evident everywhere around Elkford.
Elkford is a small community whose work force is heavily tied to
the Elk Valley Coal operations one of the world's largest producers
of coking coal which is used in the steel industry. Elk Valley Coal
has two mines near Elkford, the Fording River and Greenhills Operations
owned by the Teck Mining Company.
Elkford also has other outdoor recreation opportunities close by.
There is a large amount of hiking trails, snowmobiling areas, a
small community ski hill plus endless cross-country ski and snowshoeing
trails. Hunting is also very popular in this part of British Columbia
with record size Elk being sought after.
Meadows Golf Club
For golfers Elkford has a nice little course called Mountain Meadows
Golf Club. Close to town Mountain Meadows is open for visitors and
offers one of the best prices in British Columbia for a round of
big celebration for you to attend in Elkford is called Wildcat Days.
This event happening at the end of June has everything including
parade, live music, great food and fireworks celebrating July 1st
The Elk Valley has historically been home to various coal mines
operating between Sparwood and Elkford. With a resurgence of mine
operations with record exports going to China now is the best time
to experience this massive operation in process.
River Operations and Greenhills Operations
Fording River Operations 29 km (18 miles) away and Greenhills Operations
6 km (4 miles) away generally offers free tours during the summer
months. It can fill up fast so you might want to check the tour
schedule for available space and make reservations.
Lakes Provincial Park
World famous Elk Lakes Provincial Park is located near Elkford giving
you the opportunity to experience one of British Columbia's best
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Elkford,
please remember this is Bear Country just like the rest of BC. Try
to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you
feel comfortable with bears around. There is also the possibilities
of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe and
practice good outdoor wildlife procedures.