|Population: 2,741 (2021 Census)
Elevation: 1,300 m (4,300 ft)
Brand: Wild at Heart.
Takes place every summer.
Elkford is the most remote town in the region, a scenic 30 minute drive north of Sparwood. It has a picturesque setting at the junction of Boivin Creek and the Elk River. It is a popular destination for a range of outdoor recreational activities, including ATV touring, hiking and mountain biking.
Access toElk Lakes and Height of the Rockies Provincial Parks involves travel on a gravel road further north. Only 70 kilometres (43 miles) separates Elkford from one of the largest wilderness parks in Western Canada. Vehicle access in the summer only, Elk Lakes Provincial Parks offers outstanding mountain landscapes, shimmering lakes and remnant glaciers are contained within more than 17,000 hectares of unforgettable sub-alpine scenery.
This area is the preferred habitat of more Bighorn sheep than anywhere in North America. Mountain goats traverse craggy cliffs leaving forested reaches to black bear and elk herds. Moose and deer can be seen in town and fishing is excellent in the Elk and Fording River watersheds.
Shops, restaurants, community parks, a 9-hole golf course, more than 30 kilometres (19 mi) of interpretive hiking trails, Josephine Falls, an extensive mountain biking network and endless snowmobiling are local highlights.
Open Pit Mine Tours
During the summer, board the tour bus at the Visitor Centre and be transported into one of Canada’s most productive steelmaking coal operations. Tours are free of charge; book your spot by calling the Visitor Centre.
Late June, each year, Wildcat Days is a weekend of fun and games for the whole family including parade, live entertainment and Craft & Trade Show.
Hiking and Biking
Elkford contains over 30 kilometres (20 miles) of scenic hiking trails. Beloved local trails include Bare Hill Lookout, the Boivin Creek Peace Trail, Lost Lake and Lily Lake loops and Josephine Falls, as well as a section of the TransCanada Trail.