Elkford (population: 2,500) is one of the most remote communities in the Kootenay Rockies, and the gateway to two of BC's pristine provincial parks.
People come here for this proximity to raw wilderness, for the wildlife and for the rugged beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Founded in 1970, the community owes its existence to coal mining, which had been practiced in the Elk Valley since the late 1800s.
Coal Mine Tours
Today, unseen by the casual visitor, a series of huge open pit mines is reshaping the mountains on the east side of the Elk Valley from south of nearby Sparwood to Elkford, and beyond. Mine tours reveal the scale of these massive engineering projects.