Things to Do
Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
Elkford's marketing banner is "Wild at Heart."
This slogan accurately represents the availability of wilderness adventure, but visitors to the Upper Elk Valley should bring their own equipment for activities like mountain biking, fishing, skiing or rock climbing. Coal mining tours are the other big highlight.
Hiking & Biking
Stop at the Visitor Centre and pick up a copy of the Elkford Hike & Bike Trail Map, which shows both motorized and non-motorized trails, and then take a hike. Start with a half-hour hike to Josephine Falls to see the Fording River cascading 25m/82ft into a canyon. Be aware that local mountain pine beetle infestation has prompted logging around the trail. Look for the trailhead parking area on Highway 43, 5km/3mi east of Elkford.
Mountain bike up through the forest along Boivin Creek. The ride is mostly in the trees, but there are occasional viewpoints along the 8km/5mi trail.