Just west of the Continental Divide, the small town of Sparwood (population 4,200) is the most easterly town in British Columbia.
Those who travel Highway 3 know the town as the home of the Terex Titan – the world's largest tandem axle dump truck. One of the highest-elevation towns in Canada, Sparwood is all about the open pit coal mining that takes place on a gargantuan scale in the mountains on the east side of the Elk Valley.
Sparwood's Mining History
The mining history of the area 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.