Transportation & Maps
As one of only two eastern gateways to the Kootenay Rockies, Sparwood is a border town of sorts – Alberta and the Canadian Prairies are just over the pass.
While most visitors arrive in Sparwood in their own car or recreational vehicle, there are other options for transportation and getting around town.
The Crowsnest Pass is an historic route pioneered by engineers of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1890s. Today, freight trains still rumble through the pass, sharing this important transportation corridor with the cars and trucks that speed along Highway 3.
Over the pass to Fort MacLeod and north on Alberta Hwy 2, Calgary is a 3.5-hour drive. In the other direction, Vancouver is almost 1,000km/600mi to the west – an approximately 11-hour drive.