Elk Valley, BC

Community Profile

Following the course of the Elk River in the southern Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Elk Valley region is made up of the communities of Elkford, Sparwood, Hosmer, Fernie and Elko, as well as the Tobacco Plains Indian Band.

This valley is an economic engine for the province of BC. Home to five metallurgical coal mines and two junior mines on the uptick, the resource based economy is healthy. Teck has recently announce that the coal supplies will keep operations running for the next 45 years.


The largest community in the Elk Valley is Fernie, which is home to 5,200 residents year round. Fernie is an outdoor recreation enthusiasts dream. With 700 km of biking and hiking trails there is always something new to explore. Tourism is becoming a year round event in Fernie with the summer season extending into October, ski season December to April, and summer trails opening again in June.


A mining community full of hard-working, fun-loving people, Sparwood is the fastest growing community in the East Kootenay. The city of 4,200 is conveniently central to Teck Coal’s five Metallurgical coal mines, while also offering a myriad of outdoor recreational opportunities, stunning vistas, and all the fresh elements naturally afforded in a spectacular mountain setting.


Wild at Heart, Elkford is home to about 2,500 residents. Elkford’s natural wilderness is highlighted by proximity to Elk Lakes Provincial Park, Height of the Rockies Wilderness area along the continental divide, world class fly-fishing on the Elk River, a local ski hill, and a full range of community recreational amenities. As one of the last portions of the southern Canadian Rocky Mountains to witness an influx of outside entrepreneurial investment, Elkford is positioned to benefit from the activities of visionary entrepreneurs.

Tobacco Plains

The Tobacco Plains Indian Band is located in Grasmere, BC near the Roosville Border Crossing. They are part of the Ktunaxa Nation, which has lived on the lands adjacent to the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers and the Arrow Lakes of British Columbia for more than 10,000 years. With a population of about 200, the Tobacco Plains Indian Band is a self-governing community, with the responsibility to steward their traditional lands, and preserve their language and culture.

  • growing & diverse business community with accessible business supports & networking opportunities
  • growth sectors include tourism, professional services, health & wellness, niche-based manufacturing, construction, clean energy, light industry, and natural resource extraction
  • home to its own brewing company, furniture maker, and sustainable energy companies
  • average income of $78,000
  • close to Alberta and USA markets, close to 3 international airports
  • all season recreation destination offering world-class fly-fishing, river rafting, hiking & mountaineering, mountain biking, championship golf course, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, hunting, trapping, and big game guiding
  • safe, family-friendly community with outstanding dining, a thriving arts scene, a historic downtown, and access to excellent health care
  • unique educational opportunities including a public elementary school and high school, the college level mountain adventure skills & training program and the K-12 Fernie Academy (offering ski and hockey programs)
Contact Information

District of Elkford
Jeremy Johnston
816 Michel Rd
Elkford, BC V0B 1H0
Phone: (250) 865-4000
Email: jjjohnston@elkford.ca

District of Sparwood
Terry Melcer
136 Spruce Ave
Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0
Phone: (250) 425-6271
Email: tmelcer@sparwood.ca

City of Fernie
Norm McInnis
501 3 Ave
Fernie, BC V0B 1M0
Phone: (250) 423-6817
Email: norm.mcinnis@fernie.ca

Tobacco Plains Band
Hugh Moore
3603 BC-93
Grasmere, BC V0B 1R0
Phone: (250) 887-3461
Email: hmoore@tobaccoplains.org

Elkford Chamber of Commerce
Shawna Bryant
PO Box 220
Elkford, BC V0B 1H0
Phone: (250) 425-5725
Email: elkfordchamber@gmail.com

Sparwood Chamber of Commerce
Bev McNaughton
141 A Aspen Dr
Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0
Phone: (250) 425-2423
Email: manager@sparwoodchamber.bc.ca

Fernie Chamber of Commerce
Brad Parcell
102 Commerce Rd,
Fernie, BC V0B1M5
Phone: (250) 423-6868
Email: brad@ferniechamber.com