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Elkford

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Elkford, British Columbia is a small community in the southeast region of the Rocky Mountains known as the ‘Wilderness Capital of BC’. Surrounded by pristine wilderness, its proximity to Elk Lakes Provincial Park and Height of the Rockies Wilderness Area situated on the continental divide, attracts outdoor enthusiasts year-round. Hiking, world-class fly fishing, horse riding, plus cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and skiing on the local Wapiti hill provide fun for all ages and abilities in Elkford and the surrounding area.

The main lot of the Elkford Municipal Campground in Elkford.

Location

Located 35 km (22 mi) north of Hwy 3 at Sparwood, via Hwy 43. Situated a 45-minute drive from the British Columbia/Alberta border via the Crowsnest Hwy (Hwy 3) and 133 km (83 mi) north of the USA border on Hwy 93.

A Step Back in Time

The town of Elkford, British Columbia was created in the early 1970s to house mine employees and their families. Coal mining had thrived in the area around nearby Sparwood since the early 20th century but mining further north in the Elk Valley was cost prohibitive. However, with the high demand for coal pushing up prices, in 1971 Fording Coal Ltd. (now Elk Valley Coal Corporation) opened its open-pit mine in the area and Elkford was born. The name of the community is derived from the Elk River and the original coal company’s name. Several coal mines developed in the area creating an economic boom in the region.

Today, there are five open-pit coal mines within an hour’s drive from the town all owned by Teck Resources. Many residents of the town work for the mines or in service industries connected to the mines.

RV lots at the Elkford Municipal Campground in Elkford.

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Golden Golf Club RV Park
Elkford Municipal Campground

Elkford Municipal Campground

Elkford

A riverfront campground located right in town and within walking and driving distance to all community amenities and indoor/outdoor recreational opportunities. Elkford is a place where nature prevails; experience breathtaking views, trails, wildlife viewing and more! ... Read more
Mountain Shadows Campground

Mountain Shadows Campground

Sparwood

Nestled in a cozy forested setting just minutes from Sparwood, Mountain Shadows Campground offers fantastic family-oriented camping. We offer a variety of 63 serviced sites, ranging from tent, trailer and RV sites. For your convenience and comfort, we provide full hookup with water, power and some s ... Read more
Fernie RV Resort

Fernie RV Resort

Fernie

This resort is nestled beside the majestic Elk River in picturesque Fernie, BC. It offers current state of the industry facilities, services and is designed to accommodate a complete range of recreational vehicles from the smallest to the most sophisticated plus an area for tent camping. The resort ... Read more
Red Tree Lodge

Red Tree Lodge

Fernie

With a central location in Fernie, Red Tree Lodge offers 43 comfortable guest rooms and an informed staff to create an enjoyable and relaxing visit. At our hotel we provide a variety of amenities, including complimentary breakfast snack, free WiFi, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, guest kitchen ... Read more
Springbrook Motel & RV Park

Springbrook Motel & RV Park

Skookumchuck

Nestled on the banks of the Kootenay River, Springbrook Resort is a perfect setting for any seasonal getaway, reunion or wedding. Located in the heart of the Rockies, use Springbrook Resort as your centre to explore the wilderness or relax in paradise. Our motel provides you with comfortable beds, k ... Read more
Skookumchuck Motel & RV Park

Skookumchuck Motel & RV Park

Skookumchuck

Nestled in the heart of the Rockies, Skookumchuck Motel & RV Park is a fantastic location for guests travelling or wanting to unwind in nature. Near the Kootenay River, our RV lots accommodate for smaller RVs, fifth wheels and trailers. Pull-thru sites and full hookups with 30 amp electric, water an ... Read more
Fort Steele Resort & RV Park

Fort Steele Resort & RV Park

Fort Steele

Nestled in the heart of the Kootenay Rockies, Fort Steele Resort & RV Park is an ideal destination for guests wanting a relaxing and peaceful vacation. With endless recreational activities and wonderful weather, you will be returning year after year with the whole family. At our campground we have b ... Read more
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Fairmont Hot Springs

Experience Canada's largest mineral hot springs at this family-friendly BC Rockies Mountain resort. Enjoy 45 holes of golf, family ski area, spa, recreational programs, dining and 2 RV parks. Lodge guests enjoy exclusive access to guest hot springs complex. ... Read more
Fairmont Vacation Villas Mountainside

Fairmont Vacation Villas Mountainside

Fairmont Hot Springs

Surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Fairmont Vacation Villas Mountainside is the perfect vacation destination that offers all conveniences of your own home and more. With 116 spacious villas, guests will be spoiled with gorgeous views of the mountains and golf course at their front door. Ca ... Read more
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