Sparwood, BC, incorporated as a district municipality in 1966, population 3667 (2011c), 3618 (2006c). The District of Sparwood is located 32 km northeast of FERNIE in the Elk River Valley. Sparwood dates back to the turn of the 20th century when local timber was considered "suitable for spars" for ocean-going ships. Also during this time, coal mining began in the area. Small mining communities developed in the Elk and Michel valleys with Sparwood being built for mine managers (1939). After the historic mining towns of Michel, Natal and Middletown were eliminated in the 1960s, Sparwood experienced rapid growth. It is now a centre for coal mining and processing, as well as for outdoor recreation.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Sloan, William A.. "Sparwood". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 13 June 2016, Historica Canada. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/sparwood. Accessed 19 November 2019.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Sloan, W., Sparwood (2016). In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/sparwood
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Sloan, William A., "Sparwood". In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published August 07, 2008; Last Edited June 13, 2016. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/sparwood
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- Sloan, William A.. The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Sparwood", Last Edited June 13, 2016, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/sparwood
|Article by||William A. Sloan|
|Published Online||August 7, 2008|
|Last Edited||June 13, 2016|