Elkford is a small community in southeast region of the Canadian Province of British Columbia. It is nestled within the majestic Rocky Mountain range. Elkford is located 32 km north of the junction at Sparwood, on provincial Highway 43.
Elkford has year-round outdoor recreation opportunities and activities.
Visit the town of Elkford Municipal website at http://www.elkford.ca
The town and area boast many kilometers of horse riding, hiking, snowmobiling and cross country ski trails, as well as a family oriented ski hill, Wapiti, run by Elkford resident volunteers. The Wapiti hill consists of a nine-tower T-bar lift, a lodge, rentals and night skiing all at affordable rates.
The Elkford Aquatic Centre has a competition-size pool, hot tub and sauna.
There are two public schools Rocky Mountain Elementary School and Elkford Secondary School with a combined student population of 400 (January 2006).
There are 5 open-pit coal mines within an hour's drive of Elkford: Fording River Operations (FRO), Greenhills Operations (GHO), Line Creek Operations (LCO), Elkview Operations (EVO) and Coal Mountain Operations (CMO). All mines belong to Teck Resources. Elkford was created, due to mining activity, in the early 1970s. Many Elkford residents work directly for the mines as Teck employees or as contractors and other residents work in service industries directly related to the mines.
There has been an influx of people buying homes and building new homes, merely to enjoy the mountain wilderness Elkford has to offer, as casual residents. There are approximately 2,500 residents in Elkford.