Living with wildlife

Sparwood is surrounded by wilderness that is home to an incredible array of wildlife, on major migratory routes where you can expect to see large herds of elk just outside of town as well as white tailed and mule deer.

Black and grizzly bear roam the mountainous forests with moose grazing in the wetlands while cougar laze in amongst the tall cedars.  It’s not unusual to spot bighorn sheep and mountain goats while exploring the hillsides and cliff tops and if you cast your eyes skyward you will probably spot bald eagles, golden eagles and osprey from time to time.

Down in the valley bottom, the Elk River is home to the famed westslope cutthroat trout and large bull trout so if you are a fisherman what are you waiting for?

The District has implemented the Deer Feeding and Wildlife Attractants Bylaw as part of its ongoing commitment to keeping citizens and wildlife safe.  The key goal of the bylaw is to provide regulations for waste and wildlife attractant management to help reduce human-wildlife conflict.  For general information on managing your waste responsibly please contact the Bylaw Enforcement Officer at 250.425.6271 (District Office), 250.425.6820 (Animal Pound) or by email at

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Garbage Pickup Rescheduled - Canada Day 2017

Take Note!

There will be no garbage pickup on the Canada Day stat holiday on Friday, June 30th! Garbage that is normally picked up on Friday will be picked up on Thursday, June 29th instead!

See the official notice here.

BC Hydro Power Outage

BC Hydro requires a five-hour outage to complete maintenance work on the transformer at the Sparwood Substation. The outage is needed so they can switch the substation’s transformer.

The outage is scheduled for five hours on Sunday, June 25 from 2 to 7 am MDT.  It will affect approximately 2,700 customers in the town of Sparwood, Sparwood Heights and the Lower Elk Valley Road; Highway 3 from Sparwood Transfer Staion, east to Michel Creek Road; and north on Highway 43 to Bursato Road.

Canada Day 150

Celebrate Canada’s 150th in Sparwood


2016 Annual Municipal Report

The District of Sparwood’s 2016 Annual Municipal Report is now available for public view. The report will be presented and reviewed by Council at a special meeting on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Residents are encouraged to provide their feedback in person at the meeting or in writing to or in person at the District Office.

Employment Opportunity: Public Works Foreman

The District of Sparwood is hiring! We are looking for a self‐motivated Public Works Foreman to join our team on a full‐time permanent basis.

2017 Tax Notices

The 2017 Tax Notices have been mailed out. If you are a new owner and do not receive a tax notice by June 14, 2017, please come into the District Office to obtain a duplicate copy.

Claim the 2017 Home Owner Grant here! 

Notice to Bidders: Middletown Crossing Trail Grading and Building


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Development Variance Permit 2017-004: 1200 Matevic Road

Council for the District of Sparwood will at the Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on June 19, 2017 consider Development Variance Permit 2017-004 for 1200 Matevic Road (Lot 3 DL 8523 Kootenay District Plan 15783 PID 008-481-458)

Public Notice: Meeting Cancelled May 29, 2017

Please take notice that the Committee of the Whole meeting of the District of Sparwood Council scheduled for Monday, May 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers, Municipal Office has been CANCELLED.

BC Hydro Columbia Operations Conference Call for General Public

BC Hydro will be providing an opportunity for their Operations Planners to share information with the general public on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11:00 am MT (10:00 am Pacific Daylight Time) about how they are preparing for high water levels this year and planning for flood operations, if needed.  

Deadline to register is Noon on Monday, May 15, 2017.

Baby Bed Pilot Project

Children First/Success by 6 is working in partnership with Interior Health East Kootenay Public Health Nursing to pilot a project designed to promote safe sleep for infants as well as an early and meaningful connection with Public Health Nursing and community resources for first time parents in the East Kootenay.

Baby beds will be available at no cost for all families having their first baby on or after June 1, 2017 (while supplies last).

Request for Proposals: Primary and Auxiliary Building Automation

The District of Sparwood invites interested parties to submit proposals for the integration of a Building Automation System that will provide web based oversight of District facilities. Interested parties must submit proposals for the project listed above no later than June 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT. 

Development Variance Permit 2017-002: 141B Aspen Drive

Council for the District of Sparwood will at the Regular Meeting at 1:00 p.m. on June 5, 2017 will consider Development Variance Permit 2017-002 for 141B Aspen Drive (Lot 1 DL 4589 Kootenay District Plan NEP60574 PID 023-956-402)

Development Variance Permit 2017-003: 628 Sparwood Drive

Council for the District of Sparwood will at the Regular Meeting at 1:00 p.m. on June 5, 2017 will consider Development Variance Permit 2017-003 for 628 Sparwood Drive (Lot 4 DL 4589 Kootenay District Plan 14330 PID 009-835-172)

Residential Spring Cleanup

It's that time of year again where you can sign up to have one pickup truck load of refuse removed from your property!

Cost is $20 (seniors 65+ free) and the deadline to sign up is Friday, May 19th. Click for more details on what can and cannot be picked up. 

  • The District has implemented the Firearm Regulation Bylaw to establish a ‘no shooting area’ within the community.  The no shooting area includes longbows and crossbows, as identified on the boundary map.  Please note that private lands outside of the boundary map may also be off-limits to hunters.

    For more information on hunting and trapping regulations please visit the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations website for prior to your outing.

  • The Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) Program is a toll free tip-line and web-based service provided through the Ministry of Environment that allows you to report known or suspected violations of fisheries, wildlife, or environmental protection laws – anonymously and without risk of confronting the offender.

    If you have witnessed a serious violation, please call toll free:

    If it is not an emergency, you can report the incident online or contact the Conservation Officer at 1.877.952.7277.

  • The District’s Deer Feeding and Wildlife Attractants Bylaw states that you may not feed or store wildlife attractants in such a way that they are accessible to or attracts dangerous wildlife.  The Bylaw Enforcement Officer may take remedial action if a resident fails to do so.  Remedial action may include, but is not limited to removal of cooking grills, pet food, bird feeders or any other wildlife attractants deemed unsafe. 

    It is an offence in Sparwood to feed or attempt to feed deer either directly or by leaving food or other wildlife attractants. All residents are required to store their waste and any attractants in a building that is not accessible to wildlife.  Waste must be placed in an approved wildlife container and shall not be placed out for collection prior to 5am on collection day, unless securely covered with a tight fitting lid. Fruit must be removed from any tree, bush or the ground, which is likely to attract dangerous wildlife.

    The following table reflects the applicable fines when a person violates the above restrictions:

    1st Offence 2nd Offence 3rd & Subsequent Offence
    Birdfeeder that is accessible to dangerous wildlife $500 $750 $1,000
    Fail to maintain fruit tree/brush $500 $750 $1,000
    Fail to store/dispose refuse or attractants appropriately $250 $300 $500
    Fail to take remedial action to avoid wildlife conflict $250 $300 $500
    Fail to use an approved wildlife container $100 $150 $200
    Feed dangerous wildlife $500 $750 $1,000
    Feed deer or other wildlife $250 $300 $500
    Place attractants for dangerous wildlife $500 $750 $1,000
    Place attractants for deer $250 $300 $500
    Unlawful disposal or storage of waste $100 $150 $200

    Note* Fines are reduced by 50% if paid within 30 days of ticket issuance