April 3, 2017 Community Newsletter


The Balmer North Miners Memorial Committee would like to invite everyone to the Unveiling of the Bronze Miner Statue and premiere of the documentary film in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Balmer North Explosion. Honouring the memory of those who lost their lives mining coal in the Sparwood and Elkford area mines. 

April 3, 2017 

Ceremony 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Titan Park, 141 Aspen Drive, Sparwood, British Columbia 
followed by Premiere of the Documentary Film on the Balmer North explosion at the Causeway Bay. 

Please dress for the weather and bring a lawn chair if desired as there is only limited seating for seniors.

The memorial wall with the names of 181 miners will be unveiled on the Workers Day of Mourning on April 28th at 12:00 noon. A sample of what the wall will look like will be on site at the ceremony for viewing.

There will also be a showing of the documentary film at the Vogue Theatre in Fernie on April 20th and at Lilac Terrace (date TBD).

Please join us in honouring the memory of those who lost their lives mining coal in the Sparwood and Elkford area mines.

Please RSVP to minersmemorialcommittee@sparwood.ca or call 1.250.425.6271


Parent & Tot - aquatots Swim Lessons
Ages 4 - 36 months. This class combines Red Cross Starfish, Duck, and Sea Turtle. Designed to have parents in the water with their child. Parents learn to teach their child about the water through play and imitation.

Preschool swim lessons
5 Levels for Children 3 - 5 years old. Unparented, progression based on the successful completion of all performance criteria. Lessons are engaging and fun, through songs and activities.

Swim Kids
10 Level Program for children ages 6 + based on progression of skills and knowledge. Children learn to swim, be fit, and stay safe in a fun environment that promotes achieving a personal best and celebrates personal success.

For detailed information on classes and times see page 4 of The Spring & Summer 2017 Leisure Guide. 


On the Friday, March 24, two swimmers from the Sparwood Dragonflies after school swim club got the chance to learn from the best -literally! The girls joined swimmers from across Southern Alberta for a swim clinic with Brent Hayden, 6-time Canadian Record Holder and still the Fastest Canadian Male Swimmer of all time. 

The girls got to participate in a very hands-on Freestyle (Front Crawl) skills breakdown clinic in the water, as well as ask Hayden questions about motivation, goal setting, fitness and diet - and just about anything else. 

The swim clinic was a coordinated effort between the Dragonflies Swim Coach (Yvette Putter), and the swim club presidents from Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass. 

The goal is to have the camp return to the area annually each Spring.

Photo and article submitted by Yvette Putter.



The Sparwood & District Arts & Heritage Council in partnership with the District of Sparwood, Heritage Canada, and the Canada 150 Foundation is pleased to announce a commission for art work in honor of Canada’s 150-year celebration.

Interested artists are encouraged to submit proposals to the Sparwood Arts Council until April 12th, 2017 that distinctly celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, 150 years of the Elk Valley, Sparwood and the Ktunaxa.

All proposals will be evaluated by an independent committee, based upon the attached guidelines and criteria.

Click here for more information.


May 2, 2017
Tuesday 6:00 - 8:30 pm

This course will instruct adults (and teens 14 and over) how to belay and climb properly. Participants will learn about climbing equipment, terminology, and safety communication. 


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What's Inside....  

  • Spring Swim Lessons Set #1
  • Community Information & Registration Night  
  • Spring Pool Schedule 
  • Fitness Classes
  • Community Clean Up 2017
  • Pickleball
  • National Lifeguard Pool Certification
  • Internet Safety Workshop

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Phone: 250.425.0552/ Fax: 250.425.0551/ Email: recoffice@sparwood.ca