Located approximately 30 kilometers from Fernie, the District Municipality of Sparwood has approximately 4200 residents. Sparwood is quite large for its population, taking up an area of 177.71 square kilometers and incorporating the local coal mines.
The name Sparwood comes from founding father, Sparky Sparson, proprietor of the first retail lumberyard west of the Rockies, east of Hope, BC. Originally the town was known as "Spar's Woodton", but has been abbreviated since at least the 1870s.
The barn scenes from Disney's 1985 film The Journey of Natty Gann were filmed here.Sparwood is also home to the 2011 boy's B.C provincial champion Snowboarding team.(http://www.thefreepress.ca/sports/121650634.html)