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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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.

2016 Carbon Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Survey

The District of Sparwood has completed the 2016 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) Public Report as required by the Province of BC. The CARIP Report summarizes the actions taken in 2016 and those proposed for 2017 to reduce corporate and community‐wide energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and reports on progress towards achieving carbon neutrality.   

Overnight Vehicle and RV Storage!

The District of Sparwood provides overnight vehicle storage (including travel trailers, RV’s, etc.) at our impound lot for any vehicle that is parked on public park and greenbelts areas!

Costs include impoundment fees and fines ranging from $125 - $500.

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. 

Employment Opportunity: Summer Camp Leaders

2017 Summer Camp Leaders

The 2017 Summer Camp will run Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm starting on July 3rd and ending on August 18th. Leaders will be responsible for the planning, organization, coordination and implementation of our summer camp program. Candidates should be energetic, well organized, have outstanding leadership skills and enjoy working with kids of all ages.  Camp leaders should have experience working with children, valid first aid and a diverse knowledge of games, crafts and sporting activities.  Our leaders must be able to work independently and as a team.  Candidates must be 16 years or older and be available from June 30 until August 18, 2017.   Training will occur the week of June 26, 2017. Successful candidates must be available to assist with the annual Canada Celebrations on July 1st.  Applications with cover letter, resume and references will be received at 367 Pine Ave, Sparwood, BC until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 30, 2017.  Current hourly rate for this position is $15.00.

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)

High Five Leadership Training

Teaches front line leaders how to enhance the quality of the programs they are delivering when working with children aged 6-12. 

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. 

Employment Opportunity: Casual Clerk (2 Positions)

The District of Sparwood is inviting applications for a casual employee to fill the position of Casual Clerk in the Engineering, Public Works and Finance Departments. This casual position is on an on-call basis to cover absences due to illness, vacation, special leaves or any approved leave, to fill temporary vacancies and augment staffing levels during peak periods. The candidate should be available on short notice to fill in for unplanned absences. There is no guarantee of hours with this position.

  • 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