Sparwood

Feature Type:District Municipality (1) - A populated place with legally defined boundaries, incorporated as a district municipality under the provincial Municipal Act.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Just NW of Crowsnest Pass, N of Fernie, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°44'00''N, 114°53'09''W at the approximate location of the Municipal Hall.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82G/10

Origin Notes and History:

Sparwood (Station) adopted in the 1930 BC Gazetteer, as labelled on BC map 1EM, 1915; confirmed 6 April 1950 on BC map 4D. Incorporated as a Village 6 October 1964; re-incorporated as a District Municipality 12 May 1966, called District of Sparwood. Sparwood (District Municipality) confirmed 31 December 1977.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Sparwood Post Office was opened 1 April 1903; closed 11 September 1916.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

The trees near this settlement proved suitable as spars for ships.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997