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Roadside Attraction in Sparwood, BC - The World's Biggest Dump Truck

By touring - Posted on 23 June 2010

Roadside Attraction in Sparwood, BC - The  World's Biggest Dump Truck

With an abundance of metallurgical/thermal coal surrounding the town, Sparwood, BC is a picturesque resource town that holds the distinction of having the world's biggest dump truck.

Located in the rugged Elk Valley in the southwestern corner of BC, this monster stands over 22 feet tall and weighs over 260 tons when empty. Two buses can fit in its payload bay and there's still room for cars to fit!

It was built in 1974 by General Motors and was used for years to move high-grade metallurgical coal from the .

Height = 6.88 meters (22'7)Length = 20.09 meters (65'11")
Width = 7.57 meters (24'10")Weight = 260 tons
Payload = 360 tons

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This Terex Titan is now permanently parked beside Highway 3 along the Crows Nest Highway, the southern and slower inter-provincial highway that crosses the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It's bigger than the other .

Sparwood, BC is located 20 minutes northeast (30 kilometers) of Fernie, BC (famous for it's skiing and Champaign powder snow) and only 18 kilometers from the Alberta border. At the junction of highway #3 and #43, you'll see this massive machine that beckons to be photographed. <

Things to do in Sparwood, BC

I've been through Sparwood, BC many times and honestly have never stayed overnight, choosing instead to stay in the more popular town of Fernie. However, this is a picturesque town, surrounded by mountains and offers spectacular nature activities such as mountain biking, hiking, fishing and golfing.

I plan to spend a weekend here to explore the natural beauty and outdoor fun in the Elk Valley. In winter, many Calgarians and other southern Albertans enjoy the incredible snow and backcountry snowmobile trails around the vicinity.

  • Take a live tour of one of the largest open-pit mines in Canada. Open throughout July and August, you'll see the big rigs & shovels in action, recovering some of the cleanest burning coal on the planet. Pre-register at the (250-425-2423 or 1-877-485-8185).
  • Enjoy a leisurely stroll around town along the Sparwood Mining History Walking Tour. On display is the old mining equipment and huge painted murals depicting the coal mining history of the area.
  • Play a round of golf at the 9-Hole Sparwood Golf Club.
  • Fly fish on the clear and cold Elk River and surrounding tributaries.
  • On a hot day, float down the Elk River in a raft.
  • Peddle along the biking trails between Sparwood and Fernie.
  • Hiking in the alpine forests surrounding the town is spectacular. Once clear of the thick trees, you'll be rewarded with grand views of the town from high atop the mountains. Be cautious as wildlife is abundant in this part of British Columbia.
  • Local wildlife frequently seen include elk, mountain sheep & goats, deer, moose, black bears. The more elusive Grizzly bear, cougar and wolf also make their home in the forests around Sparwood, BC.
  • Snowmobiling is spectacular in the Elk Valley. Snowmobile maps are available at the Visitor's Centre during the winter season.

Sparwood, BC is a modern town which was born in 1968 when the surrounding the communities were moved and amalgamated due to environmental concerns. Even though the town in new, there's a long history to coal mining in the Elk Valley. The move was documented in the National Film Board's documentary, .

For more information on things to do in Sparwood, BC, contact the Visitors Centre next to the biggest dump truck roadside attraction. Check out other .

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