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 roadside attraction 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 world's second largest producing mine of metallurgical coal (2004).
|Height = 6.88 meters (22'7)||Length = 20.09 meters (65'11")|
|Width = 7.57 meters (24'10")||Weight = 260 tons|
|Payload = 360 tons|
This Terex Titan is now permanently parked beside Highway 3 along the Crowsnest Highway, the southern and slower inter-provincial highway that crosses the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It's even bigger than the other large dump truck on display in Logan Lake, BC.
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.
This picturesque town is surrounded by mountains and offers spectacular nature activities such as mountain biking, hiking, fishing and golfing.
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 is relatively new, there's a long history to coal mining in the Elk Valley. The move was documented in the National Film Board's documentary, That's the Price.
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 roadside attractions in BC... or discover the many other things to see and do in beautiful British Columbia!