Big Tourist Attraction in Sparwood, British Columbia

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 21st Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If you travel the Crowsnest Pass through the Rocky Mountains in Southern British Columbia you should stop in Sparwood to see the World's Biggest Truck.

Where is Sparwood, British Columbia?

Sparwood is located in SE British Columbia on the Crowsnest Pass Highway, in what is called the Elk River Valley. It is very close to the Alberta boarder. The main industry of Sparwood is mining and logging. If you look around it is not hard to see signs of either on the mountains nearby. Sparwood is a short drive from Fernie, BC.

The World's Biggest Truck

It is hard to put the Terex 33-19 Titan in perspective unless you are standing right next to it. This is known as the biggest truck in the world and is a tourist attraction in Sparwood, BC, Canada.

This massive truck was an offroad protype made by General Motors Canada in 1973. Only one was ever produced and it was used for 13 years.

Statistics of the Terex Titan

Length: 66ft 9 inches (20.35 meters)

Width: 25ft 7 inches (7.8 meters)

Height: 22ft 7inches (6.88 meters)

Weight: 260 tons

Wheel Base: 29ft 11 inches (9.12 meters)

Tires – 11 feet (3.4 meters) tall, and weigh 4 tons each

It can carry 350 tons and was used for mining, in the box it could hold 2 Greyhound buses and still have room for 2 pick up trucks.

The Terex Titan is in the Guiness book of Records as being the world's largest tandem axle rear dumping hauler ever built.

Thoughts and Other Tourism Links

What really impressed me the most about the World's largest truck was that as huge as it was, it was still tiny when compared to the mountains that surrounded us. I also enjoyed the strange yellow green color of the massive truck against the blue sky.

There are mining tours a person can also take in Sparwood but we did not take such a tour ourselves. You can book these at the tourist booth which is next to the Titan Terex.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Apparently the pleas of writers per the string in Buzz's recent post are being ignored. Too bad. There was great potential here that is being neglected and is clearly not adequately valued.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

WOW !!! That's some vehicle. I saw some of these large mining trucks on TV and was amazed at their size. Thanks for sharing...

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author avatar Retired
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

That's HUGE. Good page and PICS, Mark. Congrats on your star.

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author avatar Buzz
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Holy smoke! First time I've seen such a huge truck, Mark. Thanks for the historic share.

Guys, see my link below to see what David above meant. I'm sure Mark won't mind with his open mind. Join us for the betterment of Wikinut.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Great post Mark. I tried to google + 1 it but it comes upi red.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

That's what's happen when I click on it too....

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author avatar Retired
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Interesting...thanks for sharing...

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Thanks for the note/comment, Mark. Too bad we have to communicate this way. When things are fixed, I may be back.

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author avatar Songbird B
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Wow! That is one HUGE truck!! Amazing photo and facts, Mark...Congrats on a great Star Page..

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author avatar Delicia Powers
24th Sep 2011 (#)

Very amazing, thanks for this great information Mark...

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