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Eating ice cream is probably the most popular activity in Bragg Creek. Next comes browsing the shops. But there is a lot more to do here although not all that much of it is familiar. This is probably one of the few places where you can ride your horse into town to pick up a litre of milk. You can stroll the tree-lined streets down to the river’s edge, where, if you are brave enough, you can jump in.
Bragg Creek is a popular day-trip for Calgarians. No wonder. We’re located a short fourty-five minutes west, nestled among trees, in the foothills with the Rocky Mountains looming on the horizon. This is an invitation to get out and enjoy the scenery. Take a hike, lounge by Allen Bill Pond or admire Elbow Falls while you roast burgers on the fire pits provided. Jump on a horse for a guided trail ride, or mount an ATV for a motorized facsimile.
Bragg Creek is a gateway to outdoor adventure. There are hundreds of kilometres of trails winding through the hills and valleys of the Elbow Valley for cycling and hiking. There are a number of marathon runs and we’re a popular destination for bicycle road riders.
During the winter cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, fat biking, tobogganing and snowmobiling are great ways to get out and get some fun.
Everyone is welcome at the three main events during the summer. Bragg Creek Days and the Tsuu T’ina Rodeo and Pow Wow are celebrations of summer, culture and lifestyle, held at the end of July. During the Scarecrow Festival, held in October, over a hundred cute, comic and weird creatures pop up all around. It’s great fun.
The Performing Arts group bring in musical entertainers during the winter and the pre-Christmas craft shows are popular. The BraggArts Theatre troup mount several shows each season.
But, for those looking for other activities here are a couple of ideas.
Ice skating in Kananaskis
Allen Bill is no longer a pond and you can’t get to Forgetmenot Pond in winter as Hwy. 66 is closed at Elbow Falls. However, some people bring shovels to McLean Pond and clear an unauthorized rink for their kids to skate on. Otherwise there is a frozen pond and an ice rink in Kananaskis Village, the townsite near the Nakiska Ski Hill.
This sport has become very popular. So much so they built a snowshoe trail in West Bragg Creek. It is a loop that runs parallel to the Hostel Loop trail. It differs from a ski trail in that it is narrow and has a lot of twists and turns. The problem is, it is so popular that it gets packed down quickly so that wearing snowshoes is more trouble than a benefit. I suggest you follow the trail signs, but walk off the trail where the snow is fresh and deep. There is also a frozen pond along the trail that is fun to explore.
Hamilton, On has banned tobagganing, Calgary bylaw officers will hit you with a $100 fine for bad behaviour while tobagganing. Come out to Kananaskis where you can just play and have fun. There is a toboggan hill in the Elbow Valley along Hwy. 66 before Allen Bill. It’s right in front of you as you approach a sharp left corner. There’s another in West Bragg Creek on the left just before you cross the bridge into the Provincial Recreation Area. There’s a blue plastic fence at the bottom.