Santa Claus – Post Office & Community Centre – wagon rides (pickup/drop off)
Bragg Creek Leather Shop – making Christmas cards
Lucid Café – coffee & hot chocolate
Spirits West Merchants – hot mulled wine
Carl’s Jr. – making pipe cleaner reindeer
Belcourt Pet Spa & Supplies – dog biscuits *Only available Dec 1st & 8th
Gypsy Maries – Christmas suckers
Bragg Creek Oil & Vinegar Market – oil & balsamic vinegar tasting
One of a Kind Gifts – free draw
Sandstone Pharmacies Bragg Creek – scavenger hunt
Creekers Bistro – cookie decorating
Sugar Shake Bakery – movie & popcorn
Community Centre: Concession, fire pit, Christmas crafts & washrooms
Kids Only Christmas Store *Only available Dec 1st from 12-3pm
Possak Irish Dancers – Irish Dancing and Christmas sing along *Only available Dec 9th from 2-3pm
The Bavarian Inn Restaurant – rest stop & hot apple cider, hot chocolate & cookies
Bragg Creek Trading Post – making magic reindeer food
Seniors Chalet – face painting, storytelling, hot cocoa, cookies *Not available Dec 8th
Crabapple Cottage Ladies Boutique – peppermint bark
The Painted Moose – Christmas crafts
Elbow Valley and West Bragg Creek Trail Locator
There are hundreds of kilometres of trails in the Elbow Valley and West Bragg Creek – it’s a chaotic tangle of lines. You can use this map to choose a trail on your smartphone while driving out to Kananaskis for a day on the trail. If you want to explore and lose yourself in the wild lands of Kananaskis, this may help. This map shows the entire Elbow Valley from the Little Elbow Recreation Area to the hamlet of Bragg Creek. Although it is currently under construction, the map even shows the West Bragg Creek Road Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail. The new, upgraded parking lot for the West Bragg Creek Day Use Area will be open by the end of July, 2017.
The extraordinary thing about the map is its interactivity. Roll your mouse over, or tap on a trail and you’ll see the name and length of the trail. There’s more than meets the eye.
The Hamlet got hammered in the flood of 2013, but, five years later, we’re back and as good as ever. Lots to see and do here – great food, good times, art and fashions. Gift shops, homes to buy, aboriginal arts and crafts, motorcycle and bicycle sales and services. Health and wellness is yours through Yoga, Pilates, Physiotherapy, Chiropractic care and Health foods. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, go to the General Store, they’ve got lots of cool stuff. The grocery is a wonderful mix of basics and delicacies. Bars, booze and ice cream, we’ve got that too. All a short drive from Calgary. Oh – not to mention 100s of kilometres of trails, facilities and awesome scenery in West Bragg Creek and Kananaskis. More info on www.braggcreek.ca See the video
The flood of 2013 damaged the Recreation Areas in the Elbow Valley of Kananaskis. Allen Bill Pond and Elbow Falls were popular destinations for picnics. Now, the pond is gone and the picnic tables and shoreline at the falls were destroyed. Alberta Parks undertook major repairs throughout the valley, building a new trailhead for the Fullerton Loop, adding parking, restoring trails and investing money and work to upgrade Cobble Flats. It is now the best place to picnic in the valley.
A few years ago a family of beaver started building a dam on Bragg Creek, inside Kananaskis. It grew and grew, creating a whole ecosystem for themselves, other animals and birds. Last June heavy rain overloaded the pond, opening a breach in the dam. As water streamed through the hole got larger, draining the pond. Once drained, the size of their engineering feet became visible. You can see a video and photos of it by following the link below. Over the summer a new dam appeared upstream of the original. It is relatively small so far, but they’re busy building it.
Looking for somewhere to take your family or your friends in Kananaskis?
Please have a look at this feature on the great places to recreate around Bragg Creek
The flood of 2013 had a devastating effect on many of the favoured picnic areas and trailheads like Allen Bill Pond and Elbow Falls. But there are many other places to take your family and friends when you visit the Elbow Valley and West Bragg Creek. Day Use Areas