Second exit for West Bragg Creek and Wintergreen
Open House at the Snowbirds Chalet
September 20, 2017, 5 to 8 PM
During the flood of 2013 the Balsam Avenue Bridge was closed for 2 ½ days after a building that got washed downstream crashed into it. People on the north and west side of the bridge were unable to get in or out. The bridge on Hwy 66, near Allen Bill was closed when its embankment washed away. Highway 758, near the Trading Post, was closed when a large section of it washed away.
Now, four years later, the county is holding an Open House to talk about the access problem. One of their proposals is another bridge. A better solution would be an overland route north of West Bragg Creek. That solution became more difficult when the province exchanged public land north of Bragg Creek for land that is part of the Tsuut’ina Nation bordering Calgary. The Nation land was needed for the Southwest Ring Road. One of the odd outcomes of that transfer is that Bragg Creek is no longer connected to Rocky View County.
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.
Construction Closure – full and partial until Oct. 31
Forgetmenot & Little Elbow
West Bragg Creek
See photos of the work in progress
The Verdant Creek Fire
This B.C. wildfire is the one that is affecting Bragg Creek as of Sept. 3, 2017. We are experiencing occasional heavy smoke and some ash falling. Environment Canada has issued several Air Quality Alerts for Bragg Creek.
Date of Discovery
July 15, 2017
Affecting Assiniboine Provincial Park and Kootenay National Park
The fire is about 100 km west of Bragg Creek
Estimated Size (HA)
The fire is currently estimated to be approximately 15,555 hectares; however it is difficult to determine an exact fire size on an ongoing basis.
Stage of Control
Fire of Note – means a wildfire that is highly visible or poses a potential threat to public safety
How long will it last
Significant rainfall is required to extinguish the fire. The fire season extends well into September
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
Bragg Creek Days Parade Video – 2017
This was a big one. The 50th time it’s been held. So it began in 1967, when Canada turned 100 and this year Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. That was the theme for the Seniors float and they rose to the challenge.
There were many participants back for another year and many that I hadn’t seen before. Lots of crazy, comic, Creeky floats, the log rollers were pretty cool. It was great to see Barb Teghtmeyer, the Parade Marshall, with Jack Elsdon’s restored truck.There were a few cool trucks and tractors and, of course, lots of horses. There seemed to be fewer children than in the past. I loved the decorated bikes and also the Shriners airplanes from the past. But, as always, the firefighters were there to spray the crowd with water and they brought along a bagpipe band for good measure. There was lots going on at the Community Centre and at the Yoga Studio. That’s the great thing about Bragg Creek, the mix of western traditions and alternative lifestyles.
See the video