Explore Bragg Creek

Children in the Grade three/four class at Banded Peak School were asked to “Explore Bragg Creek”. They produced a pamphlet with original art depicting our community, a map locating 8 features of the community and QR codes (like UPC codes that you scan with your smartphone to link to a web address). Those links connect to a podcast recording of the children talking about those features. The children interviewed people who owned or were expert in their knowledge of the features. As you would expect, their telling of the stories about these important parts of our place have a unique perspective. There is a lot to learn here.

According to Andrew Spelrem, the teacher behind the project, “The idea of the podcast project was for kids to delve into the history of their own community, while at the same time, creating meaningful relationships with community members and experts. Within this project, the kids were able to develop technology skills, interviewing skills, and presentation skills.”

Listen to the children’s podcasts

Download an Acrobat version of the pamphlet

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.

See the Interactive Locator Map

Demolition of the Steak Pit Restaurant

Judging by the response to a Facebook post on the demolition of the Steak Pit Restaurant, this could well be the most important thing to happen in Bragg Creek in the last 20 years. Arguably, water services, the floods and development have affected the community profoundly. But, people had a special relationship with the restaurant. It made memories. The interesting thing is, this story combines all of those events and also marks the . . .

End of an Era – July 17, 2017

The Steak Pit Restaurant was reduced to a pile of rubble today.

Download a copy of the Steak Pit Review

day use areas

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