Seeing the Post Office wall, I thought it would be a great idea to create an online Bulletin Board. I used to have one about 15 years ago. It was a great place to discuss community issues.
This one is different. It’s designed to provide local businesses, people and organizations an opportunity to share the information they post on the wall, in the grocery and elsewhere, with an online version. There are four categories: – News and general information – Services available and Jobs – Events – For Sale Services has quite a few “forums” where Tradespeople can offer services. Health and Wellness is another forum. There is more; Jobs, Recreation, Personal & Professional, Arts & Culture, Retail, Restaurants, Pets, Education and Accommodation. The idea is to have all this organized and always available. Also, because it’s online, links to web sites and email addresses are live links. There’s also a calendar where events posted can be added to the calendar. Check it out. There’s something happening today. You can add images and upload documents. I posted about 70 notices, collected since last September. Now, it’s up to you to add your own information. You can use the “Media” link in the top navigation bar to view a photo gallery of the notices posted between September, 2017 and early January, 2018. The site is on a secure server, so information you provide is locked up.
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.
It’s a big black world out there. I like to know what’s going on out there, so I have a yard light installed on an old power pole. This is the third light – the first was a 300 watt halogen. I didn’t like climbing a ladder to replace the bulb. The second was a LED that had a defective photocell switch. This 150 watt light produces 17,300 Lumens – that’s a lot of light. Watch the review: See the video
I have an outdoor camera with an infra red flash (for nighttime – the animals can’t see it) and an activity monitor, or motion sensor (it reacts to heat). It takes still and HD video images of animals when they approach. It’s a lot of fun.
Around the house, most images captured are of the deer that live here. The image above is Mom deer. She has two offspring this year. We also have moose, coyotes, bears and cougars that pass through, but they seem to be camera shy.
From May to October of 2015, I setup the camera in several locations in West Bragg Creek, Kananaskis and caught a variety of animals and birds. I made 6 videos, one for each month.
Highway 66, past Elbow Falls, winter gate will close on December 1 and reopen May 14, 2018.
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