Sounds like this might be a peculiar kind of shuffle or hip-hop, but it is a pleasant, stroll in the Provincial Park and another in the Hamlet of Bragg Creek.

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The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association built the Centennial Pathway in honour of Alberta’s 100th birthday. Completed in October of 2005, the pathway used to connect the commercial and community centre of Bragg Creek with the natural world that surrounds us. Unfortunately, the 2013 flood washed away part of the trail that connected the Provincial Park to the hamlet. So, this is now two walks, one through the park and one in the hamlet. You can park by the Elbow River near the Original Trading Post or in the hamlet to begin the hamlet walk. Park near the entrance to the park, at the east end of the parking lot, to walk through the woods, down to the Elbow River and back. There is an option to continue past the trail hazard sign until you reach the highway. I can’t recommend walking on the shoulder towards the hamlet, but it does connect to the sidewalk and the hamlet walk.

For a perfect day out, start in the Bragg Creek Provincial Park where you can barbecue your lunch on the firepits provided. Picnic tables, toilets, play areas, ample parking and trash bins are also provided.

Head out for a pleasant hike through the forest and along the river bank in the park. Drive a short distance to the roadside parking near the Trading Post on White Avenue where you can start your 1 kilometre walk along the Centennial Trail. The hamlet trail is a paved sidewalk beside White Avenue. Do yourself a favour – check it out. Stroll along the sidewalk, past homes, restaurants and shops into the Hamlet of Bragg Creek. Browse the malls and wind up your walk on the Balsam Avenue bridge across the Elbow River. A leisurely stroll, there and back, will take about 2 hours (that’s without stopping to shop or dine along the way).

The hamlet walking tour

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The Provincial Park Trail

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