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.
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.”
People of Bragg Creek
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Bragg Creek Tour – 2017
Take a tour of Bragg Creek to see what it it’s like to live, work and play here. We live hidden in the forested foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 40 minutes west of Calgary, Alberta. The community has an interesting history, influenced by the Elbow River and the wild lands that surround us, providing a venue for outdoor adventure that sustains us and those who come to visit.
Interactive Elbow Valley Trail Locator Map
Interactive Elbow Valley and West Bragg Creek Trails Locator map
As an Information Graphics Designer at The Montreal Gazette I made lots of maps. That was before Google Maps. But, there will always be a need for specialized maps, focusing on a unique territory, that contains relevant information. That is the case with this map of the Elbow Valley and West Bragg Creek.
There are hundreds of kilometres of trails – it’s a chaotic tangle of lines. The official Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association map shows part of the territory, it’s very large and there is almost too much information. I wanted a map people could use to choose a trail on their smartphones while driving out to Kananaskis for a day on the trail.
My map took years to produce. Drawing all the contour lines for the elevation of terrain alone was a chore. The first version had the original trails, built when K-Country was created back in the 1970s. Then the GBCTA and CMBA built a whole new tangle of trails in the 2010s. I used several different maps as reference with several different sources of information. Some trails I measured with a ruler on a printed map to find the length.
This is by no means an exact rendering of the trails. Don’t expect to find your way home using this map. But, 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.
The extraordinary thing about this 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. Click/tap the map or the link below to see more.
You might have noticed a lot of moths around lately (June 2017). You also may have noticed that the ridgetops all along the north side of the West Bragg Creek Road from Saddle & Sirloin to Twopines are brown. They should be brilliant green now. But, they are brown because there aren’t leaves on the trees. It’s a minor infestation, leading to the defoliation of the Aspen trees.
There are two culprits – the Bruce Spanworm and the Large Aspen Tortrix. They are moths, but it is the caterpillar (larvae) stage that eat the leaves. These larvae hatch from eggs then are deposited on the leaves of the Aspen (in the case of the tortrix), or in cracks or moss at the base of the trees (in the case of the spanworm). Typically, the trees will survive.
July 3, 2017
The Banded Peak Challenge – Wayback
The Banded Peak Challenge was a fund-raising event for Easter Seals Camp Horizon. It was held annually from 2002 until 2016 in the Little Elbow Recreational Area, located at the end of Hwy. 66, in Kananaskis, 30 km west of Bragg Creek, Alberta. The Challenge began near Forgetmenot Pond. Participants cycled 13.5 km to the Mountain Base Camp, then hiked 5 km to the top of Banded Peak. Total distance (return) 37 km. Height Gain 1,416 m.
The event provided a significant contribution to the camp which allows special needs children a chance to do things they could never imagine possible. Thirty guides, bike mechanics and emergency medical personnel were on the route, providing assistance.
Here you’ll find how the event was run, photos, a video of the event, a guide to help you do the adventure yourself and some materials to help others develop a similar event.