Bragg Creek is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 44 kilometers west of Calgary on Highway 22. This rustic little village is nestled in the lee of the foothills to the south and west, the T'suu T'ina Nation (Sarcee) Indian reserve to the east and crown land known as the Jumping Pound Lease to the north. The hamlet of Bragg Creek sits on the banks of the crystal clear Elbow River, and surrounded by lush pine forests. The unspoiled natural surroundings and wildlife attract city folk on weekends and holidays. Just west of town is Bragg Creek Provincial Park, with miles of trails ideal for hiking, mountain biking and cross country skiing.
Bragg Creek itself is a small stream with its' source on the slopes of Moose Mountain that flows into the Elbow River in the Hamlet which in turn flows into the Elbow that meanders through Calgary. Moose Mountain is 2,437 m (7,995 ft) tall and is on the leading edge of the Rocky Mountain front range. When viewed from Springbank it bears a striking resemblance to the head and back of a moose. Banded Peak, at 2,934 m (9,626 ft) forms another scenic backdrop in the community. It is named for the horizontal stripe which slices across the top of the mountain.
Bragg Creek has a small collection of antique and craft shops and charming restaurants. The Frontier Candy Ice Cream Company (with 40 flavors) in the Bragg Creek Shopping Centre, will justify your trip. Bragg Creek is home to the Wintergreen Golf & Country Club. In the winter, you can ski and snowboard at the Wintergreen ski hill (with night-skiing) and in late spring through early fall golf the challenging and picturesque golf course. The Bragg Creek Steak Pit hosts the Mountain Song Native Dinner Theatre, performed by the area's first nations people, on the first Thursday each month.
The first Youth Hostel in North America came to be as a temporary camp erected at the confluence of Bragg Creek and the Elbow River on July 1, 1933. Mary and Catherine Barclay set up the 12 by 14 foot tent. In 1936 a wooden cabin with a dining room and two sleeping rooms was built 3 kilometers north on the way to Wintergreen. The hostel was later rebuilt inside the Kananaskis Country entrance at West Bragg Creek, but it burned down in 1984 and not been replaced.
Annual events include: Bull-O-Rama Rodeo (late June), T'suu T'ina Pow Wow (July), Bragg Creek Days (July).
Today, Bragg Creek is part of the Municipal District of Rocky View No. 44 and has a population just over 6,000 people.
Bragg Creek Alberta Recreation & Culture
Bragg Creek Parks
Bragg Creek has beautiful parks and natural green spaces are well-known throughout Alberta and invite quiet retreats and action packed getaways. A water playground, participark, western ranch and wildlife sanctuary are just some of Bragg Creek park highlights. Biking, paddling, skating, cross-country skiing, athletics, bird watching, picnics and peaceful walks can all be enjoyed in various parks and facilities along streams, creeks and the Bragg Creek River.
Bragg Creek Trails
Within the city of Bragg Creek, Waskasoo Park offers over 80 kilometers of paved and shale trails along the river valley for a wide variety of recreational pursuits such as cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding.
Bragg Creek and Area Golf Courses
Bragg Creek offers many choices for the golf enthusiast. The River Bend Golf Course is a municipal 18-hole championship caliber golf course in Waskasoo Park. An 18-hole private course bordering the Bragg Creek River along with three other public courses provide a good variety. Courses at nearby Lacombe, Innisfail, Sylvan Lake and Wolf Creek add to the abundance of golfing opportunities.
Bragg Creek Recreation Programs
The City of Bragg Creek, sporting groups, and many community associations, offer a host of recreational opportunities for children and adults alike. Opportunities range from recreational classes and programs, family festivals, sports teams and community groups, and drop-in activities. For more information contact the Recreation, Parks and Culture Department.
Bragg Creek Museums & Interpretive Centres
The Bragg Creek and District Museum, Kerry Wood Nature Interpretive Centre, and Fort Normandeau bring a historical and educational perspective to Bragg Creek and the Central Alberta region together with the recently-opened Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Bragg Creek Festivals & Events
Westerner Days, Bragg Creek International Air Show, First Night Celebration, Winter Fest, Heritage Day, Youth Fest, Canada Day, Agri-trade Show, Mayor's Garden Party, World of Women trade show, and the Silver Buckle Rodeo are just some of Central Alberta's family festivals and events. For information on current events in the Bragg Creek area, check out the Bragg Creek & Community Events Calendar.
Arts & Culture Facilities & Organizations
The state of the art Bragg Creek College Arts Centre, The Westerner and many other venues throughout the city offer a variety of live performances including music, drama and dance.
Bragg Creek has an abundant arts and culture organizations provide opportunities throughout the community to get involved in a wide range of drama, musical and other cultural pursuits.
Bragg Creek Restaurants
Bragg Creek can accommodate almost everyone's entertainment needs. With more than 160 restaurants to choose from you won't be disappointed with your options - you'll find everything from ethnic cuisine to western fare.
With major shopping areas on each end of the city and countless shopping opportunities in-between, Bragg Creek is Central Alberta's shopping centre. You'll enjoy searching for unique treasures in quaint stores and finding great bargains in some of the wholesale shops. The Bragg Creek Farmer's Market is also a great destination for shoppers and is open to locals and visitors throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Bragg Creek Real Estate
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