Alberta & BC Rockies Bragg Creek Recreation
If you're in the Bragg Creek Area, here are some of your recreational opportunities:
Biking to and around Bragg Creek is very popular. You can ride from Calgary to Bragg Creek taking Richmond Road from Westhills Mall in Calgary, winding along the Elbow River. Reward yourself with ice cream at the Bragg Creek Village Centre. this ride can take two to six hours each way depending on your pace: while the route is pretty flat, you need to allow for the prevailing west winds.
West of Bragg Creek, there are plenty of off-road mountain biking trails. Stick to trails to minimize damage to plants and danger to animals.
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The Bragg Creek area has several roadside campgrounds, many with both tent and RV capabilities. These campsites have flush toilets, picnic tables, firewood, cooking stations and drinking water and range from $7 to $19 per night. Popular campgrounds are Gooseberry, McLean Creek, Paddy's Flat, Beaver Flats, Little Elbow, Big Elbow, Fisher Creek, Mesa Butte, North Fork and Wildhorse. You may need to reserve ahead during the summer months.
If you want to picnic in the great outdoors, there are many places around Bragg Creek. Any hiking trail has a picnic area, but cook only in provided fire pits, using the wood provided (do not collect your own). Use the waste containers provided for all your garbage (they're bear-proof).
West of Bragg Creek the 45 kilometres of cross-country ski trails double as hiking trails in the summer. They rolling foothills provide a range of easy up to intermediate well-groomed trails, all of which can be done in one day. The trails are very accessible to the city (Calgary), but may be affected by Chinook wind conditions.
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Bragg Creek is home to the Wintergreen Ski Hill, located just west of town. It has lots of beginner and novice slopes, a snowboard park and night skiing. Wintergreen is family-oriented with good prices and a daycare. The vertical drop is 207 m (620 ft) serviced by four lifts, with snowmaking for a November to March ski season.
Other Links: [ Learn to Ski & Snowboard | Ski conditions ]
Golfing in and around Bragg Creek is offered at Wintergreen Golf Club, with the semi-private Pinebrook and the private Glencoe and Elbow Springs clubs on the road from Calgary. The par-71 Wintergreen course is just west of the town of Bragg Creek. The Elbow Springs course has a unique feature with water challenges on 11 of the 18 holes. The 18th hole is a challenging 441-yard dogleg left with water on the left.
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Bragg Creek has hundreds of kilometres of trails just west of town, most are short day-hikes from the parking lot. Popular routes are the Big Elbow, Little Elbow, to Bow Falls and up Mount Romulus. Check with the Elbow Visitor Centre for current weather, fire and wildlife hazards.
Other Links: [ Learn to Hike ]
Four-wheel drive vehicles have never been more popular. With today's desire to preserve the environment from damage, though, it is becoming more difficult for people to explore the great outdoors in the comfort of their off-road 4-wheel drive vehicles. The McLean Creek Off-Highway Vehicle Zone is just southwest of Bragg Creek and offers year-round challenge and fun for the off-road enthusiasts.