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Bragg Creek

Bragg Creek
Shopping mall in Bragg Creek
Shopping mall in Bragg Creek
Bragg Creek is located in Alberta
Bragg Creek
Location of Bragg Creek in Alberta
Coordinates: 50°57′06″N 114°33′34″W / 50.95159°N 114.55951°W / 50.95159; -114.55951
Census divisionNo. 6
Municipal districtRocky View County
 • TypeUnincorporated
 • ReeveGreg Boehlke
 • Governing body
  • Jerry Arshinoff
  • Rolly Ashdown
  • Margaret Bahcheli
  • Greg Boehlke
  • Liz Breakey
  • Lois Habberfield
  • Bruce Kendall
  • Eric Lowther
  • Earl Solberg
 • Land1.55 km2 (0.60 sq mi)
 • Total432
 • Density278.3/km2 (721/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Area code+1-403

Bragg Creek is a hamlet in southern Alberta under the jurisdiction of Rocky View County[2] in Division No. 6.

Bragg Creek is located 30 km (19 mi) west of Calgary (via Highway 8 and Highway 22) at the confluence of the Elbow River and Bragg Creek north of the intersection of Highway 66 and Highway 22.

Situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this charming hamlet is steeped in tradition and history. Just a 30-minute drive from Calgary, close to the junctions of Highways 8 and 22, it’s a community of outdoor enthusiasts, artists, ranchers, and local businesses. This eclectic mix of residents coexist in harmony with nature and are proud to call Bragg Creek home. It has been the location of several movies and TV series.


The store in Bragg Creek

Bragg Creek is popular for shopping, with its quaint shops, restaurants, and mountain scenery.

The area is a popular spot for vacations and short day trips from Calgary. It is near the Rocky Mountains and Kananaskis Country. The Elbow River and the scenic Elbow Falls are a short distance away.

There are many recreational areas in the area. These include Bragg Creek Provincial Park and the Canyon Creek Ice Cave, also known as the Bragg Creek Ice Cave. There are numerous hiking/biking trails, equestrian trails and picnic/camping areas. Downhill skiing used to be popular, although since the abandonment of the nearby downhill ski centre, Wintergeen, only cross country skiing facilities are available. In recent years the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association has developed over 140 km (87 mi) of biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and horseback riding trails.[3]

Many summer camps, such as OLQP, Easter Seals Camp Horizon and Kamp Kiwanis are also near Bragg Creek.

The powderface42, a marathon and half-marathon takes place in the vicinity every year.[4] A mountain marathon is an event that combines the distance and endurance of a classical marathon with the challenging terrain of a mountain race. Unlike traditional mountain marathons in the UK, this event does not require participants to navigate through the course. Instead, the route is clearly marked and there are water stations along the way. It is similar to a traditional marathon running race in that respect.


Bragg Creek is named after Albert Warren Bragg from Collingwood, Nova Scotia and his 14-year-old brother John Thomas who homesteaded in the area in 1894. The community was established between a forestry reserve, the Sarcee First Nations reserve and a Provincial Park. Ranching was the original primary economic generator in Bragg Creek. The economy diversified with the emergence of recreation in the 1920s.[5]

Lyon Mountain Ski Hill was a small resort located in Alberta, Canada. It opened in 1982 and was named after its builder, Bob Lyon. The resort featured four lifts and 11 runs, most of which were classified as easy or intermediate in difficulty. It was popular with families due to its close proximity to Calgary. In 2003, the resort was closed by its owner at the time, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR). This decision was made due to a combination of factors, including poor snow conditions, aging infrastructure, and a lack of potential for reinvestment. RCR continues to operate the adjacent Wintergreen Golf and Country Club. Over time, most of the ski lifts at Lyon Mountain Ski Hill have been removed and sold. RCR has proposed a large housing development for the area, including single-family homes, villas, and a hotel.[6]

Bragg Creek was featured in the feature films Storm (1987) and Killer Image (1992) both directed by David Winning, and also Betrayed (1988) directed by Costa-Gavras. During the 1990s, CBC aired the television program North of 60, which was mainly filmed in Bragg Creek. The town was the filming location for the BBC/Discovery Channel series Dinosapien (2007) and the 2009 CBC Television series Wild Roses, as well as portions of the movie FUBAR.

2013 flooding

In the late spring of 2013, Bragg Creek and areas surrounding the Elbow River were put on a flood watch and eventually voluntary evacuation when the river rose over 2 metres (6 ft 7 in), overflowing and eroding in some places.[citation needed] The majority of Bragg Creek buildings were damaged in this event, as were the majority of houses in nearby Redwood Meadows.[citation needed] The voluntary evacuation was not met with widespread co-operation, as many residents stayed to battle the flood by building makeshift dams.[citation needed] Bragg Creek has since recovered from the event.


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Bragg Creek had a population of 432 living in 189 of its 213 total private dwellings, a change of 3.3% from its 2016 population of 418. With a land area of 1.55 km2 (0.60 sq mi), it had a population density of 278.7/km2 (721.9/sq mi) in 2021.[1]

The population of Bragg Creek according to the 2018 municipal census conducted by Rocky View County is 459.[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and designated places". Statistics Canada. 9 February 2022. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 12 January 2022. Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  3. ^ "ABOUT BRAGG | Bragg Creek Trails". 26 August 2020.
  4. ^ PowderFace42
  5. ^ Read, Tracy (1983). Acres and Empires : a history of the Municipal District of Rocky View no. 44. p. 62.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "On the Trail of Alberta's Lost Ski Hills". Calgary Herald. 23 January 2021.
  7. ^ "2018 Rocky View County Census Results" (PDF). Rocky View County. 13 November 2018. pp. 249–254. Retrieved 25 September 2021.

50°57′05.7″N 114°33′34.2″W / 50.951583°N 114.559500°W / 50.951583; -114.559500 (Bragg Creek)

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