If you’re looking to get outdoors but don’t have the time to trek all the way into the mountains, then Elbow Falls might be the perfect afternoon getaway for you. We’re always looking for things to do in Calgary, and this place is literally right on our doorstep! Whether you want to visit in Winter or Summer, the Elbow Falls are always breathtaking, and are definitely worth checking out.
Elbow Falls are about a 45 minute drive from Calgary, near Bragg Creek, and once you get there, it’s about a 30 second walk from the car park. This one is a real drive-by sight, and very little walking is needed at all. It’s the kind of trip we’ve done when we’ve woken up late but still want to get out and see something before the sun sets. The falls are also great if you’re not interested in doing a big hike or just want something short and accessible. It’s definitely the closest and best waterfall near Calgary if you ask us!
We love bringing our friends here to give them a taste of the outdoors and to see what the mountains have to offer. The place is super popular, and you can also go for a stroll along the river bed. When we went a couple of weeks ago, there were lots of families out and about, building snowmen and taking their kids out for the afternoon. It’s definitely a good place to take young kids as well. We even saw heaps of people out chopping down their own Christmas trees!
We’ve done Bragg Creek in Summer and Winter, and think that both seasons offer something unique to enjoy. Like most places in the Rockies, you need to see everything in both seasons to really say you’ve seen it! We’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking!