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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 15, 2015: Elbow Falls

Elbow Falls


This is what Elbow Falls used to look like.  I'm not sure what they look like now as it is still difficult to get out there since all of the destruction.  I have heard that the change is quite dramatic. 


Elbow Falls is a small set of waterfalls along the Elbow River, west of the hamlet of Bragg Creek within Kananaskis Improvement District, Alberta. They are located along Highway 66, 20 km (12 mi) west of the Bragg Creek turnoff on Highway 22.


In the dry season, the falls reach a height of 6 meters (20 ft), while in June, during high discharges, the river fills up and the waterfall is only 3 m (9.8 ft) high.

A day use area (i.e. picnics) is maintained at the falls site, and also serves as the start/finish of a short 1 km (0.62 mi) long hiking trail.  Overnight camping is available at several nearby campgrounds.


After the 2013 Alberta floods, the day use area was destroyed. The Elbow River overflowed its banks and destroyed all of the picnicking area and most of the paved trails. The riverbed itself also suffered major destruction, now being replaced by mounds of rock, rather than soil and trees.




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  • Elbow Falls: What the falls used to look like before the flooding.

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