Elbow Falls, Alberta


As my mountain plans fell through this weekend, my sister and I decided to take a short drive to Elbow Falls, just an hour outside of Calgary.

Even short road trips require fuel (in the form of coffee and timbits)

This isn’t a hike per se, but it’s a nice stroll out in winter air. We were the only ones there when we arrived around 5:30 in the evening. The walk  was blocked off with a chain, but we just stepped over.


It was chilly, but we managed to get a few snaps. Going right before sunset was perfect, we had the whole place to ourselves.


I managed to slip and fall on my ass on the packed snow (i’m just clumsy), but this is an easy trail for all ages.

2/52: Elbow Falls

  • Rating:7/10
  • Level: Easy
  • Distance: 800m
  • Elevation:  very minor, a few areas with stairs, but separate path with wheelchair access
  • Time: Under half an hour
  • Pros:
    • Short, peaceful walk (if that’s what you’re looking for)
    • Wheel chair accessible (when trail is not blocked off)
    • Quiet in the evenings
  • Cons:
    • Can be busy during the summer
    • Trail is “blocked” off during this time (Feb)
    • Trail can be slippery
  • Overall: A great place to take a stroll, but if you’re looking for a longer more strenuous route, this one may not be for you. The waterfall is beautiful with extra charm dusted with snow. A great place to stop by for a quick visit.

Directions: From Calgary, Head west on Highway 1 and merge onto highway 22 (towards Bragg Creek) then turn right on highway 66 west.



What did you get up to this weekend?

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