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Elbow River, Calgary

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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The Elbow River is a river in southern Alberta, Canada. It flows from the Canadian Rockies to the city of Calgary, where it merges into the Bow River.The Elbow River is popular among canoers, rafters, campers and hikers and runs through several features including Allen Bill Pond, Forgetmenot Pond, and Elbow Falls. Sections of the river are closed to fishing, or are "catch-and-release" waters.The water flow of the Elbow River fluctuates significantly, and in June 2005 a flood occurred that was so severe (the heaviest in at least two centuries according to Alberta Government estimates) that the water flowed over the Glenmore Dam. Approximately 1,500 Calgarians living downstream were evacuated. Another, more extensive flood began on 20 June 2013, with tens of thousands of evacuations.2013 floodsIn June 2013, Alberta, Canada, experienced heavy rainfall that triggered catastrophic flooding throughout much of the southern half of the province along the Bow, Elbow, Highwood and Oldman rivers and tributaries. A dozen municipalities in Southern Alberta declared local states of emergency on June 20 as water levels rose and numerous communities were placed under evacuation orders.
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  • In Calgary, the Elbow River is not quite as accessible to the public as the Bow River is. There is a pathway from the Glenmore Dam to Fort Calgary, where the Elbow River meets the Bow River. But there...  read more »
  • The local population comes here to rest from the bustle of the city and relax with friends. For us visitors, primarily important beauty of nature, mountains and rivers. This mesmerizing self guided tour takes about 1.5 hours.
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  • I visited the Mission section at the end of 26th Avenue. Lovely pathways. On warm days people bring their kids, dogs and picnics to the gravel outcropping there. River is shallow at this point and man...  read more »
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