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Elbow River, Calgary

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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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  • Starting where the Elbow meets the Bow at Fort Calgary you can ride an easy bike path along the river past the Stanpede grounds and with a few diversions through some very posh neighborhoods to Riverd...  more »
  • The city of Calgary bike paths, especially those along the Elbow and Bow Rivers, are very pleasant. One can perhaps reconnect with a little bit of nature along the river. Sometimes there are waterfowl...  more »
  • We parked at Sandy Beach and rode are bikes along the Elbow River to the Bow River. Beautiful scenery and some nice houses and gardens. I'd say one of the most scenic paths in the city. Also relativel...  more »

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