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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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  • Our family has gone floating down the Elbow River a few times. It's great to start at Sandy Beach Park and then exit after the 4th street bridge. You are going to float past some of Calgary's premiere...  more »
  • The area between 4th Street (26th Ave) and 1st Street -- the Elbow curves around -- beautiful views. The paths are fabulous for walkers and runners alike. Can't wait to see it in the summer! 
  • A shallow river so safer for swimming and floating than the Bow. Last year there were some health warnings so don't swallow:) There are a few beach areas now that can be assessed if you know the spot ...  more »