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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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  • A great little river to float down on a hot, sunny day. Be sure to stop at Sandy Beach along your way.  more »
  • In Calgary, the Elbow River starts in the Weaselhead Natural Area, and connects with the Bow River, Calgary's major river, at Fort Calgary. In between there are a number of parks, but a lot of the riv...  more »
  • This is absolutely the best way to spend a hot Afternoon and/or Evening in Calgary! We have heard of people floating down the Calgary rivers, but when you see the Bow River its pretty intimidating if ...  more »
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  • It's a river, it was low , some people were fishing in it. Best part about it there around 5 camp grounds near it and there's trails to it and there nice to walk down it and a good place to take your dogs so they can go in and cool off on a hot day
  • Snowshoeing around powderface mt. Did almost 30km it was a very nice day ever saw the wild horses.👍👍
  • Elbow Falls used to be a great place to go for a picnic. The floods in 2013 washed away the picnic tables and there are no plans to replace them. It's still very scenic
  • great river in calgary
  • Great for walls and bike rides. We go beaver watching

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