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Elbow River, Kananaskis country, Alberta, Canada.
The river flows through the Elbow Valley district of Kananaskis, that starts about 8 km west of Bragg Creek along highway 66 and runs some 25 kilometres from the Kananaskis gate to the Little Elbow Recreation Area - from the foothills to the towering Rockies. There are many campgrounds, hiking, horseback and cycling trails set among extraordinary scenery. The highlights are Allen Bill Pond, Forgetmenot Pond and Elbow Falls where a paved interpretive trail leads to a lookout over the falls.
The source of the Elbow River is Elbow Lake, located 2,130 m (7000 ft) above sea level in the Elbow-Sheep Wildland Area of Kananaskis Country. The lake is a 1.3 km (.8 mi) hike up 150 m (500 ft.) from Hwy. 40 at the Elbow Pass. The pass is about 127 km (79 mi) from Bragg Creek. Take Hwy. 22 north to Hwy 1 west to Hwy 40, go south to Elbow Pass. Hwy 40 is closed between Dec. 1 - June 15 south of the winter gate at the Kananaskis Lakes turnoff.
The lake is a popular destination for campers, skiers, fishermen and horseback riders.
Canoeing and rafting are popular activities on the Elbow River. You can canoe or kayak several parts of the river, but watch out for rapids, rocks and sweepers - trees that have fallen across the river. The upper stretch from Beaver Flats campground to Elbow Falls is the easiest, but watch out for the Elbow Falls. There is a boat launch at Canyon Creek which gives access to a more difficult run with a number of rapids and a Class 3 ledge.
Enjoy,
Mike :-)

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