Due to L R HELICOPTERS’ unique geographical position, your tour begins whilst walking to your aircraft! Breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains to the west are easily visible from your departure point. On departure looking out towards the Rocky’s, you will turn east towards the City of Calgary. Your first landmark will be the Canadian Olympic Park (COP), site of the 1988 winter Olympics and still in use today as a ski and activity center. Beyond lye’s Calgary’s modern skyline dominated by glass towers both old and new. Within minutes you will be touring the downtown core capturing sights such as the Calgary Tower, the Bow Building, Saddledome (the oldest building still in use in the NHL) and the beautiful Bow River, one of two major waterways which run through the city. Your pilot will circle the main core where you will almost be able to touch the amazing buildings adorning the city, a view many can only dream about. Your tour will also take in the views of the Glenmore Reservoir and Heritage Park, a site depicting historic Alberta life from the early settlers.
Heading West towards the Rocky Mountains, your pilot will fly you towards the area of Bragg Creek, a small quaint shopping area with the emphasis on traditional stores. On route, your pilot will take you along the banks of the Elbow River, one of the two major waterways which run through Calgary. This is an area rich in wildlife and a variety of vegetation. Look out for the Bears and Elk which are frequent visitors at selected times of the year. East of Bragg Creek you will look out over the Tsuu T’ina First Nation Territory where the traditional Pow Wow grandstand, still used today, will be in clear view.
Turning toward Moose Flats, you will experience further wildlife that this area has to offer! It’s called Moose Flats for a reason; moose are often spotted in this area, so have your cameras ready! As a bonus, on the return trip to Springbank you will fly over the famous movie set originally constructed for the 1994 film Legends of the Fall Starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. The set is still being used in popular films, most recently in The Assassination of Jessie James.
On your return to Springbank, you will once again be able to take in the wonders of the Rocky Mountains which are said to still be growing today! Why not take one of our mountain tours and explore these magnificent monuments of Western Canada.
Quick Facts :
- Named after Albert Warren Bragg from Collingwood Nova Scotia who homesteaded in the area in 1894
- The community was established between a forestry reserve, the Sarcee Indian reserve and a Provincial Park
- Ranching was the original primary economic generator
- Bragg Creek was featured in films “Storm” and “Killer Image” both directed by David Winning
- Aired the TV show “North of 60” which was mainly filmed in Bragg
- In 2005 Bragg Creek was flooded and many of the buildings were damaged
- 595 populations in 2011
- Runs through several features including Allen Bill Pond, Forget me not Pond, Elbow Falls
- Sections of the river are closed to fishing or are catch and release waters only
- In 2005 the flooding was so severe the water flowed over the Glenmore Dam in Calgary
- In 2005 1500 Calgarians were evacuated however in 2013 tens of thousands were evacuated
- Originates from Elbow Lake in the Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park
- Is one of 2 of Calgary’s chief drinking water sources
- Merges with the Bow River in Calgary just west of the Zoo
- Fort Calgary is located at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers.
- Total length 120km and drains an area of over 1200 square km
- On the banks of Jumping Pound Creek
- Established 1887 by Richard Copithorne who immigrated from Ireland
- A movie set for “Legend of the Falls” and “The Assassination of Jessie James”