Fresh Tracks. 30 Minutes From Calgary. Welcome to Bragg Creek.

The secret is out about this sleepy little hamlet, and the world has taken notice. Back when travel was free and open, Airbnb included Bragg Creek on their top ten trending destinations in the world, and for good reason. Nestled in the Alberta foothills and surrounded by the Rocky Mountains of Kananaskis, Bragg Creek is a Southern Alberta gem that is worth the trip.

This charming hamlet is filled with world-class dining and shopping experiences and is the perfect place to kick off or wind down your Rocky Mountain adventure. Outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels are sure to find something to their liking between the world-class trail system that runs through the hamlet and out to Kananaskis Country this winter.

Fat tire biking, yes. Backcountry skiing, yes. Cross-country skiing, yes. Snowshoeing, you bet. The stunning mountain vistas that surround you on 166km plus of pristine trails lovingly maintained by the volunteer-run charity the Bragg Creek Trails Association are the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Friendly trail guide volunteers are more than happy to help you pick a route and show you the way, exemplifying small-town Alberta hospitality renowned the world over.

No gear? No problem. Handle-Bar Adventures, a family-owned and operated guiding company, has you covered. This business prides itself on providing adventures for all skill levels and is geared to those who are not “extreme athletes” already. A bonus, their delicious coffee, pastries, and après alpine menu inspired by the alpine huts that owner Moritz grew up exploring. The Bragg Creek Hardware Store, a long-standing town institution, also offers snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals to get you fitted and out on the trails as well.

After a day on the trails head into town and check out the shops and restaurants that create the delightful ambiance of Bragg Creek. Browse through the mom-and-pop shops that beckon back to a slower time and you will be met with friendly chat from the local store owners and learn a little more about why generation after generation has called Bragg Creek home.

Grab a bite at any one of the excellent restaurants ranging from Bavarian, Italian, vegan, hearty pub fare, and more, and then head on over to The Powderhorn Saloon or Rockies Tavern for live music, bingo, or karaoke. By the time you leave Bragg Creek, there is no doubt you will already be planning your next visit.