by Chad Larsen
Chad Larsen and Andrea Halwas
Chief Roy Whitney
of the Tsuu T'ina NationBragg Creek:
Trailhead CommunityAlvise Doglioni
An Old World ArtisanTim Mitchell and Pat Cardinal perform during Bragg Creek Days in summer 2011The Honourable Peter Lougheed Alberta's Determined VisionaryJohn Lajeunesse – Founder of
the Banded Peak Challenge.
For your viewing pleasure this site will remain active for the foreseeable future. Please take time to enjoy the outstanding photography and interesting articles from our past issues. To all who have contributed to the magazine over the years, thank you.
On October 25, 2013, the Tsuu T’ina First Nation voted in favour of a deal that will see them swap reserve land for Crown land and additional financial compensation in order to facilitate planned construction of the southwest portion of Calgary’s ring road.
The agreement will result in the Tsuu T’ina First Nation selling 428.2 hectares (1,058 acres) of its land to the Government of Alberta in exchange for:
• 2,030.8 hectares (5,018.1 acres) of Crown land near Bragg Creek
• A total of $340.7 million in financial compensation
• Approval for the Tsuu T’ina to purchase an additional 129.5 hectares (320 acres) of Crown land adjacent to Kananaskis Country from the Government of Alberta for $1.6 million
Alberta Premier, Alison Redford, and Transportation Minister, Ric McIver, heralded the news of the historic agreement as a key part of the Redford government’s ‘Building Alberta Plan.’
Said Redford: “The ring road will bring tremendous benefits for the safety, prosperity and success of Calgarians, the Tsuu T’ina people and all Albertans, because it will so dramatically improve traffic flows in, through and around Calgary and the surrounding region. And at the end of the day, it will improve our quality of life - allowing us to spend less time stuck in traffic and more time with our loved ones.”
Added McIver: “Everyone has come together as neighbours, as friends and as partners. I extend my personal thank you to Chief Whitney and all members of the Tsuu T’ina First Nation. Both parties worked hard and in good faith throughout this round of negotiation. We believe we have a fair deal for the Nation, for Calgary’s residents, and for Alberta’s taxpayers.”
Chief Roy Whitney stated: “I’m proud of our young people for having faith in their future.”
Dwayne Zaba, Publisher
Last year we were honoured to conduct an exclusive interview with Chief Roy Whitney of the Tsuu T'ina, and in our Summer 2013 issue we published a small portion of that interview. Our current issue contains the full interview as well as some archival photos courtesy of the Government of Alberta, the Provincial Archives of Manitoba, the Tsuu T'ina Nation, and the Whitney family.
You are welcome to view the video interview on www.braggcreek.tv for personal insight into the man who led the negotiations on behalf of the Tsuu T’ina First Nation.
Chief Roy Whitney at home on the farm with his dog Timo.
Photography by Peter Gold
This Trail Guide is now available and is a must for anyone who wants to get the most out of these year-round trails. Featuring:
• West Bragg Creek Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe & All-Season Trails
• Moose Mountain Area General Trail Information, Multi-Use & Bike Trails
• Prairie Mountain & Elbow Falls Trails
• Bragg Creek Hamlet & Provincial Park Trails
• Safety Information & Additional Resources
All photography within the 2014 Bragg Creek and Area Trail Guide by Robert Berdan
Printed on waterproof and tear-resistant paper, the Bragg Creek and Area Trail Guide is only $15, with all proceeds from the sale of the map dedicated to trail development and maintenance.
Maps are available at the following stores:
• Branded Visuals Inc.
• Moose Mountain General Store
• Smack Cycles
• Bragg Creek Shell
• Bragg Creek Family Foods
• Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)
• Bow Cycle
• Map Town,
• Norsemen Ski Shop
We also recommend that you view the recently added videos on the West Bragg Creek Trails, including a video featuring volunteers depicting how you can make a difference: www.braggcreek.net/trailhead
Currently under development is a link from the hamlet of Bragg Creek to the West Bragg Creek trails. As part of the TransCanada trail, the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association (GBCTA) hopes to have the trail built in time for Canada’s 150-year sesquicentennial celebration in 2017.
It will be a fitting tribute to a community that has evolved into a trails paradise for all to enjoy.
A typical picturesque trail in West Bragg Creek – by Robert Berdan
www.braggcreek.tv is also where you can find exclusive footage of some of the most spectacular homes in the Bragg Creek region. We regularly update the site with relevant and engaging video content – the countryside; documentaries; resident interviews; property tours – to bring the ever-changing seasonal beauty of Bragg Creek into the comfort of your home.
Just west of Calgary is a little hamlet boasting the title ‘The Gateway to Kananaskis,’ home to some of the world’s most pristine landscapes.
Located a short 30-kilometre drive from Calgary, Bragg Creek is a wonderfully vibrant community with a wealth of amenities – the perfect lifestyle balance between Big City convenience and stunning natural beauty. The breathtaking 4,200-square-kilometre forestry reserve of K-Country – set in the Rocky Mountain front-ranges – is truly a year-round outdoor recreational paradise which is sure to take your breath away!
magazine celebrates this region's beauty and encourages everyone to experience this enchanting paradise first-hand. We showcase professional and amateur photography, provide engaging articles and feature exclusive resident profiles. We publish every four months with an average circulation of 18,000 copies per issue, distributed via proprietary stands and directly to all the Calgary-based subscribers to The Globe & Mail.