ABOUT ELBOW VALLEY
Where Nature & City Meet
RESIDENTS CLUB & AMENITIES
Countless Recreational Opportunities
There’s always something to do at the Residents Club. You can spend the morning on the tennis/pickleball courts, followed by an afternoon at the beach, then finish off the day by heading to one of the fire pits to stargaze and enjoy the company of family and friends. Maybe you would prefer to shoot some hoops on the sports court or play Frisbee on our large grassy area, followed by heading over to our Boathouse to use the kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, or paddle boats while the kids use the lake slide or children’s play area. All are available for free use by residents.
Our Clubhouse is the community epicenter where residents and their guests are welcome to get together for book clubs, mom and tot groups, card games and other activities. It’s where our community gathers for special events such as our annual Stampede Breakfast, Christmas parties, Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Picnic, Wine Club, Kid’s Movie Nights, and so much more.
It’s easy to stay active by participating in the many scheduled fitness and exercise classes held at the Clubhouse. Work out the kinks with a Yoga or Pilates class, or try something new like Kickboxing or Karate. There are a variety of times and classes to choose from, including outdoor activity lessons like tennis and sailing.
PATHWAYS, LAKES & NATURE
Connect With The Outdoors
For those who love walking and exploring, the trail systems circle the lakes and meander throughout the community and into a variety of natural preserve areas, providing easy access to the beauty of the area you choose to call home. Incorporated throughout are play areas for children and benches to sit and relax and enjoy the scenery. Your furry family members will also enjoy the extensive on and off-leash areas.
You can enjoy our three lakes all year long. During the summers, Elbow Valley Lake and beach is the main swimming area, while Fisherman’s Lake is stocked with trout annually and may be fished by residents. When the seasons change to white, Fisherman’s Lake and Clearwater Lake are both cleared for pleasure skating and shinny.
With endless possibilities, you will never run out of things to do in Elbow Valley.
More About Elbow Valley And Area
Springbank is the designated community for schools for Elbow Valley. With our unique proximity to a number of Calgary communities, however, there are also multiple private school options nearby.
The community association (Elbow Valley Residents Club – ‘EVRC’) collects monthly fees in order to operate and maintain the community and to provide essential services while protecting the natural integrity of Elbow Valley.
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Building A Cohesive Community
Throughout the year, many special events take place in Elbow Valley for both the adults and the children in the community, as well as events the entire family can enjoy together. Events like our legendary Stampede Breakfast, wine club nights, car show, children’s movie nights, art shows, chili cookoff, Christmas parties, Easter egg hunt, guided nature walks, and family beach party, are among the myriad of events programmed for the benefit of community members.
In addition to the special events, there are numerous classes offered to residents on a regular basis such as a variety of fitness classes, sports/recreation lessons, art classes, and more. To see the full spectrum of events and classes that are available, please visit the Activities & Events section of the website.
ELBOW VALLEY LOCATION
A Private Community West Of Calgary
Elbow Valley is a private community located just west of Calgary, 20 minutes from Calgary’s downtown core and a short drive to the mountains. Our facilities and amenities are private property, for the use of Elbow Valley residents and guests only. To reach the Residents Clubhouse at 100 Misty Morning Drive, turn south from Highway 8 onto Lott Creek Boulevard, then right onto Lott Creek Drive and follow it to Misty Morning Drive at the 3-way stop. The clubhouse is on the right (see the maps below).
A Detailed Map Of Our Community
ELBOW VALLEY PHILOSOPHY
What We Stand For
Elbow Valley continues to thrive by incorporating a strong philosophy of conserving the land while respecting the nature and wildlife that inhabit it. One of the first things visitors to the community notice is its tranquility. This is achieved by using the highest architectural standards, drawing inspiration from the landscape around the community.
Over the years, developers and residents have worked hard to make this a community like no other. The Elbow River and Lott Creek have, over time, shaped the dynamic topography and nourished the native vegetation. Conservation of these waterways and associated landscapes remains the primary objective of the community. Water quality in the waterways has been safeguarded by careful erosion control during the construction period and by revegetation of natural grass, shrub and tree cover.
The forested woodlands are among the most prominent natural and visual amenities of the site. A mixture of Aspen, Spruce, and Willow trees blanket the slopes, providing shelter for the area’s diverse wildlife.
ELBOW VALLEY MISSION STATEMENT
Values We Believe In
To be a community of choice for residents seeking a vibrant quality of life and to own quality properties in an environment that honours a connection with the foothills landscape.
Elbow Valley’s management operates in an efficient, effective and sustainable manner to provide beneficial services for our residents, to steward our lands and amenities and to promote a sense of neighbourhood.
Elbow Valley operates with integrity and accountability, recognizing and valuing a community managed in harmony with nature.
ELBOW VALLEY HISTORY
Where It All Began
For more than 2,000 years people have called Elbow Valley their home. Archaeological studies have found that over time it was home to 19 prehistoric native encampment sites, including a buffalo kill site and a processing campsite. Four of these sites have been deemed by Alberta Culture to be culturally significant.
Keeping with the intent and goal of the community, these sites have been protected by incorporating them into natural spaces that will never be developed upon. Any artifacts have been excavated and preserved for future generations.
In 1886, Henry Allan Gray homesteaded along what is now Lott Creek. After several years, Gray left to become the first Anglican Bishop of Edmonton. The property was then sold to Stephen Lott, whom the creek is named after. This history of human settlement is a small part of the much larger geological history of the area, back to the time when glacial ice covered the area.
The Bishop Gray Interpretive Area, in the Lott Creek Valley, will continue to be preserved as a natural area. Due to the sensitivity of these lands, access is guided by nature trails that loop through the area, starting and ending at the Bishop Gray Interpretive Centre. The trail and landscape design have been uniquely engineered to prevent damage to the lands, while still allowing current and future residents the ability to enjoy their full beauty.
These lands are maintained in their natural state. Observation points, benches and boardwalks provide views of beaver, blue heron, deer and other wildlife.
Original owners in Elbow Valley, along with their builders, contributed $750 to the Communities Forever Fund. Hopewell, the community’s developer, contributed $1000 per home. Since there are 700 lots in Elbow Valley, approximately 1.2 million dollars were contributed to the Communities Forever Fund. These funds were used to build the amenities in Elbow Valley, such as the Clubhouse, boathouse and the Bishop Gray gazebo, as well as to purchase such things as picnic tables, boats and firepits.