Awesome Alberta: Policeman's Creek is the perfect photo op (PHOTOS)

Sep 1 2020, 9:00 am

COVID-19 still presents a very real and dangerous threat to public health. While much of Alberta’s outdoors have been reopened to visitors, it is recommended to plan ahead, check local restrictions and current public health measures, and avoid any areas that may be too crowded. 

If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city or want to take a breather from everyday life, Policeman’s Creek is the perfect place for you.

The creek is quiet, hidden, relatively undisturbed — and that’s what makes this place beautiful. It can feel like you’ve escaped the city as soon as you step onto the boardwalk.


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For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from and AdventureSmart. Parks Canada visitor guidelines are available here. Always remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife — and please note that irresponsibly taken selfies (even if they look great for the ‘gram) can be fatal

Where is it?

This scenic location can be found in Canmore, next to the Bow River. Once you arrive there, you’ll catch an unobstructed view of the mountains.


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How do you get there?

If you’re coming from Calgary, take the Trans-Canada Highway/AB-1 W, follow the signs that tell you to go to Banff before taking exit 91 to Canmore. After that, merge onto Bow Valley Trail and take a right onto the Trans Canada Highway. The whole drive takes a little over an hour.

Those driving in from Edmonton will need to make the three-hour journey south to Calgary before following the above instructions.

Policeman's Creek

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What’s there?

There’s a boardwalk providing an easy (and scenic) path to walk on. The trail starts near the Big Head sculpture and runs for around 3.9 km. You’ll see all kinds of wildlife, like different varieties of songbirds, ducks, beavers, and maybe elk or deer if you’re lucky (though please remember to view them from afar).

If you feel up for a more challenging route, the trail is connected to the town’s trail system and you can switch onto that for a longer adventure.


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