Forget Me Not Pond is a pristine oasis in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.
Forget-Me-Not Pond is a popular recreation place for a stroll or a picnic in Kananaskis Country to a pristine, emerald pond nestled beneath Forget-Me-Not Ridge within close proximity to the Elbow River west of Bragg Creek near the end of Elbow Falls Trail (Hwy 66).
From the trail-head kiosk, at the far end of the large parking area, the first wooden bridge begins the hike clockwise around the pond.
Forget-Me-Not Pond miraculously remained relatively unscathed in the major June 2013 flood event. There were minor breaches from the adjacent Elbow River but the pretty little pond managed to avoid the total devastation experienced at nearby Allen Bill Pond. Some wildflowers have gone to seed as others bloom through late summer.
Surrounding mountains at the end of Elbow Falls Trail (Hwy 66), west of Bragg Creek, host a wide variety of hiking experiences.
A few of the more popular are Ford Knolls, Powderface Ridge, Forget-Me-Not Mountain and Nihahi Ridge.
The broad, rocky shoreline provides opportunities for rock tossing and skipping stones into still portions of the Elbow River. There are shallow sections suitable for wading in the frigid, fast-running water.
Return to Forget-Me-Not Pond completes the short walk around its circumference. The still, emerald water catches reflections of surrounding mountains and the crystal clear water's clarity reveals bottom features near shoreline.
The pond is busy with people walking, picnicking or fishing around the edge. Water trickles in over round boulder channels from drainages on the other side of Elbow Valley.
From the final bridge the hike returns to the car to enjoy lunch at a nearby picnic table, surrounded by lush forest, beside a babbling brook.
On the return drive to south Calgary a brief detour into Cobble Flat. Last summer's flood has devastated the camping area and large parts of the interpretive trail are gone.
Our final stop will be for the customary, long-held tradition of ice cream cones in Bragg Creek from the copious selection at Frontier Candy and Ice Cream.
Photographs for this day at Forget-Me-Not Pond near Kananaskis Country west of Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada were taken on August 12, 2014.