From Hwy 1 (Trans-Canada Hwy), take Exit 161A “Bragg
Creek Rd / Hwy 22.” Go south on Hwy 22 approximately
17.4 km to the 4-way stop in Bragg Creek. (Do not follow
the “Bragg Creek West” sign.) Turn left at the
4-way stop (continue on Hwy 22) and go 3.4 km to the
“T” intersection of Hwy 22 and Hwy 66. Turn
right (west) onto Hwy 66 and go approximately 18.4 km to
the Elbow Falls Day Use Area in Bragg Creek Provincial
Park. As you enter, the site is to the immediate right in
the most upstream portion of the Area. Take the paved
path on the right just after the guard rail, pass the
gate, and turn right onto the narrower path. Stay to the
right and walk to the river past the small picnic areas.
The site is on the opposite side of the river, across
from the location where the “Sweet Life” scene
was filmed. For pictures taken during a hike to this
location, see “Hike to ‘Sweet Life’
Riverside” in Albums. See also:
Jack had been rebuffed many times before they returned to
this scenic spot (it is very close to the location of the
“Sweet Life” scene). Nevertheless, when the
opportunity presented itself, he gently suggested
“Maybe Texas,” but the answer was the same as
it always was, and always would be.
While you are here, follow the path
downriver to gorgeous Elbow Falls, one of Alberta’s
most scenic spots. It is a testament to the
filmmakers’ passion for the Brokeback story
that for the dialog scenes they consistently resisted
some of the most stunning scenery imaginable to keep the
focus on the actors and their words.
The movie was filmed here in late June.
Bear in mind that the Elbow is a dynamically changing
river, one that is constantly re-sculpting its gravel
shoals and banks throughout the year. The visibility of
specific features (rocks, gravel bars, etc.) may depend
greatly on the time of year that you are here. Trees and
rock ledges may be your best indicators of the specific
movie locations in this area.
Consult with wardens and take suitable precautions in
Off-Highway Vehicle areas.
“You ever get the feelin’, I don’t know,
uh, when you’re in town and someone looks at you,
suspicious, like he knows?”