See if you can spot a brown trout the next time you peer into the Elbow River. According to Paul Christensen with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, the Elbow River is an important spawning tributary for brown trout (and rainbow trout, too).

What’s more: Brown trout aren’t even supposed to be here. The fish was accidentally introduced to the river system when, in 1925, a stocking truck broke down near Canmore; 45,000 hatchlings were then released into Carrot Creek and beyond.

Years later, the river now provides world-class fishing opportunities, said Christensen.