Town of Canmore

Filming in Canmore

If you would like to film (still or motion) on Town of Canmore public spaces for commercial purposes, you require a film permit.  Public places include Town of Canmore owned venues, streets, roads, parks, playgrounds, recreation areas, environmental reserves parking lots and pathways within the Town’s boundaries.  Note that filming at Quarry Lake requires additional permissions.  Drone-use is prohibited within Town of Canmore boundaries.

Application Process

  1. Download the application form

  2. Email the completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  3. The Event & Film Permitting Coordinator will review your application and supporting documents, and endeavor to respond to you within 1 business day

Frequently Asked Questions

Is insurance mandatory?
All film production on Town of Canmore property is required to provide proof of insurance for a minimum of $2 million in liability with the Town of Canmore listed as the additional insured.  No production will take place without having provided proof of insurance.
Can I film at Quarry Lake?
Yes, with special permission from the Rocky Mountain Heritage Foundation.  A letter of request will be sent by the Town of Canmore on behalf of the production company.  The Event and Film Permitting Coordinator will need from the Production Company, a detailed explanation of the project, history information regarding successful productions in public spaces, number of incidents (if any), and other information that may strengthen the request for use of this space.
Do I need a business license?
Yes. Production companies that reside in Canmore must provide a copy of their business license.  Production companies that wish to conduct their business (i.e. filming) within the Town of Canmore are required to apply for a temporary business license for the duration of production.  The application form is available in the documents library below.  Please complete and submit to the Film Permitting Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Related Bylaws and Policies

 Noise Control Bylaw
  pdf Towards Zero Waste Policy (159 KB)

Forms and Documents 

  pdf Film Permit Application (1.59 MB)
  pdf Location Filming Guidelines (334 KB)
  pdf Temporary Business License Application (120 KB)
  pdf Road Use Permit (2.34 MB)
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