Town of Canmore

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for Canmore

Updated March 29, 2020

Due to evolving circumstances, the Town of Canmore has made the decision to declare a State of Local Emergency (SOLE). With the recent restriction of visitor vehicle access in Banff National Park and Alberta Parks, combined with the high volume of local and regional visitation that has persisted in our community, we are at a tipping point in our ability to respond to this evolving emergency.

This will give us the increased authority to take additional measures to protect the Canmore community. While the SOLE allows us to take additional action within the municipality, it does not allow us to close the highway, which is under provincial jurisdiction. 

We have installed signage at the entrances to the Town of Canmore to discourage visitation to our mountain town.  We will also monitor trailheads and parking areas within Canmore (Bow Bridge, Quarry Lake, Cougar Creek) and take measures to restrict access if necessary.  Respect parking lot closures and do not park in adjacent areas to access closed facilities. Remember that playgrounds are closed as well. 

As a short-term measure, residents and business owners can defer property tax and utility payments for April, May, and June for 90 days without penalty or interest. We will also be looking at be considering other longer-term options to support the financial health of our community.

Our most important message to you is to please avoid all non-essential travel to help stop the spread. This also applies to local Canmore residents who need to follow social distancing guidelines and avoid trips outside of Canmore. 

This is a stressful time for everyone, and it is important to show compassion and understanding towards others. This is a time for community, for caring, and to show the Canmore spirit. Rest assured that your mayor and council stands beside all of you now more than ever, and we will continue to do everything within our power to make sure our community stays strong. 

We know you have questions and need information.
The call centre is now open and will operate 7 days/week, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to help answer questions relating to mental health, employment insurance, meal and grocery services, housing, issues related to immigration, childcare and more. Call 403.678.1551 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Funding Opportunity for Charities, Non-profits and Civil society organizations  
The Alberta Government is providing $30 million to charities, non-profits and civil society organizations that support individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures taken to contain COVID- 19.  Organizations (grassroots included) are encouraged to download the Community and Social Services
pdf funding guidelines (214 KB)  and  document application form (55 KB)  and send completed applications directly to Canmore Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). Contact Canmore FCSS at 403-609-3743 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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