Town of Canmore

UAV, Drones, and Quadcopters

UAV operation must be done in a safe manner and follow all Federal Aviation Regulations. Before considering operation please visit the Transport Canada Drone Safety site by clicking here. The regulation of drone use is especially important as the Town of Canmore has a vast area of restricted airspace over much of the community since there are two heliports within the town boundary. Click here to view the Drone Exclusion Zone map and heliport locations.

UAVs may not be operated in public parks as stated in 7.1 (e) of the Town of Canmore Parks Bylaw (3.66 MB). The fine is $500.00.

UAV Film Permits

Filming through the use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV or drone) requires special permissions from the Town of Canmore. If you would like to film (still or motion) from a UAV/drone in Town of Canmore public spaces for professional 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 of Canmore's boundaries. 

Please click here for the application process for obtaining a filming permit or drone flight request or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Event and Film Permitting Coordinator will review your application and supporting documents and will respond to you within two business days.

Please Note: that filming at Quarry Lake requires additional permissions.

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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