Town of Canmore

Seasonal High Water Monitoring

July 4, 2022: Some concerns. The snowpack in the Bow River Watershed is still above historical average. Snowmelt is continuing with the high freezing levels. The Cougar Creek watershed received 6mm of precipitation in the last 48 hours, and so the creek still has slightly elevated flows. The other creeks are either quiet or flowing normally. The Bow River is above its normal range for end of June. Groundwater levels are high and creating issues in Canmore.

June 30, 2022: Some concerns. Current snowpack depth is above seasonal in the Bow River watershed. The Bow River is above seasonal range and is fluctuating with snowmelt and precipitation but the High Streamflow Advisory is has ended. Cougar Creek flows have decreased, whereas the other steep creeks are not flowing, or flowing normally for this time of year. Groundwater levels are high and creating issues in Canmore.

June 27, 2022: Some concerns. The snowpack in the Bow River Watershed is still above historical average. Snowmelt is continuing with the high freezing levels. The Cougar Creek watershed did not receive any precipitation in the last 48 hours. Cougar Creek still has elevated flows. The other creeks are either quiet or flowing normally. The Bow River is within its normal range for end of June. The High Streamflow Advisory on the Bow River has ended .Groundwater levels are high and creating issues in Canmore.

June 23, 2022: Some concerns. The snowpack in the Bow River Watershed is above historical average. Snowmelt is continuing with the high freezing levels. The Cougar Creek watershed received 1mm of precipitation in the last 48 hours. Cougar Creek still has elevated flows. The other creeks are either quiet or flowing normally. The Bow River is above its normal range for mid-June due to increased snowmelt. High Streamflow advisory on the Bow River still in effect .Groundwater levels are high and creating issues in Canmore.

June 20, 2022: Some concerns. Current snowpack depth is above historical average in the Bow River watershed. The Bow River is above seasonal range and is fluctuating with snowmelt and precipitation and the High Streamflow Advisory is still in effect.  Cougar Creek has elevated flows, whereas the other steep creeks are not flowing, or flowing normally for this time of year. Groundwater levels are high and creating issues in Canmore.

June 17, 2022: Some concerns. The snowpack in the Bow River Watershed is above the historical average. The new snow is melting off with the high freezing levels. 10-30cm likely remain in the alpine. The Cougar Creek watershed received a further 1mm of precipitation in the last 24 hours. Cougar Creek still has elevated flows. The other creeks are either quiet or flowing normally. The Bow River is above its normal range for mid-June. Groundwater levels are high and creating issues in Canmore.

June 16, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.: Some Concerns. The snowpack in the Bow River Watershed is above historical average. In the Cougar Creek watershed most of the storm snow has already melted off at treeline, with 20-40cm remaining in the alpine. The Cougar Creek watershed did not receive any further precipitation in the last 24 hours. Cougar Creek still has elevated flows. The other creeks are either quiet or flowing normally. The Bow River is above its normal range for mid-June but receding from yesterday’s peak. Groundwater levels are high and creating issues in Canmore. A High Streamflow Advisory on the Bow River is still in effect. Status quo is expected on our steep creeks for now. Our storm drainage system could return to max capacity with little precipitation.

June 15, 2022: Some Concerns. The snowpack in the Bow River Watershed is at 120% to 160% of historical average. In the Cougar Creek watershed there is 7cm of new snow at treeline and more in the alpine. The Cougar Creek watershed received a further 15mm of precipitation in the last 12 hours. Cougar Creek is flowing to the Bow River. The other creeks are either quiet or flowing slightly above normal. The Bow River is above its normal range for mid- June. Groundwater levels are high and creating issues in Canmore. Periods of rain ending this morning then cloudy with chance of showers. The Bow River advisory has been downgraded to High Streamflow; however, it is forecasted to reach 220 m3/s later today. Status quo is expected on our steep creeks. Our storm drainage system is expected to stay at max capacity in valley bottom areas for a bit longer.

June 14, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.: Flood Watch. The snowpack in the Bow River Watershed is at 120% to 160% of historical average. In the Cougar Creek watershed, 9cm of new snow at treeline, and more in the alpine, was received overnight. The Cougar Creek watershed received 42mm of precipitation in the last 12 hours. Cougar Creek is flowing to the Bow River this morning. The other creeks are either quiet or flowing slightly above normal. The Bow River is just within its normal range for mid- June. Groundwater levels are high and creating issues. The prolonged and significant rainfall event will bring a further 30 to 40 mm of rain by Wednesday morning. Locally higher rainfall totals of 65 mm or more are possible but less likely. The Bow River is not forecasted to reach beyond 400 m3/s. Status quo is expected on our steep creeks. Our storm drainage system is expected to be over capacity in valley bottom areas today into tomorrow. 

June 13, 2022 at 5 p.m: Flood Alert. The snowpack in the Bow River Watershed is at 120% to 160% of historical average. In the Cougar Creek watershed, 4cm of snow remains on northerly slopes at treeline and less than 5cm remains on southerly aspects in the alpine. The Cougar Creek watershed received 26mm of precipitation in the last 12 hours. Cougar Creek is flowing past Elk Run Blvd this afternoon. The Bow River is just within its normal range for mid- June. Groundwater levels have reached threshold for creating issues in Canmore. A prolonged and significant rainfall event will bring a further 70 to 100 mm of rain by Wednesday morning. Locally higher rainfall totals of 125 mm or more are possible. The Bow River is forecasted to reach 450 m3/s by Wednesday evening. Several of our steep creeks are expected to have significant flows starting tonight or tomorrow morning, especially on Cougar Creek and Stoneworks Creek. Our storm drainage system is also expected to be at and over capacity in valley bottom area and significant ponding is expected.

June 13, 2022 at 9 a.m: Flood Watch. The snowpack in the Bow River Watershed is at 120% to 160% of historical average. In the Cougar Creek watershed, 4cm of snow remains on northerly slopes at treeline and less than 5cm remains on southerly aspects in the alpine. The Cougar Creek watershed received 16mm of precipitation in the last 12 hours. Cougar Creek is flowing to Elk Run Blvd this morning. The Bow River is within its normal range for mid- June. Groundwater levels are slightly below average level but reaching the threshold for creating issues in Canmore. A prolonged and significant rainfall event will bring 75 to 125 mm of rain by Wednesday morning. Locally higher rainfall totals of 150 mm or more are possible. The Bow River is forecasted to reach 500 m3/s by Wednesday evening.  Several of our steep creeks are expected to have significant flows starting later today, especially on Cougar Creek and Stoneworks Creek. Our storm drainage system is also expected to be at and over capacity in valley bottom area and significant ponding is expected.

June 12, 2022: Flood Watch. Environment Canada is predicting heavy rain fall for the Canmore-Kananaskis region over the next 48 hours. There is the potential for 75 - 100 mm of rain, location dependent. At this time, there is considerable uncertainty around how much rain will fall in Canmore and the Bow River basin. A further update will be provided June 13, 2022. 

June 9, 2022: Some concerns. The snowpack in the Bow River Watershed is at 120% to 160% of historical average, currently due to low snow melt in April and May. In the Cougar Creek watershed, 4cm of snow remains on northerly slopes at treeline and less than 5cm remains on southerly aspects in the alpine. The Cougar Creek watershed received 2mm of rain in the last 48 hours. Cougar and Three-Sisters creeks are flowing normally for this time of the year, with flows increasing in the afternoons with snowmelt, and following rain events. The Bow River is now within its normal range for early June. Groundwater levels are slightly below average level but reaching the threshold for creating issues in Canmore. Levels will continue to rise with the Bow River. Mixed weather with showers possible in the next days, with up to 5mm of precipitation in the next 72 hours. The Bow River flow will likely continue to increase in the next days with increased snowmelt. Flows of some of our steep creeks might also increase slightly with continued snowmelt and forecasted precipitation.

June 6, 2022: No concerns. The snowpack in the Bow River Watershed is at 120% to 160% of historical average, currently due to low snow melt in April and May. In the Cougar Creek watershed, 15cm of snow remains on northerly slopes at treeline and less than 10cm remains on southerly aspects in the alpine. The Cougar Creek watershed received 7mm of rain over the weekend. Cougar and Three-Sisters creeks are flowing normally for this time of the year, with flows increasing in the afternoons with snowmelt,  and following rain events. The Bow River is now within its normal range for early June, following the weekend’s precipitation and snowmelt. Groundwater levels are slightly below average level and will likely start rising with the Bow River level.

May 30, 2022: No concerns. The snowpack in the Bow River Watershed is at 110% to 145% of historical average.  In the Cougar Creek watershed, 36cm of snow remains on northerly slopes at treeline and less than 20cm remains on southerly aspects in the alpine. Cougar and Three-Sisters creeks are flowing normally for this time of year, with flows increasing in the afternoons with snowmelt, and following rain events. The Bow River is still below normal range for late May. Groundwater levels are slightly below average level and not creating any issues in Canmore yet. Up to 2mm of precipitation forecasted for the next 24 hours, followed by a return to seasonal temperatures. The Bow River flow will likely increase this week with increased snowmelt. Some of our steep creeks might also slightly increase flows with increased snowmelt.

May 24, 2022: No concerns. The snowpack in the Bow River Watershed is at 110% to 145% of historical average. In the Cougar Creek watershed, 49cm of snow remains on northerly slopes at treeline and approximately 10 to 20cm remains on southerly aspects in the alpine. Cougar and Three-Sisters creeks are flowing normally for this time of year, with flows increasing in the afternoons with snowmelt, and following rain events. The Bow River is just below normal range for late May. Groundwater levels are slightly below average level and not creating any issues in Canmore yet. Seasonal temperatures are expected for the next several days. We expect flows on the Bow River and our steep creeks to be somewhat steady with minimal precipitation and low snow melt.

May 17, 2022: No concerns. The snowpack in the Bow River Watershed is at 110% to 145% of historical average.  In the Cougar Creek watershed, 50cm of snow remains on northerly slopes at treeline and approximately 10 to 20cm remains on southerly aspects in the alpine. Cougar and Three-Sisters creeks are flowing normally for this time of year, with flows increasing in the afternoons with snowmelt, and following rain events. The Bow River is just below normal range for mid-May. Groundwater levels are at average level and not creating any issues in Canmore yet. Chances of showers, rain and snow all possible throughout the week. We might see small flow increases on the Bow River and Cougar Creek this week, other steep creeks should be minimally affected.

May 10, 2022: No concerns. The snowpack in the Bow River Watershed is at 110% to 145% of historical average. In the Cougar Creek watershed, 57cm of snow remains on northerly slopes at treeline and approximately 15 to 30cm remains on southerly aspects in the alpine. Cougar and Three-Sisters creeks are flowing normally for this time of year. The Bow River is just below normal range for early May. Groundwater levels are at average level and not creating any issues in Canmore. Typical weather for spring in the Rockies is expected this week, with a chances of showers, rain and snow all possible over the next few days and into the weekend. We do not anticipate any significant changes to the Bow and our steep creeks this week.


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Flooding can occur at any time with little to no warning. May 15 to July 15 is when we receive our largest rainfalls and are most likely to experience flooding. Understand, prepare and stay informed by knowing your flood ​risk and how to prepare for flood conditions. 

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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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