Town of Canmore

Street Life

The Land Use Bylaw amendments on this page address the comfort, safety, convenience, and enjoyment of our streets through what happens on (parking, pop-up patios etc.) and along (trees, gathering sports, businesses, restaurants etc.) the street. 

Click here to see the current Land Use Bylaw. 


Protecting our street trees on public land.

Public street trees contribute endless benefits to communities, from improving air quality and community beauty to increasing property values and creating more comfortable streets.  

The Public Tree Protection Bylaw will protect street trees on public land from unnecessary damage or removal during development. This bylaw includes design, guarding, and construction direction and, if removal is required, assessing tree value to fund replacement trees.

Public trees are assets and have a value, like any building, infrastructure, or amenity on public land.

Review the proposed process pdf here (106 KB) .




Exploring street food in Canmore. 

Some people feel that food trucks compete with local bricks-and-mortar businesses without the same overhead costs. Others feel that food trucks can help launch new local businesses by providing a more affordable entry point.

Where food trucks are permitted can have community impacts. Depending on their size and location, they may block the visibility of existing businesses or take away customer parking spaces. In contrast, they can also be used to enliven quieter public spaces and parks.

Existing Bylaw

Today, food trucks are not permitted in Canmore. The Town is looking to determine whether food trucks are appropriate. If there is a desire, a new bylaw will be proposed to guide the location and operation of food trucks and respond to community concerns.



Creating lively, enjoyable streets in Canmore’s Town Centre.

Canmore is trying to encourage an active and dynamic street life in the Town Centre. This includes:

  • Promoting arts, cultural, and entertainment activities 
  • Creating an engaging and comfortable pedestrian environment
  • Looking for innovative ideas that stimulate activity and draw people to the Town Centre

Recently, pop-up patios were introduced as one method to encourage new activity.

Existing Bylaw

The Land Use Bylaw supports the construction of temporary patios in on-street parking stalls. In addition to the Land Use Bylaw, Canmore also has the In-Street Patio Policy to guide pop-up patios.

We want to know if there are other ideas that can improve street life in our Town Centre.





Supporting our local businesses & vibrant main streets.

Signs help to promote businesses and add interest to our streetscape. The overall intent of sign regulations is to ensure our signs make a positive contribution to Canmore’s physical appearance in keeping with the spectacular mountain setting.

Currently, the sign bylaw does not permit white or light-coloured background signs. This regulation was originally introduced to: 

  • Prohibit backlit signs and plastic panel signs: These types of signs can continue to be prohibited through other regulations
  • Legibility: Light lettering on a dark background has been shown to stand out more
  • Consistency: To create a consistent look to the Town’s signs

However, businesses have expressed a desire for greater flexibility, which includes the freedom to create signs that have dark lettering on a light background.

Existing Bylaw

Today, the Land Use Bylaw includes the following direction: “background colours shall be dark tones with lettering and logos using contrasting colours.”



Improving our travel choices by providing better cycling, transit, & walking experiences. 

The future of mobility in Canmore is people taking a greater number of trips by foot, bicycle, and transit. To do this, we are aiming to increase the ease and comfort of non-vehicle travel in our community.

Through Land Use Bylaw updates, Canmore will aim to:

  • Make local streets quieter and more comfortable for pedestrians
  • Connect new developments to walking and cycling paths and sidewalks
  • Create convenient and secure bicycle parking
  • Improve accessibility
  • Address rising infrastructure costs

Proposed Bylaw Updates

We must plan for sustainable mobility and land use together. Prioritizing efficient transportation networks that account for pedestrian comfort can help facilitate and promote the use of alternative transportation modes.





Ensuring parking works for everyone. 

Parking within the Town Centre is a challenging topic which needs to consider:

  • Parking requirements and costs which make development/redevelopment prohibitive
  • Underutilized parking areas
  • Parking spillover impacts during busy times (e.g. weekends)
  • The impact and integration of public transit 

The goal is to achieve parking efficiency. This means 85% of parking stalls are in use at any given time providing visible spaces so people can park easily without compromising beauty, developable space, and pedestrian comfort.

Proposed Bylaw Updates

Better parking management and land use requirements will lead to a more efficient use of existing parking infrastructure and encourage both development and redevelopment within the Town Centre. 

Read a summary about how parking is currently regulated pdf here (102 KB)