Town of Canmore

Benchlands Trail Rehabilitation

Benchlands Trail will be re-paved in the summer of 2018. This work will pro-long the life of the road and provide a better surface for users. When taking on rehabilitation projects it also provides the opportunity to analyze the area and look for improvements that can be made. We continue to work on improving our transportation network based on the pdf Integrated Transportation Plan (15.09 MB) . We have a small budget as part of this project to make intersection improvements along the corridor to improve function, safety and comfort for all road users. Before any decisions are made on what this may look like we would like to gain a better understanding on the types of issues that users experience in the area. 

Perceived Issues

Some of the issues the Town has identified include:

1. High vehicle speeds
2. Long pedestrian crossing distances
3. Informal and substandard wheelchair ramps
4. Formal pedestrian crossings not provided at all desired locations
5. Minimal visual cues to people driving of the presence of pedestrian crossings

Get Involved

We are looking for feedback on your experiences in this area for consideration as part of the design. We will be conducting a two step process as part of this project.

Step 1 - Discovery Phase - now closed. Thank you for your input.

We want to make sure we have a full understanding of the scope of issues users experience.

2 - Solutions Phase 

The Town will present the design at an open house at Elizabeth Rummel School on Monday Feb. 12 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. We invite all members of the public to come out for a chance to view the design, ask questions and speak to members of our engineering team. There are possibilities for small refinements to the design at this point if they are feasible and within scope. 

Date: Monday February 12, 2018

Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Elizabeth Rummel School 

Format: Open House, drop in anytime during the specified time period.

The design will be posted on this page after the open house along with any next steps identified.


January 2018 - Engagement Step 1

February 2018 - Proposed Solution and refinements

Summer 2018 - Construction (dates TBD)

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