The perimeter of Centennial Park will be fenced to eliminate use of the area by ungulates, particularly elk. Elk have been using areas within the Town of Canmore for many years. As the town has grown, so too have the number and frequency of elk. Herds of 80 + elk have been observed at Lawrence Grassi Middle School and Centennial Park. Elk are potentially dangerous and present a public safety concern to school children, residents and the general public. The recent report from the Human Wildlife Coexistence Roundtable recommends reducing human/wildlife conflict by preventing wildlife from accessing attractants within developed areas by using fencing to exclude ungulates from grass playing fields.
Fencing is considered a reliable, long term solution and an important step to discourage wildlife in town and encourage use of wildlife corridors and habitat patches throughout the valley. Fencing to exclude ungulates has proven successful in both Banff and Jasper. The project is funded collaboratively by the Town of Canmore and Alberta Environment and Parks. Other urban green spaces may also be fenced in subsequent years.
More information on human-wildlife coexistence is available here.
Fence Design & Location
The existing fence around the perimeter of Centennial Park will be replaced with a standard 8’ wildlife fence. Self closing access and equipment gates will also be included with the design.
At this time we are still moving ahead with capital projects. This project is a key recommendation from the Human Wildlife Co-existence Roundtable working group and is a key part of managing wildlife within town boundaries in the future.We are following the direction of the provincial health authority and working with contractors to adjust their health & safety plan accordingly. Things are changing on a daily basis and we will adjust our projects as needed.
Construction is scheduled to start at the end of April and should be completed by the end of June.