Town of Canmore

New Fire Hall

In 2019, Council approved a plan to construct a new 8-bay fire hall in the Palliser area (near the intersection of Palliser and Benchlands Trails). Please see below for site location, initial drawings and construction updates.

Location and Design

Design work for the fire hall is currently underway, with a goal of the building being as close to net zero carbon as possible. Enabling works for the site are underway, which consists of site clearing and grading, cemetery parking and access roads and a storm pond. Construction of the fire hall is scheduled to take place in 2022-23. 

Construction Impacts - Updated September 29, 2021

  • Enabling works construction is almost complete. Enabling works consists of site preparation (tree clearing, grading), construction of access roads, street lighting, storm management infrastructure and cemetery parking. 
  • The cemetery will remain open during construction. 

Background Information

The current fire hall located at the corner of Railway Avenue and 10th Street was built in 1986, at a time when the population was approximately 4,000. With our current population and tourism numbers, the facility presents challenges to the ability to fully serve fire and rescue service needs and there is no capacity to accommodate future growth.

Given its importance to the community, especially during community-wide emergencies, finding the most appropriate location requires careful analysis. Funding was approved in the 2018 budget to conduct a study to determine the most appropriate location(s) needed to provide fire and rescue services in Canmore over the long-term. The Fire Hall Study recommendation is that two fire halls with 12 apparatus bays are needed to provide fire and rescue services in Canmore over the long-term. To read the fire hall study summary report click here

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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