Town of Canmore

Canmore Recreation Centre Lifecycle Maintenance Project

The Canmore Recreation Centre (CRC) is the largest municipal building in Canmore, serving residents, neighbouring communities, and traveling athletes. Built in three phases starting in 1983, many building components are nearing the end of their useful life cycle, a number of significant building codes have changed and aspects of the building no longer meet the current or future expectations of the community. The building will be undergoing significant construction in 2018 & 2019. The primary objective of the project is to complete essential life cycle maintenance work on the CRC to ensure it remains safe, reliable and operational for the next 25 years.

Construction Impacts - Updated November 13

The building will remain open during construction, however there will be impacts to operations. 

  1. Phase two of the project will begin in early January. The Peaks of Grassi Gym will remain operational until the new multi-purpose room on the second floor is open.
  2. The elevator will be out of service until mid-December.
  3. Public washrooms are available in the front of the building. A porta potty has been added at the back entrance. The lobby washrooms near the arenas are anticipated to re-open in early December.
  4. The concession is out of service - opening date is to be determined.
  5. The new ice plant has arrived and is currently being commissioned.

Construction Phasing - Updated August 9

Schedule is subject to change. Areas within each phase may open earlier than indicated.

Level 1 pdf Level 1 Phasing Plan (770 KB)

Level 2 -  pdf Level 2 Phasing Plan (750 KB)

Floor Plans - Updated April 3

The work being done includes lifecycle maintenance and life safety updates including roof repair, reinforcing of AK arena structure, HVAC, mechanical, electrical, control systems, lighting, flooring, paint, hardware and fixtures throughout the building. Below you will find more details on the work being done on each level of the building and updated floor plans. 

Level 1 -   pdf CRC LCM Floor Plan Level 1 (377 KB)

Some of the major changes include:

1.       Addition of flex room for up to 13 athletes

2.       Increasing size of AK dressing rooms to accommodate up to 20 athletes

3.       Re-location of public washrooms

4.       Reconfigured multi-purpose gymnasium dressing rooms, office and program space

5.   Replacement of ice plant

6.   Addition of a children's play area and youth/meeting room


Level 2 -   pdf CRC LCM Floor Plan Level 2 (195 KB)

Some of the major changes include:

1.       Peaks of Grassi Gym will become new Community Hall, increasing capacity of space to 160 people

2.       Re-location of public washrooms and conversion to universal washrooms

3.       Use change of existing office space to fitness/weight room and multi-purpose room with  viewing to the arenas (through existing window to TC and new windows into AK)

4.       Moving Town offices to current Community Hall

5.       Addition of barrier free seating in AK arena



If you have any questions or are looking for more information please contact Adam Robertson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 403.678.1530.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will both ice rinks be closed this winter? 

No. The plan is to have one rink open in the summer of 2018 and both rinks operational in the fall of 2018 to accommodate the busy ice season. We are working on alternative options to ensure as much access for ice to users as possible. The summer of 2019 will likely see the closure of one ice surface.

2. What are the majority of the funds for this project allocated towards?

Approximately 90% of the funds for this project are allocated towards lifecycle maintenance items that are necessary to keep the building operating.

3. Why not wait until we know more about the Olympic Bid?

The CRC has not been identified as being within the scope of what would be required to host the games. There have been no discussions of including infrastructure enhancements for the CRC as part of the bid process. In fact, it has not been decided yet whether a Calgary Olympic bid will proceed, and the host city for the 2026 Winter Olympics won’t even be selected by the IOC until September 2019. At this time, there is no indication that the Recreation Centre would be part of any part of a potential Olympic bid so waiting to move forward with this project is not wise.

4. Why are we losing multi-purpose space by converting the Lady Macdonald Hall to office space?

Community hall space will continue to be available in the new multi-purpose room which improve viewing for both arenas, and will provide more flexible multi-purpose community space for groups to rent. Council has discussed this aspect of the project on many occasions over recent years, and has consistently supported the repurposing of the Lady MacDonald Hall as office space.

5. How will the dressing rooms accommodate female or mixed gender teams?

The design incorporates the addition of a flex change room for up to 13 athletes. Teams will be able to use this space for females on their team.  Currently we are talking with minor hockey to understand how often two teams with male and female players are playing directly against each other so we can develop an operational way to create a second flex room if needed.  The design also incorporates separate washroom facilities into each of the Alex Kaleta dressing rooms, eliminating the need to share washrooms so any of the dressing rooms can be used by all female teams.

6. Why are we adding a universal washroom?

Every person, regardless of gender identity or expression has the right to go to the washroom in a public, clean, and safe facility. To facilitate this, one gender inclusive washroom is planned for the second floor and conventional male/female public washrooms are located on the first floor. The facility will have options that safely serve everyone in our community.

7. Where is barrier-free seating incorporated into the design?

A new barrier free seating area for the Alex Kaleta arena is located on the second floor. In the Thelma Crowe arena, one of the bleacher sets will be replaced with new barrier free seating.