Town of Canmore

Mountain Creek Hazard Mitigation

After the flooding of 2013, the Town of Canmore created a Mountain Creek Hazard Mitigation Program. One element of this program was to get short-term mitigation in place in time for 2014 spring run-off. This was completed in most of Canmore’s mountain creeks in May 2014. Our focus is now on long-term mitigation. While significant work has been done on many creeks, Cougar Creek the most dramatic, the work completed to date was meant to protect against an event of similar size. There have been larger events in the past and the goal of the program is to install infrastructure that protects the community against these potential larger events that may occur in the future.

Hazard & Risk Map - Canmore's Mountain Creeks

Cougar Creek

Landscape Completion Summer 2018

Debris Flood Retention Structure

  1. The pdf Environmental Impact Assessment Report (130.63 MB) was submitted to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) in July 2016 and is currently being reviewed.  
  2. AEP has sent the Town Supplemental Information Requests (SIR) in December 2016. The Town has submitted to AEP the pdf SIR 1 Response Package (64.12 MB) in June 2017.  The Town has also submitted pdf Post-Submission Clarifications (338 KB) in July 2017.
  3. AEP has sent the Town Supplemental Information Requests (SIR) 2 in October 2017.  The Town has submitted to AEP the pdf SIR 2 Response Package (14.38 MB) in December 2017.  Moreover, the Town has also submitted an pdf EIA Project Update (7.48 MB) in December 2017 which describes design changes made to the Structure since the submission of the EIA.
  4. AEP has sent the Town Supplemental Information Requests (SIR) 3 in March 2018.  The Town has submitted to AEP the pdf SIR 3 Response Package (303 KB) in March 2018.
  5. The pdf EIA (226 KB) has been deemed complete by AEP on March 23, 2018.
  6. The Town has applied to the NRCB and AEP for the construction of the Structure on April 11, 2018 and the NRCB had provided the following pdf Notice of Application (119 KB) .
  7. The Dam Safety submission was submitted to AEP in August 2016 and is being reviewed.


Pigeon Creek

January 2018:

  1. All the work involving the Town of Canmore is now complete. This includes the hazard and risk assessments, as well as the Option Analysis.
  2. The short-term mitigation work, led by the MD of Bighorn will be completed by summer 2018.

Stone Creek

April 2017:

  1. All phases of work on Stone Creek are now complete. The long-term mitigation work will be undertaken at a later date still to be determined.

Stoneworks Creek

January 2018:

  1. Design work of the Stoneworks Creek long-term mitigation phase 1 is now under review. This first phase is to protect existing development.
  2. Construction work of phase 1 is currently planned for 2018/2019.

Three Sisters Creek

January 2018:

  1. Design work of the long-term mitigation of the lower reaches of Three-Sisters Creek is now under review. This covers the section between the lower pedestrian bridge and the Bow River.
  2. Construction work of this mitigation work should be completed by the end of 2018.

Other Creeks

January 2018:

  1. The Town received funding to be able to complete the hazard and risk assessment of X,Y,Z creeks (above Peaks of Grassi) and Echo Creek Canyon (near Alpine Club of Canada).
  2. The hazard and risk assessment of Stones Canyon Creek will be completed by end of 2018.
  3. A private developer has undertaken the studies of the Smith Creek area.

More Information on Steep Creeks 

To read more on Steep Creeks in the Municipal Development Plan pdf click here (4.11 MB) and reference section 3.5. To view the Steep Creek Hazard & Risk Policy pdf click here (2.83 MB) .


To view all Mountain Creek Hazard Mitigation resources click here