Town of Canmore

Quarry Lake Park Enhancements

The 2021 Quarry Lake Park Enhancement Project consists of five main components:

  1. Two new vault washrooms (4 stalls each and wheelchair accessible), one adjacent to the existing parking area and one installed in the south beach area - complete.
  2. A formal access road to access and service the newly installed vault washrooms (crushed gravel trail mix), which would run along the east side of the popular wedding hill - complete.
  3. Parking lot improvements to formalize efficient traffic flow and parking patterns, as well as to allow for future implementation of paid parking - complete.
  4. A formalized jumping platform to be installed along the western side of the lake; providing a safe platform to enter and exit the lake and mitigate on-going erosion concerns due to the existing unofficial jumping area; (construction date TBD)
  5. An additional concrete pad installed in the south beach area for a large waste container(s) - complete

Background Information - 2020

  1. Council approved the updated Quarry Lake concept designs for planning purposes on May 5, 2020. To view a copy of the updated concept designs pdf click here (22.00 MB)
  2. The full project is currently not funded. The five items noted above were funded in 2021 through the Government of Alberta's Municipal Stimulus Program and a private donation for the jumping platform. The Rocky Mountain Heritage Foundation who co-owns the park will be undertaking a fundraising campaign for the full project.
  3. Feedback on the proposed concept designs was collected from Sept. 30 - Oct. 18, 2019. A summary of what was heard can be downloaded pdf here (917 KB)
  4. 2014 Survey - see below for 2014 Quarry Lake survey results.

Note: Many of the questions were open-ended and the summary data is being provided in a word cloud. The word cloud summarizes the words mentioned most in each question and does not fully summarize all answers coming from each question.

pdf Quarry Lake Survey - Q5 data (66 KB)

2016 Quarry Lake Concept Plan Report

In 2016 a concept plan was developed identifying 11 areas for potential enhancements. These enhancements range from signage, improved trails, additional amenities including beach areas and picnic tables to paving of the parking area. To view the full report pdf click here (16.38 MB) . There are no plans to move forward with the full range of concepts presented in this document. The Town is looking to develop concept designs that address key locations including: the parking lot, north and south beaches, the hill where weddings regularly occur and a few key trail linkages.

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 Goodstoney 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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