Town of Canmore

2022 Paid Parking Program

Paid parking will come into effect in the Town Centre starting in late-June 2022 and is currently in effect at Quarry Lake. Paid parking is one of the strategies outlined in the Town of Canmore’s Integrated Parking Management Plan, which outlines the following goals:

  1. Provide the right mix of parking options to meet the needs of residents, visitors, workers, and shoppers,
  2. Ensure high use parking areas are not exceeding capacity during peak season days on a regular basis,
  3. Focus on using parking facilities efficiently, not simply providing more parking space which comes with a cost.

Town Centre Program

*Click map to view PDF version*

  • Paid parking in effect seven days per week from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (once program starts in late-June 2022),
  • Green areas on map are paid parking:
    • Peak season rates (May 15 – October 14): $3/hour,
    • Low season rates (October 15 – May 14): $2/hour,
  • Canmore Resident Parking Permit holders get up to 3 hours free in all paid zones per day (more details below),
  • Monthly parking passes will be available as an add-on option, to those who are eligible for a Canmore Resident Parking Permit. The monthly parking passes would allow all-day parking in the four parking lots shown in green on the map above. Note that the monthly passes will not be available (TBD July) until after the Canmore Resident Parking Permits are issued:
    • Peak season rates (May 1 – October 31): $83/month, 
    • Low season rates (November 1 – April 30): $41.50/month,
  • Blue areas on map are free 9-hour parking,
  • Red areas on map are Canmore Resident Parking Permit zones, parking is only available to Canmore Resident Parking Permit holders, 
  • Accessible stalls and loading zones remain free.

Canmore Resident Parking Permit

The Canmore Resident Parking Permit allows permit holders to park for up to three hours daily in paid zones at both the Town Centre and Quarry Lake. The virtual permit also allows residents to park in all Canmore Resident Parking Permit only zones around both the Town Centre and Quarry Lake. *Note that current Quarry Lake Permit holders will need to re-apply for the Canmore Resident Parking Permit, as it is a new system.*

To learn more about the Canmore Resident Parking Permit and apply for yours (applications will open late-May), click here.

Quarry Lake Program

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  • New program starts late-June, 2022
  • Paid parking in effect seven days per week during park hours:
    • Peak season rates (May 15 – October 14): $10/ two hours,
    • Low season rates (October 15 – May 14): $2.50/hour,
  • Canmore Resident Parking Permit holders get up to 3 hours free in all paid zones per day,
  • Red areas on map are Canmore Resident Parking Permit zones, parking is only available to Canmore Resident Parking Permit holders, 
  • Accessible stalls remain free.

2021 Quarry Lake Parking Program

The current (2021) Quarry Lake parking program remains in effect until May 15, 2022. We anticipate the new pay parking program to begin at Quarry Lake in late-June, 2022, at which point you will need your Canmore Resident Parking Permit. For information on the current Quarry Lake Parking program, click here.

Pay Your Parking Ticket

To pay your parking ticket online click here

If you wish to appeal a Canmore violation ticket you may download and complete the  document appeal form (289 KB) Appeals must be received within 14 days from the issue date of the ticket. For more information on ticket appeals click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will paid parking in the Town Centre start?
Paid parking in the Town Centre is tentatively scheduled to start in late-June 2022.
Do Canmore Residents have to pay for parking?
Residents of Canmore can get up to three hours of free parking per day in paid zones in the Town Centre and at Quarry Lake, as long as they have registered for the Canmore Resident Parking Permit. For more information click here.
Can other Bow Valley residents apply for the Canmore Resident Parking Permit?
No, a Canmore Resident Parking Permit is not available to other Bow Valley residents. 

- Parking is expensive, including costs for land, infrastructure, maintenance, and enforcement. Costs of parking are funded though taxes by residents and business taxes.
- In order to maintain room on our roadways for people who need to and wish to drive, Canmore invests in infrastructure and services to encourage and enable our residents and visitors to walk, cycle, and use local and regional transit.  
- Pay-parking allows for a portion of the high costs of parking and transportation infrastructure and services to be shared by those arriving by car.

There are several options for free parking near the Town Centre and lower priced options at Quarry Lake within the plan, including:
- Over 200 free parking stalls within a short walking distance (5-10 minutes) of the Town Centre. You can view a map of these stalls above.
- Customer parking available in private stalls within the Town Centre, approximately 350 stalls, subject to restrictions.
- Changed hours and rates at Quarry Lake:
    - $10/two hours – peak season (May 15 – Oct. 14)
    - $2.50/hour – off season (Oct. 15 – May 14)
How will paid parking improve the parking experience in the Town Centre?
The following are some of the ways paid parking will improve the user experience: Ensures prime parking is used for the highest value uses. Ensures parking is available most times on each block face and in each parking lot. Reduces up to 30% of vehicle congestion by significantly reducing time spent hunting for spots. Funds transportation initiatives like fare-free transit. Funds Town Centre enhancements.
Where can I park for free?
Free 9-hour parking will be available in a number of spots within a short walking distance to the Town Centre:

Approximately 75 spaces in the Elevation Place panhandle – average walking time of less than ten minutes to the Town Centre 
Approximately 100 spaces on Fairholme Drive – average walking time of seven minutes to the Town Centre
Approximately 75 spaces on 7th Avenue – average walking time of six minutes to the Town Centre 
How do I pay for parking?
Payment for parking can be made by smart phone app, virtual pay stations on the web, or credit card at pay stations.  
Will accessible parking be free?
Accessible parking is free as long as the vehicle is displaying a valid accessible permit.
Why not just build a parkade?
A parkade would only add roughly an extra 160 stalls to our parking stock, which is not enough during peak periods. The parkade would sit largely empty for seven months of the year and come at a cost of millions to local taxpayers. A parkade would cost approximately $1M/year (annualized) to taxpayers, and a large percentage of taxpayers would not use it. Charging for parking gives those that need it the choice of when and how often they use it, while not putting that cost on the rest of the community. 
Where can I learn more about what other parking strategies the Town of Canmore is pursuing?
To learn more about parking management in the Town of Canmore, visit our Integrated Parking Management webpage.

Questions?

Please fill out this form and a member of our team will get back to you.

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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