Town of Canmore

Quarry Lake Paid Parking Program

Canmore experienced increased visitation to Quarry Lake in 2020, and parking demand exceeded the parking available. Spillover from the formal parking area affected Highway 742 and adjacent residential areas. Pay parking is in effect at Quarry Lake to help manage demand and fund operating costs associated with extra washrooms and parking lot maintenance. To better manage spillover parking in neighborhoods, a Residential Parking Permit program is in effect on the closest portions of roadway within the adjacent neighbourhoods of Peaks of Grassi and Rundleview.

To learn more about parking management in Canmore, please review Canmore's Parking Management Plan.

Quarry Lake Parking Permits

An annual parking permit for Quarry Lake is available to each Canmore residential household address, one permit is available per household at no cost. Additional permits will be charged an administration fee of $20. Permits will be linked to vehicle license plates.

To register for your Quarry Lake Parking Permit click here

For a step by step guide on how to apply/change/cancel your Quarry Lake Parking Permit pdf click here (1.17 MB)

Residential Parking Permits

Resident Parking Permits (RPP) are used to manage acute spillover issues in areas in close proximity to pay parking zones. The zones identified are intended to address these areas without overextending and creating additional management work for administration and hassle for residents.

The neighbourhoods of Rundleview and Peaks of Grassi will have an RPP zone established. Residential Parking Permits can be applied for online with two free permits per household. Additional permits are $100. Areas may be expanded by resident request through a petition process if problems are identified outside of the RPP zones. 

To register for your Residential Parking Permit click here

For a step by step guide on how to apply/change/cancel your Residential Parking Permit pdf click here (408 KB)

Visitor Permits

Each home in the RPP zones has two free visitor passes allocated to them, which can be managed through your online account. For a step by step guide on how to manage your Visitor Permits click here

Peaks of Grassi


Payment Options

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.

Paid parking is in effect, seven days per week, between the hours of 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Parking Rates:

  • Peak season - May 11 - October 11
    • $20/4 hours
  • Off-peak season - October 12 - April 30
    • $5/2 hours
    • $10/4 hours

Payment can be made in the following ways:

  1. Using the pay machines on site - credit card payments only
  2. Downloading the ParkPlus app to your phone
  3. Using the ParkPlus Virtual Pay Machine

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

What will parking cost?
Parking rates will be:
$20/4 hours in peak season
$10/4 hours in non-peak season
Do Canmore residents have to pay?
Each Canmore residential household address is eligible for one free annual parking permit for Quarry Lake, plus one additional permit for an administration fee of $20.
What if I am a renter, how do I apply for the Quarry Lake Parking Permit?
If you are renting your property you can apply for a Quarry Lake Parking Permit for your household address. You will need a copy of your lease agreement to upload to the registration system.
Won't paid parking at Quarry Lake impact parking in surrounding neighbourhoods?
We are implementing a Residential Parking Permit system for certain areas in the Peaks of Grassi and Rundleview neighbourhoods to control spillover parking. More details on this program are available above.
Will I have to put a hang tag in my car to display a valid parking permit?
No. You will create an online account which will be tied to your vehicle's license plate.
Does the free Quarry Lake Parking Permit apply to people who do not have a Canmore residential household address?
No. The free Quarry Lake Parking Permit is only available to Canmore residential household addresses. Town of Canmore residents pay for capital and operating costs at Quarry Lake through their taxes. This program is designed to spread those costs out to other users of the area, helping offset the costs to maintain the area. Parking fees will be re-invested back into operating costs at Quarry Lake and transportation improvements in the future. 

For this summer season we will be implementing the program as approved by Council. We will be monitoring use and traffic congestion generated by the recreation areas up 742 to see if there's capacity to consider expanding the pass program or to adjust parking fees in the future. 
Can contractors working at construction sites in RPP zones apply for parking passes?
Yes. Construction sites with two or more contractors at the location are requested to apply as following: The General contractor will email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following info (General’s Contractor, Name of General Contractor, email, phone #, permit #, location of work, duration at site). The General Contractor will be provided a document that they can provide to the subcontractors at the site. The construction staff will be responsible for displaying the permit on their dashboard where it is visible for Bylaw Officers.
Is there a bus service to Quarry Lake?
Not yet. In collaboration with Alberta Parks and Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission (BVRTSC), we are planning to provide bus service in 2024 to Quarry Lake Park, the Canmore Nordic Centre, and Grassi Lakes. In order to service the area, a new Roam bus will be required. The BVRTSC has estimated that the cost of operating the route seasonally would be $150,000. It is conservatively expected that net revenues of pay parking at Quarry Lake Park will fund the Town of Canmore's annual share of this service.

New bus stops will be created along Highway 742, at Quarry Lake, and the Nordic Centre. Bus stop construction will take place in advance of route start-up in order to meet grant funding deadlines.


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pdf Quarry Lake Parking Permit Eligibility Requirements (126 KB)

pdf Residential Parking Permit Eligibility Requirements (154 KB)

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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