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. Starting in 2021, visitors will be charged for parking 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 will be available 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.
- Paid parking will start June 1 and be in place throughout the entire year, seven days per week, between the hours of 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
- An annual parking permit for Quarry Lake will be available to each Canmore residential household address. Quarry Lake parking permits will be available through online application and one permit is available per household at no cost. Additional permits are charged an administration fee of $20. Permits will be linked to vehicle license plates.
- Residents without a Quarry Lake parking permit and visitors will pay $20 for up to four hours of parking in peak season and $10 for up to four hours in off-peak season. Additional sessions can be purchased at the same pricing for extended stays.
- Residential areas near of Quarry Lake Park will have a Residential Parking Permit zone established. Residential Parking Permits can be applied for online with two free permits per household. Additional permits are $100. These zones will allow Bylaw Services to enforce parking in these zones effectively using new technology tied to license plate recognition.
- The plan includes two 15-minute parking spots for pick-up and drop-off.
*The above prices and stall allocations may be adjusted based on utilization rates. The goal of the program is to make sure there is parking available when it is needed.*
Quarry Lake Parking Permits
An annual parking permit for Quarry Lake will be available to each Canmore residential household address. Quarry Lake parking permits will be available through online application and 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.
Registration for Quarry Lake Parking Permits will open in mid-May.
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.
Registration for Residential Parking Permits will open in mid-May.
Peaks of Grassi
Future Transit Route
In collaboration with Alberta Parks and Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission (BVRTSC), we are planning to provide bus service in 2022 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 2021 in advance of route start-up in order to meet grant funding deadlines.
Frequently Asked Questions
$20/4 hours in peak season
$10/4 hours in non-peak season