Town of Canmore

Enjoy Summer in Canmore

Summer in Canmore is busy.

Residents are soaking up the short summer in the valley, and visitors are here to enjoy the mountains.  Like many other outdoor places, our favourite trails or swimming holes are experiencing high visitation levels. But summer doesn't have to be a headache. We have compiled some easy steps for a hassle-free guide to summer in Canmore. 

Safely enjoy your summer! It only comes once a year.

Pledge to the Peaks

Enjoy the landscape: Respect the environment and the wildlife that call this area home
·   Take the Pledge to the Peaks to commit to traveling lightly and respectfully in the mountains
·   Be bear smart. Travel in groups and carry bear spray and know how to use it.
·   Dogs disturb wildlife. Please keep your pup on a leash anywhere outside off-leash parks
·   Please stay out of designated wildlife corridors, underpasses, or closed areas.
·   Click here for more information about living with wildlife in the Bow Valley


Enjoy the Ride: Roam-free with free fare local transit
·  Canmore’s local Roam service is free for everyone. Forget the hassle of looking for a parking spot and hop on the bus!
Enjoy the Journey: Walk or cycle on some of Canmore's 80 kms of regional trails
·  Limited parking is available downtown
·  Park and walk downtown from Elevation Place, or our temporary intercept parking lot in the gravel lot behind Home Hardware
·  Please share the trail with other users
·  Click here for a trail map to find the trail nearest you
·  Visit a bike-friendly local business!

Plan Ahead

Enjoy the Stillness: Get an early start to beat the crowds
·      Get an early start or visit off-peak hours to beat the crowds.
·         If a parking lot is full, the location is full. Do not park on shoulders or roadways.
·         Paid parking is in effect as of June 1 for Quarry Lake. Get your free resident permit!
·      Visit our partners at Tourism Canmore Kananaskis for trip-planning ideas

The Province of Alberta has implemented a new permit system for Provincial Parks in our area. Alberta Parks will be scanning license plates at Grassi Lakes and the Canmore Nordic Centre. Click here for more information
Enjoy Something Different: Always have a Plan B in mind
·         People are getting out to enjoy nature, but there are lots of places in town to explore beyond Quarry Lake
·         Looking for ideas on where to go in Canmore? Click here for parks and recreation areas 
·         Take your pup for a walk at an off-leash area you haven't been to before 
·         Visit our partners at Tourism Canmore Kananaskis for trip-planning ideas
·          Walk or cycle Main Street or on some of Canmore's 80 km of regional trails
·          Go beyond Main Street and visit Elk RunBenchlandsSpring Creek, and Three Sisters Village

·         On a budget? Click here for free or low-cost fun ideas
·         What else can I do? Click here for a list of Canmore summer activities

The Province of Alberta has implemented a new permit system for Provincial Parks in our area. Alberta Parks will be scanning license plates at Grassi Lakes and the Canmore Nordic Centre. Click here for more information

Main Street

Enjoy the Space: Walk or cycle on Main Street this summer.
·         Browse safely while supporting our great local businesses on Main Street from May to October. 
·      Support local throughout Canmore and enjoy locally made products and services. Go beyond Main Street and visit Elk Run, Benchlands, Spring Creek, Three Sisters Village, and other vibrant areas throughout town. 

Quarry Lake

Enjoy the Lake: Get your Quarry Lake Resident Parking Permit
·        Paid parking is in effect at Quarry Lake to help manage congestion. Each residential household address in Canmore is eligible for one free Quarry Lake Parking Permit.

·         Residential Parking Permit zones will also be implemented in certain areas of the Peaks of Grassi and Rundleview neighborhoods to manage spillover parking from Quarry Lake. Residents in these areas will be able to apply for permits to park in these zones.
Keep Canmore Clean: We all have a part to play to keep our landscape clean 
·     Take the Pledge to the Peaks to commit to traveling lightly and respectfully in the mountains
Respect 'no parking signs'
·         Use the bear-proof garbage bins to dispose of your trash. Or pack-in, pack-out
·      Dogs are not allowed at Quarry Lake (even on-leash)
·         Use the available pit-toilet washroom facilities
·         Respect others using the area
·         Do not park on Highway 742 or in neighbouring residential areas

Click here for more information about Quarry Lake enhancements to create an enjoyable and sustainable experience for all.

Canmore Mountain Market

Enjoy local produce and artisanal goods: The Canmore Mountain Market is on every Thursday!
To ensure that the Canmore Mountain Market aligns with provincial guidelines and provides a safe space for both vendors and attendees, we have made some big changes. Here is what to expect:

·      NEW location at the Elevation Place parking lot with additional overflow parking
·      Reduced market hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
·      New expectations when visiting the market during COVID-19
·      Same rain or shine attitude
·      Same great regional vendors with tasty produce and beautiful goods
·      Limited access to ensure a safe number of attendees at the market at a time
·      Limited public washrooms

Arts, Culture, and Events

Enjoy Canmore Culture: Explore our local art collection

Summer FAQs

What is the Town doing to manage visitation levels this summer?
We want to ensure that our public spaces are safe and welcoming for all to enjoy. To that end, we have implemented paid parking at Quarry Lake, we continue to provide free fare Roam transit, we are expanding intercept parking opportunities, and are working closely with our partners at TCK to help educate visitors before and during their visit.

Where can I park to access downtown?
·         Limited parking is available downtown. There are several accessible parking stalls located near Main Street for easy access to local businesses.
·         Park and walk downtown from Elevation Place! Use our intercept parking at Elevation Place or the gravel behind Home Hardware. The intercept parking lot is only 5 minutes’ walk from downtown!

When is the best time to visit Quarry Lake?
People are getting out to enjoy nature. Always have a plan B to avoid disappointment. Get an early start or visit off-peak hours to beat the crowds.

Where do I learn more about the Quarry Lake Residents' pass?

How much does parking at Quarry Lake cost?


Summer safety tips
Visiting Quarry Lake

Tourism Canmore Kananaskis
Alberta Parks

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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