Town of Canmore

Moving to Canmore & Housing Resources

Canmore is a unique mountain Town with a number of career and housing opportunities and challenges. Moving to the area can offer an active lifestyle and adventure out your front door, however there are certain limitations that should be taken into consideration before making the move.

Alternative Housing, Vans, RV's, and Tiny Houses

Current Town bylaws prohibit occupying a vehicle anywhere within Town Limits outside of private property, and prohibit parking a recreation vehicle of any kind between the hours of midnight & 8am unless adjacent to the owners property.

As per the Traffic & Road Use Bylaw

  • RV's are not permitted on the street between midnight and 8 a.m. unless is parked on the street immediately adjoining the owner or operator's place of residence.
  • The maximum amount of time it can be parked as described above is for 36 hours and it has not been parked here at any time in the preceding 48 hours.
  • The intent of these restrictions is to permit loading/unloading and cleaning.
  • Trailers must be attached to vehicles at all times.

Tiny homes are currently not addressed by any local Town Bylaws, however information on accessory suites (such as garden suites, garage suites, and secondary suites) is available on the Accessory Suites Incentive Program Page.

Affordable Housing

The Canmore Community Housing Program requisitions a very limited number of small units within the community for residents who fall under the established income threshold. 

Air BnB / Short Term Acommodation

A percentage of Town of Canmore is zoned for short term accommodation / vacation rentals. Short Term Accommodation is defined as a stay of 30 days or less. Information on legal and illegal visitor accommodation units is available on the Visitor Accommodation page. 

A number of hostels are also available, please see the list at the bottom of this page for more information.

Employment Opportunities

The Town of Canmore periodically posts jobs on the Career Opportunities page.

More information on careers and jobs in the Bow Valley is available here:

Hostel Listings

Below is a list of all the hostels located in the Bow Valley.
Alpine Canmore Clubhouse
201 Indian Flats Road, Canmore, Alberta
Telephone: 403.678.3200
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Banff International Hostel
449 Banff Avenue
Banff, AB
Telephone: 403.985.7744
Toll-free: 1.855.5-HOSTEL
Samesun Chalet
433 Banff Avenue
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Telephone: 403.762.4499
HI Banff Alpine Centre
801 Hidden Ridge Way
Banff, Alberta
Telephone: 403.762.4123
HI - Lake Louise Alpine Centre
203 Village Road, Lake Louise, Alberta
Telephone: 403.522.2201