Canmore’s second annual Neighbour Day is Sunday, September 12, 2021. Residents are encouraged to celebrate the day by meeting new neighbours, performing a random act of neighbourliness or by holding neighbourhood get-togethers.
Looking for ways to celebrate this year? Scroll down to read about what you can do to celebrate, including renting movie kits and the Community Connection Trailer from Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). We've got some great downloads for ideas as well as our annual postcard. For those without a printer, a limited number of ideas kits will be available for pick-up at the FCSS office in the Civic Centre (902 7 Avenue).
Neighbour Day is an annual celebration of community. It is about encouraging people to connect with neighbours, inspiring neighbourliness, gathering neighbours to work on a neighbourhood project, learning about all the gifts and crafts your neighbours have to offer or creating opportunities to simply have fun.
Getting involved in Neighbour Day doesn’t need to be a grand gesture, it can be as simple as taking the time to welcome a new neighbour to the area, hosting a neighbourhood BBQ, or having neighbours over for tea or coffee.
Rent the Community Connection Trailer or a Movie Kit from Family and Community Support Services
- The Community Connection Trailer comes with everything you need to host your own block party: BBQ, tables, chairs, and a tent.
- The Movie Kits include a 12 x 12 foot tent and a projector so that you can host a neighbourhood movie night
More information about the Community Connection Trailer and Movie Kits is here.
Download a document from our Ideas Kit!
- pdf Neighbourhood I Spy (391 KB)
- pdf Neighbourhood Wind Chime (1.23 MB)
- pdf Neighbourhood BINGO (432 KB)
- pdf Connect with your Neighbours in the Fall (416 KB)
- pdf Connect with your Neighbours in the Winter (410 KB)
Download our Neighbour Day postcard pdf here (542 KB) , fill out the prompts, and introduce yourself to a neighbour by dropping it off on a doorstep!
It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment, condo, townhouse or detached home, there are many ways to connect with your neighbours. Here are a few suggestions:
- Block Party
- Host a distanced neighborhood concert or story time
- Create a neighborhood Facebook page
- Foodbank donation contest Sept 1-13
- Communal side walk chalk art
- DIY plans to build neighborhood little libraries. Click here for some inspiration!
- Friendly competitions: best homemade mask, lemonade stand, yard decorating, best sauces/food items, best sidewalk chalk murals (individual and collective)
- Dance party on the Street- squares for family cohorts
- Order take out from local restaurants and eat in your yard/street/front porches with other neighbours
- Showcase quarantine efforts: showcase art/hobbies on front lawns in walking community exhibition
- Create an "I Love my Neighbourhood Because..." board and fill it in with neighbours and friends
- Neighbourhood Bingo- create bingo sheets that ask neighbours to find other neighbours that have certain skills (sewing, carpentry, musical, child minding, canning, etc)
- Coffee with a neighbour
- Host a Neighbourhood wine and cheese night
- Host a Neighbourhood card game tournament
- Host a canning gathering
- Host a garden bed making workshop
- Create a little lending shack/network for tools, outdoor gear, toys etc.
- Have a karaoke or neighbourhood trivia night
- Organize a street hockey game
- Organize a neighbourhood clean-up
- Morning walk or hike
- Have an afternoon tea in the park
- Organize a scavenger hunt
- Host a talent show or porch concert