Town of Canmore

Programs & Workshops

All programs are free but require registration. For dates and times, please see the calendar below or individual program descriptions. 

To register for programs based in Canmore, click here

Additional free programming for Bow Valley Residents is available through the Town of Banff's website here.

Need more information? Contact us to learn more about programming, referrals, and other services. 


Circle of Security (for parents and caregivers with children aged 0-3)
Circle of Security is an eight-week relationship-based program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Decades of university-based research has confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to effectively handle emotions.

The Course material will cover such topics as:
- Learning to read children’s emotional needs
- Supporting children’s ability to successfully manage emotions
- Enhancing the development of a child’s self-esteem
- The importance of secure attachment relationships
- Developing relationship capacities

Childcare is available for a fee. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
for details. Space is limited.

Program Dates: Thursdays May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. 

Location: Elevation Place, Room 212 


Register here

Potty Talk (for parents and caregivers with children aged 0-3)
The Potty Talk workshop is designed for parents with children ages 0-3. The workshop will explore the positives and pitfalls of popular potty-training methods and empower caregivers to determine what works for their families. It will address frustrations, myths, and techniques around potty training, and demonstrate that there is no right way to potty train a child. 
The course material covers such topics as:
- Appropriate timings
- Signs of readiness for your child and for you
- Common toilet training methods, and the pros and cons of each one
- Potty training checklists 
- Differences between potty training boys and girls, and examining common myths 
- Naps and nighttime training 
- Common potty-training challenges 
 
Program Dates: Tuesday, June 14 1:00-2:30 p.m. (Zoom) 
                       Thursday, June 16 7:00-8:30 p.m.  (in-person)  
Location: Family Connection Centre, 600A 9 St. Canmore

Register here

Exshaw Family Drop-in (for parents and children ages 0-6)
The Exshaw Family Drop-in Program welcomes caregivers and their children ages 0 - 6 for two hours of play and social connection with other young local families while also building parent capacity. Toys and stories are provided, and guest presenters will explore parenting topics and resources for families. 

Location: Exshaw Legion, 16 Heart Mountain Dr

Program Dates: Monday, May 16 and June 6, 20 from 10 - 12 p.m. 

Talking to Your Children about Sex, Sexuality, and Sexual Health (for parents and caregivers of youth ages 0-12)

At some point, children will have questions about sex, sexuality, and sexual health. Prepare yourself for these conversations by attending the Easier Than You Think workshop facilitated by the Centre for Sexuality in partnership with the Bow Valley Family Resource Network. 
 
This two-hour workshop will:
- Increase confidence and comfort in talking with children about sexuality and relationships
- Provide interactive activities and discussions
- Help parents identify their family’s values surrounding sexuality 
- Clarify how to communicate important information at age-appropriate levels 
 
Childcare is available for a fee. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your children. Space is limited.  
Program Date:Friday, June 10 from 9 – 11 a.m. 
Location:Elevation Place (Room 212) 700 Railway Ave 
Register here


Individual Support

The Family Support Worker (FSW) is available to meet individually with families with children 0-18 to identify needs, develop goals and build family capacity. The FSW provides prevention and early intervention supports and services to families for needs such as (however not limited to):

  • Child development, toddler and pre-school sleep support, safety planning, establishing routines, sibling challenges, and behaviour management (0-6 years)
  • Fostering independence, behaviour management, life skills, screen time, emotional regulation, social skills, safety planning, and sibling challenges (7-13 years)
  •  Healthy relationships, budgeting, boundary setting, coping skills, safety planning, sibling challenges, and behaviour management (14-18 years)

This service is available to all Bow Valley families either virtually or in person. There is no charge for this service. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 403.678.2529 to book your appointment.

 

Developmental Screening

Curious about your child’s development? Check up on their development by completing these free online Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ and ASQ-SE). These questionnaires focus on:

  • communication, 
  • gross and fine motor skills,
  • problem-solving,
  • personal and social skills and 
  • social/emotional development 

Once completed, a trained professional reviews the questionnaire and will provide activities to enhance development and/or make referrals to community agencies, if necessary.

This service is free and available to all families in the Bow Valley with children 0-5. To access the online questionnaire click here. If you require a paper copy visit your local Family Resource Network. 

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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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