Town of Canmore

Bow Valley Parent Link

Bow Valley Parent Link Provincial funding ends on March 31. Services will be reduced throughout January, February and March as we wrap up the Parent Link program. In January you can expect a reduction in the number of education programs & workshops, while drop-in programming will remain the same. In February, all education programs and workshops will be cancelled, and the number available of drop-in programs will be reduced across the Bow Valley. In March, the number of available drop-in programs will be further reduced and the Parent Link program will close on March 20, 2020. 
For current and future drop-in programming please follow our Drop-in Opportunities link. 
The Town has applied to for provincial funding to provide families with children 0 to 18 years of age, with the following services: Parent Education services, Family Support services and Social Connection Services. Stay tuned for more details once we hear more on the status of our application.  

Bow Valley Parent Link (BVPL) is an inter-municipal community initiative operated and managed by the Town of Canmore in partnership with the Town of Banff and the MD of Bighorn. BVPL provides free resources, programs, and support to parent/caregivers with children aged 0 to 5 years in the following five core areas:

  • Early Childhood Development & Care
  • Family Support
  • Parent Education
  • Information & Referral
  • Developmental Screening

Through the Parent Link program, we work to create a community where all children and parents have the opportunity to support and be supported to raise children in a safe, loving, and nurturing family and community environment. 

In 2018, a total of 7,885 children and 6,596 parents attended the Bow Valley Parent link stay and play drop-in program, 625 caregivers attended the Bow Valley Parent Link parent education workshops, 246 caregivers attended various family support programs, 41 children received developmental screening which flagged 8 potential developmental delays and 1,988 referrals were provided to Bow Valley families. More information on program statistics pdf click here (154 KB) .

Canmore Location
600-9 Street
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Banff Location
101B Bear Street
Click here to see drop-in hours

Exshaw Location
14 Heart Mountain Drive (Exshaw Legion)
Click here to see drop-in hours 

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Courses & Workshops

Click here to view courses and workshop such as Triple P, I Grow You Grow, Car Seat Safety and more.

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Drop-In Opportunities

Click here to view drop-in opportunities at Bow Valley Parent Link.

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Other Resources

Click here to view other resources available through Bow Valley Parent Link.

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Click here for more information other services such as relationship counselling, family support and more.

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