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. 

Infant Sleep Support (for parents with infants ages 0-12 months)
Learn research-based information on sleep and your infant from a certified sleep consultant. The first session is an information-based presentation and is followed by group sessions to further discuss strategies, refine skills, and gain insight and support from peers. Parents/caregivers will gain knowledge on:

- Causes of sleep challenges
- Healthy sleep habits
- Sleep training techniques 
- Recommendations on when to start sleep training 

Participants are encouraged to sign up for all sessions. Pregnant couples are welcome to join the first presentation session.

Location: Will take place on Zoom

Presentation Date: November 4, from 9 - 11 a.m. 

Group Sessions: November 18, 25, and December 2 from 10 - 11 a.m. 

Register here

Circle of Security (for parents with children ages 0-3)
Circle of Security is an 8-week relationship-based program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children ages 0-3. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that children who are secure exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhance school readiness, and a strong ability to 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 

Location: Will take place on Zoom

Presentation Dates: October 6, 13, 20, and 27, from 7:30 - 9 p.m. 
                                 November 3, 10, 17, and 24, from 7:30 - 9 p.m. 

Register here

Nobody's Perfect (for parents and children ages 0-5)
Nobody's Perfect is designed to meet the needs of parents who are young, single, socially, or geographically isolated, or who have low income or limited, formal education. Parents are gathered in a group setting that utilizes a participant-centered strengths-based approach to explore parenting topics that are suggested by the group.

These sessions are for those that may be facing challenges in their day-to-day life. These could include, but are not limited to:
- Feeling isolated
- Raising children as a single parent
- Parents with minimal social supports
- Parents with limited access to resources.

It is an opportunity for parents to meet other parents with young children and share questions, concerns, and ideas about being a parent. This group format follows a participant-centered strengths-based approach to explore parenting topics that are suggested by the group.

Childcare is available and free of charge!

Location: Bow Valley Family Resource Network 600A 9 Street, Canmore

Program Dates: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 3:30 - 5 p.m.
                          December 7, 14, 21 from 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Register here

Mindful Parent and Youth Workshop (for parents and children ages 8-13)
The Mindful Parent and Youth Workshop is designed for youth ages 8-13 and their caregivers. The workshop enhances mindfulness skills and resiliency in participants. Parents and youth will engage in activities together and separately to explore stress management and build strong family ties. 

This workshop covers topics such as:

- Recognizing physiological responses to stress
- Body scanning
- Grounding techniques 
- Quick and easy meditations 
- Benefits of practicing mindfulness
- Independence and knowing when to ask for help

Location: Bow Valley Family Resource Network, 600A 9 Street Canmore 

Program Dates: October 28, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Youth ages 8-10)
                          November 25, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Youth ages 11-13)

Register here

Girls Connect (for girls ages 9-13)
Being a tween can be stressful and this past year has been extra challenging. This 5-week program encourages girls to get involved in facilitated discussions and provides the opportunity to practice the skills needed to succeed in school, relationships, and teenage life. 

Each week is guided by one of the following wellness concepts:

- Head: learn a new skill
- Heart: practice self-love
- Feet: nurture your body
- Community: strengthen your support systems 

Location: TBD

Program Dates: November 18 and 25, from 3:30 - 5 p.m. 
                          December 2, 9, and 16 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. 

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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