After the flooding of 2013, the Town created a Mountain Creek Hazard Mitigation Program. One element of this program was to get short-term mitigation in place in time for 2014 spring run-off. This was completed in most of Canmore’s mountain creeks in May 2014. Our focus is now on long-term mitigation. While significant work has been done on many creeks, Cougar Creek the most dramatic, the work completed to date was meant to protect against an event of similar size. There have been larger events in the past and the goal of the program is to install infrastructure that protects the community against these potential larger events that may occur in the future.
Hazard & Risk Map - Canmore's Mountain Creeks
- The Environmental Impact Assessment was submitted to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) in July 2016 and is currently being reviewed.
- The Dam Safety submission was submitted to AEP in August 2016 and is also being reviewed.
- The culvert improvement works at Highway 1 are nearing completion.
- Phase 2 of landscaping rehabilitation of Cougar Creek will start this spring, which includes:
- additional forbs and shrubs in planting beds between Elk Run Blvd and the highway
- paved and gravel pathways along channel (bridge connections will also be paved)
- tree/shrub planting beds and seeding banks upstream of Elk Run Blvd
- seeding from edge of pathways to top 2m of concrete mats along corridor
- pathways and landscaping around Cougar Creek parking lot and roundabout
To learn more about the final landscaping concepts around Cougar Creek, please click the following links:
- All the work involving the Town of Canmore is now complete. This includes the hazard and risk assessments, as well as the Option Analysis.
- The short-term mitigation work, led by the MD of Bighorn is currently underway.
- All phases of work on Stone Creek are now complete. The long-term mitigation work will be undertaken at a later date still to be determined.
- Design work of the Stoneworks Creek long-term mitigation phase 1 is now underway. This first phase is to protect existing development.
- Construction work of phase 1 is currently planned for 2018.
Three Sisters Creek
- Design work of the long-term mitigation of the lower reaches of Three-Sisters Creek is underway. This covers the section between the lower pedestrian bridge and the Bow River.
- Construction work of this mitigation work should be completed by the end of 2017.
- The Town has applied for funding to be able to complete the hazard and risk assessment of X,Y,Z creeks (above Peaks of Grassi).
- The hazard and risk assessment of Stones Canyon Creek was completed in 2016.
- A private developer is undertaking the studies of the Smith Creek area.
More Information on Steep Creeks
To view all Mountain Creek Hazard Mitigation resources click here.