Town of Canmore

Council Clips – February 2, 2021

Council agreed that Mayor Borrowman will send a letter to Premier Kenney, with a copy to the MLA, requesting that the Alberta Government reinstate the 1976 Coal Development Policy which was recently rescinded without adequate public consultation. The letter can be found pdf here (126 KB) .

Council gave first reading to Land Use Bylaw Amendment 2020-19 Three Sisters DC District (Site 5) and scheduled a public hearing for March 2. This rezoning request is aligned with the previously-approved Stewart Creek Area Structure Plan in 2004 and the Town of Canmore’s Municipal Development Plan.  A commercial development was anticipated within these guiding documents and the proposal includes a mix of grocery, retail, commercial, light industrial, innovation hub, employee housing, and multi-family residential development as well as an environmental reserve and municipal park, and anticipates a build-out of 5-7 years. Improvements include a roundabout replacing the 4-way stop at the Three Sisters Parkway interchange and emergency access to residential lands. For a map of the location, details, and FAQs visit Three Sisters Mountain Village (The Gateway at Three Sisters)

Council also gave first reading to the Business Registry Amendment 2021-01 and scheduled a public hearing for March 2. This amendment proposes to add a licence for busking, reduce red tape, clarify some confusing language, and change the process for transferring business ownership. To learn how to participate in a public hearing visit Public Hearings.

Council heard from two delegations today:

  1.          Staff Sergeant Singleton from the Canmore RCMP gave a verbal presentation and answered questions about the local detachment staffing plan.
  2.          Representatives from White Mountain Adventures presented a request that Council consider approving a pilot e-bike tour program on multi-use trails in Canmore. A decision will be considered at the March 2 Council meeting.

Council also approved:

  •          First reading of two borrowing bylaws to authorize the Town of Canmore to borrow $130,000 for completing a connection of a water main that was part of the original water upgrades identified for TIP20, and $3,000,000 to complete Phase 2 of a new feeder main connecting the Three Sisters area adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant to the south end of Bow Valley Trail. Visit Bylaws Pending Approval for more information.
  •          Amendments to the Cannabis Bylaw to clarify restrictions in hotels – see Cannabis in Canmore.
  •          The signing of a memorandum of understanding supporting investigation and implementation of regional mass transit between Calgary, the Bow Valley, and Banff National Park. A draft copy of the MOU can be found as item H1a in the agenda package.
  •          The appointment of Ann Metikosh as the Canmore library representative to the Marigold Library Board.



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 Goodstoney 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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