Town of Canmore

Mountain Creek Hazard Mitigation

Because of the 2013 flood event we are a safer community today. It gave rise to a new risk and hazard assessment process, safer steep mountain creeks, and resulted in a robust emergency management plan for future emergencies. While we can’t prevent floods or natural disasters like this, there are things we have done to be safer and better prepared for future floods. In response to the flooding of 2013, the Town of Canmore took the following actions:

  1. Conducted Forensic Assessments and Hazard and Risk Assessments on all priority creeks
  2. Implemented a Seasonal High Water Monitoring Program including annual spring inspection of creeks
  3. Created a Mountain Creek Hazard Mitigation Program (more info below)
  4. Restored the channel on Three Sisters Creek in 2013
  5. Restored the channel on Pigeon Creek in 2014
  6. Restored and armored the channel of Cougar Creek and installed a debris net upstream in 2014, and upgraded culvert at the highway in 2017 
  7. Restored and armored the channel of Stone Creek in 2014
  8. Currently constructing the Debris Flood Retention Structure on Cougar Creek
  9. Updated the Land Use Bylaw to include a Steep Creek Hazard Overlay (section 7.8)
  10. Updated the Municipal Development Plan to include a section on Steep Creeks (section 3.5)
  11. Updated the Engineering Design and Construction Guidelines
  12. Installed weather monitoring equipment at both the Civic Centre and above Cougar Creek

Watch a presentation containing details of all actions above (beginning at 2h:02m).

Mountain Creek Hazard Mitigation Program

The goal of the program is to install infrastructure that protects the community against these potential larger events that may occur in the future. Below you will find the Hazard & Risk Map, as well as information on Cougar Creek, other creeks and other creek resources. 

Hazard & Risk Map - Canmore's Mountain Creeks


Cougar Creek

More information on short and long-term mitigation on Cougar Creek.

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Other Creeks

More information on other creeks in town including Peaks of Grassi (X,Y,Z) Creeks and Echo Canyon Creek, Stoneworks Creek, Three Sisters Creek, Pigeon Creek and Stone Creek.

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Creek Resources

This page includes a detailed list of documents for each creek.

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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 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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