Town of Canmore

Other Creeks

Peaks of Grassi (X,Y,Z) Creeks and Echo Canyon Creek 

As of March 2020:

  1. The Town received funding to be able to complete the hazard and risk assessment of X, Y, Z creeks (above the Peaks of Grassi) and Echo Creek Canyon (near Alpine Club of Canada).
  2. A consultant was awarded the contract on April 2, 2018. 
  3. Field work was completed in May and June of 2018.  
  4. Council was presented with the results in January of 2019, followed by a public presentation with Q&A session. Read the   pdf Echo Canyon Creek Hazard and Risk Assessment (19.44 MB)  or the  pdf XYZ Creeks Hazard and Risk Assessment (37.93 MB) .
  5. The options may be considered by Council and Administration as work on higher priority creek areas is completed.


Stoneworks Creek

As of March 2020:

  1. The design of the Stoneworks Creek long-term mitigation phase 1 is complete. This first phase of mitigation is to protect existing development.
  2. Construction was contingent on a successful Alberta Community Resiliency Program (ACRP) grant application. The grant was not approved in advance of cancellation of the ACRP program.
  3. The project funding model included approximately $800,000 in Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) funding to restore the previously damaged mitigation. DRP spending had to be completed and costs submitted to the province by June 2019 to be eligible. Administration negotiated with DRP to allow for the procurement of rock materials (rip rap) required for the construction of the long-term project with the DRP funds available. The material was stockpiled on site in May 2019. This work represents approximately 20% completion for Phase 1.
  4. To allow for future development of the Stoneworks Creek fan, including Town-owned lands, a second phase of long-term mitigation has been planned. This Phase 2 work would build on mitigation required for existing development. Mitigation of new development is not eligible for grant programs, and therefore funding for this work is expected to be a requirement of future developments.
  5. Depending on timing of funding and development, both phases of work may be combined in the future for efficiency.

Three Sisters Creek

As of March 2020:

  1. Flood rehabilitation and mitigation of the lower reach of Three-Sisters Creek, between the Bow River and the pedestrian bridge was substantially completed in September 2018. The work consisted of:

    a)  Armoring of the creek banks damaged in 2013 with large rock rip rap placed in an interlocking manner (stone pitching)
    b)  Stone pitching of the pedestrian bridge abutments and a small section of creek bank upstream of the bridge
    c)  Removal of some trees directly upstream of the pedestrian bridge to minimize future culvert and bridge blockage issues 
         by trees
    d)  Adding a missing lock block directly upstream of the parkway culvert
    e)  Stone pitching a section of the curved bank downstream of the parkway culvert
    f)  Re-seeding the area with deep rooted grasses to increase resiliency  

  2. Minor landscaping work will take place in 2019.

  3. Design of long-term mitigation for the upper reach of Three-Sisters Creek will commence after the hazard and risk assessments are updated.

  4. Three Sisters Mountain Village (TSMV) is currently assessing the steep creek hazard in relation to future development on the western portion of the fan. Their updated assessment will also inform updates to the Town’s long-term mitigation plan for Three Sisters Creek. Coordination between the Town and TSMV will ensure areas developed on the fan meet policy requirements.

  5. Construction of long-term mitigation was identified for a 2022 start in the 6-year capital plan Council included in the approved 2020-2021 budget.


Other Creeks

As of January 2018:

  1. The hazard and risk assessment of Stones Canyon Creek will be completed by end of 2018.
  2. A private developer has undertaken the studies of the Smith Creek area.

Pigeon Creek

As of March 2020: 

  1. All the work involving the Town of Canmore is now complete. This includes the hazard and risk assessments, as well as the Option Analysis.
  2. The short-term mitigation work, led by the MD of Bighorn will be completed by summer 2018. 
  3. The MD of Bighorn might wish to undertake long-term mitigation to reduce risks to its development, and TSMV will need to consider long-term mitigation when development in the Smith Creek area progresses. 

Stone Creek

As of March 2020:

  1. Construction of long-term mitigation works is planned for 2025, pending further grant availability and subsequent Council approval.

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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