Town of Canmore

Moving People - Canmore Examples

The pdf 2018 Integrated Transportation Plan (12.16 MB) has a focus on safely and efficiently moving people, by car, bus, on foot and bicycle. Building roads that provide a range of travel options is the most efficient way to move people. In order to prepare for the future, our network must include options that make more efficient use of our limited road space.

Building Infrastructure to Move People

Why four-lane roads? When cities were undergoing expansion in the mid to late 1900s, four-lane roads were standard and little consideration was given for those travelling by foot and bicycle. As a result, rates of walking and bicycling declined precipitously. Towards the turn of the century, as community builders started looking to add bicycle facilities, sidewalks, and to improve road safety, they began converting four-lane roads to three lane roads. There are many studies and examples that show car capacity can be maintained, while creating safer, higher capacity streets.

By enabling choice we increase our capacity for moving people - as in this illustrative example. Below is a typical 3-lane complete street envisioned for future transformation of Canmore's arterial roadways. 

These streets can move the equivalent number of cars, while significantly increasing the number of people accommodated. This is accomplished by encouraging more people to use transit and carpool, and by encouraging some people to make some of their trips by foot and bicycle. The expectation of course is that most people will continue to need to and want to drive for the majority of trips, but when we make it easier and safer for some people to choose other modes of transportation, there will be less congestion on the roads for people who need to drive.

Canmore Examples & Data 

Below you will find data from areas in Canmore where work has been done to improve the travel experience for all modes of transportation. This information will be updated on a yearly basis.

Spring Creek Drive

Winter Mode Splits




Summer Mode Splits




Long Weekend Mode Splits

July Long Weekend 2021

August Long Weekend 2021

September Long Weekend 2021

New Intersection at Bow Valley Trail & Railway Avenue

Summer 2021 Walk/Cycle Trips Per Day

Summer 2021 Vehicle Trips Per Day

* When vehicle trips are at or below 30,000 trips per day the intersection will function with normal operations, meaning all vehicles in the intersection will clear each cycle.*

Legacy Trail

Annual Counts

Daily Counts by Year

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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