Town of Canmore

It’s Elk Calving Season

Alberta Environment and Parks have reported sightings of elk calving around Canmore. If you are out walking ANYWHERE in Canmore you need to expect the real possibility of encountering aggressive elk. If you see any elk, immediately leave the area and DO NOT TRY TO SNEAK PAST THEM. Give them lots of space, at least 30m, and always carry bear spray and be prepared to use it when recreating in the Town of Canmore. For more info about how to handle elk encounters click here.

For trail warnings and closures in the Bow Valley, visit WildSmart where you'll also find a link to Kananaskis Country Advisories.

In Canmore, you are in bear and elk country! When recreating in bear country, your best strategy to avoid an encounter is to make lots of noise, stay in groups and be alert for signs of bears. In the rare case of an aggressive confrontation, bear spray is your best defense. Learn more at

Report a bear, cougar, wolf or any aggressive wildlife in Kananaskis or the Bow Valley to Kananaskis Emergency Services 403.591.7755. For all public safety emergencies, call 9-1-1

We ask the public in the Bow Valley:

  • Carry bear spray
  • Make noise
  • Keep dogs on leash
  • Respect closures

Be bear-aware and do your part by keeping your property clear of animal attractants. For more information:

Wildlife attractant management in the Bow Valley

Be bear smart

Safe travel in bear country


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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