Town of Canmore

Love Your Lake

We all love Quarry Lake 

Many of our regional areas have seen an increase in visitation this year with the hot weather and travel restrictions. Visitors travel out to enjoy the mountains, young local families soak up the sun at the beach, and dog owners take their pups for a stroll. It's a busy and vibrant community hub that has seen a lot of love this summer, and now it's our turn to give back. 

We all have a role to play as stewards of the landscape to ensure Quarry Lake is clean and welcoming for all. Most users are responsible guests and take advantage of our bear-proof garbage bins; however, some items blow away into the forest or are left behind. Garbage left on the landscape or disposed of improperly can threaten wildlife and reduce the enjoyment of other users.

Join the Bow Valley SPCA, WildSmart, and Town of Canmore Municipal Enforcement for a community clean-up day as an end-of-season goodbye.

Event Details

Drop-in at the Love Your Lake Community Volunteer Clean-Up
Join us at the 2023 event!

Other Ways to Practice Your Stewardship

·   Take the Pledge to the Peaks to commit to traveling lightly and respectfully in the mountains
·   Be bear smart. Travel in groups and carry bear spray and know how to use it.
·   Dogs disturb wildlife. Please keep your pup on a leash anywhere outside off-leash parks
·   Please stay out of designated wildlife corridors, underpasses, or closed areas.
·   Click here for more information about living with wildlife in the Bow Valley

Quarry Lake Info

Get your Quarry Lake Resident Parking Permit
·     Paid parking is in effect at Quarry Lake to help manage congestion. Register now for your free Canmore residents parking pass.

Keep Canmore Clean: We all have a part to play to keep our landscape clean 
·   Take the Pledge to the Peaks to commit to traveling lightly and respectfully in the mountains
Respect 'no parking signs'
·      Use the bear-proof garbage bins to dispose of your trash. Or pack-in, pack-out
·    Dogs are not allowed at Quarry Lake (even on-leash)
·      Use the available pit-toilet washroom facilities
·      Respect others using the area
·      Do not park on Highway 742 or in neighbouring residential areas

Click here for more information about Quarry Lake enhancements to create an enjoyable and sustainable experience for all.


Don’t parking fees already cover clean-up costs?
Revenues from paid parking at Quarry Lake directly support pick-up and garbage services; however, it doesn’t include in-depth clean up of the entire Quarry Lake area or collection of items blown away into the surrounding areas by wind.

As community members and visitors, we all have a role to play to keep our landscape clean. Help do your part as a local steward and lend a hand to love your lake as part of a fun, community event.
Do I have to pay to park to volunteer?
We are happy to offer free parking passes to clean-up volunteers who do not already have a resident pass. You must register on-site with your license plate at the welcome table any time between 1-3:30 p.m. If you have any questions, ask one of our friendly Municipal Enforcement staff who will be there to greet you.
I would love to volunteer! Do I have to sign up in advance?
Yahoo! No need to sign up in advance. Drop by at the welcome table at the Quarry Lake parking lot anytime between 1-3:30 p.m. to register. All materials provided. 


Bow Valley SPCA
Summer in Canmore
Paid Parking Program
Quarry Lake Enhancements
Co-existence with Wildlife

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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