Filming in Canmore
With the exception of news media, any person, organization or company using public land or a venue managed by the Town of Canmore for the purposes of commercial photography or film must obtain both a film permit and a business licence from the Town of Canmore. If strictly filming on private property, only a business licence is needed.
Permitted Community Events and Wedding Photography on Town Land
Film and/or photography that are part of a permitted community event, or a wedding that is booked at a town-managed venue, will have their film permit fee waived; however, a film permit application must still be submitted.
How do I know if I am filming on public land?
Public land includes local trails, sidewalks, roadwalks, pathways, green spaces, parks, and recreation areas within town boundaries.
Permit Application Requirements
To apply for a film permit, submit the following to the mailing address listed on the application form:
- Film permit application: Your locations must be specific. Include a map with pin-drop with your application, if needed.
- Certificate of insurance: See film permit application for details.
- Canmore business licence: An application form, or a copy of your existing licence. Visit canmore.ca for an application.
- Additional supporting documents, if applicable
Processing Times for Complete Application Package:
- Small-scale film or photo (e.g., portraits): Up to 5 business days
- Complex film or photo (e.g., use of RPAS or Town of Canmore resources): 15 business days, minimum
These timelines do not include statutory holidays, payment, or permit issuance.
Animals are not to be disturbed or hazed during any filming activity. If large mammals or predatory animals (coyotes, wolves, bears, ungulates) are observed, keep your distance, and postpone the shoot to avoid conflict. If a predatory animal or any aggressive wildlife, notify Kananaskis Emergency Services at 403-591-7755. For all public safety emergencies, dial 9-1-1.
Complex film projects require approval from the Town of Canmore and the Rocky Mountain Heritage Foundation. Approval from the Rocky Mountain Heritage Foundation will be coordinated by the Town of Canmore. Please submit a history of successful productions in public spaces, number of incidents, and information that may strengthen the space request.
The Rundle Forebay is owned by Alberta Parks and TransAlta, and is not a part of the Town of Canmore. To obtain permission to use this location, please contact TransAlta at 403-267-3676 and Alberta Parks for licencing requirements.
The Canmore Nordic Centre is within Alberta Parks (Kananaskis) and not within the Town of Canmore. If you are strictly filming at the Nordic Centre, you contact Alberta Parks for licencing requirements.
Special effects (including but not limited to smoke bombs) are not permitted unless by written approval from the Town of Canmore.