Connect Downtown: Planning a Vibrant Town Centre

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Get Involved

Share your voice at one of our upcoming engagement events:

  • Feb. 1 - March 1 | What is your big idea for the future of downtown? Take our survey for a chance to win a $100 gift card to a downtown business of your choice, drop a pin on our interactive map, add an idea to our Big Ideas board, or ask us a question! Find all our online tools at the bottom of this page.

What is Connect Downtown?

A Plan for The Future of Our Downtown Area

An ARP lays out a comprehensive vision supported by a land use concept, a public realm plan, and a set of supporting development policies that will work in unison over the next 25 years to the year 2050.

The project's name, Connect Downtown: Planning a Vibrant Town Centre, reflects the intent of the plan: to reimagine how people can access, gather, and interact with a network of public spaces to support a thriving mixed-use area over the long term.

Connect Downtown will span 18 months from public launch to completion with a final product — an ARP— that will explore a variety of interconnected questions, including:

    • What is the future function and role of Main Street?
    • What is the look and feel of the public realm and open space network?
    • Where is future development and what should it look?
    • Are there opportunities to achieve more attainable housing?
    • What is the future demand for services and infrastructure?
    • What will the transportation network and transit system look like?
    • How can the long-term demand and supply of parking be managed?


Study Area

The study area is the general area that will be examined through the planning process. Connect Downtown considers a study area beyond the current downtown commercial core to acknowledge the impacts that changes to the Main Street and the commercial area of Downtown may have on the surrounding community.

While we anticipate that only certain locations within the study area will be identified for land use changes (which will be informed by research, analysis, and engagement), this approach allows us to consider the experience of Downtown as a whole.



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Get Involved

Share your voice at one of our upcoming engagement events:

  • Feb. 1 - March 1 | What is your big idea for the future of downtown? Take our survey for a chance to win a $100 gift card to a downtown business of your choice, drop a pin on our interactive map, add an idea to our Big Ideas board, or ask us a question! Find all our online tools at the bottom of this page.

What is Connect Downtown?

A Plan for The Future of Our Downtown Area

An ARP lays out a comprehensive vision supported by a land use concept, a public realm plan, and a set of supporting development policies that will work in unison over the next 25 years to the year 2050.

The project's name, Connect Downtown: Planning a Vibrant Town Centre, reflects the intent of the plan: to reimagine how people can access, gather, and interact with a network of public spaces to support a thriving mixed-use area over the long term.

Connect Downtown will span 18 months from public launch to completion with a final product — an ARP— that will explore a variety of interconnected questions, including:

    • What is the future function and role of Main Street?
    • What is the look and feel of the public realm and open space network?
    • Where is future development and what should it look?
    • Are there opportunities to achieve more attainable housing?
    • What is the future demand for services and infrastructure?
    • What will the transportation network and transit system look like?
    • How can the long-term demand and supply of parking be managed?


Study Area

The study area is the general area that will be examined through the planning process. Connect Downtown considers a study area beyond the current downtown commercial core to acknowledge the impacts that changes to the Main Street and the commercial area of Downtown may have on the surrounding community.

While we anticipate that only certain locations within the study area will be identified for land use changes (which will be informed by research, analysis, and engagement), this approach allows us to consider the experience of Downtown as a whole.



Learn More


  • A Wrap on the Warm Up!

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    THAT’S A WRAP!

    We are blown away, Canmore! Thank you to everyone who came out to support local music for the first-ever Warm Up! This weekend was a testament to the wonderful community we get to call home.

    We also saw over 800 people share their vision for the future of downtown as part of Connect Downtown to help shape a future that can host more great events like this one.

    A BIG thank you to our venues:



    And we couldn't have done it without our partner Canmore Folk Music Festival, volunteers, emcees, and YOU!

  • What's Your Big Idea for Downtown Canmore?

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    We are developing an Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) to create a long-term plan for the Downtown’s future called, Connect Downtown: Planning for a Vibrant Town Centre.

    As we develop the plan, there is an opportunity for the public to shape the future experience downtown – how people travel, gather, and interact with the space. Throughout 2024, there will be several key milestones for the public to provide input.

    There are many ways that you can participate:

    We invite you to tell us about your current experience, share what is important to you, and imagine what you want to see in the Downtown of 2050. Until March 1, there are many ways you can share your voice:

    • Take our survey for a chance to win a $100 gift card to a downtown business of your choice.

    • Drop a pin or a photo on our interactive map, add a big idea for downtown on our digital sounding board, or ask our Planning Team a question about the process.

    • Attend The Warm Up, presented with the Canmore Folk Music Festival on Feb. 9. Catch fresh tracks from your favourite local artists and share your thoughts about the future of downtown in person at our pop-up engagement for another chance to win a $100 gift card to a downtown business of your choice.

    • Be part of the conversation at our online workshop on Feb. 21 from 6-8 p.m. Space is limited. Reserve your spot now at https://forms.office.com/r/Rz9Gw80KgW

  • Save the Date for: The Warm Up - Catch Fresh Tracks Downtown Canmore

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    We're teaming up with the Canmore Folk Music Festival to present The Warm Up: a micro music festival on the evening of Friday, Feb. 9 to kick off our public engagement for Connect Downtown.

    Shake the frost and cozy into an evening of local music in intimate venues at The Warm Up, presented by the Canmore Folk Music Festival and the Town of Canmore as part of the Connect Downtown project to imagine the future of our town centre.

    One night. 11 artists. Four venues—all within a snowball’s throw in downtown Canmore.

    Event Schedule:

    • 6- 9:30 p.m. The Warm Up Hub at the Civic Centre Plaza
    • 7-10 p.m. Concerts at four downtown venues: Stonewaters, Communitea, Carter-Ryan Gallery, and the ArtsPlace
    • 9:30-10:30 p.m. Stonewaters Après Party


    Line Up:

    • Amelie Patterson, Cave Arcade, Mike Tod, and more!

    Between musical sets at iconic local venues to catch all your favourite local artists, grab cocoa at the Warm Up Hub in the Civic Centre Plaza. While you’re there, share your vision for the future of downtown at our Connect Downtown engagement for a chance to win a $100 giftcard to a downtown business of your choice.

    The Warm Up is free, but space is as limited as fresh tracks on a powder day. Arrive early to lock down that first-chair feeling! If a concert is full, wander to the next venue like you would festival stages since performances are happening throughout the night at each location.

    Then don’t miss the Après Party at Stonewaters from 9:30-10:30 p.m. to close out the night.

    Learn more about Connect Downtown at mycanmore.ca/connectdowntown
    For schedule and full event details, visit: canmorefolkfestival.com/the-warm-up

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