Category: Public Talks & Presentations

Our Annual Rock and Fossil Clinic

Saturday October 17, 2015    10am to 3pm

Come join us for our annual CMAGS Rock & Fossil Clinic at the Canmore Civic Centre.  Bring your favourite rocks and fossils for identification by professional geologists, see our geoscience collection, and join in fun crafts and activities.  Guest speakers:

1pm:  Ben Parayankuzhiyil, Lafarge, “Mining Cement in Exshaw – Lafarge’s History and Future”

2pm:  Gerry Stephenson, former Chief Engineer of the Canmore Coal Mine,  “Coal Mining in Canmore – 95 Years in 45 Minutes”

Free admission, all ages are welcome!  Wild (Festival of Eagles) and BBQ (CHLA) outside in the Plaza!


Check out our exciting new plans

After the Civic Centre flood in January 2014 we have been working on a new concept for the gallery space at the Museum. We have commenced work on this project which you can visualise by looking at the electronic version of our Exhibit Concept brochure.

Michale Lang will explain our new exhibit plans at this year’s AGM on May 21 at 7:00PM

Make sure you mark the date!

Exhibit overview

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Canmore Floods – our newest exhibit


Through photos, maps and illustrations, Canmore’s Floods, opening June 19, 2014 at the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre, tells the story of this town’s resiliency through years of flooding. Canmore’s floods have different causes, but whatever the origin, they can threaten safety and often result in property damage.

In the early days of Canmore’s settlement, river flooding was a fact of life. Between 1883 and 1967, the Bow River flooded at least 19 times. On June 25, 1974, Canmore was again inundated by one of the worst river floods ever recorded.

In 2013 a different type of flooding occurred. Instead of river flooding, debris flows and debris floods were experienced in Canmore’s nine primary mountain creeks causing significant damage throughout the community

Another kind of flood damaged the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre. At about 3 a.m. on the morning of January 31, 2014, a PVC pipe failed in the main floor women’s washroom of the Canmore Civic Centre. It burst with enough force to blow out a section of the wall. The Civic Centre, including the Museum, had to deal with significant water damage.

Because exhibits were irreparably damaged, the museum was forced to close to the public from January 31 until June 19, 2014. Fortunately the Museum’s collections sustained little damage. This temporary exhibit enabled the Museum to open until we can plan, fabricate and install new permanent exhibits based on our collections. We will be asking our community to help us accomplish this goal.

As we learned in 2013, the town’s low-lying location on the River’s floodplain, and position among a number of steep mountain creeks, means that flood hazards will remain a way of life in Canmore. Through it all, Canmore stays strong.
“Although the Civic Centre flood was at first a disaster for the Museum, it provides an opportunity to develop new exhibits that will tell the stories of Canmore in a fresh, dynamic manner.”
Debbie Carrico, Director, Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre, 2014


Geoscience Day on May 24th

Geoscience Day, May 24th, 10am to 3pm, Elevation Place.

Join us, and the Canmore Public Library, as we celebrate the Geology of the Bow Valley on May 24th from 10am to 3pm at Elevation Place.

Geology themed crafts, activities and displays.

Guest speakers in the Friends of the Library Program Room: 1 p.m.

Gerry Stephenson on Coal mining in Canmore and 2 p.m.

Adam Walker on caving and Rat’s Nest Cave.


Annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo

Bicycle Safety Rodeo, May 31st, 11am to 3pm, Nordic Centre.

Come along to learn about bicycle safety, test out the safety course and win prizes.

Have your bike checked out at the safety station and learn how to correctly fit your helmet.

Free and intended for children of all ages. Helmets are mandatory.

On the day, there will also be safety activities for adults and an intro to biking on the Nordic Center trail.