Category: Learning and Exploring

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Gingerbread House-Making event

On December 5th, CMAGS and the Canmore Public Library will be conducting our annual Gingerbread House-Making event.

The event will be held at the Canmore Public Library in Elevation Place and consist of two workshops – 10 am to noon and 2 pm to 4 pm – in which we invite families to construct their own miniature gingerbread house.

We will provide all materials for a limit of ONE HOUSE PER FAMILY.

You can register at the Canmore Public Library in person or by phoning (403) 678-2468, but don’t wait too long!

This event fills up quickly! As an added bonus, the library will be waiving late fees in exchange for non-perishable food donations to the Canmore Food Bank.

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!


Miners’ Day Parade and BBQ

Miners’ Day Parade and BBQ is happening on Sat. July 11th from noon! Also, there will be the Lawrence Grassi Book Launch happening at the Plaza at 12:30pm. There will be a small ceremony with 16 dignitaries from Italy plus welcoming speeches from the Mayor and Council. Come join to remember and show appreciation to the generations of miners and their families who shaped our community.


Big Fun Summer Camps for Kids

READY to dig rocks and have some fun? Big Fun Summer Camps for Kids 2015 is now open for registration!

The Canmore Museum is providing three super fun programs involving rocks, bones, and even crime solving at the Canmore Barracks! A fantastic way for your child(ren) to spend this summer!

Register now on or contact the Museum by phone at 403-678-2462 or by email at for questions.

Programs are offered to children aged 6 to 11 years old.

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

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Let’s make Gingerbread Houses

GINGERBREAD HOUSE MAKING WORKSHOP: Bring your family and join us to make a graham cracker gingerbread house, all materials provided. Offered in partnership by the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre and the Canmore Public Library.

Location: Canmore Public Library at Elevation Place. Friday December 12, 5-7pm or Saturday December 13, 2-4pm.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call the Canmore Library now at 678-2468 to reserve your space for this popular annual event.