Community Programs

For groups that aren’t necessarily school groups and are looking for an engaging group museum program for all ages. To book or ask questions about a program, please contact Sami Wackerle at programs@cmags.org call 403-678-2462.

  • Summer Camps
  • Summer Camps
  • Summer Camps

What Bow Valley Rock is it Anyway?


Time: 60-120 minutes
Program Cost: $5/participant
Group Size: Up to 25
Location: Canmore Museum, The Bow River, or Cougar Creek

You walk on them, you climb on them, and sometimes you throw them, but do you know what rocks the Bow Valley is made of? In this short program, we learn about the common rocks in the Bow Valley and how to identify them before heading out into the field to do some hands-on Bow Valley rock identification. By the end of the program you’ll know all about the story of the Bow Valley rock that you’re about to climb/throw/skip/collect (in a non-protected area).


Building a Mountain Community


Time: 60-120 minutes
Program Cost: $5/participant
Group Size: Up to 25
Location: Canmore Museum

In the Canmore Museum, we tell the story of how Canmore grew from hunting grounds and trade routes, to Canadian Pacific Railway Siding 27, to a mining town, to the mountain destination that it is today. But if things had happened differently, what might Canmore look like today? In this short program, we give participants a blank slate, a building surface of Canmore’s landscape, a bucket of Lego, and a challenge: build the mountain town of your dreams! Once our towns are built, we take the opportunity to visit each other’s towns, show-off our own, and maybe even leave feeling a little inspired about the home we already live in!


Water, Water, Everywhere!


Time: 60-120 minutes
Program Cost: $5/participant
Group Size: Up to 25
Location: North-West Mounted Police Barracks

Sure, Canmore’s mountains have been here for over 50 million years ago, but they’re always changing. And the biggest source of that change is water! There’s water everywhere in the Rockies, from frozen glaciers to blue-green lakes, to cascading waterfalls. But where does it come from, where is it going, and most importantly, what does it do along the way? In this short program we model the role that the water cycle plays in shaping the Rockies while creating our own network of rivers, streams, canals, lakes and ponds to drain water from our Great Divide back to the oceans. Waterfalls, bank erosion, dam failure, and wet feet ensue!

This program only runs from June to September, due to the potential of it ending with us completely soaked!


The Museum Mining Murder Mystery *COMING SOON*


Time: 2 – 3 hours
Program Cost: $10/participant,
Group Size: There are 10 character roles, but additional participants may join in as a detectives,
Location: North-West Mounted Police Barracks

It’s 1920, and you and nine of Canmore’s citizens have gathered at the Royal Canadian Police Barracks on Canmore’s Main Street for afternoon tea. Of course, no tea is complete without suspecting a murderer in your midst, and soon, instead of discussing the weather, you all find yourselves the lead suspects in the investigation of the murder of Frank MacPherson, Canmore Mines’ Mine Safety Manager! Didn’t do it? Better find out who the real murderer before someone accuses you! Did do it? Better throw them off your trail quick before your glamorous 1920s life ends with a visit to the Barracks’ Jail Cell!


Historic Places and Where to Find Them.
*COMING SOON*


Program Cost: Free
Group Size: Up to you
Time: ~90-120 minutes

For groups that have already completed our museum scavenger hunt, this version will take you out into the streets of Canmore on a hunt for remnants of Canmore’s past! Compete in teams against each other for a race, or take it more leisurely and go your own pace.