Group Programs

We offer a variety of fun, interesting, and engaging programs for visiting groups, including daycares, summer camps, scouts, and girl guides. Take a look at our selection below and contact programs@cmags.org or call 403-678-2462 to book a program or to request a specialized program.

Our Programs

Geology / Outdoors

What Bow Valley Rock is it Anyway?

What Bow Valley Rock is it Anyway

Time:60-120 Minutes
Program Cost: $5/Participant
Group Size: 25 or fewer
Location: Canmore Museum & the Bow River (Riverside Park)

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.

Hydrology / Outdoors

Water, water, everywhere!

Water, Water, Everywhere!

Time: 60-120 Minutes
Program Cost: $5/Participant
Group Size: 25 or fewer
Location North-West Mounted Police Barracks (609 Main St, Canmore)

Sure, Canmore’s mountains have been here for over 50 million years ago, but they’re always changing. 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!

History / Community

Building a Mountain Community

Building a Mountain Community

Time:60-120 Minutes
Program Cost: $5/Participant
Group Size: 25 or Fewer
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 create museums, visit each other’s towns, and show-off our own!

History / Community

NWMP Barracks tour and activities

Scavenger Hunts

Time:30-60 Minutes
Program Cost: $25/Group
Group Size: 25 or fewer
Location: Canmore Museum or Downtown Canmore

Want to explore the museum or downtown Canmore's historic sites on your own? We have a variety of scavenger hunts to help your group along the way. Contact programs@cmags.org to find out more.

History / Arts

Museum Design 101

Museum Design 101

Time:60-120 Minutes
Program Cost: $5/Participant
Group Size: 25 or Fewer
Location: Canmore Museum

Get hands on with artifacts, materials, and information in the Canmore Museum's teaching collection and try creating your own exhibit with a variety of materials. Crafting, drawing, and creative use of painting tape is always encouraged! At the end of the program, we conclude by visiting everyone's new museum exhibits.

Barracks Tours

Time: 30-60 Minutes
Program Cost: $3/Participant
Group Size: 25 or fewer
Location: North-West Mounted Police Barracks (609 Main St)

Explore Canmore's third oldest building while learning about the daily life of the family who used to live in the North-West Mounted Police Barracks while it was still being used as a home and office. After completing your Mountie training and passing inspection, participate in either a Mountie game in the backyard or a Mountie craft around the kitchen table.

Scavenger Hunts

Museum / Downtown Canmore