Canmore hasn’t changed a bit…

Canmore: late 1800s-early 1900s Rob Alexander collection

Canmore hasn’t changed a bit… it’s changed a lot!

It’s hard to image that this is Canmore a century ago. Anyone who has been to Canmore knows how dense the town has become, what with the railway, roads and buildings all packed into a narrow valley.

Canmore, like everywhere, has changed dramatically. Even 20 years ago Canmore was more like it was a century ago than it is today. Not that long ago, Main Street was still more houses than malls and the where Sobeys and Safeway stand was one long empty field, save for the baseball diamonds.

If locals seem a little grumpy about the change, its because we came too far, too quickly. Change can also be difficult to reconcile, and time in, whether it’s a single lifetime or generations of one family, can make that even harder.

Change can also be good; if this was the old Canmore, I’d  probably be living some where else like most of the people I grew up with. Change has allowed me to stay in Canmore.

But I miss the wide open lots, big gardens and small houses. I miss the relaxed pace of small-town Canmore. However, I appreciate the dynamic and vibrant arts community, the ever-rising increase in our history and the people drawn to this community.

What about you? What do you miss about the old Canmore? What do you like about the new Canmore?


About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.
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2 Responses to Canmore hasn’t changed a bit…

  1. Well said, Rob. There is the good and the not so good about both how Canmore was and how it is now … too quiet before … and too busy now!

    • Hi Alice! Great point. It’s so true that it was too quiet before and too busy now. As a teenager I can remember thinking Canmore quiet was really boring. No wonder most of Canmore’s kids left town and never came back. And now, on a Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. I find myself missing that old, quiet Canmore. Can’t win!

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