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Three Sisters’ Village

Where is the Village, previously known as “Resort Centre” Located?

The Village will become the core of Three Sisters Mountain Village. There is currently no specific development timeline identified for this proposed development, however it is anticipated it will be finished in 20 to 40 years.

Draft vision for Three Sister’s Village 

For the intrepid, there will be no greater place to call home or holiday than Three Sisters’ Village. A major economic engine for Canmore, Three Sisters’ Village will be a destination for residents and guests. It will be a place of coming and goings—home to long-term residents and short-term visitors who want access to resort-like amenities as well as a lively, pedestrian friendly village. Neighbors will connect around the Village’s outdoor tables, recreational spaces, campfires, and hot tubs and gather at community events that stoke a deeper understanding of Canmore’s history and future. This district will be anchored by a mixed-use village that includes resort accommodation (hotels), a health and wellness hub encompassing spas and holistic health services, employee housing, recreation, and enhanced transportation and social connections to other destinations in Canmore, including downtown’s Main Street.


The original Resort Centre ASP was approved by Town of Canmore Council in 2004. The 2004 ASP envisioned a golf course as a central component of the plan.

2004 –

Between 2004 and 2006, land use approvals were granted by Canmore Council to several sites in the Resort Centre ASP Area including the golf course. Construction of the golf course began in 2006.


In 2008, only 15 of 18 holes were completed when previous owners of the land declared bankruptcy and the land was placed in receivership. Efforts to complete the golf course were halted in 2011.


The current owners of TSMV (Three Sisters Properties Ltd or TSMVLP), purchased the land out of receivership in 2014 and explored options to complete the golf course. It was determined that completion was not a realistic or viable option because:

  • The decline in demand for golf play locally and nationally
  • The saturated golf course market in the Bow Valley and Kananaskis area (more than 144 holes in the region available for play)
  • The high costs associated with completing the unfinished golf course
  • The poor logistical, physical and operational feasibility to integrate the incomplete Three Sisters Creek course with the existing Stewart Creek course


During the early phases of community engagement for the Smith Creek ASP, members of the Canmore community asked TSMVPL to clarify the future of the incomplete golf course and to highlight the connection between the Smith Creek and Resort Centre opportunities.


In January 2016, TSMVPL began work to amend the Resort Centre ASP to accommodate alternative forms of development on the land currently identified as golf course.


Historical Background

For more than a century, Canmore was one of the largest coal mining towns in Southern Alberta. At least ten mines operated in the immediate town area. The final mine closed in the late 1970s. The mining legacy serves as the foundation of the community, but resulted in undermined land. It may be perceived that undermining is an obstacle to development, but with careful engineering, technology advancements and study during development, these lands can now have new use for future generations.

Over 1000 homes and a school have all been safely developed on undermined land. On the Three Sister’s Village lands, updated borehole data has indicated that the unfinished golf course lands show far fewer areas of concern than were identified in 2003/2004 when the land was previously assessed. There is less area of vertical mine workings than previously thought, and the undermining impact is similar to areas that have already been developed in the Three Sisters Ridge and Stewart Creek areas.

Undermining Mitigation and Liability

There are several mitigation techniques that can be applied to undermined land; prior to development, all undermined land must be assessed to determine the appropriate mitigation.

Three regulations were enacted by the Province in 1998 relating to undermining. They are available for viewing below:

Canmore Undermining Review Regulation
Canmore Undermining Indemnity Regulation
Canmore Undermining Exemption from Liability Regulation

Under the undermining regulations, as per Alberta Regulation 113/97, the Town of Canmore is not liable for any loss or damage relating to undermining on the land designated in Alberta Regulation 114/97.

Section 3.7 of the Town of Canmore MDP states that “development on undermined lands within the Three Sisters Resorts NRCB decision area … is covered by the Canmore Undermining Review Regulation 114/1997” (2016, p. 18).

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