Canmore is a small-town paradise situated at the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Here at The Courtyard at Stewart Creek, we know just how exciting it can feel to live in such a beautiful, adventure-filled place, but we also know that moving can be a stressful ordeal.
If you’re gearing up to make the move from your home to Canmore, we’ve got you covered; in today’s guide, we’ll take a look at what you can expect when moving to Canmore, as well as provide several tips to make your experience as seamless a transition as possible.
Moving to Canmore
Spreading across the floor of the Bow River Valley, Canmore is truly a unique place to call home. Living here means that world-renowned locations like Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country are mere minutes from your doorstep.
Despite this proximity to nature, the town itself features a young, energetic energy usually only found in larger cities, giving you the best of both worlds.
Sitting at just over 1300 metres in elevation, Canmore features snow-filled winters and gorgeous, pleasant summers.
Canmore has a very active culture, with annual events such as the award-winning Canmore Uncorked, a 13-day food festival and the 24 Hours of Adrenalin mountain bike race rounding out the Town busy event calendar. If you’ve been looking for an active basecamp for your adventures, very few towns in the world provide more than Canmore does.
Moving Tips (Getting Ready for the Move)
When it comes time to start preparing for the move itself, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Moving, in general, can be a bit of an overwhelming process, so we recommend getting started with your planning as early as possible. Here are a few of our most useful moving tips to keep in mind when planning your transition to Canmore:
One to two months out from moving day:
-Start thinking about having a garage or estate sale to get rid of unwanted items. These can really add up and getting rid of them will make the move a much more streamlined process overall.
-Plan your moving expenses in advance. Figure out moving services (see below), make travel arrangements if necessary, and fill out any change of address forms as appropriate. Don’t forget to log all your moving expenses; some may be tax deductible!
-Get your medical affairs in order. Ask your doctors for any referrals they may have and inquire about transferring any prescriptions as necessary. You can also consult Bow Valley Community connection on Facebook. It’s a page for Canmore residents and they are happy to help you out and point you in the right direction. Just ask to be invited to the page and they will approve your request.
A few weeks out:
-Start packing! This only applies if you’re doing the packing yourself, but it never hurts to get this part of the process started as early as possible.
-Handle your utilities. Call your electrical, water, and internet providers to transfer your services to the new address. In some cases, you may need to set up new utilities depending upon availability, so getting this taken care of ahead of time will spare you headaches once you’re settled in.
-Create a move-proof system. Make a master checklist of all your must-take items, and then create a simple numbering system you can use as you box things up. Labelling your boxes and having everything organized will save you untold hours during the unpacking process. You’ll thank us later.
A few days out:
-Do one last run-through. Ensure you haven’t missed anything in your home, disconnect all appliances, and confirm your travel plans.
-Pack an “essentials” bag. This should have everything you need for daily living in it for easy access. Think toiletries, a few pairs of clothing, money, laptop, chargers, etc. This bag will be your lifeline until things settle down a bit. If you have kids, encourage them by helping them pack their own bag, along with a few toys and snacks for the move.
-Keep calm. Take a moment to breathe. Once the dust has settled, you have a lot to look forward to.
Moving Companies and Other Services
When moving to Canmore, you’ll likely need to employ a few different moving services to help ease your transition. We’ve collected a few of the better-reviewed services in the area for your convenience below. We hope you enjoy your new life at The Courtyard!