Happy Holidays from Your Canmore & Banff Real Estate Team

May your home be filled with laughter, family, friends and love this holiday season.
We here at Team Canmore & Banff Real Estate wish you the best for Christmas,
New Years and 2019!

Best Wishes to You and Yours, 
Jordy Shepherd, Jim Ridley & Jim Mamalis

Re-gifting Tips for the Holidays

The Thursday prior to Christmas is National Re-gifting Day. Get together with friends for a Pre-Christmas Re-gifting Party.  This is the perfect time to trade, re-gift, play Dirty Santa and just have some fun.

Many people ask if it is OK to “re-gift” an item you received during the year as a Christmas present.  According to Emily Post “Not really. Re-gifting is a symptom of the surplus of “stuff” many people find themselves with, and their desire to be practical and give away things that they know they will never use.”  The title re-gift suggests that the item is unwanted. On the other hand re-gifting is a form of reducing, re-using and recycling, this benefits everyone.

This is a personal choice but if you decide to re-gift here are some tips to consider.

  • Make sure you do not hurt anyone’s feelings.  If the giver had special feelings about it, do not re-gift.
  • Was the gift handmade specifically for you? Do not re-gift.
  • Be certain that the item is something that the recipient would “really like to receive’.  Perhaps they admired it and you would love them to have it.  Go for the re-gift.
  • The gift is brand new, still in the package with instructions.  Go for the re-gift.
  • Did you ever refer to the item as ugly, unwanted, junk or clutter? Do not re-gift.
  • It was a duplicate of something you already have. Go for the re-gift.
  • Ensure that you do not give it back to the original giver. If you are unsure, do not re-gift.
  • You don’t quite have enough money to get through the holidays. Go for the re-gift.
  • If you are at a Regifting Party – then pretty much anything goes. Go for the re-gift.

Once you have gone through the list above and have decided to re-gift an item, wrap it nicely and give it proudly just as it was given to you.

Merry Christmas!

Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash

Are Your Home Security Cameras Private?

What a great idea, home security that you can access on your smartphone from just about anywhere.  You can ensure your home is safe or keep track of your family, pets and so much more through a video live stream.

But is your security system secure?

1000's of Live Security Cameras available to anyone on the internet. 

Recently I was watching CBC Marketplace and saw an episode on Home Security Cameras. 
What surprised me was the ease of access for anyone to view your security feed from anywhere on the internet. I thought I would check it out and searched the internet to see how easy this is to look at. 

The first site that popped up easily with my search was https://www.insecam.org.   On this site you can look at thousands of live feeds by country, most popular, places, manufacturers, Cities, places, Time zones and new cameras.  Now most of these streams view harmless outdoors, entryways or other non-private spaces, but I am sure if I delved deeper it would be no problem to find cameras that stream living rooms and other private home spaces.

You can now order or purchase a live streaming home security camera system from just about anywhere.  Amazon and Best Buy are a few. 

So how do you keep your security Cameras safe and private?

First: Make sure your stream is password protected.  The main reason that your cameras were hacked is that the manufacturer did not prompt you to change or enter a password thus your camera is still operating under the default user name and password. This gives your system an open IP address for anyone to access and put up on their website as a live feed.  Make sure you purchase a system with advanced encryption and you should be good to go.

Change the Password right away.

Make sure your username and password are secure by using a password that is at least 6 characters long and has upper, lower case letters along with numbers and characters.

Update the manufactures firmware.

When you purchase a camera it may have been on the shelf for a while.  Each manufacturer should have updates available to stop the hackers.  Look into this and do your updates to make your system secure.

Article by Sondy Szymanis

For Sale - Canmore - 200 - 186 Kananaskis Way


FOR SALE $449,000.00
LISTING # 48276

Enjoy a dramatic south exposure with unobstructed views of the legendary Three Sisters Mountains and Ha Ling Peak plus side windows to more majestic vistas up valley.

This two level corner unit offers separate living areas up and down which is great for families and/or a Tenant. Features include kitchen with window, two full baths with tubs, in suite laundry and two large bedrooms.

Three secure storage rooms for bikes, skis and seasonal storage plus exercise room. Comes with an assigned, electrified parking stall.

Quiet living in this suite is assured as this well cared for home is top floor and corner-end unit.

Comfortable Cork floors have been installed on lower level. A $1500 Re-decorating cash bonus to Buyer is offered to update appliances or install more cork upstairs.

Built by respected local developer Devonian Properties; Condo Corporation is rock solid.

You will appreciate how close this home is to town centre and paved trail system; ROAM transit Bus stop right out front.

View our listing page for more information on this fantastic property. 

Bank of Canada holds interest rate at 1.75% - Canadian Press

Dip in monthly GDP and lower-than-expected oil prices have dampened growth expectations

THE CANADIAN PRESS - Dec. 5, 2018 - 6:10 a.m.

The Bank of Canada left its interest rate unchanged today and says the timing of future hikes will depend on factors such as how long the oil-price slump lasts, how well business investment picks up its pace and how much room the economy still has left to grow.

The central bank is holding its trend-setting rate at 1.75 per cent in a decision that follows a quarter-point increase at its previous policy meeting in October.

The bank has been on a gradual rate-hiking path for more than a year thanks to a strengthening economy and has already raised the benchmark five times since the summer of 2017.

The bank says it will keep a close eye on the evolution of several recent developments as it considers the timing of its next rate hike — including a steep slide in oil prices that it predicts will reduce activity in Canada’s energy sector.

It also says recent data show that the economy has less momentum heading into the final quarter of 2018 related to factors such as a drop in business investment that the bank largely connects to trade uncertainty last summer.

The bank also notes it will be watching for positive developments such as signs the economy can still expand without stoking inflation.

The central bank can raise the interest rate to prevent inflation from climbing too high. Many market watchers had expected governor Stephen Poloz to wait until at least January before his next rate increase.

The Bank of Canada has estimated it will no longer need to increase the interest rate once it reaches a level of between 2.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent, but Poloz has said this destination range remains “sufficiently uncertain” and could move up or down.

Get Your Pantry In Shape

The pantry is the workhorse of the kitchen. It helps you when you need to get dinner (or breakfast or lunch) on the table and keeps ingredients fresh and cool. But like all hardworking spaces, it can get a little (or a lot) disorganized. Gather inspiration from these beautifully organized spaces, and pick and choose from 15 takeaway tips to get your own pantry in shape.

1. Back-of-Door Organizer

Expand your organizing possibilities with back-of-door shelving designed to hold bottles and jars one-deep. To make the most of this prime pantry space, use it to store your most frequently reached-for spices and staple ingredients. The best back-of-door shelves have guardrails (as seen here) so items don’t topple off every time you open and close the door.

2. Wine Storage

A good wine rack that can hold a full stock of bottles is a must for oenophiles. The custom wine shelves shown here have a geometric design that makes a striking presentation. 

Outfit your existing pantry shelves with a wine rack or two to keep favorite bottles close at hand.

3. Labeled Drawers

Deep pantry drawers hold a lot of goods — but they can also quickly become a mess. Keep yours in order with drawer dividers and reusable chalkboard labels so you know exactly what goes where.

4. Command Center

Need to save school notices and stash incoming mail, but don’t want them cluttering up the kitchen counter? Carve out space along one wall in the pantry for a neat command center, with a bulletin board, mail slots and hooks for keys. 

And you don’t need a walk-in pantry to make this work — just hang similar pieces on the back of the pantry door.

5. Easy-Scoop Jars

Candy jars with wide, angled openings make smart containers for dry goods that need to be scooped or measured. Use the jars for grains, loose tea, flour, snack foods, and yes, sweets. 

To make them even more useful, include a metal scoop in an appropriate measurement inside the jar.

6. Magnetic Spice Containers

Figuring out the best place to store spices is a common struggle. Keeping frequently used spices near your stove is handy, but since spices tend to stay fresh longer when stored in a cool, dry place, the pantry is a better choice for the bulk of your spice collection. Save precious shelf space by installing a magnetic spice rack on the wall — just be sure to label the lids so you can tell what’s what at a glance.

7. Risers and Bins

In a narrow pantry, shelf risers and bins are a big help in keeping your ingredients visible and easy to grab. 

Use risers on deep shelves to elevate the back rows of cans and jars. Sort ingredients into broad categories (such as baking, breakfast) and keep like with like inside open bins.

8. Library Ladder

If your pantry is narrow but tall, make use of all that vertical space by outfitting the pantry with a rolling library ladder. This way, you can easily slide the ladder to just the right spot and step up to grab what you need.

9. Pullout Drawers and Baskets

Deep cabinets in the pantry are bound to become a cluttered mess. Install pullout drawers, baskets and shelves, and you can easily reach what you need — even if it’s way at the back.

10. Turntables

Have a tricky corner space to work with? Turntables (aka Lazy Susans) are a great way to make an awkward corner more usable. 

If you don’t want to have turntable shelving installed, furnish your current shelves with a Lazy Susan or two and twirl away.

11. Bold Color

If style is what your pantry is missing, nothing is more effective at boosting flair than paint. And since the pantry is typically a small, confined space, you can go wild with color without fear of overwhelm. Choose a color you’ve always wanted to try on your walls, but have been afraid to — bold red, lush aqua or deep navy, perhaps?

12. Interior Lighting

The joy of being able to actually see what you are looking for cannot be overstated. If your pantry is lacking in the lighting department, remedy the situation by adding an overhead fixture or wall sconces. 

Hiring an electrician is well worth the cost when it impacts your daily life for the better — and being able to easily find what you’re looking for while trying to get dinner on the table definitely counts!

13. Cookbook Shelf

Have a window in the pantry? Make it pull its weight by adding a shelf below to hold a stack of your favorite cookbooks. If you have recipe binders or food magazines, keep those filed away here too. Then, when you’re planning dinner, everything you need to reference will be in one spot.

14. No-Pantry Pantry

No pantry? No problem. Repurpose a wall in or near your kitchen and deck it out with shelving. 

In an open space, neatness is even more important, so go ahead and splurge on cute pantry bins and a matching set of clear storage jars to keep everything tidy. 

Bonus points for adding some signage and a pretty rug.

15. Sliding Barn Door

Barn-style doors are as cool looking and popular as ever, but that’s not the (only) reason you should consider putting one on your pantry. A traditional door swings wide, which can negatively impact flow in the kitchen. A barn door, on the other hand, slides sideways — making it especially well suited to the pantry. Whether your kitchen is compact or spacious, a barn door could be a smart and stylish choice.

Condos in Canada’s Popular Winter Recreational Regions Post Strong Price Gains in 2018

TORONTO, November 28, 2018 –According to Royal LePage, prices in many key winter recreational real estate markets are experiencing healthy year-over-year price appreciation, as retirees, investors and buyers looking for winter getaways continue to spur demand.

Across Canada, trends vary based on the region. In western Canada, the median price of a condominium in winter recreational regions rose at a faster pace compared to detached properties, while the median price for the latter dipped. In particular, condominium prices in Whistler and Mont-Tremblant (Station) increased 26.5 per cent and 30.0 per cent, respectively. Condominium prices in Canmore also saw significant appreciation when compared to last year, alongside a considerable increase in sales activity.

Quebec’s strong economic performance and consumer confidence have fueled demand for the region’s winter recreational properties as buyers with more discretionary income from within the province put upward pressure on recreational property prices. In Collingwood, Ontario, median prices have also made healthy gains, as residents within Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe flock to the region’s accessible year-round amenities.

“Canada boasts the world’s most spectacular winter experiences. Across our vast land are recreational regions that offer adventure, opportunities for creating priceless family memories and a simple refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life,” said Phil Soper, president and CEO, Royal LePage. “The number of buyers shopping for a four-season recreational property, be they traveling a modest drive from the local metropolis or a jet-setting trip across the pond, is again on the rise, and recreational property values are rising as a result. This is particularly true in the mountainside condominium market as more and more investors seek the convenience of lock-and-leave living.”

Regional Summaries


 204 – 707 Spring Creek Drive, Canmore, Alberta,T1W 0K7 | Royal LePage Rocky Mountain Realty | $829,900 |  Listing agents: Jim Ridley, Jordy Shepherd, Jim Mamalis

In Canmore, which is situated a beautiful 20-minute drive from Banff, the median price for a detached home dipped slightly by 1.1 per cent year-over-year to $918,500. In contrast, the median price for a condominium surged 9.6 per cent year-over-year to $472,000.

“We’ve seen more sales activity in the entry-level market this year,” said Brad Hawker, broker and owner, Royal LePage Rocky Mountain Realty. “While most buyers in Canmore are from within Canada, we have seen a slight increase in international demand from the United States and Mainland China.”

Hawker also mentioned that with limited land for future development keeping values intact, it is likely that baby boomers and Gen Xers will continue to purchase recreational retirement properties in the region.

British Columbia

In the Municipality of Whistler, home to Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, property prices in both the detached and condominium segments have increased significantly. When compared to the same period last year, the median price of a detached property home rose 14.5 per cent year-over-year to $2,400,000, while the median price of a condominium increased significantly, rising 26.5 per cent year-over-year to $610,000.

“More affordable properties are still seeing high demand, despite a slowing in overall activity,” said Pat Kelly, president and owner, Royal LePage Black Tusk. “The B.C. foreign buyer tax and speculation tax does not apply to Whistler, and as such there has been no drop in interest from  international buyers. That being said, recreational properties in the area are primarily bought and sold by individuals who are local to the province, while international buyers only represent a small proportion of sales in Whistler. In 2019, we expect further price appreciation, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years.”

Kelly added that growth in the tourism sector over the last five years has fueled an increased demand for condominium properties, as many buyers are searching for short-term income rental and investment properties.

Meanwhile in Invermere, sales activity has remained relatively stable while the median price of a detached home has decreased year-over-year to $401,250, increasing affordability in the region.
“Recreational properties in Invermere remain affordable and we are seeing an increase of sales in lower-priced properties, which affect the median home value,” said Barry Benson, broker and owner, Royal LePage Rockies West. “Given the proximity of our market to Alberta, if we see economic gains on the other side of our provincial border, it will likely spur consumer confidence among prospective buyers and increase sales activity as we move into 2019.”

Benson added that the British Columbia wildfires also impacted sales activity over the summer months. In 2019, Invermere is expected to experience the same positive uptick in activity.
Detached homes in Kimberley made the largest median price gain of regions surveyed as demand far outstriped supply. Potential buyers were shopping with less than 40 per cent of the typical inventory level for the region.

“While demand for detached homes in Kimberley is strong as buyers continue to be attracted to the lifestyle offered in the region, median price appreciation also reflects more expensive homes being sold,” said Darren Close, managing broker, Royal LePage East Kootenay Realty. “Buyers looking for a deal in the region should consider condominiums. Not only are they close in proximity to the slopes, overbuilding in previous years has kept this housing type affordable and offers excellent selection.”


In Collingwood, median property prices continued to increase in 2018. Detached property home prices rose 6.3 per cent year-over-year to $549,900. Properties in the condominium segment experienced an uptick in value as well, rising 5.4 per cent year-over-year to $407,700, demonstrating a steady demand for recreational properties in the region.

“Torontonians, and those living west of the city in Cambridge, Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo, make up the largest buyer segment in Collingwood, and the region is seeing increased sales activity from these purchasers,” said Rick Crouch, broker and manager, Royal LePage Locations North. “Recreational property buyers are choosing Collingwood for its year-round amenities, such as access to private ski resorts in Blue Mountain, bicycling clubs and hiking trails.”

Crouch also added that there has been an increase in sales activity in the $300,000 to $500,000 price range. In 2019, the demand for recreational properties is expected to remain steady, as baby boomers purchase these properties for use in their retirement years.


Median home prices in most of Quebec’s Laurentians have risen this year compared to last year.   Mont-Tremblant, Saint-Sauveur, Morin-Heights and Saint-Faustin/Lac-Carréare seeing increased demand from Gen Xers looking for a seasonal getaway and to enjoy fresh air just outside Montreal. Demand was mostly seen within the condominium segment this year, as recreational property buyers sought homes that require no maintenance.

Between January and October of 2018, the median price of a condominium at the foot of Mont-Tremblant’s ski station saw a significant increase climbing 30.0 per cent to $325,000, compared to the same period in 2017. During the same period, year-over-year, the median price of a condominium in Mont-Tremblant’s Village rose 8.1 per cent to $186,500 while the price of a detached home increased 1.9 per cent to $425,000. Further away from the slopes, detached property home prices in St-Jovite remained relatively flat, dipping 1.3 per cent year-over-year to $230,000, while the median price of a condominium saw a 2.2 per cent increase, during the same period to $199,950.

“Proximity to the slopes is a key requirement for many buyers. Mountain-side properties are appreciating at a healthy pace, especially in Mont-Tremblant where the resort is undergoing significant improvements,” said Paul Dalbec, real estate broker, Mont-Tremblant Real Estate, a division of Royal LePage. “Mont-Tremblant’s popularity keeps growing as a renowned ski resort, including among international buyers whose numbers are increasing over the years.”

Closer to Montreal, the median price of both detached homes and condominiums in Saint-Sauveur increased 18.9 per cent year-over-year, reaching $305,000 and $270,000, respectively. Fueling these increases is demand from Montreal’s North Shore spreading further into the Laurentians and Greater Montreal Area’s employment growth in recent years. During the same period, Morin-Heights saw detached property prices appreciate 13.0 per cent year-over-year to $315,000. In contrast, home prices in the Saint-Faustin/Lac-Carré area decreased a more modest 4.9 per cent to $173,500.

Although sales should slow slightly in December, Dalbec expects the market to pick up again near the end of January 2019 as buyers return to the market after the holidays.

In Estrie, the Bromont, Orford and Sutton regions continue to be a prime target for Montrealers looking to buy recreational property. In Bromont, as a result of increasing demand for condominiums, the median price in that segment rose 8.9 per cent year-over-year to $247,500, while the price of a detached home in the region remained relatively flat, appreciating 1.4 per cent to $355,000. 

Meanwhile, Orford and Sutton single-family home prices rose 12.6 and 10.1 per cent to $295,000 and $345,000, respectively.

“With their proximity to the Island of Montreal and its South Shore with ski resorts and lakes nearby, Estrie remains a popular destination for buyers,” said Christian Longpré, agency owner and real estate broker, Royal LePage Au Sommet.

Waterfront and slope side properties are most coveted by buyers, although these are usually more expensive.

“We are seeing a pull towards slope side condos for families, which is great for ski-in ski-out. It allows parents to sleep in while kids go skiing,” added Longpré. “These types of turnkey properties are selling faster than in previous years. Rather than having to worry about renovating and maintaining their recreational property, owners want to spend as much time as possible enjoying outdoor activities.”

Meanwhile, numerous baby boomers are buying secondary homes with the intention of moving in permanently when they retire in a couple years.

Time to Decorate, Inside and Out

The time for Christmas Decorating is upon us.  The weather is looking good for the next week, this is the perfect time to decorate your home, inside and out.

As always, we are very conscious of safety.  Here are some great tips to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time preparing for your holiday season.

Make sure your tree is fresh.  This means that needles do not pull off easily, the needles do not snap when they are bent in half, the limbs are strong and only a few needles drop off when shaken.  Look for a tree that has a bottom that is sticky with resin.  This will be the start for your perfect tree.

Keep your tree away from heat sources. Make sure your tree is a good space away from fireplaces or heater.   Keep a fire extinguisher near your tree.

Share a drink, with your tree! Water is the best for a tree.  Make sure you check your tree every day and add more liquid when needed. A dried-out tree can catch fire faster than one that has been properly watered.

Artificial trees are now difficult to tell from real trees.  They are less messy too.  Be sure your tree is labeled “fire resistant.” Fire-resistant trees are less susceptible to catching fire.

Strategic placement of ornaments.  If you have children or pets be extra careful when decorating your tree.  Hang unbreakable and larger ornaments on the lower branches and small (choking hazards) and breakable ones on the top.  Ribbons and string are a better alternative for hangers than metal hooks.

Buddy Up when stringing lights and decorations.  Make sure you use a proper ladder with someone supporting the base and that your ladder is on level, firm ground.  Always have three points of contact with the ladder.   

Double-check your lights for safety. Replace any lights with frayed wires, broken sockets, and loose connections.  Look for the UL safety label on your lights.  A red label means you can use them inside & outside and a green label means indoors only.

Lights off before you go to bed. Turn off all lights inside and out when you go to bed and before leaving the house to avoid a short that could start an electrical fire. You can also purchase a timer to turn the Christmas lights on and off in case you forget.

Prevent electrical cord damage. Don’t mount lights in a way that might damage the cords and avoid using nails or tacks. Use hooks or insulated staples instead.

Use the proper outlet.  Outside your lights should be plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).  This is the outlet with the reset button on it.  If there is a power surge the breaker inside the box will trip and power off. 

Tie down your inflatables.  Make sure that each blow up is secure as per the manufacturer’s instructions.  Turn your fans off when it is windy or when you are away.  This will reduce the chance that Frosty goes dancing down the street.

Secure candles. Keep candles on a sturdy base to prevent tipping. Never leave a lit candle unattended.

Don’t burn wrapping paper in the fireplace. Paper can catch fire very quickly and can cause flash fires. Instead, recycle (or better yet, reuse!) your wrapping paper.

Beautiful but deadly. While festive, poinsettias are poisonous when eaten, so keep them out of reach of kids and pets.

Be happy, be safe, have fun and enjoy the upcoming Holidays!

Making Merry with a Late-in-the-Year Home Sale

You may have fewer people viewing your home during the fall and winter months, but that doesn’t necessarily mean fewer offers. Compared to selling a home in the spring when there are more homes on the market, selling during the final months of the year can often be a successful endeavour.

With careful planning and a few helpful tips you can showcase your home  and find time to enjoy the season too. Here are tips to help you through a late-year sale:

Weekends are for showing. Homes show better during the daylight hours, but as the days get shorter, the work week gets in the way for many buyers. However, this can work in your favour if you are selling a home late in the year. Show your home over the weekend during the day and leave it the evenings to enjoy outside social events.

Get help with the cleaning. ou’ll need to keep your home sparkling clean for showing, so this might be a good time to spend a little extra money on a housekeeper. Alternatively, have the whole family pitch in daily to pick up, wipe clean, dust and vacuum. Many hands make light work.

Trim a smaller tree.
Opt for a smaller Christmas tree and decorate sparingly to make an impact while not taking over the room. Be sure to store wrapped presents out of sight.

Strip out the clutter to make merry.If you’re selling during the holidays, it’s critical to clear out and store away all household clutter and personal items. Once the decks are clear, you can accent with a few tasteful and carefully-placed decorations.

Leverage tradition to create a warm, homey atmosphere.
Plump pillows in cream and golds and soft earthy coloured throws coupled with red and woodsy greens accents provide seasonal touches that draw directly from nature. This kind of decorating is easy on the eye and attractive to any buyer.

More information on selling your home can be found here.

27th Annual Royal LePage Food Drive

The Royal LePage Spirit of Christmas Campaign Food Drive is scheduled for Thursday December 6th. 

Volunteers will be going door to door starting at 5:30 pm collecting donations of Non-Perishable Food and and Donations. Leave your porch light on and someone will come by your home.

If you will not be home or get missed and would still like to make a food or cash donation you can drop that off to the Royal Lepage office until Christmas at 101-710-10th Street, Canmore, AB, T1W0G7. Please make cheques payable to “Spirit of Christmas Campaign”

Would you like to volunteer to drive or walk? 

You can participate by driving some volunteers around town to collect food donations for the Christmas hampers and food bank. If you would like to participate please contact Debbie at 403-678-5113 or email her at debbiealgeo@royallepage.ca

All food and proceeds go to the Christmas Spirit Campaign. This society was established in 1997 by the Canmore Lioness Club. This annual initiative provides hampers of groceries and toys to those living in Canmore, Exshaw and Morely who could use a bit of holiday support.  For more info or to apply for a hamper this Christmas visit The Christmas Spirit Campaign website at  http://www.christmasspiritcampaign.com/

Bells of Peace on Remembrance Day

On November 11, bells will ring out across Canada to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

In Canmore both the Ralph Connor Memorial United Church and Saint Michael's Anglican Church will ring their bells 100 times, at the going down of the sun 4:59 pm.  

The ringing of bells emulates the moment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war had come to an end.

On November 11, 1918 … church bells rang out spontaneously across the country to celebrate the signing of the “Armistice.” After four brutal years … and so many young men and women dead or injured…the First World War was officially over.

One hundred years ago, relief and joy swept our land. On November 11 at sundown in Canmore at 4:59 pm Ralph Connor Memorial United Church and Saint Michael’s Anglican Church will commemorate Armistice 100.  We will mark the occasion through the Royal Canadian Legion Bells of Peace ceremony.

On November 11, 2018 … our bells will toll 100 times. With each peal, we will remember the close to 66-thousand Canadians and Newfoundlanders at that time, who were killed in the First World War … the 172-thousand wounded … and the countless others who suffered invisible yet painful wounds.

This Ceremony will be happening at sunset (local time) across Canada, United States, Europe and
When you hear the bells toll on November 11, take a moment to pause and remember all those who served and sacrificed.

We will remember them.

For services in Canmore on November 11 please visit https://canmorelegion.ca/remembrance-day/

An International Celebration

Belgium, a human chain was formed on the waterfront with 6000 people linking hands. The chain was 21 km long. Small boats with the name of a person who died during the war were sent out to sea. 

Paris, Tribute to the sacrifice made by war animals is marked by a monument. 1.1 million horses died in the great war.

For more memorial and tributes world wide visit https://www.euronews.com/tag/world-war-i-centenary 

In Europe on November 11 there will be a series of events on Centenary of Armistice

On 11 November there will be a series of events to mark the centenary of the Armistice, including a commemorative service at St Symphorien Cemetery near Mons, Belgium, where the war began in 1914 and where the first and last casualties of the battle lie.

The National Service of Remembrance at London’s Cenotaph will follow traditional lines, as it remembers the fallen of all conflicts, but the march-past which follows will be expanded.
During the day, church and other bells will ring out as they did at the end of the First World War, and government funding is supporting the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers to recruit 1,400 ringers – the number lost during the war.

The day will end with a service at Westminster Abbey, London, along with others in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast, to give thanks for peace and those who returned.

4 ways to keep your Poppy on your jacket.

1. Use the pin to go through the material of your jacket then back through the leaf of the poppy.
2. Use a pencil eraser end or an earing back to put on the end of the poppy pin.
3. Glue the black centre of the poppy onto an old fan pin and use this to hold your poppy on.
4. Purchase the new Poppy with better a clip on it.

You can also purchase a digital Poppy that you dedicate to someone who embodies the values they fought for. https://mypoppy.ca/

Time to Downhill Ski Starting this Friday!

A dusting of snow in may have some mountain lovers thinking about dusting off their ski and snowboard gear and if so, they’re in luck.

Sunshine Village, Nakiska Ski Area and Lake Louise will be opening for the season on Friday, November 9.

“The conditions are looking good,” Sunshine communications and brand manager Kendra Scurfield said Tuesday.

“We have a base of around 60 centimetres, a bit more, and more snow is expected. Our team has been working really hard to pack down all the snow that we can so that we can open as much terrain as possible.”

Not every run will be open, but Scurfield said Strawberry Run, as well as the hotel and some food and drink services, will be available.

Sunshine will also offer free skiing for all veterans and military personnel as a way to say “thank you” over the Remembrance Day weekend.

Nakiska also announced Tuesday it would be opening with “early season conditions” on Friday.

“Given Nakiska’s location, Calgary’s closest mountain, you can work in the morning and make first turns in the afternoon this Friday,” Matt Mosteller said.

The ski resort said in a news release it would stay open through weekends until the hill’s official opening on Nov. 30, when the runs will be open seven days a week.

Nakiska said in a news release it would stay open through weekends until the hill’s official opening on Nov. 30, when the runs will be open seven days a week. It will open at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

The hill at Sunshine will open Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., with the gondola operating 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Scurfield said there will be parking at Sunshine Village, adding skiers and snowboarders can catch a shuttle to the hill from Banff at several locations throughout the town.

Lake Louise is also opening on Friday, November 9th. 

Get ready, here comes winter and another amazing season of skiing and riding at the Lake Louise Ski Resort! Join us at 9:00am on Friday, November 9th when the first chair of the season departs the base area.

Who's going to be camped out or first in line? Who's going to have the best outfit? Who's going to spread the most stoke? Make it the Lake on opening day and find out!

Free awesome swag giveaways from THE NORTH FACE for the first 100 people in line at Glacier Chair! It's the TNF Opening Day Takeover! Be there.

Season Opener Party
Get your early season stoke on and join us for our annual Season Opener Party on Sunday, November 18th! DJs, raffle prizes & drink specials in the Sitzmark Lounge! The grand prize draw is a 2018/19 Adult Season Pass!

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1938 Fake News Scares the Masses

Orson Welles “War of the Worlds”Halloween Radio Broadcast turns 80 Today

"Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program of dance music to bring you a special bulletin," the broadcast began. "Martians have landed in New Jersey!"

"At 8:50 p.m., a huge flaming object, believed to be a meteorite, fell on a farm in the neighborhood of Grovers Mill, New Jersey," the announcer stated.

The Halloween Broadcast of The War of the Worlds was aired on October 30, 1938.   Those that missed the announcement that it was a radio play and tuned in after thought it was real news and that this was a real alien invasion.  Neighbours in the area of the alleged landing were arming themselves and heading down to Grover’s Mill to assist and defend themselves from the impending attack.  Other listeners packed up all their things into their cars and fled the immediate vicinity. During the fleeing, many cars accidently crashed into each other, and many people were killed or injured.

The way the broadcast was played out made it seem real to the listeners. 80 years later many people believe that the newspapers sensationalized the reaction of the people listening to the broadcast.  

The War of the Worlds was a good story that scared many people, and that is what Halloween is all about! 

Listen to the full episode of “War of the Worlds” at

What to do on Halloween in Canmore 2018

Canmore is vibrant and active town.  We like to celebrate!  This Halloween dress up in your best costume and hit some of the great events that are going on.

Check out the Local Haunted Graveyard on Halloween Night 

A local couple is hosting a haunted graveyard at 508 Larch Place.  They are giving out candy and accepting donations for the Canmore Food Bank. 

Craft time at the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre

Saturday, October 27 at the Town Hall 
Make a craft with your friends and family. 

Pre Halloween Party at Tavern 1883

Saturday, October 27
They're back, they're in shape, they're ready to break the dance floor for Halloween. Canadian are well known to celebrate Halloween as it's suppose to be. So come show us what you got. Once a year you get to dress up weird and pretend to be someone else, come do it with us. Late night menu with bloody Poutine available.
$5.00 cover at the door.

Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Wood

Sunday, October 28th from 1;00 - 4:00 pm 
Prizes for best costume, best pumpkin. Free hot chocolate. Call ahead to reserve your pumpkin and take it home with you after the contest.  403-678-3404

Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Legion

If you miss the one at the Wood try this one on Tuesday, October 30 at the Canmore Legion from 5:30 – 8:00 pm Join us for a kid-friendly evening celebrating Halloween! We have pumpkins for you to carve & want to award the most creative costumes with a prize! Everyone is welcome to attend this event!

For a donation (suggested at $2), you get a pumpkin and all the tools you need to create your own masterpiece. Bring some friends or come by yourself, either way you'll be sure to meet new people here. If you have your own pumpkin & want to carve it with your community, feel free to bring it along! We will also be having a costume contest - we will announce the best costume of the evening at 7:30 PM!  Hosted By Canmore Young Adult Network

Knives and scooping ladles will be provided but if you have your own tools please feel free to bring those along!

Colouring Contest at HiJinx Toy Shop

Come anytime before October 31 and pickup a colouring page.  Submit your page to each category (Ages 5 and under & 6 and over) Special drawn on Oct 31.  

Bring your candy stash in to the store any time before November 11 and trade it in for a toy!

Canmore Cave Tours presents The Descent – Cave Tour and Movie

October 27 and 31
Darkness. Claustrophobia. Creepy crawlies. Caves are scary enough right? But throw in blind, carnivorous, pale-skinned cave monsters (we're not talking about the cave guides this time) and you've got the ingredients for an ultra-classic horror movie.

Halloween on the Hill at Silvertip Resort

Wednesday, Oct 31 from 9:30 pm – 2:00 am
Join us in celebrating (arguably) the best holiday of the year - HALLOWEEN!
Award-winning DJ : Pez Productions - Top rated event DJ in Calgary.
'Best live entertainment at the Calgary Event Awards'
Includes a safe ride home from Highland VIP Chauffer
Late night Buffet and Drink Specials
Ages 18 +
$30 in advance  $40 at the door

 Extra Spooky Halloween at the Rose & Crown

Join the party with the sounds of the underground with DJ's Smirk, Illustrator, Capitvate, Knot & Spooks.  No cover, Music at 10:00 pm, Spooky Vibes only!

Halloween 2018 the Movie at the Lux Cinema Banff 

It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield.

How to sell your home when you have pets!

This morning on Facebook I ran across a video where during a home showing a Real Estate Agent was being accosted by a cat.  (click on the link at the bottom for the Facebook video) 

We love our pets but the buyer may not and you never know how your pet will react to the presence of strangers when you are not around.  So give yourself the best showing of your home by following these tips.

Temporarily relocate your pet:

  • Take your pet to a friend’s or to a kennel.  While it is hard to do this it will help in the long run for cleaning prior to a showing.

Take your pets with you during a showing

  • Take your pet to work, to a pet sitter or to a friend’s when there is a showing.  Many potential buyers are scared of pets and pets can be protective of their space.  Mitigate the possibility of a conflict by taking your pet out of the equation. 

Repair any damages your pet may have caused to your home prior to putting it on the market.

Remove signs of pet inhabitants

  • Remove food and water dishes
  • Put all toys away
  • Remove all cages and carriers
  • Put pet photos away

Make sure your home is fresh and clean with no pet smells or odors

  • Vacuum as much as you can
  • Use a sticky roller on visible fur
  • Nobody likes the smell of a cat litter box or a doggie pee pad. Make sure these are either removed or immaculately clean prior to a showing.
  • To make your cleaning prior to a showing keep your pet restricted to one area of the house. 

Clean your backyard

  • There is nothing worse than a potential buyer seeing a lovely backyard green space that is full of doggie doo-doo.  You have just burst their bubble about running barefoot through the grass of their own home or their vision of beautiful backyard gathering with friends. 

If you absolutely cannot find another place for your pet during a showing, put your pet in a kennel or temporary carrier with a note not to touch or disturb the pet.
Random statistic: According to the 2011 Census there were 2872 cats and dogs in Canmore (2017 census did not provide this information).

Third Quarter Royal LePage House Price Survey

Canadian Home Buyers Continue to Catch their Breath in the Third Quarter of 2018

  • The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is expected to increase demand as many Canadians regain confidence in job market and consider large purchases
  • National real estate market forecast to make 1.5% price gain in the fourth quarter
  • Greater Montreal Area witnesses highest year-over-year appreciation rate among Canada’s three largest metropolitan areas, posting a healthy 5.4% price increase in the third quarter
  • Greater Toronto Area (GTA) recovers from housing correction on a quarter-over-quarter basis while nearly all suburban regions studied post year-over-year price declines

TORONTO, October 16, 2018 – According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released today, year-over-year home prices made modest gains in many regions across Canada in the third quarter of 2018. The national trend was largely influenced by price appreciation in Greater Vancouver, while property in the Greater Toronto Area experienced continued year-over-year price declines, with modest gains in value when compared to the previous quarter. Meanwhile, the Greater Montreal Area saw the highest year-over-year home price appreciation rate of the three largest Canadian metropolitan areas studied.
The Royal LePage National House Price Composite, compiled from proprietary property data in 63 of the nation’s largest real estate markets, showed that the price of a home in Canada increased 2.2 per cent year-over-year to $625,499 in the third quarter of 2018. When broken out by housing type, the median price of a two-storey home rose 1.4 per cent year-over-year to $736,337, while the median price of a bungalow climbed 1.5 per cent to $519,886. Condominiums continued to see the highest rate of appreciation nationally when compared to the detached segment, rising 6.7 per cent year-over-year to $441,240.
Looking ahead, Royal LePage is projecting a further uptick in home price appreciation in the fourth quarter, forecasting a 1.5 per cent increase in the aggregate price of a home in Canada over the next three months.
“Positive economic fundamentals, supported by a new agreement on trade, should bolster consumer confidence across Canada and stoke demand in the nation’s real estate market,” said Phil Soper, president and CEO, Royal LePage. “Dangerously overheated regions have cooled considerably this year, while home prices have remained remarkably resilient. This is the soft landing that policy makers were hoping for.”
“I am concerned that the slower market will cause housing supply issues to be shuffled aside for other priorities,” Soper continued. “The return of runaway home prices in the country’s largest markets remains a real threat. Not this year, but in the near future. Job growth is strong, Canada is attracting more of the best and brightest from around the world and the large millennial cohort is putting increasing pressure on our limited new housing stock. It is imperative that all levels of government address looming supply shortages, particularly in affordable housing.”
After more than a year of intense negotiations, the federal government reached an agreement with the U.S. and Mexico on regional trade. Widely seen as a good outcome for the Canadian economy, the USMCA is expected to be signed into law before year end.
“More confident that their jobs are secure, the new USMCA agreement has removed a widespread veil of uncertainty that was acting as a drag on large purchase decisions,” said Soper. “On the other hand, the trade deal paves the way for the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates. Overall, this is a positive development for housing industries on both sides of the border.”
The Canadian economy is on solid footing, although 2018 is staged to see a lower expansion rate when compared to last year. Double-digit home appreciation has disappeared from the Greater Toronto Area or Greater Vancouver real estate markets. Price appreciation in the Greater Montreal Area is strong, but nowhere near the extremes witnessed in the GTA and Greater Vancouver. Condominium prices in the City of Toronto and City of Vancouver regions have also moderated.
“After a number of years where our major real estate markets were tilted decidedly in favour of home sellers, 2018 has provided relief for many purchasers, particularly first-time buyers,” said Soper. “Our research indicates that the desire to own a home remains strong with younger families. Single-digit price appreciation makes pursuing the dream of home ownership a realistic proposition for many.”
During the third quarter, Ontario continued to see noticeable differences between appreciation rates in the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding Golden Horseshoe cities and beyond. Despite some price relief in the GTA, buyers – particularly young families – from the region are venturing out to other Southern Ontario cities in search of more affordable homes, where price points are still significantly lower. This trend is consistent with the findings of the Royal LePage’s Peak Millennial Survey, which found that, nationally, over half (52 per cent) of those surveyed would look to the suburbs when purchasing a property, especially when it comes time to raise a family (59 per cent), while 61 per cent stated that they would be willing to move to another city or suburb where property is more affordable.
Of regions studied in the Royal LePage National House Price Composite, Kingston and Windsor saw the highest appreciation rates in Ontario, rising 14.6 and 14.4 per cent year-over-year, respectively. Meanwhile, regions including Niagara/St. Catharines, London and Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge saw strong aggregate price gains of 8.4 per cent, 7.6 per cent, and 6.0 per cent, respectively.
In contrast, over the same period, the aggregate price of a home in the GTA remained relatively flat year-over-year, depreciating 0.4 per cent to $836,402. The City of Toronto maintained solid ground, increasing by a healthy 5.2 per cent, while nearly every suburban region studied, except for Mississauga, posted year-over-year price declines. However, quarter-over-quarter, the aggregate price of a home in the GTA rose 1.3 per cent. By the end of the fourth quarter, Royal LePage expects the aggregate price of a home in the GTA to rise to $853,097, a further 2.0 per cent over the third quarter of 2018.
“The GTA is emerging from a housing correction that was triggered by a combination of eroding affordability and government intervention,” continued Soper. “The introduction of the mortgage stress test in particular slowed activity in Toronto’s ‘905’, bringing lower prices to the over-heated suburban region.  Quarter-over-quarter trends are pointing to the end of this correctional cycle and the beginning of a modest recovery in the region.”
In Quebec, the Greater Montreal Area housing market remained strong, supported by a robust economy and near full employment. In September, the unemployment rate in Quebec fell 0.3 percentage points to 5.3 per cent, a level well under the national average of 5.9 per cent.
“Quebec’s recent economic performance has ranked among the most impressive in the country,” added Soper. “Montreal remains much more affordable than other major markets. The province is well-positioned to weather the effects of interest rate hikes.”
In the third quarter, the aggregate price of a home in the Greater Montreal Area was $396,909, an increase of 5.4 per cent from the same period last year – a higher rate of appreciation than that seen in both the Greater Toronto Area and Greater Vancouver, and well above the national aggregate percentage increase. During this period, the median price of a two-storey home in the Greater Montreal Area rose 6.5 per cent year-over-year to surpass the half million dollar mark, now sitting at $500,021. Looking ahead, more moderate price increases are expected in the region. The Greater Montreal Area aggregate home price is forecast to increase 0.7 per cent quarter-over-quarter to $399,679 in the fourth quarter of 2018.
With technology, tourism and natural resources expanding at a healthy clip, British Columbia’s economy has continued to outperform most other provinces. The resulting upward pressure on the real estate market has been dampened by the 2018 mortgage stress test and provincial tax policy. Double-digit price increases are no longer the norm for the province, however affordable regions and condominiums are continuing to see significant year-over-year growth.
Higher oil prices, energy activity and exports have boosted Calgary’s real estate market recovery as the median aggregate home price appreciated 3.4 per cent year-over-year in the third quarter. In Edmonton, home price appreciation was relatively flat, decreasing 0.9 per cent year-over-year during the same period.
Despite a rebound in oil and agricultural prices, both Regina and Saskatoon’s real estate markets struggled to retain home values. The median aggregate home price in Regina increased 1.8 per cent while the median aggregate home price in Saskatoon decreased 2.5 per cent year-over-year.
Manitoba’s economy is continuing its modest but upward trajectory. The median aggregate home price in Winnipeg appreciated a healthy 3.3 per cent year-over-year with standard two-storey homes witnessing the largest gain, rising 5.7 per cent during the same period.
All regions studied in Atlantic Canada saw year-over-year home price appreciation in the third quarter. Moncton and Charlottetown posted the highest home price growth, both rising 10.1 per cent year-over-year.
About the Royal LePage House Price Survey
The Royal LePage House Price Survey provides information on the three most common types of housing in Canada, in 63 of the nation’s largest real estate markets. Housing values in the House Price Survey are based on the Royal LePage National House Price Composite, produced quarterly through the use of company data in addition to data and analytics from its sister company, RPS Real Property Solutions, the trusted source for residential real estate intelligence and analytics in Canada.  Commentary on housing and forecast values are provided by Royal LePage residential real estate experts, based on their opinions and market knowledge.
About Royal LePage                                       
Serving Canadians since 1913, Royal LePage is the country’s leading provider of services to real estate brokerages, with a network of close to 18,000 real estate professionals in more than 600 locations nationwide. Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company to have its own charitable foundation, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, dedicated to supporting women’s and children’s shelters and educational programs aimed at ending domestic violence. Royal LePage is a Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. company, a TSX-listed corporation trading under the symbol TSX:BRE.
For more information visit: www.royallepage.ca.

What Legalization of Cannabis Means to Home Buyers, Sellers, Condo Owners & Renters

Just one more day until Cannabis is legal in Canada.  

What is this going to mean to you as home buyer or seller? 

In a matter of days, cannabis will become legal across Canada. How will this new era affect the home buying and selling process? CREB®Now sat down with Ryan DeLuca, supervisor of training and compliance at CREB®, to discuss the information buyers and sellers need to avoid getting stuck in the weeds.

CREB®Now: How will cannabis legalization affect the homebuying process?

DeLuca: Legalization won’t change the process itself, but it will affect buyer expectations of what the seller must disclose.

Buyers should pay attention to disclosure and ask direct questions like “has cannabis been grown in the property?” They should also talk to their mortgage broker and insurer to find out if home growth will affect their mortgage application or their ability to get home insurance.

CREB®Now:  Will cannabis home growth affect the resale value of a property?

DeLuca: We won’t know the answer to this until cannabis becomes legal and statistics become available. Anecdotally, if we’re talking about small-scale home growth of four plants, there shouldn’t be very much impact on property value.


Most home inspectors use growing four tomato plants as an analogy for the effects of marijuana home growth. Realistically, people grow plants in their homes all the time with little risk to the property.

CREB®Now:  What are potential damages from cannabis home growth that buyers should be aware of?

DeLuca: Since cannabis has the potential to cause structural issues to a property, it’s recommended to get a proper home inspection.

With large-scale medical home growth and illegal grow operations, two big things to keep an eye out for are unpermitted electrical work and moisture/humidity issues that cause mould.

CREB®Now:  Is it necessary to get a home inspection?

DeLuca: Getting a home inspection is always a good idea.

Sellers aren’t always aware of damages in their own homes, so despite asking direct questions, a buyer might discover unknown issues after purchasing the property.

It’s also a good idea for sellers to get a home inspection prior to listing. This way, the seller can correct any issues found and avoid having a deal fall through from damages discovered during the buyer’s home inspection.

CREB®Now:  If a home seller has grown cannabis in their property, how do they ensure they’ve covered their bases?

DeLuca: Any time you’re doing something in the home that can create potential damage, move it outside if possible. Taking home growth outdoors or to a greenhouse is ultimately better for a property’s structure and its resale.

If you’re installing a large system for medicinal growth, get a building permit and hire a professional for proper installation so there is no risk of damages from poor workmanship.


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If you own a Condominium check with your Condo Board for Regulations

A condo board can create its own restrictions on cannabis cultivation and use.

"There's nothing in our legislation that prevents condos, condo boards or apartment landlords from further restricting it, and I've heard the mast certainly, in in a lot of cases, they have." said Matt Zablonski, the City of Calgary's project lead for the legalization of cannabis. 

In fact, Boardwalk, one of the largest apartment rental companies in Canada, confirmed recently it is banning, smoking, eating or growing cannabis in all its properties across the province.

Discuss this with your condo board as each condo board may have different rules. The creation and use of edibles may be possible in your condo with permission.

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If you are renting a condo, or home please check with your landlord regarding the use or growing of cannabis in the owners property.

"We encourage you to talk to your landlord about edible cannabis  products. Although edible cannabis products such as brownies and cookies cannot be legally sold until further federal and provincial regulations, edible cannabis products may be made at home" says the City of Calgary website.

"If you live in a rental unit, you might consider discussing it with your landlord  whether rules would allow for edibles to be made in your building."


According to the Town of Canmore website they are still working on public consumption regulations. 
We are still determining how public consumption of cannabis will be regulated in Canmore. Regulating public consumption outside of the provincial regulations (see Background section below) would require an update to Canmmore's Smoking Control Bylaw. This topic will be at the council meeting on October 16 for a decision.

For more information on what cannabis legalization means in Canmore go to the Town of Canmore website at https://canmore.ca/projects/cannabis-in-canmore 

CREB (Calgary Real Estate Board) has written an excellent series of articles regarding this to access more articles go to www.crebnow.com  or read the special e-edition regarding Cannabis here.