May 2023 BVRH Monthly Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin
May 2023

Spring Garden Party
Our Spring Garden Party returns to Bow River Lodge to celebrate seniors on June 10, 2023! This year marks a return to pre-pandemic partying, so please save the date and join us to recognize our seniors, enjoy fun activities, yummy treats, and a band. We also hope to allow tours of the first floor of the new wing for those eager to check it out!
Designated Supportive Living (DSL) Operations
We remain proud and excited to welcome DSL residents into the new wing at Bow River Lodge. The program brings public DSL care to the region for the first time and will help keep seniors close to their loved ones and supports in the community for longer. We expect up to 30 former residents of the region who left to access this level of care will return to live at Bow River Lodge!

We thank the Government of Alberta, Alberta Seniors, Community and Social Supports, Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services, and SE Health for helping us bring this facility to Canmore and the Bow Valley region. Our Grand Opening on April 27 was a well-attended kick-off!

Our DSL Hair Salon is opening in June; long-time hairstylist and barber Fidal has joined the team to serve our residents. Welcome Fidal!

BVRH Board member changes
We wish to bid farewell to Julie Canning and thank her for her contribution to the Board over the past months. Don Beaulieu has been appointed by Improvement District #9 to take Julie’s seat, welcome, Don!

Bow River Lodge – NSL 89%
Bow River Lodge – DSL 38%
Cascade House 84%
Bow River Homes 100%
Mount Edith House 100%
Community Housing 100%
Rent Supplement 100%

This is Home (Phase 3+)
We have submitted a draft concept to Alberta Seniors, Community, & Social Supports for our Phase 3+ Projects. If approved, they would refresh much of our Community and Seniors’ Independent Housing stock while adding unit types and affordability levels to the region. We hope that the GOA will appreciate and approve the opportunity in collaboration with the Town of Canmore, and perhaps other Housing Agencies to address some of the housing crisis in the Bow Valley.


• In an emergency, please dial 911.
• For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information for Albertans information on diseases, treatments, staying well, and healthcare services dial 811.
• For 24/7 community program & service information, including affordability programming in the Bow Valley dial 211.

Bow Valley Regional Housing (BVRH) is a Housing Management Body (HMB) serving the Government of Alberta and the Bow Valley Region. HMB operational funding sources vary. Tenants pay accommodation fees. Those fees are subject to affordability limits, which prevent them from fully covering the costs of operations. Provincial grants and municipal ratepayer requisitions subsidize seniors lodge deficits, while the province also subsidizes deficits in independent seniors and community housing.
As the HMB for the Bow Valley region, BVRH is responsible for social housing, as well as affordable supportive living accommodation for seniors throughout Kananaskis Country, the Bow Corridor, the MD of Bighorn, and all of Banff National Park, an area covering about 13,500 square kilometers.
All told, we currently house, or help to house approximately 450 residents of the Bow Valley in eight permanent housing projects encompassing 36 separate buildings.