Cool Stuff


Electric-Assist Bike Workshop - Banff

Join us for a workshop on electric-assist bicycles at 5:30pm on Monday, March 26 in Banff Town Hall.  Check out e-bike demos, model specs, battery range, prices and much more!  An e-bike could be the answer to your transportation needs!   Hosted by the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, Community Cruisers and the Town of Banff.



Canmore Solar Info Session!


Chat with solar panel installers and local residents who have already switched. Get details on the 2018 municipal and provincial rebates – residential and commercial rebates available! Thursday, March 1. Presentations at 6:30 pm followed by an open house until 8:30. Canmore Civic Centre Council Chambers. Contact us for more info.

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Small Steps made even easier!

Sometimes making sustainable choices requires specialized equipment. Our Resource Library has lendable items to help you take your next step! Contact us to check availability and sign out one of these useful items!

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Banff Energy Efficiency Open House

Join us for the Energy Efficiency Open House at Town of Banff Town Hall on November 8th to learn about energy efficiency savings for your home and your business. Attendees will receive free energy efficient products and be entered for a chance to win a Energy Efficiency Alberta draw prize. No need to register.

*Note time change

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Electric Bike Workshop

Join us for a fun and informative E-Bike workshop!
Co-hosted by the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley and Canmore Community Cruisers at artsPlace

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Science Literacy Week

Join us for Science Literacy Week, a nationwide, week-long celebration of science!
We’re hosting a week of great events in collaboration with the Canmore Public Library.

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Canmore Solar Info Session
Thursday, July 13, 6:30-8:30 PM
Canmore Civic Centre Council Chambers
Call 403 678-3445 x0 for more information

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Rain Barrel Workshop at the Biosphere Resource Centre.
Thursday, June 8, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Registration Required. Please call 403 678-3445 x0
Donations Welcome

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In the News!

Wow! Our Banff Rain Barrel Workshop made the cover of the Rocky Mountain Outlook, May 18 2017!5-18-17 - RMO - Water Savers_online screenshot_cropped_2

Green Cleaning workshops highlighted in the Rocky Mountain Outlook May 11, 2017.5-11-17 RMO - Naturally Clean_online screenshot

Light Bulb Swap results in the Rocky Mountain Outlook March 30, 2017.3-30-17 - RMO - Illuminating Change_online screenshot_cropped

Biosphere Institute lightbulb exchange featured in the Crag and Canyon January 11, 2017.
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Our Small Steps campaign was a success! Read the article in the October 20, 2016 Rocky Mountain Outlook.


Our Grotto Pond clean up with the Bow Valley Stewards was featured in the September 21, 2016 Crag & Canyon.


Our work picking fruit off Canmore trees featured in the Rocky Mountain Outlook September 8, 2016.


Check out the article in the July 13, 2016 Crag & Canyon about our Green Communities Canada Awards!

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The Biosphere went on a Science Odyssey!

From Friday, May 12, to Sunday, May 21 2017, The Biosphere Institute partnered with The Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) during Science Odyssey to promote science and technology to our local youth. We opened our doors for an Open House and went out to local schools to talk about science and wildlife with students and teachers. We also partnered with the Canmore Museum to share interactive science programs with the public.

The next Science Odyssey is Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 20, 2018. Until then, our science programming is available all year round! If you would like us to visit your school or youth group, contact us by calling 403-678-3445×0!


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Sustainable Action Canmore Booklet

Have clients new to Canmore?
Help them feel more at home: Give them a Sustainable Action Canmore booklet. The Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley worked with local real estate professionals and the Town of Canmore, to provide answers to questions new home buyers frequently ask about Canmore resources. The booklet and associated webSustainabilityBrochureCover materials provide Canmore-specific information on Garbage, Recycling and Wildlife; Water; Transportation; and Energy. Hard copies and digital available.  Read more.

New Youth Movie Releases!

Check out this newly released movie short we made with Grade 7 students at Exshaw School.

Green Cleaning Workshop

Make your own cleaning samples to take home and try in our 55 minute Green Cleaning Workshop!

Contact us to find out about our next workshop.


Worm Composting Workshop

Make and take home a working worm composting bin by signing up for our 40 minute Worm Composting Workshop!

Contact us to find out about our next workshop.


Gift Bag Making Workshop

Make your own reusable gift bag! This 60 minute workshop is run seasonally depending on demand. Contact us on 403-678-3445 x0 for more details.