Frequently Asked Questions

Why #SaveGrizzCorridor?

Inappropriate developments have been proposed for this continentally significant wildlife corridor for 30 years. Meanwhile, the arguments to #SaveGrizzCorridor only grow with each passing day. How can we justify more second homes and tourist accommodations in a wildlife corridor that feeds our most celebrated national park  amidst a global biodiversity, climate, and affordable housing crises? Write a letter now for the province to buy and #SaveGrizzCorridor once and for all.

How did we get here?

Our community expressed widespread concerns during a record-breaking 6-day public hearing in 2021, which led to Canmore Town Council rejecting a mega development. The developer (Three Sisters Mountain Village), promptly sued the Councillors and the Town for $161M.

The Government of Alberta is complicit in this tragic narrative. First, it approved a wildlife corridor the developer says will work but doesn’t align with the routes animals actually use or the latest corridor science. Second, it created the Land and Property Rights Tribunal that overturned our Town’s Council’s democratic rejection of the TSMV proposal and dismissed community concerns.

Who owns the private lands in Grizz Corridor?

Private lands within Grizz Corridor are owned by Three Sisters Mountain Village Properties, which is co-owned by the Taylor family of Calgary and Blair Richardson of Colorado. Both are wealthy and have made significant donations to healthcare, education, and zoos, but are aggressively pushing a development that will harm wildlife and our provincial and national mountain parks. For example, they launched numerous and ongoing legal attacks on the Town of Canmore and individual Councillors for rejecting their proposals, choosing not to listen to the huge outcry of community concern over unstable lands, wildfire risk, insufficient affordable housing, and climate and wildlife impacts.       

What is the fair market value of the land?

Here are three pertinent numbers;

That’s a pretty wide range. The true market value likely lies somewhere in between and would cost the Alberta Government less than a day of oil revenues.