/ Living in canmore on the cheap

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dunnyg - on 07 Jan 2013
Any advice for a couple of months of it?
Mark Sweatmasn - on 07 Jan 2013
In reply to dunnyg:

It's going to be tricky - summer or winter?

Probably possible to camp nearby in summer (or at least in the nearby provincial parks)

My only real suggestion is to ask on gravsports which has a lot of the local winter climbing community.

dunnyg - on 07 Jan 2013
In reply to Mark Sweatmasn: Winter, which makes it trickier!
Denni on 07 Jan 2013
In reply to dunnyg:

ACC Canmore hut maybe?

http://www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/facility/reservations.html

My mate lives up in Lawrence Grassi Ridge and he has a self contained flat beloiw his house that he is considering letting out. I'll drop him a line and see if he has made a decision yet failing that, ask for a room on Grav Ice sports as suggested above.

My retirement plans may include Canmore!
loose overhang - on 08 Jan 2013
In reply to dunnyg: Some friends just bought a place there. It is very expensive.
John Stainforth - on 08 Jan 2013
In reply to dunnyg:

I'm afraid you are more or less "all out of luck". The whole Banff/Canmore area has become phenomenally expensive in recent years. Canmore is virtually unrecognisable compared with 20 years ago. (It used to be very good value.) House prices skyrocketed a few years ago. Banff is a top-end mountain resort with prices matching Jackson Hole or Aspen; this is the place to buy top-end fashionable ski gear at twice the cost of the UK and four times the cost of Texas. Your best bet for Canmore is probably to get in touch with local Canadian climbers (Yamnuska climbing school, Canadian Alpine Club etc) for advice.
dunnyg - on 08 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: Have been looking at the alpine club, not really viable for a long length of time, but might work for a short time. Let me know what your mate says!

cheers
Denni on 08 Jan 2013
In reply to John Stainforth:

Last time I was there, on the way back to the airport we went through an estate basically right on the outskirts of town, forget the name of the estate but a security guard stopped us so we had a chat, we were just looking for lookings sake.

He said that 95 percent of them were easily worth over a million quid and empty 11 months of the year, bloody shame. Fantastic place to live but utterly unaffordable. My mate bought his house 15 years ago sohas dipped in.
maria85 - on 08 Jan 2013
In reply to dunnyg:
You should be able to rent a room in a house for around $400-500/month quite easily. Best best is to check the classifieds at the back of the Rocky Mountain Outlook (free paper), also the Canmore Leader. Also try kijiji.ca - there's a Banff/Canmore section. Damage deposit is usually one month's rent but you'll get it back if you're good ;-)

Rooms are often (but not always) unfurnished. The Canmore thrift store (near the high school) sells cheapish mattresses (and everything else you can think of), or check kijiji again. Or sleep on your thermarest.

Alcohol is expensive, both in bars and from the store. Food is cheapest at Safeway or Sobeys. Cheaper supermarkets in Calgary if you can get in with a vehicle to do a big shop.

Save any drinks bottles, you get money back from them (admittedly not a lot, but it helps). Hitching into Banff/Sunshine is easy. Into Kananaskis not so much. No public transport to speak of. Really worth having a vehicle if you can afford for getting out climbing/backcountry skiing. Petrol is cheap!
dunnyg - on 08 Jan 2013
In reply to maria85: cheers, thats extremely useful! Should have a car hopefully, hence wanting to live cheap!

cheers
maria85 - on 08 Jan 2013
In reply to dunnyg:
In which case, get winter tyres. Do not con yourself that they're not worth the money, or that you'll drive carefully and be ok without. A written off car is not only the cost of the car but also the towing fees... etc. Not to mention cramping your style transport wise somewhat.

All season tyres are NOT winter tyres.

I may have learnt this from experience ;-)

maria85 - on 08 Jan 2013
In reply to dunnyg:
Oh, and the day-old muffins from Beamers (coffee shop) are excellent, get reduced at 6pm, are $1 and don't freeze anywhere near as solid as a sarnie. :-)
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heavy - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to dunnyg:

Should have done it 30 years ago - get out there and I am sure it will sort itself out - what a place - Marry a local!

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