A Love Letter to Canmore

Nice to meet you, Canmore. Wanna be together forever?

I was recently invited to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Unbeknownst to the guests, it was also a surprise engagement announcement.

Everyone was thrilled, guests and lovebirds included. The happy couple has only known one another a few months, but it”’s clear, they are most definitely, undeniably, inexplicably, head-over-heels in love.

How do you know when you’”ve met The One?

Photo courtesy Chloe Steepe.

As I celebrate my one-year anniversary with the little town of Canmore today, it”’s a question that has been at the front of my mind.

I left the cheery birthday love fest with a smile on my face, but questions in my heart. Can true deep, undying, never-ending love really be conjured in a matter of months? Weeks? Moments? Or is it something that has to simmer on low for years to be the real deal?

Is one year too soon to say “I love you?”

I’’ve struggled with this question for 52 weeks. However, inspired by recent friends’ engagements, weddings and my own nuptials this summer, I’ve decided to celebrate my one-year anniversary with Canmore by telling it how I really feel.

Photo courtesy Chloe Steepe.

A Love Letter to Canmore

Dear Canmore,

I love you. There, I said it first.

We haven’’t been together that long. In some ways it feels like we’ve just met. In others, it feels as though we’’ve been together forever.

Since the first day I saw you I have been impressed by your fine looks and massive mountains. From the moment you wake up in the morning until the moment the sun sets, you are stunning.

On any given day you are bustling with live music, community events, markets, art shows, workshops and athletic events. Yet at the start and end of everyday you never cease to provide moments of reflection and calm as colours – sometimes pastel, sometimes vivid – wash over your landscape and fill your skies. With so much on your plate, how do you find the time?

You’’re so active, outgoing, fit and health-conscious. You bring out the best in me. On days when I am feeling low on energy, you convince me to head out and explore. When I’m feeling down, one look outside humbles me and reminds me that my problems are mere specks in a much greater world.

You’re not perfect, Canmore. You have your flaws. Your expensive taste in real estate is a major long-term problem if we plan to stay together. Your fall colours aren’’t quite as impressive as Ontario’’s were. You don’’t compost and I hate to bring it up, but there is that bunny problem that you just can’’t seem to shake.

Photo courtesy Chloe Steepe.

I’’ve accepted your flaws and am willing to compromise. Besides, our relationship goes beyond the two of us. I love your friends, too.

Since we’ve been together I have met some of the most incredible people. You seem to be a magnet for interesting, outgoing, and inspiring folks who go after their dreams, believe they can change the world and live life large.

You inspire me get outside regardless of the weather, to get involved in my new community and to expand my horizons.

I know we’ve only known each other a year, but I think you could be The One. The best part is, I feel like we’re just getting started. There is still so much we have to learn about one another, so many places yet to be explored.



Chloe Vance

Chloe Vance

Chloe’s family is confused as to how a little girl from Toronto developed such a passion for the wilderness. Wanderlust has led her to guide expeditions in the far North, circumnavigate New Zealand by bicycle, and found an organization that provides outdoor education. In 2010, Chloe and her husband Rob moved to Canmore, a natural place to grow some roots. Inspired by her new backyard and all the interesting people in it, she delved into writing, story telling and getting to know her neighbours (among an ever-evolving list of other projects).

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  1. My friend showed me this post and we both (because of the hefty real estate!) have moved to and from Canmore but always have trouble articulating the sweet vibe in the town to others! Thank-you for writing what we couldn’t find words for!