"On a cold, dark Bow Valley evening, a car travels down Highway 1 from Calgary to Lake Louise. A son and his elderly father drive home at the end of another day in the city after a day spent with mom at the Foothills Hospital. The drive is 2 two hours, one way, on a good day. Dad is quiet and withdrawn. His wife of 45 years is in her final days. He would like to be with her every minute of her remaining time. But he cannot. The drive back home is the low point of his day, everyday.

Dad isn't able to drive any longer. His son drives him there and back each day. It is an emotional journey for them both. Some days are easier than others but today was difficult."

This story plays itself out in various ways over and over again for residents of the Bow Valley.

But the Close to Home Campaign for  The Bow Valley Hospice aims to change this and bring residential hospice care, and day program support, to our community.

Hospice Overall Site
Conceptual Design Only
Conceptual Design Only


The Bow Valley Hospice "Close to Home Campaign" is focused on a few key points.

  1. The hospice is “close to home” geographically located in our Bow Valley community so that patients and family can remain close to one another and the community.
  2. The design and build of the hospice is non-institutional and provides a more ‘home-like’ environment for patients and families to find solace and support.

Please consider making a donation at a level that is a comfortable stretch for you. Here are the ways you can make a donation:

  • Online at and click on the “Donate” button.
  • Send a cheque to: Palliative Care Society of the Bow Valley, PO Box 40113, Canmore, AB T1W 3H9


At the Palliative Care Society of the Bow Valley (PCSBV) our goal is to build a Bow Valley Hospice which will include a full spectrum of palliative care supports and programs to provide the best quality of life for terminally ill patients and their families who are facing end of life issues.

Hospice Palliative Care:

  • Aims to relieve suffering, while improving the quality of living and dying,
  • Helps people who are terminally ill live out their remaining time in comfort and dignity,
  • Is helpful not only when a person is approaching death but also at earlier stages of an illness,
  • Helps families meet the challenges they face when a loved one's illness cannot be cured.

Our services will include delivery of loss and grief programs, providing direction and support to individuals and families, palliative care education through workshops and presentations, as well as end of life care in six hospice beds and two respite care beds.

As with any project of this scope, there is a need for private financial support.


This past year we expanded our organization, hired staff and made significant progress towards our goal. We are working towards finalizing the details of the land acquisition and will be launching a capital campaign within the next few months to fund our much-needed facility.

I am pleased to let you know during the past year we raised a total of $250,000 through events and generous donations. We were also successful in delivering a “Speaker Series” that provided insights and education to participants via virtual presentations during this unprecedented time of COVID.

Thank you to our donors, members and attendees for your support.