December 8, 2022 Mountain Living

The Gift of Giving

By Kate Barker

It’s time for some holiday cheer! One of the most beautiful things about living in the Bow Valley is the community around us. With the rising cost of everything, more and more people are finding it difficult to afford the holidays this year. This season, let’s come together to help those in need.

Santas Anonymous

Serving the communities of Banff and Lake Louise, Santas Anonymous has been helping families in financial need during the holidays since 1984. This year, the organization is focusing on Banff and Lake Louise seniors in need of support. While there is no fundraising event this year, they are still accepting donations online at

Bow Valley Christmas Spirit Campaign

For the residents of the Bow Valley, the Christmas Spirit Campaign spreads joy and collects donations for families in need during the holidays. This year, the organization is providing gift cards instead of toys so applicants can purchase a gift unique for their child. Christmas Spirit supports close to 1500 people in the Bow Valley. Find out how you can donate at

Festival of Trees

In Canmore’s Malcolm Hotel, this community-based holiday celebration has events for the entire family. Explore the hallways decorated with trees and wreaths, join a special event, including Breakfast with Santa or Seniors Christmas Tea, and enjoy the community this season. Funds raised from the Festival of Trees support the Rotary Club of Canmore’s programs and services, which benefit the community and beyond. Visit the Malcolm Hotel to see these wonderful displays.

Community Shelters

The holidays can warm your heart, but it can be a cold time for a lot of people. The Homeless Society of the Bow Valley believes housing is a basic right. They provide community-based solutions to help ensure everyone experiencing homelessness has access to safe accommodation and support. In Banff, the YWCA’s emergency shelter helps women who need a safe space to flee violence. To help, visit or If you need assistance, call the YWCA’s 24-hour crisis line: 403-760-3200.

From all of us at Mountain Real Estate, we wish you the very best this holiday season.

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