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Dead Man’s Flats

Dead Man's Flats is a small hamlet located just east of Canmore in the Municipal District of Bighorn No.8.  In terms of Canmore's real estate market, the area has seen an influx of new development recently. This development has provided homeowners with pristine mountain living at the river's bend, sleek modern styling and, perhaps most importantly, the easiest commute to Calgary and the Calgary International Airport.  

Popular real estate developments in Dead Mans Flats include: Copperstone Resort, Pigeon Creek Condos, River's Bend and Skogan Court.

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1 Limestone Valley Rd., Dead Man's Flats, Alberta - $1,379,900

As A Business Owner Are You Tired Of Paying Rent When Your Rent $$ Could Be Flowing Into An Investment For Your Future. This 1.25 Acre Lot Could Offer All Kinds Of Possibilities From Warehousing To Constructing Bareland Condo Units For Rent Or Sal...


#26 101 Rivers Bend Dr, Dead Mans Flats, Alberta - $639,000

Single Family, Condominium/Strata
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,762 SQFT
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There Is Nothing Comparable To This Property At This Price Point In Canmore!enjoy Rocky Mountain Living In This Bright & Spacious 3-bedroom Townhome Featuring A Tastefully Designed Floor Plan, And Mountain Modern Interior.wide Plank Hardwood Floor...


3112-250 2nd Avenue, Dead Man's Flats, Alberta - $425,145

Single Family, Freehold
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,136 SQFT
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One Of The Canadian Rockies Best Kept Secrets, Copperstone Resort. This Cozy 2 Bed Mountain Retreat Is Bright & Tastefully Decorated W/a Modern Rustic Contemporary Feel. Upon Entry, The Main Living Area Features A Fully Equipped Kitchen W/granite,...


#5201 250 2nd Av, Dead Mans Flats, Alberta - $399,900

Single Family, Condominium/Strata
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,064 SQFT
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Great Revenue Generating Opportunity! Bright 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Unit In Copperstone Resort. Located At The Beginning Of Canmore In Dead Man's Flats, This Bright, South West Facing, Quiet, Corner Unit, With Mountain Views From Both Floors Is A Tu...


22-300 2nd Avenue, Dead Man's Flats, Alberta - $324,900

Single Family, Condominium
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 772 SQFT
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These Secluded Condos Don't Often Become Available. The Features Of This Beautiful 2-bedroom Condo Are: Large Deck With A Gas Bbq Outlet, Cozy Corner Gas Fireplace, Secured Separate Storage For Tools And Gear, And Great Mountain Views. This Well M...


#2208 250 2nd Av, Dead Mans Flats, Alberta - $259,900

Single Family, Condominium/Strata
  • 1 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 612 SQFT
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Bright 1 Bedroom Unit In Copperstone Resort Located 5 Mins From Downtown Canmore In Dead Man's Flats. This Is A Turn Key Condo Is Fully Equipped With All Furnishings And Household Items To Be Utilized As Your Personal Mountain Retreat And Generate...


Originally, the hamlet was actually called "Pigeon Mountain Service Centre" and consisted primarily of what is now known as the Husky Service Station and several small hotels.  However, in 1985, the municipality recognized that for decades locals had been referring to the area as "Dead Man's Flats" and voted to change the name in an effort to increase tourism.  While vacationers did not necessarily start flocking to the distinctively named hamlet, in 1992 the first residential apartment complex was constructed. Other dwellings have been added to the area since, and a 2011 census indicated that there were 121 permanent residents in the area. That said, the addition of the River's Bend Development at Skogan Court has more than likely nearly tripled that number.

There are a variety of stories behind the unusual name, but the version most often talked about among locals is that of the 2 trappers caught illegally trapping beaver on the flats of the Bow River, which at the time was part of the National Park.  The 2 men had noticed the warden approaching and knew they did not have time to escape.  Rather than face prosecution they quickly covered themselves in beaver blood and pretended to be dead.  The warden, fooled by their deception, immediately left the area to get help and the men were able to escape with their ill-gotten furs.

The name has received mixed reviews over the years, and in 2014 one of the residents submitted a request to the Municipality of Bighorn to have it changed to something a little more pleasant. While the movement seemed to gain a bit of momentum, Councilors ultimately voted unanimously to keep the name to honour the area's history.

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Last updated February 17th, 2019 at 12:31am MST.