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Mountain Living for Seniors

Jan. 23, 2016
By Glenn Miles

Image credit: Origin at Spring Creek

Image credit: Origin at Spring Creek

A seniors’ residence is not my first thought when I visit the mountains, but after a tour of Canmore’s new Origin at Spring Creek, it definitely makes the list. It brought to mind active, independent parents who would benefit from the vibrant culture ever present in this place—and myself when I’m over 65. Senior visitors who are looking to live in a beautiful setting will be intrigued by how accessible Origin at Spring Creek is.

I attended the residence’s grand opening in November and enjoyed Mayor John Borrowman’s comments about how this facility fills a void in the community. Now, lifelong Canmore residents and people dreaming of a home in the mountains have a place to spend their sunset years.


Frank Kernick (above, left, with Neil Prashad of Origin Active Lifestyle Communities), is a born and raised Canmorite and developer of Spring Creek Mountain Village (former Kernick family dairy farm). Kernick embraces the active lifestyle residence concept; he and his team developed the site in a truly ‘Canmore’ way.

Standards are high, from the finishes to the programs, construction is solid and a starting price of $2,900 per month for a studio with three meals a day and access to all other amenities make it very accessible compared to other facilities I’ve toured. (As noted, I’ve been looking for my parents). Origin at Spring Creek is a caring, fulfilling residence.


Full service Harvest Dining Room (above) with open kitchen provides nutritious, tasty food made from scratch. Regular coffee breaks at the coffee shop next door complement the three daily meals in the dining room. A 12-seat private dining room is an intimate place to entertain family and friends.


Across the hall the Original Expressions room (above) has a kitchen where residents can cook their own meals and bring guests in for dinner. Chef presentations, cooking classes and knitting groups are also offered in this multi-purpose arts and crafts room. Mineshaft Tavern is next door for pub food, pool, sports TVs and social drinks; happy hour is 4 to 5 pm.


For those new to tech, a computer room has hardware and instruction on operating the devices. Residents can learn about storing and viewing photos, communicating over FaceTime with others, managing email, word processing and surfing the net—all helpful for brain fitness.

Physical fitness is prominent, too, with workout rooms and a saltwater pool for Aqua-Fit. Regular cardio, strength and balance programs including dance, yoga, Tai Chi, weights and seated fitness machines keep participants moving. Certified fitness instructors run the programs.


Evergreen Salon & Spa features a beauty salon with pedicures, manicures and other esthetic services as well as therapeutic massage. All are helpful to enhance health and well being.

Group outings, shuttle services and trips are offered. Raised flower beds are available for residents to adopt. There is an outdoor patio and barbecue area, and Canmore’s Main Street is an easy, flat walk.


Morning Star House is Origin at Spring Creek’s area for residents requiring extra attention, and has capacity for 12 private care suites with 24-hour care by qualified, professional staff. Morning Star members are encouraged to participate in all facility programs.

Frank and his team have done an excellent job building this attractive, respectful and needed facility in Canmore. It’s well positioned for the wave of baby boomers arriving at this stage of their lives.

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