A BEAR & BISON INN
CANMORE, ALBERTA CANADA
Located less than five minutes from downtown Canmore, this custom owner-built Mountain Inn features bed & breakfast style hospitality, luxurious king beds and views of the Three Sisters Mountains from every room! It made for a great basecamp during a recent Avalanche Skills course I hosted in the mountains with Eddie Bauer! We enjoyed a three course breakfast each morning and refreshing après ski beers in cosy chairs around our in-room fireplace!
Located 1 hour from Calgary, 3.5 hours from Edmonton, and 7 hours from Spokane .
Summer/Autumn - An easy peasy lemon squeezy of a drive.
Winter / Spring - During winter, a vehicle with good snow tires is recommended for travel into and within Canmore.
All ten rooms at the Inn have a cosy cabin vibe thanks to rich wood furnishings and antique snowshoes or skis on the walls! Each room is equipped with a lovely king sized bed (and plenty of pillows), rundle rock fireplace, private patio/deck, an in-room jacuzzi or oversized six-foot double soaker tub, and luxurious rain shower.
IN ROOM DINING
Your morning starts with a delicious french press coffee service followed by a 3-course breakfast, all delivered contactless to right outside your door! My favourite breakfast during my stay included a warm dark chocolate blueberry scone, strawberry rhubarb compote with homemade granola over yogurt, and eggs benny with oyster mushrooms!
MAIN SPACE / LOFT AREA
The B&B team recently brightened the walls and updated some furnishings within the main room of the Inn. This space is pretty quiet these days during Après Ski hours, but I could visualize future guests using it to cosy up and enjoy a cocktail after a day outside.
There is also a small lofted space looking down over the main room. From a baby grand piano, to a basket full of books and games, this spot is a perfect nook to hang out in when the main room is full.
Throughout my stay I noticed a number of beautiful acrylic paintings by Canmore artist Pam Roberts. I love the owner's choice to connect not only the art, but also the decor details to the Inn's namesake (be sure to see how many bears and bisons you can find throughout the decor during your stay!).
DETAILS THAT I LOVED
A ritual of mine when I visit a new city or town is to find the local newspaper and read it ear to ear over a cup of coffee. I appreciated that the Bear & Bison had copies of the Rocky Mountain Outlook (Bow Valley Newspaper) placed throughout the Inn for their guests to read.
I absolutely loved the at-your-door contactless breakfast delivery each morning. The owner Lonny, let me know that this style of service is going to be standard moving forward!
The Inn follows the most current COVID-19 policies and has important information listed on their website HERE
Pop some large flake oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds, wheat bran and any nuts you like into a bowl
Pour in a little olive oil, brown sugar, honey + salt
Bake for 10-15 minutes at 325ºF, turning as needed
Great served with milk or plant milk & some fresh fruit
The PERFECT G&T
2oz Wild Life Gin
1oz Wild Life Tonic Syrup
Combine ingredients into an on the rocks glass
Add ice and top with soda
Gently stir to combine ingredients
LOVE THE MUG?
That beautiful striped mug featured in my photos is by Third Wheel Ceramics
You can shop their pieces at:
Project A Canmore
Steeling Home Calgary
Have you ever tried ice climbing? The Junkyards is a fantastic area located just outside of downtown Canmore (near Grassi Lakes) and is a great spot to hit up some beginner friendly ice climbs! If you're keen to get out and give it try, Yamnuska Mountain Adventures offers an awesome 2 Day Beginner Ice Climbing Course, check them out!
This post was written in collaboration with A Bear & Bison Inn and Tourism Canmore Kananaskis
This accommodation is not pet-friendly.