We decided to stay in Canmore rather than the more popular and more expensive, crowded Banff. We chose Canadian Artisans because of its reviews and the fact that it stood out as being more unique than other accommodation in the area. We were not disappointed. As we drew up outside an excited Val, the owner, pointed to a pine marten in a tree by the house. Val is a lovely, friendly person who does her best to make you feel welcome in an unobtrusive way. Each day throughout our 4 night stay she enquired as we were leaving or returning how things were, was everything ok, could she offer any assistance etc. She made useful suggestions about places to visit etc. All in all a great hostess.
We opted not to have breakfast, preferring instead to self cater. The mini kitchen area was sufficient for our needs.
The room itself was really lovely - we chose the larger upstairs room and loved it. The architecture was superb. There were lots of little quirky details which added greatly to its character. The enormous built bed was seriously comfortable - very important after a long haul flight! The shower was, as stated by many others, wonderful.
The house is right by the woods and only a short walk to the river. We saw an Elk in the woods and there was evidence of bears - but didn't see any. It also wasn't far to walk into town but we always took the car.
We found the house very well located and travelled around visiting Banff, Lake Louise and Kananaskis (on Val's recommendation). The scenery was superb and the wildlife sightings were the most varied in our 24 day trip to Canada - beaver, elk, several grizzlies, black bears, moose, wild sheep and goats, 3 other types of deer and a number of birds of prey. A definite place to go if you want to see wildlife - binoculars essential!!
The Canmore tourist information staff were brilliantly helpful, local shops pleasant and varied. There was an excellent quilt shop in Canmore for the handicrafters. Far nicer and more pleasant than Banff which was very busy even though we were there very early summer. I can imagine it would be seriously crowded in high season and really difficult to park. I can definitely recommend this bed and breakfast as being amongst the prettiest places we've stayed in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Uniquely designed and handcrafted by your hosts, each room is a 400 sq. ft. romantic sanctuary. There is natural light from 8 full length windows, private entrance, bar fridge and other amenities. The Treehouse suite boasts a double wet steam shower and king bed, while the Foresthouse offers a double whirlpool tub and queen bed. Complete with stained glass and hidden dragons, we are located on a quiet forested trail surprisingly close to downtown. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Canadian Artisans Bed & Breakfast Canmore, Alberta