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A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn
Ranked #2 of 31 Canmore B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Alberta
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12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed June 23, 2007

We were married at the Bear & Bison earlier this month and I must say that they totally exceeded our expectations, which were fairly high to begin with from a previous stay at the Inn...

Everything was perfect for three nights. We rented the entire inn and ate most of our meals there. The service was great, the food outstanding. Not once in over a year of planning did I have any doubts about our choice of venue.

We highly recommend this inn for a weekend away or to get married. You will not be disappointed!

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — It was all great!
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled on business
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Lacombe, AB
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2007

My wife and I got married last April at the Bear and Bison Inn. It was simply perfect thanks to Lonny and his staff. The setting of the Inn is very romantic with one of the most gorgeous views out of the main lobby and dining area. Our friends and family took over the entire Inn for the weekend and everyone is still talking about it a year later. There are so many things to talk about that we liked but the one that stands out the most is the FOOD. Oh the FOOD! We let Lonny run with his own menu so he could pick fresh, in-season ingredients and wow did it pay off. We did the cocktail-style dinner on his recommendation and it worked extrememly well with our main goal of having our friends and two families really get to know each other.

If you are thinking about getting married in Canmore and are having a smallish wedding (20-50 people)...the Bear and Bison Inn is a no-brainer. Call now and book it. It is worth the money.

  • Stayed April 2006, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank flax_attack
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Calgary, Alberta
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed January 28, 2007

My husband and I chose the Bear and Bison for our wedding on January 9th 2007. Lonny, the owner, was very helpful and spent lots of time giving us all the info we needed, before we made a definitive decision. To make a long store short, everything about our wedding, both ceremony and reception was just perfect! Our overnight guests we very well received, and accomodation in all rooms was above all expectations. Our guests especially appreciated the jacuzzi tubs in every room. Many rooms even had a view of the spectacular mountains directly from the tub! The decor of each room is tastefull and reflects good taste without being overly formal. We were delighted by attention to detail. The Bear and Bison Inn was everything we wanted : an intimate setting, lucious food, relaxed atmosphere, professional but personalized service. We could not have asked for more! We are also pleased at the idea of spending more time at the Bear and Bison for our anniversaries! I would highly recommend the Inn for any kind of function, or just for a nice weekend getaway.

  • Liked — rooms, views, food
  • Disliked — I guess location could be better-either right downtown for convenience, or really out of the way, for privacy.
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled on business
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5 Thank beatnoid
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North Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2006

We recently returned from a six night stay at A Bear & Bison. We were very impressed with everything about our stay. The food was delicious! In addition to a gourmet breakfast, we received a picnic lunch every day. The lunch allowed us to choose one of the many beautiful places in the park for our meal without detracting from our time for touring. The rooms were clean, comfortable, tastefully decorated, and very romantic. The staff was extremely hospitable and quick with advice regarding points of interest and things to avoid. Our stay at A Bear & Bison made our trip to Banff National Park a very special time. We look forward to visiting again in the future!

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  • Stayed August 2006
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6 Thank NCHoneymooners
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Chicago suburbs
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2006

We arrived at the Bear and Bison on a cold rainy day. We had some time to kill before check in and one suggestion Lonny made (via email) was to take a scenic route with a chance to see wildlife. We did not realize that this route would be so far out of the way and the last leg 50 miles on a gravel road. It was overcast and for most of the drive we didn't see so much as a squirrel. BUT, when we were just outside of Canmore we saw a grizzly bear eating berries by the side of the road! We were so excited and it definitely made the drive worthwhile!
The staff is very warm and friendly. The town of Canmore is great and very close to Banff. The inn is lovely. The bed was very comfortable. My husband's only complaint about the room is that there wasn't a shower (just a large jaccuzi tub that had a shower head). The breakfasts were pretty good. The lunches were great!!
We really enjoyed meeting the other guests and made some new friends.
The inn is off a road and the outdoor jaccuzi does not give the best views (it's OK, though). The town is not within walking distance but driving around is so easy.
We would definitely recommend the Bear and Bison!

  • Liked — The room was very clean, comfy bed and large tub!
  • Disliked — Lack of shower in the room
  • Tips/Secrets — enjoy!
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank mominburbs
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Kamloops
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2006

Recently I traveled to Canmore and was once more humbled by the outstanding service and attention to my needs, by Mr. Middleton and his staff.

When he heard that I was traveling with my significant other, he made sure I was checked into the best suite in the Inn where I found a note of welcome and a nice bottle of my favorite wine.

Later that evening, the staff suggested a great Greek Restaraunt where we enjoyed a fantastic dinner.

When we came back to the inn, we found our bed had been turned down and a couple of nice treats on the pillows. Nice touch eh?

We couldn't help ourselves and we indulged in a soak in the Jacuzzi tub in our room complete with the bubbles, candles and wine. I wouldn't say we had TOO much fun, but we did need to wring out the towels afterward!

The king size four poster canopy bed was more than just a pretty cool looking bed. It was REALLY comfortable too. There was a lovely cool breeze through the window and very little noise from traffic on the road outside.

After a wonderful sleep Chef Middleton brought an amazing breakfast to our room. It was better than ANY Honeymoon morning I can ever remember, or imagine.

I'll be back to A Bear & Bison Country Inn in Canmore Alberta.

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4 Thank ohzone
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Birmingham, UK
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2006

Our first two nights in Canada were spent at the Bear & Bison and the reception we received from Lonny, our host, could not have been warmer. We arrived tired and grouchy after 15 hours of travelling, but were instantly relaxed and made to feel at home in the most welcoming of surroundings.

The bedroom was elegant and clean. The bed was extremely comfortable. The shower was invigorating.

Breakfasts were a real treat and set us up for a good day walking.

We would recommend this lodge to anyone looking for a warm and comfortable stay on the edge of Banff National Park. We will definitely be returning.

  • Liked — Welcome, Cleanliness, Bed, Breakfast
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank RJ06
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Additional Information about A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn

Property: A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn
Address: 705 Benchlands Trail, Canmore, Alberta T1W 3G9, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Kananaskis Country > Canmore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Canmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by mountains this Bed & Breakfast style Inn is owner operated since 2002 by professional chef Lonny. All guest rooms have been designed for your comfort. 4 poster beds and jacuzzi tubs with views of the rocky mountains from either your balcony or patio. The Inn serves a 3 course breakfast with its B&B rates, you will not want to miss the food. Specialising in small group weddings (2 to 60 persons), the Inn has won awards for service and hospitality and local landscaping. Set below Lady Macdonald mountain in Canmore Alberta you can access hiking trail, mountain biking, cross country and downhill skiing within minutes. ... more   less 
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