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Banff Bear Bed And Breakfast Suite

A den in the mountains.

Some useful local information and tips are:-

Getting around the area.

Breakfasts

The best places, we think, for breakfast are Touloulou`s and Coyote`s on Caribou Street and Melissa`s on the corner of Caribou and Lynx Streets.

Pubs with decks

The best deck, and views, is probably the Elk and Oarsman, on the 100 block.

Next best is the Rose and Crown, on the 300 block

If you can get a seat, you can watch the world go by on the deck at the Brew Pub, 100 block.

Also the Waldhaus Restaurant has a lovely deck looking out at Mnt Rundle and the golf course. The walk to it takes 20 minutes but takes you along the river and past the Bow Falls (you get there from the falls by following the Banff Springs Access road out of the other end of the car park).

Another hidden gem, at the bottom of Mnt Norquay is the Juniper Hotel - http://thejuniper.com/dining/ - which has great views down the valley.

Night time (or cold / rainy days)

Fun nights can be had at High Rollers bowling alley, on the 100 block.

Thursday night at the Legion is bingo night (it is a young night despite bingo’s pensioner reputation), get there early as it fills up quickly.

On a cold day, or evening, it’s great to lounge around in the hot springs, opening hours and prices can be found at - https://www.hotsprings.ca/

The Lux cinema is on Bear Street - https://luxbanff.com/

For those in need of their yoga fix the Banff Center has drop in classes - https://www.banffcentre.ca/group-fitness-classes

Our favourite restaurants

  • The Keg, on the 100 block, is always good - if a little pricey.
  • The Curry House on the 2nd floor at 225 Banff Ave.
  • Coyotes on Caribou Street
  • The Irish Pub on Wolf Street
  • Tommys Neighbourhood Pub at 120 Banff Ave. is very much a locals haunt, with pricing to match.
  • ToGo provide a service bringing the food from a restaurant of your choice to the door https://togocanada.ca/restaurants/?location=banff

Barbeques

We don’t allow barbeques on the deck but if you want so sit around a firepit, and toast marshmallows, Parks Canada provide firepits and wood at the Cascade Pits.

Out in the car

There is a guided driving tour of the area. You can buy and download the app to your phone, to avoid data usage - http://gypsyguide.com/

Hiking

Banff is, generally, very dry, and is at at a high altitude, which causes people to get dehydrated quickly. Drink plenty of fluids. Try easier hikes first. If you think you are fairly fit and want to hike the mountains then try Tunnel Mountain first (behind the house 1.5 - 2hrs round trip).

Carry bear spray (available from the sports equipment stores, the Town Hall and Home Hardware on Bear Street, funnily enough). Hopefully you won’t need it but, like insurance, it is sensible to have it.

Visiting Lake Louise in the summer

Plan to arrive by 10am - or after 3pm. It is a very popular destination and after 10am there is a high chance that there will be nowhere to park. We strongly advise that you follow our advice to be found at http://banffbear.ca/banffbearbedandbreakfast.html?usefulinfo=1#moreusefullinks – its so much less stressful.

Otherwise if you book lunch, or dinner, at a Chateau restaurant you can usually park for free in the hotel parking.

Weather and what to wear in the summer

When it is hot here it is very hot, but in the evenings it can cool right off and the temperature, even in the summer, is often around zero first thing in the morning. When it rains, which is mostly June, it is usually a downpour. So the best advice for clothing is to bring mostly summer clothing but definitely also something to layer with as the cold snaps are cold.

Being at a high altitude you can burn quickly if you don’t wear sun cream.

Bring mosquito repellant and after bite cream if you don’t!.

Fishing

Banff National Park encompasses over 2,500 square miles in the Canadian Rockies, and includes dozens of lakes, streams and rivers formed by its large glaciers. The waters are well-stocked with fish and fly fishing takes place year-round, though summer constitutes the height of the fly fishing season. For information on permits, tours and rules of the park go to our fishing in Banff National Park page

For 2020 the below information is not correct, due to Covid-19. It has been retained for the benefit of guests looking at 2021. The situation is fluid and we will give current information upon request.

Each year Lake Louise and Moraine Lake become more popular. As a consequence when the car park becomes full (sometimes at dawn) the access road is closed by Parks Canada. This means that there are limited options to see some of the most iconic views of the Rockies. There are six options open to visitors.

  • The first is just to risk driving to the access road to see if you will be permitted to drive up. This can be immensely frustrating if you wait on the road for a long time only to get to the car park and be turned away.
  • Another option is to take the Roam Transit from Banff - the downside is that this is a first come first served transit system, meaning that you are not guaranteed availability there or back.
  • Starting in the summer of 2020 Parks Canada will be running a local shuttle up the access road on a much more frequent basis. Reservations for seats on the Parks Canada shuttles to Lake Louise lake shore and Moraine Lake shuttles will be required for the entire operating season of mid-May to mid-October. All reservations will originate at the Park and Ride, located 6 km east of Lake Louise Village. Shuttles will go to either Lake Louise or Moraine Lake, based on the primary selected reservation. The Lake Connector will take visitors with a reservation between Lake Louise lake shore and Moraine Lake, if desired, at no additional cost. The Park and Ride connector will loop visitors between Lake Louise Village, the Lake Louise Campground, and the Park and Ride. IMPORTANT. A reservation will be required to board. For more information visit Parks Canada Shuttle
  • There is a service called the HopOnBanff. It goes up and down the Bow Valley Parkway stopping at Johnston Canyon,Lake Louise gondola, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Oh and it`s a great chance to see wildlife. Hosts are on board at all times to help you with the best schedule to fit your needs and give information on the stops. You are always guaranteed a seat (so long as you have booked for that date). There are limited seats so we recommend you book in advance - there is a 24hr cancellation policy in case your plans change. Please note that due to it`s flexibilty you should book in advance of your visit. We highly recommend it for a stress free visit.
  • In addition at the Lake Louise Ski Hill, on the opposite side of the valley to Lake Louise itself, there is a summer gondola attraction (https://www.lakelouisegondola.com/ ). This gives the opportunity to see Grizzly bears and there is free car parking and a free shuttles to Lake Louise, but not Moraine Lake, and shuttles to and from Banff (https://www.lakelouisegondola.com/plenty-of-free-parking-lake-louise.php ).
  • Of course you could always take a taxi to the lakes.