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A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn

Canmore, Alberta View map

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A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn is a hotel wedding venue located in Canmore, Alberta. Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, this venue offers a secluded retreat for couples who are celebrating their love and commitment. From rustic ceremony settings to cozy accommodations, this venue serves as a picturesque destination for memorable weddings.

Facilities and Capacity

Located at the base of Lady MacDonald Mountain, this venue boasts indoor and outdoor event spaces to suit celebrations throughout the seasons. Many locations on the property feature views of the famous Three Sisters peaks which provide a romantic backdrop for weddings. Couples can choose to exchange vows in the gazebo with the rugged landscape as their altar. The festivities can continue in the indoor reception hall which can accommodate celebrations of 46 guests for seated dining or 70 for a cocktail reception. The rustic mountain lodge offers an intimate setting for dining, dancing, and mingling throughout the night. Couples who marry at A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn will have the opportunity to spend the night in the hotel’s comfortable and romantic overnight accommodations. Many packages include up to five nights in the newlyweds’ choice of one of the most luxurious rooms. Each room offers unique features like views of the Three Sisters, jacuzzis, or fireplaces. Wedding packages also include enhancements including champagne service, breakfast, nightly turndown, and premium bath products.

Services Offered

A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn offers all-inclusive packages for couples who hold their wedding here. Their events team has created packages for both traditional wedding festivities as well as elopements. Services range from catering to floral decor and photography. Both basic and comprehensive packages include tastings so the happy couple can customize their dining service. Also included for every wedding here are the services of a marriage commissioner to finalize the details of the ceremony. Soon-to-be newlyweds can personalize their service with added enhancements including skiing and snowboarding trips or helicopter tours and sleigh rides.

Highlights

Type

Hotel, inn/B&B, restaurant

Style

Classic, country, eclectic, rustic, vintage

Event Services

Accommodations, bridal suite, cake, catering / bar, clean up, event planning, event rentals, liability insurance, lighting / sound, outside vendors, set up

Plated Service (per head)

$70

More information

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower
Engagement party
Rehearsal dinner

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail reception
Dessert
Family style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash bar
Champagne toast
House beer
House wine
House liquor
Liquor license
Open bar
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Specialty beer
Specialty wine

What event items are available?

Aisle markers
Altar/arches
Audio equipment
Dance floor
Decor
Furniture
Chairs
Tables
Tents

What food and beverage items are available?

China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair access

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set up
Clean up
Event planning
Chairs
Tables
Linens
China
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/sound
Parking
Bridal suite

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$35

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$60

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?

$15

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake cutting
Server(s)

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Limited bar
Open bar
House beer
Specialty beer
House wine
Specialty wine
Champagne toast
House liquor
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Bartenders
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    Chloe M. Married on 18/06/2022
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    Best wedding venue in Canmore

    My husband and I HIGHLY recommend A Bear & Bison Country Inn if you plan on having a Canmore wedding.

    We started our wedding planning in September 2020 and as you can imagine we had to postpone our event 3 times, in part due to the pandemic and in part due to life related events. Lonny and team were very accommodating to our multiple date changes and were amazing to work with.

    I am not a planner, so I really appreciated the hands off approach for planning that was offered by going with Lonny and Eugenie. They answered all of my questions in a timely manner (read no unreasonable bride stress) and were amazing to work with in planning and executing the event. I do not know where I range on the scale of crazy brides but I really appreciated that they never made me feel like an insane person. They also have a list of service providers in and around Canmore that help to make planning the event seamless.

    The weekend of our wedding feels like a dream, everything and everyone involved made it perfect. The food was amazing. You will read a ton of reviews that describe the food as being unforgettable, and that is the truth. In addition to delicious food, they are so accommodating to allergies and food preferences. The services provided by Eugenie and Brooke in terms of making our day / weekend flawless were so appreciated. We had the best bartenders (Cat and Marianne) who even had to bounce a wedding crasher, and did so in a very professional and respectful manner. And then we had our superstar waiter, Riley, who was extremely helpful in getting us through some pretty hungover breakfasts.

    We have nothing but good things to say about this experience and would not change a single thing. All of our guests were so impressed with this venue, we have heard nothing but compliments on how lovely this wedding turned out and in our humble opinion none of it would have been nearly as good without the team at A Bear & Bison Country Inn.
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    Amanda P. Married on 23/04/2022
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    So smooth and easy

    We had an amazing experience having our wedding at the Bear and Bison Inn! Everyone there was so kind and helpful, and it turned out to be really great for us and the cozy style of wedding we were looking for! Highly recommended!

    A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn's reply:

    Thank you for all these kind words Amanda!
    I love the "cozy style wedding". She tried to remove some weight from your shoulders!
    We wish all the best for you and Luca.
    Eugenie, Lonny and all the team
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    Matthew H. Married on 09/04/2022
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    Perfect Venue for Intimate wedding

    A Bear and Bison hosted our wedding in April 2022 for 50 guests and we couldn't be happier with how the day turned out. Eugenie and Lonny were there with us every step of the way and took many of the planning details off our shoulders. Our guests raved about the Tapas dinner and Lonnys famous breakfast served throughout the weekend. We would highly recommend A Bear and Bison Inn if you are looking for a intimate mountain wedding atmosphere.
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    Shannon H. Married on 12/03/2022
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    The perfect wedding weekend!!

    We were married on March 12, 2022 at A Bear & Bison Inn in Canmore. From visiting the venue in December 2021 to checking out of the Inn after the wedding, Lonny, Eugenie and Genevieve made it as seamless as possible. We had a short engagement, and many people thought we were crazy for planning everything so quickly, but Lonny and his team made it all so easy! Everyone was absolutely wonderful and helpful to plan our weekend with. We basically showed up with a few boxes of decorations, they took it all and made it into the most incredible weekend and day for us and our families. The food was absolutely incredible, and given that the bride is celiac, it was a whole gluten free weekend - and no one could even tell!! Everyone made comments afterwards that they couldn’t believe it was gluten free! Covid made for many last minute changes, but the B&B team were able to roll with all the changes and make the wedding day complete perfection for us. We cannot thank Lonny, Eugenie, Genevieve, and all of the Inn staff enough for all that they did for us! We can’t wait to come back for anniversaries to come!!

    A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn's reply:

    Shannon and Bryan!
    Thank you for all these kind words and for sharing your experience with us!
    So glad you enjoyed all these things, it was a real pleasure to work for/with you. :)
    Thank you for trusting us with your most important day!
    Hope to see you again.
    Eugenie and Lonny
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    Michelle B. Married on 22/02/2022
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    Wonderful Wedding Weekend

    We had our wedding weekend at A Bear and Bison Inn. We had 26 people and the venue was perfect for our intimate wedding. From the initial meeting to the big day, everything was professional and organized for us. I booked this location because the venue was absolutely beautiful, but mostly because of the initial meeting I had with Lonny (owner & chef). He was so wonderful to work with and ensured everything was organized exactly as we had planned. The use of the wedding itinerary they provided made for very easy planning on my part and allowed me to relax knowing everything was taken care of. Eugenie provided excellent service and information leading up to the wedding and helped to answer all of my questions about the big day. The service provided by Brook was phenomenal. She was there for anything my family and I needed throughout the weekend and made sure we were all on track for the ceremony. Riley did a fantastic job ensuring things were set up for breakfasts, dinners, and overall coordination of the wedding. Kat provided great service and kept all the guests happy with drinks throughout the weekend. I could not have asked for a better venue and better service for my wedding. If you are contemplating booking a wedding here, don't hesitate!

    A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn's reply:

    Loved "The service provided by Brook was phenomenal."
    Brook has now been promoted to wedding hostess!
    Thank you for sharing your experience!
    Lonny, Eugenie and Brooke
  • Katelyn
    Katelyn C. Married on 12/02/2022
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    Absolutely Amazing!!

    We just had our wedding here this past weekend, leading up to the wedding Lonny and Eugene were fantastic to deal with and once we arrived they were even better! The breakfast was phenomenal, even the picnic lunch which was nothing fancy but still was way more than I was expecting, it was huge and fantastic. They were so helpful every step of the way, we rented out the entire inn for our guests and not one of them had a negative thing to say. The rooms were beautiful, the grounds were beautiful. They set everything up and took it down, co-ordinated our first dance songs and procession songs. At one point before the ceremony my necklace got tangled and their staff found pins to untangle it, they seriously went above and beyond in every way possible. The dinner was great as well. We will 100% be returning to the inn! Our guests all raved about the amazing 3-ply toilet paper as well, it seemed to be a big hit lol!

    A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn's reply:

    Hi Katelyn & Christopher,
    Thank you for your kind word and for taking the time to share your experience.
    We are so glad you enjoyed your wedding with us!
    Thanks again for trusting us with such an important day.
    Looking forward for your first anniversary!
    Best wishes,
    Eugenie and Lonny
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    Trish W. Married on 26/01/2022
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    Best Wedding Venue!!

    My husband and I got married at A Bear and Bison Inn on January 26, 2022. It was literally the best day ever! Lonny and Eugenie we so easy and accommodating throughout the entire process. We'd email with questions and we'd get a response almost always the same day! We weren't able to get to the Inn before the wedding as we're from Saskatchewan, so we had a Facetime call with Eugenie and she gave us a tour and answered all our questions! Their itinerary planning leaves no room for error, everything is planned and executed perfectly. They know what needs to be done and when and they make it happen :) They also make great suggestions if you need a little guidance.
    The Inn itself is picture perfect with beautiful mountain views and the rooms were clean, quaint and comfy as heck! It was our home away from home for 3 nights. The breakfasts were unbelievable, tasty and elegant! And the reception meal (tapas style) was so good. Our guests still rave about the food!! The service we received from all the staff was exceptional! Super friendly. They seemed to have just as much fun as we did, some even joined us on the dancefloor which was super cool. We loved the little coffee/hot chocolate and cookie bar before the ceremony.
    Checking out was a breeze! Lonny had a simple spreadsheet breaking down all the costs so we knew exactly what we were paying for!
    I can't say enough good things about A Bear and Bison Inn. They are great at what they do - trust the experts! They truly made our dream day come to lite.

    A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn's reply:

    Such an amazing group!
    We are so happy how your photo's turned out as well!
    Congratulations on such a great event!
    Lonny and team!!
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    Emiliya P. Married on 22/12/2021
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    The Most Magical Place on Earth

    My husband Curtis and I got married at the Bear and Bison Inn on 12.22.21. It was the most magical experience! We chose the Fire and Ice Soiree for our elopement package. It was the best decision we could have made! We drove up to this charming inn and just sat in our car and looked at it for a while. It's GORGEOUS. Coming inside we felt the same way! It was decorated top to bottom for the holidays. The couches had blankets and pillows for snuggling and relaxing. The views were gorgeous! AND THEIR TREE!
    We were greeted by Eugenie as soon as we walked in and she had proven herself to be the kindest, funniest, smartest person. She took care of EVERYTHING for us. She even brought a hot glue gun from home so we could fix up a funny "Groom" pin we bought that broke. Lonny met with us next to go over our menu. This is the nicest, warmest man you'll ever meet. He was funny, charming, so kind, and helped us plan a beautiful 7 course dinner to impress our family after our wedding.
    The complimentary breakfasts were amazing. A MA ZING.
    The wedding itself was extraordinary. Lonny and Eugenie had everything handled. I turn around and my flowers arrived, the hair and makeup artist came in with enough time to do my mother in law and sister in law (even though it wasn't in the schedule), the photographer was so talented and amazing, the food was probably the best thing we've ever had, the music for walking down the aisle and the first dance and the first look were taken care of. Every detail I couldn't have thought of - Eugenie and Lonny were there, making sure it was perfect.
    We missed our Hot Cocoa Bar because we were late for the ceremony after photos, and for dessert the staff brought out the hot cocoa for us!
    The Jacuzzi with the Soapworks Soap and Spa products were a delight! We lounged in there watching Big Bang Theory every night.
    There was one night where we had the Inn all to ourselves. We snuck into the hot tub outside with our champagne and looked out into the Christmas lights and the mountains and watched the sunset.

    We are so glad we got married here. This is where we will be returning for our anniversaries for years to come. As long as Lonny and Eugenie will have us. :)

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for creating the most magical place on earth.

    Curtis and Emiliya Picard

    A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn's reply:

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us!
    So glad you enjoyed your wedding celebration with us!
    Thank you for trusting us with your most important day!
    Hope to see you on your anniversary!
    Eugenie
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    Robyn S. Married on 30/11/2021
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    A truly remarkable experience

    My partner and I just got married here with the Grand Soiree Package and it was unreal to say the least. We arrived and every detail was taken care of. It really allowed us to enjoy our time together without stress. Every morning we got a delicious 3- course breakfast and spent most of our days checking out Canmore and relaxing in the amazing hot tub. The wedding was beautiful and we are so grateful for everyone that contributed to it. It was a magical day and everything was perfect. AND then the dinner was OUT OF THIS WORLD. The chef even made us a donut cake!!! All of which adhered to our dietary needs. I felt super relaxed the whole time and would recommend this to everyone. We will be back.

    A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn's reply:

    Loved this "AND then the dinner was OUT OF THIS WORLD. The chef even made us a donut cake!!!"
    thank you for taking the time to write such as nice comment!
    Your group was so much fun!
    Congratulations on the best night ever!
    Eugenie and Lonny
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    Terry V. Married on 17/11/2021
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    Exactly what we were hoping it would be

    Lovely, intimate, warm and comforting place for our wedding. The staff (Eugenie, in particular) was so helpful and assuring and made the day even more joyful. The food was just excellent and the details and little extras made it so memorable.

    A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn's reply:

    Thank you both,
    It was such a beautiful day and I love your photo's
    Thank you so much for your kind words!
    Eugenie!

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A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn Real Weddings

  • Corinne & Allan
    35 Photos · 19/Mar/2022
  • Katelyn & Chris
    64 Photos · 12/Feb/2022
  • Katelyn & Chris
    33 Photos · 12/Feb/2022
  • Trish & Marc
    18 Photos · 26/Jan/2022
  • Robyn & Kyle
    17 Photos · 30/Nov/2021
  • Silver Service Menu 1 - Tapas Cocktail Party
  • Silver Service Menu 2 - International Food Tapas Party
  • Silver Service Menu 3 - Tapas Style BBQ Dinner
  • Silver Service Menu - Chef Notes
  • Seated Dinner Menu
  • Seated Dinner Menu - Chef Notes
  • Casual - Gourmet Pizza Party
  • Casual - Barbecue Dinner
  • Casual - Gourmet Hot Sandwiches
  • Casual - Mexican Fun Night
  • Casual - Indian Curry Dinner Party
  • Casual - Mediterranean Night
  • Casual - Chef Notes
  • Snack Menus
  • Wine and Beverage Menu

Meet the Team

Lonny  Middleton
Lonny Middleton
Owner and Chef

Lonny built A Bear and Bison Inn in 2002 with his father. He has remained passionate and hands on through out the 18 years of buisness. Lonny writes the menus and continues to uphold the high stardard of cooking he has done throughout his career.

Learn more about Lonny's culinary story on our website.

https://abearandbisoninn.com/meet-the-owner-chef-lonny-middleton/

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