My recent long weekend trip to Jasper was nothing short of breath taking. We were completely surrounded by majestic white peaks, pine trees and a cute village to explore. After long days of hiking and exploring it was so wonderful to be able to relax at The Sleepy Bear Inn. I would definitely recommend staying and snoozing at the Sleepy Bear Inn if you’re planning on visiting Jasper, especially if you are going with a small group of people or a family.
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I am honestly not a big spender when it comes to traveling. I’d rather put my money to future travels or activities and I often end up sacrificing comfort in the rooms that I book. This is why I was so excited when I arrived at The Sleepy Bear Inn. Not only were the prices affordable, but it was honestly one of the best places I’ve ever stayed. If I could describe The Sleepy Bear Inn in one word it would have to be charming. Yet it was so much more than that. Not only was the place itself amazing, but the owners are super friendly and available to answer any questions as well.
Although we arrived pretty late after a snowy drive, Ryan was happy to meet us at the door and let us in to our room. The owners of the Sleepy Bear Inn, Ryan and Geraldine, live upstairs and have essentially converted their basement suite into a beautiful two bedroom inn. It’s kind of like an Air BnB and has a charming cabin like feel.
I was so in love with the wooden walls and the little library!
Everything at the Sleepy Bear Inn is brand new. The owners renovated everything just over a year ago when they started the Inn. Beautiful stained wood paneling lines the walls of the living room and kitchen. There are also some beautiful mountain paintings and potted plants that add a bright yet rustic mountain feel to the place. Built right into one of the living room walls you will even find a tiny library. The little library is fully stocked with novels and tour guide pamphlets about Jasper.
The kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, sink, dishes, cutlery and more. There are mini fridges located in each bedroom. While there is no oven or stove you can still cook up a snack or light meal instead of eating out to help save some money. The decor of the living room and kitchen is warm, cozy and inviting. The living room and kitchen are just steps outside the two available rooms at the inn and are beautiful shared spaces.
There are two rooms at the Sleepy Bear Inn. One has two double beds and the other has one. Each room has its own private bathroom, mini fridge, coffee machine and huge flat screen tv. Seriously though, the tv was massive!
One thing I really loved about our room was the decor. I loved the mountain feel that the elk painting above the bed added to the space. I also enjoyed the wooden side tables, drawers and bed frame next to the beige and burgundy accents of the quilt and pillows. Speaking of the bed, I don’t think I’ve ever slept so well while traveling. The bed was so comfortable! After hiking all day that bed quickly became one of my best friends.
Both rooms also come with full private bathrooms. I definitely enjoyed a nice hot bath after hiking in Maligne Canyon.
The Sleepy Bear Inn is in the best possible location. Not only is it located in a cute and quiet residential area, but it’s also just a ten minute walk from the main town. It’s really the perfect mix of quiet and convenient.
The Sleepy Bear Inn has something for everyone wanting to visit Jasper. It’s great for singles and couples but also amazing for groups of friends and family. The two bedrooms are directly across from each other so it’s definitely perfect for groups and family trips, although we found it lovely as a couple as well.
Low season in Jasper runs from November until March. If you want to visit Jasper during this time then you can enjoy discounted rates at the Inn. Originally it costs about $150 per night but they have lowered it to $90 for the low season (excluding holidays). Plus if you want to book for more than five days then Ryan and Geraldine may also give you a discount as well.
There are lots of exciting future plans for The Sleepy Bear Inn. The owners are hoping to do some more renovations on the exterior of the house and some landscaping this coming spring so be sure to check it out!
April is the founder and main author for Just Leaving Footprints. She has written for numerous blogs and publications such as Explore Magazine and Snow Pak. April loves writing about sustainable tourism, and promoting other sustainable travelers on her Facebook Group and Instagram Community, Ladies for Sustainable Travel. Currently, April is living and teaching English in Mexico City with her husband Arturo and they don’t plan on stopping their travels anytime soon.
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