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This bed and breakfast was one of the most comfortable and cleanest we have stayed in. The suite we had was spacious and well appointed. Marie- Joelle was a very kind and informative host and prepared great breakfasts! This B and B is in a quiet neighbourhood and is conveniently located for day trips north and south of Canmore. We recommend this establishment unreservedly.

- Rowland and Kate, from Fenelon Falls Ontario 4 September 2017

We stayed at this B&B for a week and it was withought a doubt the best move we ever made. marie-joelle was the most gracious and informative host we could have hoped for. The breakfast was supperb and the last omellete she made was to die for. My wife said it was the best she ever had. We had a great time and because of her info, we saw a few animals..Grizzly bear, black bear, one moose, mountain sheep, 3 mule deer, 7 white-tail deer. Sadly we never saw an elk lol. If you plan on a Banff vacation, be sure to call her and arrange a booking. great place, great lady...funn to be with, and a phenominal cook

- Phillip & Evelyn Sevigny, from St catharines, Ontario 30 August 2017

We just spent a wonderful weekend in the mountains. Marie Joelle's hospitality made it fabulous with her wonderful healthy breakfasts, advice on activities, restaurants, and comfortable suite. We couldn't have asked for anything more. I would highly recommend staying at the Avens ReNaissance Bed and Breakfast vs. a hotel.

- Judi, from St. Albert 17 February 2015

I started looking late for accommodation in the Banff area for 4 days, so obviously most responders didn't have availability. I was lucky that Marie Joelle responded positively to my inquiry and I booked my stay with her. The room is big and is divided to a living room part and to a bedroom part. There is a closet with drawers that is very convenient to store the clothes and other items. There is another closet that allows the hanging of trousers, coats, shirts, etc'. An extension of their phone is located in the room, so it is possible to make calls. However, it is set not to ring so as not to disturb the guests. The bed was comfortable, though I would have liked softer pillows. The bathroom is large compared to other B&Bs I stayed with. You can park your car in their driveway, a few meters from the room, so it is very comfortable. There is no regular TV in the room, which did not disturb me. However, they have a DVD connected to a TV and a collection of movies that you can play. The WiFi service was fine. I did get some problems with skype. None with regular browsing.

So far I talked about the small details. However, the real treat was the friendliness of Marie Joelle and Daniel, that made me feel really at home. I would also like to mention the good breakfast meals she made for me and for Danielle and for herself.

Another service she gave me (for a fee) was doing my laundry, as I ran out of clean clothes. I was planning to go to a laundromat in town. She saved me time, and it was worth it.

Last, but not least, the price of the room is competitive.

- Doron Zifrony, from Tel Aviv, Israel 19 July 2014

July 17-20, 2009

Thank you for the recipe. When I picked up my daughter, I raved about the breakfasts we had. You are a wonderful cook and hostess. Thank you again.

Thanks for everything.

All the best.

- Doris Ryan, from Edmonton, Canada 21 September 2009

Aug 3, 2009

Thank you for a wonderful long weekend Marie-Joëlle! You have a beautiful house in a very special part of the world. We are lucky to be a part of it for a few days. Extra thanks for being "Vegan-friendly" -delicious food and warm company :-)

Best wishes in the future. We hope to meet again!

- Liz & Lynette, from Ontario, Canada 21 September 2009

Dec 23rd/08

We enjoyed our stay over the Christmas Holidays in your beautiful home. It was a pleasure to have met you & your kindness. Thank you so much for the lovely gift. Hope to see you again some time in our travels.

Thanks again

- Patrick, Peter & Cathy, from Manitoba, Canada 21 September 2009

Sept 18-21, 2008

How lovely to have met you, Marie-Joëlle! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your very comfortable suite; and our weekend was perfect in every way.

Thank you so much.

- Sandy and John, from BC, Canada 21 September 2009

Aug 10 to 23rd, 2008

Thank you so much for welcoming us into your wonderful home & sharing with us your delicious cooking, stunning garden & for showing us the sights of Canmore.

Thanks for your hospitality!

Thanks again

- Amanda, Taffie & Oliver Smith, from Alberta, Canada 21 September 2009

July 26-30, 2008

Chère Marie-Joëlle,

Merci beaucoup! Votre maison, votre ville, le tout sont magnifique! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here; the scenery is simply spectacular and your home felt like home -relaxing, lovely,comfortable.

Thank you for all the helpful information & tasty food!

- Steven, Michelle & Annika, from Ontario, Canada 21 September 2009

July 2-10, 2008

WOW, irises, lily of the valley, bleading hearts & lilacs!!! We loved staying in your beautiful little sanctuary -fragrant flowers in the garden -great breakfasts -wonderful friendly hosts -lots of helpful information about the area -beautiful art work... We're sad to leave.

Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality.

- Sherry & JoAnn, from BC, Canada 21 September 2009

March 15-21, 2008

Thank you so very much for everything! Our breakfasts were wonderful, the company was great and skiing with you spectacular. We hope to see you next year. Love,

- Andrea, Richard, Cooper & Bodie Varesic, from USA 21 September 2009

Dec 23, 2007 to Dec 27, 2007

Dear Marie-Joëlle,

Thank you very much for your hospitality and kindness. We had a wonderful Christmas holiday here and around the mountains. We are glad we met and had interesting chats. Best for you in 2008, Namaste! ~Alejandra

Keep creating and being receptive to the beauty around you. Thank you! ~Sergio

- Alejandra & Sergio, from Mexico 21 September 2009

August 26th 2007

4 belles journées passées à Canmore. Marie-Joëlle nous a aidés à choisir nos randonnées, nous a préparé d'excellents petits déjeûners et a veillè à notre confort avec beaucoup de chaleur et de gentillesse. Une très bonne adresse!

- Bernadette, Eric, Benoit, Anne-Sophie, from Dijon, France 21 September 2009

10-11-12 Août 2007

Chère Marie-Joëlle,

Nous concluons ce magnifique voyage dans l'ouest canadien en célébration de notre 30ième anniversaire de mariage par le meilleur acceuil. Nous te remercions pour ta très chaleureuse hospitalité, pour tes petits déjeûners aussi que pour la qualité de la suite. Rien n'y manque, un décor raffiné et tout ce dont on peut avoir besoin. C'est comme à la maison. Tu es une maîtresse de maison très attentive au comfort de tes hôtes.

Peu-être (c'est un souhait) à une prochaine fois!

- Théo & Nathalie, from Versailles, France 21 September 2009

13 juillet 2007

Chère Marie-Joëlle,

Tu es une hôtesse exceptionnelle, généreuse et spontanée. Ton "côté artiste" transpire et se reflète dans la qualité du gîte que tu offres généreusement aux passants et passantes! Le petit déjeûner fruité et santé est toujours préparé avec soin et accompagné de conversations dont les sujets sont aussi variés que le vécu de chacun...

Merci pour ces quelques jours fort agréables: ont retrouve chez toi de l'intimité, mais aussi le bonheur de communiquer et la chaleur humaine.

À la prochaine

- Robert & Marie-France, from Quebec, Canada 21 September 2009

April 8/07

Happy Easter Marie-Joëlle & Daniel

Thanks for the wax, skiing was fantastic as were the beers on the Patio after. Great respite and enjoyed the comforts of your home and company as always.

- Sharon & Colin Jeffares, from Beaumont, AB, Canada 21 September 2009

Sept 13/06

Snow fall in the mountains, our first day of holidays- a surprise and quiet beauty of nature we will remember. Thanks for our visit. Great seeing you once again.

- Sharon & Colin Jeffares, from Beaumont, AB, Canada 21 September 2009

14-15-16-17 Sept 2005

Chère Marie-Joëlle

Il y a des endroits où l'on se sent si bien que l'on a presque l'impression d'être chez soi. Nous sommes particulièrement heureux d'avoir passer nos derniers jours de ce fabuleux voyage dans cet endroit en charmante compagnie. Nous reprenons l'avion avec de splendides souvenirs auxquels vous êtes inclus.

Cordialement,

- Benjamin, Isabelle (les enfants), from Paris, France 19 September 2009

12 sept-2005

Ce nid douillet et ces bons petits déjeûners ne nous aident vraiment pas à reprendre l'avion aujourd'hui! Merci pour ce comfort et cet acceuil; j'espère que de nombreux voyageurs auront l'occasion de s'arrêter ici.

Si vous êtes tentés par un p'tit tour chez nous, nous serons heureux de vous recevoir.

- Nadège Pranal et Philippe de Andrade, from Beutin, France 19 September 2009

du 8 au 12 août 2005

Merci pour ton hospitalité bienveillante, Marie-Joëlle! Nous avons vraiment adoré ces 3 soirées et 3 petits déjeûners passés dans ta suite, ou plutôt dans le nid douillet que tu as su aménagé et décoré avec talent. Tu as été notre rayon de soleil lors de ces débuts de journées gris et brumeux de fin de séjour! Nous t'en remercions beaucoup.

Bonne chance dans tes occupations actuelles et pour tes projets futurs.

À bientôt si nous revenons dans le coin, ou si tu reviens en France.

- Nathalie Lannutel et Jérémy bouhier, from Bretagne, France 19 September 2009

July 29-31 2005

You saved my life! Thank you for having the spce and dates I needed to accommodate my two students from Mexico and myself! We enjoyed out time spent between Canmore and Banff. It was wonderful to see my parents, son and daughter who came at the last moment from Golden to the Folk Festival.

The room was perfect -quiet and cool during the warm weather! Please look me up when and if you ever come out to Victoria!

Best wishes!!

- Carl Martin, from Victoria 19 September 2009

7/25/04

Marie-Joëlle, Our stay here was brief but very memorable. We enjoyed your company and hospitality. You have lead a rich life and your B&B is a wonderful tool to share your worldliness. I enjoyed our talk!

All the best,

- Jodi Blair, from Oregon, USA 19 September 2009

July 5/2004

Dear Marie-Joelle,

Enjoyed the garden, cozy fireplace and the comfortable bed. Fabulous breakfast and company. Always like home to us.

- Colin & Sharon Jeffares, from Beaumont, AB, Canada 19 September 2009

~4 Aug 03~

Thank you for sharing your wonderful suite with our family during our short stay in Canmore. We enjoyed the warm hospitality and friendly conversation.

You are a dynamic young woman with tremendous gift & talent!

Best wishes to you ~See you again~ Keep in touch.

Peace & Joy

- The Mulhalls, from Manitoba, Canada 19 September 2009

25-26 juillet 2003

Merci pour ce bel acceuil et ces petits déjeûner exquis!

En espérant que tu continues à entendre cette petite voix qui te conduit; elle fait de toi une personne authentique et elle nous donne le goût d'en découvrir davantage!! Garde le sourire :-)

- Chantal, Jean, Xavier & Alex, from Quebec, Canada 19 September 2009

July 24/03

Dear Marie-Jo,

You add the extra touch that made our stay here so nice!

Merci pour les petites attentions et pour nous faire sentir "comme à la maison".

You are a very sweet host.

- Sophie, Sal and Yasmeen, from Montreal, Canada 19 September 2009

Feb 19/03

Another wonderful visit. Thanks so much for everything. Your guiding tips are always fantastic. Thanks also for making my birthday so special.

Back soon.

- Morag & Jim, from Ontario, Canada 19 September 2009

Sept 2/02

Marie-Joelle

Blessings upon you & all who stay in your wonderful home! Thank you for your hospitality & zest for life! Happy cycling & painting in the weeks to ahead.

- Bruce & Mathilda, from Alberta, Canada 19 September 2009

Sept 1/02

Marie-Joelle!

Just like family we feel welcome & enjoy your warm hospitality, great food & conversation.

Thanks again!

- Sharon & Colin Jeffares, from Beaumont, AB, Canada 19 September 2009

Aug 11/02

Dear Marie,

What a lovely place you have created! Your delicious cooking, warm hospitality & fabulous ART added so much to our stay here. We hope to come back one day soon.

Thank you!

- Nan & Craig, from Canada 19 September 2009

Aug 4/02

Thank you so much for your hospitality!! We felt very comfortable & relaxed! Just what we needed. It was a wonderful way to spend out 20th Anniversary. The room was beautiful & the food fantastic!

Thank you!

- Pete & Maxine Janzen, from Canada 19 September 2009

 
 

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