Bison Courtyard is a blend of retail, residential and restaurant space. The mixed-use building is roughly 30,000 square feet (2800 square metres). There are three floors as well as an underground parkade.
Eye-catching public spaces invite exploration and make the Courtyard a destination to revisit. The building's design - a shell that wraps around the courtyard - ensures that all ground floor businesses have a street-front presence.
Pedestrians enter the courtyard either from Bear Street or through the south and west breezeways. They often pause in the sheltered outdoor space. It is a dynamic place, where people gather to take part in community and cultural events.
In the winter, the outdoor wood-burning fireplace and bake oven is a popular attraction. In the summer, cafe tables line the Courtyard and provide a place for patrons of the Wild Flour, The Bison Restaurant and The Bear Street Tavern to enjoy food, coffee and conversation.
Click here to discover The Globe & Mail's take on what make the Bison Courtyard such a unique place. The article, Beyond Buzzwords in Banff, appeared in the Saturday, October 20, 2007.