Locally owned and operated, a mountain lifestyle premier shopping experience.
Located in the Canadian Rockies, we created an experience to reflect the great outdoors and awe inspiring setting in which we are located, with the philosophy that we are more than just a store.
Each detail and design feature are curated to stand out from the crowd, but most importantly to capture the the beautiful mountain surroundings that we call home.
We’re proud to call ourselves a premier
shopping experience, and we'd love for you to come and see why.
MEET THE FAMILY BEHIND BIG BEAR TRADING COMpany
Chelsea and Jon moved to Canmore in 2014 and quickly fell in love with the community and mountain culture. Inspired by the magnificence of the Canadian Rockies and its wildlife, we opened our first Big Bear Trading Co location in Banff in June 2021, during the pandemic. After an incredibly strong response, we brought a second location to Canmore in October 2022.
Not only are we locally owned and operated,
we’re also a family business. The Cudmore family has been in retail for 109 years! Originally from Prince Edward Island, the family business began with Thomas Roy Cudmore, Chelsea's great grandfather, as a Haberdashery and followed with her grandfather, Brian. The business continued with Chelsea’s parents,
Chris and Beryl Cudmore, who pivoted to resort retail in 2001. Now Chelsea, her husband Jon, her brother Devon and Devon's wife Jenn lead the family business.
Curated Collection of Mountain INspired Apparel & Gifts
We’ve carefully chosen a collection of products that reflect the mountain lifestyle of the Canadian Rockies. With our merchandise and product selection we believe our guests will take their travel memories home, whether that be from our local artists' selection, mountain inspired gifts, or our Big Bear Trading Co branded apparel.
We truly have something for everyone.
Wow. Popped into this new shop in Banff and was blown away. Treasures everywhere and practical fun items I haven't been able to buy locally. Beautiful beeswax wrap. Fabulous washcloths and great household style gifts I always like to have on hand. Make this a stop while you shop Banff. Local love, owned and operated by a young local family who have done a great job in serving the needs and must have for residents and visitors.
This is an incredibly cute store! After shopping around in downtown Banff you quickly realize a lot of the stores sell the exact same items so shopping gets boring really fast. However, this store sells very cute products. They have awesome designs on their shirts and sweaters and they’re very soft and comfy to wear. They come in preshrunk cotton so you don’t have to worry about buying a size up either. This store is also dog friendly so feel free to bring your pups in. While browsing I encourage you to check out their fitting room. The hanging chair is so fun. They also have great mugs and dish towels, along with notebooks and other accessories.
One impressive thing to note is how the employees stock the store. Everything is meticulously folded and organized from xsmall to xlarge. You will definitely leave with something when you come here.
Retail Council of Canada 2023 Excellence Awards Finalist
We're proud finalists of the Retail Council of Canada 2023 Excellence Awards for In-Store Experience & Design.