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Alberta’s Best Cinnamon Buns are Hidden in the Tiniest Town

Posted on June 14, 2024 by Britanny Burr

If you ever find yourself cruising down Highway 3 through the picturesque Crowsnest Pass in southwestern Alberta, be sure to stop in the quiet community of Coleman. This charming town, established in 1903 as a coal mining community, has preserved its heritage through well-maintained historical buildings and is surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Rocky Mountains. It's the perfect place to take a break, stretch your legs, and have a snack before continuing your adventure with the abundance of outdoor activities in the surrounding area or as you make your way to Alberta’s stunning neighbour, British Columbia.

A must-visit stop in Coleman is the Cinnamon Bear Bakery and Cafe. Located on the historic main street, this quaint bakery isn’t just a pit-stop along the highway; it’s a destination in its own right. The tried, tested, and true crowd pleaser at Cinnamon Bear Bakery and Cafe is undoubtedly their legendary cinnamon buns. Far from ordinary, these buns feature fluffy, golden baked dough filled with delicious, warm cinnamon and sticky brown sugar, topped with the best creamy icing.

One reviewer even said, "I wish I could pretend that the cinnamon buns were terrible so that no one else would know about them and I could just eat them all myself. But I can't even pretend. It's like…a lovely grandma's soul inhabited a baked good. The cinnamon glaze is so perfectly flavourful while not being overpoweringly sweet. I didn't even need the cream cheese icing; it was so perfect on its own! They are big enough to split, but who would ever want to? The inside is somehow chewy and soft at the same time, so stretchy and warm like…if melted toffee was in bread form? I don't know. Just eat them."

While the cinnamon buns are a fan favourite, they’re not the only reason to pull over. Beyond the delicious treats, the atmosphere at Cinnamon Bear Bakery and Cafe offers a relaxing and cozy seating area that will make you feel right at home. From pastries and flaky croissants to hearty soups and sandwiches and locally roasted coffee from the Crowsnest Coffee Company, the Cafe has something delicious to offer everyone.

The Cinnamon Bear Bakery and Cafe is a testament to the power of small-town hospitality and the irresistible appeal of food made with love. It’s a fantastic place to grab all your goodies and indulge in homemade goodness. The rustic charm of the interior and the friendly, welcoming nature of its staff reflect Coleman's community and spirit. Whether passing through the majestic Crowsnest Pass or seeking out small-town treasures, a visit to this cute cafe will satisfy your soul and leave you planning your next visit even before you’ve left town. So cruise on down the highway and discover one of Alberta’s best-kept secrets.

Another reviewer perfectly summarized the experience: “A must stop when passing through the Crowsnest Pass! We LOVE their baked goods, homemade sandwiches, and soup! Great coffee too. The staff are always friendly and helpful. I stock up on baked goodies whenever we are in the area to freeze and later enjoy at home.”

And if that’s not enough to tempt you, the bakery even has a friendly little liquor store attached, making it convenient to pick up a treat and a beverage. Easy to locate right off the main highway, the Cinnamon Bear Bakery and Cafe is a delightful gem in the heart of Coleman, promising a delicious and memorable experience for all who visit.

Britanny Burr is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This story was written for the Great West Media & Southern Alberta Newspapers Hot Summer Guide advertising feature. The Hot Summer Guide is a special feature about summer activities, bucket list adventures, staycation options, road trips, attractions, events, and road trip-worthy food & beverage destinations across Alberta. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.

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