Join the Bed and Breakfast Association of Calgary

If you are interested in opening a B&B, or are presently operating one and wish to be part of an organization that encourages a spirit of cooperation and networking for the good of all, your membership in BBAC is welcomed.

When you join BBAC we recommend that you also join the Alberta Bed & Breakfast Association (ABBA). If you join ABBA, a required inspection is paid by ABBA and is good for both ABBA and BBAC. If you do not join ABBA, an inspection is still required for the Bed and Breakfast Association of Calgary, however, the cost is billed directly to you. Check with our membership representative for more information.

It is also necessary for you to arrange for an Inspection by the Calgary Health Region prior to opening your doors to the public (no charge).

The best way to find out about how to run a bed and breakfast is to book a night in one of our B&Bs; your host will spend time giving you the "scoop" on what we do. The ABBA website has a page of Tips on Starting a B&B

Some things you will need to do to get started are:

  1. Contact the City of Calgary or Local Governing Organization if you are outside Calgary to see if your residence qualifies for a B&B
  2. Arrange for inspections from BBAC/ABBA and Alberta Health Region
  3. Obtain B&B house insurance
  4. Pay membership fees
  5. Take pictures of your B&B and prepare a short narrative detailing your place for the website

You should also check out the ABBA Inspection Form especially with regard to Insurance and Fire Extinguishers. Note that some municipalities have slightly different fire regulations.

A word about dishwashers. B&Bs have an exemption allowing the use of residential dishwashers as long as they are used at the hottest wash/dry setting. If the Health Inspector has any concerns about your dishwasher you will find out during your public health inspection.

BBAC provides extensive advertising for our members with internet webpages, phone lists and memberships/partnerships in other tourist organizations such as Travel Alberta and Tourism Calgary. We have developed regulations and by-laws that encourage each B&B operator to work towards a high standard of quality service for the public.

For more detailed information about the standards of the Association, contact Teri Collins-English at (403) 286-0777 for more information.

When you decide to join BBAC email english [at] englishbb [dot] com (Teri). She will require the Host(s) name, the B&B address and email address. Let her know if you will also be joining ABBA.  If so you may use your ABBA inspection.  If not she will arrange for an inspection.  If you do not join ABBA an inspection fee is also required which is paid directly to the inspector.

The cost of the membership for BBAC is $100 (an additional one time fee of $50 must be paid as well to initiate your listing on this website). 

You could also sign up to become a B&B sitter for one or more of our Bed & Breakfasts. Periodically our B&B owners need a break and would welcome the chance to hire you to run their B&B while they are away. We would provide your name and contact info to our members and any that are interested would contact you directly. Arrangements for training and payment would be made directly between you and the B&B owner. Interested applicants should contact the Membership person listed below.

For more detailed information about the standards of the Association, contact Teri Collins-English at (403) 286-0777 for more information.

Make cheques payable to "Bed & Breakfast Association of Calgary" and mail to Richard Clark 244090 Range Rd 31 Calgary AB T3Z3L8.

Address of Association
Bed & Breakfast Association of Calgary (BBAC)
6908 Silverview Drive NW
Calgary AB T3B 3K9

Membership Enquires: Teri Collins-English 403-286-0777

Contact E-mails: Contact Numbers:
clarkrh [at] telus [dot] net (Richard Clark)rpiggin [at] telus [dot] net ( )(President) (403) 288-2978
rpiggin [at] telus [dot] net (Ron Piggin ) (Past President) (403) 284-2385
pathwaycottage [at] shaw [dot] ca (Trish Bruce) (Vice-President)    (403) 265-1995
english [at] englishbb [dot] com (David English) (Treasurer) (403) 286-0777
carey [at] shaw [dot] ca (Verna Carey) (Secretary) (403) 286-7041
english [at] englishbb [dot] com (Teri Collins-English) (Membership) (403) 286-0777