Get on the Banffwagon.
- Website: Eureka
Address: 229 Bear St, Banff, AB T1L 1C3
- Private Booking: Yes
- Price: $30 per person
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Linearity: Nonlinear
- Group size: #large
- Player Level: #competent
- Premise: “Your Great Uncle Perry, a former warden of the Banff National Park has dissapeared, presumed dead. Over the years, Perry has become increasingly secretive, especially about his comings and goings. In your search to find your Great Uncle, you go to his last known location, the Warden’s Cabin…”
Eureka is tough to find given the mazes of small strip malls in Banff. We were greeted by Claire who made us feel warm and fuzzy amid the winter cold. She provided clues over the speakers and had a very good read on when we needed help.
We had excellent service the last time we were here to do Marv’s Diner, and that experience was definitely repeated for this visit.
This room had all types of puzzles you can think of. Logic, memorization, puzzles that used common sense, puzzles that used your five senses, puzzles for the big group, puzzles for individuals. It was a glorious display of quantity and quality.
Warden’s Cabin is one of those rare rooms that can accommodate larger groups because of the way that the puzzles are set up – members of your group can work on a bunch of different puzzles at the same time! This makes sure that everyone can be contributing and doing something for a good chunk of the room. There are alsoa good variety of puzzles, with some logic puzzles, some searching puzzles, and even a puzzle that engages your sense of taste!
I was a little hesitant about the look of the room after having done Marv’s Diner which had a lackluster decor. This room complemented the Banff atmosphere. Very cabin-y, very mountain-y. From the small knickknacks to the grander props, everything screamed of the outdoors.
This room is unapologetically Albertan. I really enjoyed the very rustic feel of the room!
You are busy from the moment you enter the room. Everything looks relevant and everyone is involved. There was a feeling of isolation from being in the cabin, and there was a feeling of anxiety from trying to break and enter. It all felt too real.
The look of the room definitely contributed to the feeling of immersion here. Another plus is that hints were delivered via voice so that someone didn’t have to come in and give you your hint.
This room took a very cliche, very run-of-the-mill theme and ran away with it. Everything associated with the word “cabin” can be found here.
For the most part, the puzzles and decor were thematically appropriate, but there was one weird puzzle that, while fun, was a bit different from the rest of the room.
DIAMOND. I know, an escape room that actually delivers in small-town Banff? It seems unlikely but this is a top-notch room. Definitely try it.
Definitely a DIAMOND. I like how this room can be done by a bigger group! If you and your friends want a break from the many outdoor activities Banff has to offer, I would definitely recommend a visit to the Warden’s Cabin.
- Completed: December 2016
- Escaped? Yes (5 people)
- Our Time: 69 minutes
- # of hints used: 3