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Where to Eat in Banff this Winter

By Where Writers

From mountain-top venues with epic snowy views, to cozy patios downtown, Banff is packed with great places to eat. Here’s our round-up of the bars and restaurants to visit this winter.

Mountain-top Meals
Want a meal with a view? Sky Bistro won’t disappoint. Ride the Banff Gondola to the restaurant on Sulphur Mountain’s 2,281-m high ridge for snowy views Banff and delicious tastes of Canada. Choose from regional dishes with upscale twists. And from the bar, sip locally crafted beers and spirits.

Banff Dining, best Banff restaurants, where to eat in Banff (more…)

Top 5 Riverside Dining Locations

Photo courtesy The Forks

Photo courtesy The Forks

Winnipeg was built around the convergence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, and these waterways have provided everything from trade and industry to a place to canoe and kayak to the city’s residents over the years. Take in the city’s signature streams from these idyllic spots where beautiful food is matched with stunning river views.

Just outside the city, The Gates on Roblin shows off the prairies’ pastoral side. Lush riverbanks are visible from the atrium of this converted country estate, which serves local ingredients like bison, beets and pickerel. 6945 Roblin Blvd, 204‑224‑2837, thegatesonroblin.com

The Forks is the place to be on warm summer evenings when the breeze off the rivers hits The Beachcomber’s patio just right. Diners share seafood dishes like mussels swimming in smoky ancho chile sauce. 1 Forks Market Rd, 204‑948‑0020, thebeachcomber.ca

Ice cream parlour Sargent Sundae‘s proximity to the quiet footbridge that crosses the Assiniboine River into Assiniboine Park makes it a popular pick. 2053 Portage Ave, 204-832-5021

A scenic drive along the Red River leads to Half Moon Drive In in Lockport, where the menu of hot dogs, burgers and ice cream is the stuff of family traditions. 6860 Henderson Hwy, 1-204‑757‑2517, halfmoondrivein.com

Set right on the Red River, Cibo Waterfront Café provides one of the best views of the city’s skyline as backdrop for sumptuous arancini and bruschetta. 339 Waterfront Dr, 204‑594-0339, cibowaterfrontcafe.com

Ottawa’s Best Patios

By Chris Lackner

Find your place in the sun. Our guide to Ottawa’s best patios covers your best bets for sun, suds, sangria, vino and vitamin D.

The Social patio in the ByWard Market's Clarendon Court. Courtesy: Ottawa Tourism.

The Social patio in the ByWard Market’s Clarendon Court. Courtesy: Ottawa Tourism.

ByWard Market

Clarendon Court: Secluded and cobblestone, its four restaurant patios feel European; discover the magic behind the shops on Sussex Drive, between George and York Streets, including spots like The Social and Courtyard Restaurant. (The Social537 Sussex Dr., Courtyard Restaurant: 21 George St.)

Earl of Sussex Pub: The best sun and sud combo in the market. 431 Sussex Dr.

La Terrasse: This open-air, summer restaurant offers stunning views of the Rideau Canal and Parliament. Their extensive wine and cocktail list pair well with the sun. Try a “Colonel By” Mojito. He would have wanted it that way. Located in Fairmont Chateau Laurier, even the sunbeams feel more elegant at this seasonal patio. 1 Rideau St.

Earl of Sussex patio.

Earl of Sussex patio.

The Highlander Pub: A place to people watch with eyes on the market’s pedestrian traffic. 115 Rideau St.

Cornerstone Bar and Grill: This market hotspot is a place to be seen. 92 Clarence St.

Murray Street: This leafy patio screams romance. And the charcuterie, cheese boards and wine list will only help matters. 110 Murray St.

Métropolitain Brasserie: Steps away from the Chateau Laurier and Parliament. Grab a table or an outdoor sofa. 700 Sussex Dr.

La Terrasse patio at Chateau Laurier. Courtesy Ottawa Tourism.

La Terrasse patio at Chateau Laurier. Courtesy Ottawa Tourism.

Elgin and Sparks Streets

D’Arcy McGee’s: Spot Ottawa’s who’s who at this upscale watering hole named after a Father of Confederation44 Sparks St.

Fox and Feather: Terrific topside patio with a bird’s-eye view of the bustling Elgin strip. 283 Elgin St.

Pancho Villa: Pancho’s margaritas, daiquiris, sangrias and pina coladas are as big in size as they are in flavour. It might not be Cancún, but close your eyes on the sunny patio and it will feel mighty close. 361 Elgin St.

Pancho Villa's patio.

Pancho Villa’s patio.

The Glebe

Feleena’s Mexican Cantina: Sangria, anyone? 742 Bank St.

Irene’s Pub: Discover the hidden courtyard patio at this live music hotspot. 885 Bank St.

Little Italy

Pub Italia: Ireland enjoys a bit of Italy’s sun. 434 Preston St.

Pub Italia patio.

Pub Italia patio.


Tennessy Willems: Small but sublime. Come for the pizza, stay for the sunshine. 1082 Wellington St W.

Churchills: P is for patio… and Public House. 356 Richmond Rd.

Water View

Canal Ritz patio on the Rideau Canal.

Canal Ritz patio on the Rideau Canal.

Dow’s Lake: Three restaurant patios overlook the lake’s busy birds and boaters. Choose your own adventure between Malone’s Lakeside Grill, Baja Grill and Lago1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr.

Canal Ritz: This classy canal-side gem is boat traffic central. 375 Queen Elizabeth Dr.

Mill Street Brew Pub: Located near the Canadian War Museum on LeBreton Flats, this historic gristmill turned brewpub is also the perfect stop along the Ottawa River bike path. 555 Wellington St. 

Canmore Cafes & Restaurants to Try this Fall

By Where Staff


Blissful Baking

Little bursts of heaven: delectable handmade fruit and chocolate pâtisseries and viennoiseries at Canmore’s Le Fournil. This authentic French bakery offers daily specialty breads and pastries; Saturday’s three flavours of pain Méditérranéen are local favourites. We also love their luscious fresh fruit tarts.


Sun, Shade and Outside Eats: 9 Calgary Patios

Vin Room's secluded rooftop patio with a view. Photo: Jason Dziver

Vin Room’s secluded rooftop patio with a view. Photo: Jason Dziver

The appeal: eighteen North American craft beers on tap, inventive sandwiches and flatbreads, great people watching on downtown’s Stephen Avenue Walk.
Distinguishing features: two levels open to the avenue, breathing patio atmosphere throughout the entire restaurant.
The view: bustling Stephen Avenue Walk, the downtown’s central, historic sandstone promenade.
Sun and shade: generally sunny with a couple of shady spots. (more…)

Winnipeg’s Top 40 Patios


In a city affectionately known as “Winterpeg”, it’s not surprising that locals look for any available chance to soak up some sun. Hit up these 40 prime patios for a side of vitamin D with your meal.

529 Wellington sets its tables on a manicured back lawn adjacent Assiniboine River. As if smart and beautiful food weren’t enough!

Cocktails with a view of the skyline are on the menu at The Allen Restaurant‘s rooftop patio at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre.

The Beachcomber‘s expansive bar and patio offers people watching and a million dollar view of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.

The beautiful, shady patio complete with a fountain makes Black Rabbit a prime spot for sun and sips in Osborne Village.

Feel miles away without leaving the city at Buffalo Stone Cafe at Fort Whyte Alive urban nature reserve. Dine on simple breakfast and lunch faves while overlooking one of Manitoba’s beautiful lakes.

Open wide for gargantuan sized taqueria fare at a rare front lawn table at Corydon’s Burrito del Rio.


Hot Dining: 3 Hip New Calgary Patios

Calgarians love their patios, and during this summer in particular, with its especially lovely hot weather, who can blame them? Three new spots in Calgary’s bustling dining scene have hip, secluded patios where you can sip refreshing brews and enjoy the city’s famously late summers.

Kensington’s Oak Tree’s patio has a prime view of the downtown skyline. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

OAK TREE TAVERN 124 10 St NW, 2nd floor

This cozy wooden patio in Kensington is on the second level above The Source and has a fantastic view of downtown Calgary. Though tucked away, the Oak Tree’s patio still feels very much a part of the busy neighbourhood, and its proximity to downtown and the Sunnyside LRT station make it a great stop for the after-work crowd. At night, when its patio lights are switched on, the space has the vibe of an urban rooftop party. Local Village Brewery beers are available on tap, and the menu includes house-made burgers and savoury sharing items like nachos and curry fries. (more…)

Hot Dining: Patio Season

Le Café at the National Arts Centre offers great views of the Rideau Canal.

The sun is shining. The drinks are cold. All you need is a patio. Try one of these popular outdoor dining spots.

Canal Ritz
375 Queen Elizabeth Dr. (Glebe)

The Courtyard
21 George St. (ByWard Market)

Murray St. Charcuterie
110 Murray St. (ByWard Market)

Pancho Villa
361 Elgin St. (Downtown)

Le Café
53 Elgin St. (National Arts Centre)

Hot Dining: The Halifax Pub Experience

The rooftop patio at Your Father's Moustache is a summer hot spot.

•    The Maxwell’s Plum on Grafton Street: Large sidewalk patio, 60+ beers on tap, sports on big-screen TVs, kitchen open until 2am.

•    Your Father’s Moustache on Spring Garden Road: Live music, rooftop patio, daily food specials.

•   The Red Stag Tavern on Lower Water Street: Top-notch fish and chips, rooftop patio, located in the
historic Alexander Keith’s Brewery building.

Top Sipping Spots

Toronto’s hottest season is in full swing; after so much sightseeing, you’re no doubt in need of refreshment. Pull up a patio chair or stop by a swanky lounge for a sophisticated cocktail, local microbrew and a tempting taste of city life. Click the images below to discover our favourite patios, drinks and more. By Marisa Baratta

Hot Dining: Patio Season

George's courtyard patio

When warm weather finally arrives, Torontonians find lots of reasons to stay outside. Alfresco dining is chief among them, and many of the city’s top restaurants happily oblige. The private courtyard at George fills up at lunchtime as eager eaters enjoy the fresh offerings of lauded chef Lorenzo Loseto. Fuzion Resto-Lounge & Garden also has an outdoor urban oasis, with shade and ambience provided by palm fronds and tropical flowers. Or head to Yorkville’s One, where a large street-level patio means you can combine people watching with your fine dining.