River Café, Calgary

Located in the middle of Prince’s Island Park, on the lagoon where the Bow River passes though downtown Calgary, River Café has featured “Seasonal Canadian Cuisine” since the mid-1990s.   Inspired by the natural setting of the Bow River Valley, the restaurant has the feel and nostalgic...

The Guild, Calgary

Calgary is such a new and modern city that older buildings are truly treasured. The original Hudson’s Bay is one of them and it’s now the home of Oliver and Bonacini’s The Guild Restaurant.  It’s the first real foray outside of Ontario for the super-talented O&B team, a...

Oxbow, Calgary

On the banks of Calgary’s meandering Bow River, the elegant boutique hotel Kensington Riverside Inn exudes the motto of Relais et Chateaux…comfort, calm and best of all in my books, cuisine. Their new restaurant, Oxbow, fits that respected organization with Canadian members like...

Fusion Grill, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Sometime in February 2006 I decided that an ice fishing trip was in order and, rather than renting a hut, I headed to Winnipeg on the insistence of Fusion Restaurant’s, fishing-obsessed owner, Scot McTaggart.  Scot had had the decency to warn me that it’d be cold.  But it WAS FREEZING.  Minus 40’C...

The Delta Bessborough, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The Bessborough is one of Canada’s iconic railway hotels built to supplement the gracious train travel of the day by the Canadian National Railway.  Designed in that familiar castle-style using Tyndall stone from Manitoba, bricks from Claybank, Saskatchewan and tiles from Estevan several...

Hayloft, Airdrie, Alberta

When restaurant commentator, John Gilchrist, praises a restaurant, we pay attention.  Few critics across Canada have such a breadth of experience. You can read his review here.  James Hoan Nguyen and Jason Barton-Browne met at Calgary’s River Cafe.  It could not have been a better training...

Range Road, Edmonton

Chef Blair Lebsack and partner Caitlin Fulton built a following for their longtable pop-up dinners on farms around the Edmonton and area, where you literally would “eat the view,” whether it was at Peas on Earth certified organic garden farm in North Edmonton or Nature’s Green Acres near Viking....

Calories Restaurant, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Calories is one of the top restaurants in the Prairie provinces set in Saskatoon, surrounded by great gardens and with access to magnificent produce. As the city’s most successful restaurant, it is a destination. They understands terroir,  specifically Saskatchewan terroir. Chef / Owner Remi...

Sage Restaurant, at River Cree Resort, Enoch, Alberta

With each menu he writes, chef Shane Chartrand hones his concept of “progressive Canadian indigenous” cuisine. Having grown up on an acreage near Edmonton, his family raised chickens, geese and ducks for the winter fair. He also hunted with his father, learning about good wild foods and respecting...

The Nash, Calgary

Formally as a national historic site in 2002, the old National Hotel (c.1907),  now The Nash, was a typical early Alberta hotel with both a brewery and a livery stable. Located in the Inglewood district where most of the city’s prominent citizens resided, it became action centre for industry...