5 Ocean Wise Partners in Calgary
Celebrate Canada 150 with sustainable seafood options.
All year long, Canadians across the country are celebrating 150 years of Confederation. There’s no shortage of national wonders to celebrate, and the incredible bounty of seafood this country offers is near the top of the list. We’re surrounded by three marine coasts, threaded with countless rivers and lakes, and home to some of the world’s most impressive aquaculture innovators.
The national Ocean Wise seafood program, which helps consumers identify ocean-friendly options, has in recent years increased its emphasis on recommending local Canadian seafood from our lakes, oceans and rivers. It also works to highlight small-scale fisheries that are sometimes overlooked.
In the past two years, Ocean Wise has completed assessments of shrimp from Chedabucto Bay, Nova Scotia; Arctic char from Cambridge Bay, Nunavit; and gooseneck barnacles from Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia — all healthy fisheries working in our own backyard. And these are only a few of the program’s Canadian seafood recommendations.
There are 29 proud Ocean Wise partners in Calgary, ranging from retail stores to restaurants. Keep an eye out for the Ocean Wise symbol on menus, which is the program’s assurance you’re ordering a sustainable product.
Here are 5 places to find Ocean Wise seafood in Calgary:
Owned by Sal Howell, an ardent Ocean Wise supporter for nearly a decade, Deane House opened in fall 2016 to rave reviews. All the seafood on its menu is Ocean Wise, which places the restaurant in an exclusive “100% club” of partners that have gone all-in. Howell’s River Café is also completely Ocean Wise.
806 9 Ave. SE
Community Natural Foods
This retailer, focused on health and wellness and organic products, also offers 100% Ocean Wise seafood. With three locations across Calgary, 30-year-old Community Natural Foods reaches a large number of environmentally conscious Calgarians.
1304 10 Ave. SW | 202 61 Ave. SW | 850 Crowfoot Cres. NW
Hyatt Regency Calgary
Hyatt Regency Calgary has been an Ocean Wise partner for years, and each November this downtown hotel shows off its love for sustainable seafood by hosting the Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown. The event brings together some of the city’s top culinary stars, who compete to create the best sustainable chowder. Samples are paired with craft beer. Keep an eye out for tickets in August.
700 Centre St. S.
The Ocean Wise seafood program started at the Vancouver Aquarium, so it’s fitting that similar accredited institutions have come on board with the program as well. The Calgary Zoo supports animal conservation in many ways, and ensures its visitors can do the same by offering Ocean Wise choices at its on-site restaurants.
210 St. Georges Dr. NE
Calgary’s noteworthy food scene welcomed another star this year: Two-One Bistro’s cozy feel and mouthwatering menu make it a must-visit. Don’t miss the chef’s unique seafood crêpe with dill bechamel and onion garlic tomato sauce — perfect accents to Ocean Wise shrimp and smoked salmon.
816 Willow Park Dr. SE