Calgary Patios With the Best View

These three restaurants have patios that offer impressive views of parks or the city. Or, in the case of River Café, a little bit of both.

Bow Valley Ranche

Photograph by Brian Bookstrucker.

The historic house at Bow Valley Ranche was built by William Roper Hull in 1896 and is fitted with a wraparound veranda that seats up to 50. Sitting at the front or the side of the house not only reveals a picturesque view of Fish Creek Provincial Park but also lets visitors get a temporary escape from the city as they envision how Hull or Senator Patrick Burns (the second owner of the house) would have relaxed back in the day.
15979 Bow Bottom Tr. S.E., 403-476-1310,

Rooftop Bar @ The Simmons

With a clear view of the Bow River, the hilly communities on its north bank, St. Patrick’s Island and downtown, the Rooftop Bar @ The Simmons is upstairs from Charbar and like no other. Outfitted with umbrellas for sunny days and heaters for cooler nights (plus upstairs washrooms), Charbar’s patio seating is available for both reservations and walk-ins, so make sure to call or get there early.
618 Confluence Way S.E., 403-452-3115,

River Café

Photograph courtesy of River Cafe.

The River Café is one of Calgary’s most sublime settings to dine at any time of year, but there’s something extra-special about the warmer months when guests get to sip wine and eat locally sourced, regionally inspired food while gazing out at the greenery of Prince’s Island Park and the adjacent lagoon.
25 Prince’s Island Park, 403-261-7670,

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