The Canadian Rockies's restaurant scene will not disappoint those looking for "something different".
The Canadian Rockies has a large and varied immigrant population (and migrant workforce)
with a worldly and well-traveled dining background. Here are some suggestions,
to help with your dining decisions:
From South to North:
Dining in the Kananaskis is centered in the hotels around the Kananaskis Village. With one hotel being a Best Western and the other a Canadian Pacific Hotel & Resort, you can be assured of a good range and variety of establishments. Head out to the Lower Kananaskis Lake to dine at The Boulton Creek Trading Post which offers hearty fare (in winters, open weekends only). Don't forget to try the Chief Chiniki Restaurant in Morley (on the Transportation-Canada Highway) famous for its unique native cuisine.
Dining around Bragg Creek is centered around the Bragg Creek Village Centre with several retaurants right there. Mountain Bistro, Pies Plus, Powderhorn Saloon & Creek Cafe and the popular Rock'n'Berry's Bar and Grille are all located there. Just around the corner on White Ave are more establishments ranging from the town's Subway franchise, to Dave's Pizza, up to the renowned Bavarian Inn, with its fine German food.
This town has long been a pit-stop for those on their way to and from Calgary, but in the last decade has grown into a community with a fine reputation as a destination for more than sports. Canmore has its share of fast food (not as much as Banff) and a number of very fine restaurants. Downtown, you'll enjoy Sinclair's "in the Spirit of Adventure" for unusual food, Boccalino Grotto for its Italian-Swiss fare, and Des Alpes with its very Swiss flair. Closer to the highway enjoy Gasthaus Restaurant's German food, and Sam Buca's Restaurante with traditional northern Italian food, and JR Bowles for its International cuisine (smoke-free). On the Spray Lakes Road, 40 km south of town, enjoy the Mt Engandine Lodge with its fine European cuisine in mountain surroundings.
Banff, long the center of tourism in the Rockies, has several areas with fine restaurants: "Downtown" along Banff Avenue, "Motel Alley" (eastern Banff Avenue), Sulphur Mountain (across the Bow River).
Downtown, you can find pretty well any kind of restaurant, on either Banff Ave (the main street), Bear (the next one over) and on Lynx (the north route to the Transportation-Canada). Among the more unusual restaurants are Grizzly House (with its variety of wild game fondues), Le Beaujolais (fine French dining), Ticino's Swiss-Italian. Less expensive and not-to-be missed are Magpie & Stump (Mexican), and Melissa's Misteak.
On Motel Alley, one of the more popular spots is Bumpers (well publicized with highway billboards), but don't overlook Globetrotter Restaurant (in the Voyager Inn), The Pines (Rundlestone Lodge), and Seasons Dining Room (in Banff Rocky Mountain Resort).
Across the river, there are several restaurants in the Banff Springs Hotel (including the formal Rob Roy Room), plus the Primrose in the Rimrock Hotel. Most affordable in this area is the Upper Hot Springs Restaurant (Mountain Ave) with its cafeteria menu with a view.
Lake Louise's dining is clustered in two areas: in the Town (by the highway) or by the Lake (up the hill). In town, you'll enjoy the Elkhorn Dining Room ( Num-Ti-Jah Lodge), the Station Restaurant (in the restored 1908 railway station), and the Post Hotel (with its top-notch chefs). Up the hill, you'll find lakeside dining in the Edelweiss Dining Room (Chateau Lake Louise), and rugged Rocky Mountain cuisine at the Deer Lodge. About 40 km west of town, you'll also find the Emerald Lake Lodge's formal dining room a charming place to dine with stunning surroundings.
Jasper's restaurants are all clustered on Connaught (the main drag) or Patricia (the next street up). For fine dining, try the Chateau Jasper or the Lobstick Country Cafe (both on Geikie St), or head out to Edith Cavell Dining Room in the Jasper Park Lodge (across the river) for a 4-star dining experience. Jasper also has a selection of Canadian, Pizza, Greek, Italian, and Japanese restaurants. There are a lot of fine family restaurants on Connaught or in many of the hotels and motels in town, including the popular Earl's and A&W chains.
Kimberley's restaurants are clustered along the main highway through town, and around the Platzl, the town's Bavarian Alp-themed square, There are a half dozen great German restaurants (the best between Calgary and Vancouver), with a diverse choice of alternatives.
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