16 Amazing Alberta Spots With Delicious Views

Spoiler alert: These aren’t all restaurants.

1. Cliffhouse Bistro, Mount Norquay

If you want to indulge in fondue with panoramic views of some pretty spectacular mountains, you’ll have to lunch at the Cliffhouse Bistro at at Mount Norquay. Snag a seat on the patio for the best views of passing grizzlies!

2. YYCFoodTrucks, Calgary

If it’s people-watching that you like, you can’t miss YYCFoodTrucks in the East Village. From tacos to perogies to chicken and waffles, you’ll get a fantastic plethora of primo food truck options for all kinds of tastes.

3. C200, The Crimson in Jasper National Park

 

Even if you’re not staying at the Crimson in Jasper, you should stop by C200 for a diverse international menu, including sushi rolls, pad thai, and jambalaya. The view from both the restaurant and the rooms is of Jasper National Park, so you’re guaranteed mountains on mountains on mountains.

4. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Banff National Park

No matter which of the Fairmont Chateau’s seven dining options you choose, your ears and stomach will be full. However, if you want the very best view of Lake Louise, the aptly named Lakeview Lounge is the way to go. The picture speaks for itself, no?

5. Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, Edmonton

This four-diamond luxury hotel has been an icon in Edmonton since 1915 — and for good reason. You have the choice between the Harvest Room or the Confederation Lounge for a luxury meal or afternoon tea overlooking the largest urban parkway in North America.

6. Kananaskis Country

OK, so this isn’t a restaurant at all, but you should definitely pack a picnic or at least a granola bar for the plentiful views offered in Kananaskis Country. Take a trail in one of the 50 interconnected provincial parks and recreation areas and find a scenic spot to post up and chow down.

7. Ship And Anchor Pub, Calgary

If it’s a view of people you want, it’s 17th Avenue in Calgary’s buzzing downtown that you seek. The Ship and Anchor is home to the best patio for people-watching with a pint and a giant plate of nachos.

8. Sky360, Calgary

 

Rotating restaurants have a reputation for being focused more on the view than the food, but if you’ve ever eaten at Sky 360, you’d forget what you’ve ever heard about these “novelty” spots; your stunning 360-degree view of Calgary will be perfectly paired with mouthwatering crab cakes and Albertan bison ribs.

9. Village Ice Cream, Calgary

Any view is made better with a waffle cone topped with big, melty scoops of maple pecan and Earl Grey ice cream, especially one of the Bow River located just a few short blocks from Village Ice Cream.

10. Banff Ave Brewing Company, Banff

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With a balcony overlooking Banff Avenue, this brew pub not only offers some fantastic Rockies scenery but also some very delectable duck sliders and beers.

11. The Village Brewery, Calgary

Village Brewery / Colin Way

If you want to do a proper brewery tour, check out the Village Brewery, famous for its superb ales and lagers. Afterward, catch some of that famous Alberta sun in the spacious outdoor area and get a great view of the industrial area with its characteristic brick buildings.

12. Prairie Gardens Adventure Farm, North of Edmonton

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Prairie Gardens is the perfect place to take the family for a pastoral farm view. They host a pumpkin festival annually and a weeklong kids’ farm camp. If you want to stop by on a regular day, just scarf down a farm fresh meal and then challenge yourself in the corn maze.

13. Longview Jerky Shop, Longview

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Situated right on the highway, Longview Jerky Shop is the spot to go to kick up your feet and watch a few cars go by on the Cowboy trail while you bite into some juicy jerky. Hot tip: try the pork!

14. Elk Island National Park

Edmonton Tourism

So we’re cheating again with this one — Elk Island isn’t a restaurant, but it is a premier spot to encounter bison, elk, and countless species of birds. And it has some great picnic spots, like the pavilion picnic shelter. This open air structure along Lakeview Trail offers some stunning views of Astotin Lake, the perfect backdrop to a great spread.

15. Canmore Uncorked Food & Drink Festival, Canmore

Canmore Kananaskis Tourism

Every April, Canmore hosts this highly lauded festival for 12 days of eating and drinking in the picturesque town. Just a skip away from Banff, this mountain town will provide the perfect setting for set-price menus, culinary events, cooking classes, and more.

16. The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company, Canmore

Canmore Kananaskis Tourism

In Canmore’s charming downtown, you’ll find a lively spot called Grizzly Paw with the best view of Main Street. With your beer flight, you can have a juicy elk burger or tasty tuna tacos and watch as people pass by in this quaint little mountain town.

Want more great views and great food in Alberta? Check out TravelAlberta.com.

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