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region | calgary & area


The Beltliner
There are two ways to define Canadian cuisine . The first is to build off of ingredients found locally like saskatoon berries , fresh salmon , and Alberta beef . The second is to bite into foods from world cuisines that have grown their way into the culinary scene and built Canada ’ s identity . Dine at one ( or all ) of these restaurants in Calgary that serve up Canadian greats .
THE GUILD The beautiful interior and fine dinnerware are complemented by a menu that hosts stars of Canadian cuisine : Wild B . C . salmon , west coast
The Guild
octopus , slow-roasted bison , and a locallysourced beet salad topped with crumbled feta , pine nuts , and wholesome Canadian goodness . 200 - 8 Ave SW , www . theguildrestaurant . com
DEANE HOUSE Explore regional Canadian cuisine with dishes like the kombu-cured gindara sablefish and braised TK Ranch brisket . The restaurant also has a tasting menu inspired by seasonal , Canadian ingredients . 806 - 9 Ave SE , deanehouse . com
THE BELTLINER A road map of Canadian culinary delights would be incomplete without the mention of delicious flaky pies stuffed with saskatoon berries . Head to The Beltliner for a scrumptious saskatoon berry pie with a scoop of ice cream . 243 - 12 Ave SW , thebeltliner . com
ROUGE Rouge is applause to Canadian food , and it ’ s the ultimate in local — much of the produce is grown in a large garden out back . The inspiration of the season will determine the special menu . 1240 - 8 Ave SE , rougecalgary . com
SILVER INN It was the chef at Silver Inn in Calgary who first thought to coat beef strips in batter and create the now-famous ginger beef . Head to where it all began and take a bite out of the city ’ s history and crispy , succulent beef . 2702 Centre St N , silverinnrestaurant . com

Villages , Towns & Cities

Just a short 15-minute drive from the south of Calgary is the town of Okotoks , where visitors will find casual and fine dining , boutiques and art galleries .
The city of Airdrie lies north of Calgary and boasts shopping , plenty of casual dining options , and the scenic Nose Creek Park with a beautiful pond and a fountain attraction .
Directly east of Calgary is Chestermere , a small , quiet city with the gorgeous Chestermere Lake where visitors can paddleboard , fish , boat and swim . A number of family-friendly restaurants plus shopping can also be found in the city .
Take a short drive west to the town of Cochrane and visit the old part of town where you ’ ll find saloon-style restaurants and accommodation .
Get out of the big city and visit the small town of Black Diamond where guests can find local artwork , clothing and casual dining in the business district , and horseback riding , fishing and camping in the area .
The quaint hamlet of Bragg Creek is situated at the edge of Kananaskis Country and has a vibrant arts community , fresh food and shopping all within stunning forest scenery .