Canada

Bites at The Bison

Bites at The Bison

Banff restaurant accentuates the local and sustainable When I was in Alberta last weekend for speed skating and Alpine skiing World Cup races (and to do some skiing too), I actually did have a few free hours one afternoon. The temperatures were too bone-chilling even for me to  wander among Banff’s beguiling galleries and tempting shops. I went downtown […]

Chowtime at Chateau Lake Louise: Walliser Stube

Chowtime at Chateau Lake Louise: Walliser Stube

Swiss restaurant honors the Banff area’s early Swiss guides At the end of the 19th century, when the Canadian Pacific Railroad built the Banff Springs Hotel and the Chateau Lake Louise, Swiss mountain guides were imported to lead guests up the surrounding limestone peaks. With serious expressions, the warm wool clothing of the era and […]

Chowtime at Chateau Lake Louise: Glacier Saloon

Chowtime at Chateau Lake Louise: Glacier Saloon

Classic Canadian hotel’s down-to-earth dining options North America’s most imposing hotels are those  built in the 19th and early 20th centuries by Canada’s transcontinental railroads — the Canadian National in the East and the Canadian Pacific in the West. They built grand hotels in the European style from the Nova Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to the […]

Calgary's Blink: A Winner

Calgary’s Blink: A Winner

Fine 21st Century Fare in 1988 Olympic host city The 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler are captivating the attention of winter sports fans, but 22 years ago, all eyes were on Calgary. Calgary and Denver are like twins, separated by a friendly border and 800 +/- miles. Both cities are at the […]