With pristine snow draped landscapes, gleaming glaciers, soaring peaks and world class outdoor recreation, Alberta is truly a dazzling wonderland in winter. After a day spent outside, exploring and playing amidst our breathtaking backdrops, I love to cozy up beside a crackling wood-burning fire with a mug of cocoa, a hot toddy or a glass of my favourite wine.
When it’s time for you to come in from the cold this winter, head to one of these five wonderful wood-burning fireplaces and you’ll be totally toasty in no time.
River Café, Calgary
Nestled in downtown Calgary’s Prince’s Island Park, the River Café is one of the city’s most beloved award winning restaurants. Known for its seasonal and sustainable farm-to-fork fare, extensive wine list, vintage fishing lodge décor and spectacular stone fireplace, the River Café offers a warm welcome on a crisp winter’s day. Stroll along the scenic Bow River pathway, or ice skate on the park’s glistening outdoor rink, then gather around the dancing fire and indulge in exquisite cuisine.
Little Brick Coffee Shop, Edmonton
Touted as one of the city’s best independent coffee shops, Little Brick is a quaint café and general store, just steps from Edmonton’s River Valley. Throughout the beautifully renovated brick home, where the shop is located, you’ll discover painted fireplaces, cozy nooks and an array of local and organic goods for sale. Explore the valley’s extensive trail system by fat-tire bike, on snowshoes or cross-country skis. Afterwards, pop in for breakfast, lunch, or a cup of Phil & Sebastian coffee and a delicious house-made treat by the fire.
Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise
For a private hearthside experience, look no further than the suites and cabins at the Relais & Châteaux Post Hotel and Spa in Lake Louise. When it’s time for après-ski you’ll be spoiled for choice. Enjoy live music while relaxing fireside in the Sir Norman Lounge. Treat yourself to fondue by the fire in the Post’s 24-seat specialty restaurant Stübli. Or, if burgers and beer are more to your taste, head to the hearth at Outpost – the hotel’s quaint English style pub, featuring handheld favourites and comfort food.
Iron Goat Pub, Canmore
Epic views and gourmet fare are make Canmore’s Iron Goat Pub a stellar experience. It’s also one of the top fireside spots for refuelling after pursuing Kananaskis Country’s array of outdoor adventures, including skating, snowshoeing, tobogganing and downhill and cross-country skiing. A cold, frothy pint and a hearty serving of the Goat’s famous Alberta Game Meatloaf, with bison, elk and beef, or Low-and-Slow Bison Back Ribs, will have you ready to tackle K-Country’s sparkling winter terrain once again.
The Emerald Lounge, Jasper
With towering snow-capped peaks and the picturesque Lac Beauvert as a backdrop, the Emerald Lounge in the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is the ultimate place for post-adventure cocktails and snacks. The double sided, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace is truly the heart of this lobby lounge. Whether you’ve spent the afternoon on the slopes at nearby Marmot Basin, enjoyed ice skating on the resort’s Lake Mildred, or taken a leisurely lakeshore stroll beneath one of the world’s largest dark sky preserves, the Fairmont’s roaring fire offers an elegant atmosphere for relaxing at the end of the day.