A Guide to Canadian Patios

Whatever atmosphere you crave, there's a sunny spot calling your name 

The Chase, Toronto
 
For most of Canada, patio season is short, but it sure is sweet. To help you make the most of it, we went coast to coast to find Canada’s best patios. Whether you’re after scenic views, a lively party or a quiet spot to unwind, we’ve got you covered.

Great Views 

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Lure Restaurant & Bar, Victoria 

Mountains, oceans or bustling cityscapes —whatever views you ’re looking for, these patios will impress.

Lure Restaurant & Bar, Victoria Lure boasts one of the city’s newest patios and has great views of the Inner Harbour and downtown. Cozy up on one of the couches with a cocktail (served by the pitcher). Bonus: It’s a Victoria Harbour Ferry stop, so you can arrive by boat.

Charbar, Calgary Housed atop the historic Simmons Building in the city ’s East Village, Charbar’s rooftop patio wows with its Bow River views and amazing Argentinian-inspired tapas menu.

The Chase, Toronto For sweeping views of downtown Toronto, head to The Chase’s elegant rooftop terrace, located in the heart of the city’s bustling Financial District.

The Bicycle Thief, Halifax This popular spot has received accolades for its Italian-inspired cuisine—and the patio’s spectacular views of the Halifax Harbour and neighbouring Dartmouth are just as great.

Lift Bar Grill View, Vancouver It’s hard to beat the harbour, Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountain vistas at this chic spot on the waterfront. Plus, if you time things right, you might just catch a stunning sunset

Under the Radar 

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The Teahouse, Vancouver

These tucked-away gems are shielded from the hustle and bustle, offering a relaxed, outdoor dining experience.

The Roost Social House, Winnipeg If you’re not looking, you might miss this spot in the city’s Corydon Avenue district (hint: it’s located above a beauty salon in a 111-year old building). When you do find it, you’ll be treated to an intimate rooftop patio serving delicious small-plate fare plus a unique daily cocktail.

Metric Garden Lounge @ The Bess, Saskatoon This charming patio is situated in the expansive green space behind downtown Saskatoon’s Delta Bessborough, overlooking the South Saskatchewan River and the Meewasin Valley. 

Le Vin Papillon, Montreal This upscale wine bar has buzzworthy food and a quiet, but sunny, patio out back.

The Teahouse, Vancouver Perfect for a date with your friends or your grandma, The Teahouse in Stanley Park is a quaint spot to unwind and enjoy a leisurely meal. Highlight: The location—after your meal, you can explore one of Canada’s most iconic park s.

The Dish Bistro, Edmonton The garden patio here is one of Edmonton’s best-kept secrets. Indulge in comfort food like braised beef short ribs or shepherd’s pie.

Low Key 

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Cannibale, Calgary/Photo by Steve Collins

If you’re looking for a quiet corner to kick back on a warm summer evening, check out one of these low-key spots.

Cannibale, Calgary Cannibale’s intimate patio is popular with locals and a go-to for craft cocktails. Plus, it’s heated for those cool Calgary nights. Bonus: If you need a haircut, there’s an attached barbershop.

529 Wellington Steakhouse, Winnipeg This chic restaurant is housed in a restored mansion. Snag a spot on the backyard garden patio, which backs onto the Assiniboine River.

Bodega, Victoria If you’re looking for Spanish tapas and a relaxing drink, Bodega’s street-level patio on downtown’s Trounce Alley won’t disappoint.

Murray Street Kitchen Wine Charcuterie, Ottawa After you’ve explored the ByWard Market, head to this popular restaurant’s secluded back patio—a welcome reprieve from the hustle of the area.

St. John's Fish Exchange Kitchen & Wet Bar, St. John's This new spot has great views of the harbour and city centre. It’s also partially covered and has heaters, perfect for that famously unpredictable Newfoundland weather. Highlight: Classic cocktails with a twist—try the Newfashioned, mixed with syrup made from local bakeapple. 

People-watching 

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Métropolitain Brasserie, Ottawa

When you’re in the mood for live music and some serious people-watching, head directly to these patios.

The Lower Deck, Halifax Located on the waterfront, The Lower Deck is a Halifax institution. Its patio is always packed with locals, students and visitors taking in the live music and classic pub fare.

Peake's Quay Restaurant & Bar, Charlottetown With more than 250 seats, Peake’s Quay is Prince Edward Island’s largest patio. It overlooks the beautiful Quartermaster Marine and Confederation Landing Park and hosts a free summer concert series with shows twice a day.

Métropolitain Brasserie, Ottawa Métropolitain Brasserie’s prime location on Sussex Drive attracts both locals and visitors. Its comfortable lounge-style seating and fresh oysters also make it a go-to. Highlight: Live music on the patio during Sunday brunch.

Tavern United MTS Centre, Winnipeg This lively bar is popular with local sports fans, but the real draw is the huge rooftop patio. It’s busy most warm nights, especially Wednesdays, when a DJ sets up.

Yard & Flagon, Saskatoon The city's first rooftop patio, “The Yard” is located in the busy Broadway District and draws a diverse crowd.