Celebrate spring 2017 in Calgary with Easter brunch

The arrival of spring has Calgary’s restaurants energized and it shows in the sumptuous spreads they’re preparing for Easter brunch on Sunday, April 16. You’ll find a profusion of variations on eggs Benedict, a whole lot of locally created charcuterie, wildly fruity pancakes and waffles, plus bacon, bacon and more bacon and so much more at these buffet and à la carte meals.

Sky 360

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101 9 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1J9

As with all meals served atop this downtown landmark, an Easter brunch reservation entitles you and your crew to a free elevator ride as well as access to the tower’s observation deck. It's not chocolate eggs but the banana bread French toast is a real treat. Main course options include a Canadian benny and Alberta steak and eggs, or the Sky 360 frittata and spinach and goat cheese salad.

Heritage Park Historical Village

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1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary, AB T2V 2X3

Located on the grounds of Heritage Park Historical Village, the Wainwright Hotel is open for Easter brunch reservations. Take a seat on the main level of this frontier diner for a meal hearty enough to suit the pioneers. Visit the carving station for glazed ham and roast beef. Further optional courses include eggs Benedict, candied salmon and fresh-baked hot-cross buns. Brunch is accompanied by an optional egg-decorating session.

The Calgary Zoo

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1300 Zoo Rd NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6

Easter brunch buffet at the Calgary Zoo’s Safari Lodge features a variety of delicious options. Choose from brunch favourites that include eggs Benedict, waffles, bacon and sausage as well as a variety of salads, sushi and slow-roasted Angus beef from the carving station. Easter-apropos, a visit to the chocolate fountain is recommended.

The Rimrock

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133 9 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2M3

Easter brunch is a comfortable dress-up occasion at the Fairmont Palliser hotel. Enjoy an expansive buffet spread in the antique-luxury surroundings of The Rimrock, with its embossed leather pillars and high ceilings. Alberta’s finest meat will be sliced at the beef station, and further fare includes fresh seafood and house-made desserts. Hot entree items include coconut curry red snapper and braised pork shoulder with wild mushrooms. Reservations must be made in advance. Adults tickets are priced at $45 with children ages six to 12 get in for $22.50. Children ages 5 and under eat free.

Yellow Door Bistro

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119 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0G8

Plumping up an already sumptuous Sunday buffet spread, Easter brunch at Yellow Door Bistro in Hotel Arts features the addition of a chilled seafood station and a full dessert bar. Further buffet items may include pancakes or French-toast du jour as well as other hot selections. $35 per guest.

River Cafe

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25 Prince's Island Pk, Calgary, AB T2P 0R1

The poplars are budding and spring is, well, springing, on Prince’s Island Park, a perfect opportunity to enjoy River Café's brunch this Easter. Always focused on local and sustainably produced food, this cottage-like spot offers dishes that include eggs Benedict with smoked trout or bison chorizo, brioche French toast, duck confit and chicken pot pie. Reservations are recommended.

Lake House

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747 Lake Bonavista Dr SE, Calgary, AB T2J 0N2

With its view overlooking Lake Bonavista and its mountain-lodge interior, a visit to The Lake House is always a treat. The restaurant’s brunch-time spin on its Rocky Mountain cuisine includes shareable dishes such as regional meat and fish charcuterie boards and East Coast oysters. Magnificent à la carte mains include banana bread French toast, fried buttermilk chicken (includes egg, biscuits, bacon and more) and quiche with chutney and greens. Among dessert’s heavy hitters: warm Saskatoon berry and frangipane tart . Seatings: 10 am to 1:30 pm.

Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

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15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2J 7A7

Easter brunch is an à la carte affair at Bow Valley Ranche in Fish Creek Park. Visit this elegant ranch house for starters that include breakfast pastries and seasonal berries as well as tiger prawns and a beet and goat cheese salad. Entrees include steak and eggs, game-meat burger topped with fried egg and bacon, toasted mushrooms with foie gras and poached eggs on sourdough bread as well as house-smoked salmon. Reservations are recommended.

Bears Den

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254028 Bearspaw Rd, Calgary, AB T3L 2P7

Just northwest of the city on Highway 1A, Sunday brunch at Bears Den features comfort-food dishes heavy on Alberta ingredients. Seatings run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., with tickets priced at $32.95 for adults, $30.95 for seniors 65 and older and $15.95 for youth aged 13 to 18. Children aged three to 12 eat for $1.50 per year of age, while children under three years of age eat free.

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