So, it’s a bit snowy in Calgary these days which makes it the perfect opportunity to leave town and go snowshoeing.
Headed south with the peeps last weekend to do some snowshoeing in beautiful Waterton Lakes National Park. Waterton is smaller and more peaceful than Banff and I love going to the park in the winter because it’s so quiet. I would say 95 per cent of its businesses close up and await the summer season. As many know, the Park was ravaged by wildfire last year, and judging by how close some of the burnt out trees are to the townsite, we’re very lucky to still have a Waterton at all, so huge kudos to all the crews that worked on the blaze.
During our trip last year, Wieners of Waterton was open so we delighted in some pre-snowshoe hot dogs. We were looking forward to doing the same this year but no dice. The one place open in town was Vimy’s Lounge & Grill at the Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort – and it was hopping as our servers told us there were three weddings … that day. So, after being all adventurous out in the beautiful cold, we headed to Vimy’s and sat amongst the families dressed in their wedding finery.
There’s really nothing like an ice cold beer to wrap up some cold day exertions and I tried a pint of the Big Rock Magpie. I’ve never heard of the Magpie (apparently it’s a “retro” brew) but it had a nice, even flavour and was a really nice, easy to drink beer that I would look for again.
Since we were in that weird twilight zone between lunch and supper, we just ordered a bunch of appetizers between the five of us.
The deep fried pickles ($9) were delish. Not Ship & Anchor delish, but very tasty indeed. What I found odd was they were served with good ol’ sour cream. Now I totally dig sour cream, but I feel something with a little more zing, like an aioli of some sort, might pair better with these deep fried beauties.
The southwest spinach and artichoke dip was creamy and well cheesed. No one likes skimpy cheese sportsfans. I like that it was accompanied by both nacho chips and pita pieces. I’m on team pita with this one, probably because you can load more on it and cram it in your piehole. At $17, this was our priciest pick of the day.
We also had chicken wings, obvs, in the honey hot flavour ($16). They were hella saucy and very tasty, and I appreciate the effort, but two carrot sticks and three pieces of celery is a little on the short side. Probably the tastiest, and most reasonable purchase of the day was James’ poutine ($11). It was a great portion, the gravy was rich and the fries in the happy place between too thick and too thin.
If you’re thinking of being all romantic and stuff this Valentine’s Day, they do have a special posted, so that’s one sweet road trip option for you and your person.