Bow Valley Ranche is located off the beaten track, right in Fish Creek Provincial Park. Don’t make the same mistakes we did attempting to find this place. There’s only one way to get there by car (don’t trust GPS!). For some reason, certain areas of the park are closed off so you’ll get stuck if you attempt to drive through it. Bike there instead. 😉
The outside is beautiful. The house where Bow Valley Ranche resides is rustic, homely and quaint. It literally feels like you’re eating in someone’s cabin, albeit a fancy one.
Outside fence is cute. No bicycles/no dogs in case you can’t interpret those mini signs.
We were seated beside the fire. Soothing to say the least. Couple stuffed animal heads round up the decor.
A little history on their menu. Cool how it’s etched in.
Brunch menu is short and sweet. Couple appetizers and then entrees. Their specialty is on local wild game. Pricey.
Stuffed french toast ($17.00)
Seasonal berries, maple syrup and chantilly. Presentation is beautiful but this plate is tinnyyyy. S really liked the chantilly but I’d be shocked if he even was a quarter full.
2x Game meat burger ($23.00)
Fried egg, bacon, aged cheddar, lettuce, tomato and sweet potato fries. According to our waiter, the meat is a mixture of a couple types of game; bison, elk and possibly others. Surprisingly, I didn’t find the burger too gamey, which I was a bit letdown by. What’s the point it if it doesn’t taste gamey? Must be catering to the clientele here.
The burger was definitely the best deal out of all the dishes we ordered. The yam fries were also on point.
Sparks Farms eggs benedict ($20.00)
Three options to choose from but Oks decided to go traditional (smoked salmon and tomato/baby kale were the other choices). Comes with potatoes sarladaise and seasonal fruit. We had no idea what sarladaise was but it’s potatoes made from garlic and fat. No wonder these were tasty buggers. The eggs benny was pretty standard; nice soft, runny yolks and tasty hollandaise sauce.
This is fancy brunch and while everything was good, I wouldn’t trouble yourself to come all the way out here. It was worth trying once but the price point will likely prevent me from coming back anytime soon. So many other brunch places in Calgary to try.
Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE