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The Best Rooftop Patios in Canada

From Victoria to Montreal, these are some of our favourite rooftop spots to enjoy a refreshing drink and views of the city.

SAT Labo Culinaire Montreal

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SAT Labo Culinaire, Montreal

Set against the Société des Arts Technologiques Satosphere – a giant silver dome dedicated to immersive audiovisual experiences – the rooftop at Foodlab offers a unique Montreal dining experience. Grab a seat at one of the large communal picnic tables and order from the ever-changing seasonal menu. Try the Porc Beaurivage, a plate of pork prepared three ways: roasted loin, glazed pork belly and confit pork loin, served with puréed parsnip and oyster mushrooms. Ask your waiter to pair your dish with a glass of natural wine.

1201 Boul. St-Laurent, 514-844-2033, sat.qc.ca

Craft Beer Market Edmonton

Craft Beer Market, Edmonton

A central bar welcomes guests inside this downtown Edmonton craft-beer destination. The industrial decor extends to the rooftop patio, where the draft lines run overhead. Order the beer-braised beef brisket, served with smashed potatoes tossed in parsley shallot aioli and crisp seasonal vegetables, and wash it down with a glass of Common Crown Journeyman IPA from Calgary.

10013 101A Ave. N.W., 780-424-2337, craftbeermarket.ca

The Broadview Hotel Rooftop Bar

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The Broadview Hotel, Toronto

Built inside a restored Romanesque Revival building that previously housed a strip club, one of The Broadview Hotel’s standout feature is the rooftop bar and terrace. Surrounded by glass walls and a pyramidal skylight, the indoor restaurant can accommodate up to 100 diners, while the adjoining terrace offers stunning views of the Toronto skyline. The menu focuses on fresh flavours with dishes like bay scallop ceviche with white sweet potato, salted cucumber and crispy garlic, and modern takes on pre-Prohibition cocktails. Request the Dingman’s Delight: Hendrick’s gin, white vermouth, yellow chartreuse, cucumber, lime juice and black-pepper syrup. 

106 Broadview Ave., 416.362.8439, thebroadviewhotel.ca

The Roost on Corydon, Winnipeg

The concept here is simple: craft cocktails made using seasonal ingredients, accompanied by shareable plates like sautéed prawns with buffalo mozzarella and fermented garlic. Located on the upper level of a converted house, the intimate 18-seat venue feels like a treehouse with sweeping views of Winnipeg. Browse the menu for a wide variety of cocktails, like the aptly named Rooftop Climb, made with amber and white rum, ginger beer, strawberries, orange and lime.

651 Corydon Ave., 204-414-9313, theroostwpg.com

Terrasse William Gray Montreal

Terrasse William Gray, Montreal

This boutique hotel is a can’t-miss Old Montreal destination, especially in the summer thanks to its panoramic rooftop terrace. Mingle with the stylish after-work crowd and take in the city views while nibbling on lobster and shrimp rolls and sipping an aperol spritz.

421 Rue Saint Vincent, 8th Floor, 514-656-5600, hotelwilliamgray.com

Reflections: The Garden Terrace, Vancouver

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Reflections: The Garden Terrace, Vancouver

Set foot in this beach-inspired downtown hot spot and you’ll feel like you’ve been teleported to Miami. Tucked in the inner courtyard of Vancouver's Hotel Georgia’s fourth floor, the Garden Terrace impresses with coastal decor that combines turquoise and teal accents with lush greenery, floral arrangements and soft Edison bulbs. Quench your thirst with a refreshing Watermelon Smash, a mix of vodka, lemon, mint and watermelon. On colder nights, cozy up by the heater or wrap yourself in one of the bar’s warm blankets.

801 West Georgia St., 604-673-7043, rosewoodhotels.com

Rooftop Bar at the Simmons Calgary

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Rooftop Bar @ the Simmons, Calgary

Located atop Charbar, Rooftop Bar is a must for those who love happy hour and sunsets. Choose from a selection of small plates, thin-crust pizzas and fire-grilled meats, like the New York steak with spiced potato wedges and charred corn. The rooftop is first-come first-serve, so arrive early to take advantage of the $5 happy-hour specials and to secure a front-row seat to watch the sun set over the Calgary's Bow River.

Simmons Building, 618 Confluence Way S.E., 403-452-3115, rtbsimmons.ca

Rooftop Patio at the Strathcona, Victoria

Two full-size volleyball courts, courtside seating and a restaurant make this Victoria rooftop one of the best places to spend a summer afternoon. Featuring signature cocktails and a West Coast-inspired menu, the Victoria restaurant offers lots of sharing options. Refuel with your teammates after a heated match with creamy avocado fries and a barbecue sampler: slow-roasted Angus beef brisket, St. Louis ribs, beer-can chicken, porchetta and corn bread. Only one volleyball court is open for 2017, so be sure to book it in advance.

919 Douglas St., 250-383-7137, strathconahotel.com

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