The Best Winter Patios Across Canada


Winter in Canada doesn’t have to mean staying indoors. Find scenic views and cozy vibes at these heated patios scattered across the country.

Two women enjoying the patio domes at Restaurant Ophelia during winter in Quebec City
Restaurant Ophelia   Photo: Maxyme Gagné

Restaurant Ophelia — Quebec City, Quebec

Nestled amid the historic cobblestone streets of Old Quebec, this upscale steak and seafood restaurant is the perfect spot for date night. Start with oysters, move on to a seafood tower or prime cut of AAA Angus steak, and don’t skip the Dôme Chocolat for dessert.

December 27, 2023
The elegant rooftop domes at night at the Terrasse William Gray in Montreal
Terrasse William Gray   Photo: Terrasse William Gray

Terrasse William Gray — Montreal, Quebec

Old Montreal is known for its winter charm, when its stone architecture is painted with snow, and now you can enjoy it from one of the area’s best rooftop bars. Reserve a fixed–price brunch or dinner at Terrasse William Gray, with its transparent heated domes and crackling fire for making s’mores, complete with views of the illuminated Grande Roue Ferris wheel.

Black and white photo of a large group of people dining at the Drake Sky Yard in Toronto
Drake Sky Yard

Sky Yard at The Drake — Toronto, Ontario

In Toronto’s trendy West Queen West area, Drake Sky Yard is part indoor lounge, part rooftop terrace. In the winter, grab a log seat around the bonfire or cozy up in one of the tented booths to share fresh sushi and sip specialty cocktails like the Krakatoa, with rum, banana liqueur, brown butter and allspice dram.

The exterior of The Forks during winter with giant oars and fox sculptures in Winnipeg
The Forks   Photo: The Forks

The Forks — Winnipeg, Manitoba

This bustling community spot is so committed to winter, it even hosted a design competition to find the best warming hut solution for the 2023–2024 season. The Forks is more than just a winter patio, though — it’s a gathering spot for events and all kinds of local vendors, from food trucks to artisans, and features firepits and a skating rink.

The Greenhouse at Victoria — Edmonton, Alberta

This polished restaurant is the perfect place to warm up after a day on the cross–country ski track at the adjacent golf course. Treat yourself to a glass of mulled wine and stay toasty next to the firepits, under the glow of string lights, nibbling on local cheeses and cured meats that make up the “Winter Wonderland” charcuterie board.

The sunny interior bar at Teahouse at Stanley Park in Vancouver
Teahouse in Stanley Park

Teahouse in Stanley Park — Vancouver, British Columbia

Take advantage of Vancouver’s mild winter weather on the heated patio of Teahouse. Set against Stanley Park’s stunning natural beauty and ancient trees, it’s a special spot for brunch or a sunset cocktail. Sip on their Hot Buttered Rum, a warming concoction of dark rum, spices and butter.

Twinkling tree lights and candles brighten the winter patio at Fathom in Victoria

Fathom — Victoria, British Columbia

The covered and glass–walled winter patio at Fathom has firepit tables and cozy throws, so you’ll be warm and toasty even before your bubbling pot of cheese or chocolate fondue arrives. There’s a full cocktail menu on offer here, plus several zero–proof options (like the Not Toddy, with honey, lemon, chamomile and ginger beer).