Lazy Day Raft Rentals gears up families and friends and floats them on tranquil cruises along the Bow and Elbow Rivers. A family raft package furnishes four splashing sojourners with life coats, two paddles, one pump, a puncture-resistant raft, and a water gun for holding up stunning riverbanks. Rentals span 24 hours, so river rovers can leisurely splash over the peaceful waters of the Elbow River and sail the raucous, yet navigable, currents of the Bow before returning to any land vehicles left snugly in Lazy Day's free parking lot. Most journeys last two to five hours and glide by such scenic sights as the Calgary Zoo, Shouldice Park, Bowness Park, and plenty of skinny-dipping trout.
Oral Spa's aesthetic professionals brighten bodies inside and out by dispensing products and services that harness the power of LED light, oxygen, and other essential ions. The beauty experts can detoxify the body through an ionic footbath or whiten chompers with LED lights that remove stains left from munching coffee-coloured crayons. At the oxygen bar, selections from up to 12 aromas waft into noses to relax and reenergize bodies.
Oral Spa’s team also helps clients stay healthy between treatments with take-home products such as a nano cup that infuses drinking water with alkaline and filters out most microscopic carcinogens and candy sprinkles.
Situated just off the banks of Calgary’s Bow river in Eau Claire, Oceana Seafood, Steakhouse & Bar features views of Prince’s Island Park pathways from three different dining rooms. Along with a huge selection of fresh fish—including Alaska King crab legs, Arctic char, and Pacific oysters—the eatery uses AAA Sterling Silver Alberta Beef for its juicy filet mignons and New York strips. Steaks can be combined with Nova Scotia sea scallops, lobster tail, or other fresh shellfish. Pasta dishes also take advantage of the fresh fish, with options such as the salmon linguine in an herbed lobster bisque sauce.
In addition to three dining rooms that pair the elegance of white-linen dining with the flair of animal-print chairs, Oceana’s lounge area helps diners cozy up with two fireplaces, leather club chairs, and clamshell booths taken from undersea toll ways. In the warmer months, the patio opens for additional dining space surrounded by lush greenery and potted plants. This comfort and hospitality is the vision of founder Nick Papaioannou, a transplant from Greece who has worked in Calgary restaurants for more than 40 years.
Sumo Lounge's chefs elevate sushi to high art with colorful swirls of sauce and meticulously arranged garnishes. Diners can appreciate these edible masterpieces individually, or sample a variety in the Sumo Dohyo platter, which arrives in a small wooden boat loaded with enough sushi and sashimi for multiple people or pelicans masquerading as people. The chefs also extend their expertise to other traditional Asian staples, including chicken teriyaki and hot-pot muscles. Guests can watch these culinary Picassos work their magic from the sleek, TV-equipped bar, or head outside to catch breezes on the outdoor patio.
Mirchi whisks Calgarians to the Indian subcontinent with authentically spiced entrees from the culinary traditions of Pakistan and Northern India. Mirchi's chicken ($10) and goat ($12) biryanis, flavour-blended with basmati rice and exotic spices and herbs, make bold bites for pleasure-seeking palates otherwise bored with burgers and soulless backgammon. Mirchi manifests a menu of meats for evening munchers, including Pakistani rack of lamb ($32), marinated with tempestuous spices, and the chef's specialty quail masala ($24), flame-grilled and drowned in cashew-tomato sauce. Produce-prone patrons can opt for Mirchi's variety of vegetarian options, including kaala channa ($10), a black chickpea curry, and aloo gobhi ($9), a classic potato and cauliflower curry. Lap a decadent mango lassi ($4) while luxuriating on the plush red couches lining Mirchi's mirrored walls, anticipating rich desserts served under sparkling chandeliers like edible subpoenas. Reservations are required.
Olly Fresco’s whips up a plenitude of hearty noontime noshes in their brightly hued, brushed-steel surrounds, including a trio of New York–style hot sandwiches. The 12-ounce handheld comestibles send mouths on a tasty eastbound sojourn by combining sizzling meats with reproductions of the Big Apple’s breathtaking bread architecture. Hungry duos can flood tooth caves with nibbles of The Giovanni, which coronates layers of brisket and turkey with a gooey swiss-cheese crown, and tongue buds revel in the traditional tastes of The Reuben, which employs classic trimming and trappings such as sauerkraut and grandfatherly know-how to tickle tummies. The Godfather sandwich silences pesky hunger pangs with an unrefusable offer of a hearty entourage of brisket and Montreal smoked meat backed up by a swiss-cheese getaway car.