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My parents are having a long driving holiday mid May - Mid June. They're starting in Chicago, looping up through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and/or Manitoba, and Saskatchewan towards Edmonton, Alberta. After a few days there, they'll head back down through Montana and South Dakota, before heading east to Chicago.

I know that's a huge area, and partly outside this board's usual area, but... any suggestions on 'unmissable' cafes, diners, restaurants, markets, events etc etc would be very gratefully received. Anything 'typical' or, on the other hand, downright unusual and weird, particularly welcome.

I'm trying to research this for them from our home in Scotland - so any suggestions from anyone a bit closer would be fantastic.

Thanks,

Duncan

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  1. In Calgary they really shouldn't miss the Blackfoot farmer's market (in town, on 11 St SE) and the Millarville farmer's market(south of town at the racetrack) on Saturday mornings.
    The Strathcona Farmer's market in Edmonton on Saturday is also good. In Edmonton, I wouldn't miss Jacks Grill, arguably the province's best restaurant.

    Good places in Calgary to go to include the River Cafe, in Princes' Island Park, Caffe Beano for the city's best coffee, Sandro for great Italian food, the Grand Isle for Dim Sum ... the list is long and voluminous. Give me an idea of the food they like.

    In Banff, they shouldn't miss the Banffshire room at the Banff Springs, and the Coyote Grill in town. In Canmore, Zona's Late Night Bistro is great as is Valbella Meats. In Lake Louise, they should stay at the Post Hotel if they can, and have dinner there, and brunch at Deer Lodge.

    I hope they have a great trip.

    1. I haven't been there for a while so my recommendations for food and places to stay would be out of date.

      However, scenery doesn't change. Be sure to include the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper in the trip. I've seen the Alps, the Andes, and the Rockies in the USA and this trip is the most spectacular.