We visit The Range every time we’re in Canmore and it never disappoints. The soups are always great, the sandwiches are fresh and tasty, and the kids love the mac & cheese. And the staff are super friendly. Highly recommend this place, especially the picnic tables outside on a sunny day!
“Chicken Sandwich is so tasty”
The Range is a great addition to Canmore. The Mushroom soup and Chicken Sandwich is my favourite. Great value with their lunch ½ sandwich and soup. This is by far my favourite lunch spot in town. Love the atmosphere inside feeling cozy and just like you are in your own kitchen.
We stumbled upon this place when it first opened. Needing a bite to eat for lunch and we thought, "Let's give it a try, it looks interesting." Well, we were in for a treat! My husband ordered a soup and I had the prosciutto and ham sandwich. Must say, one of the best sandwiches I've had in a long time! Absolutely delicious and full of flavor. My husband said the same about his soup. Yummy! And the staff were very friendly and courteous. The Range will be our "go to" restaurant for lunch every time we visit Canmore!
“Great Sandwich shop, however it is a busy popular place”
I had lunch here a couple weekends ago, and I had a great family lunch. I actually had the opportunity to meet the local owner who was very engaging while busy working the floor and bussing tables. The menu is simple but was exactly what we were looking for, however as mentioned in the title of my review, it is a “busy popular place” so be prepared for a slight line out the door and a wait for a table, however you wouldn’t be disappointed.EJ Roe
REVIEWED by Afton Aikens: CANMORE DINING GUIDEOver the years living in Canmore, my partner Cody and I have eaten at most of the restaurants in town numerous times (this town has a fantastic dining scene), so when a new restaurant opens it’s always exciting to check it out for the first time.
Such was the case with The RANGE, which had just reached its six-month anniversary when we had lunch there last week. The RANGE is located just off Main Street and is a cafe-style restaurant with rustic chic decor and big windows that let in lots of natural light, complementing the crisp colour palette.
We ordered at the counter—I chose the classic toasted cheese sandwich (which was anything but your typical grilled cheese; it was amazing) with mushroom soup, and Cody got the shaved prosciutto ham sandwich with a beet horseradish soup.
He originally had his eye on the beef curry stew, as he’d been to The RANGE before and had a pork stew that he really liked, but the stew was sold out this day (a testament to its quality, I’d say). For those who prefer smaller portions at lunch like I sometimes do (a big meal tends to put me to sleep at my desk), The RANGE offers a half sandwich special which comes with a smaller bowl of soup than the regular soup order.
We sat at a wooden two-top table beside a window with a view of Mount Lady Macdonald, and the bustling downtown intersection of Main Street and 7th Avenue. It was a sunny day and a lot of lunch-goers were walking around. The RANGE has a small sidewalk patio out front with two large picnic tables and one small. Inside, I was admiring the decor with pictures of livestock and vegetables on the walls. The utilitarian light fixtures and white subway tile on the counter added to the ambience.
Other interesting decor features included framed latitude/longitude coordinates, which managing partner Todd Hewitt later told us represented where he met his wife and where his child was born. The RANGE is a family business through and through—Todd’s relatives have been in the Bow Valley since 1907.
But now, for the food! I was impressed with the mushroom soup - it’s hard to find one with large mushroom slices rather than tiny chopped mushrooms. The soup was flavourful and savoury, and creamy but not too thick. The toasted cheese sandwich was decadent and unique, like no other grilled cheese I’ve had before. It had aged cheddar, brie, goat cheese, and beet and apple chutney. I could taste cinnamon on the soft baked apples. The cheese was generous, and the bread was crispy.
Cody’s meal was filling, but not too much, he said. The prosciutto ham sandwich was flavourful (as bold as the colours were bright, with cured tomato, avocado, arugula and pickled red onion), tasted fresh and went down easily. The bun was soft and the sandwich had the right amount of meat. One flavour didn’t overpower another. The olive tapenade spread added richness. The beet soup was bright, flavourful and thick—kind of like a beet purée.
While we were eating, we overheard a customer tell Todd The RANGE was her favourite restaurant. It’s easy to see why. The RANGE is committed to flavour and fresh food. Those who want to try it for dinner can visit on Friday or Saturday when the evening menu is available until 8pm.. The restaurant is also starting to offer a sandwich of the day, for even more variety.