Morning at the Rose Garden Cafe

How can I begin to tell you how beautiful it is at the Rose Garden Cafe in the morning?There is a quietness before the day begins,

and then there is a sense of beginning each day.

The water sprinklers go on in the park and the gardens drink in their refreshment.

The Park Crews go around and clean up the park and care for it.

Parents come early with children

and they begin to play with each other at the playground.

The water is calm and the sunlight is warm.

In the mornings, we clean our patio and porches with a hose

that washes away the memories of yesterday and prepares for today.

Everything sparkles and the green bushes smile

It is a ritual to place the tableclothes on each table and wash them again,

put the placemats down and complete the look

with whimsical roses and colourful umbrellas.

There is a sense of cleanliness, beauty and order as the daily rhythm unfolds.

Organic coffee is made and the windows are opened

to let the fresh breezes from the lake fill our kitchen and cafe.

The white sheer curtains hanging on the porch bring a sense of imagination

as they blow gently in those breezes.

And one by one, our friends and customers begin to come to the serving window….enjoying entering into our prepared environment to find nourishment, entering into the environment of the park so carefully tended to by the Park Crew, entering into the water of the lake for a different kind of refreshment.

There is laughter at the Rose Garden Cafe as the presence of babies and children arrive hand in hand with parents–one by one and two by two.

There are grandmothers and mothers, fathers and grandfathers, families and friends of all ages….enjoying the selection and ambiance.

As the day unfolds, it grows busier and busier

and there is a hum in the kitchen and a choreography between our employees

that brings that sense of connectedness.

Lines-to-order turn into people being served

and thus it continues throughout the day.

And in the early evening, right before the sun sets behind the mountains,

there is a light, a luminous light that ripples on the water, dancing and sparkling.

It is another beautiful time of the day at The Rose Garden Cafe and Lakeside Park.

Families and friends come to enjoy a meal in this park setting,

so tranquil and so park like on a summer’s evening.

Blankets are spread out on the green grass.

Chairs are set up together with books

and food and drinks we provide for that sense of evening, in the summer, in the park,

near the Rose Garden Cafe.

We are busy preparing for the next day.  We are busy preparing food for nourishment.

We are busy tending and cleaning

and serving everyone who enters into the park’s nature for the day.

And then it is over and the windows are closed and the table clothes are folded

and the flowers are put into a basket and everything is brought inside,

swept, cleaned and tended to as the lights go out

and the quiet walk to the car marks the end of another good, long and joyful day

at the Rose Garden Cafe.

It is an intentional rhythm each and every day, that blossoms roses and bears fruit.

Join us……in this, our last week–

for Labour Day is the traditional weekend for closing.

Once that weekend is over, everyone’s gaze turns elsewhere….

So stay in summer this week, come to the park, come to the Rose Garden Cafe—

blooming brightly and abundantly for its 10th growing season…..

Lazy, Crazy, Hazy Days of Summer

Whether you are coming to the park to swim, to picnic, to cool off, to sail, or to just be with friends in the lovely natural park environment, the Rose Garden Cafe is there to make your day that much better.  The survey’s in:  we love you, you make our stay perfect at the park, you’re like home!  We respect your choices and love your staff.  You have such integrity!   It is always lovely to do a survey and ask you, our valued customers, what you think…..thank you for taking the time to fill it out.  Thank you for loving what we do.  It is our pleasure!

The Rose Garden Cafe—Simply beautiful, Naturally delicious…..your place to eat in the park!

Amazing Summer Weather

We love the summer and it has been amazing weather!

We also love our local suppliers.  Just picked up some of our organic cheese at the farm yesterday and thought you might enjoy some photos.

Buying locally and regionally is very important to us.  Walking onto the farm yesterday was near and dear to our heart.


When Rod and I first met, he was a biodynamic dairy farmer…..our children were born on the farm and we have cared about sustainable agriculture and community living for 30 years.

Stop by the Rose Garden Cafe and enjoy the continuing rays of summertime…..on the beach, in the park, with friends and family……Simply Beautiful, Naturally Delicious….says it all.


Wow! It is August 20!

Feels like summer has just begun in many ways,

and yet it is only 16 days until Labour Day weekend, when we close.

Our hours are changing as the sun is going down sooner.

We are now open every day from 10:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Call us ahead of time and tell us you’re coming and we’d be happy to wait for you!


But let’s stay in the present moment, the park is beautiful, the cafe is lovely and we are here to serve you the best summer food around.

Enjoy the park and the beach!  Enjoy the last days of summertime!

Enjoy life at The Rose Garden Cafe.

Ciao bellos and bellas!


Hot, Cool and Beautiful

The weather is so hot.  The park is so cool.  And the Rose Garden Cafe is so beautiful.  The perfect place to be this summer on the beach, in the park, eating at the Rose Garden Cafe…..

Every day 10 to 7 ish and later……call ahead 250-352-0059….let us know you’re on your way and we’ll wait for you…..lovely dinners, healthy lunches with cool, refreshing beverages…..

Why A Rose and A Garden

A rose unfolds through time… does a garden…..a soul unfolds through time as does a heart……

Beauty feeds the soul.  Roses reveal the beauty.  Gardens feed the body, soul and spirit…..

The Rose Garden Cafe exists to feed the body, soul and spirit….the human being, the human heart and the human mind…..through its interest in upholding the dignity of the rose and tending the gardens of growth……

By the water’s edge, The Rose Garden Cafe holding open the space for nourishment,

beauty and imagination to live and thrive….inviting you to enjoy our food, our ambiance

and our healthy intentions…..


Picnics in the Park

Let us create your perfect day!

Good, healthy options for your picnic in the park!

Enjoy the beach with friends and family and let us do the cooking!  Ah….perfection…..

Turkey/Cranberry Goat Cheese and Artichoke Sundried Tomato Gouda Grilled CiabattaPaninis……Santa Fe Curry Wraps, Classic Organic Burgers, Wild Salmon and Grilled Chicken Breast Burgers, Organic Tofu Cutlets and Crispy Tofu Wedges and Chips……Fish and Chips, Oysters and Chips, Chicken Fingers and Chips…..Yam Fries, Sunny Fries and Poutine with Organic Cheese Curds and Veggie Gravy…..All Day Breakfast Wraps with or without bacon…..

Rose Garden Cafe going strong for 10 years…..Open Daily 10:30 to 7 ish…..250-352-0059…

And don’t forget to join us on Facebook and “LIKE” us….. on The Rose Garden Cafe page….

See you at the park!



The Rose Garden Cafe

Open Daily

10:30 to 7 ish

Lakeside Rotary Park

Simply Beautiful, Naturally Delicious

Iced Coffees, Matcha and Mocha Frappes,

Organic Pop, Juice, Iced Teas and Lemonades

Fish and Chips, Oysters and Chips

Organic Classic Beef Burgers, Wild Salmon, Chicken Breast and Organic Tofu Cutlets

Fresh Organic Garden Salads, All-Day Breakfast Wraps, Santa Fe Curry Wraps

Poutine with organic cheese curds and veggie-based gravy

Yam Fries with Chipotle, Lemon Dill or Curry Dip…

Call us ahead of time, we take orders and we’d love to cook for you…..