Old Vines Restaurant, Quails’ Gate Winery, Kelowna (West Bank)

Tiny quail skitter quickly between the rows of grapes (and across the roadways). The vineyards stretch down towards the water, disappearing over a ridge. The air smells of earth and of summer. Quails’ Gate Winery is owned and operated by the Stewart Family, the name Stewart being synonymous...

Camille’s Restaurant, Victoria, British Columbia

Located in the heart of Old Town Victoria in a building  (c.1898) designed by Francis Rattenbury, Camille’s is comfortable, fine dining. It’s a lovely dining room with owners who truly care for their clientele.   Owners Jamie Williams & Chef Stephan Drolet (at right) are commited...

The Wickaninnish Inn & The Pointe Restaurant, Tofino, B.C.

Soft round notes of a hidden flute rise as the early summer sun sets over the Pacific. The shores become shadowy; frogs take over, singing their hearts out. Offshore a line of breakers surge onto a reef connecting the islands.  This is Tofino, more specifically, The Wickaninnish Inn, the long time...

The Terrace Restaurant, Kelowna, British Columbia

Perched on a majestic hill overlooking the valley, Mission Hill Family Estate Winery is one of the most beautiful wineries in Canada. From its iconic bell tower, the bells peal at noon and echo over Lake Okanagan. No visit to the Okanagan is complete without enjoying at least one glass of wine at...

Poppadoms, Kelowna, British Columbia

“What’s a young English footballer to do after playing goalkeeper for England U-16 and then signing with Arsenal Ladies? Aman Dosanj and family crossed the pond to open a dynamic, contemporary Indian restaurant that has found a surprising synergy with Okanagan terroir—both in its innovative...

Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar, Kelowna, British Columbia

Kelowna is a hotbed of culinary talent. Many of the young chefs (seems that youth is a prerequisite) have arrived from across Canada. Because the city is at the heart of the wine industry, it was just a matter of time before a chef with sommelier credentials would land in the valley. In 2004,...

ARC, Fairmont Hotel Waterfront Centre, Vancouver

On a bright summer’s day a falcon swoops and touches down briefly in the rooftop garden of The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. Little wonder, for this lush, full fledged herbal garden is sheltered and quiet, even in the downtown heart of Vancouver. On the hotel’s third-floor terrace,there...