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...

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,...

Panache, Auberge St. Antoine, Quebec City

Auberge Saint-Antoine is a window on Québec City’s past. Hundreds of artifacts from both the French and English regimes were discovered during an extensive archaeological dig on the property.  As a member of Relais et Chateaux, the hospitality and style are guaranteed.  The hotel itself is a...

Siwash Lake Ranch, 70 Mile House, British Columbia

When we first met, Chef Derek Bendig was cooking and managing the cheese-making programme at Pangaea.   Now, as the Executive Chef at Siwash Lake Ranch, Derek has landed in culinary heaven and is once again making cheese and sharing his talents with some very lucky guests. His menus feature ranch...

Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec

As Sooke Harbour House is to British Columbia, Manoir Hovey is to Quebec. On the banks of Lake Massawippi, near North Hatley in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, this inn and the chefs have been harvesting the region and serving it forth for as long as I’ve been writing about it and, like me, he’s still...

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...

Burdock & Co, Vancouver

Andrea Carlson, another veteran of John Bishop’s incredible kitchen which has launched so many fine careers, has landed on the soon-to-be-trendy Main Street.   The relatively tiny restaurant is a perfect canvas for her to practice her culinary art.  I love her totally shareable menu.  The...