Sonora Resort, Sonora Island, British Columbia

Sonora Resort is in what many believe is to be the most beautiful setting in coastal British Columbia, perhaps on the planet.  Sonora Island is at the mouth of Bute Inlet, a fiord where the majestic, glacier-crowned coastal mountains rise out of the ocean. The rivers that melt from them spill into...

Windjammer Restaurant, Delta Beauséjour, Moncton, New Brunswick

Located in relatively rural New Brunswick, Chef Stefan Müller has access to some spectacular ingredients, many of which he has seen develop in the 14 years he has been at the Delta Beauséjour. His 100 mile menu is served all summer long.   Begin with the very local Beausoleil oysters that find...

Rossmount Country Inn, St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Often it’s great innkeepers who want to share the successes of their friends. In this case, it was Bill Bennett of Langdon Hall in Ontario who guided me to Rossmount Inn, just outside the bustle of St. Andrews.  It’s easy to miss.  One word…DON’T! Chris and Graziella Aerni, a couple...

Borealis Grille & Bar, Guelph, Ontario

Bringing local home! Borealis Grille and Bar is a restaurant making a difference and setting a new standard for Ontario, and possibly Canada. The Desautel family just get it.  Bob Desautel’s wee granddaughter, Ava, holds a sign at the left that sums up their entire raison d’etre. Not...

Bushwakker Brewpub, Regina, Saskatchewan

The folks at Bushwakker Brewpub in Regina demonstrate their commitment to all things local through their beer and food, but they’ve also made themselves a popular venue for local music. As well as their menu, the pub has 9 regular beers (brewed year round), 20 seasonal beers (brewed only at...

The Wooly (Woolwich Arrow Pub), Guelph, Ontario

Until recently the word ‘local’ meant a pub where beer drinkers gathered to quaff frosty (or sometimes room temp) beverages and solve the problems of the world.  In Guelph, Local = The Woolwich Arms, a pub/restaurant located in a 115 year old, beautifully restored Victorian home. Known...

Rouge Restaurant, Calgary

Chef Paul Rogalski “Chief Culinary Officer/Co-Owner of Rouge writes: “The foundation of great food starts with the ingredients. Preparing them with respect is the foundation of cuisine. For this very reason my menu will be created as close to the moment as possible as I explore what the best...

Absinthe Café, Ottawa

Chef Patrick Garland’s steak frites have been dubbed as one of the city’s 101 must-try-before-you-die ‘tastes’ by Ottawa magazine. I’d say that it’s not just the steak that’s important in this busy, with-it restaurant.  Garland has a menu filled with lots of other...

Les Jardins Sauvages, Saint-Roch de L’Achigan, Quebec

One of the neatest restaurants in Quebec, Les Jardins Sauvages, is owned and operated by Chef Nancy Hinton and forager/farmer François Brouillard. Aside from being a country eatery, they create and sell a line of products derived from wild plants and mushrooms at a farmer’s market stall at Marché...

Calories Restaurant, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Calories is one of the top restaurants in the Prairie provinces set in Saskatoon, surrounded by great gardens and with access to magnificent produce. As the city’s most successful restaurant, it is a destination. They understands terroir,  specifically Saskatchewan terroir. Chef / Owner Remi...