Klondike Kate’s Restaurant and Cabins, Dawson City, Yukon

The gold rush of 1898 was a wild time in Dawson City. Its legacy is some great old architecture. Much of Dawson City is a National Historic Site on the banks of the Yukon River, the third longest river in North America which flows northwest from the Coastal Range mountains of northern British...

Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food, St. John’s, NFLD

For such a youthful company, it’s safe to say that Rocket (few ever use the full name) has become a full fledged St. John’s institution. Comments from food writers and Facebook fans say it all. Amidst the 5 Star customer reviews this one stood out. “Truly a gem in the crown that...

backhouse, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

No matter where they’ve been, Chef Ryan Crawford and Beverley Hotchkiss, have celebrated Food Day Canada every year since its inception; once to the point of nearly getting arrested for doing a pop up restaurant at midnight on the main street of Niagara-on-the-lake.   Their busy...

Savour in the Garden, St. Andrew’s by the Sea, New Brunswick

Chef Alex Haun is a someone to watch and to dine with.   He was lured away from his great personally-run restaurant to open Savour in the Garden, the small dining space in Canada’s Garden of the Year 2013, Kingbrae. “I first decided I wanted to be a chef when working in the kitchen at...

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...

Toqué!, Montréal

Chef Normand Laprise and business partner, Christine Lamarche, have been regaling dinners and promoting their suppliers for as long as they’ve been in business. Through Toqué!, they aimed to create a restaurant based on market-fresh cuisine where the emphasis is placed on local products.  It has...

Mercer Hall Inn & Restaurant, Stratford, Ontario

Mercer Hall is a lovely boutique hotel in downtown Stratford, Ontario.  With Chef Ryan O’Donnell at the helm, you can be sure that the menu reads like a who’s who of regional producers. Few farmers raise better meat than Max and Vicki Lass. Heck, they supply Toronto’s Buca...

The Great Room @ Long Beach Lodge, Tofino, British Columbia

Chef Ian Riddick’s career in Canada is long and rich.  But nothing could really have prepared him for the magnificence of having access to the ingredients of a coastal rainforest, particularly in working with the extraordinary bounty of local seafood. “You would think that would be...

Les Jardins de Métis, Grand Métis, Quebec

Les Jardins de Métis is a magical place and a testament to a dream that has spanned generations of the Reford family. In the summer of 1926, Elsie Reford began transforming her fishing camp on the Metis River into a garden. Located 220 miles north-east of Quebec City, at 48.51º N. latitude, the...

Bannock, Toronto

Bannock pays homage to Canada’s culinary history.  It was the flat bread created by First Nations using ‘flour’ made from dried tubers or cattail spires. Then came the early traders who shared the Scot’s name for their wheat flour biscuits that were a staple in the earliest...