Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec

On the banks of Lake Massawippi, near North Hatley in Quebec’s Eastern Townships (L’Estrie), this inn and the chefs have been harvesting the region and serving it forth for as long as I’ve been writing about it. I published then-Chef Roland Ménard’s recipe in 1990 for lamb tenderloin...

Oxbow @ Hotel Arts Kensington, Calgary

On the banks of Calgary’s meandering Bow River, the elegant boutique Hotel Arts Kensington exudes the motto of Relais et Chateaux…comfort, calm and best of all in my books, cuisine. Their new restaurant, Oxbow, fits that respected organization with Canadian members like Langdon Hall,...

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, one for each member of the von Mandl family, peal at noon echoing over Lake Okanagan.  No visit to the Okanagan is complete...

River Café, Calgary

Located in the middle of Prince’s Island Park, on the lagoon where the Bow River passes though downtown Calgary, River Café has featured “Seasonal Canadian Cuisine” since the mid-1990s.   Inspired by the natural setting of the Bow River Valley, the restaurant has the feel and nostalgic...

Little Louis’ Oyster Bar, Moncton, New Brunswick

Little Louis’ Oyster Bar dedicates its menu to stylishly celebrating the food life of the region. Tucked up a set of stairs on the second floor, this warm and inviting dining room is absolute proof that a climb doesn’t keep hungry (and wise) diners away.  There you’ll find a wine...

360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, Toronto

Their tagline is “Canadian Ingredients ~~ Canadian Wine ~~ Canadian View”  The unspoken one…at least publicly is “we don’t buy things in, we make things here.”    Since John Morris took over as the Executive Chef, the dining experience at 360 has become even...

L’Abattoir, Vancouver

L’Abattoir is arguably one of the most solidly creative and award-blessed restaurants in British Columbia. Lee Cooper is the soft-spoken chef with a boyish demeanour who not only grew up in the restaurant business, but flourished in it.  As a young man he worked in his dad’s A&W...

RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna, British Columbia

When Relais Gourmande veterans, Chef Rod Butters and business partner Audrey Surrao, launched RauDZ Regional Table in Kelowna, it was clear that the city was ready for such a culinary experience. They had come from the coast of Vancouver Island and the extraordinary Wickaninnish Inn where between...

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.  The Wickaninnish presides over it all.  This is Tofino, more...

Waterfront Wines Restaurant, 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,...