The Wildflower @ Chateau Whistler, Whistler, British Columbia

Nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, it took Canadian Pacific Hotels to build another chateau with luxurious rooms, lots of dining options including the Wildflower, award-winning golf and a full-service spa. Although it’s now a Fairmont property, it remains one of the finest such...

[email protected], Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Vancouver

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is a luxury hotel in the middle of one of the busiest, most modern airports in North America. Recently voted the #1 Airport Hotel in North America for the fifth year in a row at the Skytrax World Airport Awards, this AAA / CAA 4-diamond Vancouver airport luxury hotel...

The Lobby Lounge and RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, Vancouver

The Fairmont Pacific Rim was built for the 2010 Olympics and the tension in waiting for this luxurious property to fling open its door all across the city and within the travel industry was palpable. It is truly glamorous.  So much so that it’s received the CAA/AAA Five Diamond Award. ...

Quaaout Lodge and Talking Rock Golf, Chase, British Columbia

In a land of pictographs and ancient traditions, Quaaout Lodge is sharing the time honoured tradition of hospitality.  “With a good heart, we welcome you to our territory.” Elder and former Chief, William Arnouse, named the lodge “Quaaout” which means “when the sun’s rays first hit the...

Part and Parcel, Victoria, British Columbia

This small, well-run and ultimately casual restaurant is outside of the tourist region of downtown Victoria but it’s seriously worth the 10 minute cab ride! Heck, on one of the city’s many nice days, you could walk.  EAT Magazine, the city’s go-to culinary guide, writes...

pilgrimme Restaurant, Galiano Island, British Columbia

Every Gulf Island has it’s own food voice.  Galiano is no different but lately the tune has been enhanced by the team of Chef Jesse McCleery and his partner Leanne Lalonde who’ve opened a new farm-to-table restaurant they’ve called pilgrimme and immediately began to be noticed....

Heartwood Kitchen Food Outfitter, Ucluelet, 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...

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Vancouver

Chef Alex Chen of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar works his magic at the iconic Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver and was named Vancouver’s Chef of the Year 2018 at the Vancouver Magazine Awards.  With a signature recipe that blends a respect for the past with a celebration of the...

The Fish Counter, Vancouver

When marine biologist Mike McDermid (on the right below), at that time working at the Vancouver Aquarium,  started the seafood certification system, Ocean Wise ™, he created a movement that has engaged top chefs and restaurants from coast to coast.  One of those chefs was Robert Clark who, as a...

ARC, Fairmont Waterfront Centre, Vancouver

On a bright summer’s day, a falcon swoops and touches down briefly in the rooftop garden near the ARC Restaurant. Little wonder for this lush, full-fledged herb garden is sheltered and quiet even in the downtown heart of coastal Vancouver.   I love this hotel and I’ve experienced its...