Dining fresh from the water

  • 100 Mile Diet, freshly caught and local
  • 180 species from oceans, lakes and streams
  • 06 types of salmon to smoke, grill, poach or sashimi
Wild salmon tacos, pike ceviche, pickerel sushi anyone? Land a walleye, smell trout sizzling on a beach campfire, savour fresh sablefish at a candle-lit log lodge. Sample your way through lively seaside festivals celebrating everything from oysters to lobster. Then haul up your own prawn lunch from a fjord or tie on an apron and learn to cook your catch at a wilderness retreat culinary class - ribboned with freshwater lakes and rivers and bordered by three oceans, Canada is all about seafood dining, casual to gourmet.   Choose a location and the seafood will be there. Nibble steelhead lox in a luxury lodge after a morning of heli-fishing in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. Watch icebergs drift by and share fishing tales over an Atlantic salmon feast in Newfoundland. Sink your teeth into whitefish sautéed with dill and lemon on a frozen lake after a day of ice fishing in the Northwest Territories. Or sip a cocktail in an urban eatery watching award-winning chefs create trophy spreads from the bounty of our waters.    Canada strives to protect its watery resources and vast diversity of fish species. So do your bit by choosing a sustainable dinner, looking for country-wide Ocean Wise [http://www.oceanwise.ca/] branding on seafood menus, a conservation programme from the Vancouver Aquarium. Then take home sweet memories of new flavours experienced in uniquely Canadian settings.   

British Columbia

• Dine at deluxe waterfront restaurants, sample seafood tacos at food trucks, eat ethnic and forage for your own beachside crab lunch in Vancouver, a Foodie Heaven. • Indulge in organic meals and locally-caught seafood while sipping a glass of BC wine on the deck of remote Tweedsmuir Park Lodge watching Grizzly bears pass by the forest fringe. • Drop a crab trap in the Gulf Islands, reel in Pacific salmon in the Great Bear Rainforest, go clamming in Desolation South and dine on a one nautical mile seafood diet aboard the 1943 luxury yacht, the Pacific Yellowfin.       


• Tried and true scrumptious cookbook recipes [http://www.blueberriesandpolarbears.com/cookbooks/index.htm]  are shared by the Webbers’ family chefs who have been feeding two generations of visitors at their Churchill Wild northern fly-in camps.

Northwest Territories

• Land a fresh trout in the Northern wilderness near Yellow Dog Lodge and prepare it over a campfire in the long-time Canadian tradition of a shore lunch with all the fixings   • Go ice fishing for pike and pickerel at Blachford Lake Lodge and savour your catch under the colourful shifting lights of the Aurora Borealis.  


• Prowl Muskoka cottage country’s charming local inns and restaurants where chefs celebrate the hundred-mile diet philosophy with fresh ingredients from local farmers and fishermen. 


Prince Edward Island

• Head to church and tie on a bib for a traditional 5-course lobster supper dinner – including homemade seafood chowder and the island’s famous blue mussels - at St. Ann’s Parish near Charlottetown.   • Party in celebration of oysters, mussels, lobster and clams to the toe-tapping tunes of authentic East Coast music during the annual PEI Shellfish Festival.   • Don a mask and snorkel and head onto a sandbar into warm, chest-deep waters to dig up giant 1.3 kilo clams to be deliciously cooked up right on the beach for lunch during Tranquillity Cove Adventures’ Giant Bar Clam Dig.  


• Embark on a self-guided foodie tour from farmer's fields and orchards to artisan producers and the dining room tables of local chefs along Québec’s Gourmet Route.    • Explore First Nations culture with a French accent. Sample traditionally-prepared fish, maple smoked trout, salmon and scallops on a wilderness table d’hôte at Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations and share in the ancient rituals of the Huron-Wendat people.


• Stuffed lake trout and hot bannock bread are served al fresco on a sunny Prairie lakeshore at Foster Lake Lodge after an exhilarating day of fishing in the wilderness.


•  No matter what the weather you'll find a good seafood meal and accompanying Canadian wine or micro-brew beer to pair it with from coast to coast. •  Pack sun screen and an umbrella and seek out steaming bowls of chowder, fish and chips, First Nations smoked or candied salmon, lobster rolls and freshly shucked oysters at everything from local barbecue joints and food trucks to high end and ethnic eateries. • Discover local weather information.  Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Normals Website.
When to go
• There are great winter foodie festivals and celebrations across Canada. Sample restaurant menus at great prices at Vancouver’s “Dine Out”, Toronto’s “Winterlicious”, and the “Festival en Lumiere” in Montréal. • In March there are maple syrup festivals and sugar shack feasts across Ontario and Québec. In May, celebrate craft beers and honey blossom. • Summer means barbecue season. If you're by the sea, grill lobsters pulled fresh from the ocean. Raise a glass of rose wine or enjoy chilled apple cider in the sun. • Wine and oysters come together in autumn with Fall Flavours festivals and seafood celebrations.  
Need to know
• Don't go over the limit and know the rules of your home country if you’re taking seafood back with you! Make sure you're up to speed on customs and duty free information. • Want to hook it and cook it? Find out more about fishing regulations ] across Canada. • Tipping is common in Canada. Aim for around 15% if you're happy with the service you receive.