Tasting Canada: Fall in love with the flavours of Canada

  • 100 events in the PEI Fall Flavours calendar
  • 60 Okanagan grape varieties
  • 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup

Award-winning wine from a local vineyard, succulent rare breed lamb cooked in fragrant garden herbs. Who knew that sustainable eating could taste so good? Plunge into Quebec's cosmopolitan culinary scene. Pick a side: St Viateur or Fairmount? Whose bagels are the best? Learn to shuck PEI Malpeque oysters fresh off the boat; slurp, swallow, savour. Another dozen? Why not. Pair the perfect artisan goat's cheese with honey-sweet Icewine from Niagara. Enjoy a wine-tasting break in the Okanagan Valley. Find your new favourite Merlot, best enjoyed overlooking the sun-dappled vines and glittering lake.

British Columbia

  • Learn the secrets of a professional chef when you take a taste-bud-tingling tour of Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver.
  • Open your mind to ancient ideas used in modern ways at the unique Summerhill Pyramid Winery. Does pyramid-power help the grapes? Grab a seat at the tasting bar to sip the award-winning wine to find out.
  • Vancouver is Foodie Heaven. Sample spot prawns fresh from the water in Yaletown, forage for flavours at the food trucks around the city, shake it up in Gastown with fine dining and innovative cocktails.
  • Discover the 'Napa of the North' on an Okanagan Valley wine tour.

New Brunswick

  • Celebrate the “joie de vivre” of Acadian culture by stepping into Le Pays de la Sagouine where the literary world of French-Canadian author Antonine Maillet comes to life. Munch on a lobster roll, smell the tempting aroma of warm cinnamon pastries at a jolly kitchen party.
  • Enjoy an afternoon garden stroll with a chef choosing and harvesting fresh ingredients for dinner tonight. Fresh salmon and lobster from nearby waters may also be on your plate. Taste artisan cheeses handcrafted in the region and a taste of the good life at the Rossmount Inn.
  • Find your sea legs on a boat out in Shediac Bay with an experienced lobster fishermen at your side. Get your hands dirty and learn the correct way to haul in lobster traps and then the best way to cook up your delicious catch. Feast on succulent lobster on board then relax as you cruise scenic waters, a cool drink in hand on your Lobster Tales cruise.

Ontario

  • Fall in love with the Wine Country Cooking School’s unique brand of sauté and spice. Learn to pair local, seasonal ingredients with wines from Niagara-on-the-Lake’s world-renowned region. Think strawberries and chardonnay in June. Aromas of lime and hazelnut from a gewürztraminer mingled with spicy pork in August.
  • Enjoy Toronto's variety of menus as you sample your way through local flavors at Toronto's St. Lawrence Market or enjoy a glass of local Chardonnay in the world’s highest wine cellar atop the CN Tower.
  • Stroll through Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of Canada’s prettiest towns, window-shopping and sampling icewines from 20 wineries at the annual Niagara Icewine Festival in January.
  • Fire up the stove and get ready to create classic French recipes, in Canada's capital, at the only 'Cordon Bleu' culinary institute in Ottawa. Learn from master chefs and perfect your dicing, slicing and stock-making skills.

PEI

  • Oysters, mussels, lobster and clams: enjoy a shellfish feast while taking in some authentic East Coast entertainment during the three-day PEI Shellfish Festival.
  • Join a generations-old tradition at a St. Ann's Parish supper, where the ladies of the community prepare lobster dinners for visitors in the parish. Feast on coral-red lobster so fresh, it was probably walking along the sea floor beneath you as you paddled in the bay.

Quebec

  • Discover First Nations culture and cuisine at the cosy boutique Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations. Sample home-smoked game and traditionally-prepared fish. Take part in a Labrador tea ceremony and share in the ancient rituals of the Huron-Wendat people.
  • Breathe in and smell the sweet air as the maple tree sap is boiled into golden nectar at a Sugar Shack. Feast on platters of Canadian back bacon, maple-smoked ham, baked beans and pour fresh maple syrup over everything.
  • Discover Quebec's Eastern Townships, just an hour out of Montréal, enjoy a picnic in a grassy field, pick wild berries and sip local cider and apple wine.
  • Drive through a landscape of lush orchards bursting with fruit, eat tourtière, pâté and cassoulet along the way, take an agrotourism journey, connect with Quebecois artisans along The Gourmet Route.
  • See Québec City through the eyes of a local. Walk with a guide who lives here. Feel like a guest—not a tourist. Follow your guide—and your nose—down the cobblestone streets for exquisite French-Canadian cuisine. Sip wine. Sample cheese. Savour pastries. Taste Quebec.

Weather

  • No matter what the weather you'll find a good meal and wonderful wine to pair with it from coast to coast.
  • Seek out steaming bowls of chowder and rib-sticking plates of gravy-soaked poutine in winter, enjoy succulent Alberta beef on the BBQ in summertime and shake a fresh berry cocktail in the late-summer soft fruit season.
  • Find a fun food or drink festival no matter what the season.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.
When to go
  • Winter sees festivals and foodie celebrations across Canada. Sample restaurant menus at great prices at 'Dine Out' in Vancouver and 'Winterlicious' in Toronto.
  • March brings the sweet smell of maple syrup festivals across Ontario and Québec. In May, celebrate craft beers and honey blossom.
  • Summer means barbecue season across Canada. If you're by the sea, feast on 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 galore.
Need to know
  • Don't go over the limit! 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.
  • If you hear shopkeepers asking for a "loonie' they mean a dollar. The two dollar coin is called a "toonie".