The last in our posts for Canada 2017. It has been an awesome adventure! From high up in the mountains to canoeing on the lakes who could leave without reviewing the food. The places that we visited had such an eclectic mix of food and we definitely felt treated – so without further ado, here are our Canadian best bites.
A small Asian Eatery situated in the Coal harbour area of Vancouver that’s popular with local business on a lunch time. It is much nicer to visit in in the evening and they are open until 8pm. Heritage is small but has very fast and healthy food. The decor is modern industrial with exposed brick and pipe work, metal chairs and solid wooden tables. The interior feels very open and it has a very chilled out vibe. The amount of food is plentiful and one of our chosen dishes, the chicken rice bowl was $11 and full of food. You order at the cashier, pick up your food and clean up after yourself, which means that service is fast and also it keeps the food at a cheaper price. A great spot to grab some quick, healthy Asian inspired food.
Heritage Vancouver website.
A Vancouver establishment which has some of the best Italian food the city has to offer. Located next to the Rogers arena it is an easy 10 minute walk from central station. With multiple awards and a great sense of service, the food feels wholesome and at a fair price. You will find Italian classics such as Pastas and Pizzas and a large selection of both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. The space inside was large with a high ceiling, making it feel very specious. The restaurant is split into two sections with two separate entrances, the main restaurant to the left and on the right hand side the famous jazz club, which is always busy and has a lively vibe.
Situated right in the middle of Whistler Village, next to the mountain bike hire, the GLC the place to be. It has recently had a makeover and is a great place for some people watching and poutine – we recommend the butter chicken poutine with added bacon (thank you Sarah!). This was easily shareable between 4 people as an aprés snack and if you are wanting more then there is a large selection of traditional mountain foods. They also have a large selection of alcoholic beverages, including some locally brewed beers and ciders. This is the perfect place to sit back and relax with friends on a rainy day and enjoy the fire pits that are now a feature on each seating area on the balcony.
Take a look at the GLC website.
Banff and Lake Louise
Not one to miss. Situated right in the town centre, Touloulou’s is a Banff establishment that has been around forever. They have a very large menu and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make sure to be quick though as this is a Banff favourite and will always have a queue outside. It is quite common for there to be a short wait on the food but you cannot complain as they are making breakfast and lunch at the same time! The staff are really friendly and breakfast was our favourite time of day as they serve big portions and had many of the Canadian classics, plus coffee cups as large as your face for that extra caffeine buzz.
The Mountain Restaurant Lake Louise
For a relatively cheap eat and some great comfort food check out the Mountain Restaurant. Located across the road from the main village centre and close to the majority of hotels, this place isn’t one to miss. The place is always busy and again as Lake Louise is a very small place, with around 800 locals and many tourists coming through daily, many stop off here. The staff were very friendly and attentive and the food varied from pastas to spare ribs. The drinks list was varied and had milkshakes, non alcoholic drinks and beers that mostly supported local brewery’s. The service was fast and the atmosphere quite lively and very family orientated.
The Mountain Restaurant website.
Beaver tails was first created in Canada in 1978 by Grant and Pam Hooker, when they turned their family recipe for fried dough into a new and exciting business.
To explain in the most simplest of ways a Beaver tail is a very thin pastry that is in the shape of a beaver tail (hence the name). They have various toppings from sweet Cinnamon sugar to savoury toppings like Garlic, butter and cheese. We highly recommend the sweet version and one is enough to share between two, or if you are feeling extra hungry – go for it!
The first thing we asked ourselves when seeing this is who is Tim Horton? He is indeed a real person, and long story short a renowned Ice Hockey player who set up a donut shop with his business partner Ron Joyce in 1964. Sadly Tim died in 1974 in a car accident but his memory and now multi million dollar industry is across Canada. If you want to support local, go to a Tim Hortons. What we see as the Canadian version of Starbucks. What you will notice is Canada is inundated by Starbucks and as Canadians love their coffee, there are so many other independent companies to choose from.
Tim Hortons website.
Sadly that’s it from our Canadian journey. We’ve loved every minute of it and look forward to going again in the future. Want to read more of our Canadian travels? Then check out some of our other posts on Canada here.