Resources

 

If you are travelling anywhere in British Columbia, we encourage you to check out the incredibly helpful folks at Tourism BC

 

Their website www.hellobc.com  is full of excellent information and divided into regions for easy research. When we had specific questions about an area, we found them super helpful, going out of their way to provide us the information we needed when researching stories for the show. We live in an amazing province – enjoy your travels!

 

 

Flavours of the West Coast – Victoria Tea Locations

Silk Road Tea

Since 1992 Silk Road Tea has been creating the world’s finest, freshest, organic teas, and skin and body products. They started in Victoria’s iconic Chinatown and are now an award-winning company with national recognition. Find out more at http://www.silkroadteastore.com

 

Teafarm

In 2003, Margit and Victor left Vancouver for the Cowichan Valley to create Artfarm, where they began to plant lavender, garlic and harvested hay. After turning their old barn into a usable indoor space, Margit began to make clay teapots. That, and the love for quality tea led to their farm being dedicated to sharing art and tea culture! Find out more at www.teafarm.ca

 

The WildFoods Experience
Katy Harding is a Victoria native with a passion for the “awesomeness of nature” and provides information on foraging, wildcrafting tours, walks and classes on harvesting edible plants! For more information on her services, head over to her Facebook page “The Wildfoods Experience” at www.facebook.com/wildfoodexperience

 

Cary Castle Mews, Government House

The Cary Castle Mews are a cluster of 19th century wooden service buildings located on the southeast side of the historic Government House estate. The Mews consist of stables, a carriage house, a gaol, a root cellar, a washhouse and a poultry house. Rudi’s Tea Room was unveiled June of 2015 by Government House. For more information, visit http://www.Itgov.bc.ca

 

Flavours of the West Coast – Hope Locations

 

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You Grow Food Aquaponics

What began as a research project, this small-scale commercial greenhouse in Hope currently operates to provide fresh greens and herbs locally. Still conducting research in the mean time, You Grow Food also teaches others how to grow aquaponically. For more information on their gardens, visit www. yougrowfood.ca

 

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Blue Moose Coffee House

First opening their doors in December 2000, owner Wes Bergmann created an environment where people could meet, enjoy great coffee, food and diverse conversation. Bordered by the Fraser River and breathtaking mountains, they invite you to come and enjoy our warm,  welcoming atmosphere of art, colour, couches and be served by great staff with great coffee and great staff with great coffee and great food. For more information, visit www.bluemoose.coffee

 

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239 Wallace

239 Wallace provides breathtaking scenery and a small town feel to experience a downtown meal in style. Locally sourced products are at the core of the menu, while inspiration and creativity bring a unique flavour to a variety of dishes. For more information on their menu and story, visit  www.293wallace.com

 

Taves Family Farms

Ever since Great Grandfather John purchased his first plot of land back in the 1930s, farming has remained a family tradition for this family. Three generations later, and still located in the southern lands of the Fraser Valley, Taves Family Farms continues to thrive. They decided to share their gifts by creating an agritourism attraction called the Applebarn. For more information, visit http://www.tavesfamilyfarms.com

 

Pete Ryan the Woodcarver

Pete’s been carving for over 40 years and is a master of his craft. He can tell you everything there is to know about the subjects he carves, from the number of feathers on a bird’s wing to the exact angle at which a bear’s claw curves. Pete works at his home in Hope, BC and is suddenly found himself the veteran caver in the pressure-cooker Pioneer yard. For more information on his work, visit www.pete-ryan.ca

 

 

Flavours of the West Coast – Richmond Locations

 

YK3 Sake House

This Sake production house is home to Yoshiaki Kasugail, the only certified master sake brewer (or toji) in Canada. Their website has information on their different brewery products and where their products are sold around BC. For more information, visit www.yk3sake.com/index.htm

 

Steveston Visitor Center

Richmond’s visitor center is open year-round with trained counselors who can help you out with accommodations, transportation, tour bookings, attraction tickets, directions and more. For more information, visit http://www.visitrichmondbc.com/travel-tools/visitor-centre/

 

Ichiro Japanese Restaurant

Located in a village where many Japanese Canadians live, this great restaurant has served fresh seafood and traditional Japanese cuisine since 2006 in Steveston. Their sushi master, Sakura, has over 25 years in the sushi business and creates original dishes that respect both Japanese and Canadian culture. For more information, visit http://www.ichirojapaneserestaurant.com

 

Shibuyatei Japanese Restaurant

This popular ramen noodle restaurant, run by Chef Takeo Sato, opened up 4 years ago and serves up Tokyo style ramen with a broth that has many secret ingredients in it. The local favorite doesn’t have a website, but does have many great reviews.

 

 

Flavours of the West Coast – Ucluelet Locations

 

Effingham Oyster

Grown deep in the pristine waters of the fjords of Effingham Inlet, oysters are in varying water conditions are kept in this state of the art facility north of Barkley Sound. For more information on their process and distributors, visit www.effinghamoyster.com/home.html

 

Ravenlady Food Truck

Open year-round, this upscale food truck is located in the heart of Ucluelet, serving an amazing selection of fresh pacific oyster dishes to hungry travellers and locals on the move. For more information on their menu and story, visit www.ravenlady.ca

 

Hanks Untraditional BBQ

This popular smoked meat restaurant has all the classic grill dishes you can think of, served with a smile. No website is available, but there are great reviews of all the cuisine they offer on sits like TripAdvisor.

 

Fetch at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort offers a West Coast culinary experience at its ocean side restaurant, lounge and patio in Ucluelet. Fetch’s menus offers a variety of fresh, seasonal and all seafood is certified “Ocean Wise” sustainable. For more information, visit www.blackrockresort.com/fetch-home

 

Wild Pacific Trail

This famous trail originated through the vision and initiative of Ucluelet’s ‘Oyster Jim’ Martin, and continues to evolve with funds donated to the Wild Pacific Trail Society. It also ranks as Trip Advisor’s #1 attraction on Vancouver Island, BC! For more information on programs and reviews, visit www.wildpacifictrail.com/home.html

 

Flavours of the West Coast – Comox Valley Locations

 

Tree Island Yoghurt

The first of its kind in BC, Tree Island make grass-fed, artisan yogurt with 100% fresh whole BC milk, carefully selecting the best ingredients and handcrafting their yogurt in small batches using a traditional, slow-kettle cooking method. Find out about where you can buy their product and more here www.treeislandyogurt.com

 

The Cumberland Hemp Company

At Cumberland Hemp Company their mission is to provide a Vancouver
Island a source of hemp based products to ensure a sustainable source of
food for their communities and a sustainable industry base for hemp fiber. To learn more about their product line, visit www.cumberlandhempcompany.com

 

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa

Nestled in a coastal forest on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa offers breathtaking ocean and mountain views. Indulge in contemporary West Coast cuisine at their Breakwater Restaurant while taking in natural island views. For more information on hours and reservations, visit http://www.kingfisherspa.com

 

The White Whale Restaurant

Named after the “White Whale” from a local First Nations Legend, this charming restaurant strives to honour that legend by offering a safe haven where their community can come together and share in the bounty of their region. For information on their cuisine, visit www.whitewhalecourtenay.ca

 

The Wandering Moose Café

A family operation run by Cumberland locals, the Ransom family’s goal is to offer quality products in a friendly, quick and efficient manner for people on the go or with time to just sit back and relax in a beautiful part of history. For more information on their menu, go to www.wanderingmoose.ca

 

Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

The Comox Valley Farmers’ Market Association was born in 1992 when a group of local growers saw the need for a gathering place for farmers to sell directly to the consumer. The purpose of the market has always been to promote the economic health of the local farm community to promote local agriculture. For more information on vendors and hours, visit www.comoxvalleyfarmersmarket.com

 

 

Flavours of the West Coast – Creston Locations

 

 

Kootenay Alpine Cheese

The magnificent Thomson Mountain range, it’s alpine meadows and forested slopes maintain a sentinel over this dairy farm. They use no pesticides, GMO’s or chemical fertilizer on the land. For more information on their process and product line, visit www.kootenayalpinecheese.com

 

 

William Tell Orchard

Named after the famous peasant who defied Austrian authority in the 13th century, this vineyard and orchard has lots to offer. The vines are own rooted unlike most vineyards in British Columbia which are planted with grafted vines. The orchard is a mixed orchard planted with a variety of apples, pears, peaches, plums and apricots.  For more information on their products, visit www.williamtell.ca

 

Dan McMurray Seed Bank

In association with Creston Valley Food Action Coalition, this seed collection includes hundreds of tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons, peas, and beans to reach their goal of preserving the diversity of heirloom seeds and ensure the food security of their region. For more information visit www.crestonfoodaction.ca/site/seed-saving/

 

Bailie Grohman Winery

This boutique winery is named after one of the region’s most legendary pioneers, William Baillie-Grohman, as his pioneering, tenacious spirit is one they admire. Their approach is to produce small lots of super premium wine in their 5,000 case boutique winery while everything is done by hand, from the farming to picking and sorting at harvest. For more information, visit www.bailliegrohman.com

 

 

Flavours of the West Coast – Squamish Locations

 

Howe Sound Brewery

Since 1996, Howe Sound has been brewing traditional craft beer in the beautiful, rugged Squamish setting. Their brewpub has all of their micro-brewed ales and lagers on tap, or available to go out of their fridge. They strive to have zero effect on the environment by reusing spent grains, yeast, water, bottles and caps to innovatively create secondary products. Find out more at www.howesound.com/home

 

Nutrient Dense Farm

Nutrient Dense Farm is a small scale urban and rural farm with 3 plots in the heart of beautiful Brackendale and 2 plots engulfed in the upper Squamish valley. They adhere only to natural growing methods while experimenting with a diverse array of farming methods, including biodynamic, no till, companion cropping, cover cropping, etc. For more information, visit www.nutrientdensefarms.net

 

Fergie’s Café

A great breakfast and lunch restaurant in Squamish where you can relax on the sun-drenched deck and enjoy the fabulous views of mount Alpha whilst you feast on fresh, locally-sourced and lovingly prepared food. Find out about the menu at www.sunwolf.net/fergies

 

Gillespie’s Fine Spirits Ltd

Gillespie’s describes their mantra as “local awesome booze!” Started by John McLellan and Kelly Woods and inspired by friends, Gillespie’s wants and desire to create a greener, more sustainable business model for a product they have a great love and affinity for i.e. booze. Find out more at www.gillespiesfinespirits.com

 

Sea to Sky Gondola

The Sea to Sky Gondola is open year-round, except for periods of seasonal maintenance. There are different activities offered and different hours of operation depending on the time of year. For more information on the attractions and rates, visit www.seatoskygondola.com

 

 

Flavours of the West Coast – Duncan Locations

 

Providence Farm

This farm is apart of a therapeutic community that provides programs for people who are encountering barriers to education and employment. Their programs are based on principles of horticultural therapy and vocational training that guide their success by caring for the land. Find out more at www.providencefarm.wildapricot.org

 

Unsworth Vineyards

The Turyk family, who has a long history in the Cowichan Valley area, runs this vineyard. They restored their farmhouse to build a brand around sustainably managed vineyard practices. For more information, check out www.unsworthvineyards.com

 

Mossy Banks Farm

Mossy Banks is a farming collective in the Cowichan Valley. Their farm is non-certified organic, based on permaculture principles For Vancouver Island. They find farming movement important as we produce only 5% of our food on the island (whereas 50 years ago we produced 80%). For more information, check out www.mossybanks.wordpress.com

 

The Garage Café

A local favorite, this gluten-free and vegetarian restaurant is one of the hippest places in town. With lots of cuisine to choose from, they offer fresh organic baked goods and entrees for great prices. For more information, check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DuncanGarageCafeBakery/

 

Vancouver Island Salt Co.

Taking advantage of the coastal location of Vancouver Island, Andrew Shepherd started this company to offer selection of sea salt infusions harvested from the wild coast of Vancouver Island. For more information on sea salt benefits and VISC products, head over to www.visaltco.com/home-of-canadas-sea-salt

 

 

Flavours of the West Coast – Grand Forks Locations

 

The Borscht Bowl

The Borscht Bowl
A local favorite, this restaurant specializes in authentic Doukhobour cuisine, such as; Pyrahi, Voreniki, Nalesniki, Fruit Pyroshky, Kalachi and Borscht! There are also many homemade stews, chilis and pastries to enjoy. For more information on their menu, check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/The-Borscht-Bowl-105053049540575/

 

The Wooden Spoon Brunch & Bistro Co.

Join the rabble-rousers and cantankerous few that post up at The Wooden Spoon Co. where they find nothing “classic” there except the ingredients. The Wooden Spoon Co food philosophy is focused on fresh, house-made dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Find out more at www.woodenspoon.com

 

PV Ranch Adventures

Peace, solitude, weddings, horses, ranching, fishing and hunting are this ranches specialities. With summer and winter getaways available, visitors can take pleasure in our wide-open fields whether they’re green or snowy white. For more information on their activities and rates, visit www.pvranchgetaway.com

 

Pride of the Valley Flour Mill

Located near the USCC Community Centre in West Grand Forks, this successful mill is currently maintained by a non-profit group, the Doukhobor Milling Heritage Society, and produces brown and white wheat, rye, triticale, and bran. For more information on their history, visit www.usccdoukhobors.org/prideofthevalley/pride.htm

 

 

Flavours of the West Coast – Vancouver Locations

 

Royal Dinette

If you’re looking for a restaurant that offers a laidback atmosphere paired with an elegant standard of service to bring a true farm-to-table experience in downtown Vancouver, you’ve found your destination. Royal Dinette aims to captivate their guests with their local fresh food without complexity. For more information on their menu, check out www.royaldinette.ca

 

Seabreeze Farms

This project, run by CH Four Biogas, is where an anaerobic digester project that will process the farm’s dairy manure as well as approximately 12,000 tons/yr of off-farm organics. The facility in Delta produces biogas that will be cleaned and then sold to FortisBC and injected into the existing natural gas pipeline. For more information, check out www.chfourbiogas.com/seabreeze-farms.html

 

Capilano Tea House & Botanical Soda Co.

A mother-daughter venture, this Indigenous teahouse walks in two worlds by infusing the traditional teachings of the owners’ family throughout contemporary business practices. For more information, go to www.thecapilano.com

 

Granville Island Public Market

Granville Island’s website describes the public market by saying “If Granville Island is the king of Vancouver destinations, then the Public Market is the jewel in the Island’s crown.” This market includes day vendors, seasonal recipes, passionate experts and a farmer’s market every Thursday. For more information, head over to http://granvilleisland.com/public-market

 

UBC Farm

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS), located at UBC Farm, is a unique research center that aims to understand and fundamentally transform local and global food systems towards a more sustainable, food secure future. Students harvest in the sustainable farming program to supply cafeterias and various restaurants. Learn more at http://ubcfarm.ubc.ca

 

 

Flavours of the West Coast – Victoria Farm Locations

 

10 Acres Farm & Kitchen

Mike Murphy and Adam Bongarzone run this farm that has livestock, vegetables and fruit. They have 3 restaurants; a bistro, a commons and a kitchen, where their menu guarantees the freshest and most innovative ingredients available. What they don’t grow and ethically raise on their own farm they source from other like-minded farmers, food purveyors and fisherman. Find out more at www.10acres.ca

 

The Root Cellar

Since 2008 this greengrocer has been in business and focuses on growing farm fresh produce and offering the largest selection of locally prepared food on the Island. All to share their appreciation for nutritious food and healthy lifestyle choices! Learn more at www.therootcellar.ca

 

The Whole Beast

This artisan cured meat producer opened their business to address a need in the community for high quality hand crafted meats using traditional techniques. They stress the importance of ethically raised heritage breed animals and have been in business since 2011. Find out more at www.thewholebeast.ca

 

Topsoil – Innovative Urban Agriculture

TOPSOIL converts underutilized urban spaces into productive food growing areas. They also supply fresh premium produce directly to local chefs and restaurants in Victoria. They offer information to local chefs and restaurants that want quality fresh produce and building owners who want to transform their space to get involved in the local food economy. For more info, go to www.topsoileatlocal.com

 

Spinnakers

Spinnakers is a pub and Heritage Guesthouse that was originally constructed in 1884, 100 years before the opening of the brewpub it is today. They offer local craft beer and fresh island produce in their cuisine. For more information about their farm to table kitchens, visit www.spinnakers.com

 

 

Flavours of the West Coast – Nelson

 

Silverking Soya Foods

Silverking’s tofu production process is based on traditional Asian methods, with organic soybeans, herbs, and garlic used along with a traditional Japanese coagulant, known as nigari. The closed-kettle method of production gives Silverking tofu a uniquely smooth and delicate texture. Certified organic by The Kootenay Organic Growers Society (KOGS).

 

Kootenay Co-op (Kootenay Country Store Co-operative)

One of Canada’s most successful independent natural foods retailers, the Kootenay Co-Op loves to bring high quality, organic, local, fair trade and whole foods to the people in their community. Learn more at www.kootenay.coop

 

Antoinette’s Dips & Sauces

This artisan food company is all about producing a variety of Dips, Salsas and Tapenades that are sold in natural and traditional grocery retailers in Western Canada. Their products have that unique, fresh flavor and quality that their customers describe as “highly addictive”.  Find out more at www.specialtydips.com

 

Ainsworth Hot Springs

First visited by the Ktunaxa First Nations peoples who experienced the waters as a welcome after a long day or hunting, fishing, and gathering roots and berries in what is now known as the Kootenay region, these hot springs are a special part of history. Today Yaqan Nukiy, the Lower Kootenay Band of Creston, returns the Ktunaxa peoples to this significant land so that they may share their appreciation with others. Find out more at www.ainsworthhotsprings.com

 

 

Flavours of the West Coast – Nanaimo

 

St. Jeans Cannery

While St. Jean’s Cannery & Smokehouse is widely known for producing Pacific seafood for more than 50 years, its story as a family business starts back in eastern Canada, pre-World War I. This Cannery & Smokehouse is a gourmet seafood producer & retailer and the largest cannery serving the sport fishing industry in BC. Find out more at www.stjeans.com

 

Morning Star Bison Ranch

The Morning Star Bison Ranch and their Partner-Ranches share their passion for bison meat and do not use any growth hormones, chemicals or steroids in their facility. Learn more about their tips and product at www.m-star.ca/index.html

 

 

Nanaimo Museum

Dedicated to the dynamic community Nanaimo has, this is a facility offering diverse interpretive programming encouraging visitors to “Make a Discovery” while exploring the history and heritage of their area. For more information about exhibits and attractions visit www.nanaimomuseum.ca

 

 

 

Mon Petit Choux

This restaurant is committed to bringing you fresh, delicious, and wholesome organic breads, pastries, breakfasts and lunches with gluten free options. For more information on their menu visit www.monpetitchoux.ca

 

Smokin’ Georges BBQ Restaurant

Every city worth its salt has a place that the locals talk about – that place that serves up the tastiest, smokiest, most delicious BBQ. In Nanaimo, that place is Smokin’ Georges! For more information about their menu, go to www.smokingeorgesbbq.com

 

Modern Café

MC describes their style as modern diner with old-fashioned flare. Their dishes of classics like burgers & elevated mac ’n’ cheese are local favorites. For more information on their menu go to www.themoderncafe.ca