Where to visit and eat in Canada
- LizorIanBanks Jun 13, 2005 08:32 PM
We want a honeymoon in Canada where we can dine. Eating is what we do for fun, and neither of us have ever been to Canada. Any inpuut and/or advice is welcome. Thanks so much.
Do you realize that Canada is larger than the United States. I'm an American who has been in all 10 provinces. I could recommend places in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario or Quebec. That spans over 2000 miles.
If you indicated where you are starting from, people could recommend places within a reasonable distance. The AAA or your local library could provide maps of Canada.
No offense (well really some offense intended), when you ask such a vague question about a massive, MASSIVE, country, I am surprised that only one person has responded like this.
Vancouver is NOT Canada. Neither for that matter is Quebec City.
Your honeymoon will, like every imaginable human endeavour, be very much restrained by distance.
Anyway, you give us some sense of what you're looking for and you'll be more meaningful responses.
re: John Manzo
Instead of blasting you for asking a vague question (which is fine considering you are looking for a variety of responses), I will ask you if there are any particular types of dining (ethnic) that you enjoy in particular, or wish to experience during your honeymoon.
If not here are my recommendations (Note please respond as to how much time you plan to spend in Canada altogether and where in the US you are coming from)
1) Vancouver, the Islands, Whistler, the Okanagan (British Columbia). Excellent food, including some unique experiences, fantastic scenery, plenty of non-food activities.
2) Calgary, Edmonton, Canadian Rockies (Alberta/British Columbia). Same as above, with a different setting and climate
3) Toronto and Niagara Wine COuntry - (Ontario)
4) Ottawa (Ontario), Montreal and Quebec City (Quebec)
You could easily spend a week eating 3 great meals a day in each of these regions.
If you have 2 weeks you could combine trips 1&2, or 3&4. You could also do 1-3, 1-4, 2-3, 2-4, but that would involve a day of air travel.
Please respond with more details and I will be happy to give you some recommendations.
re: jjd (the FRIENDLY Canadian)
I like jjd's list. Great collection of suggestions. I would add:
a) If you do Toronto and Niagara wine country, you get the advantage of Niagara Falls, which is the "Honeymoon Capital of the World", so you can feed the need for tacky at the same time as being surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery and superb restaurants in the country;
b) jjd did not get into the Maritimes, but if the trip is in the summer or early fall, I would add Nova Scotia, PEI and St. Andrews New Brunswick to the list.
If you decide to include Niagara on the Lake, I could highly recommend the White Oak Resort, on the outskirts of Niagara on the Lake. Fabulous and reasonable considering. We had a senior citizen special for $165/day Canadian, that included breakfast to die for, and the most luxurious room we've seen in ages. All activities on resort; Liv restaurant pricey, but superb for dinner.
And, no, it doesn't have to be tacky. Anyone who doesn't get a thrill from the Falls is dead between the ears.
Canadians like to tell jokes about how little most Americans know about their country. Your vague inquiry made you appear to be one of them.
Vancouver happens to be my favorite city in Canada. My last trip was three years ago however. A place that I've loved for 30 years is the Salmon House on the Hill. (Some locals call it a tourist trap and it is somewhat expensive.) However, I can't think of a more romantic dinner than sitting in a restaurant with tables on tiers, looking out the huge windows as the sun goes down and the lights of the city across the harbor come on. The Salmon, grilled over alder wood charcoal in the style of the local "First People" (Politically Correct for what used to be called Indians) is delightful and their wine list is more than acceptable.
Quebec...romantic and excellent food......... Quebec city is great or the Charlevoix region....
My wife and I spent our 21st anniversary in Quebec City last fall........I absolutely loved the city and found the food to be outstanding..........let me know and I will post the restaurants we went to.......please stay at Chateau Frontenac if you go.........
I love Canada.......I'm from the South but I really love Canada.........I went to Vancouver Island and Victoria for a week and later went to Banff and Lake Louisee as well as Quebec.........we are going to Vancouver in August...............
Unless you're looking for Chinese, I'd say Montreal, hands down, with a side trip to Quebec City, perhaps to faire a little amour.
If you like Chinese food, definitely Vancouver/Richmond.
If you're not sure what you want, try Toronto, which goes both ways and adds a few frills like Caribbean food. Little urban charm there, though.