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Looking for wild smoked salmon in Halifax area

phedre Dec 31, 2007 03:52 PM

I'm heading through Halifax on my way back to Montreal, and I need to find some wild (not farmed) Atlantic smoked salmon. I arrive in Montreal at 3, and have a foie gras & sauternes party at 5, so I definitely need to get something on my way home!

Can anyone point me to a store in the Halifax/Sackville/Airport area that sells wild Atlantic smoked salmon? Alternatively, something like smoked char would work.


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    Pat50 Nov 12, 2013 08:41 PM

    As someone who has been following the fight on the west coast to save the wild salmon there I was afraid that what I am hearing in this forum was what I would find when I move back to Atlantic Canada. It's a crying shame because there is a world of difference between wild and farmed. I love fresh wild salmon but prefer to eat the frozen wild or order the gravalax/lox made from wild salmon rather than eat farmed salmon, no matter how fresh it is. Yuck! Sorry, but it is the same as eating chicken produced on a factory farm. I'm sure there must be a source for wild gravalax somewhere online so I better start looking for it now. If I find a source I'll post it here.

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      existential_crisis Nov 16, 2013 10:03 AM

      Am I the only one who likes farmed salmon? Call me crazy, but I have always preferred Atlantic salmon to pacific salmon. I can't be sure if the difference is farmed vs. wild, or difference of species, as I have never had wild Atlantic salmon. But I find pacific salmon more meaty and less tender and flavourful. Faroe Island salmon is supposed to be good quality farmed salmon, but it is not local.

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        CanadaGirl Nov 18, 2013 04:23 PM

        I hear ya. I recently tried, for the second time, some PRICEY non-farmed salmon from Pete's. I said nothing to my family, and just like the first time, they all complained that it was bland, watery, and just not very "salmony". I still prefer the cheapo salmon from Costco to the more expensive stuff.

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          Pat50 Nov 18, 2013 11:02 PM

          I'm really curious about this "bland, watery and just not very 'salmony'" tasting non-farmed salmon; just to see it, and taste it to find out what it is and where it comes from and how it got like this. The wild salmon I eat is darkly coloured, rich and meaty tasting (by that I mean firm, compact and very strongly salmon flavoured). I am so curious to know what you bought and why it tasted so awful. (On the other hand, I could just wish such an abomination would simply disappear.) But I still wouldn't eat farmed salmon as a substitute. To me, farmed salmon is just plain nasty. I'd just have to give up eating salmon at all.

          Hey, if we all live another 50 years - which I definitely won't - we wouldn't have to worry about this anyway; all the shellfish will die off as the seas get more acid and probably a lot of the fish will die off too as the waters heat up.

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            CanadaGirl Nov 20, 2013 04:06 PM

            This salmon looked gorgeous and smelled really fresh. It just wasn't good. I too am unsure about how and why it is so. Ive had other wild salmon in the past, and it was excellent.

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      CoffeeHound Jan 23, 2008 07:07 AM

      You wont find any "Wild Smoked Atlantic Salmon" its an oxy moron! Most wild salmon is catch and release and its not the season right now for wild salmon. Here in New Brunswick you can get some great smoked salmon from Wolfhead Smokers and Ovenhead Smokers. Check'm out!

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        mhowellgtc Jan 3, 2008 01:37 PM

        I'm in the business and there is NO wild smoekd salmon to be had unless you have a native Canadian as a friend. There is no commercial fishery on the east coast for wild salmon. Your best bet is to get some wild coho or king salmon from the West Coast if you want wild.
        That said, Willy Krauch Smoked salmon is wonderful, if a little on the full flavored side. But its from farmed salmon

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          phedre Jan 14, 2008 12:07 PM

          I was spoiled growing up in Labrador, I tell you. Ah well, it was a moot point in the end - my flght got snowed in and I had to leave from Moncton instead. Thanks anyway!

        2. im_nomad Jan 1, 2008 03:24 PM

          i'm not sure, but does the farmers market downtown have such offerings?

          1. Greg B Jan 1, 2008 05:44 AM

            I think Clearwater still has a store at the airport and they should have smoked salmon.

            Having said that, I don't know any place around here that offers wild Atlantic salmon of any sort. I could be wrong, but unlike wild Pacific salmon which is often available, I cant recall the last time I saw wild Atlantic salmon.

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              phedre Jan 1, 2008 09:21 AM

              That was my fear. It's just impossible to find unless you have a family member that fishes and smokes their own like I did growing up. Bah.

              Maybe oysters would be a better option. I'll poke around when I get there. Thanks!

            2. troutpoint Dec 31, 2007 05:46 PM

              Pete's Frootique in Sunnyside mall, Bedford would be your best bet. I'd call ahead and see if they have any....

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