We all know when you’re on holiday, calories don’t count … right?! Known for a variety of foodie favourites including fresh seafood and poutine to name a few, a trip through Canada is sure to please even the fussiest of palates. However, to experience the truly unique, a culinary trip through Canada’s British Columbia is a must!

For some truly tantalizing dining experiences, these are our top picks:

Enjoy breakfast with some grizzly bears

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Enjoy early access to Grouse Mountain, while satisfying your grizzly morning appetite by sharing your breakfast with the bears. Grouse Mountain is just a short gondola ride from Vancouver and offers some of the best views of beautiful BC.

Dine in a historic home, surrounded by a floral oasis

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Pic by @globetrotting.schoolers

Tantalize your tastebuds with some of Canada’s finest fare in the original Butchart family residence. In case the award-winning cuisine isn’t enough, you’ll also have the option of dining with a view of either Jennie Butchart’s private garden or the Italian Garden and Todd Inlet.

Dine in the dark

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Pic by Dark Table

Embark on a culinary journey like no other in Vancouver’s Dark Table restaurant. After making waves in cities such as London, Paris and New York, the option to dine whilst blind has made its way to Vancouver. Upon arriving at Dark Table, you choose what you would like to eat and say goodbye to any light producing technologies, before being led into the dark dining room by a blind or visually impaired server. The temporary loss of sight means that your other senses are heightened, elevating the flavours of your meal.

Try traditional Indigenous Cuisine

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Pic by Kekuli Cafe

Owned by Husband and Wife duo Sharron Bond-Hogg and Darren Hogg, Kekuli Cafe (which has two locations in BC; Merritt and West Kelowna) offers visitors a variety of aboriginal dishes, including Bannock – traditional bread of the Nlaka’pa’mux Indigenous Culture. It doesn’t matter if you prefer sweet or savoury; there’s something new for everyone to try! Some favourites include the Saskatoon berry, cinnamon sugar and cream cheese Skor, the breakfast bannock sandwich and the signature frybread tacos.

Wine and Dine in the Okanagan Valley

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The Okanagan Valley is home to many wineries with some pretty heavenly options on offer – if you’re a lover of full-flavoured whites like Pinot Gris and Viognier and earlier ripening reds, you’ll be happy here! Of course, it only makes sense that you want to find somewhere that not only offers the best swirl and sips, but also paired foods (and possibly a view too). Some of our favourite winery restaurants include:

Red Fox Club – the menu emphasises indigenous food with respect for aboriginal history.

Terrace Restaurant – This winery restaurant was named one of the top 5 in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine. Food served here is all local, farm to table.

Ready to excite your tastebuds and explore Western Canada for yourself? Check out our British Columbia tours here.

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