The food in Canada is as diverse as the country itself. In Canada they cannot claim one culinary culture, because every region has its own traditional dishes using the best of the products of their land for a personal touch.

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Best Time To Visit

Dec - Jan

Flight from London London

9:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -7 hrs

Generally in British Canada the food is similar to the American cuisine while in Quebec their dishes are based on French influences, but this differs from region to region. No matter where you are planning to visit, you will experience a gourmet delight throughout.

Canada is known for its native, locally produced food. The most representative of the local products is the rutabaga cheese, which is used in soups and stews with meat. But also different kinds of pumpkins, beans, corn and rice, as well as bison and deer flesh are well known local products in Canada.

The coastal region of Canada has excellent seafood, especially British Columbia, including shrimp, crab, cod, haddock, salmon, oysters and other shellfish. These are cooked in many different ways, such as baked, fried, barbecued and smoked.

In Fraser Valley you will find nut farms, producing hazelnuts. Also British Columbia is home to fruits, such as peaches, plums, strawberries, apricots, blueberries and other berries, grown in large quantities. The Okanagam Valley, one of Canada's best wine producing regions is great for delicious red, white, sparkling, as well as ice-wines. Whilst you are in this region it is worth checking out the British tradition of afternoon tea, tasting scones, sandwiches and cakes with a delicious cup of tea.

Southern Vancouver Island produces fresh fruits, vegetables and plants like no other region in Canada. The fresh ingredients combined with local fish and meat and the inspiration of French and Italian cooking methods, as well as the flavour of Asian cooking create the memorable taste of the regions dishes. Take a culinary tour through bustling Oak Bay Avenue, tasting the local new trends for a fantastic gourmet tasting adventure. Enjoy a vanilla and fresh strawberry 'Canada Cone' while taking a stroll through Victoria.

Quebec is known for its modern and innovative farm-to- table cuisine, and home to the best lumberjack breakfast and famous meat pies, otherwise known as tourtieres. Some of the Canada's best restaurants are situated in Quebec, so be sure to get glammed up here and sample what they have to offer. A guided walking tour through old Quebec gives a great insight of the gourmet delights of this region. Explore local specialties from wine shops, restaurants, bakeries, chocolate factories and grocers as you taste delicious pastries, crepes and other authentic Quebec products.

Montreal is popular for its large cosmopolitan city houses but even more for its diverse cultures and amazing food. The onion soup and the crème caramel are typical dishes in the Quebec region. The Restaurant Le Montréalais offers and outstanding menus, featuring sunny Mediterranean dishes, fresh fish, grilled meats and luscious desserts. The Queen Elizabeth is the best spot to try the old traditional afternoon tea.

Vancouver is a great spot for guided culinary tours, eating your way through the city streets, stopping by local eateries and skipping the tourist traps. Many culinary tours are offered, from the cities growing street food scene to fascinating Granville Island Market and Gastown's hippest restaurants and pubs. The historic Gastown district is Canada's cocktail capital and hides Vancouver's most vibrant restaurant scene. Taste local craft beer and time-honoured canapés at the Crafts cocktail bar and snack on local farm charcuterie and cheeses alongside a British Colombia wine.

Alternatively you can enjoy a gourmet kayaking weekend in the summer months, where you paddle to stunning gulf islands and sample fine food and wine whilst watching river otters and harbour seals. Or there are Guest chef market dinners, where you can sample a multi-course seasonal meal, expertly prepared in front of you by top chefs. And if that's not enough and you have the stomach for a whiskey dinner, then enjoying an evening of a variety of single malt whiskey and fine cuisine to match, will be right up your street. Speaking of streets, or whole regions to be precise, no gourmet trip in Canada would be the same without taking a wander in America's largest China town.

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Be sure to try Canada's signature French Canadian dish 'Poutine'; chips, curd cheese and brown sauce. Whilst it doesn't look like much - it certainly is tasty!

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Where to stay

Sonora Resort, luxury hotel in British Columbia, Canada

Sonora Resort

Sonora Resort is a luxurious and all-inclusive wilderness lodge in dense forests on the water’s edge in British Columbia's Inside Passage.

The Wickaninnish Inn

The Wickaninnish Inn

The Wickaninnish Inn is a) virtually impossible to spell correctly, and b) on Vancouver Island's magnificently rugged west coast, minutes from the picturesque town of Tofino.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

A luxurious eco-resort set in the untamed wilderness of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve - one of the best intact examples of temperate rainforest on Earth - this former mining outpost has been converted into a luxury tented retreat.

Terrace at Rosewood Hotel Georgia, luxury hotel in British Columbia, Canada

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

The Rosewood Hotel Georgia is now a face-lifted version of the popular original build in 1927. Located in Vancouver’s hip downtown district, Rosewood is an ideal hotspot for guests to see and be seen.

Four Seasons Whistler, luxury hotel in British Columbia, Canada

Four Seasons Whistler

The Four Seasons Resort Whistler rests in the prime location at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, a 400 yard walk to the Blackcomb ski lifts and a short shuttle to the village and Whistler Mountain.

Nita Lake Lodge, luxury hotel in British Columbia, Canada

Nita Lake Lodge

This homely boutique hotel is situated in the Creekside Village at the base of Whistler Mountain and is a perfect getaway for a revitalizing summer adventure or an exciting ski holiday.

Nimmo Bay, luxury hotel in British Columbia, Canada

Nimmo Bay

Sitting within 30000 square miles of pristine wilderness, glacier-capped mountains, the ocean and misty evergreens, the family owned and run Nimmo Bay Resort offers a first class wilderness adventure in British Columbia..

Bear at Knight Inlet Lodge

Knight Inlet Lodge

Knight Inlet lodge floats on a river in a remote area of the Pacific Northwest, just north of Campbell River. The lodge lies close to the mouth of Knight Inlet, from which it gains its name, and is nestled into Glendale Cove which is home to one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears in British Columbia.

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Fairmont Pacific Rim

Situated in the centre of Vancouver’s financial district and a 5 minute walk from Coal Harbour, stands the sleek Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel. With beautiful views of the city’s tranquil waters and snow-capped mountains, the hotel is ideally located for exploring Vancouver’s natural splendour and cultural attractions.

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Four Seasons Vancouver

In Vancouver’s vibrant city centre, the striking Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver stands 30 storeys high, commanding spectacular views over the city and its majestic mountain peaks. Just a few minutes from areas such as Granville Island Market, Stanley Park and Robson Street, the hotel is in the perfect position for exploring the surrounding natural beauty and adventure activities of Vancouver.

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The Loden

Located in the trendy downtown area of Vancouver, the boutique Loden Hotel is just a walk away from Coal Harbour’s seawall, the Robson Street shopping district and the scenic Stanley Park. Tucked away on a peaceful residential street, The Loden is both a tranquil urban retreat and a central base from which to explore the city’s numerous sights.

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Spirit Bear Lodge

Discover the waterfront Spirit Bear Lodge, located in the small village of Klemtu and nestled within the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. Surrounded by striking mountain ranges and coastal fjords, guests can experience a magnificent array of wildlife, learn about the native culture and join spectacular bear watching tours.

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Fairmont Chateau Whistler

At the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler sits the grand Fairmont Chateau Hotel. This tastefully designed ski, golf and spa resort is an all year round destination perfect for families, couples and friends alike and offers spectacular views over the impending mountains and charming village of Whistler.

Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

This internationally renowned resort lies in the second largest ski area in Canada and offers an array of activities across all seasons to keep everyone happy, from the biggest adrenaline junkie to the mere excitable novice.

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The Westin

Located in Canada’s greatest year-round recreation destination (yes, it’s not all about the white winter powder) the Westin Resort and Spa sits in a desirable spot by Blackcomb Whistler and acted as the host resort for downhill events at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

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The Listel Hotel

Tucked back from the main stroll, the Listel Hotel has a relaxing atmosphere and provides the perfect base camp for a skiing adventure with Blackcomb and Whistler only a stone's throw away. The hotel prides itself on having a low environmental footprint and, as such, it currently holds a 3 Green Key rating from the Hotel Association of Canada.

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