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2016 Travel Guide to Canada

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TRAVEL GUIDE TO CANADA f oodies can have a fi eld day in Canada. From coast to coast there are tasty food trails, unique regional dishes and restaurants inspired by local farmers' crops and heritage animals. The farm to table movement continues to grow encompassing foraged wild foods from woods and oceans, sustainable fi shing and artisanal beverages, as well as yields from nearby ranches and farmsteads. BRITISH COLUMBIA † SALMON, GEODUCK & SPOT PRAWNS British Columbia offers delectable products for local chefs and foodies, such as wild salmon, golden honey mussels, spot prawns, scallops, geoduck, albacore tuna, BC bison, Fraser Valley duck and Salt Spring Island lamb. Guided culinary tours, sometimes led by chefs, are available in the Okanagan Valley, Cowichan Valley, Comox Valley and Fraser Valley, while city tasting tours in Victoria, Vancouver and Whistler visit restaurants and culinary neighbourhoods ( Hawksworth Restaurant is the recent winner of Vancouver Magazine's Best Upscale Restaurant Award (www.hawksworth Pilgrimme on tiny Galiano Island earned number three spot in EnRoute's best new restaurants of 2015 ( Pilgrimme ). Off the Eaten Track in Vancouver and Victoria features everything tasty from local butcher shops to high-end restaurants (www.offtheeatentracktours. ca/vancouver ). On the Wild Edibles Walk offered by Swallowtail Culinary Tours, participants discover native B.C. ingredients in the forest: salmonberries, Indian rhubarb and wild mushrooms ( ). Edible Canada on Granville Island offers a restaurant, a gourmet artisan retail shop and multiple local tours, events and getaways (www. ). Salmon is an important fi sh for British Columbia and preparation methods can refl ect First Nations traditions, such as grilling it on a cedar plank or turning it into salmon candy (smoked, then marinated in maple syrup). THE PRAIRIES † GRAIN, BEEF & SASKATOON BERRIES Manitoba's Parkland region has a self- guided Flavour Trail with about 14 trail stops along it, including Elkhorn Resort where local specialties such as Northern Manitoba pickerel, wild rice and saskatoon berries are on the menu (www.fl avour The cinnamon bun side-trail boasts half a dozen establishments that make this sticky delicious treat. In season, cycle to seven restaurants on the Moveable Feast tour in Winnipeg (www.downtown The rolling grassland plains of Saskatchewan are best known for growing grains. The most exotic is wild rice, an aquatic grass grown in shallow waters. Saskatoon berries are baked into all kinds CULINARY BY MARGARET SWAINE CanaDa KiLteD CHef, PiCtoU, nS • nS toUriSM FOOD

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