Canadian Eateries

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Gumboot Garden Restaurant, Gibsons, B.C.; 604/885-4218. Serves delicious Thai chicken. (April 2008)

PRINCE RUPERT ISLAND, B.C.
Cow Bay Café, Prince Rupert, BC; 250/627-1212. Fresh seafood and vegetarian cuisine. Don't miss the halibut chowder. (March 2007)

Cowpuccino's, Prince Rupert, BC; 250/627-1395. Delicious homemade desserts. (March 2007)

Rain Dining Lounge, Prince Rupert, BC; 250/627-8272 or raindl.com. Restaurant in downtown Prince Rupert that offers locally caught seafood. (March 2007)

Waterfront Restaurant, 222 West 1st Avenue, Prince Rupert, BC; 800/663-8150 or cresthotel.bc.ca. Full-service restaurant at the Crest Hotel that offers great views. (March 2007)

SALT SPRING ISLAND, B.C.
The Artist's Bistro, 250/537-1701 or artistsbistro.com. (May 2007)

Hastings House, 800/661-9255 or hastingshouse.com. Fine dining. (May 2007)

House Piccolo, 250/537-1844 or housepiccolo.com. (May 2007)

Raven Street Market Café, 250/537-2273 or ravenstreet.ca. Head here for a lunch of local greens and a Gulf Island Brewery beer. (May 2007)

Salt Spring Island Cheese Company, 250/653-2300 or saltspringcheese.com. Stop by this farm for fresh chèvre dressed in lavender, truffles, basil, or garlic. (May 2007)

Tree House Café, 205/537-5379 or treehousecafe.ca. (May 2007)

VANCOUVER, B.C.
Altitudes Bistro, Vancouver, B.C.; 604/998-4398. 3,700 feet up on Grouse Mountain, which offers a aw-dropping panorama: Views stretch from Washington state's Mt. Baker to neighboring Vancouver Island and beyond. (September 2007)

Aurora Bistro, Vancouver, B.C. 604/873-9944 or aurorabistro.ca. Showcases the best of fall fare, such as wild mushrooms and tender root vegetables, as well as small-batch B.C. wines you won't find in stores. (September 2007)

Lift, Vancouver, B.C.; 604/689-5438 or liftbarandgrill.com. Serves food to match its striking views of Coal Harbor. (September 2007)

Bishop's, 2183 W. Fourth Ave., Vancouver, B.C.; 604/738-2025 or bishopsonline.com. Chef John Bishop opened this restaurant with the goal of spreading the European tradition of fresh regional ingredients to the coast. (2000)

Blue Water Café, Yaletown, Vancouver, B.C.; 604/688-8078 or bluewatercafe.net. Serves everything from B.C. sablefish to just-shucked oysters. (September 2007)

Coast, Yaletown, Vancouver, B.C.; 604/685-5010. Offers adventurous dishes in a soaring contemporary space. (September 2007)

Bridges Restaurant, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC; 604/687-4400 or bridgesrestaurant.com. Serves some of the best seafood on Granville Island-perhaps in all of Vancouver. (October 2004)

C, 2-1600 Howe St., Vancouver, B.C.; 604/681-1164 or crestaurant.com. With its twinkling view of False Creek and Granville Island, this is Vancouver's hot, daring seafood spot. (July-August 2000)

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant, 3888 Main St., Vancouver, B.C.; 604/872-8822 or sunsuiwah.com. Sophisticated Chinese dining. (July-August 2000)

The Cannery, 2205 Commissioner St., Vancouver, B.C.; 604/254-9606 or canneryseafood.com. Lunch on snow crab claws, mussels, oysters, prawns, and salmon at the scenic Port of Vancouver. (July-August 2000)

The Sandbar, 1535 Johnston St., Granville Island, Vancouver, BC; 604/669-9030 or vancouverdine.com. From the balcony, diners can admire Granville Street Bridge and Vancouver's shimmering skyline. The restaurant's terrace, tucked under the Granville Street Bridge trestles, shows the many ways Vancouver restaurateurs enable outdoor dining all year: a glass wall to banish wind but preserve views, retractable awnings, fireplaces, propane heaters, lap blankets, even a heated floor. (October 2004) (September 2007)

Sequoia Grill at the Teahouse (formerly The Teahouse Restaurant in Stanley Park), 7501 Stanley Park Dr., Ferguson Point, Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.; 604/669-3281. Casual dining, spectacular views and native fish. (July-August 2000)

Tojo's, 1133 W. Broadway, Vancouver, B.C.; 604/872-8050 or tojos.com. This Japanese restaurant offers black cod, oysters, and salmon, as well as sushi rolls you won't find in Japan: B.C. Roll, Pacific Northwest Roll, Canadian Roll. (July-August 2000)

Vij's, 1480 W. 11th Ave., Vancouver, B.C.; 604/736-6664 or vijs.ca. An hour-plus wait is common at this popular Indian restaurant located in the South Granville district. Hostesses keep diners-to-be happy with complimentary chai and potato poori. (July-August 2000)

VANCOUVER ISLAND, B.C.
Raincoast Café, 120 4th Street, Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC; 250/725-2215 or raincoastcafe.com. (January-February 2008)

Shelter, Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC; 250/725-3353 or shelterrestaurant.com. (January-February 2008)

Schooner, Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC; 250/725-3444. (January-February 2008)

SoBo, Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC; 250/725-2341 or sobo.ca. Quirky restaurant that serves smoked-fish chowder and other savory fare from a purple catering truck anchored at the Tofino Botanical Garden. (January-February 2008)

The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, Vancouver Island, B.C.; 800/333-4604 or wickinn.com. The lodge's dining room serves dishes such as a West Coast seafood medley with local vegetables in a flavorful broth. (January-February 2008)

NEW BRUNSWICK
Hotel Paulin, 43 Boulevard St-Pierre West, Caraquet, New Brunswick, Canada E1W 1B6; 866/727-9981 or hotelpaulin.com. Built in 1891, this bayfront hotel serves guests local fare-oysters, lobsters, crabs, maple syrup, salmon, rhubarb, berries-in innovative combinations. (April 2007)

NEWFOUNDLAND
Aqua, on Water Street, St. Johns, Newfoundland; 709/576-2782 or aquarestaurant.ca. Offers some of St. John's best appetizers-including a tomato seafood chowder and warm bread with citrus butter. (May-June 2003)

Brasserie de Île de France, 6 rue Maitre G. Lefevre, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon archipelago, Newfoundland, Canada; 011/508/41/0360. Casual Sartre's Paris bistro feel. (March 2005)

Campbell House B&B Retreat, Cape Bonavista, Newfoundland; 709/464-3377 or trinityvacations.com. Its cozy dining room offers the second-best place to enjoy partridgeberry crepes. The best? On their deck overlooking the placid cove. (May-June 2003)

Ches's, St. Johns, Newfoundland; 709/368-9473. If you feel like getting your hands greasy, try Ches's. (May-June 2003)

Django's Restaurant, on Duckworth, St. Johns, Newfoundland; 709/738-4115. Reserve the upstairs window table, and try the steamed mussels or grilled scallops. (May-June 2003)

Duck Street Bistro, 250 Duckwoth St., St. Johns, Newfoundland; 709/753-0400. Their oven-baked halibut sends tourists swooning. (May-June 2003)

Le Cabestan, 2 rue Marcel Bonin, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon archipelago, Newfoundland, Canada; 011/508/41/2100. For a proper, impress-the-spouse French meal. (March 2005)

Skipper's Café, Cape Bonavista, Newfoundland; 709/468-7982. Don't leave Cape Bonavista without visiting Skipper's Café, where the salt cod cakes give Baltimore crab cakes a run for their money. (May-June 2003)

NOVA SCOTIA
Boscawen Inn, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; 800/354-5009 or boscawen.ca. Fine dining. (September-October 2001)

The Grand Banker Seafood Bar & Grill, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; 902/634-3300 or grandbanker.com. Great lunch. (September-October 2001)

Hillcroft Café & Guest House, 53 Montague St., Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; 902/634-8031. Fine dining. (September-October 2001)

Lion Inn, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; 902/634/8988. Fine dining. (September-October 2001)

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Dalvay-by-the-Sea Inn and Restaurant, Prince Edward Island, Canada; 902/672-2048 or dalvaybythesea.com. Chef Keith Wilson offers guests an array of fresh seafood-from steamed island mussels to pan-fried Atlantic salmon-as well as his signature dessert, sticky date pudding. (May-June 2002)

The Dunes Studio Gallery & Café, Prince Edward Island, Canada; 902/672-1883 or dunesgallery.com. Offers soups, salads, and sandwiches served on pottery made in the studio. (May-June 2002)

QUEBEC
La Maison du Pêcheur, Pérce, Quebec; 418/782-5331 or maisondupecheur.restoquebec.com. Pérce's high-end restaurant. (April 2006)

La Table des Roy, Magdalen Islands, Quebec; 418/986-3004 or latabledesroy.com. The preparation of seafood has been elevated to an art form at this famed restaurant-from the silky flesh of snow-white halibut to the crème-fraiche smoothness of seared scallops. (May-June 2004)

Le Petit Pain, Magdalen Islands, Quebec. Where the lobster-and-scallop pie tantalizes. (May-June 2004)

Les Pas Perdus, Magdalen Islands, Quebec; 418/986-5151 or pasperdus.com. A café in the heart of town, a short walk from the ferry terminal. (May-June 2004)