By Coastal Living
June 11, 2008

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

Cow Bay Café, Prince Rupert, BC; 250/627-1212. Freshseafood and vegetarian cuisine. Don't miss the halibut chowder.(March 2007)

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

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

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

The Artist's Bistro, 250/537-1701 or (May2007)

Hastings House, 800/661-9255 or Finedining. (May 2007)

House Piccolo, 250/537-1844 or (May2007)

Raven Street Market Café, 250/537-2273 or Head here fora lunch of local greens and a Gulf Island Brewery beer. (May2007)

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

Tree House Café, 205/537-5379 or (May2007)

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

Aurora Bistro, Vancouver, B.C. 604/873-9944 or Showcasesthe best of fall fare, such as wild mushrooms and tender rootvegetables, as well as small-batch B.C. wines you won't find instores. (September 2007)

Lift, Vancouver, B.C.; 604/689-5438 or food to match its striking views of Coal Harbor. (September2007)

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

Blue Water Café, Yaletown, Vancouver, B.C.;604/688-8078 or Serveseverything from B.C. sablefish to just-shucked oysters. (September2007)

Coast, Yaletown, Vancouver, B.C.; 604/685-5010. Offersadventurous dishes in a soaring contemporary space. (September2007)

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

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

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

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

The Sandbar, 1535 Johnston St., Granville Island, Vancouver,BC; 604/669-9030 or From thebalcony, diners can admire Granville Street Bridge and Vancouver'sshimmering skyline. The restaurant's terrace, tucked under theGranville Street Bridge trestles, shows the many ways Vancouverrestaurateurs enable outdoor dining all year: a glass wall tobanish 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 TeahouseRestaurant 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 This Japanese restaurantoffers black cod, oysters, and salmon, as well as sushi rolls youwon't find in Japan: B.C. Roll, Pacific Northwest Roll, CanadianRoll. (July-August 2000)

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

Raincoast Café, 120 4th Street, Tofino, VancouverIsland, BC; 250/725-2215 or 2008)

Shelter, Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC; 250/725-3353 or 2008)

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

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

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

Hotel Paulin, 43 Boulevard St-Pierre West, Caraquet, NewBrunswick, Canada E1W 1B6; 866/727-9981 or Built in1891, this bayfront hotel serves guests local fare-oysters,lobsters, crabs, maple syrup, salmon, rhubarb, berries-ininnovative combinations. (April 2007)

Aqua, on Water Street, St. Johns, Newfoundland; 709/576-2782or Offerssome of St. John's best appetizers-including a tomato seafoodchowder 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. (March2005)

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

Ches's, St. Johns, Newfoundland; 709/368-9473. If you feellike 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 thesteamed mussels or grilled scallops. (May-June 2003)

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

Le Cabestan, 2 rue Marcel Bonin, Saint-Pierre et Miquelonarchipelago, 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'sCafé, where the salt cod cakes give Baltimore crab cakes a runfor their money. (May-June 2003)

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

The Grand Banker Seafood Bar & Grill, Lunenburg, NovaScotia; 902/634-3300 or 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)

Dalvay-by-the-Sea Inn and Restaurant, Prince Edward Island,Canada; 902/672-2048 or ChefKeith Wilson offers guests an array of fresh seafood-from steamedisland mussels to pan-fried Atlantic salmon-as well as hissignature dessert, sticky date pudding. (May-June 2002)

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

La Maison du Pêcheur, Pérce, Quebec; 418/782-5331orérce's high-end restaurant. (April 2006)

La Table des Roy, Magdalen Islands, Quebec; 418/986-3004 or Thepreparation of seafood has been elevated to an art form at thisfamed restaurant-from the silky flesh of snow-white halibut to thecrème-fraiche smoothness of seared scallops. (May-June2004)

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

Les Pas Perdus, Magdalen Islands, Quebec; 418/986-5151 or A café inthe heart of town, a short walk from the ferry terminal. (May-June2004)