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Long weekends in Canada: culinary getaways

Panache Restaurant, Quebec City - credit: Canadian Tourism Commission

Long weekends in Canada: culinary getaways

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Canada has a delicious lineup of culinary-focused long weekend getaway possibilities. Let's whet your appetite and inspire your next trip!



Inniskillin Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Inniskillin Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Nova Scotia: The Good Cheer Trail

Exploring Nova ScotiaExternal Link Title is thirsty work. Luckily, you have three days to experience the Good Cheer TrailExternal Link Title from Yarmouth in the south, to Sydney in the north. You might not get to all 80 stops but you'll certainly sample some fine wineExternal Link Title, sweet ciderExternal Link Title, full-bodied spiritsExternal Link Title and great beerExternal Link Title made with local ingredients by Nova Scotian artisans. Wrap up your weekend by touring the artsy charm of HalifaxExternal Link Title and learning about the province's seafaring history in LunenburgExternal Link Title, Peggy's CoveExternal Link Title or Cape Breton IslandExternal Link Title.


Ontario: wine tasting in the Niagara region

When touring southern OntarioExternal Link Title, you need to see Niagara FallsExternal Link Title and spend a few days sampling sips from some of the 200 wineriesExternal Link Title, craft breweriesExternal Link Title and distilleriesExternal Link Title of this sunny region. We recommend booking a shuttle serviceExternal Link Title so you can be merrily satiated and safe. On a warm afternoon, take a break from the vineyards and try a wet and wild ride on a Whirlpool Jet BoatExternal Link Title. On your last day or embark on a self-guided tour at the Battle of Chippawa siteExternal Link Title to brush up on the War of 1812 history. In summertime, before returning home, fill up on fresh fruits; the Niagara regionExternal Link Title is known as the buckle of Canada's stone fruit beltExternal Link Title!


British Columbia: sail the Gulf Islands 

For a unique introduction to the lush, quaint Gulf IslandsExternal Link Title off the coast of British ColumbiaExternal Link Title, between VancouverExternal Link Title and Vancouver IslandExternal Link Title, set sail from NanaimoExternal Link Title. Join Maple Leaf AdventuresExternal Link Title and spend a four or five-day weekend on a local wine or craft beer sailing journeyExternal Link Title. Guided by trained sommeliers and adventure hosts, you'll visit winemakersExternal Link Title and brewersExternal Link Title for samplings ashore. Back on board, enjoy gourmet tasting menus as you sail on a catamaran, sailing sloop or tugboat. While savouring local flavours, keep your eyes peeled for wildlifeExternal Link Title as whales, bears, and eagles are also known to feast on the abundance of this coastal ecosystem.


Newfoundland and Labrador: icebergs breweries and spirits

In the eastern region of Newfoundland and LabradorExternal Link Title, create your own long weekend brewery tour. Start with lager made from 25,000 year-old icebergs at St. John'sExternal Link Title Quidi Vidi Brewing CompanyExternal Link Title. Next, let the designated driver make the trip to Port RextonExternal Link Title on the east coast for a hike on the challenging, world-famous Skerwink TrailExternal Link Title. Afterward, reward yourself with a stop at the Port Rexton Brewing CompanyExternal Link Title where you'll find brews with names like Sweater Weather and Mr. Wheaty Pants. On your next day, sample suds in TwillingateExternal Link Title at the Split Rock Brewing CompanyExternal Link Title, before returning for a wander through the colourful cliffside homes of The BatteryExternal Link Title before spending one last night in the George StreetExternal Link Title pubs of St. John's. Bring a taste of Iceberg Alley home by acquiring a bottle of iceberg vodkaExternal Link Title, gold rumExternal Link Title or ginExternal Link Title.


Yukon: journey into the land of the sourtoe cocktail

Start your YukonExternal Link Title long weekend by working up an appetite panning for gold at Claim 33External Link Title in wild and wonderful Dawson CityExternal Link Title. For dinner, step into Klondike Kate's Restaurant'sExternal Link Title authentic gold-rush-era building for a meal crafted from the best Yukon ingredients. Later, lounge at the famous Sourdough SaloonExternal Link Title, where the legendary Sourtoe cocktailExternal Link Title was invented and spend the night in your private log cabinExternal Link Title. On the next morning, drive two hours southeast on the Klondike Highway to visit the Trapper's Cabin (reputedly Canada's smallest museum) at Moose Creek LodgeExternal Link Title. Stay for a peaceful night in one of their rustic cabinsExternal Link Title. Return to WhitehorseExternal Link Title for a pit stop at these four local breweriesExternal Link Title and end your holiday on a succulent note at Wayfarer's Oyster HouseExternal Link Title, named one of Canada's top ten best new restaurants in 2019External Link Title


Manitoba: from nibbles and drinks to Indigenous culture in Winnipeg 

In ManitobaExternal Link Title, taste and tour WinnipegExternal Link Title aboard the city's first microbrewery tourExternal Link Title. Visit four craft breweries in a single evening, savouring Detroit-style pizzaExternal Link Title and learning about beer making. After your big night out, splash into the business of small-batch gin and vodka distilling at Patent 5 DistilleryExternal Link Title. Treat yourself to fine fusion dining with a focus on local ingredients with tapas-style dishes at Deer + AlmondExternal Link Title. Spend your third day immersed in the rich Indigenous culture found in the city. Start with a visit to the Winnipeg Art GalleryExternal Link Title where nearly half of the permanent collection is by Indigenous artistsExternal Link Title. Fuel up at Feast BistroExternal Link Title where self-taught chef Christa Guenthe and member of the Peguis First Nation r will introduce you to both bold and simple Indigenous cuisine. End your cultural immersion at The ForksExternal Link Title with an after-dark visit to a naked-eye observatoryExternal Link Title at the Oodena Celebration CircleExternal Link Title.


Feasting from the Land

Victoria-by-the-Sea, Prince Edward Island
Victoria-by-the-Sea, Prince Edward Island - credit: Tourism PEI/Stephen Harris

Prince Edward Island: Sea-to-table

Prince Edward IslandExternal Link Title is home to famed Chef Michael Smith's renowned restaurant, Fireworks at the Inn at Bay FortuneExternal Link Title. Spend the night at the Parisian-inspired Inn at Fortune BridgeExternal Link Title and enjoy an extravaganza of locally-sourced seafood and farm-to-table cookery. As the sun greets you the next morning, head to the beach and enjoy fun on the waves by booking a day with the Fiddling FishermanExternal Link Title who'll both feed you and keep your toes tapping with island fiddling, singing and storytelling while you haul in the fish. For your last day on red soil, get your fill of photos and seascape moments on the not-to-be-missed Points East Coastal DriveExternal Link Title.


Saskatchewan: A taste of hyperlocal Saskatoon 

For a gourmet vacation infused with hyperlocal flavours, plan a long weekend in SaskatoonExternal Link Title, one of Canada's hottest foodie destinationsExternal Link Title. Start day one at Wanuskewin Heritage ParkExternal Link Title for a taste of the land through the traditional Indigenous cuisine and plan a few hours onsite to learn about the Northern Plains Indigenous Peoples. In the evening, savour the homegrown, globally-inspired comfort food of Top Chef Canada winner Dale Mackay at Ayden Kitchen and BarExternal Link Title. On day two, take advantage of the region's love affair with grain (SaskatchewanExternal Link Title is Canada's breadbasket) with baked goods made from locally-sourced organic, seasonal ingredients at The Night Oven BakeryExternal Link Title. Also visit the best distilleries and breweries in town with Sask-a-tourExternal Link Title. On your last day, take a respite from feasting with a peak at the Picasso collectionExternal Link Title of the Remai ModernExternal Link Title. End your weekend by experiencing the city's Ukrainian roots (and devotion to handmade perogies) at the only pierogi drive-through in the worldExternal Link Title, Baba's Perogies.  


Quebec: Cheese tasting in the Eastern Townships

Quebec'sExternal Link Title tranquil Eastern TownshipsExternal Link Title is the ideal place to taste some of Canada's best cheese. A long weekend of touring and tasting on the Cheesemaker's CircuitExternal Link Title through small towns will introduce you to the cheese-making monks at Abbaye de St-Benoit-du-LacExternal Link Title as well as to the many small family-ownedExternal Link Title fromageriesExternal Link Title that make up the 14 stops on this well-planned route. You could easily just eat cheese for two or all three days, but if you'd like to add an indulgence of another kind, spend an afternoon or stay for the night at Spa EastmanExternal Link Title, one of Canada's only destination spas.


New Brunswick: Acadian adventures

Every Moncton long weekend should start with dinner at the must-try Chez MemereExternal Link Title to introduce you to the wonders of traditional Acadian dishesExternal Link Title such as poutine r?p?e (a boiled potato dumpling with a pork filling) and cr?pes r?p?es (a savoury potato pancake). As the weekend rolls along, find a casual seafood spotExternal Link Title for coques frites (fried clams) and then treat yourself to Coquilles Saint-Jacques (scallop chowder in a crispy mashed potato base) at Catch 22 Lobster BarExternal Link Title. Because there's more to Acadian culture than food, do a deeper dive into the history of New BrunswickExternal Link Title with a visit to the Village Historique AcadienExternal Link Title to experience Acadian life from 1770 to 1949.


Alberta: Nature-inspired around Calgary

From CalgaryExternal Link Title, AlbertaExternal Link Title, start your three-day getaway with a quick 30-minute drive south to OkotoksExternal Link Title for a backstage look at bees and honey harvesting at the Chinook Honey CompanyExternal Link Title. Return to Calgary for a hyperlocal meal from RougeExternal Link Title, complete with garden-to-table vegetables grown in the restaurant's backyard. On day two, enjoy the Bow River with a seasonally-inspired meal or to-go picnicExternal Link Title from farm-to-fork pioneer River Caf? RestaurantExternal Link Title located on the lovely Prince's Island Park. Check-in across the water at the Sheraton Suites Eau Claire CalgaryExternal Link Title before taking a stroll on the iconic Peace Bridge to reach your upscale dinner destination, Modern OceanExternal Link Title, which prides itself on serving the best, responsibly sourced seafood. On day three, acquire a handmade cowboy hat from Smithbilts HatsExternal Link Title and return to nature with a horseback ride along the eastern slopes of the Canadian RockiesExternal Link Title in Cochrane.


Nunavut: A fishing story of a lifetime

With 24 hours of daylight under the summer midnight sun, clear lakes and rivers, and the stunning Arctic Ocean coast, a four-day fishing adventureExternal Link Title in NunavutExternal Link Title is the trip of a lifetime. Engage local guidesExternal Link Title to introduce you to the land and culture of the Inuit. They will show you the best spots to catch that sought-after iqaluk (arctic char), bragging-rights-size lake trout and pike. Between casting sessions, let your guide take you on a foraging hike on the Arctic tundra and plan some time for wildlife viewing


Northwest Territories: Northern flavours and auroras in Yellowknife

Sample modern northern flavours during an aurora dinnerExternal Link Title or a multi-day ViTEEPEEExternal Link Title experience at Yellowknife's Aurora VillageExternal Link Title in the Northwest TerritoriesExternal Link Title. You'll find yourself torn between bison dishes such as prime rib, gyozas and spaghetti as well as elevated classics like duck poutine and northern fish chowder. Cozy up in your private teepee or cabin, join your host to hear traditional stories of the Dene Nation and North Slave M?tis, and step outside to see the aurora borealis. Before heading home, plan to feast on fresh-caught Great Slave LakeExternal Link Title fish at Bullocks BistroExternal Link Title