Key to a successful holiday on the slopes is nourishing and energising your body with delicious food and drink. Fortunately, Canada’s British Columbia offers the best of both worlds, with world-renowned ski slopes and a top-class foodie scene.
Home to innovative chefs, passionate growers and award-winning winemakers, British Columbia has some of North America’s most fertile land and sea. BC farmers cultivate a vast range of products including Fraser Valley wine, duck and berries; Gulf Island lamb, cheeses and tofu; wild Pacific Salmon and fresh lake trout, and even locally-brewed sake.
In addition, British Columbia’s multi-cultural population brings culinary influences from around the world. Local chefs meld European training, international tastes and the wealth of local produce to define the regional cuisine.
From caribou to chanterelles, artisanal cheese to micro-brewed ale, the local fare is rich and varied. Restaurants are cosmopolitan, vibrant, affordable, and – in many cases – blessed with mountain and ocean views. Combined with days spent racing down some of the world’s best ski slopes, what’s not to love?
Beyond the stars in Vancouver
Vancouver is ideally located for a short stay before or after a British Columbia ski holiday. The recent release of the Michelin Guide Vancouver has elevated the city’s reputation as a global dining destination and recognised the fresh produce that makes British Columbia’s cuisine so special.
The city’s Asian population makes one of the best places to sample regional Asian cuisines. Options range from chic formal restaurants to weekend dim sum haunts and cheap and cheerful noodle bars.
For some quirky Asian fusion fast-food try Japadogs. Vancouver’s original food cart serves massive hotdogs topped by seaweed flakes, miso-mayonnaise and other Japanese-inspired accompaniments.
Asian influence in Richmond
For more Asian-inspired fare, Richmond is where the Far East meets the Canadian West Coast. The city boasts over 400 Asian restaurants and a world-renowned Asian Night Market.
Richmond’s Night Market is the largest in North America with over 70 food stalls where you can sample crab meat noodles, BBQ squid, ramen, Japanese poutine and sushi.
Farm-to-table in Whistler
Whistler has a reputation for great food and drink – its chefs take advantage of the bountiful farmland just 25 minutes north in Pemberton Valley, incorporating seasonal produce and organic meat into mouth-watering menus that are constantly evolving.
Choose one of the resort’s best dining experiences at the fantastic Bearfoot Bistro, grab breakfast at local’s favourite Elements Urban Tapas & Wine Bar, or indulge in a five-course dinner in your very own Snow Globe at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
A Whistler Tasting Tour is an excellent way to discover some of the best spots in town, with custom tours available for groups of three to 100 people.
Drink up in Okanagan
Home to 86% of the province’s vineyard acreage, the Okanagan Valley is British Columbia’s premier grape-growing region. The wine – produced by over 180 wineries in the area – came first, followed by a parade of talented chefs, attracted by the region’s agricultural bounty.
Don’t miss Naramata Inn – led by Okanagan-born Chef Ned Bell. Ned is known for his commitment to seasonal, sustainable menus and his outgoing personality. The restaurant offers a next-level, hyper-local dining experience.
Alternatively, those embracing plant-based food will be in their element at Frankie We Salute You.
Book it with… Ski Independence
Tailor-made ski specialists Ski Independence have been selling ski holidays to British Columbia for 30 years. Their expert team will create an itinerary to perfectly suit you and can take care of all the essentials including dining reservations, ski school bookings and ski hire.
Offers for Winter 2023/24
Ski Independence are giving away a $250 voucher to spend on food & drink for Whistler bookings of 10 nights or longer. This is a limited offer, T&Cs apply.
Save up to 40% on a stay in British Columbia this winter by booking early – best offers available until August 31 2023.