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Food for thought in British Columbia from Ski Independence 

Food for thought in British Columbia from Ski Independence 

Ski Independence is looking to alert foodies to the culinary delights of British Columbia by highlighting some of the unique restaurants and other eateries on offer during a two-centre trip that features the mountain town of Revelstoke and Vancouver. 

For example, in Revelstoke The Mackenzie is one of the ski village’s popular après bars. It faces the Rockford Bar and Grill, with outdoor seating in between.  

On offer is street food from its funky food truck, along with a variety of beers from breweries along the Powder Highway and a wine list featuring BC wines and hand-crafted cocktails. 

It is 15 minutes (on a free shuttle from the Sutton Place Hotel) from the ski hill to downtown ‘Revy’, where dinner suggestions include Kawakubo Japanese Restaurant, which serves up Sushi, Steak and Sake; Woolsey Creek Bistro, an upscale, cosy bistro featuring farm-to-fork locally sourced Canadian fare, BC wines and local brewed craft beers; The Village Idiot, a restaurant with perhaps the best-ever name with a family-friendly atmosphere known for its made-to-order pizzas; and Quartermaster Eatery, located in the Eleven Revelstoke Lodge, which puts an emphasis locally sourced products and innovative twists to timeless steak and fish classics. 

In Vancouver, a city shaped by the tastes and flavours of over 100 different ethnic groups, ARC Restaurant is the Fairmont Waterfront’s signature restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering a stunning harbour view and a menu focused on Pacific Northwest fare and locally sourced ingredients – some of which come from the hotel’s own roof-top herb garden and beehives.  

In the Fairmont Pacific Rim, The Botanist also highlights its sustainably sourced seafood and organic ingredients from local suppliers, while the Listed Vancouver Hotel offers Forage, a favourite with Vancouver locals that was a city pioneer in sourcing locally and sustainable ingredients. 

At The iconic Paradox Hotel Vancouver, Mott 32 is one of Canada’s top Chinese restaurants. It derives its name from 32 Mott Street in New York, the site of the very first Chinese convenience store in 1891 that became a staple of the city’s Chinatown.  

Finally, Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean is an upmarket Greek downtown dining venue that shines a spotlight on both Pacific Northwest and international seafood.  Its raw bar is packed with locally sourced salmon, oysters and shrimp from British Columbia plus items imported daily from Greece, New Zealand and Hawaii. 

Ski Independence suggests the following itinerary, starting at £2589pp: 

Fly from London Heathrow to Kelowna (via Vancouver) and transfer to Revelstoke (2.5hrs). Spend seven nights at the Sutton Place Hotel, Revelstoke, staying in a Studio Suite. Fly from Kelowna to Vancouver and transfer to downtown on the Skytrain.  Spend three nights at the Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver, staying in a Fairmont Room. Return by Skytrain to Vancouver airport and fly back to Heathrow. 

The price is based on two sharing and includes all flights, accommodation and return transfers from Kelowna to Revelstoke.


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