Vancouver Island Marine Pubs
There was a time when pubs offered cubinettes and pickled eggs as standard fare. In the past most offerings were pre-prepared last week and warmed in a microwave for your pleasure. Thankfully those days are gone.
Today dishes are imaginative, west coast inspired and made from locally sourced ingredients prepared in many cases by Red Seal Chefs. You can easily find Thai prawn cakes, salmon carbonara, steaks, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and of course burgers but gnocchi? These little dumplings were new to us and oh my, are they ever good! Adding to delicious foods there are many award winning local beers, ciders and wine for your pleasure.
We highly recommend dining on the waterfront. For some reason everything tastes better. Click here for a list of Marine Pubs up and down the island.
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2 Days in Port
Being that we are Islanders, we take every opportunity to be out on the water. We even considered buying a runabout until a forensic audit on our dwindling disposable income indicated that this would be a terrible idea...
The Coast Salish people had a long history of weaving before we Europeans came this way. They wove beautiful white, nobility blankets that played many roles in their life.
But don’t take it from us. The world renowned Jacque Cousteau described the Discovery Passage as second only the Red Sea in its diversity of marine and invertebrate life. It's our cold waters full of nutrients that result in an explosion of life in oranges, reds, purples, pinks, yellows and blues.
Are you old enough to have been tortured by your friends’ or relatives' slide show from their recent trip to Yosemite? Well here yah go...
We made arrangements to meet for lunch with friends and their kids who were camping at Coombs Country Campground. They had been here for the better part of a week and filled us in on their forays on Highway 4A.
I’ve lived most of my life in the Pacific Northwest so I was quite surprised when I recently became aware of this streamlined art deco ferry christened the Kalakala. The story of her life was even more surprising.
Way back in the ‘60’s we had pods of Killer Whales frequenting Vancouver Harbour on a regular basis. By the 1970’s they had all but disappeared.
Port Alberni sits at the end of the ruggedly beautiful Alberni Inlet tucked away from the sometimes harsh West Coast weather. Explorers found the sheltered waters of the Inlet in the late 1700’s and it was deemed the perfect spot for a settlement.
There is no doubt that buying local products provide a healthier lifestyle while going a long way to support local businesses.
This is the time of the year when I get a severe case of boat fever. Who can blame me? The various Island groups surrounding us offer some of the best cruising in the world.
I suppose there was a time when keeping whales and dolphins in captivity was critical in the effort to educate people to revive the species. It didn’t work
Last week I received a surprising email from my friend in China who informed me that the Point Atkinson lighthouse in West Vancouver is for sale for $200,000.00!
In 1966 an archaeological project was conducted in Yuquot (Friendly Cove). It was determined that the indigenous peoples had inhabited the area for 4500 years!