|Welcome to the latest series of Super, Neighbours blog posts where we highlight incredible travel destinations in British Columbia!GUESS WHO?!
Yes, it is I, Christine, your friendly neighbourhood indie music editor…taking a break from the dark and boozy nights at Vancouver’s music venues to get some fresh air and exercise…
Yep, I’m taking you with me on a visual journey up British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast! A place that I have had on my to-visit-list for the four years I’ve been here as I’ve heard only wonderful things!
I’m about to make your mouth water.
You know how to get there, you know where to stay, now I want to show you what you should eat on the Sunshine Coast!
The Copper Sky Gallery and Cafe is nestled in Madiera Park in the community of Pender Harbour, right off the Sunshine Coast Highway! Luckily it was amazing weather and we were able to sit outside in the sunshine on the patio after taking a look around the gallery.
Copper Sky uses fresh, local and in-season produce for their food, and you could taste it. We each got sandwiches and enjoyed the meal while chatting with some awesome locals who were also out enjoying the sun.
The next meal was dinner at Inlets, the restaurant in the main hall of the West Coast Wilderness Lodge where we stayed the first night.
They had some amazing salads and a spectacular view of the sunset (and rainbow!) followed by some amazing entrees.
I had the seafood chowder as my appetizer and the Cedar Planked Salmon with a Miso Ginger Sesame Glaze, Lemon Grass & Coconut Infused Basmatti Pilaf.
Other entrees included Braised Angus Ribs- Smothered in Chili Lime BBQ Sauce, Roasted Rosemary Baby Tri Colour Yukon’s, New Zealand Lamb Chops w/ Garlic & Black Bean Hummus, Village Greek Orzo Salad, and Bison Tuscany Stuffed Porkloin with Dijon Rhubarb Relish, Sage Pearl Barley Rissoto.
Oh, and dessert of course…
Our breakfast the next day was in the WCWL hall as well…and I was ready for it.
Waffles with berry compote and whipped cream? YES PLEASE!
Our crew also had the omelette of the day, the eggs benny, and the hemp heart granola with yogurt and fruit.
Thanks so much to the West Coast Wilderness Lodge and Inlets for feeding us like queens!
After we walked around Powell River in the morning, we stopped by the River City Coffee cafe for some food to-go, so we could find a sunny place to eat on the road!
My sandwich was delish and we enjoyed it at a cute little marina.
Next up and after a day on the water (more on this next week) was our dinner at The Boardwalk Restaurant in Lund, BC…
The garden salad was made with produce from just down the road and was AMAZINGLY good…as was the caesar salad and the chowder that we all got to sample.
Once again we got to wet our whistles with some Townsite Brewing beer, which I STILL can’t get enough of, it’s that good (you’ll get to see the brewery next week!).
For dinner we had meal from the “Tastes Of Lund” menu.
Starting with the Battered Oysters, Clams and Mussels, Prawns, and moving on to Blackened Ling Cod, and Red Chili Crab…it was an EPIC meal.
You can either do the Tastes of Lund menu for 3-4 people, or mix and match a three course dinner for one. It’s pretty great, and local – which means incredibly fresh.
Just as we thought we couldn’t possibly eat anymore Rayana brought out this amazing pavlova for Catherine, one of our fellow Happy Trails writers, as it was her birthday the next day!
The staff of the Boardwalk were amazing and made the dining experience that much better!
Breakfast the next morning was at the world famous Nancy’s Bakery. I had been dying to get my hands on a cinnamon bun since the second I found out about the trip. What I didn’t realize was that there were a million options!
I went with blackberry and I do not regret the decision, it was phenomenal…though, since we were about to hike some of the Sunshine Coast trail, I maybe should have had a bit more protein like the rest of the crew. (Though they were jealous of my cinnamon bun.)
Successfully burning off breakfast on the hike, we journeyed to our final hotel for a meal at the Savoury Bight (get it?) at the Beach Gardens Resort.
After several days of rain, the sun finally came out for us and we dined on the patio overlooking the marina and ocean, and were joined not too far off by an eagle in a tree and a seal in the water. I love the Sunshine Coast.
Between the fish and chips, and my grilled turkey w/ brie…I was happy as a clam.
Later that night, after a tour of Townsite Brewing, we had a barbecue at the Herondell Bed and Breakfast with some of the amazing people we met throughout the trip…I’ll tell you all about it next week.
Our last meal together was at Rockwater Secret Cove and Resort…the ferry and the tour worked up our appetites.
I had the delicious Sunomono Salad w/ Tiger prawns, smoked salmon rice vermicelli, vegetables julienne, orange vinaigrette.
And some of the other meals our troupe had were:
– Fresh Mussels with Shallots, andoulie sausage, tomato, white wine, and butter broth
– Fresh Made Crab Cakes with Artisan greens and fresh pineapple salsa
– Open–Faced Shrimp Sandwich – Baby shrimp, citrus mayonnaise and leafy lettuce with salad and fries
– Tuscany Ham and Brie Panini with Basil, caramelized onion, ciâbatta bread, fries
It all looked to die for, and was a great meal to end our trip!
Come back next week to check out some of the fun and exhilarating activities that we did all along the Sunshine Coast! Happy Trails!