Culinary tourism in Canada : 5 regions to visit
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Food tourism is a growing trend around the world. Right here in Canada, you will find outstanding wines, cheeses, charcuteries and many other delicacies with such remarkable quality they can rival local products from the United States and Europe. Check out these agritourism destinations worth visiting.
Annapolis Valley and Bay of Fundy offer an exceptional food tourism experience. Soak up the fresh sea breeze by following the Nova Scotia Good Cheer Trail, the first known gastronomic route of vineyards, craft breweries, cider houses and distilleries in Canada.
This trail will introduce you to a wide variety of beers, ciders, spirits, meads and wines. And nothing beats freshly caught local lobster, scallops, mussels or crab to pair up with regional wines!
You’ve most likely heard about its must-see falls, but did you know that the Niagara Valley has been producing world-class wines for over 40 years? Thanks to its mild climate and a longer crop season, this region is considered the birthplace of the wine industry in Canada. Eighty percent of the country’s wine production comes from here!
A real foodie paradise, the Niagara Valley is renowned for the agricultural production of its approximately 1,827 farms. It produces exceptional cheeses as well as a wide variety of fruits and honeys. Raise a glass to the region’s craft by feasting on regional delicacies in one of the restaurants where local products take centre stage.
Nestled in the desert in the heart of the province, this green valley benefits from a microclimate conducive to wine production. Its 250 km wine route, which stretches from Osoyoos in the south to Salmon Arm in the north, covers some 40 vineyards, a few of which are internationally renowned.
The Okanagan Valley is also known for its orchards that grow peaches, apples and cherries, as well as goat cheese, ciders and craft beers. Savour local specialties at one of the region’s many gourmet restaurants that showcase excellent local products.
Fun fact: The very deep Okanagan Lake, which sits in the centre of the valley, is said to be home to the legendary Ogopogo Lake Monster, the Loch Ness monster’s little cousin.
You will be amazed by this island located in the heart of Lake Ontario with its breathtaking landscapes, its artistic heritage and its authentic gastronomy. Affectionately called “The County,” it offers 800 km of shores bordered by fine sandy beaches and brings together nine unique regions based on their speciality, ranging from wine production to breeding, agriculture and craft beers.
The best way to discover the region’s attractions is to take the Millenium Trail. This 49 km cycle network runs alongside picturesque villages and is dotted with around thirty stops, vineyards, microbreweries, restaurants and shops. If you’re travelling light, you can easily rent a bike on site.
On Saturdays, meet local producers and vegetable gardeners at the famous Wellington Farmers’ Market. In addition to a wide variety of gourmet products from the rich terroir of the island, you will find creations by local artists and artisans as well as many antique dealers.
For food lovers of local cuisine, the agritourism circuits of the Eastern Townships are absolutely worth a visit. Discover various vineyards by taking a road or cycle route through the Wine route of the Eastern Townships. For over 30 years, the region’s winegrowers have been able to tame the weather conditions of this territory to create high-quality wine products. Are you more of a cheese lover? The Cheesemakers circuit will take you on a 14 regional cheese factory tour where you can enjoy an impressive variety of Quebec cheeses. Fine, curd, raw milk, sheep’s milk, goat’s milk… there’s something for everyone!
Want to learn more about locally grown, processed or cooked products? The Créateurs de saveurs Cantons-de-l'Est directory includes more than 180 companies that offer certified products such as fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, beers, wines and much more!
Wherever your taste buds lead you, Canada is full of gourmet destinations where you can discover incomparable local products that will give your stay a whole new flavour! And remember that even if you're traveling in Canada, travel insurance is essential to protect your physical and financial health throughout your trip. Get your travel insurance quote today.