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The temperate rainforest on Vancouver Island provides stunning views, tranquil treks, and undiscovered culinary jewels, whether you arrive by seaplane, car, passenger ferry from Seattle, or other means, such as driving to the Port Angeles ferry. The area is a portion of the Coast Salish (Séli) peoples’ ancestral grounds, just like Seattle. Chefs, distilleries, and breweries on the island highlight local foods with imaginative twists influenced by the peculiar environment and constantly shifting Salish Sea. It would be exhausting to attempt to explore the entire island in a single day. However, it’s just enough time to enjoy a fantastic gastronomic tour that runs from Victoria to Tofino.

A passport, evidence of COVID vaccine, and completion of the ArriveCAN app 72 hours prior to arrival are all required for travel to Canada. The Victoria Clipper provides a useful overview of the procedure. Currently, COVID tests are not required, but this could change in the future.

Victoria: Brunch at the Blue Fox Cafe at 10 a.m.

You feel embraced by the Blue Fox Cafe’s 90s coffeehouse nostalgia. Brunch here is supposed to be enjoyable, with vibrant paintings decorating the walls. All the traditional fare is available at The Blue Fox, which is a well-known neighborhood bar. The eggs Benedict are one of the best indicators of a cook’s skill. The Oranges del Sol French toast or pancakes come with roasted pecans and triple sec as an interesting topping.

Wednesdays are the only day The Blue Fox is closed.

Victoria: Bon Macaron at 11 a.m.

A rainbow of sweets can be found at Bon Macaron. A popular but erratic almond treat is taught in workshops at this merry Victoria bakery. Champagne, pistachio, and caramel are common flavors. The tomato basil, sake, blue cheese and pear, bacon, and daring flavors are available.

Noon — Sheringham Distillery, Sooke

Stories about messages in bottles floating to an unknowing recipient on a deserted beach date back many generations. The Sheringham Distillery has disproved this urban legend. The distillery’s Seaside gin tastes like the spray of waves breaking against a rocky cove and can only be described as the ocean in a bottle. Although the combination of kelp and rose petals may seem strange, if you have time, stop by the tasting room to witness the alchemy in action.

Lunch at Nori Sushi at Nori is a treat to relish at 2 p.m. in Nanaimo. The display is elaborate and vibrant. The flavors are harmonious, precise, and subtle. Many meals at the restaurant are topped with edible flowers, giving each plate a lighthearted flair. The menu also includes a tropical salad with sour mango, pineapple, and toasted sesame-onion dressing in addition to sushi.

Coombs: Old Country Market, often known as “Goats on the Roof,” 3 p.m.

The Old Country Market in Coombs is a tranquil location if you want to take a break for a bite and get some exercise before heading to the shore. Because goats frequently frolic and play on the grassy roof above, many people affectionately refer to it as the “Goats on the Roof Market.” The Italian chef who owns the next-door Cuckoo Trattoria and Pizzeria enjoys fusing Northwest ingredients into classic dishes.

Ucluelet dinner at Pluvio at six o’clock

This eatery, aptly titled Pluviophile, celebrates the diversity of the seasons in the Pacific Northwest. Choose from a variety of selections for your three-course menu, including wagyu beef tartar with cured mushrooms, a seafood-centric feast, or seasonal fare with a botanical theme. The plates by Pluvio are vibrant in color and have interesting textures.

Reserving in advance is advised.

Tofino, 7 p.m.: Dessert and beverages at Wolf in the Fog

The Pacific Rim beaches in Tofino offer breathtaking vistas during the day, at dusk, and in the rain. With incredibly seasonal food and drinks, Wolf in the Fog captures the tides’ ever-fluctuating patterns. You’ll always be amazed with innovative new meals thanks to the changing menu.

Reserving in advance is advised.

Breakfast at The Pointe in Tofino at nine o’clock

The Pointe’s panoramic views will make your breakfast and dinner more enjoyable. The restaurant’s meals sustainably promote regional game, seafood, and produce morning, noon, and night. You must try the herbaceous spruce breakfast sausage. The Power Bowl’s wildflower yogurt is also delicious when savored in the dining room’s brilliant morning light. The Pointe is inextricably linked to the ocean outside, and the inventive menu constantly reflects the scene.

Reserving in advance is advised.

10 a.m.: Dockside Smoked Fish in Tofino

House of Himwitsa, which in Nuu-chah-nulth (Nuuaan-uat) means “storytelling and the passing of wisdom from elder to youth,” is home to Dockside Smoked Fish. A variety of seafood products caught by First Nations fishermen are served at Dockside Smoked Fish. Whether you favor Chinook or Sockeye, something hot or something sweet, this company undoubtedly offers it. Additionally, the ice-wine-glazed smoked salmon has a sweet but somewhat tannic flavor that goes nicely with the fish if you like teriyaki. You’ll be tempted to stay longer because Tofino is so lovely. When visiting Himwitsa, inquire about hiring local fishing guides if you’d want to spend an additional day on the sea.