As you head off on your drive along British Columbia’s Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99), bring your appetite along for the ride.
As you head off on your drive along British Columbia’s Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99), bring your appetite along for the ride. Scenic views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, paired with delicious culinary detours, make your drive from Vancouver to Pemberton a satisfying road trip. Here are some suggestions for your taste itinerary.
First stop: Britannia Beach
Located next to the Britannia Mine Museum looking out toward Howe Sound, the Galileo Coffee Company is set in the charming 1905 Matheson House. The café offers freshly brewed coffee — roasted on-site — with a side of healthy sandwiches and oven-fresh muffins, scones, dessert squares and cookies.
Second stop: Squamish
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In the ocean- and mountainside town of Squamish, be sure to stop by Fergie’s Café at Sunwolf where you can relax on the outdoor deck and enjoy breakfast or lunch al fresco. This long-time favorite serves locally sourced, homemade fare.
If you’ve also worked up a thirst, the Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Company offers award-winning brews and pub eats such as artisan pizzas, hamburgers, nachos, salads, sandwiches and more. And before you head out of town, visit On the Farm Country Market to pick up some fruit and vegetables for the road.
Third stop: Whistler
Whistler offers a myriad of choices of where to eat — from casual to fine dining — with many places offering organic, locally sourced ingredients.
Among Whistler’s award-winning restaurants is Alta Bistro, which showcases a seasonal menu with produce procured from the Pemberton and Fraser valleys, meats from farms and ranches in British Columbia, and local seafood.
Quebec Rabbit, Chorizo Crusted BC Lingcod and Rangelands Bison Tartare are just a few of the choices on the menu at Araxi Restaurant, which has consistently garnered top spots on best-of lists and other awards of distinction. Adjacent to Araxi’s bar and lounge is its popular oyster bar, with platters of freshly shucked oysters.
To fully take in Whistler’s alpine beauty, dine at 6,000 feet atop Whistler and Blackcomb. The mountaintops are home to a variety of dining spots — from full service to cafeteria-style — including Merlin’s Bar and Grill, Steeps Grill and Wine Bar, and the Roundhouse Lodge. For a quick bite to eat, grab a meat pie at Peaked Pies. And before heading back out on the road, pick up some freshly baked bread or sweet treats at Purebread Bakery.
Fourth stop: Pemberton
Not to be missed, just 25 minutes north of Whistler, the village of Pemberton is home to organic farms that supply many of the area’s best restaurants with their ingredients. Experience fresh food at the Mile One Eating House — try its famous Wild & Tame Mac ’n’ Cheese, which was featured on Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here” — and Solfeggio, a farm-to-table restaurant owned by Olympian Kristi Richards and pro skier Mark Abma. If you want to go straight to the source, visit North Arm Farm, a 60-acre working organic farm, open daily to the public. Depending on the time of year that you visit, you can score raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and seasonal vegetables.
Stops along the way: Farmer’s markets
While traveling along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, shop the weekly farmer’s markets held seasonally: Squamish’s is held on Saturdays (through Oct. 31), Whistler’s is on Wednesday (through Aug. 26) and Sunday (through Oct. 11), and Pemberton’s is on Fridays (through Oct. 9).
Cross into the wild and explore British Columbia. Plan your journey at HelloBC.com/tripideas