Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler

Nourishing diversions along the Sea-to-Sky Highway and North to Mount Robson

Feast on the views at these delicious pit-stops

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From sea level in Vancouver to Mount Robson’s Rocky Mountain high, you’re guaranteed to feast on magnificent scenery. But when it’s time for sustenance of a different sort, treat yourself to a heaping helping of Left Coast vibes at one of these delicious pit-stops along the way.

Brunch at Fergie's Café | @sutik.maqa7 (Sandy Ward)

Fergie's Café

From Highway 99, follow the signs to Paradise Valley and you’ll know you’re nearing Fergie’s by the smell: delicious aromas waft across the Squamish Valley when the in-house meat smoker is fired up.  Lost to fire in 2018, the original little blue shack—a popular daytrip destination for tourists and locals alike—continues to thrive in a larger, more sleek and sustainable space on more than five forested acres at Sunwolf Riverside Resort off the Sea-to-Sky highway. The thoughtfully curated menu features locally sourced fresh ingredients that cover the brunch spectrum from a BBQ Asado Hash and Fried Oyster Mushroom Karaage, to Brioche French Toast and homemade Sourdough Tartine. (And if you prefer your eggs with a side of excitement, don’t miss the house-secret hot sauce!) Open every day except Christmas and Boxing Day, Fergie’s doesn’t take reservations. No matter: there’s an epic front-and-centre view of Mount Alpha to distract you from any wait.

Barn Nork Aharn Thai

Another 50 km farther along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, head to Riverside Resort on the banks of the feisty Fitzsimmons Creek in Whistler. This is the unlikely home of a teeny tiny restaurant that has earned a giant reputation for its deliciously authentic Thai food. Barn Nork has just four tables, so it’s wise to call a week ahead to reserve—otherwise, plan to order take-out and enjoy the nature views from the licensed outdoor patio or nearby green spaces. The opening hours are short—it’s best to check before you head over—so wait times can sometimes be long, but the fan-favourite green curry, beef Massaman and pad Thai are worth the patience. Bonus for the canine crowd: dogs are welcome here!

Outside of the Beer Farmers Brewery | Tourism Pemberton/Craig Barker

The Beer Farmers Family Brewery

Beyond Whistler, keep heading north along Highway 99 and you’ll soon descend into the fertile Pemberton Valley, where the Miller family runs The Beer Farmers, a craft brewery, on their bucolic fourth-generation organic farm off Pemberton Meadows Road. Here you can quite literally taste the view. Quality beer starts with quality soil, and this rich earth nurtures barley and hops that define the unique taste of the lagers and ales made on site. There’s a family-friendly tasting room and an adjoining dog-friendly outdoor patio: try the Farmer’s Daughter White—a traditional Belgian-style beer that was a hit at the BC Beer Awards. (Hours and menus change with the seasons, so be sure to know before you go.)

The Wild Flour Cafe

In the postcard-pretty town of Clearwater—1.5 hours north of Kamloops along the Yellowhead Highway—you’ll find Wild Flour, a popular café offering locally sourced and scratch-made soups, breads and baked goods. This is the perfect place to pick up a healthy and delicious picnic lunch to enjoy on the Blue River trail network about an hour’s drive farther along Highway 5. Be sure to check out the new pedestrian suspension bridge that connects trails on both sides of the dramatically scenic river. Or, drive an hour farther to Tete Jaune Cache and turn onto Highway 16 towards Rearguard Falls Provincial Park in the shadow of Mt. Robson. In August, you may be lucky enough to see the rush of returning Chinook salmon trying to leap the falls to get to their spawning grounds after an arduous journey up the Fraser River. (And remember: expect changeable weather regardless of the season—be prepared to layer up!)

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