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    Posted by Shawna Quinn July 4, 2014 - 354 views - 0 comments - 1 like - #dining  #restaurants  #seafood  #ocean wise  #sustainable seafood  #culinary travel  #fish 

    If you are like me, food is at the top of your list when considering how to enjoy a travel destination. I want to understand the culture and the land through my taste buds. I want authenticity, titillation and pleasure. I want to use my palette to experience what the “place” I am in is really about. And I want to do it in a way that is responsible, a way that honors the people and ecosystems I am visiting.


    On the Island, seafood is the name of the game. Yes, there are endless options for enjoying fresh produce, cheese, meat, legumes, and other delectables produced or harvested from the earth here, but you really can’t beat Vancouver Island’s culinary delights procured from the Pacific Ocean.


    The Vancouver Aquarium, noted for its research and conservation efforts regarding Canada’s oceanic ecosystems, created a program called Ocean Wise to “educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood.” Working directly with key players in the culinary industry, Ocean Wise ensures that these companies and individuals understand the latest information about the state of seafood resources and environments so that they can make the best choices for their goods and services. Ocean Wise designates responsible options on menus, labels, and the like, so that consumers know they are supporting sustainable goals in their choices. These designations, or recommendations, are based on whether or not the species is abundant, resilient, well managed, and harvested in a way that limits bycatch and damage to aquatic habitats.


    On Vancouver Island, there is a plethora of dining options that have Ocean Wise items available so that diners can experience the best the island has to offer and feel good about their choices. The following is a list of some of the restaurants featuring sustainable seafood options:


    Aura Restaurant – Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria

    The Bengal Lounge – Fairmont Express, Victoria

    Big Bad John’s – Strathcona Hotel, Victoria

    Blue Crab Bar and Grill – Coast Hotel, Victoria

    Cactus Club Café – Victoria, Nanaimo

    Canoe Brewpub, Restaurant and Marina – Victoria

    The Clubhouse – Strathcona Hotel, Victoria

    The Empress Room – Fairmont Empress, Victoria

    The Games Room – Strathcona Hotel, Victoria

    Little Piggy Bake Shop and Eatery – Victoria

    Lure Seafood Restaurant and Bar – Victoria

    Marina Restaurant – Victoria

    The Mark – Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria

    Nautical Nellies Steak and Seafood House – Victoria

    Pacific Lounge – Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria

    Red Fish Blue Fish – Victoria

    The Reef Caribbean Restaurant – Victoria

    The Roof – Strathcona Hotel, Victoria

    Sips Artisan Bistro – Victoria

    Spinnakers Gastro BrewPub – Victoria

    The Sticky Wicket – Strathcona Hotel, Victoria

    Blue’s Bayou Café – Brentwood Bay

    Rock Cod Café – Cowichan Bay

    The Union Street Grill & Grotto – Courtenay

    Earl’s – Nanaimo, Victoria

    Rendez Vous Restaurant & Lounge – Nanaimo

    Minnoz Restaurant and Lounge – Coast Bastion Inn, Nanaimo

    Original Joe’s – Nanaimo, Victoria, Duncan

    Piper’s Pub – Nanaimo

    Silva Bay Pub and Restaurant - Gabriola

    The Landing West Coast Grill – Pacific Shores Resort, Parksville

    Pacific Prime Steak & Chop Restaruant - Parksville

    Nimmo Bay Resorts – Port McNeill

    Shady Restaurant and Pub – Qualicum Beach

    Qualicum Beach Airport Terminal – Qualicum Beach

    Haro’s Waterfront Dining – The Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa, Sidney

    Breakers Fresh Food Café – Tofino

    Long Beach Lodge Resort - Tofino

    The Pointe Restaurant – Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino

    Canadian Princess Resort – Ucluelet

    Norwoods Restaurant – Ucluelet


    This list is by no means exhaustive, and I welcome any and all contributions to this list. And please, if you’ve had the good fortune of enjoying sustainable seafood on the island, share with us your experience!