Vancouver Island Cuisine, as you might expect, is anchored on the abundance of fresh, local seafood but Island chefs are also adept at turning local meats, fruit and vegetables into mouthwatering creations for you to enjoy.
Nanaimo boasts a bounty of eating establishments. For a West Coast experience, try a seafood restaurant, or to go international, try one of Nanaimo’s many ethnic eateries, with particular emphasis on Asian cooking—Chinese, Japanese, Thai or Vietnamese, but there’s also food from all parts of the world represented here.
The Parksville-Qualicum Beach area, also know as Oceanside offers many different menu options to please even the most demanding palette. Sure, you’ll find some fast food places that are clones of what you’ll find at home but you’ll also find incredible fresh fish and chips as well as dishes based on the abundance of local seafood. But you also find trendy cafes, family restaurants, pubs and fine dining establishments throughout the region.
The Comox Valley prides itself on serving fresh fare. Restaurants have adopted the “Eat Local” slogan to great effect and you can choose from five different kinds of salmon, rock cod, halibut, prawns, crab, clams, oysters, mussels, herring and freshwater fish. If seafood isn’t your thing, the Comox Valley is known for its world-class farms that produce, meats cheese, vegetables and fruits.
Like other areas of Vancouver Island, dining out in Campbell River ranges from formal to very casual. With and abundance of farms in the area and a famous fishing pier right downtown, it’s not hard to find fresh fare. While seafood dominates, you’ll also find a wide variety of fine dining, family and ethnic eateries.
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