Where to eat on the Sea-to-Sky Highway

Ski season is almost here and that means more trips to Whistler on the Sea-to-Sky Highway. On The Coast food columnist Anya Levykh offers her ideas about where to fuel up.

On The Coast's food columnist Anya Levykh on dining along the Sea-to-Sky Highway

Everyone needs a strong shot of caffeine for the early morning drive to make fresh tracks at Whistler - but there's much more to the Sea-To-Sky dining scene than coffee. (John Rieti/CBC)

Ski season is almost upon us and that means more trips up the Sea-to-Sky Highway. On The Coast food columnist Anya Levykh has some suggestions about where to fuel up.

West Vancouver

Café Ça Va is a patisserie in Ambleside, B.C., serving up proper French press coffees, croissants and crêpes. (cafecava.com)
Your journey on the Sea-to-Sky Highway really starts in West Vancouver, and a good road trip starts with a good hot beverage. Café Ça Va in Ambleside, on Marine Drive, is a great little French bistro and café/patisserie.

They serve up proper French press coffees and espressos, as well as some really outstanding sandwiches, desserts, and baked goods.

But they're also a bistro, so they have moules frites, duck confit, roasted chicken, braised beef and goat cheese soufflé. They have an excellent dukka chicken sandwich, Moroccan spiced chicken in a lovely baguette, along with a chai latte made from scratch.


Breakfast at Fergie's in Brackendale, part of the Sunwolf Resort. (Sunwolf Resort)
As you pass through Squamish, you want to stop at Fergie's in Brackendale for breakfast or lunch or both.

​It's part of Sunwolf Resort, which offers cabins, river rafting and eagle viewing, Fergie's is open year round and sits right next to the Cheakamus River overlooking Mt. Alpha. Breakfasts are outstanding, almost all of the food is organic, free-range and sourced locally and changes with the seasons.

They're famous for the buttermilk country biscuits, which are the base for their numerous bennies, including the corned beef and pulled pork versions. Their house-smoked brisket sandwich is also worth trying.


Grab a hearty steak at Sidecut in the Four Seasons at Whistler. (sidecutwhistler.com)
When you hit Whistler proper there is lots to choose from. For sushi, try Sushi Village and Sachi Sushi. For Mexican there's Mexican Corner's La Cantina.

Hotels in Whistler have some good offerings as well. The Westin Grill and Vine is worth a visit. At the Westin, grill doesn't just mean steak, try their quail and waffles. And Sidecut at the Four Seasons has a new chef and a new menu.

In the heart of Whistler Village, try Alta Bistro. They have a great wine selection, use local food, and do amazing things with parsnip. Below Alta Bistro's recipe for their Millionaire No. 1 cocktail.


Millionaire No.1 cocktail

Recipe courtesy of Alta Bistro bartender Ted Low, and based on the original, classic cocktail as published in the 1930s in The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock.

3/4 oz five-year-old Flor de Caña rum
3/4 oz sloe gin
3/4 oz apricot brandy
Dash of grenadine
Juice of lime, amount according to taste

Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a martini glass.

Do you have a favourite place to eat and drink on the way to Whistler? Tell us in the comments below!

With files from Anya Levykh