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Haida canoes on the shoreline in front of the Haida Heritage Centre

Keenawaii's Kitchen



For chef Keenawaii (Roberta Olson), food is more than sustenance; it’s a cultural experience filled with symbolism and important nuggets of wisdom that can be transferred only through the sharing of an authentic Haida meal, often accompanied by singing and storytelling. 

Visitors to Keenawaii’s Kitchen will experience just that. Set in an unassuming home in Kay Llnagaay (Skidegate), along the shores of Hecate Strait, guests enjoy a small taste of Haida culture and lifestyle while sampling multiple courses and traditional Haida foods. 

Every dish is cooked fresh and from scratch, with ingredients that have been grown or caught on Haida Gwaii, including many wild-harvested foods. A typical meal may include sguu (dried seaweed), dried K’aaw (herring eggs on kelp), gilgii (dried salmon), locally grown vegetables, wild berries, and other in-season foods. Keenawaii’s halibut and tomato soup, garnished with eulachon oil, is testament to the trading between nations along the historic Grease Trail, while her locally harvested venison rounds out delicately prepared seafoods. 

Meals are served year round for two to 25 guests per sitting. Advance reservations are required. 

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Skidegate, BC

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In Canada’s westernmost province, fresh local bounty, talented chefs, and a melting pot of cultures combine to make British Columbia a top culinary destination. It’s a rich tapestry supported by farmers, growers, and producers whose ingredients shape menus in communities along the Pacific Ocean, in the Rocky Mountains, and everywhere in between.

Here, Indigenous cultures who have been nurturing the land for millennia showcase traditional offerings with a modern twist. Other multicultural influences inspire chefs and artisan food producers to blend local ingredients with global flavours. Dishes also vary widely, depending on place, creating distinctive regional dining scenes—from wild salmon sushi in Tofino to down-home guest ranch cooking in the Cariboo to delicate dim sum in Richmond. 

Victoria, the province’s capital, boasts more restaurants per capita than almost anywhere else in Canada, while Vancouver, BC’s most populous city, was recently recognized with several MICHELIN Stars, further elevating the city’s reputation as an international dining destination. Wine touring, spirits, and local beer are hugely popular here, too, in the Fraser Valley near Vancouver, on Vancouver Island, and especially along the Okanagan Valley lakeside, where seasonal pours provide the perfect finish to a day of hiking, biking, and swimming.

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