Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 16, 2017
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Off the eaten path

Taste Canada right off the field

Forage in Cape Breton

Get down on all fours for a wildcrafting outing deep in the old-growth Acadian forest. The cosy Crown Jewel Resort Ranch has its own Highland cattle, Scottish blackface sheep, beehives and orchards on hectares of Cape Breton wilderness. And on their eco-culinary outing, you’ll pick fiddleheads, chanterelle mushrooms, sorrel, clover, mint, ground ivy and wild apples (depending on the season). Back in the kitchen, you’ll get hands-on experience with the chef, melding your bounty with other locally sourced ingredients to create a four-course tasting menu. $200 per person. Room rates are $330 per couple, three meals included. www.crownjewelresort.com .

 

Say cheese in Charlevoix

Plug in the GPS for a whirl through the rolling riverside pastures of Quebec’s Charlevoix region, about an hour east of Quebec City. Most of the stops on the Flavour Trail are clustered just past the charming tourist trap of Baie-St-Paul, and include farms and artisanal producers of cider, chocolate, pâté and cheese. Not to be missed are the Maison d’Affinage Maurice Dufour, home of award-winning Migneron cheese; and the Ferme Basque, producers of local foie gras. For a touch of history, take the ferry to Isle-aux-Coudres and visit the 1830s water and wind mills (pictured) which still grind wheat and buckwheat. For a map and addresses, look under Tourist Circuits on www.charlevoixtourism.com .

 

Sip and spin in Niagara

The world’s best wine regions tend to be blessed with gorgeous scenery, and Niagara is no exception. So why not hop on a bike for a guided winery tour? You’ll head out from Niagara-on-the-Lake, down country lanes to a selection of wineries, ranging from Jackson-Triggs (pictured) and Inniskillin to Marynissen and Strewn. You’ll enjoy a Raleigh touring bike, tastings at wineries and they’ll even lug back your purchases. To top it off, choose a country picnic in a private vineyard or lunch at a winery restaurant. Daily from April to November. $95 to $120 per person. And for the less fleet of foot, they also organize luxury van tours. www.niagaraworldwinetours.com .

 

Lock horns in Alberta

The countryside surrounding Calgary is rife with small producers who pour their hearts into growing crops that are sustainable and healthy. Each summer, chef and food writer Dee Hobsbawn-Smith packs 40 city dwellers into a yellow school bus for her annual Foodie Tootle, driving them out to her favourite growers and producers of hormone-free cattle and organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. Everyone gets to sample the wares and then buy their favourites from the farm gate. To sign up for this year’s tootle, call the Cookbook Company in Calgary (403) 265-6066. Or toot your own horn after checking out the map at http://albertafarmfresh.com .

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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