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Hot Dining: Try The Fisherman’s Catch at Granville’s The Fish Shack

The Fisherman’s Catch, tossed tableside at The Fish Shack. Photo by KK Law

Straight-ahead seafood, fresh and simply prepared, is the mantra at the aptly named, no-nonsense, high-energy Fish Shack, downtown on Granville Street. Regulars go for The Fisherman’s Catch, a cornucopian haul of Dungeness and snow crab, mussels, prawns and more, landed tableside in a net. The giant blackboard beneath a soaring ceiling proclaims a wide variety of fish ’n’ chips, from halibut, salmon and lingcod to red snapper, oysters and prawns, while Sundays pay homage to crustaceans with $19.95 whole lobster and crab specials.—Tim Pawsey

Hot Dining: Seafood Specialists

Artful seafood at world-renowned Tojo's. Photo by KK Law

Vancouver baits foodies from around the world with its oceanside locale and access to the freshest fish. For this seafood savant, top spots to taste saltwater succulents include Tojo’s (pictured), for buttery sashimi; Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, for oysters by the dozen; and Coast Restaurant, for line-caught fish.—Kristina Urquhart

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Stratford, Ontario

Photo by Mandeep Flora

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is our series highlighting the best local restaurants across Canada. Today we are featuring top restaurant picks in Stratford, in southwestern Ontario, known for its picturesque streets, Shakespeare festival and modern-day Romeo, Justin Bieber.

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By Waheeda Harris

Breakfast

Despite this resto’s moniker, the first meal of the day can be savoury and sweet at Let Them Eat Cake. Choose from a multitude of options such as the de rigeur eggs and toast, eggs benedict, waffles, pancakes or Stratford scrambles to make sure you get protein, carbs, vitamins and minerals in one bite. Head over to the town’s main street, Ontario Street, pick up a Balzac’s Coffee and stroll the strip of boutiques and galleries.

Let Them Eat Cake, 23 Albert Street, Stratford, 519-508-2253

Lunch

For the midday break, choose from the sustainable and tasty fish and seafood options at Simple Fish and Chips. From the traditional battered halibut or haddock, diners can also choose from Ontario lake yellow perch and lake pickerel, lobster risotto, mac ‘n’ cheese, pot pie or halibut dishes inspired by spicy Indian, Thai or Jamaican influences. Walking along the Avon River and admiring the swans will be a perfect post-lunch afternoon excursion.

Simple Fish and Chips, 118 Downie Street, Stratford, 519-275-0400

Dinner

Reward yourself before or after a visit to the Stratford Festival with a sumptuous meal at this modern French bistro. The daily menu reflects the seasonal offerings of Perth County and the inventiveness of Chef Aaron Linley, and the pretty interior and excellent service is sure to put any diner at ease. Save room for a sweet treat to finish the meal, made in-house by Chef Bronwyn Linley (Aaron’s wife).

Bijou, 105 Erie Street, Stratford, 519-273-5000

Canada’s Best New Attractions for Summer 2011

Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

For travellers planning their summer trips in Canada this year, the regional editors of Where magazine have released their top picks for summer travel. The winners of Where Canada’s Best New Attractions for Summer 2011 represent the most exciting attractions – new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones this year. A diverse group of attractions from coast to coast, this year’s winners offer a wide range of activities and events suitable for any family, art lover, sports fanatic, nature lover or adventurer. Together, these attractions serve as the top must-see and must-dos for anyone travelling in Canada this summer. (more…)

Hot Entertainment: Gone Fishin’

Photo courtesy Whistler Fishing Guides

Experienced fishers and anglers-in-training drive two hours north to cast off with Whistler Fishing Guides, which offers day trips to lure salmon and trout. Rods and tackle are provided, so no need for your own gear. Consider us sold—hook, line and sinker.—Kristina Urquhart

Hot Entertainment: Kiss the Cod

Pucker up to kiss the cod at Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Newfoundland, on the far coast of Canada, now boasts honorary members from Germany, South Africa, Switzerland, France, Brazil, Finland and elsewhere thanks to East Coast nights every Thursday at Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. Folks from around the world line up to get “screeched in,” which involves drinking a shot of screech rum, reciting the vow “Long may your big jib draw,” kissing a codfish and signing an official certificate. The raucous evenings, hosted by Screechin’ Steve, also include live music, games and prizes. The best part? You can get screeched in every week.—Sheri Radford