The beaver became the official symbol of Canada since March 24, 1975 so it doesn’t get more Canadian than The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill. They’re located at the North End of the No.2 Road Bridge in Richmond. The Flying Beaver lets you sit and watch the arrival and departure of the Harbour Air seaplanes on the Middle Arm of the Fraser River.
Decor is a typical rustic bar with touches of flight or Vancouver related art. There’s a wheelchair pilot suspended in the air that I particularly liked.
I came here for brunch with my husband and daughter. They sat us beside the windows on their enclosed patio near the back of the restaurant. So between the crayons and watching the planes on the water, my daughter was entertained the whole time. Although this restaurant is very kid friendly they also have certain sections to seat adults only.
We shared The Beaver Damn, which is (description from their menu) A big ol’ plate with wings, potato skins with bacon, steak bites, kale & artichoke dip, naan bread and tortilla chips. Wash it down with some beer, or coffee in my case and it was the perfect lazy Sunday.
My coworker and I are on maternity leave at the moment and decided to have lunch by the office. Boston Pizza was an easy choice since it was close by, kid friendly and most importantly, stress free. The staff here are always attentive and easy to deal with. For all you parents, there’s high chairs and plenty of room for strollers as well.
Boston Pizza started in Canada and has been around since the 60’s. There’s quite a few locations in the lower mainland, but I tend to frequent the Lougheed Highway location in Burnaby. Parking is free and although that lot tends to get full, they offer free valet parking. Another thing I don’t have to worry about.
They have an extensive selection of menu items including several gluten free dishes. If I don’t order a salad, I tend to get the Boston Royal Pizza which has smoked ham, pepperoni, shrimp, olives, green pepper, onion and mushroom. It’s even better when my husband picks off all the olives and puts them on my slice of pizza. Double olives, yes!
White Spot is a kid friendly, Canadian restaurant chain based in Vancouver, BC. I’m not a particularly fond of chain restaurants, but there are some that know how to cater to a family. White Spot has a large menu that can cater to your pickiest little eaters. If they prefer something simple, then the Pirate Pak is the way to go which includes a hamburger, coleslaw, fries, ice cream, chocolate gold coin and a drink all in a colorful paper pirate ship.
We usually go for their hamburgers and zoo sticks (deep fried zucchini sticks), but since it was 10:00AM we decided on brunch instead. The food came out fast and service is always great. It’s our go to restaurant when we’re too lazy to cook or think.