How to Travel as a Vegan in British Columbia

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Traveling as a vegan has never been easier, but it’s important to know where to find plant-based food options during your trip. The movement towards a more sustainable, healthier and animal-free lifestyle is gaining popularity as people exchange animal products for plant-based alternatives. Known for its breathtaking mountain ranges, rainforests and peaceful beaches, British Columbia is an exciting destination in all four seasons. There are diverse communities that offer tempting and delicious dining experiences and many fresh food options. Whether you’re vegan, trying out Meatless Mondays, or just curious about all the plant-based fuss, here are five restaurants I visited in British Columbia with vegan options.

Vancouver – Good Dogs Plant Foods

On my first night in Vancouver, I stumbled upon Good Dogs Plant Foods, an all-vegan restaurant on Robson Street. The owner is delightful, kind and cares about animals and the trendy restaurant is decorated with colorful eye-catching artwork and unique memorabilia. Good dogs mission is to serve healthy, fast and delicious food that is good for people and good for the planet. Dishes feature ingredients sourced from local farms and they use multiple cooking techniques and textures to keep things interesting. With a huge selection of plant-based hot dogs, I went for the ballpark dog full of house sauerkraut, crispy onion, grainy dijon and house ketchup with fries and a side salad. In addition to many gourmet vegan hot dogs, they make salads, bowls, and delectable appetizers. They also serve craft cocktails and local beers and enjoy ice cream for dessert.

It is worth noting that several people told me to visit Meet plant based restaurant. They have three locations – Gastown, Yaletown, and Main, and their menu items look delicious. Meet’s mission is to help people transition from eating animals and encourage them to eat more plants. Meet is on my list for next time!

Granville Island – Public Market

Granville Island is the perfect day trip and a magical destination in the city. Just hop on a False Creek ferry in Vancouver at one of the nine docks and the cute little boat will take you there. Granville Island is a charming place to walk around, shop, listen to music and immerse yourself in the artistic and cultural center with a historical maritime heritage. Fresh produce is in all directions in the public market and it is a good opportunity to stock up on fruits and vegetables. Laurelle’s Fine Foods is a family-owned bakery-deli, and while not a plant-based restaurant, they offer a number of options for vegans, such as an assortment of fresh salads (kale, quinoa, yam, or Asian beans) and Pastry Rolls (The Mexican flax rolls and tofu rolls are vegan).

There are several vegan dessert options and snacks such as the walnut brownie, healthy muffins and blueberry oat bars. Grab a plant-based smoothie or fresh juice at Fraser Valley Juice & Salad and take it outside to enjoy by the water and watch the boats go by.

Clearwater – The Wild Flour Bakery Café

While not a vegan restaurant, this delightful and intimate cafe has several healthy plant-based options and the owners are very nice and will make sandwiches and wraps to your preference. The Wild Flour Bakery Café prepares meals using fresh quality ingredients and everything is made from scratch, right down to their own freshly ground ancient grain flours used in baking. They also support the local community and organic food producers in the area. It was so good I went back again (It was challenging to find vegan options in Clearwater, so plan ahead) Menu selections include a roasted carrot and quinoa wrap, vegan roasted herb potatoes, smoky bean and rice burrito, and they have an assortment of vegan desserts and muffins, I took several with me and enjoyed them while walking through Wells Gray Provincial Park in search of waterfalls.

Salmon Arm – Still Food Bistro

Still Food Bistro is the only fully vegan restaurant in Salmon Arm and a fun place for weekend brunch or lunch. I devoured their breakfast Sammy (plant-based sausage, plant-based egg, cheese, mayo, veggies) and a side of potato salad with a tall oat milk latte. They also have croissants (grab some to take away!), falafel, salads, chick’n burger, tacos, curry bowls, and mushroom ramen. Save room for their yummy vegan desserts like brownies, cinnamon rolls, and carrot cake. Their sincere and inspiring mission is to save millions of animals one bite at a time.

Just a few feet down the same street is the famous Shuswap Pie Company and their apple pie is vegan and oh so delicious!

Kamloops – Yew Street Food Hall

The Yew Street Food Hall recently opened in Kamloops and it’s a fun dining experience for a night out. Local restaurants come together under one roof to offer a variety of artisanal and niche dining concepts in the North Shore community. There are ten vendors and one is completely vegan, Veggie Bomb. Serving vegan street food such as tacos loaded with bbq pulled jack, organically spiced black beans, battered yams or vegetarian meatballs – you won’t go hungry here. Their food is packed with flavors and I had the Atomic Bowl with organic brown basmati rice, bbq pulled jack, the bomb sauce and veggies. I sipped a ginger TSTIME lemonade and took a vegan cupcake back to my hotel for dessert. Veggie Bomb is the only fully vegan restaurant in Kamloops, hopefully it does well and more places will follow in their plant-based footsteps.

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