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19 Things to Eat, See and Do in October, from Vancouver to Montreal

From the Banff Mountain Film + Book Festival to oddball sippers in Montreal, here's what's new and noteworthy in the country this month.

Montréal - YUL

Outing

Riverside St-Henri

Photo: Karel Chladek

Riverside St-Henri

The sprawling canal-front terrace was the draw when Mme Lee’s Nicolas Hamel opened the waterside bar late this summer next to Saint-Henri’s Canada Malting silos, but there’s plenty going on indoors for fall. A giant rust-coloured sofa snakes through the warm-industrial space with its living wall and bounty of disco balls. With a yoga studio, food-truck parking and late-night DJ sets, it’s an all-day block party no matter the weather.

Open Thursday–Sunday
5020, rue Saint-Ambroise, riversidemtl.com

Food & Drink

Idole

Idole

Served in a chalice and garnished with a communion wafer, the vodka, Pimm’s and red-vermouth Saint Graal (Holy Grail) is the answer to our prayers at this new classic-cocktail dungeon in Plaza Saint-Hubert.

6388, rue Saint-Hubert, idolemontreal.com

 

Les Gourmandises de Peyton

Les Gourmandises de Peyton

Because it’s all about balance, this Plateau bakery and tearoom starts with a Mason jar of fruit-and-chia-seed smoothie, then stacks the rim with homemade doughnuts, cookies and whipped cream.

371, rue Roy E., 514-465-0712

 

Zoé Dessert et thé

Zoé Dessert et thé

This downtown spot’s menu has bright ideas, like the Light Bulb bubble tea. Pick a flavour and sip it from a light-bulb-shaped vessel.

2160, rue Saint-Mathieu, facebook.com/zoedessertetthe

Shopping

La Grande Braderie de mode Québécoise

Photo: courtesy of Matt & Nat

La Grande Braderie de mode Québécoise

Shop steeply discounted inventory from 140 Quebec designers, including haute-vegan accessories from Matt & Nat and winterwear from Mackage and Soia & Kyo, at the winter edition of this biannual local-fashion sample and surplus sale.

October 19–22, Marché Bonsecours
350, rue Saint-Paul E., braderiedemodequebecoise.com

Toronto - YYZ + YTZ

Room & Board

Broadview Hotel

Photo: Grace Bennett

Broadview Hotel

The 125-year-old red-brick Victorian’s many lives – including bicycle club and flophouse – have made the Broadview an East End institution. Reborn this summer as a 58-room boutique hotel, it boasts a seventh-floor bar whose massive skylight and all-glass walls offer some of the best new views of the city. Old-school details, like the turn-of-the-last-century steaks, chops and whole-bird menu at Civic, set to open soon, and reproductions of the original wallpaper uncovered during construction, ensure the past stays present, too.

106 Broadview Ave., thebroadviewhotel.ca

Outing

Cheese Boutique

Photo: Ivan Otis Photography

Cheese Boutique

Visit the climate-controlled vault, where more than $1-million worth of dairy gets better with age. Speak to maître fromager (the only one in Canada) Afrim Pristine about reserving a wheel of Parm or cloth-bound Stilton for custom affinage.

45 Ripley Ave., cheeseboutique.com

 

Barberian’s Steakhouse

Barberian’s Steakhouse

Roomier than most downtown condos, this Toronto institution’s 1,600-square-foot, vibration-proof cellar required a two-storey excavation and 500 cubic metres of concrete to complete. It also has an inventory of 40,000 bottles across 4,000 listings (and seats up to 30).

7 Elm St., barberians.com

 

Fluevog Toronto

Fluevog Toronto

There’s a portrait of designer John Fluevog in each of his shops, but this flagship boasts the only Vog Vault. A converted TD Bank strongroom houses a reproduction of the portrait with a literal twist: a 90-degree rotation where the wall is actually the floor.

686 Queen St. W., fluevog.com

Vancouver - YVR

Shopping

Holt Renfrew

Photo: courtesy of Holt Renfrew

Face Off

Get into character for Halloween with film-quality makeup. Trek to Burnaby for waterproof alcohol paints at HollyNorth. Downtown’s Studio F/X covers your horror needs with more than 20 types of fake blood. If you’re more beauty, less beast, browse the 29 brand counters (like RéVive and Darphin) inside the newly expanded 16,000-square-foot Holt Renfrew Beauty Hall.

HollyNorth, 3735 1st Ave., Burnaby, hollynorth.com
Holt Renfrew, 737 Dunsmuir St., holtrenfrew.com
Studio F/X Cathedral Place, 925 W. Georgia St., studiofx.ca

Culture

Minimal Sum

Photo: Brothers Dressler

Minimal Sum

From Marimekko to buzzword hygge, Scandinavian trends warm up Canadian interiors. Trace more than seven decades of inspiration with True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada.

October 28–January 28
750 Hornby St., vanartgallery.bc.ca

Food & Drink

Peaked Pies

Peaked Pies

Filled with kangaroo meat infused with a cabernet merlot balsamic reduction, the Hopper (order it “peaked” with mashed potatoes, mushy peas and gravy) is a midday jump toward indulgence.

975 Denman St., peakedpies.com

 

Tartine Bread and Pies

Photo: The West End Business Improvement Association

Tartine Bread and Pies

The seasonal pie recipes Jo-Ann Turford perfected in her home kitchen were such a hit – pumpkin-pecan and vegan pumpkin are but two variations on the fall staple – she opened a second location two years ago to meet demand.

1069 Davie St. and 770 Beach Ave., tartine.ca

 

Acme Café Ltd.

Photo: Areta Wong

Acme Café Ltd.

With rotating flavours like bacon-bourbon-pecan, chai cream and rosewater-buttermilk, the free coffee or tea with your slice during pie happy hour (2 p.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday) is almost an afterthought.

51 W. Hastings St., acmecafe.ca

Banff - YBA

Culture

Banff Mountain Film + Book Festival

Photo: Paul Zizka

Banff Mountain Film + Book Festival

Get into character for Halloween with film-quality makeup. Trek to Burnaby for waterproof alcohol paints at HollyNorth. Downtown’s Studio F/X covers your horror needs with more than 20 types of fake blood. If you’re more beauty, less beast, browse the 29 brand counters (like RéVive and Darphin) inside the newly expanded 16,000-square-foot Holt Renfrew Beauty Hall.

October 28–November 5
banffcentre.ca

Insider's Guide

Amelie Patterson

Photo: Georgie Silckerodt of Silckerodt Photography

Poetic Nature

There’s no place like home for the town’s first-ever Poet Laureate, singer-songwriter Amelie Patterson. The avid skier and nature enthusiast studied biology before undertaking two residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, where she got started on her debut recorded collection, Roll Honey Roll. She shares three of her favourite hometown spots.

 

Monod Sports

Photo: Cole LeGree

Monod Sports

I grew up across the street and every pair of skis I’ve ever owned has come from this shop, from my first at three years old to the new set-up I bought last year.

129 Banff Ave., monodsports.com

 

Ticino Swiss-Italian Restaurant

Photo: Alexis McKeown

Ticino Swiss-Italian Restaurant

This restaurant is a go-to for family celebrations, like my brother’s wedding rehearsal dinner. The cheese fondue is unbeatable, and you should try the mushroom soup.

415 Banff Ave., ticinorestaurant.com

 

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Photo: Canada Parks

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

As a child, I loved exploring the site’s boardwalk. The Sundance Canyon trail also has awesome little picnic spots, and the Bow River parallels the trail.

311 Cave Ave., pc.gc.ca

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