For the lucky 13th year running, we set out on a month-long, coast-to-coast hunt for Canada’s best new restaurants. Along the way, we found a country embracing its own regionalism and sense of place.

Whether it was a comfy old fisherman’s cottage in St. John’s, a gutsy little wine bar in Montreal, a power brokers’ penthouse on Bay Street in Toronto, a home-style farmhouse on the outskirts of Edmonton or a chilled-out oasis of fine dining run by a bunch of surfers in Tofino, the standouts on this year’s grand tour were restaurants that mined their local soil and climate and people for an experience that felt perfectly suited to right here, right now.

Call it Canadian terroir. And then call your friends to join you at the table.