A gourmet tour of southern Cape Breton, Canada

In the field of cuisine, Canada has some little-known secrets that need to be uncovered. From the prairies in the west to the eastern coast of the country, refined dining in the largest cities of the nation are well-known. However, there are those hidden gems that pop up here and there exposing a newfound Canadian gourmet treasure. As we discovered, these are the gourmet cuisine or “bites” offered on the island of Cape Breton. This is thanks to a new generation of young chefs and sous-chefs, who have returned to their native home or non-native Nova Scotians who have developed a unique cuisine in order to revive and showcase the bounty of the province.

We had spent a few days in Sydney, the largest city on Cape Breton Island, sampling some of its cuisine that preserves traces of its traditional heritages. Venison, wild duck, oak cakes, haggis, whiskies, and hot …