great lakes

Following tributes to Acadia, Haida Gwaii, and The Prairies, Chefs John Horne and Coulson Armstrong have charted a course to explore the culinary history of Canada’s iconic fresh waters.


Posted by Canoe
on November 2, 2016
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Canoe Great Lakes Trading Post

Representing nearly one-quarter of the world’s fresh water supply, The Great Lakes have been essential to the region’s massive industrial development – providing a means for transportation, trade, and settlement.  The Great Lakes are a prime example of nature and humanity merging together to create an ever-changing landscape.

Your culinary voyage will begin with a taste from the St. Lawrence River, the literal gateway to the Great Lakes. Flowing through Québec and Ontario, the river connects French, English, and First Nations communities. In certain ways, this menu honours the cooking and survival techniques of Canada’s First Nations, which they subsequently shared with European settlers. Methods included trapping, smoking and preserving white fish, farming the “Three Sisters” crops (corn, beans, squash), harvesting cattail flour, and tapping trees to make maple syrup. Their practices and contributions have undeniably shaped our vision of Canada to this day.

Trading Outpost pays homage to The Great Lakes as the nerve center of the North American fur trade, largely driven by Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company. The trade encouraged settlers to travel further inland to harvest furs, thus creating new communities and farming opportunities. Hogtown, named after Toronto’s enduring moniker, features 21 day dry-aged pork and Front St. peameal bacon with green split peas. The dish is a nod to the Davies Company, once the largest pork packer in the British Empire, as well as the figurative pigs of Fort York.

Finally, Niagara Escarpment is a representation of one of the best fruit-growing regions in the world – thanks to its microclimate and the moderating effects of Lakes Erie and Ontario. To complement each dish, sommelier Billy Woon looked no further than Niagara, selecting wines from Rosehall Run, Southbrook Vineyards, and Cave Spring Cellars.

As you soak up the breathtaking view of Lake Ontario, we hope you enjoy back paddling your way through time and place.

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A culinary voyage through the history of Canada’s iconic fresh waters.

105. per person
160. with pairings

Our tasting menu is only available at dinner. Participation of the entire table is required. Select tasting items are available à la carte.


With advance notice, our chefs can prepare a vegetarian or vegan tasting menu. Please call 416-364-0054 to arrange.

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great lakes

st. lawrence
georgian bay

smoked white fish, preserved ramps, wild ginger cream, roe + cattail cracker   21.

three sisters

fire roasted squash bouillon, wild rice, Algonquin corn dumplings + heirloom beans   19.

trading outpost

venison, wild rabbit pot pie, beets, Swiss chard + highbush cranberries   55.


aged heritage pork, Front St. peameal, cider caramelized apple, green split peas + boudin noir   40.

niagara escarpment

mulled wine poached pear, candied black walnuts, buttermilk sherbet + spiced streusel   12.


Please inform us of any allergies. we will do our utmost to accommodate. Though we are unable to guarantee an allergen-free kitchen.