We love summer! It’s the time of year we get to source all sorts of fresh and local ingredients for our menu. Early May to late November is the season for fresh wild caught Georgian Bay whitefish. We receive a weekly shipment of this gem of a catch from Herbert’s Fisheries located in Killarney, Ontario for our fish & chips and whitefish sandwich.
wild caught Georgian Bay whitefish delivered weekly from Herbert’s Fisheries for our fish & chips
Herbert’s Fishing Boat, The Playfair II, in Killarney, Ontario
Killarney is a small town located at the northern point of Gerogian Bay – a 4.5 hour drive from Toronto.
Georgian Bay is home to the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, also known as the 30,000 Islands. These islands and inlets, along with the thousand kilometers of undeveloped shorelines, excellent water quality, bait and shelter conditions make Georgian Bay an ideal location to host a diverse number of fish species.
Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay, 1921, oil on canvas, Frederick Horsman Varley (1881-1969), National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. The rugged beauty of Georgian Bay with its islands of granite & quartz, windswept pines and wild weather is captured in many Group of Seven paintings.
Fish & Chips made with wild caught Georgian Bay whitefish served with organic potatoes fries – bringing a bit of the Bay to Toronto.
Northern Georgian Bay whitefish is considered one of the best tasting freshwater fish with medium firm texture, large flakes, mild flavour and just enough fat due to its cold water habitat. The environment from which the whitefish come is truly iconic. It lives in the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, also known as the 30,000 Islands of Georgian Bay. These islands and inlets, along with the thousand kilometers of undeveloped shorelines, excellent water quality, bait and shelter conditions make Georgian Bay an ideal location to host a diverse number of fish species. Furthermore, the eastern coast is a designated UNESCO nature reserve. Its unique geography and geology with more than 1,000 distinct habitat types support a variety of rare species, including plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
But really, the reason why we love northern Georgian Bay so much, beyond all this incredible natural heritage, is its rugged beauty – islands of granite & quartz, windswept pines, cobalt water and wild weather. The whitefish is part of that experience and we are proud to bring it to Toronto.