February 11, 2017

The BOARDWALK Restaurant in LUND BC

When I left Vancouver at around 1 pm, my ultimate destination was literally the end of the road, the end or beginning of Highway 101 (also called Sunshine Coast Highway) which is tiny Lund, British Columbia. 

It was now a dark 8 pm and there it was the well-lit Boardwalk Restaurant where you have to walk through a boardwalk to get there.  At night, you really can’t see the pathway to the boardwalk to Boardwork.  I had to ask the guidance of the receptionist at the Historic Lund Hotel.

The owners of Boardwalk, Roy and Rayana Blackwell, used to own Mr. Pickwick’s Fish and Chips in Marpole and downtown Vancouver.  The couple decided to sell Pickwick’s and move up northwest. During summer their new place is as busy as Mong Kok!

Roy and Rayana Blackwell

Boardwalk’s Fish and Chips has the most golden, crispy delightful crust coating fresh fish fillets (halibut, pacific cod or salmon).  Dipped in their fabulous tartar sauce, the marriage is bliss in your palette. 

The dining room of the Boardwalk is an original bunkhouse.  Rayana writes “It was one of five that was floated down from Toba Inlet in 1926 but I do not know when it was actually built.  They were built for a logging camp for the loggers to stay in. Once here they were homes until about 1982.  The one we have is the only surviving one and is the dining room.”

As proof, you can see the aerial picture of all 5 bunkhouses in Lund inside the restaurant of the Historic Lund Hotel and still spot the original Boardwalk.

Right across the hotel, as you dip at the end of Highway 101 facing the small harbor, you will see a marker of Highway 101.  Locals claim it is part of the same 101 road in the US that eventually connects with the Pan-American Highway which either ends in Quellón on Chiloé Island, Chile or down Ushuaia, Argentina (which claims to be the southernmost city in South America)

Rayana Blackwell at the Zero Marker of  Highway 101 (Historic Lund Hotel at the right).  Boardwalk Restaurant is in the left side of the harbour.
The Lund assertion is not true.  Highway 101 is strictly within Canada, within the Sunshine Coast, and does not connect with US Route 101.  US Route 101 does not even reach close to the US-Canada border.

Somewhat of an explanation see A Coastal Road Trip, From Canada to Chile? which basically debunks Lund’s claim as the end or start, or being part of the imaginary Pacific Coastal Highway.  Except the fact that Lund is indeed the end or start of British Columbia’s own 99 mile or 159 km Highway 101/Sunshine Coast Highway starting or ending in Langdale BC before the water hits.

Lund’s most famous frequent visitor is singer Michael Buble who built a home facing the harbour for his parents. 

Unseen from Lund’s Harbour is Finn Cove where the local fishermen live.  You have to drive on Finn Bay Road which spuns off from Lund central.

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