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Our Story

The White Whale is an iconic restaurant in the Comox Valley located on the water just steps from downtown Courtenay.
Our History

The White Whale opened on Canada Day 2014, and has been a hub for great beer and freshly prepared local food ever since. Fresh oysters might be considered the house specialty, but the ever-changing rotation of 16 BC craft beers on tap are another big draw!

Daily happy hour and Buck-A-Shuck Oysters from 3 – 5pm draws an enthusiastic crew of local foodies. The warm cozy interior and friendly staff create incredible atmosphere, and the huge waterfront patio and boat accessible dock ensure crowds of happy diners all summer long.

For anyone who loves a good dining experience and cares about where their food comes from, the White Whale is a must! See you soon!

Our Partners

The White Whale is proud to partner with:

natural pastures cheese / little qualicum cheeseworks / village cheeseworks
tannadice farms / mountain view farm / island bison / island farmhouse poultry
freedom farm / bates beach farm / berrybest farm / seal bay farm / eatmore sprouts & greens
clever crow sea salt / holliewood oysters / komo gway oysters / kusshi oysters / fanny bay oysters
mac’s oysters / outlandish shellfish guild / effingham oysters / portugese joe’s / two rivers meats
organic ocean / cowichan pasta company / ponderosa mushrooms / misty mountain / estevan tuna
canadian kelp resources / gunter brothers / ceylon spices / sip sodas / prontissima pasta
oyama sausage / yarrow meadows / baji naan / birds and the beans farm / mount royal bagels
kaslo pasta / royston coffee / world community coffee / hornby island teas / milano coffee
big dee’s honey / harmonic arts botanical dispensary / beaufort winery / averill creek winery
coastal black winery / blue moon winery / 40 knots winery / arbutus distillery
cumberland brewing company / vancouver island brewing company / phillips brewing company
forbidden brewing company / merridale cidery / wayward distillation house / sheringham distillery
gladstone brewing company and a host of other local breweries, bc wineries and bc food producers…

Beer

With 16 rotating taps and a little 'insider trading', The Whale easily boasts the best and most unique craft beer selection north of Victoria.

The team at the White Whale is selfish about BC Craft Beer.  They want the best variety of locally crafted lagers, ales, IPA’s, sours and seasonal offerings anywhere in the area.  Luckily, beer drinkers seem to want the same thing.  With 16 rotating taps and a little ‘insider trading’, The Whale easily boasts the best and most unique craft beer selection north of Victoria.  Try a pint or if you can’t decide, sample any 4 beers or ciders with one of our ‘paddles’.

Tidal Series, Harvest Saison
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
6.8%
IBU 23.0
A harvest beer built with the twilight of summer, and dawn of fall in mind. This rustic saison pairs perfectly with the spicy, complex flavours of quince, while the addition of tart cranberry, and hearty spelt herald the fall season.
Vancouver Island Brewing // Victoria, BC
Analogue 78 Kölsch
Kölsch
5.0%
IBU 12.0
Phillips Brewing Company // Victoria, BC
The Last Mango
Witbier
4.9%
IBU 8.0
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks // Richmond, BC
Hazy Pale Ale
Pale Ale - New England
5.3%
IBU 34.0
A pale orange glowing haze reminiscent of grapefruit juice with a persistent white head. Aromas of tropical and stone fruits remain with a background of hop character; this version is a touch sweeter than the last batch with less hop burn, but the silky and slightly sticky character remains. More focus on citrus and dry tropical fruits from the addition of Cascade hops, with a mild lemonade character. Mouthfeel is still thirst quenching, with less sugar stickiness and a bit of a sappier finish. Leaves the palette more quickly than the previous batch as well.
Gladstone Brewing Company // Courtenay, BC
Blackberry Wheat (Sour Series)
Sour - Ale
5.5%
IBU 18.0
A clean tangy, highly acidic version of our beloved Blackberry FestivALE. The tartness of the blackberries is accentuated by the sourness of the lactobacillus and pairs perfectly with the roundness of the mouthfeel in this fruity witbier. Tart blackberries and malted wheat with an upfront sourness to boot!
Townsite Brewing // Powell River, BC
Rei Boysenberry Sour
Sour - Ale
6.5%
IBU 7.0
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks // Richmond, BC
Gin & Lime Pilsner
Pilsner - Other
5.3%
IBU 25.0
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks // Richmond, BC
Mocha Porter
Porter - Other
6.1%
IBU 15.0
This quaffable porter blends the luxurious flavour of Denman Island Chocolate with Salt Spring Coffee's bold Village Trade Dark Roast. Raise a toast to the finer things in life.
Persephone Brewing Company // Gibsons, BC
Chrono Wet Hop IPA
IPA - American
6.9%
IBU 66.0
Fresh hop IPA with Cascade and Centennial
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks // Richmond, BC
Peared Perfect
Cider - Other
8.0%
IBU 0.0
Merridale Ciderworks // Cobble Hill, BC
Happo Bijin
Blonde Ale - Belgian Blonde / Golden
8.0%
IBU 0.0
Hoppy Sake Ale https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/parallel-49-happo-bijin/633324/
Parallel 49 Brewing Company // Vancouver, BC
#fuglife beer
IPA - Session / India Session Ale
4.5%
IBU 20.0
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks // Richmond, BC
Miami Rice
IPA - New England
7.0%
IBU 20.0
Miami Rice is a hazy southeast IPA brewed with rice, oats, and barley, with late kettle additions of mosaic and citra. Fermented using a blend of London Ale III and Sacc-trois, producing a slightly tart finish with delicate hints of pineapple, mango and citrus. Best enjoyed while listening to cheesy 80's TV theme songs in your beige and pastel blazer.
Russell Brewing Company // Surrey, BC
Belgian Single / Stirling Single
Blonde Ale - Belgian Blonde / Golden
4.5%
IBU 30.0
An extremely pale golden ale, the Gladstone Belgian Single exudes fruity and highly spicy aromas. These flavours are apparent in the light, peppery body as well, though they remain understated to maximize the refreshing character of the Single. Complimentary pepper flavours from light hopping and a grainy texture from the malts create a very dry finish that almost vanishes from the tongue.
Gladstone Brewing Company // Courtenay, BC
Craft Lager
Lager - Euro
5.0%
IBU 0.0
You’re thirsty, done work and just want a great f*#%ing Lager. Look no further. Made with 4 simple ingredients, this beer is unpasteurized, preservative-free and small batch brewed to keep it fresh. Local since’95, we’ve really figured out how to brew a great f*#%ing Lager.
Russell Brewing Company // Surrey, BC

Oysters

The pristine, glacier fed waters off Vancouver Island, BC, produce some of the best oysters in the world!
Oysters

The White Whale is situated in the heart of the best oyster farming region in the world, so we thought… why not be THE oyster bar! The local waters here are cold and clean, producing the finest and most delicious oysters anywhere. We receive these very oysters daily to ensure the freshest slurping experience possible.  And.. if that’s not good enough, our daily $2/shuck special from 3 – 5pm will keep you coming back.

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Food

Everything on the menu is crafted from scratch in-house, including all sauces, dressings and even breads.

Chef Aaron and his team have worked long and hard to build relationships with many local farms, fisheries and food producers. This all culminates in his seasonally shifting menu, highlighting the best ingredients our region has to offer.

Everything on the menu is crafted from scratch in-house, including all sauces, dressings and even breads.

The style of cuisine can be described as ‘Gastro-Pub’, as it features typical menu items like nachos, pizzas and burgers, all served up with creativity and passion that is anything but typical! You have to try it to believe it!

The Chef

Chef Aaron Rail

I started working in a commercial kitchen at age 13. My fascination for food began much earlier. Holidays and special occasions in my family meant a day or more preparation in the kitchen. I would often take a stool into the kitchen to help my mother and grandmother prep. A lasting connection between food and family was formed.

Drawn to the bounty of the island, I was lured to the Comox Valley, Oyster Capital of British Columbia, where the number of farms far exceeds the number of restaurants.  The valley is a chef’s dream.

2014 culminated in the realization of a life long dream, I opened my own restaurant. I called it The White Whale. Thanks, Hemingway! We are committed to showcasing the abundance Vancouver Island has to offer. We love food, and family.
Come join the pod!

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Drinks

We don't just care about beer at the White Whale. We're also proud of our extensive drink list including a great selection of BC wines, locally produced soft drinks, coffees and teas. Our Cocktail and Martini list is truly original, featuring seasonally inspired hand built drinks using only the finest local spirits, infusions, house made bitters, syrups and fresh ingredients.
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Events

The White Whale doesn't always host events, but when they do, you should probably go!

The White Whale doesn’t always host events, but when they do, you should probably go, as it’s a guaranteed good time!  Monthly Beer Pairing dinners showcase everything the Whale is passionate about. Canada Day is also the Whale’s birthday, and the party is always epic!  Live music and foodie events scatter throughout the rest of the year, meaning there’s always a good time on the horizon.  Don’t miss out!

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Merch

The White Whale works hard to create fun and wearable clothing that's always a hit. Everchanging styles and small orders ensure that your White Whale gear will be as fresh and tasteful as our food! Check in house to see what we currently have in stock.

Chef's Table

A special interactive dining experience, Chef will prepare a meal to your guidelines using only local ingredients.

To further showcase local ingredients and Chef Aaron’s culinary creativity, The White Whale now offers the opportunity to book a Chef’s Table.  Parties from 4 to 20 people can book a special interactive evening where Chef Aaron cooks for them exclusively, using only Comox Valley ingredients.  Each reservation will start with a brief consultation  in order to determine details such as menu and price.  Each Chef’s Table reservation will end with full bellies and big smiles!

Please email chef@whitewhalecourtenay.ca to get started.

Contact

Current Hours: 11:30am until Late, 7 days/week, excluding Statutory Holidays • 975 Comox Road, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 3P7 • (250) 338-1468 • thepod@whitewhalecourtenay.ca

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