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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’.

Short Wave
Pale Ale - American
5.2%
IBU 37.0
Scan through the static and discover the short wave. This wireless beer transmitter features an uncensored malt body electrified with bright citrus hops. With sweetness and bitter dialled to balance, enjoy this frequency frequently.
Phillips Brewing Company // Victoria, BC
Cry Me a River
Sour - Gose
5.0%
IBU 0.0
Brewed in the tradition of the artisan brewers of Leipzig, this rare style wheat beer is named after the Gose River whose slightly salty waters originally gave the beer its characteristic taste. This style went extinct twice Germany, but is today enjoying a revival in Leipzig and here in North America. Dry, tart, citrusy and deliciously refreshing on a hot summer’s day.
Driftwood Brewery // Victoria, BC
Jongleur
Witbier
4.5%
IBU 0.0
Amid bursts of confetti & music, the Juggler entertains us with a handful of oranges. As the oranges rise & fall, the planets revolve in the universe, babies are born, & the old pass on. Jongleur – our silky bodied, spicy & aromatic Wit – infuses any moment with a spark of joy. A glass of this bright & refreshing beer reminds us of the juggler’s simple lesson: to take pleasure in both the big & the small things in life.
Strange Fellows Brewing // Vancouver, BC
Second Page
Cider - Other
7.0%
IBU 0.0
Coastal Black // Black Creek, BC
The Dancing Linebacker
Stout - Oatmeal
5.0%
IBU 0.0
Cumberland Brewing Company // Cumberland, BC
IPA
IPA - American
6.5%
IBU 80.0
Forbidden Brewing // Courtenay, BC
Juice Plus
IPA - White
7.5%
IBU 40.0
Juice Plus is the amplified version of Dat Juice. It is brewed with huge amounts of flaked and malted wheat with several big additions of Citra hops.
Twin Sails Brewing // Port Moody, BC
Festbier
Lager - Munich Dunkel
6.3%
IBU 0.0
Gladstone Brewing Company // Courtenay, BC
Three Farms Hazy IPA
IPA - New England
6.8%
IBU 32.0
Three of our Island hop farms dove into the whirlpool to bring you this highly hopped, fresh and fruity IPA. Off Island hops for the Triple Dry Hop; Amarillo, Azacca and Mosaic
Longwood Brewery // Nanaimo, BC
Mango ISA
IPA - Session / India Session Ale
4.8%
IBU 0.0
Moon Under Water Brewery | Pub | Distillery // Victoria, BC
Super Saison
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
8.0%
IBU 0.0
Nice flavoured strong beer (8%)
Sooke Brewing Company // Sooke, BC
Nur Ein Kölsch
Kölsch
4.8%
IBU 28.0
Rather than a full wheat ale we brought you a German style Kolsch made with 25% wheat malt. Light bodied but very flavourful, slight sweetness and oh so easy to drink. No lemons needed!
Off The Rail Brewing // Vancouver, BC
Fresh-Hopped Wild Pale Ale
Pale Ale - American
5.0%
IBU 34.0
Category 12 Brewing // Victoria, BC
Three Kings Belgian-Style Tripel
Belgian Tripel
8.0%
IBU 29.0
A pale, somewhat spicy, dry, strong Trappist Ale with a pleasant rounded malt flavor and firm bitterness. Quite aromatic, with spicy, fruity, and light alcohol notes combining with the supportive clean malt character. High alcohol, yet very approachable to many a palate.
Fernie Brewing Company // Fernie, 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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