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’.

Blood Orange Session Ale
Pale Ale - American
0.0%
IBU 0.0
It's summertime and things are heating up! To help you keep cool we've brewed up a light and refreshing ale with a citrusy kick as our latest seasonal release - Blood Orange Session Ale.
Beach Fire Brewing Company // Campbell River, BC
Featherweight IPA
IPA - Session / India Session Ale
4.5%
IBU 60.0
A modest IPA with a refreshingly light body. Key notes of tropical fruit and resinous subtleties give way to a crisp, clean finish.
Four Winds Brewing // Delta, BC
Gila Gose
Sour - Gose
4.4%
IBU 0.0
Moon Under Water Brewery | Pub | Distillery // Victoria, BC
Low Pressure Porter
Porter - American
6.0%
IBU 0.0
Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Co. // Parksville, BC
Punch Bowl IPA
IPA - American
6.5%
IBU 65.0
Punch Bowl is a North West style IPA, and a proud new addition to the Russell Specialty Series. Subtle NW malt characters are combined with Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops to create tropical, fruity flavours such as stone fruit, berries and melon. India Pale Ale was a beer created to make the trip from England to India; Punch was a fruit drink introduced to England from India. So as tribute to full flavoured beer and to party drinks that can be spiked, may we present the Punch Bowl!
Russell Brewing Company // Surrey, BC
Tin Hat India Pale Ale (IPA)
IPA - American
5.6%
IBU 55.0
Loads of pungent, piney, citrusey hops give Tin Hat IPA a strong bitterness that is balanced with a malty body. Pair with strong flavours: curry, smoked meat, Gorgonzola cheese.
Townsite Brewing // Powell River, BC
The Dancing Linebacker
Stout - Oatmeal
5.0%
IBU 0.0
Cumberland Brewing Company // Cumberland, BC
Island Time
Lager - North American Adjunct
5.0%
IBU 18.0
Longwood Brewery’s latest offering is a uniquely crafted lager. All ingredients for this beer have been sourced on Vancouver Island. Locally grown and craft malted barley, along with fresh whole hops from our local suppliers have created this clean and crisp session beer. Sit back, relax and reset your clock with Island Time Lager, an “Obsessively Local Brew”.
Longwood Brewery // Nanaimo, BC
High Tide Pale Ale
Pale Ale - American
5.5%
IBU 40.0
A hop forward, west coast pale ale with restrained bitterness, but a big hop aroma and flavour. Just as the tides change, hops in this beer may ebb and flow to showcase new and novel varieties. It will always reflect a stoic focus on new-world hops with rising flavours of citrus, pine and tropical fruits.
Beach Fire Brewing Company // Campbell River, BC
Dim Wit
Witbier
4.9%
IBU 15.0
The Parkside Brewery // Port Moody, BC
Zunga
Blonde Ale
5.2%
IBU 25.0
This golden blonde ale has a light bitterness and a balanced body to create a dry, refreshing finish, with hints of European hops. It is the perfect accompaniment to a hot day up the lake.
Townsite Brewing // Powell River, BC
Dime Bag
IPA - American
8.0%
IBU 70.0
A barrel aged Brett ipa dry hopped with citra hops and sour keys
Moon Under Water Brewery | Pub | Distillery // Victoria, BC
Solaris
Pale Wheat Ale - American
4.3%
IBU 0.0
This is no mirage...crack the code of the summer heat and unlock the secrets of the Beeramid. Solaris White Peach Ale is brewed with wheat and unfiltered to be hazy for your summertime lazy. It's bright and crisp with big juicy fruit notes. Life's a peach...drink it up!
Phillips Brewing Company // Victoria, BC
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Cider - Other
7.0%
IBU 0.0
Coastal Black // Black Creek, BC
India Session Lager
Lager - IPL (India Pale Lager)
4.5%
IBU 0.0
Forbidden Brewing // Courtenay, BC
Dat Juice
Pale Wheat Ale - American
5.2%
IBU 25.0
Dat Juice is an unfiltered pale ale brewed with large amounts of flaked and malted wheat then heavily hopped with 100% Citra hops. It pours a cloudy pale straw colour with bright aromatics of grapefruit, pineapple and mango.
Twin Sails Brewing // Port Moody, 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 bounty of Vancouver Island. 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!

14
Jun
BC Seafood Festival Winemaker's Dinner

Join us a for a beautiful evening with great seafood and fine wine from Joie Farm Winery!

Chef Aaron has created a 6 course menu that captures the beauty and bounty of the West Coast!

https://www.facebook.com/events/206159316875874/

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17
Aug

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