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Waterfront

DANIEL EHRENWORTH

TOP STOPS

DOCK FOR DINNER

Boat on up to the Waubic. The beer is cold, and the fish and chips are made to order

DANIEL EHRENWORTH

TOP STOPS

THE WATER IS FINE

Location

Honey Harbour, Ont.

Name game

The Waubic’s name hasn’t changed since it was built on the Severn River in 1913. The restaurant was abandoned when the Smiley family bought it in 2002. “Apparently, there was a Waubic steamship that used to come through back in the logging days,” says general manager Karen Smiley, “but that was after the place was already built.”

Backstory

Karen’s parents owned a restaurant at the Brantford airport but leapt at the chance to buy in cottage country when a customer put them on to the Waubic. “We could see the potential, a rundown hidden gem,” says Karen. The restaurant is still a family affair. All four of her kids (aged 19 to 25) work in the kitchen, and her aunt and uncle lend a hand when they visit from England every summer.

Known for

{part one} Fish and chips, hand battered. “It’s the British in us,” says Karen. (The dish is served on authentic British plates, carried over from England.) “It’s not fine dining. It’s just good ol’ home cooking.”

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