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Roadside satisfied: Six cross-Canada food stops worth pulling over for

Integrity foods, Riverton, Manitoba

As far as summer road trips go, driving Hwy 8 thru Selkirk and Gimli isn't too shabby, with it's lakeside views, and Icelandic oddities (early area settlers were Icelanders and their imprint remains on everything from Kris’ Fish ’n’ Chips, to Reykjavik Bakery and the Icelandic Museum). And then there’s Integrity Foods in Riverton. Run by a sweet Mennonite couple, you want to stop here for Pizza Night.

What this entails is a pizza picnic on the farm, where the crust is made with organic spelt flour, meat toppings include local bison and grass-fed beef pepperoni, and the cheese is Manitoba made Bothwell. (The sauce and veggies are from the garden, natch.) Made-to-order pizzas are baked in a wood-fired stone oven in the middle of the yard while you walk around and meet the farmer and enjoy the environs.

What’s nearby? Besides the opportunity to be an artisan baker for a day (learn bread-making and baking around the wood-fired oven for $125 per class), you can hike Judah’s Trail on the farm and get up close and personal with the rabbit warren, chicken pen, and the goats and llamas. (Pizza and baby llamas: Best day ever?) Farther afield, go birdwatching or biking at Hecla / Grindstone Provincial Park, or take a chill pill and head up to Lakeview Hecla Resort and hit the just-opened Salka Spa.

Thank you to The National Post for recognizing the uniqueness of a wood-fried Pizza night in the Interlake area of Manitoba, Canada.

Amy Rosen, Special to National Post | June 28, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Amy Rosen is a contributing writer to the National Post. Find her article in the Travel Section: oadside-satisfied-six-cross-canada-food stops-worth-pulling-over-for/?__federat d=1

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