Between deciding whether you want tea or coffee, which jam you want to use on your scones, and which assortment of sweet and savoury finger foods to eat first, a complete afternoon tea requires a surprising amount of choices. To save you from decision-making fatigue, we’ve rounded up some of the best high tea spots across the country. While the simplest option for tea aficionados in Canada is often to make the trek straight to the closest historic Fairmont hotel — including classics like the Empress in Victoria and the Palliser in Calgary — these local spots should be on your must-visit list.
White Heather Tea Room, Victoria
While tea at the Fairmont Empress is renowned (and you should probably try it once for the experience), locals know that White Heather Tea Room serves afternoon tea at half the price and is equally as delicious. The tea room offers three sizes of tea, so you can accommodate for individual budgets and appetites: The Big Muckle Tea ($40), The Not So Wee Tea ($37), and The Wee Tea ($26). They also offer a made-to-order gluten-free option ($40). The White Heather is smaller and cozier than other places, so be sure to reserve a spot ahead of time.