With iconic stature – unavoidable even to the driving eye – stands the Pioneer House Restaurant at Whippletree Junction. Originally built to house the majestic “Bar from Butte” the intent was to become a “Saloon”. The licencing fell through and so stands the restaurant of today. Acquired by current owner Gerald John’s family in 1975, the Pioneer House as experienced a multitude of transitions throughout the years.
You’ll discover the Bar from Butte Montana with its timeless beauty located on the North wall of the restaurant. The bars origins were in the St. Francis Saloon from 1890-1971. In its days in Butte it witnessed many quarrelsome card games, dancing cancan girls, and perhaps even a few gun fights (it’s rumoured to have a bullet hole or two). Despite the stories it could tell, it still has its original finish, applied in 1890! One must wonder how this amazing piece of history got to Vancouver Island. In the 1970’s, Whippletree Junction founder Randy Streit stumbled upon the bar still standing proudly in the St. Francis Saloon, despite the fact that the old copper mining town was completely deserted. He immediately dismantled the bar and shipped it home. When selling off the plot where the Pioneer House now stands, the deed contained a note requiring that what was built must house the unique antiquity.
Further to its iconic exterior and rich history, you’ll discover a comfortable ambiance and popular menu. Much of the interior design comes from local logs built by local tradesmen. The mezzanine perches 20ft above ground level for a fabulous bird’s eye view of the rustic antique décor.
The menu serves up local products, house-made dressing (all of which are celiac friendly) and sauces. You won’t get very far past the front door without being caught by the display of tempting in-house baking of pies noticeably their Peanut butter fudge pie and signature ‘one acre’ cinnamon buns!!! Pioneer House is happy to cater to all dietary needs, vegetarian, Celiac and more. Just ask their knowledgeable staff! From the Famous eggs bennies, to burgers, steak, pastas, salads and comfort dinners, rotating feature menus and two themed menus each year! The always fun and exciting Mexican menu runs from the beginning of March all the way through to Cinco de Mayo. The BBQ menu, this year having a Southern twist starts Father’s Day weekend keeping you coming back until Labour Day weekend. With the crowd-pleasing menus, ambiance, drink specials, and fabulous sunny patio…..They hope to see you soon!
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