Canada is not just known for its gorgeous national parks and iconic landmarks. The Great White North is also known for its food! Travelers may think of hot dogs and hamburgers when they think of North American delights, but Canada offers many more delights from coast to coast. From the world-famous poutine to the local favorite of berry pie, these Canadian favorites are sure to please the most passionate of foodies! Heading to Canada? Don't forget to try these eight foods that Canadians adore.
- Where To Try It: Poutine La Banquise (Montreal, Quebec)
This Canadian classic is what many people think of when they're asked to think of Canadian cuisine. This comforting Quebecois dish consists of fresh-cut french fries, cheese fresh curds, and brown gravy. Hungry travelers can sample this Canadian delight all over the country in restaurants and fast-food chains. During their Canadian tour, tourists may come across Smoke's Poutinerie, a nationwide fast-food that serves up authentic poutine in various flavors. Otherwise, hungry travelers can also visit Poutine La Banquise in Montreal. Since 1968, this poutinerie has served up hearty platters of traditional poutine and kooky varieties such as La Elvis (topped with ground beef, mushrooms, and peppers)!
7 Nanaimo Bars
- Where To Try It: Various restaurants/cafes across Nanaimo (British Columbia)
It seems like the Nanaimo bars were crafted with the sweet tooth in mind. With its origins from British Columbia's Nanaimo city (on Vancouver Island), this Canadian decadence is made with a coconut graham base, custard, and chocolate ganache. Travelers can enjoy the Nanaimo bar in many cafes from coast to coast. However, travelers would be remiss not to try these handheld delights in Nanaimo.
Though it's challenging to pinpoint specifically which establishments offer the best bar, the Nanaimo Tourism Board put together a nifty brochure for tourists to find out via the Nanaimo Bar Trail. These desserts are perfect after a long hike around BC's most beautiful hikes!
6 Ketchup Chips
- Where To Try It: Grocery stores all across Canada!
The elusive ketchup chips are proudly Canadian, which offers a burst of ketchup-like zing in every chip. Ketchup chips were made for foodies who enjoy all things tangy and sour. This Canadian snack favorite was born out of the potato chip passions of the Hostess Potato Chip company. Today, the company no longer exists their ketchup chips are technically still available on Canadian grocery stores shelves under their parent company Frito-Lay. However, thanks to the Canadian chip company, other snack companies have begun creating their own ketchup chip products. As a result, tourists can visit any grocery store across the Great White North and stock up on this tangy Canadian classic.
5 Montreal-Style Bagels
- Where To Try It: St-Viateur Bagel (Montreal, Quebec)
Move over New York because Montreal has its style of bagels! Montreal-style bagels are known to be crispy on the outside and chewy on their insides, with a hint of sweetness. The bagels are boiled in honey water and baked in a wood-fired oven. These specialty bagels are delicious with a simple smear of cream cheese or butter, but they're also perfect on their own! Tourists heading to Montreal can sample these savory delights at St-Viateur Bagel, which offers several cafes throughout the city. This bakery has been serving up Montreal-style bagels since 1957!
- Where To Try It: The Bannock House (Regina, Saskatchewan)
This fried delight is rooted in Scotland but was introduced to Canada by Scottish explorers in the 18th century, specifically by the Métis peoples in Western Canada. Bannock is an unleavened fry bread made using cornflour (though traditional Scottish bannock is made using wheat). Tourists heading to Canada can try this unique fry bread at The Bannock House in Saskatchewan's Regina city.
3 Atlantic Lobster Rolls
- Where To Try It: Dave's Lobster (Halifax, Nova Scotia/Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island)
Very few things in life beat a savory and creamy lobster roll, especially when its made using freshly caught Atlantic lobster. The lobster roll is an Atlantic favorite, made using fresh lobster meat enrobed in a creamy mayo-based sauce and served inside a fluffy bun. Those who are getting hungry just thinking about these incredible rolls should head on to Dave's Lobster in Halifax or Charlottetown next time they find themselves in Eastern Canada.
2 Maple Candy (Or Maple Taffy)
- Where To Try It: Throughout Lanark County, Ontario (also in New Brunswick and Quebec)
Also known as maple taffy or tire d'érable to the Quebecois, this sweet treat is made by pouring hot maple syrup over fresh snow, which is left to cool and rolled into a lollypop using a stick. This traditional treat is a favorite in New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario regions. Specifically, during the winter, travelers visiting Ontario can enjoy some maple taffy at several sugar bushes along with Lanark County, lovingly nicknamed the Maple Syrup Capital of Canada!
1 Saskatoon Berry Pie
- Where To Try It: The Berry Barn (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
The Saskatoon berry pie is no ordinary fruit pie. Originating in the Canadian Prairies, this specialty pastry is made with a filling of Saskatoon berries, a local fruit that resembles blueberries but carries a nutty, almond-like flavor. With the perfect blend of sweet and tart, hungry foodies can try a hearty slice of the Saskatoon Berry Pie at Saskatchewan's Berry Barn!