20 Unique Canadian Foods – Dare I Try?

I recently came across this article in the Huffington Post (HERE) about foods unique to Canada, and I thought – this is perfect!  I can now create a list for me – so I grabbed 20 of the most unique foods that I want to try while on assignment here in Calgary.  If you’re American and have tried any of these…I want to know!!  And if you’re Canadian and have a “MUST GO” place to try one of these….I want to know!!!

1.  Poutine:
French fries generously slathered in gravy and cheese curds – a classic Canadian treat!


2.  Ketchup Chips
Ketchup has never tasted so salty, non-tomatoey, and outright good…or so they say!

Food_Ketchup Chips

3.  Maple Syrup
What could be more Canadian than syrup that comes from the maple tree, whose iconic leaf has come to symbolize Canada?

Food_Maple Syrup

4.  Butter Tarts
A classic Canadian dessert made with butter, sugar, syrup, and eggs – filled in a buttery pastry shell, and often includes either raisins or nuts.

Food_Butter Tart

5.  Beaver Tail
Famous fried-dough treat shaped to resemble real beaver tails and often topped with chocolate, candy, and fruit.

Food_Beaver Tail

6.  Nanaimo Bars
Legendary Canadian no-bake treats originated in Nanaimo, B.C. and typically made with graham-cracker crumbs, coconut, walnuts, vanilla custard, and chocolate.

Food_Nanaimo Bar

7.  B.C. Salmon
Includes many different species such as Chinook, Chum, Coho, Sockeye, Cutthroat, Steelhead, and Pink.

Food_BC Salmon

8.  Wild Blueberries
Canada is the world’s largest producer and exporter of wild blueberries, also known as “lowbush berries.”

Food_Wild Blueberries

9.  Blueberry Blossom Honey
Bees also love blueberry shrubs! Although the honey is not actually blueberry flavored, it does have a subtle aftertaste of the fruit.


10.  Nova Scotia Lobster
Atlantic province of Nova Scotia is world-renowned for its tasty crustaceans.

Food_Nova Scotia Lobster

11.  Alberta Beef
Alberta’s beef is considered among the best, and Alberta is the cattle capital of Canada.

Food_Alberta Beef

12.  Caesar (cocktail)
A Canadian concoction made using vodka, Clamato juice, seasoning and garnish.


13.  Arctic Char
Freshwater fish species raised across Canada.


14.  Bannock
Takes its name from a traditional Scottish flat bread, adopted by North American Natives, including Canada’s Inuit.


15.  Newfoundland Screech
A type of rum made in Jamaica, and bottled and aged in Newfoundland.


16.  Saskatoon Berries
Very similar to blueberries, but native to Canadian Prairies, B.C. and Northern Canada.


17.  Pemmican
Kind of like jerky, pemmican is a type of dried meat often made from bison or moose.


18.  Red Rose Tea
Canadians drink more than nine billion cups of tea every year.  Red Rose is a country favorite I must try!


19.  Oka Cheese
A Quebec classic that is a semi-soft pressed cheese made with cow’s milk.


20.  Coffee Crisp
Candy bar found only in Canada, consisting of crunchy wafer, milk chocolate, and a hint of coffee flavoring.




8 thoughts on “20 Unique Canadian Foods – Dare I Try?

  1. I’ve had the ketchup chips (when we went to Toronto) and they are so good!!! 🙂 All of the foods on that list look delicious!!!

  2. You have a lot of delicious food in your future 🙂 For Alberta beef, go to Costco. Their steaks are a bit more $, but so good! I didn’t realize that Nanaimo bars were Canadian…how terrible of me!

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