Classifying foods as Canadian can often be hard. After all, we’re a country full of immigrants that have brought dishes unique to our cultures over with us.
So, because of that, I’ve decided to share my favourite dishes and/or food products that are made in Canada or enjoyed by many Canadians.
Without further ado, here are my favourite Canadian foods!
- Alberta beef. While this probably is the most stereotypical answer for an Albertan, there’s nothing better than throwing some steaks on the BBQ in the summer.
- Poutine. What’s not to love about cheese, fries, and gravy, all combined into one dish? I’d recommend that you find poutine made with real cheese curds, as those are the best.
- Fiasco Gelato. This gelato company based in Calgary makes a great dessert. What really impresses me is that many of their products are dairy free, gluten free, etc. while still tasting delicious.
- Maple syrup. A stereotypical Canadian answer, but good maple syrup is worth getting, even if you can only find it when you visit family in Montreal. It’s a great addition to everything from beans to candy.
- BC Cherries. While fruit from the Okanagan is usually the best thing to pick up during the short Canadian summers, the cherries are to die for. I can easily go through a bag in a couple days.
- Tortiere. This Quebecois meat pie with spices is hearty and perfect for the cold winter nights in Canada.
- Tim Hortons. While their food and drinks may not be the best quality around, Timmies is usually a companion on most Canadian adventures, especially long road trips.
- Ketchup and All-Dressed chips. Canadians have some unique chip flavours, including the sweet but acidic ketchup chips and the weird combo that are all-dressed chips. Both are good, but I prefer all-dressed chips.
- Elk, moose, or deer meat. While this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, there are Canadians that have easy access to these meats. In my family, we’ll usually have deer or elk sausage with perogies, which is always good.
- Saskatoon berry pie. This dessert is the perfect way to showcase Saskatoon berries, which are sweet with a bit of tartness. The berries are versatile and can easily be added to things like jam, squares, sauces, or just for on top of waffles.
Hopefully this list of ten of my favourite Canadian foods hasn’t made you drool or make your stomach growl. I highly recommend that you try at least a few if you ever visit Canada.
Let me know in the comments what your favourite Canadian food is, whether you’re Canadian or just have visited the Great White North!