Measured to be the second largest country in the world by area, Canada extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It is home to 10 provinces and 3 territories, each unique and distinct in landscape, culture, and lifestyle. Globally recognized as one of the most multicultural countries in the world, Canadian cities are a must-visit for traveling foodies. Here are 10 distinctly Canadian foods you must try, from the west coast to the east coast:
Poutine is a Quebecois dish originally made with French fries and cheese curds, topped with a viscous gravy sauce. This dish emerged in the 1950's in Warwick, Quebec, and soon became widespread throughout Canada as one of our signature appetizers. Nowadays, you can add sausages, chili peppers, beef, and just about anything on top of the fries to make it even more flavorful. You can find variations of the original poutine dish in many fast-food (yes, even Canadian McDonald's serve poutine now) and high-end restaurants!
Montreal is the place to go if you want authentic Smoked Meat. Montreal Smoked Meat is a type of kosher-style deli meat product made by salting and curing beef briskets with spices. Hand-cut into 3mm thick slices, it is perfect for adding into your sandwich! Next time you are visiting Montreal, take a trip to Schwartz's for their famous smoked meat sandwiches and you will understand why it was worth the wait!
A very Canadian dessert item, this bar is named after Nanaimo, B.C. on Vancouver Island. Surprisingly, this bar dessert requires no baking at all! It has a soft layer of yellow custard sandwiched between rich chocolate ganache and a coconut-graham crust...MMMmmmmm sounds delicious!
B.C. Salmon, also known as B.C. Pacific Salmon, is a very complex species. Its taste and color is different from Pacific Salmon, and it is found on the west banks of British Columbia, Canada. In 2013, the B.C. Pacific Salmon was named the "provincial fish" of B.C., and was added to the list of B.C.'s official symbols. This salmon tastes delicious cooked or raw!
80% of Canada's maple syrups are harvested in Quebec forests. Add on the fact that Quebec has one of the longest (and coldest) winters in Canada, Quebecois have been innovative in coming up with activities to keep themselves entertained for the long winter. Sugar Shacks are one example. Many restaurants offer their take on the sugar shack, where foods (both savory and sweet) are covered in maple syrup. Top off your hearty meal with a frozen maple syrup popsicle, and you won't feel cold...at least until your sugar high wears off.
Pemmican jerky is vital part of the Canadian cuisine. The texture is similar to that of beef/pork jerky, however, it is a blend of bison and moose dried meat. Very rich in nutrition and considered to be a high-energy food, it was by the Europeans involved in the fur trade and later by Arctic and Antarctic explorers. The word "pemmican" originates from the Aboriginal word "Cree", which means artificial fats. Today, this snack is popular amongst hikers and Canadians.
Foie gras, as we all know, is a French delicacy. This luxury dish was brought to Canada when French immigrants landed in the province of Quebec. Foie gras is made of the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened. Due to ethical issues and many animal-rights activists in Canada, foie gras has become a controversial dish...but this does not detract from its heavenly taste!
Peameal Bacon is a classic Canadian dish that originated from Toronto, Ontario. It is a type of back bacon made from lean boneless pork loin, trimmed fine, wet cured, and rolled in cornmeal. You can add it into your sandwich or visit the Carousel Bakery on Saturday mornings to try one of Toronto's most popular Peameal Bacon sandwich stores!
Beaver tails are similar to other fried dough pastries, and is topped with a choice of sweet condiment and confections, such as whipped cream, cinnamon sugar, banana slices, and chocolate hazelnut. OH, did we mention that the previous American president, Barack Obama, is a fan of this too! He absolutely loved it when he tried it the last time he was visiting Canada.
This is a type of small pastry highly regarded in the Canadian cuisine and is considered to be one of Canada's quintessential snacks. Butter tarts are made from butter, sugar, syrup, and egg filled into a flaky pastry and baked until the filling is semi-solid with a crunchy top.