14 Canadian Food Popular

December 23,2022

Canadian food

When you hear the word Canada, what comes to your mind? A beautiful and developed country, good food, friendly people and a great vacation spot?Sure, the lakes and stuff are nice. And we hear there are some pretty cool mountains too. 

But let’s not kid ourselves, the real reason you’re thinking of visiting Canada is for the EPIC Canadian food you’ve heard so much about.


Poutine photo by better homes and gardens

But it’s not just about the poutine. Okay, quite a lot of it’s about the poutine. But there are loads of other amazing Canadian dishes you need to try. To help you on your quest, we’ve put together a handy checklist of the best traditional Canadian foods to try. It will be hard to pack all 14 into one trip, but we believe in you!Few Canadian dishes are as world-renowned as the glorious creation known as poutine. 

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Crispy fries, squeaky cheese curds and rich gravy all combine to create the meal of dreams, and this French Canadian food is so popular that it can now be found all around the world. 


Bannock photo by A Italian in my kitchen

Delicious and versatile, bannock is a simple bread that was once a key staple in the diets of Canada’s Aboriginal people. Modern takes on bannock include baked versions (which are heavy/dense) and fried versions (which are crispy and fluffy on the inside). In recent years, bannock has seen a surge in popularity, with new twists and variations popping up in bakeries and cafes nationwide – you have to try it!

3.Nova Scotian Lobster Rolls

Nova Scotia lobster rolls photo by Toronto.com

Canada is a massive country, with spectacular seafood from coast to coast. Not-to-be-missed experiences include Atlantic and Pacific salmon, smoked salmon, arctic char, and of course, East Coast lobsters. Nova Scotian lobster rolls are a Canadian favourite.

4.Butter tarts

Butter tart photo by sobeys

Best Traditional Canadian Food - Butter Tarts.

Butter tarts are so simple, but oh so good. They’re made by taking flaky pastry shells and filling them with a butter, sugar and egg filling. This is traditional Canadian food at its best, and you’ll be craving these long after you’ve left the country

5.Saskatoon Berry

Saskatoon berry photo by tasteatlas

The Saskatoon berry is often described as having a sweet and almondy flavour, which makes it an ideal candidate for the perfect pie. Truly, a slice of this will change your life. It’s no wonder the city of Saskatoon was actually named after it, rather than the other way around.

6.Peameal Bacon

Peameal bacon

This special Canadian twist on bacon is made from lean boneless pork loin, which is trimmed, wet-cured and then rolled in cornmeal, giving it its distinctive yellow crust. It’s juicier than American-style bacon, but also leaner and, some might say, more delicious.


Beavertails canadian

Imagine a slab of delicious, deep-fried dough, covered in a variety of toppings like Nutella, Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter and more. While it’s not exactly a traditional Canadian food, beavertails are gooey, crispy and a taste of true perfection. No visit to Canada is complete without one!

8.Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup photo by The seasoned mom

Comfort food at its finest. With Québécois origins, split pea soup is traditionally composed of peas, pork and herbs blended together for pure, creamy deliciousness. A bowl of this will get you through the tough Canadian winters!


Tourtiere photo by cookist

Another Québécois favourite this pie is available again all over Canada. This pie must have a pastry top and bottom and is packed with a mix of veal and pork meat. Seasoned with the usual salt and pepper and the unusual cinnamon and cloves. This used to be a traditional pie for Christmas but now it’s eaten every time of year.

10.Ketchup and all Dressed Potato Chips.

God only knows why Canadian love Ketchup flavoured potato chips (crisps) but they do. Another favourite All Dressed which is exactly what it sounds like. Chips with a little BBQ flavour, salt and vinegar, ketchup, and that other Canadian favourite chip sour cream and onion. Sounds revolting but actually pretty tasty.

11.Maple Syrup 

Maple Syrup photo by Healthline

A true Canadian classic and a pure Canadian traditional dish. Americans claim their Vermont maple syrup is the best but we Canadians know better that Canadian maple syrup is the world’s best.

12.Caesar Cocktail

Caesar cocktails photo by Chatelaine

Invented in Calgary, this drink is primarily consumed in Canada. It consists of vodka, Clamato (tomato and clam juice blend), hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

This is a popular drink to have during Sunday brunch along with mimosas.

13.Montreal-style Bagels

Montreal bagels photo by st Louis j light

Montreal’s bagels are the unsung heroes of great Canadian food. Sweeter, denser and thinner than their NYC counterparts, Montreal bagels are baked in wood fire ovens and are often covered in poppy or sesame seeds. The two heavy weights in the Montreal bagel game are St. Viateur and Fairmount Bagel, both of which (we can confirm) are amazing.

14.Similar to pastram

Similiar to pastram photo by Taste of home

Montreal’s smoked meat is the heavenly result of beef brisket salted and cured for a week with a range of spices, before being smoked and steamed to perfection. It’s usually served in a rye bread sandwich smeared with tangy yellow mustard, but you’ll also see it as a topping for poutine. The smoked meat sandwiches from Schwartz’s Deli have earned worldwide recognition, with some die-hards considering it to be one of the best restaurants in Canada.

The just way to know is to try it on your own.

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