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16 Canadian foods that you must try before you die

Oh Canada! We’ve got mountains, lakes, craft breweries, beautiful wineries…and did I mention the food? From poutine, to fresh caught fish, to buttery lobster, we’ve got an amazing food scene. There’s nothing more Canadian than eating your way through all of our provinces and territories. Here are the tastiest things that you’ve got to try.

Dave’s Lobster, Charlottetown, PEI

At Dave’s Lobster, they do lobster, and they do it well. The Dave’s “Some Fancy” lobster roll should not be missed. A buttered and grilled roll is stuffed with warm chunks of buttered lobster, lemon and garlic. It’s topped with fresh chives for a finishing touch.

Ploye, Edmunston, NB

Ployes are buckwheat pancakes that are found in Acadian regions in Canada and parts of the states. In Edmunston, New Brunswick, they’re a delicious staple that can be served sweet (with molasses, maple syrup and butter) or savoury. At Franks’ Bar and Grill, you’ll find the savoury kind, served warm with a traditional pork spread. 

Maple Taffy, Quebec City, QB

This sticky treat is often found in the winter near a sugar shack, on a bed of snow. Maple syrup is heated and then cooled, and rolled before your eyes onto a stick for a sweet snack. At Délices Érable & Cie, you can enjoy this candy all year long.

Nanimo Bars in Nanimo, BC

Nanimo bars are known around the world for being delicious. What better place to try one that in Nanimo, BC? At Hearthstone Artisan Bakery, they’re famous for these decadent bars. They have the traditional bars (a crunchy wafer and coconut base, custard buttercream in the middle and chocolate ganache on top.) and different flavours for special occasion. 

Poutine in Montreal, QC

At La Banquise, they dish up giant servings poutine 24/7 so that you can indulge whenever the mood strikes. You can choose from over 30 unique combinations, but you can’t go wrong with the traditional heaping helping of squeaky cheese curds and gravy. 

Sticky Date Pudding, Dalvay-by-the-Sea, PEI

Dalvay by the Sea is famous for their sticky date pudding. It’s served warm, with homemade toffee sauce and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. 

Dave’s Lobster, Charlottetown, PEI

At Dave’s Lobster, they do lobster, and they do it well. The Dave’s “Some Fancy” lobster roll should not be missed. A buttered and grilled roll is stuffed with warm chunks of buttered lobster, lemon and garlic. It’s topped with fresh chives for a finishing touch.

Pan-fried trout, Yellowknife, NT

At Bullocks Bistro, the super fresh pan-fried lake trout is the real draw. All of their fish is wild-caught and are hand filleted on-site. You can choose to have your fish pan fried, grilled or deep fried.

Saskatoon Berry Pie, Saskatoon, SK

Saskatoon berry pie is a much loved dessert in the prairies. Wild Saskatoon berries are baked into this sweet and tart pie. Head to the Berry Barn for a slice of their heavenly pie topped with whipped cream.

Sourdough Bread, Whitehorse, YK

Sourdough is more than just bread in the Yukon, it’s a much loved staple. (They even have a festival dedicated to it.) See what all the fuss is about with a fresh loaf of bread from Alpine Organic Bakery Yukon. 

Steak Dinner, Longview, AB

There may be a bit of a line at Longview Steakhouse, but trust us, it’s worth it. They’ve been voted Alberta’s best steak dinner again and again. Steaks are high quality beef that has been dry aged 30 days or longer. You’ll find classic steak cuts on the menu, and a beautiful view while you dine.

Log Cake, Winnipeg, MB

There’s never a bad time for cake. That’s especially true at Jeanne’s Bakery, a long standing bakery in Winnipeg.  Their claim to fame is their traditional log cakes. The cakes have a shortbread crust, colourful icing and are finished with chocolate shavings.

Artic Char, Iqaluit, Nunavut

The Artic Char is one of the only freshwater fish that’s found this far north, making it a prized and sought after fish. It’s featured on many menus in Nunavut. At Frobisher Inn, the fish is grilled in a herb and butter crust, and topped with grilled sliced almonds.

Peameal Bacon Sandwich, Toronto, ON

This savoury sandwich was created at the Carousel Bakery in St. Lawrence Market more than 30 years ago. Thick cut peameal bacon is sliced, fried and served on a fresh baked bun.

Persian, Thunder Bay, ON

A Persian is a cinnamon roll slathered with raspberry frosting that’s found in Thunder Bay. No one quite knows how it got its name, but few people leave Thunder Bay without bringing a dozen home! Pick them up at The Persian Man.

Stuffed Croissants, Dartmouth, NS

Two if by Sea makes some of the best croissants around. The crowd pleaser is their giant croissant stuffed with prosciutto and melted provolone cheese. It’s out of this world.

Chutney-glazed ham & brie sandwich, Ferryland, NF

You might be wondering, how did a mere sandwich make this list? At Ferryland, this sandwich is part of a packed picnic basket that you eat near a picturesque lighthouse. The sandwich is made with signature molasses oatmeal bread and it’s filled with chutney-glazed ham and brie. It’s a delightful sandwich and a one of a kind experience. 

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