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The Canadian National Foods have their roots in three major cuisines, the Aboriginal peoples in Canada, the English and the French. As the former Canadian, Prime Minister Joe Clark once said, "Canada has a cuisine of cuisines. It is not a stew pot, but a smorgasbord." Here is a look at the most popular Canadian dishes that truly qualify as the National foods of Canada…



Popular Canadian National Foods


Maple Syrup is voted to be Canada’s most famous national dish. Quebec is the world's largest producer of maple syrup and the Canadian flag boasts the maple leaf on it. Pancakes, with Maple syrup, eggs and Canadian bacon is the most common breakfast in Canada. Maple syrup is an integral part of Canadian cooking.


Canadian National Foods

Poutine is a dish of French fries, fresh cheese curds smothered with brown sauce or gravy. This Quebec originated dish is a staple found across Canada and it sold by Canadian fast food chains, small diners, pubs, and roadside wagons known as "Potato Shacks" Fancier versions of this Canadian National food may include ingredients such as lobster meat, rabbit confit, caviar, or truffles


Montreal bagels were introduced by Jewish immigrants to Canada during the late 1800's. It is a variety of small, sweet, dense hand-made and wood-fired baked bagels, dipped in a maple or honey sweetened liquid before being baked. There are two varieties; poppy seed, or sesame seed bagels


Montreal-style smoked meat is a type of Jewish and kosher-style deli meat product made by salting and curing beef brisket with spices. The meat is typically served as a rye bread sandwich covered with mustard.


Canadian peameal bacon is bacon from the back of the pork, brined, cured, boiled, or smoked and rolled in ground dried yellow peas or yellow cornmeal. It is usually roasted and glazed with maple or honey as a seasonal dish.


Salmon Jerky is Sockeye salmon hat has been cut into strips, marinated in a seasoned sweet rub or liquid, and smoked with low heat. The result is a sweet - savory snack.


Tourtière is a meat pie originating from Quebec, made with minced pork and/or veal, or beef and potatoes. It is traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve but is also enjoyed and sold in grocery stores all year long.


Rappie pie is a traditional Acadian meal. It is a grated potato and meat casserole-like dish


Yellow pea soup is a traditional Canadian food made of whole yellow peas, with salt pork and herbs. Newfoundland Pea Soup is similar and includes vegetables. It is often topped with small dumplings.


Fish and brewis is a traditional Newfoundland meal consisting of codfish and hard bread or hard tack, and is served with scrunchions, salted pork fat which has been cut into small pieces and fried.


Bannock refers to the large variety of flat quick breads, baked or cooked from grain. Bannock is popular across First Nations and Native American communities throughout Canada. It was introduced by Scottish fur traders.


Butter tart is a small pastry tart made of butter, sugar, syrup, and egg cream filled into a flaky pastry and baked until the filling is semi-solid with a crunchy top. Similar versions of this are the Sugar pie, Pecan Pie and Backwards pie.


The Nanaimo bar is a Canadian dessert originating from the West-Coast city of Nanaimo. It is a bar cookie made of a wafer crumb-based layer, topped by a layer of light vanilla or custard flavored butter icing covered in melted chocolate.


These are some of the most popular Canadian national foods which are symbolic of the Candian cuisine. There are several regional specialities as well. 


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bronzegoddess.bright's picture
what about the legendary maple syrup based dishes??
Samina.Tapia's picture
Yes indeed! Maple syrup is a common accompaniment to most Canadian breakfast foods and is used in desserts and other recipes as well. It is a common substitute for sugar and honey.
Priam's picture
Maple syrup is a gift from Canada to the kids absolutely love it and match it with all Indian dishes like dosa and idlis too!
epicure's picture
Have heard a lot about the maple syrup....can anyone tell me if its available in the Spencer's or Food Bazaar stores across India?
Anonymous's picture
Great it u r kids idea or urs?
yummytummy's picture
The Montreal begels are just awesome. They are soft from inside but crunchy from outside. Layer your favorite spread and simply enjoy this fabuloas treat!!
FitGal's picture
We are planning to visit my cousins in Montreal. I am glad I read this blog before that. I am now much more aware of what to order when I am in Canada. Thanks ifood.
barbecue's picture
would love to relish butter tart some day
sumer's picture
would really like to try popualr canadian maple syrup
Rashmi Ambadkar's picture
I would love to try all the vegetarian dishes from Canadian Foods it is time to buy and taste maple syrup !!
nithya's picture
DO I get maple syrup in India?
thot4food's picture
Is the Nanaimo bar baked?
Anonymous's picture
Cool....Good information...very helpful for the person who is planning to visit Canada..... Few days back I watching Discovery Channel .......they were showing how maple syrup is produced..
delicious.bites's picture
Very well written and quite informative!
Anonymous's picture
The whole article sounds so delicious....gonna try them on the coming weekend with my family..
The.Hungry.Soul's picture
I will definitely try the recipe or Nanaimo bars. Looks sinful!
Anonymous's picture
Thanks for this wonderful account of Canadian national dishes. I like the Nanaimo bar recipe too.
smruti's picture
blue tart is by far my favorite :D
Shakun's picture
Maple syrup is one of the best things to have happened to the world :D
foodietweetie's picture
Great info......Canadian food is really interesting it seems.
Anonymous's picture
Delicous, tasty dishes........
barbecue's picture
Canadian National Foods