It seems like you can get anything at the grocery store nowadays, and while many Canadians have tried all sorts of international eats, there are tons of regional treats that rarely make it across the country. While they’re part of everyday noshing for locals, you may need to book a trip to taste all of these for yourself.
This scrumptious and savoury classic French-Canadian meat pie can be served with a light side salad and the condiment of your choice. Dig in! You can also try one of these terrific tourtière recipes to mix things up.
Thunder Bay Persian Rolls
You’d be hard-pressed to find one of these delightful fried pastries outside of Thunder Bay. Known as ‘Persians’ locally, these sweet, cinnamon-flavoured treats are smothered in a vibrant strawberry glaze that’s truly delectable.
If you’re from the Prairies, you’ll know these luscious little berries as ‘Saskatoons.’ Similar to blueberries, these tiny purple jewels are found by the bushel in the wild. Their sweet, nutty flavour make them perfect for jams, sauces, pies, crisps and crumbles.
Another local B.C. delicacy, spot prawns are best savoured as fresh as possible. These large, sweet shrimp are a West Coast specialty, and are served fresh during their short-lived 6-8 week season each spring.
There’s nothing quite like bright, fresh sockeye salmon during the holiday season. The firm, fluorescent-fleshed fish is full of rich, intense flavours and is best enjoyed fresh from BC waters.