In a country as large as Canada, it only makes sense that our signature foods demonstrate the different tastes and local ingredients you can find from coast to coast. This round-up of classic dishes from each of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories highlights the quality of our ingredients as well as popular flavours across the country.
British Columbia: Nanaimo Bars
With layers of sweet goodness, this bake-sale classic is popular around the country now, but its name is all B.C.
Alberta: Grilled Steak
Alberta is known for its Calgary Stampede, which serves up tons of the province’s famous beef. Enjoy a classic grilled Alberta steak as the weather begins to warm.
Saskatchewan: Saskatoon Berry Pie
The Saskatoon berry is considered an Ark of Taste by Slow Food International — a traditional food preserved by a region over time. So you really are getting a taste of the Prairies in this delicious, berry-packed pie.
A traditional First Nations food, bannock can be fried flat at home, wrapped around a stick over a campfire or used as a delicious base for all kinds of comfort foods. It’s hearty and delicious either way!
Ontario: Beaver Tail
This Ottawa classic is a must-eat when you’re skating the Rideau Canal in the winter, but we think this treat tastes great any time of year.
As if poutine — a Québec favourite that’s become a Canadian classic — wasn’t decadent enough, this version adds fresh lobster and salty bacon to the mix.
Newfoundland and Labrador: Jigg's Dinner
This famous Newfoundland dish features boiled potatoes, turnips, carrots, peas and cabbage together with salted beef and roasted turkey or pork. Most would even recommend tacking on a side of pickled beets, stuffing and buns. Talk about a comforting Canadian feast!
P.E.I.: Make-Ahead Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Celebrate one of P.E.I.’s most famous ingredients — potatoes — with this decadent side dish that you can make ahead of time when you’re planning a big dinner.
Nova Scotia: Lobster Roll Bites
Rich lobster is mouth-wateringly delicious on its own, but you can really taste the cold Atlantic waters around Nova Scotia when you boil it in salt water.
New Brunswick: Oysters
As in the other Atlantic provinces, New Brunswick seafood is top notch. Their shellfish is celebrated during the annual Bouctouche Shellfish Festival, and you can have a fest of your own with these tasty oysters.
Yukon: Sourdough Bread
Sourdough bread is so popular in the Yukon that it’s the inspiration for an entire festival: the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous.
Northwest Territories: Trout
Trout is one of the many cold-water fish species found off the coast of the Northwest Territories, and it’s a natural fit for this quick and easy dinner recipe.
Available by foraging or hunting, local “country foods” eaten traditionally in Nunavut include caribou, Arctic char and other types of seafood.