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Canadian Foods You Have To Try At Least Once In Your Lifetime

This will make your stomach grumble! When it comes to Canadian foods, there are so many that you have to try at least once in your life from desserts to drinks to savoury cuisine. We've got some of the best places you can find these dishes across the country.

Canada is home to a lot of unique things and that's especially true with foods like poutine, butter tarts and Saskatoon berry pie.

Some of these classic dishes are ones you're probably familiar with but some might be lesser-known ones that you've never heard of before.

Whether you love them or hate them, these foods are a few of the best that Canada has to offer.

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Butter tarts from The Pie Hole

Address: 1864 W 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC or 7832 6th St., Burnaby, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can't go wrong with the award-winning butter tarts from The Pie Hole especially because the sweet treats are spiked with Irish cream!

Nanaimo bars from Serious Coffee

Address: Multiple locations in B.C.

Why You Need To Go: The 300-60 Commercial St. location in Nanaimo, B.C. is part of the Nanaimo Bar Trail so you know you're going to get something good. This one is a traditional bar but still tasty.

Montreal-style bagels from Fairmount Bagel

Address: 74 Fairmount Ave. W., Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Go: This spot has been around since 1919 so that's lots of time to perfect the recipe. Plus, you can weigh in on the great bagel debate. What makes Montreal-style bagels so unique is that they're boiled in honey-sweetened water and then baked in wood ovens.

Poutine from Fritz European Fry House

Address: 718 Davie St., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: The poutine at Fritz was named the best in Canada by Big 7 Travel in 2019 so it's a must-try. You can also get your fries, gravy and cheese curds topped with chicken, crumbled bacon or chilli.

Caesar from Score On King

Address: 107 King St. E, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Caesars at this spot come topped with basically a full meal and dessert too. There are truly massive Caesars here and one comes with a roasted chicken, a pulled pork sandwich, a burger, a pickle, wings, a hot dog, onion rings and a brownie on top.

Caribou drink from the Quebec Winter Carnival

Address: Old Quebec, Quebec City, QC

Why You Need To Go: There's no better way to warm up during a winner carnival than sipping on Caribou. The Quebec staple is made from red wine, hard liquor and maple syrup or sugar.

Flapper pie from Blackfoot Truckstop Diner

Address: 1840 9 Ave. SE, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: You might not have heard about this Canadian dessert before but it should be on your radar now. Flapper pie is a custard pie that's topped with meringue and the ones made at Blackfoot Truckstop Diner are very tall!

BeaverTails from BeaverTails

Address: Multiple locations across Canada

Why You Need To Go: This is a Canadian staple that's been around since 1978. How can you go wrong with a hot, fried pastry and delicious toppings like cinnamon sugar, hazelnut spread or brownie pieces?

Halifax donair from King of Donair

Address: Multiple locations in Canada

Why You Need To Go: This is Halifax's official food but it's been making its way across the country. King of Donair claims to be the spot that first introduced the food back in 1973. It's made of fresh pita, onions, tomatoes, donair meat and donair sauce.

Tiger tail ice cream from Kawartha Dairy

Address: Multiple locations in Ontario

Why You Need To Go: Tiger tail ice cream is definitely a unique one! This Canadian creation is orange-flavoured ice cream with black licorice. You have to try it at least once.

Saskatoon berry pie from The Berry Barn

Address: 830 Valley Rd., Saskatoon, SK

Why You Need To Go: This pie is literally described as what people come for on The Berry Barn's menu so you need to check it out! It originated in Canada and is made here with a buttery crust that's filled with Saskatoon berries and then topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

Timbits from Tim Hortons

Address: Multiple locations across Canada

Why You Need To Go: This is one of the most classic of classic Canadian foods that everyone has to try at least once in their lifetime. While donut holes aren't exactly Canadian, Timbits definitely are and they can be bite-sized pieces of heaven.

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