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Canadian Treats You Don't Want to Miss

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

Being a bit of a foodie, I love trying new things while in another country. You may have heard of maple syrup but have you heard of Butter Tarts or Beaver Tails? Here are Canadian treats you don't want to miss while visiting Canada.

Read hoodie with white lettered Canada and on top a box of Canada maple cream cookies and to the right a maple syrup candy lolly pop.
Canada's famous Maple Cream Cookies and more ©M D Harding Travel Photography

Canadian Treats You Don't Want To Miss

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons is a Canadian Institution! Tim Horton (1930–1974), a National Hockey League Legend, and Jim Charade (1934–2009) opened the first store in Hamilton, Ontario Canada in 1964.), after an initial venture in hamburger restaurants. In 1967, Horton partnered with investor Ron Joyce, who assumed control over operations after Horton died in 1974. Today It's owner, RBI, is an American-Canadian company, with its majority shareholder (3G Capital) based in Brazil. The main reason that 3G acquired Tim Hortons was to save over $1B in tax, by moving the combined company headquarters to Canada from the U.S., where they were paying a higher rate of corporation tax they also own Burger King. There is one on almost every corner in Toronto. After more than 50 years (2017) of serving and bringing smiles to guests in the Great White North, the iconic Canadian Tim Hortons® made its way to the United Kingdom. Brits can now enjoy Tim Hortons® premium coffee, freshly baked goods, delicious sandwiches & wraps, and other food products. Highly recommend the new toffee latte.

A bit taken out of a chocolate chip cookie with the Tim Hortons paper bag.
Tim Hortons Chocolate Chip Cookie ©M D Harding Travel Photography


Poutine is a dish of french fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy. It emerged in Quebec, in the late 1950s in the Centre-du-Québec region, though its exact origins are uncertain. Here in the UK, it's called "Raspoutine".

Large plate of Poutine
Poutine at the Loose Moose, Toronto, Canada ©M D Harding Travel Photography

Beaver Tails

BeaverTails is a Canadian restaurant chain, specializing in pastries known as BeaverTails, that is operated by BeaverTails Canada Inc. Its namesake products are fried dough pastries, individually hand stretched to resemble beaver's tails, with various toppings added on the pastry.

We couldn't wait to try these! So many toppings to choose from. In the end, we went for the chocolate spread and chopped banana pieces. It was delicious! My sweet tooth loved it.

The Toronto Waterfront branch is very quaint. The service was super quick and offered a takeaway service. We would defiantly go back again.

A close up of a deep fried piece of dough in the shap of a beaver tail, topped with chocolate spread and chopped banana, showing from inside the paper bag.
Beaver Tails at Toronto Waterfront ©M D Harding Travel Photography

Butter Tarts

A butter tart is a type of small pastry tart highly regarded in Canadian cuisine. The sweet-tart consists of a filling of butter, sugar, syrup, and egg, baked in a pastry shell until the filling is semi-solid with a crunchy top. The butter tart should not be confused with butter pie or with bread and butter pudding.

Keep an eye out on my youtube channel (@MDHardingTravelPhotography) for a candid video of Mr. Harding trying a butter tart for the first time.

Portrait of the two workers at The Sweet Oven Niagara stand with all the different flavours of butter tarts.
Butter Tarts from The Sweet Oven Niagara, Canada ©M D Harding Travel Photography

There are a few more like Bannock, Nanaimo Bars, Pouding Chomeur, and Saskatoon Berry Pie that we didn't manage to find and try. Have you tried them? What were they like?

Moosehead Lager

The Moosehead golden lager is refreshing and light-bodied, with a delicately balanced malt sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

Sold throughout Canada, the United States, and in select countries around the world, the Moosehead Lager is often regarded as Canada's premium lager.

Close up of a pint of moosehead lager.
Moosehead Lager, Canada ©M D Harding Travel Photography


Burdock is a small downtown Toronto brewery, located near Kensington Market. Opening in 2015, it brews chilled and easy-drinking beers, fruity and sour beers, hoppy and juicy beers, and beer wine. We tried the Rasbu, Lime Gose, and Plum Wine Beer. All very refreshing!

Highly recommend a visit. You can also try a sample before you buy.

A close-up of a can of Burdock plum wine beer
Burdock Plum Wine Beer, Toronto, Canada ©M D Harding Travel Photography

You might also like to try some of these; Steam Whistle, Molson Canadian, and Labatt Blue.

I hope you enjoyed reading and feel inspired to try some of these Canadian treats.

Until next time, happy travels,


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