Canada is more than just maple syrup (although it is very important.) The Great White North has given the world plenty of fantastic cuisine, entertainment and more. Here are some of our favorite things brought to you by Canada.
This Canadian delicacy is far from delicate. French fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy, poutine is the perfect choice for a mid-afternoon snack or late-night bite. Even though this dish originated in Quebec, one of the best poutine spots, Smoke’s Poutinerie, originated in Toronto. With nearly 30 takes on the classic gravy & cheese curd combo, this trendy hotspot is giving Quebec a run for its money. You can even get poutine across the country in Vancouver. We recommend Mean Poutine’s, which is open till 4:00 am.
Canada’s Whitewater West Industries Ltd. is the largest waterpark production company in the world. This makes it no surprise that Canada has some of the best waterparks in the world. This summer, check out the slides at Canada’s World Waterpark in Edmonton, Canada’s Wonderland in Toronto, or Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel.
Travel Tip: Stay with Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites for special discounts on Canada’s Wonderland tickets.
Canucks have an elevated taste for this confectionary. Canadians produce a smoother, slightly sweeter chocolate created by a higher level of fat. Taste the difference at Chocolats Privilège, made right in Montreal, or Newfoundland Chocolate Factory, a family-owned secret treasure.
Trivia Moment: Hershey’s had to create a special Canadian version of its original recipe after Canadians complained it tasted “grainy” and “cheesy.”
Although originally created in the 1960s, this Canadian brand made its impression with the revolutionary “Hello Boys” campaign. Shop all of Canada’s greatest fashions from the famous posh Holt Renfrew located on Yorkville in Toronto to the trendy St Laurent Street in Montreal. For the best deals on luxury brands, try the Toronto Premium Outlets with more than 80 retail stores. In Calgary, use the Plus 15 indoor skywalk to get to The CORE Shopping Centre from Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire or The Westin Calgary without having to step outside.
With names like Seth Rogan, Mike Meyers, Jim Carrey, Martin Short, Chris Farley, Eugene Levy, and Will Arnett gracing the screen, you have probably watched a Canadian comedian in the past year. Honor the legends by visiting the comedy clubs where they got their start. Stop by Yuk Yuks Comedy Club in Toronto or Nova Scotia where Carrey got his start, or Second City Toronto where Meyers tested his SNL skits. Laugh it up at comedy clubs in Vancouver, where Robin Williams was known to make impromptu stand-up appearances.
From the obvious stereotypes to the unsung heroes, our life would be a little less sweet (no pun intended) without our maple-loving friends. Now, celebrate Canucks and try a few!