What do Poutine, Nanaimo Bars, and a Caesar cocktail all have in common? They are all Canadian dishes invented in Canada, consumed in Canada, but virtually unheard of outside of our borders. In celebration of the 150th year of Confederation, here are our top 5 Canadian foods and where to find them in Victoria, BC

1. Poutine


What’s the story? Invented in Quebec in the 1950’s and now mostly consumed late at night by drunk college kids.

What is it? Fries, gravy, and cheese curds.

Fun Fact: In 2007 CBC declared it one of the top 10 Canadian inventions of all time!


Best places to score a Poutine in Victoria:

1. Smoke & Anchor (Fisherman’s Wharf)
2. La Belle Patate (Esquimalt)
3. North 48 Restaurant (Downtown).


2. Nanaimo Bar


What’s the story? Claims to have been invented in Nanaimo BC in the late 1950s but this is debatable.

What is it? A sweet no-baked bar with a coconut base, a custard filling, and a chocolate ganache top.

Fun Fact: The town of Nanaimo has a Nanaimo bar trail with 39 stops! That’s a lot of Nanaimo Bars!

Best places to score a Nanaimo Bar in Victoria:

1. Courtyard Cafe (Grand Pacific Hotel)
2. La Roux Patisserie (Chinatown)
3. Roger’s Chocolate (Government Street).  


3. Ceasar Cocktail


What’s the story? Invented by Walter Chell in Calgary in 1969.

What is it? A cocktail with Clamato (a mix of tomato juice and clam nectar), vodka, worcester sauce, tobasco, and a celery salt rim.

Fun Fact: Canadian consume more than 1 million Caesars a day. We REALLY love this cocktail

Best places to score a Caesar cocktail in Victoria:

1. The Blue Crab (Coast Hotel)
2. Hawk & Hen (Yates Street)
3. Jam Cafe (Downtown).  


4. Maple Syrup


What’s the story? First Nations people have been tapping maple trees in Eastern Canada for 1000’s of years.

What’s in it? Maple sap. That’s it. Just pure delicious maple sap.

Fun Fact: 80% of the world’s maple syrup is produced in Canada, mostly in Quebec.

Best place to score some maple syrup in Victoria:

1. Olive This and More (Broughton)
2. Any brunch restaurant that has pancakes on the menu
3. Whole foods Victoria (Uptown). Seriously, they have a great selection!



5. Beavertail


What’s the story?  Invented in Ontario in the late 1970’s by a husband and wife duo.

What is it? Whole wheat pastry deep fried then sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon and sometimes a slice of lemon. It’s called a beavertail because of it’s shape.

Fun Fact: When Obama visited Ottawa in the 2000’s he stopped at the original Beavertail booth. They named a tail after him.

Best places to score a Caesar cocktail in Victoria:

There is only one place…Beavertails owned by Mark on Broughton Street!


Canada 150 Food Tour


Want to eat like a Canadian and try all of these dishes? Join our Canada 150 Food Tour running Monday-Saturday from 3-5.30pm to experience the food & culture of the true north strong and free! Click HERE for more details! 

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