12 Fantastic Foodie Cities in Canada. #8 Might Surprise You!

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Photo credit: Mack Male

Put these 12 cities on your Canada foodie bucket list and start discovering all of the culinary greatness the Great White North has to offer.

#1. Montreal, Quebec

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Photo credit: Megg

Montreal’s French roots have given way to indescribable bakeries, but the city’s smoked meats and poutine shouldn’t be missed either. And since Montreal’s 66-year-long street food ban ended just over a year ago, you’ll notice some of the city’s best places to eat are now found rolling down the road.

#2. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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Photo credit: Rob Hyndman

While incredible eateries are dotted all over Prince Edward Island, the capital city is home to some of the province’s (and the country’s) best restaurants. Don’t miss out on the lobsters, oysters, mussels, crabs and other world-class seafood plucked fresh out the ocean. And finish your lobster roll lunch with a dose of chocolate-covered chips.

#3. Kelowna, British Columbia

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Photo credit: Province of British Columbia

The B.C. city of Kelowna has been growing rapidly, and the foodie scene has grown alongside it. The city is now home to award-winning restaurants that thrive on the area’s locally-supplied fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. But if you’re seeking a funky diner or cafe over farm-to-table eats, the city is ready to serve you too.

#4. Toronto, Ontario

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Photo credit: Gerry Hawkins

Every great foodie city offers a wide range of foods from an array of cultures, and Toronto is one of the best foodie cities in the world. Whether you’re interested in Caribbean, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Hungarian, Japanese, Greek or Italian cuisine, you can get your fill in Hogtown. And no foodie trip to Toronto is complete without a trip to St. Lawrence Market, which National Geographic named the best food market in the world in 2012.

#5. St. John’s, Newfoundland

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Photo credit: Stijn Nieuwendijk

Newfoundland offers a different type of cuisine than all other Canadian provinces. Irish and Scottish immigrants brought comfort foods to the area, and they’ve now been transformed into award-winning dishes. Fish and brewis, cod cheeks and seal flipper pie are a few classic meals you’ll find in their traditional form or dolled up in higher-end St. John’s restaurants. But don’t let all of that “home-cooking” fool you, the city’s boasts a rising Indian, Vietnamese and Japanese restaurant scene.

#6. Vancouver, British Columbia

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Photo credit: Monnibo

Whether you’re looking for a farm-to-table sit down meal or a five-star snack straight out of a food truck, Vancouver is bursting at the seams with world-class eats. Fresh local foods coupled with incredible cultural diversity means you can taste the best tacos, barbecue and sushi of your life within a single street block.

#7. Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Photo credit: wyn ♥ lok

Halifax’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the Annapolis Valley means you can taste your lobsters, crabs, mussels, scallops, oysters and chowders with a side of award-winning, local wine and water views that are as five-star as the seafood. The area’s ideal growing conditions mean you get the tastiest berries, apples and other fruits in mouthwatering sweet treats. And if you’re out for late night eats, don’t forget to try the tasty pita stuffed with spicy beef and raw vegetables known as the donair.

#8. Calgary, Alberta

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Photo credit: Vaedri1

Calgary’s wild west feel is reflected in the prime cuts of steak you’ll find on the culinary scene, but if there’s one dish you must try in Cowtown, it’s the Chinese-inspired ginger beef. Deep fried strips of beef coated with a ginger, garlic, pepper and vinegar sauce were invented and perfected in this city that thrives on hearty meat dishes. But don’t be surprised when you find budding Japanese, Thai, Greek, Indian, Korean, German, Spanish and Middle Eastern food scenes in the city.

#9. Ottawa, Ontario

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Photo credit: Owen Byrne

Ottawa gets much of its foodie reputation from the sweet BeaverTails (fried pastries topped with sugary condiments like frosting, cookies or whipped cream) famously found at the Byward Market, but the city is home to plenty of savory delights too. Baked goods and local meats, cheeses, fruits and veggies give area chefs an opportunity to shine. And with the Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute located in Ottawa, there’s always an innovative new chef stirring up the scene.

#10. Fredericton, New Brunswick

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Photo credit: tiny banquet committee

If you just can’t get enough of Canada’s fresh, East Coast seafood, Fredericton is another town that thrives on salty eats straight out of the Atlantic. But when springtime rolls around, you’ll find folks in Fredericton munching on delicious fiddleheads sprinkled with salt, pepper and butter.

#11. Quebec City, Quebec

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Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik

Quebec City is another hub for incredible French-Canadian eats, like the must-try tourtiere. Tourtieres can be filled with anything from veal to venison or salmon, and your Quebec City meal must be topped off with some sort of maple sugar-inspired dessert. Hearty local meats, vegetables and fish are given a French flair in this capital city.

#12. Wellington, Ontario

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Photo credit: paige_eliz

The small farming community of Wellington may be difficult to find on a map, but if you’re up for a road trip, you can follow the area’s 100-kilometer-long Butter Tart Trail. Learn about — and eat your fill of — one of Canada’s most well-known contributions to the culinary world. Farm fresh foods are the norm in Wellington, and you’ll notice what a difference that makes while you taste dozens of world-famous butter tart recipes.

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About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a freelance writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, learning new cultures and surfing new waves.

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