It’s Canada’s birthday! And what would a party be without food? For Canada 150, we’ve rounded up the most patriotic dishes, red and white treats, and specialty beverages on offer in Toronto over the long weekend.
Here are some delicious options to include in your Canada Day celebrations.
Butter Tarts from Andrea’s Gerrard Street Bakery
Celebrate Canada Day with this quintessential Cannuck dessert. While you’ll find these pastry shells packed with sweet goo at bakeries across Toronto, Andrea’s Bakery on Gerrard does one of the city’s best.
Address: 635 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
The Confederation Burger from Burgers Priest
Ontario bacon, Quebec maple syrup, and six ounces of Canadian lobster top this celebratory special. Available only on Canada Day at locations across the province where it’ll be on sale for $18.67.
Address: Locations across the GTA
Red Velvet O Canada shake from Peace Treats
Slurp up Canada150 celebrations through a straw. This red velvet and M&M milkshake prides itself on being true north strong and sweet.
Address: 131 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Poutine from Nom Nom Nom Poutine
Indulging on Canada Day would not be complete without this iconic Canadian comfort food comprising fries, curds, and gravy.
Nanaimo Bar Beavertails from Beavertails
Now exceeding 100% Canadian-ness, this festival staple has gotten dressed up just like Nanaimo Bar in time for Canada Day .
Address: 45 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Caesar Cocktails from The Carbon Bar
Born in Calgary, embraced across the country, a caesar cocktail is like the breakfast of champions for Canadians. Start the celebrations off right with brunch at this Queen East restaurant where a Caesar bar offers a choice of spirits (vodka, gin, tequila, or rye) and then riffs on the classic with variations featuring layers of cucumber and tomato juice topped with a wild shrimp.
Address: 99 Queen Street East, Toronto
Oysters from Honest Weight
Enjoy a taste of Canada’s coastal regions by slurping back some freshly shucked shells at one of Toronto’s top seafood purveyors like this fishmonger and kitchen in The Junction.
Address: 2766 Dundas Stree West, Unit A, Toronto
Montreal Smoked Meat from When The Pig Came Home
Montreal may have invented this delicacy, but dare I say, Toronto has made a big improvement. WTPCH uses beef cheeks in lieu of brisket when making their smoked meat giving the deli staple a sweet and almost caramelized flavour.
Address: 3035 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Oh Canada from Za Pizzeria
Pizza topped with maple syrup, mozzarella, crispy bacon, and crushed potato chips, then finished on the BBQ. It doesn’t really get more Canadian than that.
Address: 402 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Oak Aged Rye Ale from Big Rock Brewery
The spirit of Canada can be found in this patriotic variety pack of beers. Among them, find this Oak Aged Rye Ale inspired by the Ontario crafted a tradition of aging Canadian Rye whisky in oak barrels.
Address: 1589 The Queensway, Etobicoke
Address: 42 Liberty Street, Toronto
Pigeon Pie from Boralia
This restaurant delves into Canada’s history on dish at a time. Try this recipe, [circa 1610] featuring roast squab and parsnips.
Address: 59 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
The Hogtown Sandwich from Rashers
Peameal bacon on a bun is Toronto’s sandwich and no one does it better than this all-bacon eatery. Have it stacked high and dressed to order with egg and cheese, or simply house-made ale mustard.
Address: 948 Queen Street East, Toronto
Address: 182 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Pineapple Pizza from Maker
Another Ontario-born contribution to Canada’s culinary lexicon. Pineapple pizza might be divisive abroad, but here at home it’s a treasure. Try the Tropic Thunder from Maker were chili infused pineapple joins the party along with jalapeño, red onion, fior di latte, mozzarella, parmesan, and Thai basil salsa verde.
Address: 59 Cameron Street, Toronto
Nanaimo Cups from Bake Shoppe
The sweet shop on College has made nostalgic treats its niche. This single-serving Nanaimo bars are perfect for people who can’t trust themselves not to eat the whole tray.
Address: 859 College Street, Toronto
The Canadiana from Shamrock Burgers
Canada on a bun! This burger will satisfy multiple cravings at once. It starts with a beef patty and then gets layered up with BBQ pulled pork, peameal bacon, bacon bacon, caramelized, AND poutine.
Address: 6109 Kingston Road, Scarborough
Quarter Chicken Dinner from Swiss Chalet
No matter where in Ontario you find yourself this Canada Day, chances are you can get this quintessential Canadian meal nearby.
Address: Locations across Canada
Maple & Thistle Rye Ale from Innis & Gunn
Even the Scotts are excited about our birthday. In honour of their Canadian kin, this iconic beer brand has introduced this ale infused with our favourite flavour, maple.
Address: Available at LCBO locations across Canada
Foie Gras S’mores from Canoe
Channel Canadian summers by the campfire with a twist at this bastion of fine dining that boasts a sweeping view of the city.
Address: TD Bank Tower, 66 Wellington Street West, 54th Floor, Toronto
Canada 150 Best Bitter Ale from Pioneer Village
Toronto’s historic Pioneer Village celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday with the release of this special edition ale featuring a mild with sweet nose, and biscuit-like and malty aromas.
Address: 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, and LCBO outlets
A seven-course feast from Canis
Served family style to the table, this multi-course Canada Day feast celebrates the bounty of the land with dishes like lobster with dill and buttermilk, short ribs with pickled spruce, suckling pig with peas, and more.
Address: 746 Queen Street West, Toronto
Canadian Amber from Big Rig
Brewed in the nation’s capital, this Amber is made with all Canadian hops and malt and boasts subtle sweet notes and a delicately hopped body.
Address: At Beer Stores across Ontario
Rhubarb Strawberry Truffles from SOMA
Embracing the flavours of summertime in Ontario, this Toronto chocolate maker has debuted a truffle filled with tart rhubarb jelly layered over sweet strawberry cream ganache, and enrobed in chocolate.
Address: 32 Tank House Lane, Toronto
Address: 443 King Street West, Toronto
Canada Day Cans from Collective Arts
Four limited edition cans featuring artwork by Dan Springer will be launched on Canada Day at the brewery’s patio party.
Address: 207 Burlington Street East, Hamilton
Ontario Strawberries from Whittamore’s Farm
Celebrate Canada Day with pick-you-own strawberries in peak season at this Toronto farm. As of November, the 330-acre farm will cease operating its Farm Shop, Fun Farm Yard, Pick-Your-Own and Pumpkinland facilities, so get there while you can.
Address: 8100 Steeles Avenue East, Markham
A Sunday Roast Beef Dinner Sandwich from Real Sports
What could be more Canadian that a Sunday roast dinner served in hand-held sandwich form. Enjoy one while celebrating Canada Day and watching The Jays at this massive Toronto sports bar.
Address: 40 Bay Street, Toronto
Red Rocket Eclairs from Nügateau
The better way to celebrate this long weekend includes French pastries featuring an image of Toronto’s iconic TTC streetcars.
Address: 717 Queen Street West, Toronto
Smoked Maple Marzen from BATCH
BATCH and Sapsucker teamed up for Canada150 to produce this special brew boasting notes of campfire and toasted maple. Enjoy it at the restaurant on tap or purchase to take home in bottles beginning June 28, while supplies last.
Address: 75 Victoria Street, Toronto
Canada Cupcakes from Dlish
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these festive cupcakes topped with a maple leaf.
Address: 833 Queen Street West, Toronto
Spice Ash Crusted Venison from Antler
Channel your inner hunter and gatherer at this Dundas West restaurant where dishes venison gets encrusted with spiced ask and served alongside peas, foraged stinging nettle puree, and swiss chard.
Address: 1454 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Anniversary Ale from Moosehead
Canada’s oldest independent brewery was founded in 1867–born with Canada. In celebration of the dual sesquicentennial, Moosehead has released this limited beer made with 100% Canadian ingredients.
Address: Available at the LCBO.
Montreal Bagels from St. Urbain
Stock up in advance to start Canada Day off right with a taste of Montreal. The St. Lawrence Market bakery is a top choice for chewy, boiled bagels in Toronto.
Address: St. Lawrence Market, Upper Level, Unit 11, Toronto
Any thing from Tim Hortons
The whole nation is gearing up for Canada 150 and of course, Tim Hortons is among them. Newly launched on menus from coast to coast find a White & Red Velvet Muffin, Maple Timbits, a cinnamon swirled Dutchie doughnut and a Nanaimo Bar Donut.
Address: Locations across Canada
Mac and Cheese from Bobbie Sue’s
There’s a reason Kraft Dinner is a favourite across the nation and so there’s no shame in celebrating Canada 150 with a big ol’ bowl of cheesy Mac. Get an upgrade at this Ossington take-out counter and then take it to the park!
Address: 162 Ossington Avenue, Unit 3, Toronto
Birthday Cake from Le Dolci
What would a birthday be without cake? Blow out the candles Canada!
Address: 1006 Dundas Street West, Toronto