4 Essential Things To Do in Canada

Despite being frequently compared to its southern neighbour, it’s true to say that Canada has kept a few of their best bits for locals and tourists only. Why visit Canada? Because it’s the only place in the world you can do this…

Take a train ride through the clouds

You can’t visit the beautiful country of Canada without journeying through the Rockies. Canada Train trip take wannabe adventurers on a train journey like no other.

After passing Hell’s Gate, the Rocky Mountaineer excursion takes passengers to some of the highest peaks in the Rockies so you are literally riding through the clouds from the comfort of your first-class seat.

Eat a Sweet Marie bar

For the native Brit or American, your trip to Canada may be the first time you’ve come across a chocolate bar of this kind. But despite being produced by our beloved Cadbury, a Sweet Marie can only be tracked down on the other side of the water.

Widely known for providing sustenance during long, frost-bitten winters, the confectionary is an energy-fuelled combination of chocolate and peanuts masking a slab of chewy nougat in the centre!

It is sweet, satisfying and hunger-sating all in one bar; the ideal snack for when you’re exploring the harsh terrain in the wilds or nipping through Ottawa in search of the capital’s sites.

Catch the best ice hockey in the world

As the country’s national sport, ice hockey (or “hockey” in North America and Canada), is a big deal –  and a must-see no matter how long you’re visiting for. The National Hockey League (NHL) consists of multiple Canadian teams, plus many from the USA as well.

If you are fortunate enough to visit this fine country during April, May or June, try to catch a piece of the Stanley Cup action. This prestigious accolade is as sought-after now as it was back in 1893 when the Cup was first organized.

Teams from Canadian and American cities compete in the playoffs, sending the crowds into a frenzy with every pass of the puck.

Things To Do in Canada Meet a Moose

Things To Do in Canada

Things To Do in Canada

Canada is the native homeland of a vast number of weird and wonderful creatures, including the Arctic hare, flying squirrel, wolverine and caribou. View all Canadian animals and make a tick-list to challenge yourself to see them all!

Perhaps the most famous animal symbolising Canada is the moose, the largest member of the deer family. Residing on the cusp of lakes, muskegs and streams as well as in dense wood forests, this mostly gentle creature is known to occupy vast expanses of Tundra, often seeking-out forests with low snow levels in winter.

Whatever you do while in Canada, make sure you take time-out to enjoy a few “only in Canada” experiences; they are well worth the journey and will provide you with epic tales of ‘living like a local’.

Typical Foods To Try In Canada

Typical Foods To Try In Canada

Typical Foods To Try In Canada

Every country in the world will have its own particular style of food that’s typical for the country and its culture.

Food tell a lot about the people, their culture and their history, and is a great way to get to know it better as a tourist.

Canada is no different, and there are some foods which are particularly Canadian in flavor and presentation.

Since the country is populated with people from all over the world, one can expect to find some eccentric but delicious dishes.

Here are 3 popular typical Canadian dishes you must try when visiting Canada…


Poutine is a French Canadian dish of French fries, topped with cheese curds and brown gravy.

It’s originally from Quebec, but today you can find it everywhere in Canada, usually in fast food chains (even Mc Donalds sells them in Canada, but we recommend you try them from a more authentic place for better taste), cheap diners and pubs, as well as by roadside chip wagons.

Rappie Pie

In Nova Scotia, try some Rappie Pie.

This dish is made from grated potatoes which have had all the moisture removed. Chicken or pork broth is added to wet the potato again and a casserole dish is layered with this reconstituted potato, fried meat with onions and then topped off with cubed pork rinds and baked in the oven until golden brown.

Tarte au Sucre

In Quebec, as one would expect, French cuisine is high on the list of foods to be experienced.

However, this is surely not the place for those who want to eat a healthy and low calorie diet.

Maple syrup is used in sweet treats like Tarte au Sucre, a traditional sugar and maple syrup pie, which is a dieter’s disaster for sure.

Literally translated into Sugar Pie, this single crust pie has a filling made from flour, butter, salt, vanilla, and cream and maple syrup as additional filler.

Maple Syrup is a local Canadian ingredient which you will see used in many dishes in Canada, and whether you choose to use it on your pancakes or indulge in cakes with maple syrup as the main ingredient, make sure you try it – because there is nothing more Canadian than maple syrup!

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6 Responses to 4 Essential Things To Do in Canada

  1. Kate July 8, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    I have to say, I’m born and raised Canadian and have lived all over the country and have never heard of a sweet marie bar…

  2. Becky Padmore July 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Gorgeous photo I’d love to visit for the scenery and the wildlife!

  3. nicole July 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    ok, wait a minute.

    Can I actually go up to the moose and pet it. Like is this an animal farm kind of a thing?

  4. Megan July 10, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    No, moose are wild and will charge if they feel threatened. There is a park/zoo in Quebec near Ottawa where you can drive through and they will come up to your car and you can feed them even touch them through your window!

  5. Megan July 10, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    I am from Ottawa and I have also never heard of this bar.

    • Sofia July 10, 2013 at 11:16 am #

      Haha that is too funny! If you wanna try it out, here is a recipe on how to make it yourself