The Seven Wonders - Food & Drink

We had a variety of food items nominated as wonders of Canada… the most successful pitch was for the Montreal Bagel – which made the shortlist. Here are a few tasty tidbits of other food-related nominees:


Steve G.B.

…the smell of wood smoke, the sight of the early morning mist, the taste of bannock and the feel of snuggling down in a sleeping bag on a chilly August night while the Northern Lights dance across the sky.

Montreal Bagel

Louise Mantha

In case sceptics question the inclusion of the Montreal Bagel on your list, let me tell you about my family's experience with this delicacy.  My sister has lived in France for 25 years, the land of feather-light baguettes and buttery croissants.  The single item from Canada that she misses the most is the Montreal Bagel!  On one of her trips home, she even garnered some unbaked bagel dough from the local Montreal Bagel shop, took it back to France and asked her baker if he could replicate it.  He smelled it, tasted it, he rolled it between his fingers and uttered this response: "Madame, this is made with Durham wheat. I have travelled the entire world as a professional bread maker and I have tested the wheats from every continent.  The Durham wheat from Canada is the very best in the world, and I cannot hope to replicate your bagel with French or European flour!"  The Montreal Bagel is in a class by itself.  It is SO superior to those thick, doughy plastic things they call bagels south of the border.  Try a sesame Montreal Bagel toasted and buttered: my mouth waters just thinking about it!  And woe is me if I show up at my sister's home in France without a whole suitcase of Montreal Bagels to put in her freezer! She always saves some for Christmas morning breakfast, and thinks of home as she savours her Montreal Bagel!  Every Canadian should be so lucky as to try a Montreal Bagel. They truly deserve to be acknowledged as one of our seven Wonders!

Water from the Columbia Ice Fields

Stasha Seitz

The Columbia Ice Fields near Jasper, Alberta because they are an absolute miracle and won't always be around for everyone to enjoy due to global warming.  I was in complete awe of being on and drinking water from a piece of ice that had been there for pretty much forever.  It needs to be recognized for the treasure that it is.


Carol Hobden

There are so many wonder inspiring sights in Canada.  One of the greatest constructions is a hot, gooey dish of poutine; gravy and melted cheese curds dripping down the sides.  A world-class concoction of perfectly fried chunky potatoes topped with fresh cheese curds (not shredded cheese!) and delicious beef gravy! Superb!  To those who doubt that this is a "great Canadian," I suggest they visit Parliament Hill on Canada Day when the chipwagons line Wellington Street in front of the Peace Tower for several blocks.  They all give poutine top billing, some serve poutine and fries only!!  Want to see a person wax eloquent on poutine? Find an ex-pat or a travelling Canadian. Ask them about the food they miss and someone will inevitably bring up poutine and go on at some length, usually to the complete disgust of any locals involved in the conversation.  Truly a great Canadian construction, one that is unique to Canada and one that touches the patriotism and pride of Canadians like no other.

The Family Farm

Gayle Knutson

I nominate the mixed family farm. And why should a mixed family farm be a Canadian wonder? These farms represent an integrated, wholesome and independent life, the basis of Canadian society. Sadly, this attitude to family life centered on the deep engagement of real life is disintegrating. A true mixed family farm nestles self-sufficiency, freedom from pollutants, the ability and resources to grow food, and an acceptance of the daily rituals that complete the circle of life.

The Stone Orchid Eatery

Judy Shackell

You have created a difficult task. How does one decide only 7 wonders in Canada? The whole country is beautiful!!  On the way to Tobermory, ON, is an unassuming delight called The Stone Orchid Eatery and Shoppe.  A true delight for the eyes when you enter, the food’s good, and the ladies that run the place are a treat! Another must see.

Grandma’s House

Carson Archibald

[I nominate] My Grandma’s house. She has satellite that you can watch. She has a sweet fridge with an ice dispenser. And I like to play basketball there too. I like her fridge because it has good food in it. I like my Grandma’s house…

Commercial Drive

Colleen Anderson

I believe there is no other place that represents the true mosaic of Canada's culture better than on Commercial Drive, commonly called the Drive, in Vancouver. … Commercial Drive has an amazing number of restaurants from the family institution of Nick's Spaghetti House to the various Cuban, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Latin American, Western, Greek, Vietnamese, Mexican and just plain pub and cheap breakfast places. Not to mention the bakeries, at least six different coffee shops and Dutch Girl Chocolates.

World's First Chocolate Bar

Toby Dawn

The inventor of the ice cream cone was born in Sussex Corner, NB - the Dairy Capital of Canada, mid-way along the Fundy Coastal Drive. Locals tell the story of baker Walter Donelly who made a bad batch of dough. He was at a loss with what to do with his hard, crispy pastry. So, he ran next door to the ice cream parlour… and the rest, as they say, is ice cream cone history. In addition, the world's biggest lobster "lives" in Shediac, but unfortunately he doesn't breathe. It's 10.5 metres (35 feet) long, 4.5 metres (15 feet) high and weighs 90 tons! And you can climb on him. Oh my homard! And finally, Arthur Ganong returned from fishing expeditions with a sticky gooey mess in his pockets. It seems that Arthur, the son of the founder of Ganong’s Chocolates of St. Stephen, had a sweet tooth and would never leave on a fishing trip without a handful of chocolates in his pockets. In 1910 tired of cleaning up the melted mess, young Arthur began wrapping his chocolates in a tin foil. Soon after, Ganongs made individually-wrapped bars of chocolate and sold them for a nickel. They became the world's first chocolate bar!

Canada's Sugar Bush Tradition

Allain St-Cyr

I nominate Canada's Sugar Bush Tradition that happens yearly in Eastern Canada. Actually I have attended a sugar bush type activity in Yellowknife (Caribou Carnival).. I hear Inuvik hosts one and so does Iqaluit. I have attended the same in Alberta and Saskatchewan. I am quite sure almost every province and territory enjoy a sweet Maple Syrup taffy on the snow, yearly. Maple Syrup on our Canadian pancakes or crepes in the morning crosses over many cultural taste buds.  I have had the privilege of attending the real thing in the Eastern Townships where I saw whole families come to meet, party and enjoy great food and music. A Maple Bush is as Canadian as the Canadian flag.

St. Lawrence Market

Leo Agosto

I nominate Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market as one of Canada’s Seven Wonders….
In 2004 the St. Lawrence Market was selected among 25 of the World's Best Food Markets (Food & Wine Magazine, April 2004). Lola and Dad nominate the Market as one of Canada’s Seven Wonders and recommend you visit - you just might see us at the cookie counter.

Battle Harbour off St. Mary’s in Labrador

Wayne Boone

I would love to nominate Battle Harbour off St. Mary’s in Labrador.

Having finally visited last summer, it truly is a unique adventure….

Some of the restored buildings include Dr. Grenfell’s house and the RCMP officers house. The salt storage rooms and lofts where all the seal meat was stored as food for the dogs….

Other than the sound of a generator, there is such quiet, as to beckon images of a time past.

By the way the freezers in each residence are stocked with huge blocks of glacial ice for that drink as the sun goes down after a day of the freshest air and unbelievable walks throughout the Islands. Imagine the release of air bubbles trapped for a millenium sounding off in your G and T, or single malt scotch.

Grand Banks

John Hearn

I would like to nominate the Grand Banks as one of Canada's Seven wonders. Here is a brief history, The Grand Banks are a land formation that is underwater East of the island. John Cabot was the first to write down about the island of Newfoundland and the rich fishing location just east. The first people to utilize the resource were the Basque fishermen of Portugal about 40 years before Cabot. Being only 200 Leagues away and with fish stocks never before seen the Grand Banks kept England and France with food Resources that were able to feed empires.

Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run

Leif Erickson

I believe Canada's greatest wonder is the Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run in British Columbia.
The largest sockeye salmon run on the continent is located on the Adams River which connects Adams and Shuswap Lakes. The 12-kilometre-long Adams River will be the ultimate destination of as many as two million of the returning sockeye. In fact, sockeye salmon return to the Adams River every year. But, the migration that occurs every fourth year dwarfs the others, reaching as high as 3.6 million sockeye in 2002. With approximately 65 hectares of stream bed, the diminutive Adams River rates among the richest natural spawning streams in North America. It is also the site of the quadrennial Salute to the Sockeye, a mid-October celebration of the return of the crimson sockeye, once the B.C. Interior Native's most important single food source.

Northwest Table in Granville Island Market Eating Area

Bruce Hiebert

It isn't a place so much as an experience, the North West table in the public eating area at the Granville Island market, in Vancouver.

The very best time is the middle of winter with the clouds hanging low, ideally with a very rare fresh snow on the ground. Sit facing northwest, staring out at English Bay with the North Shore Mountains and Bowen Island in the background, framed by the graceful Burrard St. Bridge. Listen to a seagull cry as a sailboat cruises out, then take a bite of a pain au chocolate and sip your coffee, fresh and strong and black.

If you can't do this in heaven, I don't want to go there.

Loonie Shake at Reid's Family Dairy

Celine Parent

My nomination is for the simple pleasures in life.  In this case, a Loonie Shake at Reid's Family Dairy just off the 401 near Belleville.  Every time I make the trip from Niagara, I have to stop at the little white castle and buy a large, delicious milkshake (chocolate of course) for a loonie (plus tax!).  Only in Canada can you spend $1.14 and receive a cup full of pure, delicious, sinful pleasure.  Then it's back in the car to continue the journey.  Loonie Shakes - definitely one of Canada's wonders!