Looking for something unique on your next trip to Canada? We’ve got a list of some of the things you won’t find anywhere else!
Cows Ice Cream (and T-Shirts)
Cows Creamery, a Prince Edward Island-based ice cream company, has been hailed as one of the best ice creams in the world. You’ll find locations across PEI as well as in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. Almost as popular are their Cows T-shirts, which feature pop culture puns (think “Cow Wars,” “Angry Herds,” and “Moo Tube”).
While carton milk is available in Canada, don’t be surprised if you also see bags of milk! To use it, you just cut the corner off the bag and place the bag into a plastic jug.
Anne of Green Gables Items
The story of Anne of Green Gables has touched the hearts of people worldwide and is an international favorite. Every year, thousands of tourists flock to Prince Edward Island to visit the home of the fictional character. You’ll find plenty of Anne items on the island, including the book’s famous Raspberry Cordial and her classic straw hat.
East Coast Lifestyle Clothing
East Coast Lifestyle is a clothing company started by a university student and celebrates Eastern Canada’s laid-back lifestyle. The brand quickly exploded in popularity and is rapidly expanding across the country.
While not nearly as popular as the American version, Canadians have their own televised quest for love! The Canadian Bachelor and Bachelorette franchise is only aired in Canada.
Loonies and Toonies
No, these aren’t the names of cartoon characters—they’re actually nicknames for one- and two-dollar coins. The dollar has a loon engraved on it, hence “loonie,” so when the two-dollar coin came along, it was nicknamed “toonie.”
This clothing store is popular amongst teens and tweens and is a Canadian version similar to that of Wet Seal and Forever 21. Prices are cheap, so your “loonie” goes a long way here!
You’ll have to travel to the Far North to see these sweet little animals. They’re the smallest of all caribou subspecies and are found in the Arctic islands of the Northwest Territories.
The Bay Blanket
The Hudson’s Bay Company is a Canadian department store founded in 1670. They carry many brand names, including Topshop, Karl Lagerfeld, and Hugo Boss, but they also sell their own Hudson’s Bay Brand. Perhaps their most popular item, the Bay Blanket is practically iconic in Canada and a must-purchase on your next visit.
Maple Syrup Farms
Did you know that 75% of the world’s maple syrup comes from Quebec? Visiting a maple syrup farm is a fun way to experience a (delicious) part of Canadian culture!
Canada’s publicly funded radio station is similar to the United States’ NPR and features tons of entertaining shows. Check out CBC Radio One for news and shows and CBC Radio Two for music.