As one of Canada’s biggest cities, Toronto has a lot going for it. Great shopping, amazing restaurants, and superb entertainment all wrapped up in a great city. Toronto sits on Lake Ontario and its dynamic downtown core with the iconic CN Tower visible throughout the city. Toronto is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities which all make up part of a cultural landscape of the city while also being blended in with distinct Canadian charm. If you plan on visiting the city for a while and want to make the most of it, definitely buy some of these iconic Canadian goodies while you’re here. Here’s the best of what to buy in Toronto, Canada.
1. Peameal Bacon
Peameal Bacon is a piece of iconic Toronto. When people talk about Canadian bacon, this is it. Invented in Toronto in the 1800’s by a man named William Davies, peameal bacon is back bacon that’s cured, trimmed and rolled in cornmeal then fried. The result is a delicious salty and meaty interior with a crunchy and coated exterior. Eat it in a sandwich or just like that on its own.
Address: 7 Camden Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1V2
Website: Avenue Open Kitchen
2. Canadian Club whiskey
Canadian Club whiskey is some of the best whiskey’s around that is locally produced in Canada. With a history of over 100 years, Canadian Club is made just outside of Toronto in Windsor and has been a staple brand of whiskey for generations. It was the only North American liquor product to receive a royal warrant from several Monarchs from Queen Victoria to Elizabeth II and during American prohibition, Al Capone smuggled thousands of cases of it from Windsor to Detroit.
Canadian Club whiskey
Address: 879 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1M4
3. Maple Leafs jersey
Why not support the local hockey team while you visit this city? The Toronto Maple Leafs are the professional hockey team of Toronto and are even one of the original six hockey teams that formed the NHL. People take their hockey seriously in Canada and despite the fact that Toronto has not won a championship since the 1960’s they are still beloved by thousands of Torontonians. Maybe even catch a game while you’re visiting.
Maple Leafs jersey
Address: 40 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 2X2
Website: Scotiabank Arena
4. Hudson's Bay Point blanket
Hudson Bay point blanket is as Canadian as it gets. The Hudson Bay Point blanket is a wool blanket that was traded to the North American Native Americans in exchange for beaver pelt by the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1700’s and 1800’s. The iconic blanket is made of wool and features a classic stripe design of green, yellow, indigo and red on a white background.
Hudson's Bay point blanket
Address: 176 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5C 2L7
Website: Hudson’s Bay
5. Toronto Blue Jays apparel
Established in 1977 and is currently Canada’s only professional baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays are another iconic team. Winning two straight World Series titles back to back in ‘92 and '93 the Blue Jays are beloved by not only those in Toronto but by many Canadian baseball fans. Pick up a Blue Jays hat or jersey for a great souvenir from Toronto.
Blue Jays apparel
Address: 1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON M5V 1J4
Website: Jay’s Shop
6. Canadian diamonds
Canadian diamonds are a great alternative for those looking for more ethically sourced diamonds. Canada was a big promoter of the Kimberley Process, an initiative to deter the use of conflict diamonds coming in from Africa. Canadian diamonds are sourced from the northern parts of the country and are always conflict-free and morally sound.
Address: 161 Bay Street, 27th Floor, Brookfield Place, Canada Trust Tower, Toronto, ON M5J 2S1
Website: Diamond Exchange Toronto
7. Local maple syrup
Locally made maple syrup is not hard to find. Most grocery stores will carry locally made syrup and walking into any gift shop throughout the city should yield you some great tasty results in decorative bottles you can keep afterward. Little bottles of maple syrup make a great gift or a tasty treat for yourself.
Local maple syrup
Address: 229 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2E2
Website: Royal Canadian Gifts
8. Handmade organic soap
Handmade organic soap is a great souvenir for yourself or as a gift for a loved one. They’re affordable and easy to bring into your bags while you travel. Toronto and Canada is a country of artisans, people love to make things from handiwork and art to indigenous crafts and creations. Homemade organic soap is environmentally friendly, vegan and it will make you smell nice, how can you go wrong.
Handmade organic soap
Address: 2038 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 1J7
Website: Carberry Soap Co.
9. Niagara wine
Niagara wine is grown in the Niagara region just outside of Toronto and is home to tons of wineries. Take a day out of the city life to experience some of Canada’s best locally grown wine and take a tour or two of some of the wineries. Taste and learn about what makes Canadian so special and different and experience Canada’s biggest wine producing regions.
Address: 290 John St E, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Website: Peller Estates Winery
10. Niagara Falls souvenirs
Niagara Falls is one of the wonders of the world and it attracts thousands upon thousands of visitors a year from both sides of the border. If you’re in the area, you should definitely check out the falls as they are a part of the natural beauty of Canada and make for awesome photo opportunities. Just make sure to bring some dry clothes because it can get a little misty in the area. And what better way to commemorate your trip to the falls than with some Niagara Falls souvenirs.
Niagara Falls souvenirs
Address: 4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4
Website: Niagara Falls souvenirs
Toronto has it all. It’s a great large city with tons to see and do and discover. Don’t let the splendour of the city get you distracted from buying some iconic Canadian goodies though because there are lots buy (and eat!)
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