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Best Souvenirs from Canada

If you are looking for the best souvenirs from Canada or things to buy in Canada you have come to the right place! One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to look for souvenirs to take home for family and friends and something for my bookshelf! My kids love hunting for the best souvenir for their collections and that made me put together this list of the best Canadian souvenirs.

Make sure that before you hop on your flight, you should already have your ETA for Canada. I see countless travelers panicking at the boarding gate of planes who do not have this! Do not be one of them!

 

Best Souvenirs from Canada

 

Things to buy in Canada

Maple Syrup is one of the best things to buy in Canada to bring home from your visit

Maple Syrup

Probably what most people think of as one of the things that represent Canada is maple syrup. Available in gift shops across the country, as well as in airports and grocery stores, grab some to take home as it is one of the best presents from Canada. If you want the best bag for your buck, grab a bottle from Costco!

 

Molson Canadian

Beer may not be one of the uniquely Canadian things to buy, but Molson is well known around the world as a great Canadian beer and for its tagline “I Am Canadian” from years gone by. If you happen to collect beer bottles or want a t-shirt from Canada, make it a Molson one!

 

Crown Royal or Canadian Club

Spirit drinkers will love a bottle of Crown Royal or Canadian Club as one of the top things to get in Canada to take back home. You can get it at the duty free land crossings or airports before you leave or at any liquor store in the country. We do not sell spirits in grocery stores (very few grocery stores even sell wine) so make sure you find a liquor store or any bar or restaurant if you want to enjoy it while you are in Canada!

The Canada Goose is an iconic symbol of Canada, why not bring home a souvenir from Canada as well

Canadian Wool Blanket fro HBC

The Hudson’s Bay Company, HBC or “the Bay” is a retail department store who’s history lies in the fur trade and has been around since the 1600s. Currently it is the outfitter for the Canadian Olympic Team and features Canadian gear. Its iconic coloured striped blankets and clothing are also popular Canadian souvenirs ideas.

Sports Gear Canadian Souvenirs

Canada may be a tony country in terms of population, but its population love of sports, especially hockey runs deep. Canadians love to get behind their favourite sports teams and athletes and wearing a hockey jersey is a typically Canadian outfit. It makes a great souvenir from Canada to bring home whether for yourself or someone else. You can chose a local NHL team like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadians or Vancouver Canucks or a Canada hockey jersey representing junior and olympic athletes.

Things to buy in Canada include unique Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal Art is one of the popular things to buy in Canada. From wooden carvings to beautiful jewellery crafted from a local artisan, pick up a unique piece of Canada to bring home

Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal peoples have always made objects of artistic value. If you want to know what to buy in Canada to display in your home or to give as a gift, purchase some authentic aboriginal art.

Roots Clothing

Roots clothing is known for its craftsmanship and functionality. I live in there sweatpants when I am at home and there is nothing more comfy in my wardrobe. If you are shopping for the best souvenirs from Canada that you can wear for years to come, grab yourself a pair of Roots sweatpants or a sweatshirt or bring one home for someone who loves comfort.

Tim Hortons Mug

Coffee and Tim Hortons are synonyms in Canada. Asking someone if they want a “Timmy’s” is the same as asking if they want a coffee. If you want to know what to buy in Canada and have a thing for coffee, skip the Starbucks cups and get yourself a Tim Horton’s Travel Mug from any Tim Horton’s store.

Small Inukshuks make the best Canadian Souvenirs

Small Inukshuks make the best Canadian Souvenirs

Inukshuk

An Inukshuk is a figure made of mild stones or boulders used as a form of communication throughout Canada’s Arctic. They were traditionally constructed by the Inuit and have become intertwined with representations of Canada. In the Arctic, they are used for practical reasons, such as navigational aids, coordination points and message centers. They have also been known to be used for spiritual means.

Canadian Food and Snacks

There are some things you can only buy in Canada that you should consider taking home from your trip. These include, Ketchup chips, Smoked Salmon from a local smoker, Smarties, Nanaimo Bars, Coffee Crisp, Purdy’s Chocolates and Laura Secord Chocolates.

While you are in Canada, be sure to enjoy some food classics such as poutine, freshly caught salmon or smoked salmon, and Saskatoon Berry Pie!

 

Things to buy in Canada

There are so many things to buy in Canada when you are visiting. This list covers many of the top Canadian souvenirs to buy on your visit and many of them make great gifts! Do you have any questions about visiting Canada? Let me know in the comments!

Want to read more about Canadian culture? Check out this post on Only in Canada!

Like what you read? Check out my series of “What to Buy” souvenir posts on: Greece, Turkey, and Egypt

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Have you been to Canada? Did you bring something home? What was it? Let me know in the comments!

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Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She left her career in Canada to share her love of travel with her two young boys. She is passionate about sharing adventure travel activities for families and to encourage others to explore the world. She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.

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