Canada, like most countries, has a unique culture, traditions, and weather and taste preferences, factors that make it a ripe place for buying some of the rarest souvenirs around the world. If you are visiting the country anytime soon, don’t miss buying a few or all of the below mentioned souvenirs for yourself or your friends:
Any mention of Canada’s best offerings to the world cannot exclude the sweet goodness called maple syrup. If you fall in love with the maple flavour, which you most likely will, you can also add maple butter, maple cookies and maple candies to your shopping list. Though, maple syrup in its varying forms is available throughout the country, you might want to check for maple syrup by Slopeside Syrup or Brown Family Farm as well as Fadden’s Maple Syrup, Crown Maple Syrup, Hilltop Boilers Pure Maine Maple Syrup amongst a plethora of other variants.
Wine lovers visiting Canada can rejoice as the country produces a unique type of wine called the Ice Wine. Popularly called ‘Canada’s winter elixir’, ice wines are produced using grapes frozen on the vine. Though, the wine was first discovered in Germany, Canada has been leading in its production due to its freezing weather conditions agreeable for this wine’s production. The wine has a concentrated flavour and its sweetness is balanced by high acidity, resulting in a refreshing and smooth taste. There are over 500 ice wineries in Canada where you can pick a souvenir but if you want to play safe, pick Weingut Markus Huber 2012 Berg Riesling Eiswein, 2007 Hunt County Vineyards Vidal Blanc Ice Wine or peller Estates Signature Series 2010 Cabernet Franc Icewine.
A bar dessert named after the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, Nanaimo bars make for an excellent souvenir for all chocolate lovers. The bars don’t require baking and comprise of three layers – a wafer and coconut crumb-base, custard flavoured butter icing in the middle and a layer of chocolate ganache on top. You can also experiment with flavours and pick a crumb type and flavour of icing according to the preference of the receiver. The bars are easily available throughout the country.
For a friend or a relative who likes collecting coins or has a general appreciation for all things unique, the Canadian toonie makes for a great choice of souvenir. The large silver, two-dollar coin with a round brass inlay, featuring an image of a polar bear on the reverse side and of Queen Elizabeth II on the observe, is attractive to look at and would be a proud addition to yours or your friend’s collection. The best thing about giving a toonie as a souvenir is that you won’t have to go shopping for it, you can just save a couple as your trip ends.
First Nations Art
It would be a shame to not buy the local First Nations Art for the art lover in your circle. Ubiquitous everywhere as you enter the country, the symbolic designs telling stories mark events and adorn buildings throughout the city. A brilliant way to learn about the culture of the country and for gaining an insight into aboriginal life in the country, First Nations Art can also be admired at the leading museums in the country, especially in the capital city of Vancouver. You can purchase your preferred piece at Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery or Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery in Vancouver.