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Looking for Canada Day food ideas? This recipe roundup features 30+ recipes ranging from fun red and white foods to classic Canadian dishes. Everything you need to celebrate a delicious Canada Day on July 1st.

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No Canada Day celebration is complete without some tasty eats! I have compiled 30+ delicious recipes below that are perfect for celebrating Canada Day.

Looking for fun red and white foods? You got it! Signature iconic Canadian dishes? No problem! Or perhaps something to throw on the grill? Got a few ideas for that as well! Everything you need for a delicious Canada Day celebration!

What are some signature Canadian dishes?

Canada is a huge country with many iconic dishes varying by region. Some popular Canadian dishes include: poutine, Nanaimo bars, butter tarts, bannock, tourtiere, Montreal smoked meat, Caesar cocktail, peameal bacon sandwiches (aka Canadian bacon), Saskatoon berry pie, Halifax donair, maple taffy (or anything maple syrup!) and so much more!

What do Canadians eat on Canada Day?

It varies from person to person! Many people fire up the grill for a Canada Day BBQ or head out on a picnic. Some like to include some fun red and white themed foods or maple leaf shaped foods on their menu. Other people like to serve up some classic Canadian dishes.

Regardless of your Canada Day plans, you will find something below. This roundup mainly focuses on red and white recipes and signature Canadian dishes (with a few delicious things to throw on the grill as well!). Let’s dive into all the delicious food ideas now!

Breakfast and Brunch

Looking to start the festivities early? Here are a few breakfast and brunch ideas ranging from healthy to indulgent.

Collage of Canada Day fruit kabobs and a layered jar of strawberry overnight oats.
Three white plates each holding one square waffle topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
  • Canada Day Fruit Kabobs: These fun and festive fruit kabobs by Frugal Mom Eh! are a great way to serve your fruit in the morning on Canada Day. These could also be served as a healthy dessert option.
  • Strawberry Overnight Oats: Prep these the night before for an easy and healthy breakfast option.
  • Strawberries and Cream Waffles: Serve these sweet German waffles with some fresh strawberries and whipped cream to add some red and white fun!

Drinks: Cheers to Canada Day!

You can’t celebrate Canada Day without a cold drink in hand! Here are some refreshing and naturally red drink ideas!

Collage of four drinks, hand holding glass of strawberry frose, glass of strawberry slushie, glass of strawberry mojito mocktail and two glasses of Caesar cocktail.
  • Strawberry Frosé: A delicious frozen cocktail that is naturally a beautiful red colour. Use a Canadian rosé to celebrate some of the amazing Canadian wineries.
  • Healthy Strawberry Slushie: The kids will love this refreshing drink (and the adults too!).
  • Strawberry Mojito Mocktail: A fun mocktail option to add to the menu!
  • Ultimate Caesar Cocktail: Let’s not forget the Canadian classic – a Caesar cocktail! This recipe by Girl Heart Food will walk you through how to make one.


Here are a few delicious starters to add to your Canada Day menu! A red and white themed appetizer and salad as well as three traditional Canadian soups.

Collage showing strawberry basil bruschetta on a wooden serving board and a white serving dish of tomato salad.
Collage showing three different traditional Canadian soups.


Here are a few main dish ideas including four delicious options to throw on the grill besides those burgers and hot dogs. And let’s not forget a famous Canadian dish – Poutine! Some may argue that it is a side dish but I am willing to bet that most Canadians have also happily consumed it as a main dish as well!

Collage of four main dishes to serve on Canada Day.
Three grilled bratwurst on buns with different toppings sitting on a plate with a small bowl of German mustard.

Canada Day Desserts

Every celebration needs dessert and Canada Day is no exception! I have found lots of options for you to choose from! Everything from delicious red and white desserts to signature Canadian desserts.

Red and White Canada Day Desserts

These red and white desserts are delicious any time but the colours make them the perfect addition to any Canada Day menu.

Collage of red and white themed Canada Day desserts.
Collage of red and white themed dessert ideas for Canada Day.
German spaghetti ice cream on a white plate.

Canada Day Cookies

Two delicious cookie recipes perfect for Canada Day – one red and white and the other featuring maple syrup!

Collage of two cookie recipes to serve for Canada Day.

Frozen Treats

It’s usually pretty hot out on Canada Day. These red and white frozen treats are a great way to beat the heat!

Collage of red and white frozen treats for Canada Day.

Signature Canadian Desserts

Bring a taste of Canada to your Canada Day celebrations by serving one of these classic Canadian desserts!

Collage of classic Canadian desserts.


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This post was originally published June 2019. Updated to include new photos, recipes and information.

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  1. DCM says:

    These look great – but heavy on the strawberries 🙁 Not good when you have severe allergic reaction to strawberries (closes my throat). I miss eating strawberries…

    1. Vanessa | Maple + Mango says:

      I’m sorry that you’re allergic to them! I can’t even imagine since it is my favorite fruit. A number of the sweeter recipes feature them since they are naturally red for the red and white theme and also in season around Canada Day. In some of those recipes, you could substitute for raspberries or cherries if they are ok for you. Otherwise, there are also a lot of great recipes featured without strawberries so you’re sure to find something delicious!.

  2. Terri Gilson says:

    Fantastic round up of Canada Day recipes! Especially love the great selection of red and white!

  3. nancy says:

    what a great round up for recipes to celebrate Canada day!!