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21 Best Things to Eat, See and Do Across Canada This August

From vegan hot dogs and hamburgers in Montreal to music festivals in St. John's, here are 21 things to do across the country in August.

Montréal - YUL

Sports

Jackalope

Photo: courtesy of Tribu Expérientiel

Jackalope

With precision base-jumping, freestyle motocross, a fixed-gear bike race and the World Cup Skateboarding Open, the competition is fierce – and fearless – at Canada’s biggest action-sports festival. Get your blood pumping with initiations to slackline and bouldering, and be there when skate legend Tony Hawk (pictured) hits the vert ramp with 21-time X Games medalist Pierre-Luc Gagnon.

August 18–20, Esplanade Financière Sun Life
Parc Olympique, jackalopefest.ca

Food

Gusta Foods

Photo: katiamartinphotography.com

Gusta Foods

After making its name selling vegan spins on cheese and sausage to retailers, Gusta now serves up their take on grilled cheese and kebabs at a just-opened deli counter and restaurant.

191, pl. du Marché-du-Nord, gustafoods.com

 

Il Miglio

Photo: Dominique Lafond

Il Miglio

The team behind Le Filet went casual with a cafeteria-style eatery, serving handmade mushroom campanelle and more. It’s daytime only, but you can still order a nonna-inspired short glass of wine.

5235, boul. Saint-Laurent, ilmiglio.ca

 

Matterello

Matterello

Using the wooden pin they’re named after, Matterello rolls out dough for traditional dishes like ragù, carbonara and vongole with anchovies.

6950, rue Saint-Denis, restaurantmatterello.com

Shopping

Le Local

Photo: Charles Ouimet

Le Local

Swap sun salutations for the fast track at Lululemon’s first-ever running-exclusive apparel shop, equal parts hangout and boutique. You’ll find Jenga blocks and a chessboard at the massive communal table by Canadian carpenters Union Wood. Oh right, and running: Get your 3-D footprint taken and custom sneakers from Quebec’s Math Sport will be ready in two weeks.

268, rue Saint-Viateur O., lululemon.com

Toronto - YYZ + YTZ

Food

Schmaltz Appetizing

Schmaltz Appetizing (Photo: Kayla Rocca)

Snack Out Back

The party’s backstage at some of the city’s favourite hangouts. Check out Schmaltz Appetizing behind Anthony Rose’s Fat Pasha for Jewish-food staples like bagels and schmear, or feast on brisket nachos at Big Crow, Rose and Sons’ backyard barbecue joint. And Madame Boeuf dishes out burgers and ice cream behind Bar Begonia all summer.

Schmaltz Appetizing, 414 Dupont St., schmaltzappetizing.com
Big Crow, 176 Dupont St., roseandsonsbigcrow.com
Madame Boeuf, 252 Dupont St., madameboeuf.com

Outing

Big Feastival

Big Feastival

The food and music festival cooked up by Jamie Oliver and Blur bassist (and award-winning cheesemaker) Alex James hops the pond for its inaugural Canadian edition. Head north to Burl’s Creek to camp out, catch acts like Weezer and Basia Bulat, and sharpen your skills with top chefs, including Chuck Hughes and Vikram Vij.

August 18–20
Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, Oro-Medonte, canada.thebigfeastival.com

Sports

Vanhawks Valour

Vanhawks Valour

Build your own bike with Bluetooth-enabled GPS and metrics – the world’s first fully connected ride that began as a Toronto Kickstarter venture.

vanhawks.com

 

Simcoe

Simcoe

Designed by North America’s first importers of European city bikes, Simcoe’s step-throughs and roadsters marry classic looks with a lighter construction.

simcoebicycles.com

 

Mariposa Bicycles

Photo: Walter Lai

Mariposa Bicycles

Immortalized in paintings by Greg Curnoe, Mariposa’s hand-built and hand-painted bicycles are customized to cyclists’ needs, as they have been since 1969.

mariposabicycles.ca

Vancouver - YVR

Culture

Powell Street Festival

Photo: Stu-di-o by Jeanie

Powell Street Festival

At Gastown’s annual celebration of Japanese-Canadian art and culture, musical performances span the traditional (catch Japan’s Ensemble Liberta) to the eclectic (like Melbourne’s George & Noriko, a Japanese blues cowboy and Tsugaru shamisen player duo). Brush up with live calligraphy demos and a literary presentation by Haruki Murakami’s key translators, and bring your selfie stick for “Macro Maki,” an interactive installation featuring pillow-size sushi costumes to wear while posing on a giant wooden tray.

August 5–6
Oppenheimer Park and other venues, powellstreetfestival.com

Shopping

Shipyards Night Market

Photo: Michael Wheatley/Alamy Stock Photo

Shipyards Night Market

With 35 food trucks, live music and craft beers (get in the spirit with a Deep Cove Shipyards Lager), it’s easy to make a Friday night of browsing locally made candles, graphic clutches and cutting boards.

Fridays
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, northshoregreenmarkets.com

 

Granville Island Farmers’ Market

Photo: Granville Island

Granville Island Farmers’ Market

The city’s oldest farmers’ market added micro- breweries and cideries to its baked-goods, produce and flower vendors. That’s your next dinner party sorted.

Thursdays
Triangle Square, Granville Island, granvilleisland.com

 

Fresh St. Market Art Market

Photo: courtesy of Harmony Arts Festival

Fresh St. Market Art Market

Check out Guy Hollington’s blown glass, Yookyoung Yong’s minimalist ceramics and Simply Swedish’s Nordic-indigenous handiwork among the wares selected for inclusion by a juried panel.

August 4-7 and 11-13
Argyle Ave., between 14th Street and 16th Street, harmonyarts.ca

St. John's - YYT

Shop

Civic Duty

Civic Duty

Mind your social – and street – cred: This pop-up turned permanent shop stocks an assortment of clothes and lifestyle accessories selected as much for their urban esthetic as their sustainable manufacturing. Shop a bicoastal range of Canadian-made goods, including Vancouver’s Reigning Champ sportswear, Toronto’s YNOT bags, Montreal’s Naked & Famous denim and St. John’s own Good on Ya wellness products.

4 Clift’s – Baird’s Cove, facebook.com/civicdutynl

Food

Mallard Cottage

Photo: Todd Perrin

Brunch: Mallard Cottage

Executive chef Tod Perrin changes the menu daily in this National Historic Site-designated 18th-century cottage turned restaurant, but a heaping plateful from the cake table is always a sure start.

8 Barrows Rd., mallardcottage.ca

 

The Merchant Tavern

Photo: John Cullen

Lunch: The Merchant Tavern

The laid-back little sister of Raymonds dishes up uncomplicated coastal pub fare like steak and eggs, turkey clubs, local seafood and handmade pastas for a hearty midday refuel.

291 Water St., themerchanttavern.ca

 

Chinched

Dinner: Chinched

Chinched means stuffed, and with a meat lovers’ menu bursting at the seams with house-made charcuterie and pork (including pig-ear fries, tongue poutine and pork-belly ramen), it’s no wonder they’ve had to expand to a new location.

5 Bates Hill, chinchedbistro.com

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