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Canadian Food

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Most Canadians eat the following three meals each day:

  1. Breakfast: This meal is normally served between 7:00 A.M. and 8:30 A.M. For many families, breakfast is quick and casual. Coffee, cereal, toast, bacon, eggs, and pancakes are often found on Canadian breakfast tables.
  2. Lunch: Most Canadians have lunch between 12:00 and 1:00 P.M. Lunch might consist of soup, salad, sandwiches, or a variety of other foods. On school days, your host family will provide a "bagged lunch". A typical bagged lunch includes a sandwich, fruit and a cookie or muffin. Many students like to prepare their own lunches. If you wish to do this, suggest it to your host parents. They will appreciate your help.
  3. Supper: This is usually the largest and most formal meal of the day. In Canada, supper is normally between 5:00 and 6:30. Many people have soup or salad before the main course. A dessert, such as pie or ice cream, is often served after the main meal.

Canadian meals are often informal. Some people "say grace" (give thanks) before meals. Others do not. You should tell your host if you are hungry. If you do not accept something to eat or drink the first time it is offered, your host will probably assume you do not want anything.

Your hosts want you to enjoy your meals, but they will not know your preferences unless you tell them. If you feel uncomfortable about discussing this with your hosts, mention it to a member of the Vancouver English Centre staff. We will find a tactful way to bring it to the attention of your host family. Also, be sure to indicate foods you dislike, when you complete your Application for Homestay.


Vancouver Restaurants and Coffee Shops

If you choose to buy your lunch or dinner from a restaurant, expect to pay $5 - $8 for a fast-food meal and $12 - $25 for a meal at a more formal restaurant.

Vancouver Restaurants.
Vancouver Coffee Shops and Coffee Specialty Bars.
Pizza Restaurants in Vancouver.
Corporate & Special Event Caterers in Vancouver.



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