When it comes to iconic, irresistible food, McDonald’s has been a staple in Canada for almost 50 years.
But just like a sandwich from the Golden Arches, not all tastes are created equal – some like it sweet while others prefer salty. There are also interesting differences in what customers prefer inside their sandwiches from coast to coast.
McDonald’s Strategy and Insights team recently dove into their data to determine those Canadian cities that most loved to enjoy classic menu items.
The result is a list of 12 capitals – but not the kind you’re thinking. No, this is about which McDonald’s favourites reign supreme in different cities across Canada.
Keep reading to learn more about capital cities for 12 classic menu items and see how you can score a delicious prize.
Big Mac® Capital of Canada and World Famous FriesTM (Medium): Saint Hyacinthe, Québec
Though many ambitious souls have tried, the classic Big Mac – complete with its delicious sauce – can’t be duplicated. A Big Mac combo is simply incomplete without a side of World Famous FriesTM, so it’s no coincidence that Canada’s Big Mac and Fry capital are one and the same. Saint Hyacinthe is a small city known for its beautiful gardens, trails, and parks – perfect for those who love the outdoors. And of course, all that activity can make you hungry – and nothing satisfies more than a fresh-from-the-grill Big Mac, accompanied by a side of hot and crispy French fries.
Filet-o-Fish® Capital of Canada: Burnaby, British Columbia
When that McDonald’s craving hits, the people of Burnaby, British Columbia turn to the always-delicious Filet-o-Fish. As the third largest city in British Columbia, Burnaby is known for its parks, shorelines, forest, trails and breathtaking mountain views. And when you live that close to the ocean, it’s safe to say you develop a keen taste for seafood. That’s why Burnaby residents have a soft spot for the Filet-o-Fish, which is Marine Stewardship Council certified and made with wild-caught Alaskan Pollock.
Egg McMuffin® Capital of Canada: Milton, Ontario
There are few things more tragic than getting to McDonald’s just minutes after they stop serving breakfast when all you really want is an Egg McMuffin, complete with Canadian bacon. It turns out that residents of Milton, Ontario are lovin’ their Egg McMuffins. The fact that the town just west of Toronto features predominantly young families could have something to do with it. Not only do kids get you out of bed early, things like early morning hockey practices require breakfast on the go.
McFlurry® Capital of Canada: Waterloo, Ontario
The Canadian-made McFlurry – which was invented in Bathurst, New Brunswick in 1995 – remains a summertime staple. After all, it is the best (and most convenient) way to treat yo’ self. That could be why Waterloo, Ontario is the McFlurry capital of Canada. With two universities, the city is full of students and what better way to reward themselves for all of their hard work.
McDonald’s Poutine Capital of Canada: Sept-Iles, Québec
It should come as no surprise that the McDonald’s Poutine capital of Canada is in Québec. While the title goes to Sept-IIes, Québec, its residents aren’t the only ones who crave McDonald’s poutine: the top five cities are all located in Québec. In a province that’s famous for the cheesy potato-based dish, it seems only natural that poutine is a top menu choice.
Quarter Pounder with Cheese® and McDouble® Capital of Canada: North Battleford, Saskatchewan
When it comes to classics like the Quarter Pounder with Cheese and the McDouble, the capital of Canada is in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. North Battleford is found between the banks of the scenic North Saskatchewan and Battle Rivers. With such scenery, it’s safe to say the residents know a thing or two about classic beauty – that’s why they turn to the longtime favourites, the Quarter Pounder with Cheese and the McDouble, made with 100% Canadian beef sourced primarily from ranches in Alberta and Saskatchewan
Chicken McNuggets® Capital of Canada: Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
For many Canadians, Chicken McNuggets (complete with Sweet & Sour sauce) have been a beloved staple since childhood. But it seems those in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador seem to be particularly passionate about the bite-size chicken pieces. Perhaps they crave a change from the seafood the region is known for. Either way, Chicken McNuggets are always a reliable option.
Sausage McMuffin® with Egg Capital of Canada: Fort St. John, British Columbia
There are few better ways to start the day than with a Sausage McMuffin with Egg, accompanied by some fresh McCafé coffee. Residents of Fort St. John, British Columbia are especially partial to the beloved breakfast dish. Known as a healthy and active community, perhaps the residents are drawn to the fact that McDonald’s has started to purchase cage-free Canadian eggs (or, it could just be the taste).
Triple Thick Milkshake® Capital of Canada: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
The best way to complete your McDonald’s meal is with a Triple Thick Milkshake. Nobody knows that better than residents of Moose Jaw, the Triple Thick Milkshake capital of Canada. The city’s motto is “Surprisingly Unexpected,” which is fitting considering a place known for its wintery temperatures also loves its milkshakes icy cold. But, hey, they say that opposites attract, right?
Vanilla Cone Capital of Canada: Steinbach, Manitoba
Sometimes, the simple choice is the best choice. Case-in-point: the Vanilla Cone. That’s why it’s a go-to for residents of Steinbach, Manitoba. When temperatures drop well below zero degrees on the regular, it’s all about the simple pleasures in life. That’s where the classic McDonald’s Vanilla Cone comes into play.
McDonald’s Strategy and Insights team pulled the average sales units from a recent 52 week period on a per city basis and divided by the number of restaurants to determine which city, town or village would earn the coveted McDonald’s Canada “Capitals” title for each classic menu item.