There are many Australians and New Zealanders living in Canada, which means you will find groups of them recognizing significant dates just like they would in Australia. ANZAC Day, April 25th (or the 25th of April if you want to write it the Aussie way) is one of them.
Here is a bit of information regarding traditions of the day as recognized in Canada, specifically Toronto.
There are dawn services held throughout the country. This year there was one in Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Calgary, Courtenay, Edmonton, London and Winnipeg. The one in Toronto is held by the Canadian Forces College. Information can be found on their site as well as on the Australian High Commission site.
The lovely Cafe de Melbourne in Toronto serves Anzac biscuits all day for free on April 25th.
Too bad about the water shut down though. But that’s just your typical late spring Toronto – construction season has begun!
Of course you can make your own Anzac biscuits, in honour of the tradition
Finding golden syrup in Toronto is the challenging part. There are recipes that use maple syrup or honey instead, but I personally prefer using the real thing.
Where to find golden syrup in Toronto
Although we’re used to seeing the CSR syrup in the plastic bottle that looks like this
The golden syrup you’ll find in Canada looks like this
It’s called Lyle’s Golden Syrup and costs about four dollars. It has been found at the following locations in Toronto
St. Lawrence Market (in the basement at the international grocer)
British specialty stores. Check out BlogTO’s 10 stores that sell British products in Toronto to find one near you.
And of course there’s always Amazon in a pinch.
There are tonnes of recipes for Anzac biscuits online, with the Canadian/US measurements and product names. I used this one and they came out great.
You can also make your own golden syrup for your Anzac biscuits!
Then they’ll really be authentic and from scratch. I haven’t tried it though. Here’s a recipe.
What else is on
Hemingways Restaurant & Bar in Yorkville also hosts an Anzac Day event with Toronto Rebels AFC, Kia Ora Canada – Toronto and Aussies in Toronto, three active Australian and New Zealand communities in Toronto.
Even outside of Australia and New Zealand you don’t have to miss out on paying homage to the ones who gave us freedom with the other Aussies and Kiwis around.
Lest We Forget.