The Best Canadian Brands

Over 200 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Canadian Brands
Canada is home to some of the most beautiful places in North America. The first things that come to our mind when we think about this amazing country is the famous Maple Leaf, the fact that it neighbors North America so tourism is very easy and the word, “Eh?” We don’t often tend to think about Canadaian businesses, however, but this bilingual speaking country that is heavily influenced by the French culture is home to some very noteworthy home grown companies.If you’ve ever asked the question, “What are the best Canadian brands available?” before then you have definitely come to the right place! It may seem like a little known fact, but Canada is actually home tothe famous Blackberry brands. Who hasn’t heard of that? And besides the technological profiles popular here, Canada is also home to some amazing entertainment venues that are famous around the world: did you know that most of the Home and Garden Television Network’s shows are filmed in Canada?This list discusses famous Canadian brands, including: Blackberry, TD Industries, Manulife Financial, Tim Hortons, Loblaws, Sun Life Financial, Maple Leaf Foods, Telus, Future Shop, IMAX and Cirque du Soleil. If you’ve ever experienced any of these companies yourself please share your opinions with the rest of the world and vote for your favorite brand today!
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  • Tim Hortons
    Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places
    98 votes
    Tim Hortons Inc. is a Canadian multinational fast casual restaurant known for its coffee and doughnuts. It is also Canada's largest quick service restaurant chain; as of September 2014, it has 3,665 restaurants in Canada, 869 in the United States, and 56 in the Persian Gulf region. It was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, by Canadian hockey player Tim Horton and Jim Charade, after an initial venture in hamburger restaurants. In 1967, Horton partnered with investor Ron Joyce, who assumed control over operations after Horton died in 1974. Joyce expanded the chain into a multi-million dollar franchise. Charade left the organization in 1966 and briefly returned in 1970 and 1993 through 1996. Tim Hortons franchises spread rapidly and eventually overtook McDonald's as Canada's largest food service operator. The company opened twice as many Canadian outlets as McDonald's and system-wide sales also surpassed those of McDonald's Canadian operations as of 2002. The chain accounted for 22.6% of all fast food industry revenues in Canada in 2005. Tim Hortons commands 76% of the Canadian market for baked goods and holds 62% of the Canadian coffee market.
  • Canada Dry
    72 votes
    Canada Dry Ginger Ale is a soft drink produced by Canada Dry. Though Canada Dry manufactures a range of different beverages, the company has long been known for its ginger ale. John J. McLaughlin first created the ginger ale in 1904 and it became quite popular shortly thereafter.
  • Canadian Tire
    All Other Motor Vehicle Dealers, Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores
    60 votes
    Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited is a Canadian retail company which sells a wide range of automotive, sports and leisure, and home products. Retail operations include Canadian Tire, the core retail and automotive service operation; Canadian Tire Petroleum; men’s, women’s, and work apparel retailer Mark's; sporting goods and sportswear retail conglomerate Forzani Group Limited; and PartSource, retailing auto parts and accessories. Its head office is in Toronto, Ontario. The retailer is known for its Canadian Tire money, a loyalty program first introduced in 1958.
  • IMAX Corporation
    Photographic Equipment and Supplies
    56 votes
    The IMAX Corporation is a Canadian theatre company which designs and manufactures IMAX cameras and projection systems as well as performing film development, production, post production and distribution to IMAX affiliated theatres worldwide. It was founded in 1968 as a result of Expo 67 in Montreal. It has operations in Toronto, as well as New York City and Los Angeles. As of December 2013, the IMAX theater network consisted of more than 837 theatres in more than 57 countries. The majority of theatres are equipped with IMAX 3D.
  • Indigo
    36 votes
    Indigo Books & Music Inc. is a Canadian retail bookstore chain.
  • Hudson's Bay
    46 votes
    Hudson's Bay is a chain of 90 department stores that operate across parts of Canada. It is the main brand of Hudson's Bay Company, North America's oldest company. It has its headquarters in the Simpson Tower in Toronto. In French, the chain is known as la Baie d'Hudson, short for "Compagnie de la Baie". The chain uses both the English and French versions of the name in some parts of the country. The stores are full-line department stores, with a focus on fashion apparel, accessories, and home goods. Most price points are mid- to upper-mid, with some high price points in the flagship store on Queen Street in Toronto; however, there is an assortment of everyday low-price merchandise. Hudson's Bay can be compared to U.S. retailers Macy's and Nordstrom. The average store size is 135,000 square feet. Flagship downtown stores exist in Canada's largest cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg, often being multi-storey, historic buildings and carry a much broader range and selection of goods than regular Hudson's Bay stores. The largest of the flagship stores is the Toronto store on Queen Street, at about 1,000,000 square feet.