Like any other country in the world, Canada has a number of fast food franchises, both foreign and domestic, operating within its borders. What many do not know however, is how powerful Canadian fast food franchises are, and although most are unknown outside their border, they do serve unique food items that would give McDonalds a run for their money. Here are some of Canada’s fast food chains

Tim Hortons

Timmys, as it is called by the locals, was founded in 1964 in Ontario by Tim Horton and Jim Charade. As of December 2016, it had 4,613 chains in nine countries. Their menu comprises a lot of baked foods like timbits, muffins, danishes, bagels, croissants and cookies.

Big Smoke Burger

Founded in 2007, by Mustafa Yusuf, Big Smoke Burger is known for its meat based food items, especially their famous handcrafted burgers that feature gourmet ingredients from local producers. They also offer French fries, milkshakes, traditional poutine, and a selection of varied dishes and drinks.

Swiss Chalet

This was founded in 1954, in Toronto, and has a menu that is centred on its signature item, the rotisserie chicken. Other items on their menu include ribs, pasta and rice bowls, entrée salads, sandwiches, and wraps.

Mary Browns

This is another iconic Canadian franchise. It was founded in 1969 and is famous for its Big Mary sandwich and chicken wedges. Chicken forms the centrepiece for most of their dishes that range from chicken breast sandwiches, chicken pop-ins, fries and potato taters.

Thaï Express

From the name itself one can tell what makes up its main dish. Thaï Express was founded in 2009, and is a fast food restaurant with dishes based on Thai cuisine with a little twist. They come in a variety of different food items that include Thai Racha, Pad Prik Pao, Chili Chili Bangkok, and Chili Paste Fry.