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National Canadian Bacon Day – March 3 – Fun Facts and Recipes

National Canadian Bacon Day is celebrated on March 3 each year. This holiday is perfect for those who love the taste of bacon but want something with lower calories than the real deal.

This is not the only day that bacon is celebrated. December 30 is also National Bacon Day and International Bacon day is celebrated on the Saturday before Labor Day.

Keep reading for fun facts about Canadian bacon, ways to celebrate the day, and a recipe for a homemade egg muffin at the bottom of the page.

Canadian Bacon Day is March 3

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What is Canadian bacon?

Canadian bacon is a pork product that is cut from the back of the pig. In contrast, American bacon, with the streaky cured and smoked strips is cut from the pork belly, which is higher in fat.

Because of this cut, Canadian bacon is much leaner than normal bacon and comes in rounded slices, rather than long strips.Regular bacon and Canadian bacon

The term Canadian bacon is not used in Canada. There, the product is known as back bacon.

The flavor of Canadian bacon is thought of as more of a ham-like taste because of the lean cut of the product.

Fun facts about Canadian bacon

Brush up on your knowledge of Canadian bacon with these fun facts.

  • Another term for Canadian Bacon is peameal bacon. This term comes from the fact that the cured pork is finished by rolling it in meal which used to be called peameal (today it’s known as cornmeal.)
  • Canadian bacon is fully cooked and smoked and is very lean.
  • When you compare regular bacon, turkey bacon and Canadian bacon, Canadian is the lowest in fat and the healthiest.
  • A serving of Canadian bacon has only 60 calories and 0.5g of Saturated fat.

How to observe National Canadian Bacon Day

There are lots of obvious ways to celebrate National Bacon Day.  Here are a few other creative ideas to help honor this day.

  • Make an egg McMuffin by using Canadian bacon instead of the normal bacon. See the recipe at the bottom of this page.
  • Enjoy your Canadian bacon wearing an “I love my Canadian bacon” T-Shirt.
  • Watch the movie Canadian Bacon featuring John Candy.
  • Enjoy some Canadian bacon by using it in one of the recipes featured below.
  • Do the word search puzzle for March to see if you can find Canadian Bacon Day in it.
  • Use the hashtag #NationalCanadianBaconDay to spread the word about the day on social media. Here is a tweet to get you started:
March 3 is #NationalCanadianBaconDay. Switch out the high fat bacon in your egg sandwich with a more lean version to save some calories. Click To Tweet

What is a national day?

National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with.  Be sure to check out my national day’s guide for more fun days to celebrate.

There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in February. To see them all,  have a look at this post to discover more about the national days in March.

Is food your thing? Each day of the month has a food or drink associated with it, too. You’ll find all the March food holidays here.

Be sure to also check out these other foodie national days this month:

Pin these recipes for National Canadian Bacon Day for later

Would you like a reminder of these recipes for National Canadian Bacon Day?  Just pin this image to one of your food boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.Canadian Bacon Recipes

And my favorite way to celebrate National Canadian Bacon Day is with this Home Made Egg Muffin.

Yield: 1 breakfast sandwich

Home Made Down Egg Muffin

Egg and Canadian Bacon sandwich

This homemade egg muffin is ready and just minutes and saves a trip to the drive through.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 English Muffin
  • I slice of Canadian Bacon
  • 1 tsp whipped butter
  • 1 slice cheddar cheese
  • 1 Egg


  1. Toast the English muffin and spread it lightly with the whipped butter.
  2. Cook the egg on one side and flip and cook the other side.
  3. Layer the egg, Canadian Bacon and cheddar cheese on the bottom of the English muffin.
  4. Top with the other half and serve.


If you want you can lightly heat the Canadian bacon in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 361Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 230mgSodium: 674mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 21g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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