The Best Canadian Magazines

In this digital age, media is thrown at you everywhere you look. Whereas physical newspapers and magazines used to be the main way to learn about the world around us, younger generations are now learning about global affairs, politics, and popular culture via various social media platforms. While it may seem impossible to compete with the digital world that lives at our fingertips, print is still very much alive and well!

No matter how you choose to consume media, there’s no shortage of amazing Canadian publications out there! Whether you’re into art, news, business, or lifestyle content, there’s a magazine out there for you! If you’re looking for a new magazine to subscribe to in the new year, here are a few of our favourites.

Service and Lifestyle

“Chatelaine gets high marks for fresh, bold content and smartly packaged art direction. From the eye-catching covers through to the gorgeously shot service features, Chatelaine made us want to read every page down to the subheads, sidebars and captions! It’s everything a service magazine should offer.”

—NMA Jury

ELLE Canada shows how combining elegant restraint with excellence in content packaging and art direction results in a tight, modern and highly readable magazine. ELLE still takes risks to grow with its audience. Well done.”

—NMA Jury

Serviette delivered delicious content served up with a large side of travel. So satisfying! This new offering allows us to appreciate the evolution of the service magazine and makes us euphoric for the future.”

—NMA Jury

Art, Literary, and Culture

FĂŞte Chinoise beautifully illuminates Chinese Canadian stories and contributions to global and local culture. The minimalist layout emphasizes featured photography and illustrations to great effect.”

—NMA Jury

smART Magazine is a medley of insightful features on the visual and performing arts. Their vibrant and unique visual identity on the page and online complements the high-quality stories they tell.”

—NMA Jury

“With attention-getting design and clever clustering of ideas, The Site draws in its existing audience (and entices new ones) to the world of Canadian architecture, design, and urbanism. Every issue feels like a tour de force!”

—NMA Jury

News, Business, General Interest

BESIDE’s stunning minimalist design encourages readers to take their time and savour every page. The captivating mix of written and visual content creates a feast for the senses, and BESIDE provides a refreshing escape from the fast-paced digital world. It is truly a work of art.”

—NMA Jury

Maclean’s underwent an ambitious transformation in 2022 with a renewed focus on exceptional editorial design and long-form storytelling. With a fresh, minimalist layout, understated typography, and a commitment to in-depth, insightful reporting, Maclean’s is asking the important questions, leading the conversation in Canadian media, and offering readers an engaging, informative, and well-paced reading experience.”

—NMA Jury

“Nouveau Projet seamlessly blends exceptional design with thought-provoking written content. Its generous page count and elegant layout make room for creative visual storytelling and explorations of diverse topics. The essays not only offer insightful content but also give pause due to the creative use of photography and illustration.”

—NMA Jury

Special Interest

“Delivering exceptional storytelling about social justice, ethics and spirituality, and setting high standards for creativity and design, Broadview should be considered one of Canada’s best special interest magazines.”

—NMA Jury

“As a bilingual print magazine that serves a niche audience, lstw defies stereotypes and consistently sustains its audience’s interest. It gives emerging voices an innovative platform, excites its readership and generates new perspectives through unique, authentic storytelling and design treatments.”

—NMA Jury

“You can’t find a better publication to showcase Alberta’s embarrassment of riches. Mountain Life Rocky Mountains sets the standard for niche media, taking us on epic mountain adventures that use next-level photography and inspiring design to tell fascinating stories. Exceptional quality of content and design—a standard rarely seen in a community magazine.”

—NMA Jury

“Providing a platform for science, tech, engineering, art and math, Root + STEM is changing how Canadians think about STEAM education by sharing diverse stories from experts, knowledge keepers and artists.”

—NMA Jury

B2B Publications

Director Journal has it all — informative, sleek, and engaging. It has a clear editorial vision, which it executes well.

NMA: B2B Jury

Pivot is a brilliant business magazine that covers the key issues facing CPAs today, but is also informative to anyone interested in the business world. Great marriage of editorial and design.

NMA: B2B Jury

Between its extremely high-quality design and engaging features, Queen’s Alumni Review could fit perfectly alongside any major newsstand magazine. You don’t have to be an alumni to enjoy it.

NMA: B2B Jury

Digital Publications

The National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) is a bilingual charity dedicated to promoting excellence in Canadian journalism and visual creation. Since 1977, the Foundation has been awarding prizes to journalists, writers, photographers, illustrators, and other professionals of the press, who are distinguished by the quality of their work.

After a long hiatus due to Covid, we are thrilled to announce the return of in-person celebrations for the National Magazine Awards, Digital Publishing Awards, and National Magazine Awards: B2B. More information on each event can be found here: