Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and brush 1 1/2 tbsp of canola oil evenly on the surface. Place the baking sheet in the oven while it is pre-heating.
Peel skin off potatoes and cut into fries-shaped sticks (about 1/3 inch thick). Soak the potatoes in a large bowl of cold water for at least 10 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the water, drain off excess water, and pat dry by using paper towels.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the potatoes, 1 tablespoon of canola oil, and the garlic powder. Mix until all fries are covered with oil and the garlic bits are mixed evenly.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and spread the potatoes in a single layer. Bake for about 12 minutes on one side, turn the potatoes and bake for another 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Sprinkle toasted garlic bits (optional) for extra garlic flavours.