Butter Tarts

Ooey gooey, flakey and oh so sweet! Butter tarts were common in pioneer Canadian cooking and today they remain a characteristic pastry of Canada. Read the history of the butter tart from Food Bloggers of Canada.

illustration of butter tart"Butter tarts have two critical components,” says The Ottawa Citizen. “The pastry must be flaky and perfect, while the filling should be brimming with flavour without being overly sweet.”

Enjoy them plain, fill them with rasians, pecans, or even blueberries and white chocolate! Eat warm or cool, and top with whip cream or ice cream. Either way, you can have them your way and how sweet is that!

Discover some of the best spots in Wellington County to grab one below!

A la Mode Café and Ice Cream Shop – Drayton

Located right next to the Drayton Festival Theatre, this quaint, locally owned, ice cream and coffee shop uses primarily local products. They carry Anna Mae's baking including their scrumptious butter tarts. Try one for yourself! Read more.


butter tarts in a take out containerBelwood Country Market – Belwood

A off-the beaten track country store next to Belwood Lake, a destination for butter tart enthusiasts. Selling butter tarts in 7 flavours, including plain, pecan, raisin, raspberry/coconut, blueberry/white chocolate, Reese’s peanut butter cups and Skor. Take out only. Visit them.


silver tray filled with butter tartsFergies Fine Foods – Fergus

This downtown bakery and food store is a perfect stop to grab a bite quick bite to eat. In addition to their great selection of prepared foods they offer home baked cookies, squares, shortbread, oat cakes, and of course, butter tarts. Learn more.


Grampa Scott's – Palmerston

Always fresh and homemade, you can't forget about Grandma Kim's butter tarts! Visit them.


Holtom's Bakery – Erin

A true old-fashioned bakery, Holtom’s is a main street favourite among locals and tourists alike. They offer everything, from fresh bread to pastries, doughnuts, cookies, squares, and tarts, and other local products and preserves. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee at one of the tables in the bakery or take out. Warning- you might be leaving with more than just a butter tart!

Homestyle Flavours – Palmerston



Matteo's Pizza and Café – Mount Forest  

We've heard the pecan tarts are to die for!


small butter tarts piled on top of each otherMisty Meadows Country Market – Conn

Discover this quaint little country market bursting with a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in season, and year round home baking, groceries, crafts and gifts. Fresh Baked daily on site, you must try one of their six flavours of butter tarts!


close up of butter tarts

Mosborough Country Market – Guelph Eramosa




The Right Spot Restaurant and Baked Goods – Alma



Strom's Farm and Bakery – Guelph Eramosa



three butter tarts placed on burlapThatcher Farms Butcher Shop, Bakery and Farm Market – Guelph Eramosa



With the Grain – Guelph

Gluten Free options:

For a larger selection of tarts and sweets, visit our Guelph-Wellington Farmers’ Markets.

Enjoy your sweet adventure in Wellington County!

*Please note that available flavours may vary. We strongly recommend to check opening hours before visiting any of the above locations, as they may vary seasonally.

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