Butter Tarts

Ooey gooey, flakey and oh so sweet! We might be biased, but we think Guelph Wellington is the best place to find Ontario’s favourite sweet treat – the iconic butter tart.

illustration of butter tartHome to a provincially recognized Butter Tart Champion (!), Wellington County has excellent bakeries, farm markets and restaurants that invite you to taste your way through the countryside and discover your favourite butter tart along the way.

Whether you prefer your tarts plain, with raisins, pecans, blueberries and white chocolate, warm or cool, or even with topped with whipped cream, we’ve got you covered. Let us show you the way to some of the best butter tarts stops in Wellington and Guelph.

How sweet is that!

close up of butter tartsA la Mode Café and Ice Cream Shop - Drayton

Located close to the Drayton Festival Theatre, this quaint, locally owned, ice cream and coffee shop offers locally prepared foods. You can find famous Anna Mae's baking including their scrumptious butter tarts. Try one for yourself! Read more.


butter tarts on a barrel panelThe Barrel House Canada - Clifford

Yes you read it right, these butter tarts made with barrel aged Apple Crisp Vinegar, available in classic plain, raisin or pecan. The Barrel House has a unique retail experience to explore. For them "It’s all about the barrel". Stop and meet Marla and Pete and learn how they have expanded their barrel business. Book a visit 613.243.3761 or visit them online.


butter tarts in a take out containerBelwood Country Market - Belwood

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


chocolate and regular butter tarts in a clear food caseCoffee Culture Cafe and Eatery - Mount Forest

A European café experience with artisan crafted coffee beverages, fresh food and a décor that exudes a casual, cozy and relaxing ambience. Offering an array of butter tarts, their chocolate butter tart is a must try! Visit them.


Dar's Country Market - Elora

It is their mission to connect grocery shoppers of Centre Wellington with un-paralleled products, and un-compromising quality. Dar’s is a specialty for locally sourced meats, produce, dairy, baked goods and much more! Their butter tarts are a crowd favourite! Visit them.


close up of butter tartsEric the Baker - Guelph

A beautiful view and location to compliment this bakery café on Carden Street. They offer fresh croissants, breads, pastries that could tempt any and many. Everything is made in-house from scratch. View their Facebook page.


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.


Gerrie's Farm Market - Elora

A family business, producing and retailing fresh local produce in season, and also carry a variety of frozen meats, homemade baking and preserves. This is the must spot to grab your gluten-free butter tarts! Visit them.


outside view of a bakeryHoltom'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! Visit them.


butter tarts in a display case wrapped upHomeStyle Flavours - Teviotale

While the bakery is just one component of this shop, their pies, cookies and butter tarts are famous and a great reason to stop and discover all they have to offer. Local meats, dairy, dry goods, sandwiches and more make this a great place to pick up lunch or to stock up on local foods. Visit them.


Jess For You Cafe and Baked Goods - Hillsburgh

Enjoy all day breakfast and lunch, in their 15 seat dining area or you can call in for takeout. They offer a wide variety of homemade baked goods, and you can't miss tasting their pecan butter tarts! Their menu is fresh made when ordered, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Visit them.


close up of butter tartsMagpie's Bakery and Gourmet Doughnuts - Mount Forest

Fresh, locally made eats and treats. Not only delicious doughnuts! Head to Mount Forest to find their amazing maple butter tarts made fresh with locally sourced maple syrup, and their signature butter tart recipe. Visit them.


small butter tarts piled on top of each otherMisty Meadows 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! Learn more.


close up of butter tartsMosborough Country Market - Guelph/Eramosa

At Mosborough Country Market, a family run market, you know you are getting quality fresh from the farm. Discover local produce in season, domestic and exotic meats, local maple syrup, honey and preserves, affordable giftware, hanging baskets, cut flowers, Christmas trees and of course, made from scratch, baking including their famous butter tarts! Visit them.


butter tarts on a barrel tableThe Right Spot Restaurant and Baked Goods - Alma

Homestyle cooking served in a family friendly atmosphere. You can expect homemade breads, pies, tarts, cookies and squares baked daily. Serving breakfast (all day), lunch and dinner. Daily specials, homemade soups and delicious desserts! Discover more.


close up of butter tart sitting on wooden wagonStrom's Farm and Bakery - Guelph/Eramosa

Strom's pride themselves in quality tarts (No corn syrup), pies and cookies made from scratch at the farm. Their tart flavours include plain, pecan, raisin, haskap and chocolate pecan. They can be enjoyed as a great last minute dessert all winter long from your freezer to mouth in 60 minutes...or some like them frozen, so we’ve heard. (Open seasonally). Learn more.


top view of five butter tarts on white plateWellington Cakes - Guelph

At Wellington Cakes, owner Anne Forestell's butter tarts, crafted from her grandmother's cherished recipe, are a beloved treat—a perfect fusion of flaky pastry and luscious, buttery filling. Each bite is a nostalgic journey into the heart of tradition. With a commitment to preserving authentic flavours, these butter tarts pay homage to the enduring legacy of family recipes. Explore their diverse range of offerings, including cupcakes, squares, French macarons, cakes, and more. Visit them.


top view of butter tarts sitting on displayWhitetail Bakery - Rockwood

Whitetail Bakery creates three standard butter tarts (classic, raisin, and mixed nuts) with the occasional seasonal market inspired flavours such as the new Peach Whiskey! Having been at the Rockwood Farmers' Market for years (where their tarts are currently available), Whitetail Bakery has become a staple of many kitchens, bringing the familiarity of childhood baking with a modern approach. Everything is made from scratch and when possible using Ontario ingredients. Learn more.


With the Grain - Guelph

A Guelph destination for sweet treats, breads and more, With the Grain Bakery has long been a promoter of locally grown ingredients. You can’t go wrong with any of their excellent pastries, but they are especially proud of their butter tarts! Enjoy them along with a cup of locally roasted Planet Bean coffee. Discover more.

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.

Keto Butter Tarts:

Traditional butter tarts with a special keto makeover (we call it 'ketofying' something!) to make them low carb, sugar free and gluten free! Filled with buttery goodness (very keto) and available in Traditional, Pecan, and Apple Pie variations.


  • Butter Tart Liqueur - Silver Fox Distillery, Arthur
    We all love butter tarts, right and with Arthur being a part of the Butter Tart trail Silver Fox Distillery decided to join in with the Great Canadian Butter Tart. Sweet with a hint of pecans, Butter Tart Liqueur is an adult favourite.
  • Butter Tart Beer - Strom's Farm and Bakery, Guelph/Eramosa with Four Fathers Brewing Co.
    This buttery and sweet beer is mashed on mountains of grain and heaps of delicious Strom’s butter tarts. With vanilla, caramel, and lactose to add a soft velvety finish, we hope that this beer reminds you of biting into the creamiest buttertart! Seasonal, while supplies last.

A Canadian Staple

Did you know? Butter tarts were a common dish in pioneer Canadian cooking and still remain a characteristic pastry of Canada to this day. Read the history of the butter tart from Food Bloggers of Canada.

Local Butter Tart Champion

‘Helen Moffat has been entering (and winning) the butter tart competition at the Drayton Fair for 48 years. But this past fall, she decided to submit her prize-winning tarts to a new competition, which would make her eligible for the second annual provincial butter tart competition hosted by the OAAS (Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies). Moffat swept the competition at Drayton and then moved on to districts (there are 15 OAAS districts in Ontario) to face off against other local winners.’ In February 2019 she was crowned the grand champion of the OAAS for her butter tart recipe.

‘She’s not revealing the secret to her prize-winning ways any time soon. Much to her family’s chagrin, she doesn’t have a recipe to pass down. “I eyeball it, I never measure anything. That’s just the way I’ve done it for years,” she says.’

Source: https://chatelaine.com/food/butter-tart-recipe-ultimate-canadian-dessert

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