When traveling to Ottawa, or hosting tourists, one thing always gets mentioned: “Make sure to get a BeaverTail!”
Their history goes back to the late 70’s, and with current fans including Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, it’s no wonder they have a reputation. The BeaverTail is a Canadian dessert icon, so it makes sense that the Capital is most associated with it!
What is a BeaverTail?
A BeaverTail is a fresh deep-fried dough treat, made to order and brushed with butter and topped with the sweets of your choice. These topping choices include classic cinnamon and sugar, or other options like maple, apples and cinnamon, Nutella and bananas, Skor, Reece’s Pieces and Peanut Butter, Oreos, etc. They are large enough to share, depending on how big your sweet tooth is!
Where can I get a BeaverTail?
There are a few locations for BeaverTails around the city, but I usually take visitors to where it all started in the Byward market (69 George Street). This was the first permanent location, which opened in 1980. You could also swing by the one at the Tanger Outlets in Kanata (8555 Campeau Drive) if you want a treat after shopping, or if the Rideau Canal Skateway is open you can get one there!
Remember, these locations are cash only and there is not any seating available (street eating at it’s best).
BeaverTails aren’t only found in Ottawa. There are over 100 locations across Canada, and even some in the US and overseas! So if you find one, indulge, and enjoy the taste of Ottawa!