What is the Butter Tart Tour?
While we didn’t invent the iconic Canadian treat that is the butter tart, we’ve most certainly perfected the delivery of these sweet treats! The Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour combines dozens of stops offering some of the best butter tarts in Ontario into one fun-filled, family-friendly tour.
In 2011, this sweet idea became a reality with just a few stops and big aspirations. Now the immersion in flaky deliciousness that is the Butter Tart Tour has grown to over 50 locations throughout Kawarthas Northumberland. You can taste your way across Northumberland County, Peterborough County, the City of Peterborough, and Kawartha Lakes. Tour partners include our stellar local bakeries, charming cafes, and elegant restaurants as well as welcoming resorts and inns across the region each serving up their take on this Canadian classic treat. Each location has its own own hours of operation. Download our map to get complete contact information for each location. You can find Butter Tart Tour locations in most of the Kawarthas Northumberland’s towns with many great stops located within minutes of each other.
Have Your Arts & Taste Them Too!
It’s the best of both worlds. Come enjoy talented local artistic communities and award-winning butter tarts. This includes a new signature line of specialty arts-inspired butter tarts. (Tasting is believing!) Some of these experiences are for a limited time only. Don’t miss out. Get all the sweet details now.Learn More
How many ways can you tour?
- By car with friends or family, resurrecting the time-honoured tradition of a Canadian road trip.
- By motorcycle like the famous Butter Tart Bandits. (Fenelon Falls is a favourite destination for them!)
- By bike along one of the great cycling routes through Kawarthas Northumberland.
Butter Tart Tour by Boat
The Trent-Severn Waterway winds its way through the heart of the Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour. Here’s an itinerary with more than a baker’s dozen destinations within 1km of a mooring location on the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Enter for a chance to win a houseboat vacation & you could live your Butter Tart Tour by Boat dreams this fall!
Here are some notes to guide your sweet seaworthy voyages. Please share your experiences with us on social media (@ButterTartTour) so we can improve this list of nautical pastry pursuits!
- Kawartha Shortbread in Fenelon Falls is only open Saturdays from 10am-4pm
- The Sweet Kitchen in Lindsay sells at the Linsday Farmers’ Market. For info, click here.
- The amazing Sweet Spirits at 261 George Street North in Peterborough should also be on this list and we will be adding them to the Trip Planner as soon as possible. They open evenings at 6pm (Tuesday through Saturday) because they are your sweet & spirited destination for evening fun.
- Several bakers sell out of the Peterborough Farmers’ Market, open Saturdays 7am-1pm.
Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Taste-Off
Once a year the best of the Butter Tart Tour comes together for the annual “Taste-Off” event!
Exciting news for 2018!
The 2018 Butter Tart Tour Taste-Off will be hosted at CULTIVATE: A Festival of Food & Drink in beautiful Port Hope, Ontario.
Entry to the Butter Tart Tour Taste-Off is free and butter tarts will be for sale from across the Butter Tart Tour. More details to come soon!
2018 Butter Tart Tour Taste-Off
At CULTIVATE: A Festival of Food & Drink in Port Hope.
What is a butter tart?
At its most basic, a butter tart is simply butter, sugar, syrup, and eggs. The magic happens when these simple ingredients are combined and baked in a pastry shell until golden brown and the filling is semi-solid – or really runny depending on your tastes and baking style. This simple combination is what was featured in the first known printed recipe from the early 1900s. Found in the Royal Victoria Cookbook by The Women’s Auxiliary to the Royal Victoria Hospital located in Barrie, ON, this simple tart has become a staple of the Canadian cuisine landscape.
But it gets better… tarts can also include tasty add-ins too! Think raisins, pecans, walnuts, currants or even more adventurous additions such as fruits and crème fillings. The pastry crust can be flaky, or firm, or even made from shortbread, which packs a scrumptious crunch! With a nod to the times, several stops on the Tour now offer gluten-free versions too!
How to experience
Enjoy The Butter Tart Tour all year long at your own pace!
With over 50 stops on the Tour, there’s dozens of different places to visit and as many versions to sample. Got a butter tart craving but are short on time? Plan a day-trip and visit a stop or two! Really wish to sink your sweet tooth into it? We’ve designed the Butter Tart Tour into four tasty bite-size servings that can be easily done over two or three days.
To really enjoy the flavour of Kawarthas Northumberland, consider a stay at one of the many welcoming hotels, resorts, inns, or bed & breakfasts spread across the region.
Meet our Bakers
Go behind the scenes. See the traditions. Witness the “State of the Tart” mastery that goes into your favourite tarts.
Resurrect the road trip and satisfy your butter tart cravings.
Meet Ali from Betty’s Pies & Tarts in Cobourg.
Download the tour map to find Betty’s Pies & Tarts and over 50 other local bakeries. Plan your sweetest road trip ever!
How Your Business can Join
Operate a business that wants to get in on the sweet action? If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible to become a member of the Butter Tart Tour!
- Located in the Kawarthas Northumberland region
- Butter tarts must be produced in the Kawarthas Northumberland region
- Open on a posted schedule in a recurring location
- Operate a commercially – certified kitchen
- Offer butter tarts for purchase – in singles and multiples – each day of business operation
For full details and contact information, please contact us (RTO8).