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The Best Muskoka Bakeries And Butter Tart Tour

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Did you know that Muskoka is famous for their Butter Tarts? Every small town that makes up Ontario’s cottage country has its own bakery and families that have been coming to the region for years have their favourites. It is part of the routine, stop in at your favourite bakery on the way up, stock up on bread, buns and sweets and then head to the cottage for a weekend or more of relaxation. I have never met a Butter Tart I didn’t like so I’ve taken up the challenge to check out the best Muskoka bakeries and see if I can find the best Butter Tart in Muskoka. It is a tough job but someone has to do it. If I can share my Butter Tart love with just one person I will have done my job. Let’s start the search.

Butter Tarts from Erika's Bakery

First off what is a Butter Tart? Until I started talking to my American friends I didn’t even realize that the rest of World would not know what a Butter Tart is. It consists of butter, sugar, syrup, and egg filled into a flaky pastry and baked until the filling is semi-solid with a crunchy top. It is delicious. I prefer mine with raisins, although you can have it plain or with any variety of nuts. It is a mini pie of awesomeness.

1. The Bakery 141 Brock St, Gravenhurst – The first bakery I visit happens to be The Bakery in Gravenhurst, the gateway to Muskoka. Operated by the same family since 1959 this haven of sweetness still makes everything the old fashioned way, butter, sugar and LOVE. I’ve come for the Butter Tarts, but they are really famous for their Apple Fritters. May I suggest you get both. The Fritters are out of this world. As for the Butter Tart, well let’s just say I came back for more. It was my personal favourite.

The Bakery in Gravenhurst 1 of the Best Muskoka Bakeries

Butter Tart treat at The Bakery in Gravenhurst

My tasty ttreats from The Bakery

The Bakery Butter Tart on Lake Rosseau

2. Humble Pie Butter Tart Factory 6 Bay St, Baysville – The small town of Baysville has three reasons you should visit and one of them is Humble Pie Butter Tart Factory. More than just Butter Tarts they make everything including wood oven fired Pizza. I’m here for the tarts though and their delicious version was a perfect treat once I reached the summit of the Dorset Fire Tower.

Humble Pie Butter Tart Factory

Pastry shelf full of treat at Humble Pie Butter Tart Factory

Humble Pie Butter Tart Factory at Dorset Fire Tower

3. Erika’s Bakery 2832 ON-60, Dwight – What do you do when your bakery is so popular you can’t keep up? Move to a bigger location. Baker/Owner Erika is a Butter Tart making machine. When I popped in to grab my couple of Butter Tarts to taste she was in the midst of baking 100’s of tarts to take the Butter Tart Festival in Midland, Ontario. It’s a simple place inside but everything is scratch made and I highly recommend you pick up a sandwich or two to pack for a picnic lunch while you are out adventuring. How does the Butter Tart stand up? Flaky crust and golden caramel centre, two thumbs up.

Erika's Bakery Dwight Ontario

Erika serves me up a plate of Butter Tarts

Erika's Butter Tart at Lake of Bays

4. Henrietta’s Pine Bakery 2868 Hwy 60, Dwight and 92 King William Street, HuntsvilleSo popular Henrietta’s Pine Bakery has two locations to choose from. The original in Dwight on Highway 60 and the second location in Huntsville.

Henrietta's Pine Bakery

Henrietta's Pine Bakery tarts

Henrietta's Pine Bakery Butter Tart at Huckleberry Rock Lookout Point

5. Don’s Bakery 3119 Muskoka District Road 169 #2, Bala – 1947 is when Don’s Bakery opened their doors and they have kept the cottagers of Muskoka in sweets ever since. Located in the town of Bala this temple of sweetness is a busy place. You can get all your sweet treats plus bread and buns to keep the Summer BBQ crowd stuffed. How does a family bakery business stay open for 69 years? Bake a mean Butter Tart is my best guess.

Don's Bakery in Bala Muskoka

Sweet shelf of Donuts at Don's Bakery Muskoka

Don's Bakery Butter Tart at the Muskoka Store

6. The Pasta Shoppe 10 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge – not a bakery so much but just to prove what a big deal Butter tarts are in Muskoka even the fresh pasta shop offers up its own Butter Tarts. They had sold out of the full-size tarts so I picked up a couple of mini tarts and enjoyed them cruising along Lake Rosseau Muskoka Style. Oh have I mentioned that everything they make is GLUTEN FREE? Yup everything from their pasta, bread, and Butter Tarts are all GF. For all you celiacs out there, a trip to Bracebridge while you are in Muskoka is a must.

The Pasta Shoppe in Bracebridge

All gluten free pastas from The Pasta Shoppe

Maple Butter Tart from The Pasta Shoppe on Lake Rosseau

So that my friends is my Butter Tart tour of the best Muskoka bakeries I could find. I may have missed a few spots so please let me know if you find one that I need to check out on my next visit. Which was my favourite? They were all delicious, but if I had to pick just one to have again it would be from The Bakery in Gravenhurst. You should try them all though and make up your own mind. After all, they are tiny. Happy Butter Tart hunting.

Map of 6 Best Muskoka Bakeries

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Thanks to Muskoka Tourism, Chevrolet Canada and Ontario Travel for their support in making this travel series possible. My views and opinions are 100% my own.


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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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  1. My family hit up 5 different bakeries yesterday to find the best butter tart. The Bakery in Gravenhurst was by far the best of the 5!!! A fun family adventure when the weather is not perfect in cottage country.

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