Where to find the best pancakes in Canada

In honour of maple-sugaring season, we've rounded up your favourite places to get the best pancakes in Canada.

Best Buttermilk Pancakes
Photography by Ryan Szulc
We’re celebrating the foods Canadians love to eat with our round-up of favourite places to find a pancake breakfast. Can’t make it to one of these tasty spots? No problem! Watch our video on how to make perfect buttermilk pancakes.

1. Sugar Moon Farm (Earltown, N.S.)

While maple syrup is the first order of business at this 81-hectare maple syrup farm (sugarmoon.ca), a delicious breakfast can also be had in the log cabin restaurant that’s open year-round. The all-you-can-eat buttermilk red fife pancakes are made to order with locally sourced ingredients; they are certainly not to be missed.

2. Crêperie Catherine (Mont Tremblant, Que.)
Nestled at the base of Tremblant in a cosy chalet-style restaurant, this family-owned crêperie (creperiecatherine.ca) serves homemade French-style pancakes to delighted diners. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, the menu offers a dazzling array of toppings and fillings. The more adventurous can choose their own to create a truly unique crêpe.

3. Elmira Maple Syrup Festival (Elmira, Ont.)
Since 1965, early each April the town of Elmira transforms into the largest one-day maple syrup festival in the world (elmiramaplesyrup.com). For the best pancakes, check out the pancake tent, where 360 volunteers pour batter, flip cakes and serve more than 7,000 pancakes each year. The festival goes through an average of one tonne of pancake batter and 700 litres of maple syrup to feed the hungry crowd.

4. The Hoito Restaurant (Thunder Bay, Ont.)
This landmark has been serving Finnish-style pancakes to hungry folks for more than 100 years. The restaurant began as a co-op, feeding the hordes of loggers that flooded northern Ontario. Finnish pancakes are unleavened; they’re slightly thicker than crêpes but thinner than traditional Canadian pancakes. Enjoy them alongside eggs and bacon for breakfast or smothered in strawberry sauce and cream for a delicious dessert.

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