If you ask us, there’s nothing better than a double scoop – piled high on a waffle cone – enjoyed in the sunshine. It’s one of those delicious, lifelong Ontario pleasures enjoyed everywhere come warm weather.
Here are our favorite Ontario ice cream shops. Each is a little different, all are definitely worth a road trip!
Belly Ice Cream
88/90 West Road, Huntsville, Ontario bellyicecream.ca
Belly makes classic ice cream flavours with an Ontario twist. We love flavours like Canada 150 Buttertart, Muskoka Maple Mocha and Melon with Prosecco. Owner and head ice cream flavour creator Shelley was a chef — and it shows!
Holy Cow’s (Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream)
938 McNabb Street, Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario
This northern Ontario scoop shop serves up Kawartha Dairy classics made with local milk from Lock City Dairies in Sault Ste. Marie. Stop by and get fun flavours like ‘Wolf Paws’ piled high in regular, waffle or doughnut cones.
394 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario kekou.ca
The team at Kekou is turning your expectation of gelato on its head. Made in house with a Asian flare, they’re scooping up flavours like Shiso Plum and Salted Pineapple (pictured above!). It’s light, airy and decadent all at once!
Pom Pom Treat Hut
6 Bruce St North, Thornbury, Ontario
The team at Pom Pom just got a venue upgrade! They’ve moved up the road to a larger location in the town of Thornbury. Stop by the hut for classic treats, homemade popsicles and cones piled high with Moose Tracks!
Ed’s Real Scoop
Four Toronto locations edsrealscoop.com
Ed’s is classic Toronto and there’s a reason it’s been so long. With over 30 flavours on offer at any given time and a neighbourhood focused service mentality, it’s got serious staying power. The delicious ice cream helps too! We love the classic Sweet Cream flavour and are still crossing out fingers for the return of ‘Pierniki’ flavour — a classic Polish treat!
13644 Loyalist Pkwy, Prince Edward, Ontario hagerman.farms
Everyone loves Slicker’s Ice Cream in the County, and while their cool flavours combos (like Rhubarb Ginger! or Tart Green Apple!) are amazing, we’re partial to the classic soft serve stuffed ice cream sandwiches down the road at Hagermam Farms roadside stand. It helps that you can enjoy a sammie or two while chatting up the chickens and goats!
372 Danforth Ave, Toronto, Ontario ladiperie.com
If soft serve is more your style, we recommend La Diperie’s two Toronto locations. You can dip a variety of flavours into almost anything under the sun, but we love a classic pretzel + peanut + chocolate combo.
Ice Dreams Soda Shop
3131 Hwy 169, Bala, Ontario
If nostalgia is what you’re after, there’s not better scoop-stop than Ice Dreams in Bala. This Muskoka soda shop has been slinging ice cream, frozen yogurt, homemade ice cream cakes and pies, milkshakes and a healthy dose of small town charm for decades.
Augie’s Ice Pops
Okay, so technically this isn’t ice cream. We know. We couldn’t write a post of frozen treats without mentioning Janet and her amazing, locally inspired popsicles – sold at farmers markets across Toronto! The ones pictured above are special for Canada day and feature strawberries, raspberries and cherries! Go Canada!