Peta, Don’t Panic

Nomadic Chick hasn’t succumbed to carnivore yearnings yet. Beaver Tail or Queues de Castor is an Eastern Canada phenom that locals or travelers gobble in copious amounts.

Based on a family recipe, Dan and Pam Hooker opened the first BeaverTail shop in 1980 at the Byward Market in Ottawa. The company moved their headquarters to Montreal in 2002, focusing on domestic expansion, but since 2008 the focus has been on international domination.

What the Heck is it?

Beaver Tail is a whole wheat based pastry deep fried in the shape of a beaver’s tail, kind of like an oblong boat to hold toppings guaranteed to induce heartburn and a doctor’s wagging finger. A popular topping in Montreal is maple butter. How about cinammon and sugar? Or an Avalanche – cream cheese, Skor pieces, chocolate drizzle. I opted for conservative – Nutella and bananas.

The result? Disgusting, but addictive. It’s worth sampling this Eastern Canada mainstay. Myself? Let’s just say a few bites satisfied.


Start from Place Jacques Cartier, walk towards the Old Port, turn left at Rue de la Commune E. (across from the science center). From there it’s easy to find a dose of Beaver Tail.

Address: BeaverTail Inc. 127 de la Commune E., 514-878-1222

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