After skating up and down the longest rink in the world, nothing
hits the spot better than a BeaverTail and a hot apple cider.
BeaverTails are highly addictive whole-wheat pastries. They’re
shaped like, you guessed it, a beaver’s tail, and deep fried in a
giant vat of canola oil until they float. They’re topped with
confections like chocolate hazelnut spread, maple butter and my own
personal favourite, cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice (called a
These sweet treats have been quintessentially Canadian for about
30 years now, but the owners were so excited about Barack Obama’s
inauguration that they created an ObamaTail in his honour. This
latest addition to the BeaverTail family displays a sugary letter O
in chocolate and whipped cream. It also has the stamp of approval
of the discerning palates of our nation’s capital: many Ottawans
taste-tested the ObamaTail on the Rideau Canal before it was served
during the inauguration parade in Washington at the Canadian
You can buy BeaverTails on the canal from 4pm to 11pm on
weekdays and from 10am to 10pm on weekends. There’s also a stand at
the Byward Market.
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Asha Jhamandas is an Ottawa-based writer/editor and author
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