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BeaverTails pastry
Queues de Castor pâtisserie
Private company
Industry Food
Founded Killaloe, Ontario (1978)
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Products Pastry

BeaverTails or Queues de Castor are a Canadian-based chain of pastry stands operated by BeaverTails Canada Inc. The chain's namesake product is a line of fried dough pastries, individually hand stretched to resemble a beaver’s tail.[1]

The chain originated in Killaloe, Ontario in 1978 and opened its first permanent store in Ottawa two years later. By early 2017 it had 119 franchise and license locations in five countries: Canada (the Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec, where the franchise is called "Queues de Castor"), the United States (Keystone, Breckenridge and Horseshoe in Colorado, Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah and Dollywood's Splash Country in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee), Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, and Japan.[2][3][4]

Company history[edit]

BeaverTails pastries began when Grant and Pam Hooker decided to turn their family recipe for fried dough into a corporate business.[5] They sold their first pastries at the Killaloe Craft and Community Fair in 1978. Two years later, the Hookers opened up the first BeaverTails stand in the Byward Market in Ottawa.[6]


A classic BeaverTails pastry with cinnamon and sugar

The BeaverTails pastry is similar to other fried dough pastries and is topped with a choice of sweet condiments and confections, such as whipped cream, banana slices, crumbled oreos, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate hazelnut. BeaverTails Canada Inc. through franchising currently operates 33 stores and 43 BeaverTails and Queues de Castor stands worldwide.[2]

"BeaverTails" and "Queues de Castor" have been registered as trademarks since 1988 by BeaverTails Canada Inc and its affiliated companies.[7]

President Obama[edit]

Obama purchasing a BeaverTail in the Byward Market

The product received national media attention in the US and Canada when it was served at the Canadian embassy during Obama's inauguration. The product was also mentioned in newscasts during the lead-up to U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Ottawa, as an example of how Canadian businesses were participating in Obama's visit. On the day of the visit, February 19, 2009, Barack Obama stopped at the ByWard Market on his way to the airport specifically to buy a BeaverTails pastry. One variation of the product was called the "Obama Tail", specifically in honour of the president's visit to Ottawa.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Legaspi, Andre (2007). Frommer's Montreal Day by Day. Wiley. p. 140. ISBN 0-470-06931-7. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Store list". Archived from the original on 2014-10-28. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  3. ^ "BeaverTails - BeaverTails Pastry since 1978 - International locations". Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "BeaverTails - BeaverTails Pastry since 1978 - Find a beavertails near you". Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  5. ^ International Business Opportunities Centre
  6. ^ Kubacki, Maria (February 14, 2006). "Deep-fried icon of the valley as Canadian as ... the beaver". Ottawa Citizen. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ "CANADIAN TRADE-MARK DATA - application no. 0686841". Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  8. ^ "CTV Ottawa - Obama stops to shop in Ottawa's Byward Market". Retrieved 2011-02-03. 

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