Nothing says summer like a fat scoop of ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt. And while it’s true that Canadian summers are short, it’s also true that we Canucks are experts in all things frozen, something these incredible shops know when they’re doling out the cold stuff.
In no particular order, here are 13 of our favourites.
Hands down, the best places to get ice cream in Canada
Glenburn Soda Fountain, Burnaby, British ColumbiaPart ice-creamery, part time machine, Glenburn Soda Fountain serves classics you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Their old-school milkshakes, banana splits and saucy sundaes will keep you coming back for more.Qasic, via Flickr
Cows Creamery, Across CanadaFounded on Prince Edward Island, Cows Creamery produces over 32 flavours of ice cream, boasting the same all-natural ingredients enjoyed by Anne of Green Gables-era children, such as real eggs and high-butterfat cream. No wonder it’s frequently voted Canada’s best!Halifax Bloggers
Slickers, Bloomfield, OntarioTourists and locals alike descend in droves to Prince Edward County's Slickers, best-known for its apple pie flavour. "Campfire," featuring fire-toasted marshmallows, is also popular.Ink and Paper Napkins
La Casa Gelato, VancouverWith over 518 rotating flavours including ginger-garlic, seaweed, gorgonzola and wasabi, La Casa Gelato is not your average gelato shop. Less-adventurous types will be pleased to learn they also serve classics like lemon and chocolate.Kristina Sheldon, via Flickr
Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery, TorontoLong lines are how Toronto shows its love for Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery. Creative ice cream flavours, such as banana pudding, London fog and avocado, can be eaten alone or stuffed in cookies, macarons, profiteroles or soft Hong Kong waffles. Divine. Bang Bang Ice Cream
Greg’s Ice Cream, TorontoGreg’s dubs itself the "happiest ice cream in the world," and for almost 30 years the Toronto institution has been scooping up smiles. Although all-natural ice cream is everywhere now, Greg’s was the first Toronto shop to serve it.Girl Heartless Ink
Menchies, Across CanadaMenchies is leading Canada’s fro-yo explosion with a rotating selection of self-serve flavours (sample all you want) and a huge array of toppings, from cereal to popping lychee boba balls and marshmallow-y mochi.Kyle Nishioka, via Flickr
Marnie Mochi, VancouverIn true Vancouver style, Marnie Mochi offers Japanese-inspired treats from the back of a bike. Their stuffed mochi (sweet, chewy dumplings filled with ice cream) come in inventive flavours like miso caramel and green tea tiramisu. Follow Marnie on Twitter and Instagram to find the bike.Marnie Mochi
Dutch Dreams, TorontoFresh Dutch waffle cones are hand-dipped in chocolate and candy for colourful ice cream vessels that don’t even come close to matching this Toronto favourite’s kitschy décor. Be sure to try Dutch Dreams' Dutch pancake, a plate-sized cake with over-the-top gluttonous toppings.Robyn Lee, via Flickr
Kawartha Dairy, BobcaygeonFounded in Bobcaygeon, Kawartha Dairy offers old-fashioned ice cream in classic flavours like Maple Walnut, Pralines and Cream, and Death By Chocolate. Whether it’s the top-notch ingredients or the association with the cottage, Kawartha Dairy has inspired an earnest following.Avec Chantilly
KemCoBa, MontrealMontreal’s KemCoBa is all about mixing it up. Scoops are superb, but the store’s real thriller is its soft-serve machine, serving up a rotating selection of ice cream and sorbet swirls, like pear and caramel or cheesecake and strawberry. Délicieux!Tara Hunt, via Flickr
Village Ice Cream, CalgaryVillage Ice Cream uses only local, artisanal, small-batch or handmade ice cream. Pictured here is The Stampede Breakfast, only available during the event. Bask in its glory.Miss Foodie's Gourmet Adventures
DeeDee’s, HalifaxDeeDee's has something for everyone, from classics like vanilla and chocolate to locavore flavours like Arctic kiwi sorbet to worldly fusions like curry cashew and banana cardamom. They also sell ice-cream stuffed cakes and ice cream sandwiches.DeeDee's