This waterfront gem is one of the best spots for ice cream and your summer experience go-to in Oakville

Published June 22, 2023 at 11:29 am

Duckies Dairy Bar is one of the best spots for ice cream and your summer experience go-to in Oakville

It’s the perfect season for something cold, and fortunately for Oakville foodies, Duckies Dairy Bar is one of the best spots in the GTA for ice cream, sweet treats and snacks.

Situated in the waterfront community of Bronte at 2340 Ontario St, Duckies Dairy Bar has long been a beloved part of the local community.

The ice cream shop offers deliciously cold treats, savoury bites (such as hot dogs, fries and poutine), and gorgeous waterfront views that are a perfect go-to summer experience. Take a stroll around the harbour, catch a glimpse of paddle boarders, seadoos, boats and the marina, or enjoy the nearby parks and trails.

It’s also something of a hidden gem – located beside the Bronte Boathouse, the entrance to the store is at the back of the building facing Bronte harbour, making it under-the-radar but always well worth the visit.

Beyond the eye-catching menu, Duckies Dairy Bar combines the aesthetic of old-school ice cream parlours with a bright pink interior and tons of fun decor, making it one of the most vibrant and Instagrammable spots around.

The “legendairy” menu at Duckies Dairy Bar features a variety of ice cream flavours with your choice of toppings in a sugar or waffle cone, hot fudge, slushies, hot or iced coffee, cotton candy, and even savoury items like hot dogs, French fries, poutine, and chicken nuggets!

There’s no shortage of sugary sweet flavours to try out, including these popular picks:

Cookie Monster: For the cookie lovers out there, this aptly named flavour is for you. The vibrant blue ice cream is packed with cookie dough pieces and Oreo chunks for a treat that’s both delicious and Instagram-worthy.

Salty Caramel: Combine salty and sweet with the Salty Caramel ice cream, with a thick salted caramel ripple and salted caramel pieces.

Birthday Cake: Every day is cause for celebration with this colourful ice cream treat, flavoured like decadent white cake with blue frosting ribbon and tons of festive candy! It’s a treat for your eyes as well as your tastebuds.

Algonquin Canoe: One of the most unique flavours you’ll find at Duckies, the Algonquin Canoe features French vanilla ice cream with a hint of tasty maple, chocolate ripple, and chocolate caramel canoes to tie it all together.

Peach Sorbet: For those who love ice cream without the dairy, this dairy-free option aims to please with its sweet and juicy peach flavour, evoking the light freshness of a spring garden.

Other fun and popular flavours at Duckies include Lavender Lemonade, Watermelon Sherbet, Peanut Butter Chocolate, and one of their newest flavours introduced this year, Cinnabon Bunz.

Make your ice cream even sweeter with their many available toppings: rainbow sprinkles, Nerds, candy-coated chocolate chips, mini peanut butter cups, cookies and cream pieces, and toffee bits.

All of the delicious ice cream at Duckies comes from Central Smith, a family-owned dairy located just outside Peterborough. Founded all the way back in 1896, they specialize in premium ice cream in a variety of different flavours.

Duckies Dairy Bar is very community-focused, with a team composed mostly of young employees and high schoolers from the area, many of whom are happily working their very first job at Duckies.

The store has recently extended its hours and is now open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

Fall in love with the ice cream at Duckies Dairy Bar! For a look at the full menu, visit and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.

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