Empire Cheese and Butter Cooperative

Phone : (705) 653-3187
Fax : (705) 653-3137
E-Mail : Click Here to E-Mail us
Outside Web Page : http://empirecheese.ca
Outside Web Page : http://www.visitcampbellford.com
Your Host(s) : Jack Oliver, Manager

Campbellford, ON (Nearby: Codrington, Wooler, Warkworth, Trent River, Frankford)

  • Empire Cheese House circa  1954
  • Empire Cheese Retail Outlet built 2002
  • A view of the 'make' room
  • White cheddar cheese being made
  • The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge in Campbellford
  • Visit our new retail outlet opened 2002
  • Take your family on a country tour!
  • Ice Cream cones and other delicious treats!
  • Stock up on Empire Cheese!
  • Visit the Hastings County Plowing Match!
  • Gift Baskets for any occasion

RR#5, #1120 Cty Rd. 8
Campbellford, Ontario
K0L 1L0

Ontario Tourism Region : Kawartha and Northumberland

Open for Sunday Shopping Wheelchair accessible

[ We Accept Cash ] [ We Accept Visa ] [ We Accept Mastercard ] [ We Accept Interac Direct Payment ] [ We Accept Travellers Cheques ]

Driving Directions:
  • Accessible from the 401 on either Hwys 30 or 33 (exit 509-Brighton or exit 526-Glen Miller) to Campbellford or Stirling. Drive 20 km west of Stirling on Hwy 8 or 7 km east of Campbellford on Cty Rd. 8. #1120.

Business Hours:
  • Monday - Saturday 8am - 5 pm. Sunday 9am - 5 pm Closed Christmas and New Years.

Description From Owner:
  • The first Empire Cheese Factory was built in the late 1870s, over 100 years ago, on the farm now owned by Glen and Sandra Petherick. The first cheesemaker was John Haig.
  • Today, the Empire Cheese and Butter Coop is the only cheese manufacturing plant left in Northumberland County and the first one east of Toronto ! We are now HACCP registered, the top of the heap in food quality standards !
  • The majority of Empire Cheese is now sold through the factory store and various outlets in the Peterborough, Lindsay, Oshawa, Cobourg, Stouffville,Orono,Port Perry,Markham,Merrickville, Uxbridge,Burlington Farmers' Market and surrounding areas..
  • Empire Cheese is owned by local dairy farmers who hold an election each year to vote in a Board of Directors to run the factory. The factory employs 8 full-time and six part-time employees, with extra help at Christmas rush.
  • We offer mild, medium, old and extra old cheddar as well as Colby, Mozzarella and Havarti. Flavours - Onion, Garlic, Caraway, Red Chilies (hot), Horseradish, Black Pepper, Dill Seed,Jalapeno,Salsa.
  • Empire Cheese Factory offers a wide selection of gift baskets suitable for friends, relatives and that after-dinner speaker at your club. Our baskets include a variety of our famous cheeses complemented with high-quality biscuits, jams, honey, candy, etc
  • Bus Tour Groups welcome! Please call ahead so we can be ready with some samples!!
  • OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST IN CAMPBELLFORD: Campbellford is know for great little shops, mouthwatering eateries, wonderful fishing, golfing and hiking.
  • The Indian Bike Museum, The Gigantic Two Dollar Coin, Trans Canada Trail, Ferris Provincial Park, with *NEW* THE RANNEY GORGE SUSPENSION BRIDGE* For Details on The Bridge and Ferris Provincial Park
  • Highlights are Dooher's Bakery, Bennett's Home Furnishings, Lots of Unique Shops, World's Finest Chocolate Factory Outlet (made here), Empire Cheese Factory, Military Museum, Church Key Brewery, Westben Arts Festival Theatre,
  • **Local Shops**Accommodations**Tourist Attractions & More!

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Linda Fraser on 22-Nov-20
What a variety of cheeses!!! Canadian Maple Mustard, Inferno & Chipotle, Hot Whiskey, to name a few as well as all the regular kinds of cheese! It is a large store (for a cheese store) and seems safe during Covid times! A person out front limits the numbers, masks and sanatizing at door and arrows on the floor. The view from the parking lot is even lovely! Easy access, but the washrooms were not available to the public hence the 4 star.

Margaret C on 08-Jan-19
Well worth a stop if you are in the Campbellford area. They offer a variety of cheeses of different sizes as well as a sampling tray. There are also cheese curds for sale as well as interesting chutneys, jams, etc. We would definitely stop by again.

Roberta Bell on 11-Oct-15
I love all the cheese at Empire. I make it my stop when I visit my family in Stirling. All the cheese is awesome. And there is nothing like fresh cheese curds!

gary porteous on 23-Jul-10
there are no better curds anywhere...but i'm in barrie and the one place that carried them doesnt any more help me....where oohh where are your curds locally????

chuck boan on 05-May-10
i love the 4-5 yr old cheese and the curds i drive up from niagara ont. to get it every year thank you

Holly Ouellette on 14-Oct-09
I have been eating fresh cheese curds from this place my whole life!! AMAZING!! Squeeky and FRESH!!

Cindy Hodgkinson on 21-Aug-09
I have been going to Empire Cheese since I was a child when we had a family cottage in Campbellford in the 60's. I still drive from Pickering every year to get my fix of curds and extra old cheddar (the best).

Geoff & Ann Shelton on 09-Jun-09
Your min 3 year old white chedder is just fantastic.Originally from England we appreciate the great taste of this particular cheese,very appealing with grapes or apple and a nice white wine. Thankyou Geoff Shelton.

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