ruralroutes.com and ruralroutes.ca thank all of their supporters for 25 years of success!

The concept of rural tourism involves agri, eco, cultural, adventure, community based, historical, wine, rural craft, festival, bird-watching, photography, educational, sports, campsite, etc.This turn-key database is the perfect home based business for anyone that wants to escape the urban rat race. Talk to us.

Read about buying this website as the owner is retiring.

Click to return to website.


Empire Cheese and Butter Cooperative

Phone : (705) 653-3187
Fax : (705) 653-3137
E-Mail : Click Here to E-Mail us
Outside Web Page : empirecheese.ca
Outside Web Page : www.visitcampbellford.com
Your Host(s) : Pete Locke

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

  • We offer mild, medium, old, extra old, 3-year, 4-year and 5-year-old cheddar as well as mozzarella and havarti. Some of our specialty flavours include caramelized onion, garlic, caraway, jalapeno, salsa, red chilies, cranberry and more!
  • 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 Debit 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 Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.

Description From Owner:
  • The first Empire Cheese Factory was built in the late 1870s, almost 150 years ago, on the farm now owned by Glen and Sandra Petherick. The first cheesemaker was John Haig.
  • Today the Empire Cheese and Butter Co-Op 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!
  • Empire Cheese is now sold through the factory store as well as various outlets in Peterborough, Lindsay, Oshawa, Cobourg, Kingston, Stouffville, Orono, Port Perry, Markham, and Uxbridge, just to name a few.
  • 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 local workers for full and part-time positions year-round.
  • We offer mild, medium, old, extra old, 3-year, 4-year and 5-year-old cheddar as well as mozzarella and havarti. Some of our specialty flavours include caramelized onion, garlic, caraway, jalapeno, salsa, red chilies, cranberry and more!
  • Empire Cheese 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 crackers, jams, honey, candy, etc.
  • Bus Tour Groups welcome!
  • OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST IN CAMPBELLFORD: Campbellford is known for great little shops, mouthwatering eateries, wonderful fishing, golfing, and hiking.
  • The Gigantic Two Dollar Coin, Trans Canada Trail, Ferris Provincial Park, River Conservation, and The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge. Other highlights in the area include Dooher's Bakery, Bennett's Home Furnishings, Lots of Unique Shops,
  • 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,
  • Blommer Chocolate, Military Museum, Church Key Brewery, Westben Arts Festival Theatre.
  • Local Shops, Accommodations, Tourist Attractions & More!


Address of this page: http://www.ruralroutes.com/empire



Need driving directions? Enter your location:

Empire Cheese and Butter Cooperative, Phone : (705) 653-3187

Have something to say about Empire Cheese and Butter Cooperative?

Tell us, and we'll tell the world!

Your name:
Your email address:
Your phone number:
(optional)   
Your Review:

Moe Tousignant on 06-Jan-23
A very cool small shop with more than just cheese. Local sauces, dips, nuts, and dodge and gourmet food items. They also feature Kawartha Ice Cream with massive scoops. Lots of different cheeses with a focus on Cheddars of varying strength and age. The absolute best thing though is getting there when the cheese curds are fresh.


Linda Fraser on 11-Jan-21
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.


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.

Visitors to this page: 123,492     Emails sent through this page: 351     This record last updated: January 17, 2023

Off the beaten track:
  • English Line, 3km
  • Percy Boom, 5km
  • Meyersburg, 5km
  • West Corners, 6km
  • Green Acres, 6km
  • Burnbrae, 8km
  • Menie, 7km
  • Pethericks Corners, 10km
  • German Landing, 8km
  • Maple View, 8km
  • Hoards, 8km
  • Connellys, 11km
  • Healey Falls, 12km
  • Kellers, 13km
  • Crowe Bridge, 13km
  • Woodland, Havelock area, 13km
  • Godolphin, 10km
  • Wooler, 13km
  • Stanwood, 14km
  • Norham, 12km
  • Rylstone, 15km
  • Orland, 15km
  • Warkworth, 12km
  • Allan Mills, 16km
  • Mount Pleasant, Stirling area, 12km
  • Wellman, 13km
  • Stockdale, 13km
  • Carman, 17km
  • Morganston, 16km
  • Westview, 14km
  • Cedar Creek, 18km
  • Trent River, 16km
  • Sunnybrae, 14km
  • Glen Ross, 13km
  • Anson, 14km
  • Blairton Station, 19km
  • Brickley, 14km
  • Preneveau, 19km
  • Hilton, 20km
  • Dartford, 15km
  • Mount Zion, Belleville, 17km
  • Shiloh, Brighton, 21km
  • Blairton, 22km
  • Wade Corners, 22km
  • Sine, 17km
  • Spring Brook, 19km
  • Chase Corners, 23km
  • Cankerville, 23km
  • Ashby Mill, 23km
  • Spring Valley, Brighton area, 23km
Nearby Lakes:
  • Mud Lake, 9km
  • Hermiston Lake, 10km
  • Seymour Lake, 13km
  • Norham Pond, 13km
  • Stevenson Lake, 12km
  • Barry Lake, 13km
  • Rylstone Lake, 18km
  • Dartford Pond, 14km
  • Killoran Lake, 15km
  • Lamey Lake, 15km
  • O'Reilly Lake, 15km
  • McCleary Lake, 16km
  • O'Melia Lake, 16km
  • Matson Lake, 23km
  • Crowe Lake, 24km
  • Tremur Lake, 21km
  • Little Lake, 25km
  • Belmont Lake, 26km
  • Oak Lake, 20km
  • Round Lake, 27km
  • Beloporine Lake, 28km
  • Lost Lake, 28km
  • Lake Ontario, 33km
  • Lost Lake, 33km
  • Ross Lake, 25km
  • Rotten Lake, 29km
  • Cordova Lake, 34km
  • Jarvis Lake, 31km
  • Little Whitney Lake, 35km
  • Twin Sister Lakes, 36km
  • Banker Lake, 32km
  • Buttermilk Lake, 37km
  • Sawlog Lake, 38km
  • Thompson Lake, 39km
  • South Lake, 37km
  • White Lake, 31km
  • Black Lake, 38km
  • Oak Lake, 39km
  • Snake Lake, 33km
  • Moreland Lake, 32km
  • Mud Turtle Lake, 42km
  • Long Lake, 38km
  • Horse Lake, 39km
  • Moira Lake, 35km
  • Blind Lake, 40km
  • Sams Lake, 42km
  • Ameliasburg Mill Pond, 35km
  • Consecon Lake, 38km
  • Blue Lake, 43km
  • West Twin Lake, 43km