Driving for Dessert: Wadena Bakery & Coffee Nook in Wadena
You’ve probably heard about the Boston cream doughnuts at Wadena Bakery & Coffee Nook, and if you haven’t – you’re in for a treat. In recent years, the Boston creams have become a signature item for both the bakery and Wadena itself, drawing visitors from near and far who stop in just to pick up a box or two.
Long before the Boston creams became famous though, Wadena Bakery was a popular fixture in the area. The bakery has been owned by the Suik family since 1959, making it one of the oldest family-operated bakeries in the province. It was originally bought by Leo and Joan Suik, who moved to Canada from the Netherlands in 1954. Leo was a trained baker and the couple wanted to own their own business, so the Wadena Bakery was a perfect fit.
Photo by Wadena Bakery
“I used to work [at the bakery] on Saturdays and during summer holidays to earn extra money,” Steve said. “I even helped run the place when I was in high school and my folks went back to the Netherlands for a few weeks. I would go to work at 5 a.m. and help make everything before going to school.”
Over time, the bakery’s most popular items have changed from staples like bread and buns to more specialty items, like doughnuts and pastries. In recent years, the Boston cream doughnuts have especially taken off, and they come in three delicious flavours: chocolate, salted caramel and mocha.
Photo by Naomi Hansen
Unfortunately, the Suiks don’t ship the doughnuts, but customers have certainly asked! Steve says it’s difficult on a logistical front because the cream needs to be refrigerated. Instead, a road trip will have to do, and as one of only a handful of prairie bakeries left of its kind, Wadena Bakery is certainly worth a visit.
Make it a day trip
Turn dessert at Wadena Bakery into a day trip and explore what Wadena and the nearby areas of Watson and Quill Lakes have to offer.
What to see/do
While you’re in Wadena, check out the Murals of Wadena. Located throughout the community, more than 20 murals depict the town’s local history, including scenes of farming and wildlife. Since you’re on a Wadena dessert tour, stop and grab ice cream from Scoop’s Dairy Bar. This seasonal operation (open February/March through October) has tons of soft and hard ice cream flavours, plus milkshakes, parfaits and ice cream sandwiches.
Photo by Stephanie Turnbull
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Wadena and Watson are both close to the Quill Lakes, which is an area renowned for its birdwatching. Depending on when you’re visiting, information on birdwatching is available seasonally at various interpretive centres in Wynyard and Foam Lake, plus there are campsites, hiking trails and nature displays.
Wadena Bakery & Coffee Nook is located at 70 Main Street North in Wadena, SK. Find more information and hours on Facebook. Wadena Bakery and one of its recipes will also be featured in Naomi Hansen’s forthcoming book, Only in Saskatchewan: Recipes & Stories from the Province’s Best-loved Eateries. Visit www.naomihansen.ca for more information.
Author: Naomi Hansen
Naomi Hansen is a writer and editor based in Saskatoon, SK. She is the author of the forthcoming book Only in Saskatchewan: Recipes & Stories from the Province’s Best-loved Eateries, which will be published by TouchWood Editions in April 2022. Find her on Instagram @onlyinsaskatchewan, Twitter @naomihansen_ or at www.naomihansen.ca.