First Butter Factory in Canada National Historic Event
(© Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, 1989.)
2800 Fairview Road, Athelstan, Quebec
Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
First Butter Factory in Canada
Established in 1873, followed by dairy schools to develop the industry
Existing plaque: 2800 Fairview Road, Athelstan, Quebec
Farmers in Athelstan established the first butter factory in Canada in 1873. Although this venture did not flourish, it proved to be the prototype for similar but successful creameries which were started elsewhere in Huntingdon County in the following months. These pioneer enterprises were followed in the 1880s by organized attempts to develop a butter-making industry in Quebec, most notably the establishment of creamery schools in the counties of Kamouraska and Beauce. Together, these efforts helped launch Quebec into the forefront of the developing Canadian dairy industry.