10 Fascinating Facts Most People Don’t Know About Tim Hortons

To mark National Donut Day on June 3, we’re highlighting 10 fascinating facts about the iconic brand that landed “Double Double” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

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Tim Hortons apple fritter
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How much a donut originally cost at Tim Hortons

When Tim Hortons first opened its doors in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, a donut would set you back a dime. The first Tim Hortons donuts ever made were classic Canadian favourites, including the Dutchie and the Apple Fritter (above).

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These are the rarest Tim Horton's donuts
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Some Tim Hortons donuts are harder to track down than others

How common is your favourite donut? The rarest varieties at Tim Hortons tend to be Maple Cruller, Maple Swirl, Chocolate Snow, Chocolate Éclair and Long Johns. If your local serves up those hard-to-find delicacies, count yourself lucky!

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Lloydminster, Alberta, is the donut capital of Canada
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This is the donut-eating capital of Canada

If there was an award for the donut capital of Canada, it would likely go to Lloydminster, Alberta, where you’ll find the most donuts consumed per capita. (This sounds like a challenge to us…)

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CN Tower, Toronto
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A towering achievement

In 2017, Canadians ate so many Tim Hortons donuts that if you were to stack them horizontally on top of one another, it would reach the height of the CN Tower. You may never look at the Toronto skyline the same way again…

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Tim Hortons facts - donut obsessed man
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These are the two most donut-obsessed countries on Earth

Canada is the number one donut consumer in the world at around 1-billion annually, followed by Japan in a close second.

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Donuts consumed in Canada each day
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A whopping 43-million donuts are served per month in Canada

In case you don’t have your calculator handy, that’s 10 million per week, and 1.4 million per day.

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Timbits from Tim Hortons
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The Timbit is 46 years old

The Timbit celebrates its 46th birthday in 2022, making it the same age as fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds. If you lined up every Timbit ever eaten, the string of bite-sized deliciousness would stretch to the moon and back—five times.

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What the four donuts in the Tim Hortons logo really mean
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There’s a secret meaning behind the original Tim Hortons logo

Founder Tim Horton had four daughters, represented by the four donuts in the company’s original logo.

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The shape of a Tim Hortons donut
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Everyone knows donuts are round, right?

Well, not really. Technically, the shape of a donut is referred to as “toroid.”

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The Jason Priestley donut at Tim Hortons
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There’s such a thing as a “Priestley” donut—and yes, it’s named in honour of Canadian actor Jason Priestley

After the Beverly Hills 90210-alumnus stuffed a chocolate Timbit into a strawberry filled donut on an episode of How I Met Your Mother and named it “The Priestley,” Tim Hortons decided to actually make a batch. Cobie Smulders was so envious of her co-star’s eponymous treat that Tim Hortons granted her a donut of her own—the “Robin Sparkles.”

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