It's not game on for all butchers. Here's where to get everything from caribou to crocodile.
This is pretty much the mother lode of game meat in Toronto. Whitehouse has everything from the standard locally farmed meats like venison, rabbit, elk and boar – all in a vast selection of cuts – to a huge array of speciality varieties like muskox, camel, emu, crocodile and even turtle. It also has game meat salami, pepperoni and sausages.
St. Lawrence Market, store #16, 93 Front East (at Jarvis), 416-366-4465, whitehousemeats.ca
With an emphasis on organic and sustainable meat, the Healthy Butcher carries farm-raised fresh game including elk, bison and boar in a variety of cuts. For the undecided, it also has a frozen mixed game burger box that includes bison, elk and venison. Shop in person or online via the Real Food Toronto service. 565 Queen West (at Augusta), 298 Eglinton West
There’s a wide selection of game at this Mississauga butcher, and most types are available as burgers, sausages or ground. Black Angus has crocodile for your Cajun feast and even muskox prosciutto. Convenient online ordering means the herd comes to you but also that most of it is frozen. 360 Revus, #10 (at Shaw), Mississauga, 905-271-2333,
Choose from a selection of game meat including bison, caribou, elk, venison, rabbit, pheasant and guinea fowl at this Etobicoke butcher, which also carries ostrich. Get game meat cut to order or in the form of burgers or sausages. 5241 Dundas West (at Jopling), 416-231-1500,
The beloved Kensington Market butcher mostly stocks your standard beef, pork, lamb and chicken, but it does have some of the more accessible types of game: venison from Ontario Harvest, quail from Nipissing Game Farm, rabbits from 100 Mile Market and wild boar from Perth Pork.
176 Baldwin (at Kensington), 416-593-9747, sanagansmeatlocker.com, @sanagans