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Winter is the time to warm up from the inside out with some premium small-batch whiskey, rum and vodka tasting. Canada delivers with upstart distilleries making their mark in some of the country’s most scenic corners—from Banff National Park to the Halifax Harbour.

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Top places to sample craft spirits
Tour Atlantic Canada’s largest distillery in Nova Scotia
Tour Atlantic Canada’s largest distillery in Nova Scotia

With a colourful rum-running past, Nova Scotia has long dabbled in moonshine. Tour and taste handcrafted rum, whiskey, vodka and beer at Authentic Seacoast Distillery on the east shore—Atlantic Canada’s largest distillery at 22,000 square feet. Harbourside Halifax Distilling Company boasts the province’s first female Master Distiller, a rum specialist. 

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Discover Halifax Contact
Katie Conklin
Communications & Marketing Manager
An adventure for your taste buds in Banff National Park
An adventure for your taste buds in Banff National Park

Swanky Park Distillery is the only one of its kind in a North American park, tapping pristine Rockies glacier water. Tour the distillery or just sip vodka, rye and gin in the restaurant/lounge’s rustic-chic Canadiana setting over acclaimed “campfire cuisine.”

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Banff & Lake Louise Contact
Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Media Relations

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Toast an anomaly in British Columbia: Small-batch potato vodka
Toast an anomaly in British Columbia: Small-batch potato vodka

Just north of resort town Whistler, Pemberton (AKA Spud Valley) is famed for its picture-perfect family farms, artisan producers, and seed potatoes. Tour and taste the world’s only organic potato vodka, gin, absinthe, Schnaps and liqueurs at Pemberton Distillery, plus (grain/fruit) whiskey and brandy, made onsite the traditional way with hand-operated copper pot stills.

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Destination BC Contact
Tracy Long
Media Representative, United Kingdom

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Meet the planet’s best gin makers in Saskatchewan
Meet the planet’s best gin makers in Saskatchewan

It was a Canadian first when boutique Black Fox Farm & Distillery took Best Cask status at the World Gin Awards. At this family-run farmstead outside of Saskatoon, sample the blue ribbon Barrel Aged Vapour Infused Dry Gin, infused with Black Fox rhubarb and flowers. There are also liqueurs and whiskey, if those are more to your liking.

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Tourism Saskatoon Contact
Aviva Kohen
Director of Media

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Newfoundland seaweed gin hits global headlines
Newfoundland seaweed gin hits global headlines

The world has taken note of Newfoundland Distillery—producer of entirely locally-sourced spirits and the first distillery to open in the province in a century. The distillery is making headlines for its new gin made with local seaweed harvested by divers. Also on offer: gin with bakeapple (cloudberry), rhubarb and juniper plucked from the Avalon Peninsula.

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Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism Contact
Ella Heneghan
Overseas Media Relations

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Craft spirits take off in Manitoba
Craft spirits take off in Manitoba

Winnipeg is new to artisan distilleries following a recent loosening of restrictions. Capital K, a family-owned gin and vodka maker, debuted its tasting room in 2016 in a gritty industrial neighbourhood. Patent 5, the city’s second distillery, has recently opened in a building built in 1903, within the historic Exchange District.

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Tourism Winnipeg Contact
Gillian Chester
Communications & Media Relations Manager

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Go farm-to-glass in Alberta
Go farm-to-glass in Alberta

Eau Claire Distillery in sleepy Turner Valley is the only distillery worldwide still using traditional horse farming (for its special edition rye and single-malt whiskies). Alberta’s first-ever craft operation sources only local grain, too. Learn mixology basics, then reward yourself with a Eau Claire’s new G&T-in-a-can.

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Tourism Calgary Contact
Lindsay Gallant
Manager, Earned Media

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