By Where Staff
Photo: Elk & Oarsman
Spirit of Banff
Park Distillery is arguably the most original new Banff restaurant to open, ever! Joining the exclusive ranks of few such establishments in Canada, vodka and gin (and soon whiskey) are produced in-house. After a free tour of the distillery, sample their spirits straight, in an exotic cocktail or incorporated into the wood-fired cuisine of chef Liz Gagnon’s food menu. While at it, drink in the backcountry alpine hut décor.
A small-batch distillery north of Toronto has started selling its homegrown vodka on-site, and is working on small-batch single-malt, rye, and corn whiskies, to be released in small quantities “as they become mature”.
Still Waters vodka and whisky is made with Ontario-grown grains and distilled in pots by hand, a slow process that yields more precise results than the industrial stills larger manufacturers use. In the case of Still Waters vodka, that means a subtly sweet flavour with a hint of vanilla and no burn.
For now the vodka is only available in person at the distillery (along with some imported whiskies), about 25 km north of downtown Toronto.
Read the full story at TorontoLife.com.
Clam digging in PEI. Photo courtesy of Tourism PEI/John Sylvester.
By Kat Tancock
It’s no secret that Prince Edward Island, Canada’s tiny eastern island province, produces some of the best oysters on earth. But did you know you can dive for your dinner? Or that PEI has two homegrown distilleries? Local chef and national TV personality Michael Smith fills us in. (more…)
By Kat Tancock
The picturesque town of Lunenburg, NS, is about an hour’s drive south of Halifax and a popular destination for visitors to Atlantic Canada due to its rich German and maritime history and relaxed seaside vibe.
While touring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, designated as a National Historic District by the Canadian government, stop in at the Blacksmith’s Shop on Kempt Street, right near the water, for a visit to Ironworks Distillery, the province’s first micro-distillery. Founded in 2009, it offers tastings and purchases of its spirits, made based on local ingredients.
On our visit, we sampled the apple vodka (it goes down smooth and has a true apple flavour) and blueberry liqueur: like all their fruit liqueurs, it’s made with less sugar so the taste of the fruit shines through. (It goes very well on ice cream, and we’re envisioning a Nova Scotian variation on the Kir Royale.) Apple brandy is also popular, and there’s also a rum from Newfoundland molasses (albeit from imported sugarcane, of course). If you’re flying home, make sure to ask for bubble wrap to keep the bottles protected in your checked luggage.
2 Kempt Street, Lunenburg, NS
Wine Region Photo: Canadian Tourism Commission
Italy and France are usually the first two countries that come to mind when wine regions are mentioned. But Canada has quite a few wineries and distilleries that boast some competition and enhance your stay in the country. Here are a few of our favourites across the nation. (more…)