During American prohibition, the Canadian whisky industry enjoyed a pre-NAFTA boon, exporting bottles across the border and into the hands of speakeasies and gangsters.
At the Canadian Club distillery in Walkerville, near Windsor, bottles were being churned out at an enormous rate. While prohibition eventually disappeared, Canadian Club persevered.
Today, the Canadian Club Brand Heritage Centre celebrates that lush history. Housed in a late 19th century building, it features extravagant architecture and original Group of Seven paintings (naturally).
Tour goers gain insight into the whisky making process through information sessions and tastings. Fedoras are not required but are recommended.
Who: Whisky sippers and bootleggers
Where: Windsor, Ontario
When: Anytime you’re in Windsor
Why: It’s in Windsor. You’re welcome.