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Issue 119 - Traditions pride and whisky

Whisky Magazine Issue 119
April 2014


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Traditions pride and whisky

We find the best bars in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island

For millions of years the Atlantic Ocean has battered and shaped the east coast of Canada. So too does the sea shape its people, cut not from the rugged bedrock but from the cloth of immigrants. With little more than a suitcase and dreams for a better life, their sturdy but impoverished ancestors bid France, Ireland, Scotland and England farewell to set sail in the thousands for this land now known as the Maritimes.

Nearly a century before Canada became a country, the Maritimes: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island enjoyed independent colonial governments and financial prosperity. Back then, the locals mostly drank rum. Today in these small beautiful provinces people relax, enjoy a slower pace of life and extend old fashioned hospitality to the weary whisky traveller. It is common to be invited to a kitchen ceilidh and into people's homes and hearts. Maritimers, like the landscape itself, are rugged individuals quick to offer visitors a hearty welcome and safe harbour.

Sitting at the head of the Prohibition era's much-storied Rum Row, the Maritimes are steeped in the lore of rum runners, bootleggers, and shipwrecks. The bars, restaurants & pubs clearly reflect this still-proud spirit.

1 Britt's Pub & Eatery
42 Princess Street, Saint John, New Brunswick
In a heritage building with architecture styles that reflect the Loyalists who landed there in the 1700's, this English-style pub was once the studio of renowned artist Miller Britai...

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