Canadian Beercation Destinations Every Beer Lover Needs To Go To
Looking to plan your next ultimate Canadian beercation? Check out these four great cities for brewery road trips, pedal pubs booze cruises, beer hotels, and so much more.
By Mairyn Chorney on Jul. 30, 2019
What is a beer-cation?
beer + vacation = beercation
A beercation is simply a trip, holiday, or vacation that is based around beer, breweries and beer activities and events. A beer vacation.
4 Must-Visit Canadian Cities for Beer-Lovers
The craft beer industry is at an all-time high right now in Calgary, Alberta, which means there are always a handful of beer events and beer activities happening around the city. If an organized beer event isn’t your thing, hit up Eighty-Eight Brewing Co. for a cool atmosphere and fresh pizza. After that, head over to Cold Garden Beverage Company for a pint with your dog by your side.
There are three different booze cruise beer bike companies in Calgary, and lucky for you, AGLC just approved the act of serving and consuming alcohol on party bike tours. If you’re in the Stampede City for the first weekend of May, be sure to hit up the Calgary International Beerfest hosted by Alberta Beer Festivals.
Did we mention that Calgary has a craft beer hotel currently in the works?
If you’re planning a trip to Toronto, Ontario make sure to check out The Beer Bus, located roughly two-hours north. The Beer Bus offers local beer, wine and cider tours and provides everything you’ll need, including transportation, essential beer facts, and onboard snacks and refreshments. After your tour check out Bellwoods Brewery for a pint of their Jelly King Sour Ale.
Steam Whistle also just opened an ultimate German Biergärten, where you can sip on some crisp Steam Whisle brews and munch on amazing German-inspired food.
Don’t have the funds to travel on a beercation right now?
Look for beer events, brewery tours, beer tastings, and beer festivals in your city to enjoy a beercation on a budget.
Quebec City, Quebec
Le Corsaire Microbrasserie, in Lévis, Québec, has made its mark of nobility in the world of microbreweries in Quebec, and the company stands out mainly because of its unique and unrivalled style, British type beers.
If you’re trying to plan the ultimate French-Canadian beercation, The Quebec Beer Route is a must. The Beer Route is an 11-day road trip that leads you through Quebec’s greatest craft beer-producing regions. You’ll get to visit a new microbrewery every day, where you can taste delicious brews made from local Canadian ingredients.
Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria is British Columbia’s Craft Beer Capital and home to Canada’s first brewpub, Spinnakers Brewpub & Guesthouses. At Spinnakers, you can enjoy local craft beers and gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner at the brewpub and taproom. Don’t feel like leaving? Stay overnight in one of their guesthouses that allow visitors to really experience what it’s like to live in Victora.
You can also hit up Spinnakers Brewpub along the Victoria Ale Trail. You can choose to cycle, drive or walk as you make you’re along the Victoria Ale Trail, visiting 10+ of BC’s most popular breweries.
If you’re looking for a place to grab a pint in Downtown Victoria, walk over to Swans Brewpub located on Pandora Avenue. Swans Brewpub is also a hotel! Whether you are looking for a great place for weekend breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, or a sleepover you can’t go wrong at Swans.
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