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Oh Canada: Celebrate 150 years with these treats from the land of maple

On July 1st 1867 Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick became a single nation. Le Jour de la Confédération or Canada Day has been a day of festivities every year since. Canadians around the globe celebrate with parades and carnivals, concerts, barbeques and of course, fireworks.

This year is extra special, as it marks the 150th anniversary. So tuck into poutine, listen to Celine Dion and if you’re heading to the airport, be sure to pick up these Canadian goodies.


For Toasting….

What could be purer or more refreshing than water from an iceberg? Iceberg Vodka has been using such water to make this triple distilled spirit since 1995. It’s exceptionally smooth, yet has a delicate sweetness with a clean, crisp finish and is available from American and Canadian duty free stores.

Canada is famous for its exquisite ice wines and this limited edition from Pillitteri Estate in Niagara is no exception. The 2012 vintage commemorates the 150th Canada Day, with decorative box and maple leaf design. The grapes are picked when frozen below -8°C, as the sugars and flavours are most concentrated at this frosty temperature. This results in a golden wine with notes of honeyed peach, apricot and tropical fruits and a luscious, lingering finish. Exclusive to the Air Canada Pre-Order programme.

If dessert wine is not your thing, then don’t worry as Bottega have an alternative. While the brand isn’t Canadian, it has released a limited edition Prosecco, available if you pre-order from the Canada Duty Free website. The golden bottle commemorates the 150th anniversary of Canada Day and would make a fine memento of the occasion, even after the contents have been enjoyed. Exclusive to the Air Canada Pre-Order programme.

Not all of us are lucky enough to travel to Canada, but we can still join in the festivities. Crown Royal Canadian Whisky is available from global World Duty Free stores. A blend of 50 separately matured whiskies gives Crown Royal a smooth and creamy mouth feel with aromas and flavours of oak and vanilla. King George VI’s visit to Canada in 1939 prompted the creation of this celebratory tipple.


For Treasuring…

Unmistakably Canadian, this pretty little pin badge made from fine pewter with 18K gold plating would make a lovely addition to any coat or bag, as a reminder of a trip to Canada. Available to international passengers on the Air Canada Duty Free Pre Order website.

Images provided by DFASS Group, operator of Air Canada’s On Board duty free and Pre Order programmes.

These soapstone sculptures have been hand carved by the Nunavik Inuits. Each one is different but they all celebrate the wildlife of Canada and conveniently come in presentation boxes. Available to international passengers on the Air Canada Duty Free Pre Order website.

Zoë Pincombe
written by: Zoë Pincombe
Just out of university, Zoë comes from South West England. Enthusiastic about all things food and wine related, she enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures.