Canadian Prohibition

     The Roaring Twenties were a little different in Canada than in the U.S. For one thing, Canada didn’t have national Prohibition. Some of the provinces enacted laws against serving liquor (Prince Edward Island in 1900, Alberta and Ontario in 1916 for instance) but those laws often exempted wineries and distilleries as long as they produced “for export” . . . export to Guess Where?

     Canada was a major supplier of liquor to the U.S. during our own Prohibition years, 1919-1933. They shipped it by truck, boat, and plane across the border. Most provinces repealed their prohibition laws in the 1920s. Prince Edward Island was the last holdout, not repealing until 1948.


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