I stumbled upon a new distillery quite by accident today, just a few miles from my house. Never even knew it was there until I saw a write-up in my local paper.
James Bay Distillers, they have an operation here, and one somewhere in the White Rock area of B.C. (Seaquam, you should check them out.) He said they also have permits from the UK to import some Scotch in bulk, and they will be soon doing their own blendings.
The two products available to me today were a Galloping Goose Canadian Whisky, and a Lochside Summer Gin No. 5. Much to my surprise, the Canadian whiskey was not made of rye, but rather 100% corn, so more like a bourbon than what I know as a Canadian. A bit on the sweet side, 88 proof, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and honey. However, I liked it so much, I bought 2 bottles on the spot along with 1 of the gin. The gin is cold-infused with orange blossoms and other orange-y citrus elements, and although I usually don't care for "flavored" liquor, this was very good as well. Nothing at all like those other ghastly flavored vodkas, gins and such, so popular with the millennials.