After the successful launch of Georgian Bay Gin® and Georgian Bay Vodka™, friends and business partners, Denzil Wadds and Tim Keenleyside, turned their attention to cocktails. At the time, they noticed a lack of premium, craft, ready-to-drink beverages in the marketplace. The idea of making craft cocktails in a can, mixed with Georgian Bay spirits and natural ingredients, was born.

Their first canned beverage, The Original Georgian Bay Gin Smash™, was a huge success. One newspaper called it ‘by far the best ready to drink beverage to ever grace (store) shelves.’ Georgian Bay Spirit Co.™ now produces a wide range of award-winning, locally crafted, awesome tasting, not-too-sweet, craft cocktails in a can.

Georgian Bay Vodka™

NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 10 VODKAS IN THE WORLD

Vodka is often described as an odorless, tasteless spirit. We couldn’t disagree more. Vodka is about subtle flavour notes, viscosity, and mouthfeel. We wanted a vodka that is just as good in a mixed cocktail as it is enjoyed neat or over ice.

Named one of the world’s best vodkas by Forbes and the International Wine and Spirits Competition.

GEORGIAN BAY GIN®

SMALL-BATCH DISTILLED, USING GEORGIAN BAY JUNIPER

This award-winning, Ontario crafted, small-batch London Dry style gin is made using wild juniper that’s been hand-picked from the shores of Georgian Bay. It took 48 recipes and over a year to develop.

Bursting with juniper and citrus notes, it’s ideal for mixing and will elevate any cocktail. Dust off those martini glasses.


DISTILLERY

GEORGIAN BAY SPIRIT CO’S CONNECTION TO COLLINGWOOD GOES BACK TO THE VERY BEGINNING.

Our founders, Denzil Wadds and Tim Keenleyside, came up the idea for Georgian Bay Gin® on a chairlift at Osler Bluff Ski Club while looking out over Georgian Bay. Both partners have deep connections to Georgian Bay, including cottage property where wild juniper grows in abundance. It’s only fitting, then, that Collingwood would become the site of Georgian Bay Spirit Co.’s new distilling operation.

The 8,200 sq ft. facility will support the ongoing expansion of our spirits production and bottling. In its current phase, the distillery will focus entirely on production. Phase II, scheduled for early 2023, will include a tasting room, retail store, tours and event capabilities.

We are extremely excited to deepen our roots in the Collingwood area and look forward to welcoming customers to our permanent home on the shores of Georgian Bay.

One of Canada’s Most Awarded Craft Distilleries

See the complete list of our award-winning products

Established 2013

Crafted with a love of the bay

2013

Georgian Bay Spirit Co. is Founded

2016

Georgian Bay Gin Smash & Georgian Bay Vodka launch

2017

Georgian Bay Vodka Smash launch

2018

Georgian Bay Cranberry Gin Smash launch

2019

Georgian Bay Smashed Tea launch

2020

Georgian Bay Vodka™ named one of the world’s best vodkas by Forbes and the International Wine and Spirits Competition

2020

Collingwood Production Distillery Opens

Coming Soon

Georgian Bay Tasting Room

Land, Air & The Bay

Float Plane

Look up. Yes, that’s a Georgian Bay Spirit Co. float plane. We call it, The Spirit of the Skies.

It can often be spotted on Eastern Georgian Bay as well as at the Collingwood airport. In the past, the Spirit of the Skies has been used to fly contest winners up to Georgian Bay as part of our Win a Float Plane for a Day contest. The Spirit of the Skies also helped to deliver hand sanitizer at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep your eyes on the sky this summer as you never know where the Spirit of the Skies will land next—it could be on lake near year you.

George the Amphibious Car

Meet George the amphibious car. George was built in 1968 and is one of only a small number its kind still running today. He is named after his original owner, George Cohon, the father of Georgian Bay Spirit Co. partner, Mark Cohon. George was recently restored after a near disaster on Lake Muskoka in 2018. An undetected hole in the undercarriage, combined with a bilge pump failure, led to some nail-biting moments, but George managed to get back to shore just in time. You can read about the incident here.

George has a top land speed of 110 kph (frankly, we think that’s a real stretch) and, in the water, can reach a hairraising 13kph. Keep an eye out for George at our distillery in Collingwood as well as at special events throughout the summer months.