The Canadian Club Brand Center features an incredible art collection. The center offers tours daily 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. April to December and Fri.Sat.Sun. 11a.m. to 6p.m. January to March. Admission for 19 -64 yrs is $8.00 CDN $5.00 U.S. 65yrsplus is $6.00 CDN $4.00 U.S. 18 yrs or less free with adult accompaniment. The tour lasts about an hour and takes you through the beautifully preserved offices and ends with a whiskey tasting at the C.C. Bistro.
This very interesting tour was on the agenda for our Windsor VT meeting, June 5, 2004. The impressive old structure was built in 1894, by Hiram Walker, founder of Canadian Club, as the world headquarters for his whisky empire. In recent years the building has been used as a Brand Center and tour facility.
On the tour we learned all about Hiram Walker and his sons, the history of the distillery, and the whisky making process. The building, with much ornate woodwork and marble, is well worth seeing. There was also an art gallery with all the paintings done by Canadian artists. The tour ended in the Canadian Club Bristo, where we were allowed to take a whisky sniff test, then were given a sample taste. As one who has never enjoyed strong drink, I thought it was just about the God-awfullest stuff I had ever sniffed or tasted. Karen drank most of mine - really just a swallow.
Tours are offered Wed. - Sat., 12-6, and Sun. 12-4. Admission is $5 for adults, and children under 18 are free with an accompanying adult. Seniors, over 55, get a dollar off.
One of the most universally known exports of Canada, besides Canadian Geese, is Canadian Club Whiskey! One of the best whiskeys in the world has been being distilled in Windsor Canada sin the mid 1800's and is still being made to this very day from the same secret family recipe.
Hansi and I visited the original headquarters and offices of Hiram Walker on the shores of Lake St. Clair and what an historical building it is! I would highly recommend any visitor to Windsor to visit this magnificent memorial to more than just whiskey. Hiram Walker was quite a man. Not only did he establish one of the best whiskey making distilleries in the world, but he gave the entire town of Windsor something that would live on way beyond prohibition and far beyond the wooden barrels stored in nearby warehouses. Not only did Hiram Walker build an Empire that would be passed down to his sons, but he built an entire town. Each of his early employees were given their own homes that were built within walking distance of the distillary. Walker didn't think of his business as a source of personal wealth, but as a community where all would benefit from the fruits of their collective labours.
The photos shown with this tip, are the outside of the original office building and the front of the building, which was facing the Lake. The front of the office was on the Lake because in the old days, there used to be a road running along the river in addition to a dock where boats would approach and tie up to receive cargo.
Tour this building built by Hiram Walker in 1894 and learn about the origins of Canadian Club Whisky and the whisky making process. Tour the original offices and view the art gallery. The whisky information session includes samples!
Adults $5 CDN
under 18 FREE with Adult
Wednesday - Saturday 12-6
I attended the guided tour of Hiram Walker's World Headquarters (circa 1894) with some fellow VTers and was very surprised to see how well preserved and ornate the offices of Hiram and his sons were.
Each had beautiful solid wood panelling and attractive fireplaces. Most of the original furniture was displayed as well as the massive, old ledger books. You could also see the very neat ledger entries, written like caligraphy. With computers taking over, this type of record keeping is certainly becoming obsolete and I think it is wonderful that they have preserved this little bit of history.
Here is the group pictured in the wood panelled board room where Group of Seven art is displayed. Thanks to johanl for this photo.
Hiram Walker, the father of Canadian Club Whisky, built an impressive headquarters on Windsor's waterfront in 1894.
The building is an excellent example of Italian Renaissance architecture and no expense was spared in the materials or labour used in its construction. It has been faithfully restored and you can tour the building as well as learn about the distilling process and enjoy a taste test of the famous CC whiskey.
Check the website for tour times and cost.
If you enjoy fine whisky then you will be familiar with Canadian Club Whisky. Ironically, CC was the brainchild of an American named Hiram Walker.
The distillery has been a landmark on Windsor's waterfront since 1854 when Hiram, a successful grocer from Detroit decided to branch out into the profitable whisky distilling business and he found cheap land across the river. His product was of excellent quality and he became very wealthy, buying up more and more real estate, growing his own grain, raising livestock which were fed leftovers from the distillery, also building housing for his workers, schools, a church and railway. He, in fact built an entire community around his distilling business and it was incorporated as the town of Walkerville in 1890.
The Walker heirs sold their interest in the business in 1926. It was then that sales really took off, as CC was transported illegally across the river during prohibition by the likes of Al Capone and his Purple Gang.
Today CC is sold legally in 151 countries around the world.