Gimli is a community in the Rural Municipality of Gimli on the west side of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba. The community's first European settlers were Icelanders who were part of the New Iceland settlement in Manitoba; the community maintains a strong connection to Iceland and Icelandic culture today, including the annual Icelandic Festival. It was incorporated as a village on March 6, 1908, held town status between December 31, 1946, January 1, 2003, when it amalgamated with the RM of Gimli. Census Canada now recognizes the community as a population centre for census purposes; the 2016 Canadian census recorded a population of 2,246 in the urban centre of Gimli. The town's settlers sustained themselves from agriculture and fishing. Gimli maintains a strong connection to the lake today, tourism has played a part in the town's current economic sustainability. Gimli Beach is a popular spot in the summer while the Gimli Harbour is the largest harbour on Lake Winnipeg and in Western Canada between Ontario and the Pacific Coast.
The first European settlers in Gimli were Canadian Icelanders. Icelandic immigrants began settling in 1875; the Icelandic settlers arrived from Kinmount and settled at the site of Gimli, the new home of New Iceland. Volcanic eruptions in Iceland at the time spurred additional immigration to the Gimli and New Iceland area. 300 people left Iceland, arrived in Ontario and took a ship to Duluth, from there they made their way to Grand Forks, North Dakota and took a steamer up to the mouth of the Assinboine. 75-100 people stayed in the Winnipeg area while the rest made their way to Lake Winnipeg on flat boats and one York boat to save money. In 1875, the settlers landed south of Gimli at Willow Island and had to walk and carry the remaining goods to the current site of Gimli. A second group of 800 would follow in their footsteps the next year. Three town sites were chosen in New Iceland to be surveyed, Gimli was measured as 1 mile of lakefront and half a mile in depth. Of the three towns, Gimli and Sandvik, Gimli is the only one remaining and the only one to have developed as planned.
The Canadian Pacific Railway reached Gimli in 1906 and soon the town and surrounding region became a tourist and vacation destination for people from Winnipeg. By the 1930s the south shore area of Gimli began to see cottages replacing farmland. With 68 km of shoreline on Lake Winnipeg, Gimli is a popular fishing destination in summer. During World War II an area west of the community was appropriated by the Royal Canadian Air Force to construct a training facility. RCAF Station Gimli was opened in 1943 and remained in operation until 1945; the Station was reactivated in 1950 and was closed again in 1971. In 1983, the Gimli Industrial Park Airport became famous when an Air Canada Boeing 767 ran out of fuel over southern Manitoba and glided to a landing at Gimli Motorsport Park; the aircraft in that incident became known as the Gimli Glider. In 2006, Icelandic-Canadian poet David Arnason contributed a washer-shaped "lucky stone" from the shores of Lake Winnipeg at Gimli to the Six String Nation project.
The stone was inlaid on the seventh fret of Voyageur, the guitar at the heart of the project, by Sara Nasr. Gimli is an Icelandic variant form of Gimlé, place in Nordic mythology, where the survivors of Ragnarök are foretold to live, it is mentioned in the Prose Edda and Völuspá and described as the most beautiful place on Earth, more beautiful than the Sun. In Asgard, the realm of the gods, Gimli is the golden roofed building where righteous men go when they die; the etymology of Gimli is "the place protected from fire" based on two Old Nordic elements: gimr "fire" and hlé "protected place". The Government of Canada provided the community of Gimli with a grant in 1898 to build a harbour in the community. A permanent dock was built in 1900 and a lighthouse was added in 1910; the lighthouse would be damaged in an ice pileup in 1943 which managed to push it over. The original top of the lighthouse was saved and put on top of a rebuilt replica in 1974 as part of a tourist attraction; the lighthouse is managed by the New Iceland Heritage Museum.
Today the harbour serves as the largest harbour on Lake Winnipeg. It is the site of a Canadian Coast Guard station and home to the CCGS Vakta, the largest coast guard vessel on Lake Winnipeg; the Gimli Harbour remains an important economic driver not only in terms of tourism but as part of a commercial fishery. An important source of food in the early days of New Iceland, fishing remains an important part of the modern economy today; the Gimli Yacht Club is located in the harbour and is used for recreational sailing, as well as to continue to teach sailing lessons today. The site has been used competitively with races taking place in Gimli as part of the 1967 Pan American Games, the 1999 Pan American Games, the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Under the Köppen climate classification, Gimli has a humid continental climate with vast temperature differences between summer and winter, owing to its northerly latitude and distance to coastlines; as a result, summers are sometimes hot, with winters sometimes being bitterly cold.
The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba has been celebrated since 1890 and has been held in Gimli since 1932. Several thousand tourists come each year for three days during the August long weekend. Artworks from jewellery to paintings are displayed at the art museum as well along the pier wall that extends from downtown Gimli into the lake, traditional Icelandic dishes are offered. Gimli holds a five-day summer film festival, during which films are shown on a screen in the lake to audiences on the beach. Gimli is the site of the Crown Royal whiskey distillery. Daily production
Gimli Film Festival
The Gimli Film Festival is a Canadian international film festival, held annually in Gimli, Manitoba. It is Manitoba's largest film festival, showcasing a mix of narrative and experimental feature films and short films. In 2019, the festival will take place Wednesday, July 24 - Sunday, July 28; the Gimli Film Festival began in 2001 in Gimli, just one hour north of Winnipeg. The festival takes place annually on the last weekend of July and has grown to include four indoor venues, industry workshops and events, an annual $10,000 emerging filmmaker pitch competition, a 48 Hour Filmmaking Challenge, a variety of awards and parties; the festival is known for its free outdoor beach film screenings, where films are projected on an 11-meter-tall screen erected annually in the waters of Lake Winnipeg. The Festival was founded in part by former Senator Janis Johnson. Gimli Film Festival Website
Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario. Ottawa borders Gatineau, Quebec; as of 2016, Ottawa had a city population of 964,743 and a metropolitan population of 1,323,783 making it the fourth-largest city and the fifth-largest CMA in Canada. Founded in 1826 as Bytown, incorporated as Ottawa in 1855, the city has evolved into the political centre of Canada, its original boundaries were expanded through numerous annexations and were replaced by a new city incorporation and amalgamation in 2001 which increased its land area. The city name "Ottawa" was chosen in reference to the Ottawa River, the name of, derived from the Algonquin Odawa, meaning "to trade". Ottawa has the most educated population among Canadian cities and is home to a number of post-secondary and cultural institutions, including the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery, numerous national museums. Ottawa has the highest standard of living in low unemployment.
With the draining of the Champlain Sea around ten thousand years ago, the Ottawa Valley became habitable. Local populations used the area for wild edible harvesting, fishing, trade and camps for over 6500 years; the Ottawa river valley has archaeological sites with arrow heads and stone tools. Three major rivers meet within Ottawa, making it an important trade and travel area for thousands of years; the Algonquins called the Ottawa River Kichi Sibi or Kichissippi meaning "Great River" or "Grand River". Étienne Brûlé regarded as the first European to travel up the Ottawa River, passed by Ottawa in 1610 on his way to the Great Lakes. Three years Samuel de Champlain wrote about the waterfalls in the area and about his encounters with the Algonquins, using the Ottawa River for centuries. Many missionaries would follow the early traders; the first maps of the area used the word Ottawa, derived from the Algonquin word adawe, to name the river. Philemon Wright, a New Englander, created the first settlement in the area on 7 March 1800 on the north side of the river, across from the present day city of Ottawa in Hull.
He, with five other families and twenty-five labourers, set about to create an agricultural community called Wrightsville. Wright pioneered the Ottawa Valley timber trade by transporting timber by river from the Ottawa Valley to Quebec City. Bytown, Ottawa's original name, was founded as a community in 1826 when hundreds of land speculators were attracted to the south side of the river when news spread that British authorities were constructing the northerly end of the Rideau Canal military project at that location; the following year, the town was named after British military engineer Colonel John By, responsible for the entire Rideau Waterway construction project. The canal's military purpose was to provide a secure route between Montreal and Kingston on Lake Ontario, bypassing a vulnerable stretch of the St. Lawrence River bordering the state of New York that had left re-supply ships bound for southwestern Ontario exposed to enemy fire during the War of 1812. Colonel By set up military barracks on the site of today's Parliament Hill.
He laid out the streets of the town and created two distinct neighbourhoods named "Upper Town" west of the canal and "Lower Town" east of the canal. Similar to its Upper Canada and Lower Canada namesakes "Upper Town" was predominantly English speaking and Protestant whereas "Lower Town" was predominantly French and Catholic. Bytown's population grew to 1,000 as the Rideau Canal was being completed in 1832. Bytown encountered some impassioned and violent times in her early pioneer period that included Irish labour unrest that attributed to the Shiners' War from 1835 to 1845 and political dissension evident from the 1849 Stony Monday Riot. In 1855 Bytown was incorporated as a city. William Pittman Lett was installed as the first city clerk guiding it through 36 years of development. On New Year's Eve 1857, Queen Victoria, as a symbolic and political gesture, was presented with the responsibility of selecting a location for the permanent capital of the Province of Canada. In reality, Prime Minister John A. Macdonald had assigned this selection process to the Executive Branch of the Government, as previous attempts to arrive at a consensus had ended in deadlock.
The "Queen's choice" turned out to be the small frontier town of Ottawa for two main reasons: Firstly, Ottawa's isolated location in a back country surrounded by dense forest far from the Canada–US border and situated on a cliff face would make it more defensible from attack. Secondly, Ottawa was midway between Toronto and Kingston and Montreal and Quebec City. Additionally, despite Ottawa's regional isolation it had seasonal water transportation access to Montreal over the Ottawa River and to Kingston via the Rideau Waterway. By 1854 it had a modern all season Bytown and Prescott Railway that carried passengers and supplies the 82-kilometres to Prescott on the Saint Lawrence River and beyond. Ottawa's small size, it was thought, would make it less prone to rampaging politically motivated mobs, as had happened in the previous Canadian capitals; the government owned the land that would become Parliament Hill which they thought would be an ideal location for the Parliament Buildings. Ottawa was th
The Boeing 767 is a mid- to large-size, mid- to long-range, wide-body twin-engine jet airliner built by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It was its first airliner with a two-crew glass cockpit; the aircraft has two turbofan engines, a conventional tail, for reduced aerodynamic drag, a supercritical wing design. Designed as a smaller wide-body airliner than earlier aircraft such as the 747, the 767 has a seating capacity for 181 to 375 people, a design range of 3,850 to 6,385 nautical miles, depending on variant. Development of the 767 occurred in tandem with a narrow-body twinjet, the 757, resulting in shared design features which allow pilots to obtain a common type rating to operate both aircraft; the 767 is produced in three fuselage lengths. The original 767-200 entered service in 1982, followed by the 767-300 in 1986 and the 767-400ER, an extended-range variant, in 2000; the extended-range 767-200ER and 767-300ER models entered service in 1984 and 1988 while a production freighter version, the 767-300F, debuted in 1995.
Conversion programs have modified passenger 767-200 and 767-300 series aircraft for cargo use, while military derivatives include the E-767 surveillance aircraft, the KC-767 and KC-46 aerial tankers, VIP transports. Engines featured on the 767 include the General Electric CF6, Pratt & Whitney JT9D and PW4000, Rolls-Royce RB211 turbofans. United Airlines first placed the 767 in commercial service in 1982; the aircraft was flown on domestic and transcontinental routes, during which it demonstrated the reliability of its twinjet design. The 767 became the first twin-engined airliner to be used on extended overseas flights in 1985; the aircraft was used to expand non-stop service on medium- to long-haul intercontinental routes. In 1986, Boeing initiated studies for a higher-capacity 767 leading to the development of the 777, a larger wide-body twinjet. In the 1990s, the 767 became the most used airliner for transatlantic flights between North America and Europe; the 767 is the first twinjet wide-body type to reach 1,000 aircraft delivered.
As of January 2019, Boeing has received 1,244 orders for the 767 from 74 customers with 1,135 delivered. A total of 742 of these aircraft were in service in July 2018; the most popular variant is the 767-300ER with 583 delivered. Delta Air Lines is the largest operator with 77 aircraft. Competitors have included the Airbus A300, A310, A330-200. Non-passenger variants of the 767 remain in production as of 2019 while the passenger variant's successor, the 787, entered service in 2011. In 1970, Boeing's 747 became the first wide-body jetliner to enter service; the 747 was the first passenger jet wide enough to feature a twin-aisle cabin. Two years the manufacturer began a development study, code-named 7X7, for a new wide-body aircraft intended to replace the 707 and other early generation narrow-body jets; the aircraft would provide twin-aisle seating, but in a smaller fuselage than the existing 747, McDonnell Douglas DC-10, Lockheed L-1011 TriStar wide-bodies. To defray the high cost of development, Boeing signed risk-sharing agreements with Italian corporation Aeritalia and the Civil Transport Development Corporation, a consortium of Japanese aerospace companies.
This marked the manufacturer's first major international joint venture, both Aeritalia and the CTDC received supply contracts in return for their early participation. The initial 7X7 was conceived as a short take-off and landing airliner intended for short-distance flights, but customers were unenthusiastic about the concept, leading to its redefinition as a mid-size, transcontinental-range airliner. At this stage the proposed aircraft featured two or three engines, with possible configurations including over-wing engines and a T-tail. By 1976, a twinjet layout, similar to the one which had debuted on the Airbus A300, became the baseline configuration; the decision to use two engines reflected increased industry confidence in the reliability and economics of new-generation jet powerplants. While airline requirements for new wide-body aircraft remained ambiguous, the 7X7 was focused on mid-size, high-density markets; as such, it was intended to transport large numbers of passengers between major cities.
Advancements in civil aerospace technology, including high-bypass-ratio turbofan engines, new flight deck systems, aerodynamic improvements, lighter construction materials were to be applied to the 7X7. Many of these features were included in a parallel development effort for a new mid-size narrow-body airliner, code-named 7N7, which would become the 757. Work on both proposals proceeded through the airline industry upturn in the late 1970s. In January 1978, Boeing announced a major extension of its Everett factory—which was dedicated to manufacturing the 747—to accommodate its new wide-body family. In February 1978, the new jetliner received the 767 model designation, three variants were planned: a 767-100 with 190 seats, a 767-200 with 210 seats, a trijet 767MR/LR version with 200 seats intended for intercontinental routes; the 767MR/LR was subsequently renamed 777 for differentiation purposes. The 767 was launched on July 14, 1978, when United Airlines ordered 30 of the 767-200 variant, followed by 50 more 767-200 orders from American Airlines and Delta Air Lines that year.
The 767-100 was not offered for sale, as its capacity was too close to the 757's seating, while the 777 trijet was dropped in favor of standardizing around the twinjet configuration. In the late 1970s, operating cost replaced capacity as the primary factor in airliner purchases; as a result, the 767's design process emphasized fuel efficiency from the outset. Bo
The walleye called the yellow pike, is a freshwater perciform fish native to most of Canada and to the Northern United States. It is a North American close relative of the European zander known as the pikeperch; the walleye is sometimes called the yellow walleye to distinguish it from the blue walleye, a subspecies, once found in the southern Ontario and Quebec regions, but is now presumed extinct. However, recent genetic analysis of a preserved'blue walleye' sample suggests that the blue and yellow walleye were phenotypes within the same species and do not merit separate taxonomic classification. In parts of its range in English-speaking Canada, the walleye is known as a pickerel, though the fish is not related to the true pickerels, which are a member of the family Esocidae. Walleyes show a fair amount of variation across watersheds. In general, fish within a watershed are quite similar and are genetically distinct from those of nearby watersheds; the species has been artificially propagated for over a century and has been planted on top of existing populations or introduced into waters devoid of the species, sometimes reducing the overall genetic distinctiveness of populations.
The common name, "walleye", comes from the fact that the fish's eyes point outward, as if looking at the walls. This externally facing orientation of the eyes gives anglers an advantage in the dark because a certain eyeshine is given off by the eye of the walleye in the dark, similar to that of lions and other nocturnal animals; this "eyeshine" is the result of a light-gathering layer in the eyes called the tapetum lucidum, which allows the fish to see well in low-light conditions. In fact, many anglers look for walleyes at night; the fish's eyes allow them to see well in turbid waters, which gives them an advantage over their prey. Thus, walleye anglers look for locations where a good "walleye chop" occurs; this excellent vision allows the fish to populate the deeper regions in a lake, they can be found in deeper water during the warmest part of the summer and at night. Walleyes are olive and gold in color; the dorsal side of a walleye is olive. The olive/gold pattern is broken up by five darker saddles.
The color shades to white on the belly. The mouth of a walleye is armed with many sharp teeth; the first dorsal and anal fins are spinous. Walleyes are distinguished from their close relative the sauger by the white coloration on the lower lobe of the caudal fin, absent on the sauger. In addition, the two dorsals and the caudal fin of the sauger are marked with distinctive rows of black dots which are absent from or indistinct on the same fins of walleyes. Walleyes grow to about 80 cm in length, weigh up to about 9 kg; the maximum recorded size for the fish is 13 kilograms in weight. The rate depends on where in their range they occur, with southern populations growing faster and larger. In general, females grow larger than males. Walleyes may live for decades. In fished populations, few walleye older than five or six years of age are encountered. In North America, where they are prized, their typical size when caught is on the order of 30 to 50 cm below their potential size; as walleye grow longer, they increase in weight.
The relationship between total length and total weight for nearly all species of fish can be expressed by an equation of the form W = c L b Invariably, b is close to 3.0 for all species, c is a constant that varies among species. For walleye, b = 3.180 and c = 0.000228 or b = 3.180 and c = 0.000005337. This relationship suggests a 50 cm walleye will weigh about 1.5 kg, while a 60 cm walleye will weigh about 2.5 kg. In most of the species' range, male walleyes mature sexually between four years of age. Females mature about a year later. Adults migrate to tributary streams in late winter or early spring to lay eggs over gravel and rock, although open-water reef or shoal-spawning strains are seen, as well; some populations are known to spawn on vegetation. Spawning occurs at water temperatures of 6 to 10 °C. A large female can lay up to 500,000 eggs, no care is given by the parents to the eggs or fry; the eggs are adhesive and fall into spaces between rocks. The incubation period for the embryos is temperature-dependent, but lasts from 12 to 30 days.
After hatching, the free-swimming embryos spend about a week absorbing a small amount of yolk. Once the yolk has been absorbed, the young walleyes begin to feed on invertebrates, such as fly larvæ and zooplankton. After 40 to 60 days, juvenile walleyes become piscivorous. Thenceforth, both juvenile and adult walleyes eat fish exclusively yellow perch or ciscoes, moving onto bars and shoals at night to feed. Walleye feed on crayfish and leeches; the walleye is considered to be a quite palatable freshwater fish, is fished recreationally and commercially for food. Because of its nocturnal feeding habits, it is most caught at night using live minnows or lures that mimic small fish. In Wisconsin, the walleye is fished for in the late afternoon o
A block settlement is a particular type of land distribution which allows settlers with the same ethnicity to form small colonies. This settlement type was used throughout western Canada between the late 19th and early 20th centuries; some were planned and others were spontaneously created by the settlers themselves. The policy of planned blocks was pursued by Clifford Sifton during his time as Interior Minister of Canada, it was a compromise position. Some politicians wanted all ethnic groups to be scattered evenly though the new lands to ensure they would assimilate to Anglo-Canadian culture, while others did not want to live near "foreign" immigrants and demanded that they be segregated. At the time Canada was receiving large amounts of non-British, non-French, immigrants for the first time Italians, Germans and Ukrainians; the newcomers themselves wanted to settle as close as possible to people with a familiar language and similar customs. The government did not want the west to be fragmented into a few large homogeneous ethnic blocks, however.
So several smaller colonies were set up where particular ethnic groups could settle, but these were spaced across the country. Amber Valley, Alberta Breton, Alberta Maidstone, Saskatchewan.. Charlow Baptist Church located north of Maidstone in the rural municipality of Eldon was built in 1912, it was founded by 12 African American families from Oklahoma in 1910. Happy Valley, British Columbia Saltspring Island, British Columbia Wildwood, Alberta Lloydminster, Saskatchewan/Alberta Walhachin, British Columbia Kelowna, British Columbia In Saskatchewan Doukhobors, numbering 7,500, settled in three blocks in the North-West Territories from 1899 to 1918, they established 61 communal villages on 773,400 acres. North Colony contained 69,000 acres in the Pelly-Arran area settled by 2,400 settlers in 20 communal villages. South Colony contained 215,010 acres in the Canora and Kamsack area settled by 3,500 settlers in 30 communal villages. Good Spirit Lake Annex contained 168,930 acres in the Good Spirit Lake and Buchanan area settled by 1,000 settlers in 8 communal villages.
Saskatchewan Colony contained 324,800 acres in the Langham, Blaine Lake area settled by 1,500 settlers in 15 communal villages. Sheho and Insinger contained 1,280 acres. Kylemore, Saskatchewan north of Fishing Lake. Kelvinton, Saskatchewan was west of Kelvinton. British Columbia Grand Forks-Castlegar-Slocan Valley was an area of 19,000 acres settled by 8,000 Doukhobors from Saskatchewan in 74 communal villages. Brilliant, British Columbia on 2,700 acres included 6 communal villages. Ootischenia, British Columbia on 2,700 acres included 22 communal villages. Champion Creek, British Columbia on 920 acres included 5 communal villages. Glade, British Columbia on 1,092 acres included 11 communal villages. Shoreacres, British Columbia on 500 acres included 3 communal villages. Pass Creek, British Columbia on 1,760 acres included 6 communal villages. Winlaw, British Columbia on 837 acres included 4 communal villages. Alberta Cowley-Lundbreck, Alberta on 13,500 acres included 13 communal villages. Arrowwood-Shouldice-Anastasia, Alberta Neerlandia, Alberta Meaning settlers from Eastern Canada Ontario, of British and Irish origins.
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Crown Royal is a blended Canadian whisky owned by Diageo, which purchased the brand when the Seagram portfolio was dissolved in 2000. It is the top-selling Canadian whisky in the United States. Crown Royal was introduced in 1939 by Samuel Bronfman, president of Seagram, as a tribute to the royal visit of King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, the first of a reigning monarch to Canada, it was available only in Canada until 1964, being introduced to the United States in the 1960s. Crown Royal is produced at the company's distillery at Gimli, on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, Canada. Daily production of Crown Royal uses 10,000 bushels of rye and barley sourced from Manitoba and surrounding provinces, requires 750,000 imperial gallons of water filtered through the limestone beneath the lake; the whisky produced at the Manitoba distillery is stored in 1.5 million barrels, located in 50 warehouses over 5 acres of land. The whisky is blended and bottled in Amherstburg, Ontario. Crown Royal was produced in Waterloo, until the plant there closed in 1992.
Crown Royal is the original version of the brand. It was available only in Canada until 1964. Crown Royal comes in a purple felt-like bag with a gold tasseled drawstring. Crown Royal Black was introduced in 2010, is a darker, higher alcohol whisky. Comes in a black felt-like bag. Crown Royal Reserve was introduced in 1992; the whiskies are aged for a longer period than the original. Crown Royal Reserve comes in a velvet-like bag with coarse gold drawstrings. Crown Royal XR was introduced in 2006; this limited-release version is sold in numbered bottles and was made from the last batches of whiskey distilled at the now-closed Waterloo, distillery. It received a 7 7 3/4 from Whisky Magazine critics; the LaSalle-based Crown Royal XR features a blue colour scheme to distinguish it from the red scheme of the original Waterloo-based version. Crown Royal XO was introduced in January 2014, it is a blend of 50 whiskies, finished in Cognac casks from the French Limousin forest. It is packaged in a bag with gold embroidery accents.
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye was introduced in May 2015, is packaged in an off-white felt-like bag. Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel was introduced in May 2015, is a single barrel rye, produced from the brand's Coffey rye still, the only one of its kind in North America. Selected retailers will be able to purchase an entire cask to dispense to their customers. Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend was created in 2014 to commemorate the 1939 royal visit that inspired the brand and was prepared as a gift for the royal family. Crown Royal Maple Finished was introduced in 2012, it comes in a brown felt-like bag. Crown Royal Regal Apple was introduced in November 2014, it is a blend of Crown Royal with apple flavour. Comes in a green felt-like bag. Crown Royal Honey Comes in a yellow felt-like bag. Crown Royal Vanilla Comes in a tan felt-like bag. Crown Royal Salted Caramel Comes in a burnt-orange felt-like bag. Crown Royal Texas Mesquite comes in a blue felt-like bag. Crown Royal Peach comes in a peach felt-like bag.
Crown Royal XR The first edition of Crown Royal XR contained the final batch of aged whiskies from the legendary Waterloo distillery and is a rare find – it is no longer in production. Crown Royal Cask No. 16 was introduced late 2007. It was made from over individually aged whiskies in 12-year-old cognac barrels; these barrels were made of oak from the Limousin forest in France. The whiskies were designed to have a cognac type of finish with notes of rye and fruit. Cask No. 16 comes in a black felt-like bag embroidered with the logo and name "CASK No 16". This blend was discontinued in late 2012. Crown Royal Honey Crown Royal Maple Finished Crown Royal offerings have performed well at international spirit ratings competitions. For example, the basic Canadian whisky was awarded a string of five gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competitions between 2005 and 2012; the Special Reserve received an editors choice gold award from Whisky Magazine and received ratings from 7¾ to 8¾ from three of the critics.
Jim Murray's "Whisky Bible" named Crown Royal's Northern Harvest Rye as the World Whisky of the Year for 2016. Crown Royal advertises in motor sports, horse shows, horse racing, it sponsored the No. 17 Ford Fusion of Matt Kenseth from 2010 to 2011, the No. 26 Ford Fusion of Jamie McMurray from 2006 to 2009, has sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races since 2006. From 2004 until 2006, Crown Royal was the title sponsor of the International Race of Champions. Crown Royal is a sponsor of the Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex Sports Car Series. In 2010, it began sponsoring the #60 Daytona Prototype car of Michael Shank Racing in the Rolex Sports Car Series; the brand was a primary sponsor of the Washington International Horse Show for several years in the 1990s and since 1995 has sponsored the Crown Royal American Turf Stakes, a Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Churchill Downs. Crown Royal U. S. Web Site Crown Royal Canadian Web Site