Visitors to the The Caledonian (856 College Street) would be forgiven if they thought they had been transported across the Atlantic. The pub’s Scottish owners opened it in 2008 to give Toronto an authentic experience from their homeland. David & Donna Wolff have succeeded magnificently.

The atmosphere is welcoming the minute you walk in the door. The staff is friendly and the walls are covered with various items from an ocean away. The menu is exactly as you would hope it would be. It features many Scottish pub favourites (lamb, haggis, steak pie) as well as a wide collection of Scottish beers. The events are frequent and festive. Throughout the year, you can expect to see Highland dancers, pipers and others celebrating Scottish culture.

If there is one word that immediately comes to mind when describing The Caledonian, it would have to be whisky. The venue boasts over 500 Scottish single malts with an additional 40 international single malts and 30 Canadian whiskies. Tastings from various whisky brand ambassadors take place several times a month. These are usually free of charge and open to the public by reservation.

The pub has clearly been given the stamp of approval by Toronto’s Scottish community. Whether you are sitting inside or on the amazing back patio, accents from across the nation are clearly heard among the cheerful banter. Just one more reason why The Caledonian is undoubtedly Scotland without the airfare.