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. They have succeeded magnificently.

The atmosphere is welcoming the minute you walk in the door. The staff is friendly and the walls are covered with items from an ocean away. The menu is exactly as you would hope it would be. It features many 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.

Whisky is one word that immediately comes to mind when describing The Caledonian. The venue boasts over 500 Scottish single malts with tastings from various whisky brand ambassadors every 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 Scotland are clearly heard among the cheerful banter. So if you’re looking for a Scottish experience without the airfare, do yourself a favour and head down to the Caledonian.