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Canada loves its beer, and it continues to grow as new micro-breweries are popping up every year.  With hundreds of breweries across the country offering their own brands and styles, it is nearly impossible to try them all.  Your best option at sampling as many craft beers as you possibly can is to hit major beer festivals happening around Canada.

We have found the five must hit festivals all about beer from coast to coast.  It may be impossible to catch all these shows in one year, but it makes for a pretty good bucket list.

Calgary International Beerfest (Calgary, AB) – May 4-5, 2018

This festival is run by Alberta Beer Festivals which operate the biggest beer events around the province annually.  The Calgary International Beerfest is their premier event offering over 500 types of beer.


Toronto’s Festival of Beer (Toronto, ON) – July 26-29, 2018

Toronto’s four-day long festival is more than just your average beerfest and more of a gigantic party.  With 400+ beers to try, you can also enjoy some live music from talents like Ludacris, and I Mother Earth.

Seaport Beerfest (Halifax, N.S.) – August 10-11, 2018

The largest craft beer festival on the east coast is dubbed “Beer on the Peer”.  The show features over 110 producers sharing their beers and ciders from all over the globe.

Vancouver Craft Beer Week (Vancouver, BC) – May 25-June 3, 2018

Vancouver’s weeklong beer celebration has humble beginnings, offering just 15 breweries in 2010.  This year’s event is expecting more than 100 craft-breweries and cideries for an entire week of drinking.

Le Festibière (Quebec City, QC) – August 16 – 19, 2018

Quebec’s largest beer festival offers some of the best breweries from around the province.  The event also features local artisan cheese makers, so there will be plenty to snack on.