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Old 11-20-2023, 04:57 PM
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I just watched the great new Netflix series ďScott Pilgrim Takes Off,Ē which is set in Toronto, Canada. Itís about a group of people who are mostly (but not all) in their early twenties. Itís a fantasy series and Iím not going to get into the plot here, but it got me wondering what the legal drinking age is in Canada. Is it province by province or is it all the same across the entire country?

It used to vary in the US - where I went to high school in Illinois the drinking age was 21, but up in Wisconsin it was 18. Which led some of the more adventurous older teenagers with access to cars to drive north with fake IDís to get beer.

Nowadays, though, itís uniform across the US - because of higher traffic fatalities in states with lower drinking ages, the federal government started denying federal highway funding to states where the legal age was 18. That brought every state into uniform compliance.

So whatís the story in Canada? All the same or province by province? By the time I started visiting Canada as an adult it was no longer a concern for me, but Iím just curious.


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Old 11-20-2023, 04:59 PM
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hey Wade

19 in all provinces but Quebec where it is 18....i think its still that, its been a few decades since i was 18 and used to go to quebec to be legal to drink
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Thanks, Don.


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Alberta is 18 too
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Not relevant to Canada currently, but we used to cross the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit into Windsor to get more potent Canadian beer. I was 18 when the drinking age was 18 in Michigan, then it went to 19, and finally to 21. There was an odd period of about six weeks before my 21st birthday where I wasn't legal but had been for a long time. I stocked up.

Now when I am carded (mandatory) at the Idaho State Liquor stores for hard liquor, my usual polite response is: "Young lady, this t-shirt I'm wearing is old enough to drink".
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Statutory, or actual...?
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I grew up on the border.

Back in the day our drinking age was 18.

The Canada bars closed at 1AM , so we would hit them first. Then there would be a flood of people heading over to Niagara Falls USA side because those bars closed at 2AM, then when those closed everyone would rive to Buffalo (in a different county) where the bars closed at 4AM.

Our ages raised to 19 then up to 21. The cross-border bar-hopping was pretty common. then as well.
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