Tourists visiting Ontario from the U.S., Europe and even other parts of Canada must see this province as a weird, prudish place when it comes to buying alcohol.
Stroll into a convenience store and ask for a six-pack and your choice boils down to Coke or Pepsi… but certainly not Blue or Bud. No, you're going to have to find a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) or Beer Store, unless you live in a town too small for these provincially-controlled monopolies.
Then, you can buy alcohol at the so-called “agency stores” that exist in more than 200 towns. With Doug Ford's PC government looking to dismantle this rule with considerable popular support, the LCBO is attacking the corner stores expected to benefit from selling booze as too irresponsible to keep it away from minors.