Temperance and Tempatation

Experience the secret stories of Ontario’s silent still.

Temperance and Tempation

Take a guided journey back in time when the dry days of abstinence led to illicit thirsty nights filled with toe-tapping music, tasty food, hotsy-totsy dancing and plenty of giggle water.​

Temperance and Temptation Tour

Self-Guided Tours

Jump in your jalopy and embark on a journey through our regions past with a downloadable audio guide filled with music, tasty food & drinks, history and fun.

Terra Nova Public House

​York Story

​Spiritual Days and Spirit-Filled Nights
Experience what it was like to turn the blind eye to the blind pig! During Temperance, many people pretended to be teetotalers during the day – only to cut loose at the underground gin joints at night! How did York’s flappers and hep cats balance this double life? Take the York tour to find out!

​Take the York Tour

​Durham Story

Drama in Durham: War on Whiskey
Antagonism and hostility sure put a damper on the nightlife in Durham! Take the tour for the inside scoop on this region’s scandalous past. Listen in on how the pressure mounted until the Bluenoses who supported Temperance openly clashed with the bootleggers and moonshiners who defied the movement every night.

Take the ​Durham Tour

Headwaters Story

Hidden Secrets: Swamps, Stills and Barnyard Moonshine
Psst – wanna quench your thirst without spending all your hard-earned clams? Take a wander down the backgrounds of Headwaters when restrictions from the feds and pressure from the Bluenoses gave rise to a thriving moonshine and bootlegging industry in the region’s nooks and crannies.

​Take the ​​Headwaters Tour

Temperance and Tempation Group