From Apples to Alcohol

Posted By 25th Hour Crew on Oct 31, 2018 | 0 comments

Three years ago Pete Rainville left his job as an executive and did what most people only dream of – he turned his hobby into a successful business and created Ottawa’s first homegrown hard cider. Our team went behind the scenes with him to see exactly how this locally produced hard cider is made, from apples to alcohol.

Producer: Jennifer Liu

Camera: Esther Karin Mngodo

Editor: Jane Skrynek


The story of how Ottawa’s first hard cider is made, begins while the city is still asleep as Pete Rainville makes his way to the Smyth’s orchard in Dundela. Pete, who left the corporate world to launch Flying Canoe in 2016, takes pride in paving the way for others. | Photos by: Esther Karin Mngodo

Esther Karin Mngodo puts things into perspective behind the camera at Pete Rainville’s cidery in Ottawa. | Photos by: Jennifer Liu

What makes the Flying Canoe a unique hard cider is the apples. “You can taste the McIntosh apples in the cider,” founder Pete Rainville tells Editor Jane Skrypnek as she put the story in focus. | Photos by: Esther Karin Mngodo

The story is in the details. Producer Jennifer Liu is attentive to those details as she captures the natural sound at the Smyth’s Orchard where the magic of making Flying Canoe begins. | Photos by: Esther Karin Mngodo