By: Wayne Pettit
The first known manufacturer of soda water in northwestrn ontario was J.A. Baker, whose shop was located on North Water Street in Prince Arthur’s Landing in 1875. Others soon followed and, before long, a large and healthy industry of small manufactures spread widely across the region. Over time, ginger beer, leonade, cider and aerated sarsaparilla became Coca-Cola, Pepsi and 7UP but northwestern Ontario’s love of soda pop bever let up. By the end of the 20th century, however, all of the local makers were gone, replaced by multinational companies shipping pop from the big cities. This book covers all of the known makers of soda in the region from 1875 to the present and describes both their histories and the bottles they used.