Like many older eastern cities, Toronto has a wealth of buildings built in the early part of the last century. In the Distillery District, bounded by Cherry and Parliament Street, many of these older industrial buildings have been refurbished, and provide a refreshing break from the sterile atmosphere of the city’s modern architecture. Personable and people friendly, Toronto’s Distillery District is a lovely place for an afternoon or an evening excursion.
Founded in 1832, as the Gooderham and Worts Distillery, the area is now a pedestrian mall filled with art galleries, cafes, restaurants, shops, artist studios, boutiques and theatres—a perfect setting for creative thinking and expression. Many famous film productions have been shot in the Distillery district, in addition to television shows and commercials.
Explore 170 years of history in the Distillery District visitor centre. The Centre features heritage artefacts, memorabilia, exhibits and displays that will truly give you a view of Toronto’s rich past. You can explore the 44 heritage buildings; walk cobblestone paths where Al Capone, the notorious Chicago gangster, was once purportedly seen; and stroll through acclaimed galleries, upscale shops, cafes and restaurants.
Step back in time with a visit to downtown Toronto’s Distillery District.