If you have only a couple of hours to spare and want to tick shopping, dining and sightseeing off your list, the Distillery Historic District is the perfect one-stop experience, a mere 10-minute cab ride from the downtown core.
Originating in 1832 as a windmill by the lake and gradually growing to become the Gooderham & Worts whisky distillery, the collection of 30 Victorian buildings has been converted into a cobblestone-lined, car-free destination. Unique fashion, delicious dining, arts offerings and Toronto heritage all happily co-exist here.
Whether you visit in the morning, afternoon or evening, you’ll find food and drink to fit your itinerary.
40 boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops are ready to serve you with stylish fashions, unusual gifts and tasty take-home treats.
Whether it’s theatre, live music, public art or private galleries, it’s all being created and curated here.
Nurture your soul with a play by The Soulpepper Theatre Company at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts
Find your next great artwork at one of the half dozen galleries that call the Distillery District home
See creation in progress at the Artscape Distillery Studios where craftspeople ply their trade
Illuminate your night with the Toronto Light Festival which runs from January to March
A totally fun way to see the area is with a Segway tour! Available year-round, your tour leader will give you a short lesson and get you up and rolling around in no time
If you're lucky enough to be visiting in December, the European style Christmas Market that takes over the Distillery District each year is a must-visit. Sip mulled wine as you peruse the dozens of craft stalls and catch a glimpse of strolling carollers. Magical!