The historic clock and Gooderham & Worts buildings at the Distillery District

Distillery Historic District

This national historic site astounds the eyes with its cobblestone streets and painstakingly restored Victorian industrial architecture. Dating to 1832 and the founding of the Gooderham & Worts distillery, this arts-and-culture hub is now home to galleries, boutiques, restaurants and cafes, as well as a new wave of distilleries and craft breweries. While its Old Town of Toronto roots run deep, the district is actually quite young, its resurrection only dating back to 2003.

Don't miss:

  • The Old World charm and light-filled spectacle that is the annual Toronto Christmas Market 
  • Artwork and crafts by First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists at Gallery Indigena
  • Emerging and mid-career contemporary artists at Corkin Gallery
  • The annual Groundswell Festival at the award-winning and unabashedly feminist Nightwood Theatre
  • SOMA Chocolatemaker’s bean-to-bar truffles, drinking chocolate, spreads and cookies

BOUNDARIES: Parliament Street to the west, Cherry Street to the east, Mill Street to the north and Distillery Lane to the south.

PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): King subway station, then take the 504 streetcar to Distillery Loop.

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Old Town is set on the original 10 blocks that started Toronto. Today it’s replete with Victorian industrial architecture, a diverse and renowned food market and beautifully manicured green spaces.