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Distillery Historic District Tours

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Distillery Historic District
Once home to the 1832 Gooderham and Worts’ mammoth distilling facility, Toronto’s charming arts and entertainment quarter is now a popular strolling spot for off-duty creatives. The cobblestone streets are lined with Victorian-era industrial buildings, which have been repurposed to serve as contemporary art galleries, third-wave coffee shops, concept boutiques, restaurants, and bars.
 
The Basics
Toronto’s Distillery Historic District is one of the city’s most vibrant cultural quarters. You can explore it during a walking tour or a Segway tour, with guides chronicling the evolution of the neighborhood from a manufacturing powerhouse for Canada’s largest distillery to a hip heritage district. Many tours include tastings from local and artisan producers, including the award-winning Mill Street Brewery.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The streets are cobblestone so wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.
  • Pack weather-appropriate clothing, as most of your time will be spent outdoors. Should it rain, there are lots of shops, bars, restaurants, and cafés where you can find shelter.
  • Take a camera. The district’s red-brick facades and quaint gables make excellent photo backdrops.

How to Get There
The Distillery District is located east of downtown Toronto. From Union Station (which is served by subway line 1 Yonge-University), ride the eastbound 504 King streetcar to King Street East at Trinity Street and walk south two blocks, or take the eastbound 514 Cherry streetcar to the end of the line (Distillery District). Walking from Union Station will take 20 to 25 minutes.
 
When to Get There
There is no bad time to visit Toronto’s Distillery Historic District. The neighborhood is at its liveliest during summer, when many of the cafés and restaurants set up outdoor seating areas—perfect for people-watching. Weekends tend to be busier than weekdays.
 
Seasonal Markets and Events
Seasonal events are a key draw of the district. During the holiday period, a popular Christmas market sets up shop here, with dozens of stalls piled high with food and handcrafted gifts, and carol singers belting out festive favorites. In summer, the Distillery Historic District hosts food-oriented events, live jazz, art and craft shows, and flea markets. On summer Sundays, vendors at the weekly farmers market sell produce from around Ontario, including maple syrup, meats, cheeses, and ready-to-eat treats.
Address: 55 Mill Street, Toronto M5A 3C4, Canada
Hours: Mon - Wed 10am - 7pm, Thurs - Sat 10am - 8pm, Sun 11am - 6pm
Admission: Free
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Corktown and Distillery Historic District Food Tour

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Stroll through cobblestoned Corktown and the historical distillery district for a food tasting tour in Toronto. Pass British row houses, brickyards, breweries, cork-stop makers, and what once was the world’s largest distillery. Your various tasting stops include global fusion–inspired appetizers, an award-winning chocolate shop, craft beer from an 1889 institution, and amazing Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine. Along the way, revel in fun facts, history, and humorous stories of the city.
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Starting out in the historical Distillery District this small group tour will guide you through some of the heritage of ‘Spirits’ in Toronto before exploring three of the top Unique Bars our fine city has to offer. Discover Toronto's contribution to spirits in North America. Your guide will show you some of the best secret Distillery District spots and downtown historic sites to create unforgettable memories.Toronto has many unique bars so our guides have hand selected some of the most exclusive and low key options to give you a remarkable experience. You’ll begin by stepping into an exotic plush Eastern Europe bar and sipping on the best vodka cocktails in Toronto as the sun sets.The next bar is a well hidden escape from outside world. While trying the cocktails you can also have fun at their game room ! Our final stop is the best-stocked bar in Toronto, here you can try some of the top mixologist offerings and the most beautifully presented cocktails found in Canada.
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1-Hour Distillery History District by Segway

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Zip through Toronto’s Distillery Historic District on a Segway tour that explores the colorful stories behind the cobblestone streets and 19th-century architecture. Learn to start, steer, and stop a Segway, then follow an expert guide through the heart of the neighborhood, stopping for tastings at a local chocolate shop and a brewery. This Toronto Segway tour includes all necessary equipment, and it’s a fun introduction to a revitalized manufacturing district.
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Get to know Toronto’s Distillery District on this walking tour that’s easy on the wallet. A guide takes you around the Victorian Industrial architecture, sharing history and entertaining anecdotes along the way. Hear about business intrigue and the company that became the world's largest distillery. Tastings of beer and chocolate round out your tour.
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Ghosts and Spirits of the Distillery District

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The 40 heritage buildings that call Toronto’s Distillery Historic District home encompass a dark and gruesome history. Delve into the area’s spine-chilling past on this ghost walk led by a costumed historian or dramatist. Visit haunted sites such as the ironically named Friendship House, hear tales about flickering lights and moving furniture, and prepare to be spooked.
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If you love a strange ghost stories, then this is the Toronto Distillery District tour is for you. On this evening Segway adventure, enjoy the fun of riding a Segway PT, combined with the adrenaline kick of a truly spooky history tour. Start out with a quick lesson on how to ride your Segway, and then follow your guide through the historic streets of the Distillery District while you listen to the real-world haunted tales.
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We follow the lead of Toronto’s laid-back attitude on this three hour privately guided tour that uses Uber Black to take us between sites. Rather than having a car and driver at our beck-and-call, We’ll combine walking with hopping in one of Uber’s premium vehicles when distances are too far. The result is a tour that has a more go-with-the-flow vibe, where we show you our favourite city highlights and go in-depth on our two feet without sacrificing convenience. Think of it as an Anthony Bourdain-style tour, where you’re not on a tight schedule and get a truly local experience.
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What are Distillery Historic District hours of operation?
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Distillery Historic District hours of operation: Mon - Wed 10am - 7pm, Thurs - Sat 10am - 8pm, Sun 11am - 6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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What's the best way to experience Distillery Historic District?
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The best ways to experience Distillery Historic District are:
  • Corktown and Distillery Historic District Food Tour
  • Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
  • Full Day Private Guided Toronto Vehicle Tour
  • Unique Toronto Bar and Distillery District Tour
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