Distillery Historic District Tours

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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.
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Address: 55 Mill Street, Toronto M5A 3C4, Canada
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Hours: Mon - Wed 10am - 7pm, Thurs - Sat 10am - 8pm, Sun 11am - 6pm
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Admission: Free
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Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour

Get to know Toronto’s Distillery District on this 1-hour 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.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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30-Minute Distillery District Segway Tour in Toronto

Experience Toronto like never before on this educational and entertaining, 30-minute Segway tour. Learn about Toronto’s trendy Distillery District, one of Canada’s hottest tourist attractions, located just east of downtown. Discover the fascinating history behind the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery and roll past the many designer boutiques, unique pubs and cafés, artisan shops, art galleries and award-winning restaurants that line the brick roads of this pedestrian-only village. Guided Segway training, plus all the necessary equipment, including a helmet, are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes. Your tour concludes with a photo opportunity and smiles extending for days.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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1-Hour Distillery History District by Segway

Zip through Toronto’s Distillery Historic District on an hour-long 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 one-hour Toronto Segway tour includes all necessary equipment, and it’s a fun introduction to a revitalized manufacturing district.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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The World's Least Scary Ghost Tour by Segway

Listen, we don't know if ghosts exist. But if they do we know they want us talking about them on a Segway tour. Our guided Segway Ghost Tour features a bunch of stories we definitely didn't make up about the spirited side of the Distillery District.  This tour is sometimes in dark conditions, please dress for the weather. If you survive, we even have a bone-shaking treat for you at the end!
  • Duration: 40 minutes
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Small-Group Toronto Beer Tour

Discover how Canadian beer aligns with the history of Toronto on this guided, 4-hour, small-group walking tour. Roam through the streets of Old Town Toronto, learning how beer played a role in the city’s past while visiting three classic Toronto pubs. Enjoy a beer tasting at the popular Mill Street Brewery. Then visit the St. Lawrence Market, with over 100 vendors, bakers, butchers and artisans, to sample a variety of Canadian specialties, followed by a tour of the trendy Distillery District, one of Canada’s hottest tourist attractions.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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7-Minute Helicopter Tour Over Toronto

See the city of Toronto and the surrounding region on this stunning 7-minute helicopter flight.  Soar over the largest city in Canada with an exclusive sightseeing tour of Toronto’s downtown skyline and beyond, including the iconic CN Tower, the Canadian National Exhibition grounds and the beautiful Lake Ontario waterfront. This incredible flight covers almost nine miles and includes one keepsake digital photo (delivered online) plus a printed souvenir picture. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
  • Duration: 7 minutes
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14-Minute Helicopter Tour Over Toronto

See the city of Toronto and the surrounding area on this stunning 14-minute helicopter flight.  Soar over the largest city in Canada with an exclusive sightseeing tour of Toronto’s downtown skyline and beyond, including the iconic CN Tower, Casa Loma, High Park and the beautiful waterfront. This incredible flight covers almost 22 miles and includes one keepsake digital photo (delivered online) plus a printed souvenir picture. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
  • Duration: 14 minutes
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Toronto Small-Group City Tour

Discover the sights and sounds of downtown Toronto and beyond on this guided, 6-hour sightseeing tour. Visit some of the city’s most popular locations as well as a few hidden gems on an exciting, small-group adventure. See the iconic CN Tower and Rogers Centre, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto City Hall, Queen’s Quay and the Harbourfront neighborhood, plus the historic Distillery District, multicultural Kensington Market, Chinatown, and much more. A local hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this comprehensive small-group tour.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Toronto Private Tour

When visiting Toronto, enjoy a private, guided, 2.5-hour tour for up to three people. Choose from a morning or early afternoon departure, then explore many of the city’s architectural wonders, like the iconic CN Tower and nearby Rogers Centre; the Royal Ontario Museum of art, world culture and natural history; the bustling Toronto Entertainment District; the affluent Yorkville neighborhood; St. Lawrence Market, recognized as the top food market in the world and much more. Downtown Toronto hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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