Province/Territory: Ontario

Step into whiskey-soaked history

  • 40 preserved Victorian era industrial buildings
  • 22 galleries
  • 18 retail stores and boutiques

View rare architecture and be inspired by art and music in Toronto’s pedestrian-only Distillery district. Stroll along the cobblestone streets and feel transported back in time. There’s not a car in sight. Over 40 buildings stand before you, forming North America’s best-preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture buildings house boutiques, galleries, theatres and cafes.

Soak up the history of what was once the largest distillery in the British Empire on a fascinating tour, learning about the tragedies and triumphs of the distillery’s founders. Explore internationally acclaimed galleries, boutiques, chic home-design shops, cool cafés, sumptuous restaurants, inspiring theater, and the studios and workshops of artists. Live music and outdoor exhibitions abound in this unique area dedicated to promoting the arts, culture and entertainment.

Why you should visit
  • Canada’s largest pedestrian-only precinct for arts, culture and entertainment.
  • Explore the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture in North America.
  • Take in a live theatre performance at one of 17 performing arts companies.
  • Savour an organic microbrewery ale.
  • Select a bottle of wine from a massive, 22-ft wine rack.
  • Order Mayan hot chocolate - infused with Madagascar vanilla, ginger and chili and orange peel.
  • View contemporary art at Canada's most unique concentration of gallery spaces
  • Check out the unique Gooderham “Flatiron” Building at Front & Wellington, constructed in 1892.
  • Visit Little Trinity Church; it was built in 1843 for those who couldn’t afford the pew fees at the local cathedral.

Weather

Visitor information
When to go

Throughout the year, the Distillery hosts celebrations and special events such as Artisans at the Distillery Craft Shows, the Contact Festival, a photography showcase and Luminato, a celebration of theatre, music, dance, food, literature, fashion, film, visual arts and magic.

Need to know
  • It's a secure and private enclave.
  • No franchises or chain stores are allowed – all the stores and galleries are unique.
  • In the 1880’s the Distillery was the largest distillery in the world.
  • Hundreds of films have been shot here, including Chicago and X-Men.
  • Don’t forget a pair of good walking shoes.
Getting Here
  • Located near the waterfront area of downtown Toronto.
  • Via subway: to King Station, followed by 504 King Street Car to Parliament and Mill Street.
  • Access via public transit on a GO bus or GO Train
  • Taxis are available to-and-from the area.
  • Near-by parking available.