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Distillery Historic District

Distillery Historic District

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513 Reviews
Mon - Wed 10am - 7pm, Thurs - Sat 10am - 8pm, Sun 11am - 6pm
55 Mill Street, Toronto, M5A 3C4

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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Toronto

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Great covid-friendly family activity
CrashMama, Oct 2020
30-Minute Distillery District Segway Tour in Toronto
It was a great tour!!! It was a fun COVID-friendly activity for us and the kids. The Segways were easy to manage and fun to ride. We even learned a few things from our very friendly tour guide, Nicole. Highly recommended.
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Good times with Eric
Joanne_S, Oct 2020
50-Minute Distillery District Segway Tour
Great way to get around and learn about the area. Eric shared a lot of interesting tidbits about the history, not to mention many of his favourite jokes. We had a blast.
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Great experience
Barbara, Sep 2020
Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour
My guide was Nicole and she was extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable, making this tour a fantastic experience. I would recommend it to anyone who loves history and architecture!
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I'd definitely go again
Dario_O, Jul 2020
30-Minute Distillery District Segway Tour in Toronto
Nicole was excellent. She had a great disposition, seemed to enjoy her work, and imparted a lot historical information and well as fun facts. She's also a very good teacher. Thanks for a fun tour!
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Distillery District Walking Tour
Jennifer_and_Steve, Feb 2020
Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour
Gavin was a fantastic tour guide. His knowledge of history blended with his entertaining story telling made the tour very memorable. We highly recommend the Distillery District Walking Tour. Thank you Go Tours Canada!
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Excellent tour
mneilgreer, Oct 2019
Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour
Tour dealt not only with history of the Distillery District but touched on the history of Toronto and early Canada USA relationships. It had to do this in order to put the Distillery District into perspective importance. Our tour guide (Erik) was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. He did have a few biases which were perhaps not part of the Distillery District history, but allowed for some additional communication connection with the guide.
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very imformative
Mike B, Sep 2019
Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour
eric, our guide was full of detail and enthusiasm on this tour-amazing the history and business stories of this area. and beer samples and chocolate to boot !
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A great way to see the Distillery District
Tony S, Aug 2019
Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour
Graham, our tour guide gave us a great presentation. A short but very interesting way to hear the early history of the district and Toronto.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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