The Toronto Distillery District is an example of revitalization and preservation of old Toronto. It was founded in 1832 by William Gooderham and James Worts (“Gooderham & Worts”). By the 1860’s, it became the largest alcoholic beverage producer in the world. It is strategically located at the mouth of the Don River which leads into Lake Ontario. Rail lines also connected to the facility which allowed both import and export of fine goods.I talk about it’s Head Office on another post here.
Production ceased in the 1950’s and it basically stayed vacant for decades. Cityscape Holdings acquired the property in 2001 and began redevelopment into both an entertainment and social venue. Condominiums were built and storefronts were created which house fine dining establishments and artistic shops. Live music events are often staged her and seasonal themes are a major attraction – including the Toronto Christmas Market. The Toronto Christmas Market is a major attraction for families and couples. An old school Merry-Go-Round and Ferris Wheel are fun for all and the magnificent Christmas and gas lighting add to the Old English effect. Vendors sell an array of goods including mulled wine and fancy grilled cheese sandwiches (I call them “Gorilla Cheese” sandwiches!).
The Toronto Distillery District is a “go-to” place for both residents of Toronto as well as tourists. It offers many enjoyable amenities including fine residents and unique shopping experiences. Oddly enough, there is a brewery on site known as the Mill Street Brewery This is my favorite eating and drinking establishment at the distillery. Food and drink are great and the fantastic menu offers fabulous meals for all – at reasonable prices. During warm months, the Distillery District offers large patios and various types of dining experiences.
It’s a great destination for photographers as well. Many events and even movies have been shot here – including “Tommy Boy” starring Chris Farley. Whether you’re on a date, with the family or just shooting pictures, the Toronto Distillery District is one of Toronto’s best destinations.