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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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15 Tours and Activities to Experience Distillery Historic District

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Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour

Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour

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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.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.15
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$19.15
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7-Minute Helicopter Tour over Toronto with a Souvenir Photo

7-Minute Helicopter Tour over Toronto with a Souvenir Photo

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See the city of Toronto and the surrounding region on this brief but stunning 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.
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  • 7 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.40
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$99.40
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50-Minute Distillery District Segway Tour

50-Minute Distillery District Segway Tour

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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. This Toronto Segway tour includes all necessary equipment, and it’s a fun introduction to a revitalized manufacturing district.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.20
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30-Minute Distillery District Segway Tour in Toronto

30-Minute Distillery District Segway Tour in Toronto

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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.
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  • 30 minutes
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$35.56
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Small-Group Toronto Beer Tour

Small-Group Toronto Beer Tour

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Discover how Canadian beer aligns with the history of Toronto on this guided 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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$62.94
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Unique Toronto Bar and Distillery District Tour

Unique Toronto Bar and Distillery District Tour

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.97
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Luxury Small-Group Toronto City Tour

Luxury Small-Group Toronto City Tour

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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.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$173.36
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14-Minute Helicopter Tour Over Toronto

14-Minute Helicopter Tour Over Toronto

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See the city of Toronto and the surrounding area on this stunning 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 (35 km) 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.
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  • 14 minutes
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$208.82
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$208.82
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Private Corktown and Distillery District Tour

Private Corktown and Distillery District Tour

The long time home to the Irish who fled during the Potato Famines, Corktown has had a mixed history of perseverance, struggle, success, depression, and revitalization. Walk these historic streets and explore the neighborhood that saw more Irish immigration than Boston! Continue the tour into the Gooderham & Worts Historic Distillery District. Explore the history of the distillery, maybe try a sip of a local favorite, and see how modern movies have made it one of the most popular public spaces in Toronto today!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Corktown and Riverside Beer Tour

Corktown and Riverside Beer Tour

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This private action-packed beer and history tour, is filled with fascinating information and unique sight-seeing locations, as we traverse through hidden gem neighborhoods and areas not known to or seen by visitors! With great facts and good beer recommendations, guests have a great time spending a couple hours with their expert guide, on a casual and fun day out on the town, drinking great beer and getting a real feel for the old Corktown and Riverside neighbourhoods! You and your guest(s), will learn about centuries of history, early and modern beer history, visit hidden alleyways and see private laneways and row-housing, and drink plenty of beer! We will visit AT LEAST two breweries and also a 19th century hotel and pub! This is your tour though, so we can customize it anyway you like if you feel the urge! Learn about the fascinating history of beer whilst visiting some of Toronto's lesser seen neighbourhoods that are known to few visitors!
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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$74.74
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Sweet Delights Of Old Toronto Tour

Sweet Delights Of Old Toronto Tour

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You've never had a sweets and treats walking food tour like this before! This tour is a comprehensive, insider and local's guide history and food guide to the heart and soul of Toronto. We visit churches, world class markets, hidden buildings and courtyards, Canada's oldest post office, and more! We sample Toronto's best Gelato, some fine handcrafted chocolates, delicious Japanese pastries and Green matcha lattes! Don't be afraid to let loose with talks about slavery, death, disease outbreaks, gun dueling, murder, religion and more, all whilst taking in savoury and delicious sweets and treats! This is far more than your average tour!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Downtown Toronto Layover Private Tour

Downtown Toronto Layover Private Tour

Stuck in Toronto Airport on a long layover? Leave the boring waiting areas and embark on this private 2-hour Walking and UP Express tour. Your personalized guide picks you up at Union Station and takes you to top city attractions such as the CN Tower, Lawrence Market, the Distillery district, Frank Gehry's Art Gallery of Ontario, Libeskind's Royal Ontario Museum and the Rogers Centre. See what you want to see before you’re taken back to Union Station.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Discover Toronto with a Private Walking Tour by a Local

Discover Toronto with a Private Walking Tour by a Local

Discover Toronto and its multi-cultural neighbourhoods, fabulous shopping and amazing architecture through the eyes of a friendly local who will share all the great spots that will make for a memorable experience. Tours are private walking tours that are customized to your preferences, and last between 2 and 6 hours at your request. The tour guides are just regular people living in the city you’re visiting, that way you can learn about the city through their stories. Your guide will meet you at a location of your choosing, be it your hotel or other accommodation, a landmark or even a metro station inside the Toronto urban center. Children below 3 years old are free of charge. Children from 3 to 15 get 60% off the regular tour price. If you're not sure what you'd like to see, your guide we suggest different paths which revolve around Downtown, Yorkville, The Entertainment District, Chinatown, Kensington Market, Koreatown, Little Italy, and more!
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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The Distillery District Segway Ghost Tour

The Distillery District Segway Ghost Tour

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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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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Guided Bicycle Tour - Toronto Waterfront, Island and Distillery

Guided Bicycle Tour - Toronto Waterfront, Island and Distillery

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You can see more of Toronto in less time on this tour that's perfect for first-time visitors. Just meet up with your small group of fellow travelers, hop on your included bike, and set out on a pedal-powered adventure to get your bearings and explore the waterfront. See the Distillery Historic District, ride through the Harbourfront, and stop by Toronto Island Park—all in just a few hours.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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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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