Toronto’s Distillery District was initially the home of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery. By the 1850s the distillery was thriving, and in 1859 construction began on the current site. In the 1870s, Gooderham and Worts was the largest distillery in the world — by 1871, its annual whiskey and spirits production came to 2.1 million gallons. The distillery closed in 1990. In 2001 work began to turn the area and more than 40 buildings into a pedestrian-only village dedicated to arts, culture and entertainment: Distillery Historic District opened in May 2003. (source)
Some of the old machinery is displayed in the buildings.
The Distillery District is an appealing mix of old and new, and a walk around the area is a photographer’s delight. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars for refreshment, plus interesting little shops where you can spend your holiday money.
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