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The Distillery Historic District is an internationally acclaimed village of one-of-a-kind stores, shops, galleries, studios, restaurants, cafes, theatres and more. A place brimming with creativity and creative people, that can inspire dreams, and a place that can help them come true. The Distillery Historic District is a designated national historic site, and was formerly the Gooderham & Worts Distillery, originally founded in 1832.
The 13-acre walking district is a dramatic fusion of old and new. An inspired blend of the largest collection of Victorian Industrial architecture in North America and stunning 21st century design and creativity. The result is an internationally acclaimed village of one-of-a-kind stores, shops, galleries, studios, restaurants, cafes, theatres and more, which was named one of The Coolest Shopping Districts Around the World by The Guardian.
Paid public parking is available across the site. Please see below for a full list of lots:
- Above ground parking along Distillery Lane (Green P #230) – accessible from Parliament Street
- Underground parking at 70 Distillery Lane, P1 Level (Green P #267) – accessible from Cherry Street
- Underground parking at 33 Mill Street, P1 Level (Precise Parklink) – accessible from Mill Street
The following parking lots offer nearby off-site parking:
- Underground parking at 100 Cooperage Street (Green P #283)
- Covered surface lot at at 40 Rolling Mills Road (Green P #285)
- Underground parking lot at 83 Tannery Road (Green P #284)
In all cases, you can pay for parking through either the Green P or Flowbird app, or at the closest parking meter.
Yes! When you are at The Distillery District, visitors may use the complimentary WiFi network called “Distillery WiFi by Beanfield”.
Casual snapshots taken as memories, souvenirs, or for personal use may be taken at any time at no charge. Wedding, engagement, and professional family photography require a permit in advance. Any commercial photography and/or filming also requires a permit in advance.
Please view our permits page for more details.
Please contact Distillery District Security at 416-522-3258 for any lost-and-found inquiries.
The Distillery Historic District is an accessible site and provides for mobility-accessible parking, ramp access to buildings, shops and restaurants, washrooms with child changing facilities, and wheelchair accessible stalls. We remind all visitors of The Distillery District that the historic streets inside the District are made of cobblestone and are naturally uneven in some locations.
Yes! There are a number of picture perfect spots around The Distillery District that would be a great spot for a proposal.
Please note that if you wish to include a photographer to document your proposal, you will need to purchase a photo permit in advance. Click here for more details.
The history of the site dates back to 1832, when Gooderham & Worts began as a windmill in the wilderness and grew to become the largest distillery in the world. Please visit www.distilleryheritage.com for photos, maps, historical stories, and more information.
The Distillery District is a dog friendly community and we encourage you to bring your furry friends to stroll around the cobblestone streets. If you bring a pet, please be sure to pick up after them and always keep them on a leash.
Please note that animals are not permitted inside any food/beverage establishments at The Distillery District, with the exception of service animals with appropriate documentation. Some stores and galleries on-site welcome dogs, but we recommend to check with them directly to be sure.