Built on the site of a large former whiskey distillery, the Distillery District has become one of Toronto’s foremost cultural nodes.
The Distillery Historic District occupies a small and narrow strip of land paralleling the rail corridor. The former Gooderham & Worts buildings have been converted into shops, restaurants and a large beer hall owned by Mill Street Brewery. The Young Centre for the Performing Arts and the Dancemakers Theatre are also located here. To the east, a large amount of open space is slated for redevelopment. In terms of recreational space, Corktown Common and David Crombie Park are both within walking distance.
Transportation in the Distillery District
The #504 King streetcar route has recently been extended to serve the neighborhood directly. This allows for easy access to both the Financial District and a number of other popular destinations throughout the city. Bus service is also available on Parliament Street. All surface transit routes in the vicinity offer connections to subway stations on either Line 1 Yonge-University or Line 2 Bloor-Danforth. Cyclists can take advantage of close proximity to protected bike lanes along Richmond and Adelaide Streets, as well as the Martin Goodman Trail along Queen’s Quay. For drivers, the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway are both easily accessible.