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Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour

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Called "One of Toronto's Top 10 Walking Tours" by BlogTO, join us year-round for the story of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery's rise to fame and transformation into the modern Distillery District. Book your tour during any 2019 Toronto Christmas Market weekend and you get to skip the line + admission charge.

You'll love our expert guides interpretation of a drunk city, business intrigue and how Gooderham and Worts became the world's largest distillery. Along the way we'll show you some of the best secret Distillery District spots and photo locations.

The last part of your tour brings you back to the present day Distillery District. Enjoy a small sampling at Soma Chocolate and Mill St. Brewery, two iconic brands that started right in the neighbourhood. Consider it our thank-you for supporting our Canadian-owned Small Business.

Note: Your tour guide can follow a fully accessible route upon request.
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30 Gristmill Lane
30 Gristmill Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada
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    Go Tours Canada
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    Distillery Historic District
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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    Soma Chocolate Maker
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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    Mill Street Brewery
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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You'll return to the starting point
Highlights
  • Distillery District walking tour: Avoid the hassle of navigating on your own
  • Guide ensures you see unmarked points of interest and architectural gems
  • Chocolate and beer tastings at Soma and Mill St. Brewery
  • Learn about the neighborhood’s past tenant, a massive whiskey distillery
What to Expect
Meet your guide in the heart of Toronto’s Distillery District. As you walk through the cobblestone streets, listen to anecdotes about the area’s history, often missing in guidebooks. Break up the tour with a chocolate tasting at Soma Chocolate and local beer at the iconic Mill St. Brewery—recommendations are provided at each of these highly-rated establishments. Your guide points out examples of the area’s Victorian Industrial style of architecture and other important landmarks, many of which are unmarked and easy to miss. Part ways with your guide with a new perspective on the neighborhood and enough time left in the day to explore further on your own.
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Departure Point
30 Gristmill Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada
Duration
1h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Local taxes
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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From Ontario, and had the pleasure of nicole's tour of the distillery district and its historical background, which I hadnt ever had the chance to discover without such a tour
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We took this tour the first day at Toronto. The guide was really knowledgeable and passionate about the distillery district's history. We really enjoyed the tour. If you visit during December, you might get a private tour since it is off-Seasson. After the tour, we stayed at
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Response from gotourscanada, Front Office Manager at Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour
Responded 16 Dec 2019
hello sotokiaralee Thank you for your review! We are so happy you enjoyed your tour with us and the magic of the Christmas Market! Please let us know what we can improve on to make your experience 5 stars! Happy Holidays!
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I had a great tour, the Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour, with Nicole. She included lots of interesting history, the tour didn't feel rushed, and i enjoyed her personality so much. The tour also included a tasting at a brewery on site! Such a great way to learn about
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Response from gotourscanada, Front Office Manager at Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour
Responded 16 Dec 2019
Hi kofeekaren! Thank you for this doggone message!! We are so happy you enjoyed our Distillery History Tour! We try our best to accommodate all guests, take our time and ultimately give the most memorable experiences for our visitors. The Christmas Market is a great time to learn about the history of the area and get into the holiday spirit! Thanks for joining us!
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The Distillery District is mildly interesting. Good that they preserved the area and kept some of the city's important history. The walking tour was moderately interesting. Really not too much to see. We went when they turned it into a Christmas village, which made it a bit more
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Response from gotourscanada, Manager at Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour
Responded 11 Dec 2019
Hi ubos, If possible, can you email us at tours@gotourscanada.com? We'd like to find out how your experience could have been more in line with our other reviews. Thank you for joining our Walking Tour.
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I first visited Toronto in the 1960s (as a child), and drove by this area many times over the years, but never understood its significance to the city as a whole. Great tour led by Sergi. Toronto and Gooderham & Worts were all built and developed by immigrants, so it was great
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Response from gotourscanada, Front Office Manager at Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour
Responded 25 Nov 2019
Hello dans975! Thank you for your review! This anecdote is amazing! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Sergi ( one of our top guides!). There is so much history hidden in the Distillery!
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Brian2230
Port Colborne, Canada
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Distillery District (Toronto) on a Segway
Great tour from David at Go Tours throughout the Toronto Distillery District. Nicely informative tour leaving our
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Brandan H
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Distillery district tour
From Ontario, and had the pleasure of nicole's tour of the distillery district and its historical background,
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Soto
Puerto Rico
10
Great Tour!
We took this tour the first day at Toronto. The guide was really knowledgeable and passionate about the distillery
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koffeekaren
Kirkland, Washington
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Doggone good Distillery Tour!
I had a great tour, the Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour, with Nicole. She included lots of interesting
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ubos13
5120
A Nice Diversion
The Distillery District is mildly interesting. Good that they preserved the area and kept some of the city's
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Dan S
St. Catharines, Canada
326
finally visited unique historical block
I first visited Toronto in the 1960s (as a child), and drove by this area many times over the years, but never
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Joe C
10
Had a great time
Our guide (I forget her name) was very knowledgeable and seemed genuinely connected to the area. Our first time on
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kathryn s
Acton, Canada
5511
A bit of history
Had time to kill before Dinner reservations and picked this walking tour. It was very interesting. Never knew
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Keith McD
131
A great fun tour!
We had a fantastic time with Erik! From the outset he was charismatic and friendly, making us feel really welcome.
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connsp
Edmonton, Canada
12
Come for the History, not the Beer or Chocolate
The tour guide was good, and some interesting history. The tour was of the history of the distillery district, not
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