The Distillery District contains more than 70 retail and cultural establishments including numerous cafés, restaurants, and shops all housed within the heritage buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery. The more than 40 heritage buildings are the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America.
The closing of the remaining distillery operations in 1990 created redevelopment and investment opportunities for business and condo development.
In 2001, the district was transformed into a pedestrian friendly area with unique streetscapes that featured the integration of arts, cultural and entertainment establishments that helped create a vibrant and welcoming neighborhood. There are informal public spaces where people can relax and socialize. Most importantly, The Distillery District encourages people to slow down on these century old brick streets and take a walk through Toronto's history.