National Historic Site of Canada
The Distillery District of Toronto lies at the bottom of Parliament Street south of Front Street, east of the financial district and west of the Don Valley. The 13-acre area is the former site of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery. The neighbourhood contains more than 40 heritage buildings and 10 streets, and is the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America. The district was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1988. The area is nothing like a dry museum, though. Its lively and charming cobblestone streets are closed to vehicular traffic and encompass a solid concentration of artist’s studios and galleries, boutiques and high-end retailers.