Sometimes you can play tourist in your own backyard. A few years ago, my husband Frank and I visited the historic Distillery District in Toronto. The Distillery District was once originally a mill and then the famous Gooderham and Worts distillery, producing whisky in the 19th and early part of the 20th century before turning over to rum producing in the mid-1950s. In 1990 it closed down and was used as a set for many period piece films that made Toronto a hot spot and “Hollywood North”.
In the 2000s it was restored to its current state and is the setting for theatres, art galleries, some of the best dining establishments in the city, shopping, special events (e.g. annual Toronto Christmas Market) as well as wedding/engagement photo shoots.
Visiting the Distillery District in Toronto is a must-do to get a sense of what the city looked like in its early days. Tourists are welcome to visit the site at no cost. A variety of walking and Seqway tours are available with a tour guide that will provide you with an in-depth overview of the historic buildings. The tours vary in length of time and cost anywhere between $19 to $49 per adult ticket. Read more about the tours here.
Photo taken July 1, 2011