The historic Distillery District is like no other neighbourhood in the city. Attracting both locals and tourists, the historic area features brick-lined streets, Victorian-era architecture and is surrounded by some of the hottest design shops, galleries and eateries around. Once the site of the largest distillery in North America, the District is filled with rich history and was later redeveloped into a pedestrian-only village, an incredible backdrop for renowned buildings, brew pubs and daily cultural events.
A trendy area for affortable real estate, shopping or even getting hitched, it’s a neighbourhood with vibrance and personality. Here are five hidden gems in the Distillery.
1. Music summer series.
The annual summer music concerts are happening right now in the Distillery. Canadian bands take stage in Trinity Square for weekly outdoor shows of singing, dancing and drinking. Wednesday nights all summer long.
2. Ghost tours.
Experience this enchanted village through its various walking and tasting tours. Hop on a motorized Segway and explore the spooky side of the historic site, dating back to the early 1800s, in the popular Ghost Tours. If it gets too creepy, at least you can make a quick getaway.
3. Sunday Market.
Sundays in the Distillery are especially amazing thanks to the summer market in Trinity Square. A curated local outdoor market for homemade treats and artisanal products. Sundays until September 27, 2015.
4. Say “I Do” in a beer hall.
Want to get married in a unique venue? The Distillery has some of the best and historic buildings to book your special day. Get married in a boiler house or a fermenting cellar, your guests won’t be disappointed! Plus, the pedestrian-only (no cars allowed!) location is a stunning backdrop for wedding photos.
5. Christmas market.
While it’s still a bit early to think about Christmas, the annual street market is a celebration of lights with pop-up vendors, beer gardens and daily entertainment. 246 free performances including headliners like Canadian musician Jim Cuddy. November 27 – December 20, 2015.
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