Created by Lynn May Gosselin.
There is much to discover in Canada’s largest city.
Nestled on the northwestern shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto is a vibrant, hip, cosmopolitan centre for everything, business, fashion, film, cuisine, the arts and more. There is so much to discover in this electric city. Planning a trip to Toronto in the fall is perhaps one of the best times to visit.
The temperatures are crisp and cool, particularly in the morning but not so cold that you need to be excessively bundled up. The leaves are starting to turn golden and red on the deciduous trees that line the city streets and the air is fresh. With loads of sun and not much rain, Toronto is a great fall destination.
The city is well known for some pretty distinct neighborhoods, defining themselves by culture, interest, nationality and more. Some great spots to meander are Chinatown for the bustling chaotic markets, Bay Street for the crisp suits and business lunches and the Distillery District.
The Distillery Historic District, right in the heart of downtown Toronto, is the home to some the cities hottest designers, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and more. A pedestrian only village that was once the home of the Gooderham & Worts whiskey distillery, this area has charm and class combined. Cobbled stones streets lead visitors to some of the best the city has to offer, all housed in Victorian-era buildings.
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In a city has diverse as Toronto, foodies are never without a great spot to try. There are amazing restaurants everywhere and the same is true for the Distillery District. Cluny Bistro and Boulangerie is the new kid on the block and is proving to be the new hot spot to try. Having just opened this summer, this beautiful, trendy spot serves some of the best steak frites around. Modern French Cuisine is where it’s at with a Parisian style esthetic to match. For those looking for something on the go or a quick sweet to pair with a café au lait, then hit the bakery or Boulangerie. The apple bread is to die for, an ideal pairing with a thick piece of Cambozola and the crepes seem to be whisked off the streets of Paris.
The Mill Street Brewery has been open since the district was first reinvented and has become a great hub for casual nights out, drinking and dining. Specializing in locally made beer, plan a stop here to taste a flight of the local brew. This microbrewery is housed in the original Gooderham & Worts tank house and while they don’t distill whiskey, they make some incredible beers. From stout to pale ale, pilsner and coffee porter, Mill Street has a great range on tab or by the bottle. Best bet, hit the bar and ask for a tasting flight and then decide for yourself which brew is the best.
A truly unique way to see the historic Distillery District is on a Segway tour. Rather than wear your feet out, why not try this interesting experience on for size. Never been on a Segway? No worries, your trusty tour guide will spend some time teaching you the ropes of these cool movers. Then it’s off to the races or rather off to see some history. There are many tours on offer all lead by knowledge and personal staff. Choose from a quick 30 spin around the hood, quick visits to a few key sights and some fascinating tidbits of information, or take a longer hour tour starting at the oldest building in the district and moving through time to the most modern. And if the fall has you in a spooky mood with Halloween around the corner, perhaps a ghost tour will peak your interest. Leaving as the moon rises, this eerie trip through the haunted past of the Distillery is a special experience.