Listed as a National Historic Site, the Distillery Historic District is one of Toronto’s most picturesque neighborhoods. With cobblestone lanes and Victorian-style shops and buildings, the site was founded as the city’s first distillery in the 1830s. Redeveloped in the early 2000s, the district now features high-end boutique shops, art galleries and studios, and restaurants. Located in the Old Toronto area, you can stroll the laneways and courtyards during the warmer months, or visit the lovely Toronto Christmas Market through December.
One of Toronto’s most distinctive neighborhoods, Kensington Market is brimming with eclectic shops, cafés, restaurants, and other attractions. With a diverse legacy that embeds the area in Toronto’s Jewish, working-class, and counterculture histories, Kensington has evolved into a hub of Toronto’s cultural life as artists and writers move through the area. Though becoming increasingly gentrified, Kensington Market was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2006. While you’re there, you can also stroll a couple of blocks east over to Chinatown along Spadina Avenue and get to know another one of Toronto’s must-see downtown neighborhoods.
Although it’s a 90-minute drive from the city itself, this natural wonder of the world is a must-see. Almost 750,000 gallons of water per second churn over the cliff, and you can watch from the top, or get right up close on the Maid of the Mist. You can also venture into the falls themselves with the Journey Behind the Falls – which involves heading down 38 metres (124.6 feet) in a lift to stand next to the thick curtain of water. There are even helicopter tours of the area.