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The Distillery District In Toronto

First known by the name “Worts and Gooderham,” the distillery bore the names of the pair of brothers-in-law that launched the enterprise. However, following the death of the former’s wife during childbirth, Wort killed himself, leaving Gooderham to continue business operations on his own. A conseqeunce of this was that the “Worts” portion of the name was eliminated from the company. There have long been rumours that the ghost of James Wort haunts the area, with the Distillery Complex still retaining official haunted status. Eventually, the oldest of Wort’s 13 children returned to the business, and the name was changed again to Gooderham and Wort.

During the mid-19th century, Gooderham and Worts was the world’s largest distillery and was responsible for generating upwards of half of all tax revenue in Canada. The Stone Distillery Complex is the oldest structure still standing, and it is a sizable limestone building erected in 1859. The structures on the premises continue to carry names suggestive of their original use, including the Case Goods Warehouse, the Boiler House, the Maltings and the Cooperage. This lends a historically accurate feeling that is difficult to replicate.

Among the products for which Gooderham and Worts were responsible include hard liquors such as whiskey, industrial alcohol and antifreeze solutions that saw heavy use in World War I and II. The business made acetone that was used to harden bi-planes’ fabric winds during World War I. In the 1920s, the company was purchased by Hiram Walker and again in the 1980s it was sold to Allied Domeq. 1990 saw production cease altogether, and this is when the complex was turned into North America’s biggest location for the production of films. Numerous big budget productions have been created in the Distillery District, including “Cinderella Man,” “Chicago,” “X-Men” and more. Some of the stars who have plied their trade here include Meg Ryan, Al Pacino, Rene Zellweger and a host of others.

The story of the Distillery District in Toronto Ontario really is a blueprint for other types of industrial repurposing endeavors across North America and indeed the world.

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Discover the Hospitality of Rural South Ottawa

Enjoy the scenery of farms, forests and the Rideau, sample award winning food at restaurants, and learn about the diverse art and farm products that come from the area. Visit artist studios and watch demos, or stroll through a tree farm. All in a day – just a half-hour drive South of downtown Ottawa!

  • Free Admission
  • Enter a Draw to win a Gift Certificate
  • Donations accepted in support of the North Gower Food Bank.

Venez découvrir l’hospitalité de la région d’Ottawa sud – North Gower et Kars.

Là où fermes et forêts bordent la Rideau, notre diversité artistique et artisanale vous surprendra. C’est l’occasion de visiter studios et ateliers, de parfois y voir artistes et artisans
à l’oeuvre ou encore de vous dégourdir les jambes dans une pépinière. Enfin, les restaurants variés des alentours sauront sans aucun doute répondre à tous les goûts! Un tour d’horizon en une journée, à une demi-heure au sud d’Ottawa!

  • Entrée libre
  • Tirage de chèques-cadeaux
  • Dons acceptés au profit de la Banque alimentaire de North Gower.

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