Subject: Toronto's newest neighbourhood
Hi Vince, folks in Toronto and those of you coming to visit our city (and you should, it's a great vacation spot).

A harbour cruise is great, though the commuter ferry service to Ward's Island, a walk to Hanlan's Point and the return ferry to the mainland from there is just is as enjoyable and lot cheaper. And you can use your savings for a meal in one of the many excellent restaurants in the city.

As Linda wrote, I am reporting in on the Distillery District. We finally had a decent Sunday this past weekend so took a long walk from the Rosedale area of Toronto (mid-town) down the Don Valley (a ravine system on the Don River) to the Distillery District. This is the newest, and oldest, neighbourhood in Toronto. On the reclaimed site of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery which began operation in 1832, at one time the largest distillery in the British Empire, it's also one of the oldest, consecutively occupied sites in Toronto. When built, it was on the shore of Lake Ontario, now a 1/2 mile away, and had 400 cattle on the east side of the Don River to eat the leftover mash. Closed as a distillery in 1991, it survived as a movie location. Thank goodness. It would be interesting for Torontonians to watch movies made in TO and try to spot the distillery. For example, Chicago, was shot there.

The location is east of the downtown core, a short walk from the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood (another must-see) and there is a direct path that leads from the south end of the market east to the site. It's a pleasant walk, quite green considering it's located downtown, and passes by the site of the first Parliament Buildings in Upper Canada (now Ontario).

This past weekend was the final two days of the Distillery Jazz Festival but there are events happening almost every weekend for the summer (including Woof-fest this coming weekend for dogs and their owners!). You can find more information on the site

The area is slowly being developed from industrial lands and the housing currently is co-op and condos. Of interest is the fact that many residents in these buildings make a living in the arts and the reclaimed site reflects this with over 20 galleries, restaurants, bars, a micro-brewery and shops. A bonus for the car-dependent - there is parking on site. It is also accessible by public transit (King Street car east in normal times - the tracks are currently being re-built - this is summer in Toronto). Visitors can check out the TTC website or ask at your hotel.

Enjoy. Lucy