Redpath Sugar Refinery Museum – Toronto, Ontario - Gastro Obscura

Redpath Sugar Refinery Museum

In the back of a bustling factory lurks a quiet museum honoring the history of Canadian sugar manufacturing. 


Redpath Sugar Refinery’s history dates back to 1854, when John Redpath founded the Canada Sugar Refining Company in Montreal. Now located in Toronto and bearing his name, the company’s headquarters features a museum that touches upon the history of the company and sugar manufacturing, as well as modern techniques and technology. The museum’s entrance is located at the back of the facility and can be accessed only when its curator is present.

After walking through the busy and noisy grounds of this active factory, you are welcomed into the quiet museum to view informative exhibits and artifacts. Starting with the origins of sugar-making, the exhibits continue to illustrate and portray the life and times of John Redpath. After continuing with the history of the company until modern times, you’ll learn about modern-day sugar production by watching a short and engaging video. Through the lens of the history of Redpath sugar, the sugar manufacturing process, and the Redpath family, you’ll get an overview of some parts of Canadian history as well. 

Admission to the museum is free, and the curator accompanies visitors the entire time. There is plenty to see, and you can stay as long as you like. Richard Felton, the extremely knowledgable curator, is happy to answer any questions.

Know Before You Go

Sugar museum closed during pandemic.  As of Aug 2023, they have no reopening date.  As such, call +1 416-366-3561 and ask if museum is open.

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