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Fort York National Historic Site

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Address: 100 Garrison Rd. | At Bathurst St., Toronto, Ontario M5V 3K9, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-392-6907
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Explore Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and...

Explore Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and take part in year-round special events on this 43-acre site..

Built in 1793, Fort York National Historic Site is the birthplace of urban Toronto. It is best known as the location where the Battle of York came to its violent climax in 1813 during the War of 1812. The Fort served as the city's primary harbour defence between the 1790s and the 1880s, and was the home of a military garrison until the 1930s.

Today, its defensive walls enclose Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. Every year, thousands of people visit the site to explore its fascinating history and enjoy its public programs.

Fort York is one of 10 historic sites operated by the City of Toronto. Toronto's Historic Sites engage visitors, inspire passion, challenge ideas and connect the past to the present.

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Fort York

We have taken the tour and made several visits during performances and enjoyed it all.The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Traditional clothing. Performance in military... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
twofortwo2014
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Toronto, Canada

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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have taken the tour and made several visits during performances and enjoyed it all.The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Traditional clothing. Performance in military uniforms from the period. A great place to take friends and family.

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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a vague awareness of this national site but not until an advertisement for an exhibit caught my attention, was I spurred to visit. Looking online, I was pleasantly surprised at the level of exhibit and lectures available. Fortunately, I picked a nice sunny day and it was a pleasure being outside to enjoy the site. As an adult,... More 

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Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We attended a festival outside on the grounds of Fort York. It was a great location with parking nearby.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

see history before your eyes ! explore and learn the history of toronto - great place to spend the day

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Ottawa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We walked through this park from Liberty Village to Downtown. It was pretty boring and not much too do or look at. I'm glad it's preserved, but lacks excitement. I used to live near here years ago (Harbourfront) and never even knew it existed. Unless you're out for a walk in the area, it's not a destination to go out... More 

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san jose, ca, usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

Im glad i came here. Just wanted to waste time while passing by toronto and tired of all museums. Its small but kinda cool. Its a mini fort but gives you an idea of how people lived during that time. Im glad i didnt like during those days. Its $8 cad and free parking.

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Kingston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

The Magna Carta travelling exhibit was excellent and very informative. If it comes to a city near you go and see it. The other part was seeing Fort York which is being restored to its 200 year old history. The displays and tour is worth the visit. I learned a lot about the fort and its roll in the War... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I never realized what a wonderful piece of Canadian History is sitting slap bang in the middle of Toronto. Fort York is not only well a preserved site and buildings from the 1815's, but tells a lot about who we are. After it was destroyed in the American War it was rebuilt and served as quarters for many more years.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

I'm not a huge history buff if I'm being completely honest. My father suggested to go and see this while it was still in town, and of all days, he suggested we go on Halloween (needless to say I was a little less than thrilled as I love Halloween and all the preparations that go into it). But I must... More 

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Yup, this is it, ground zero in the war of 1812...or at least, the war was fought close by...great site of tranquility surrounded by freeways and transit. Old buildings dating from 1812, impressive magazine with copper doors( lowered risk of sparks) 6 foot walls, barracks. Good display of guns and cannon. Magna Carta display was also very interesting with intro... More 

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