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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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Description: 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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Birthplace of Toronto

The birthplace of the city of Toronto and a strong connection to the birthplace of Canada. It makes perfect sense why they chose this location to build Toronto once you see it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Ontario
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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The brand new Visitor Centre had zero information about the site. The tour was a short and almost entirely context free walk through a few dark rooms. One visitor actually asked if the guide could go over a quick version of why the fort was here, and what happened during the war of 1812, as this was not covered. The... More 

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Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The birthplace of the city of Toronto and a strong connection to the birthplace of Canada. It makes perfect sense why they chose this location to build Toronto once you see it from the perspective of the 1700's-1800's (to control the Great Lakes of Upper Canada)

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Kingston, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

My son (11) and I visited as part of a March Break trip to War of 1812 sites. He was lucky to be able to participate in a muster as well as a sword drill. The re-enactors on staff were knowledgeable and so patient. The fort sits back from the waterfront now, it's hard to envisage it's protectionary role with... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We visited prior to the Braves/Blue Jays game a year ago and unfortunately got there too late to fully enjoy since they closed shortly thereafter we got there. It was like many other forts, but was neat being an American thinking of the site from a different perspective. The gophers around the grounds were funny to watch since it was... More 

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Nagoya, Japan
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I visited Fort York for the first time. It was a cold but clear Sunday afternoon. I had little expectation going into it, and was not overwhelmed by activity. The Fort is a casual visit, and does have its charms. Since it was the Yuletide Season, there were displaces and merchants selling their wares. This certainly added to the atmosphere.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Utter disgrace. The Union Flag, which all of the inhabitants and defenders of the fort fought for has been removed. No respect for the dead.

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Keene, New Hampshire
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Our tour guide was late and did not seem passionate about the topic. I do not think that he was ready for tourists from outside Canada that may not have been as familiar with Canadian history. As a result, he was not able to answer all questions. Despite it, I enjoyed the place. It is something that you would not... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The fort is sandwiched between a highway and a railway line and they were more exciting than the fort. The fort was just a collection of buildings that contained a few old pots and pans, was like a visit to a musty second hand top, not a patch on Fort George. We visited on a Monday, and we were the... More 

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carleton place
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

On our recent trip to the Niagara, we included a stopover at Fort York, somewhere we've been several times, so we knew it well. It is always interesting to us because we love our Canadian history. On this day, the new interpretive centre had just opened. It highlights the War of 1812, WWI, and WW2. Unfortunately, it is extremely limited... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I was here as a kid to do a history project and I couldn't get enough. Going back as an adult didn't disapoint.

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