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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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Historically important, though not that compelling for young ones

We took the kids here yesterday and it was a pleasant visit, although a bit on the quiet side for the kids. The new visitor center looks like it will be quite impressive once it's... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We took the kids here yesterday and it was a pleasant visit, although a bit on the quiet side for the kids. The new visitor center looks like it will be quite impressive once it's completed. We just missed the tour when we got there and didn't have time to stay around for the next one, so that could've been... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

Fort York is a very important site when it comes to the founding of Toronto. However, it is a small site nestled between modern, developed, areas. It's worth going when weather is good and there are events; otherwise I wouldn't put it high on a tourist's list.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a very well preserved and maintained historic site. Their post cards show log structures, but the buildings were actually rebuilt. The site has displays of weapons, clothing and artifacts from the War of 1812. There are tours of many of the buildings conducted by very knowledgable guides. They demonstrated the ability to answer all questions asked by guests.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Great site of Canadian military history, in July and August the Fort York Guard performs rifle and artillery drills from The War of 1812. They have a great display of Canada during World War I.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I am a life-long Torontonian who recently visited Fort York for the first time. I was immediately struck by the contrast between this historical site and the surrounding modern Toronto as I walked the grounds of the historic Fort and toured its buildings. I was impressed with its displays of artifacts and its tribute to the War of 1812. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Fort York is a great way to spend an afternoon finding out more about Toronto's past. I would recommend the tours that leave on the hour and the historical reenactments; they really bring the history to life.

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Hi Tracy, we're so glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We had a hard time finding the Fort, certainly that was my fault on not being clear on the location. It was also incredibly hot that day, so my the time we got there patience was worn thin. There was another event there on that day, so it wasn't exactly what we were expecting. There were some interesting historical things... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I walked in and we had a tour guide who brought us around the grounds, saw firing of the muskets, that was pretty amazing the whole experience was awesome. I learned a lot today!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This was an unexpected find in Toronto. My son is a history buff and he was thrilled to see this. If you love your history, then I would recommend. The admission is only $9. It would take about an hour to tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The fort is small but has many interesting features. Be sure to take advantage of the free tours. The guides were very informative. Senior prices were $4.87. You can also tour the new Visitor Center.

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