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Fort York National Historic Site

Address: 100 Garrison Rd. | At Bathurst St., Toronto, Ontario M5V 3K9, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-392-6907
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Ranked #84 of 250 Attractions in Toronto
Type: Military Museums, Cultural
Owner description: Explore Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and take part in year-round...
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Type: Military Museums, Cultural
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Nagoya, Japan
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 via mobile

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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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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32 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Mission Viejo, California, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Very enjoyable; very few people. Tours are offered as part of admission. Docents in costumes. Canons fired, etc. We spent two hours touring the various buildings.

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Irvine, California
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We almost missed this treasure in the middle of the city. I would recomend this historical fort with costumed guides and restored old buildings. Much of it is self guided but still has much history,especially the War of 1812. We liked all the old military uniforms. If you go there the sandwich place nearby in the new apartment buildings is... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Fort York looks disappointing from the outside but once inside and joined by your very knowledgeable guide in period soldiers uniform history really comes to life.This visit was very enjoyable and well worth seeing.

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Port Perry, Canada
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9 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

After visiting For Henry the week before, I won't lie, Fort York was a little disappointing. Make sure you have transportation in and out of the 'fort' because it is totally off the beaten path and there are no taxis waiting. Kind of silly when you're looking for tourists if you ask me. We got there in the morning and... More 

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