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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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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Neat site to visit

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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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
46 helpful votes 46 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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