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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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Fair enough--a re-appraisal

I was not impressed with this fort on my previous visit and that was reflected in my critique. But to be fair, our recent re-visit showed what huge improvements there have been... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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36 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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North Bay, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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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New Bern, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
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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Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I was not impressed with this fort on my previous visit and that was reflected in my critique. But to be fair, our recent re-visit showed what huge improvements there have been made at Fort York. A much more modern visitor centre awaits visitors, with a slick and more welcoming atmosphere. The history of native peoples also figures more heavily,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Extremely informative place to visit. Visuals are good, not great. But if your history knowledge of the war of 1812 is lacking 90 minutes here will blow your mind! Also Amazing to see how far lake ontario has been moved since the fort was originally built. Great value place to visit.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We visited Fort York on Canada day so admission was free, however due to a local food festival being set up we were unable to go into the actual fort and look around, which was our main reason for visiting the site. The visitors centre and guided tour were good and we got to see a musket firing display, but... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Visited durung a trip to Toronto last summer. Very enjoyable; very few people. Tours are offered as part of admission. Canons fired, etc. We spent two hours touring the various buildings

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FortYorkToronto, Manager at Fort York National Historic Site, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your visit! You can find out more about upcoming events at Fort York by visiting our website: www.toronto.ca/fortyork More 

Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Monday, 13 July, 2015 I volunteer at nearby Evangel Hall, a short walk from Fort York, and would gladly bring many residents to visit, but for accessibility and safety concerns. The East Entrance, the easiest and safest gate, is almost always locked, so one has to walk around to either the south or west approaches, both of which are inaccessible... More 

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Corona, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Fun place to walk through to learn about the war of 1812. They have well maintained buildings with exhibits in each building. Also employees are in period costumes with daily cannon and musket firings.

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We're glad you enjoyed your visit! You can find out more about upcoming events at Fort York by visiting our website: www.toronto.ca/fortyork More 

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Additional Information about Fort York National Historic Site

Address: 100 Garrison Rd. | At Bathurst St., Toronto, Ontario M5V 3K9, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-392-6907
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Queen Street and West Queen West
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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