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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
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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hidden gem among the skyscrapers

We just went for Ribfest and found ourselves at the Fort. We did not even know this place was there! Well preserved piece of history with live demonstrations and guided tour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an interesting old fort and was significant in keeping Canada's independence during the War of 1812. The U.S.invasion of Canada was repelled during this time. There are several buildings filled with artifacts and other items dating back a couple of centuries. Included are military uniforms, muskets, and flintlock pistols as well as cannon and swords.Allow a couple of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We just went for Ribfest and found ourselves at the Fort. We did not even know this place was there! Well preserved piece of history with live demonstrations and guided tour. We were three adults but this attraction is well suited to young families as well. Walking distance from CN tower (about 15-20 minute walk)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tour of Officers'Mess and kitchen, with real time cook and open fire. Good descriptions and explanations followed by visit to the soldiers quarters and finally, a short rendition by the soldiers and their instruments. Entrance prices were reasonable and value for money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

This is a well set out display of the old Fort York and its importance in the War of 1812. Tours are conducted by uniformed personnel of the time and the kitchen hands are cooking some soup. There are plenty of artefacts on display and notice boards explaining their use. Each building has a notice board explaining its function. In... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

As far as National Historic Sites go in Canada, Fort York doesn't really compare. It has historical significance to Toronto, but the site itself is not very fleshed out, with a few historical items spread throughout, but nothing of much note. What the site lacks in historical content though it makes up for by creating its own. On its best... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

This attraction dates back to the very start of Toronto, or York. As it is a little away from stop 14 on the hop on hop off bus it feels a little forgotten. The place offers a great way to spend a couple of hours an is relatively inexpensive, or great value. I thought the place was great value and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

I visited here whilst in Toronto in March 2016. It's a place that hasn't really captured my imagination on the many previous visits I've had to T.O. but I am glad that this time it did! When you first arrive it looks a little out of place, given the sprawling buildings and roads that surround the site and doesn't look... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The British in the War of 1812 used cannon to repel American invaders - the modern-day guardians of the fort use massive nearby freeway construction and confusing direction signs to achieve the same effect. For those determined enough (hint: keep walking along the Fort York Boulevard until you see the entrance signs and then ignore the closed sign at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

We walked down to fort York from our hotel in downtown Toronto, we were not sure what to expect but thought we would give it a try. The site is well maintained and restored, the staff were willing to talk to you about the area or allow you to wander at your own pace. We spent the best part of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

become apart of history, with demos and tours. Even in a busy modern city like Toronto you are taken back to the civil war.

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