Fort York National Historic Site

Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto

Fort York National Historic Site

Fort York National Historic Site
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10:00 AM - 4:00 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
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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djulius
Toronto69 contributions
A nice place to see and learn about Canadian history
Sep 2019
Fort York is where Toronto began. It is a battlefield and a rare collection of original buildings set amidst the new condominiums of the modern city. A pleasant place to havea visit.
Written August 4, 2020
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SnaxMuppet
Saltash, UK211 contributions
How Toronto Began
Jan 2020
Visited with my wife who is a historian with a special interest in US history. This was a tremendous visit. The history of Toronto and Canada in general was presented in a very interesting and professional way. The original buildings were the highlight. I highly recommend this to anyone at all interested in the history of Toronto and North America in general. Excellent job.
Written January 18, 2020
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Tina L
Cambridge, MA121 contributions
If you’re American you better look at this.
Oct 2019 • Friends
The war of 1812 was the true war of American independence. Come find out why at the fort. War crimes happened back them too. Ask them about the powder keg.
Written December 22, 2019
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Kendal D
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Field trip with grade 7 class
Nov 2019
I was a little hesitant to bring fifty 12 year olds to the Fort having not been myself, but it could not have been better organized! We got there and were immediately met by our guide, Mike. He was excellent - very engaging, a great sense of humour. There was a cute gift shop there that the students were very excited about. We also had a lunch room for them to eat, though they were free to explore the fort at this time too.
Overall, a very informative and engaging trip. We will be coming back!
Written November 28, 2019
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Richard-Roadman
Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands396 contributions
How it all began
Oct 2019 • Friends
This is the place to learn about Toronto history. Perfect restorated and preserved buildings and artifacts on the actual site of the historica fort itself. In the visitorcenter there is a short movie which get you started in the history, and from the center it is a short walk to the site itself. There are hourly tours around the fort included, but the site is also pretty selfguided with the informationpanels provided. When interested in historyand specially Toronto’s (why you see everywhere the name York for instance?) this place is a must. Easily reachable with the streetcar and can spend a few hours here.
Written October 13, 2019
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Doug W
Littleton, CO493 contributions
Excellent History
Sep 2019
Restored buildings with informative exhibits. The video at the beginning helps set the stage for the rest of the visit. I enjoyed and learned from the weapons exhibit. Also good information on the area. Recommend for all ages.
Written September 18, 2019
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Tim V
Toronto, Canada297 contributions
Wonderful
Sep 2019 • Friends
This is a great experience. The visitor centre is a great entrance to a place that is an important piece of Toronto and Canadian history. Well worth taking the time to see.
Written September 11, 2019
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b0b55russell
Orillia, Canada1,262 contributions
Some Changes Noted Here
Aug 2019
Has been a number of years since I visted here with a long time Scouting friend plus USA visitor of mine. Tried to get a limited parking spot as people were parking here for the CNE close by. However a Green P Parking Enforcement gave me a break in finding a spot were I did not need to pay. The entrance to this place has changed and has interactive disoplays plus a short movie of the battle here during the War of 1812. Other these notes here the fort has not changed this much over the years. Great place to learn about life in the City of York plus Canadian military history.
Written August 31, 2019
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Voyageur544
Bracknell, United Kingdom109 contributions
A trip back in time
Aug 2019
Took a trip to Fort York, Toronto and learnt about the history of the battles between the English and the US. Great little place for some history and something different from the main city. The demonstration of the cannon was cool and the other reenactments are good too.
Written August 11, 2019
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Donald C
Barstow, California, United States194 contributions
Good historical site
Jul 2019 • Family
This old fort is tucked between rail lines and highways. Yet you go back in time. I learned quite a bit about the War of 1812 here. And the cannon demonstration was a blast.
Written July 6, 2019
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