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Fort York National Historic Site

250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3K9, Canada
+1 416-392-6907
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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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250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3K9, Canada
Queen Street and West Queen West
+1 416-392-6907
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Last year, our family visited Baltimore to see Fort McHenry. I am a history teacher so I am always intrigued by historical sites. I thought, you know, when we visit home in Erie, PA next year (2017), we should head up to Toronto to see...More

Thank JesterPSU99
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great place to visit, lots of history, set out well and with the new visitors centre even better now

Thank David U
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't take the guided tour, but went on our own around to the various buildings. The signs and displays were quite informative and we learned many new things. It was surprising how many weapons, uniforms and artifacts they had. The gift shop was reasonably...More

Thank MsBuckhorn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a good visit if you are interested in the history of Toronto and the Canadian/American war. An opportunity to see how Toronto was made and also to view how the city was prior to the land reclamation on which most of the Condos...More

Thank Al M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Finally had a chance to see this bit of history in Toronto. We opted to not take a tour but for $35 dollars for a family we really enjoyed the property. Each building has a history, relics and brief description in each room. We also...More

Thank Andrew S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walked over here form downtown. Not a bad walk by the side of the railway line. Great view of CN Tower on the way. My wife and I, together with two other men, were given a tour by our guide dressed in an old British...More

Thank StonesFanLincoln
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

What a delightful find in the midst of downtown Toronto. Lots of history to stroll through. We were lucky to have both an artillery display and military band on hamd when visited.

Thank Simon B
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Fort York used to be on the shores of Lake Ontario but with land being reclaimed is now situated a little further on land. Thanks to efforts for conversation it has been saved and most of the buildings are still what and where they used...More

Thank ivy_bergen
Reviewed 16 May 2017

The most complete site of the War of 1812 I have seen. Very informative. One of the guides had just finished a display for children and offered to share the same information and let visitors view replicas of guns used in that war.

Thank Ryan S
Reviewed 12 April 2017

I read that Fort York was having a free admission weekend (Apr 8-9) to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and as we have never been here before, I planned a Sat morning visit. We rode the Go train to Exhibition...More

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Michael B
18 July 2015|
Response from Paul C | Reviewed this property |
Sun 19 July, 7am, Dear Michael: Yes I entered through the south gate, the Visitor Centre. I addressed the lady at the admission desk, and do not remember the exact conversation, but I asked if the Native Festival was... More