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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 23 October 2017

Went there yesterday. most buildings are historic buildings, not reconstruction. We got a guided tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and knew the history of the fort, the british army, lives in the old days really really well. Learned a lot. Highly recommended to go...More

Thank H L
Reviewed 3 October 2017

It is great that this site is preserved and is juxtaposed against the back drop of a modern city. We self-guided ourselves around and it was really interesting. So glad we visited. The dressed up characters are a bit twee but we had no interaction...More

Thank Orla B
Reviewed 2 October 2017

A very pleasant way to spend a sunny afternoon. Once an important military establishment in British Colonial days defending the border against the United States. A colourful marching band composed of volunteers in period uniforms nicely contrasts with the preserved buildings. The high light was...More

Thank Maurice R
Reviewed 28 September 2017

I had visited fort york during Simcoe day. I had soaked in the Union Jack flag hoisting and fire demonstrations. Later I found that, the march was taken place as it was did during the eighteenth century with very little changes. It was quite a...More

Thank balakec
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

The access to the fort was a little strange, being under a giant concrete flyover and, on the day we went, edging between construction workers and heavy plant. However, once inside it is a hidden gem. The visitors centre is a modern construction giving an...More

Thank YorksRick
Reviewed 11 September 2017

I took my son to visit Fort York and we had a really good time. The visitors center does a nice job of giving the background and history of the fort and displaying some artifacts. We did a couple of quick tours (of the barracks,...More

Thank NKLounger
Reviewed 6 September 2017

I did not expect much from this place, but as we went there in one of those days that they have family activities, we did not only learn about the place but enjoy with the kids.

Thank ValvaMG
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Went to the Vegan Fair at Fort York and WOW it was huge...much larger than expected. There were vegan food booths offering everything from hamburgers (vegan) to ice cream (vegan) to cosmetics (vegan) and health drinks (vegan). We had some Jamaican food (vegan) and some...More

Thank Sue M
Reviewed 25 August 2017

We walked down to Fort York from Union Station. We were unsure of how to get in due to all the work being done in the area. We found out how to get in and headed to the entrance. Once inside we waited for the...More

1  Thank frenchi700
Reviewed 13 August 2017

It is a difficult gem to find in the big city of Toronto. They are building or have finished the new visitors centre (didn't go in). The fort itself has a lot of interesting videos, artifacts, and people dressed in costume. Check when you go...More

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Michael B
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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