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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 yesterday

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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 17 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

1  Thank baroom
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Fort York was celebrating the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge with special events and activities. It was a beautiful Saturday to spend a couple of hours learning the history of Fort York. The displays included Military uniforms, weapons, Calvary, vehicles and medical equipment. Lots of...More

2  Thank GuiWong
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This was a date, planned for my husband. We both thoroughly enjoyed touring the Fort and seeing all the buildings. We took in the movie at their new Visitor's Centre which was great! Then we moved outside to the fort as it was a lovely...More

1  Thank Rosey009
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Fort York NHS is on Garrison Common, and you enter it at the new visitor centre on Fort York Blvd between Strachan and Bathurst. You can get there easily by car, but public transit is more problematic. I took a not very pleasant and unsignposted...More

Thank ugh-lomi
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

We visited the new museum on this site, it was first class with excellent background to the war and great use of technology to simulate the short battle that occurred at the fort. There is a heap of items from this time in each of...More

Thank JudyGraham
FortYorkToronto, Program Officer at Fort York National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2016

Thank you for your review. We appreciate it!

Reviewed 21 September 2016

Been here two or three times, every time with the Open Doors - to take all the pictures you want. You will find barracks and cannons, they even dress up around certain times of the year (in period pieces)....

1  Thank aesmail
FortYorkToronto, Program Officer at Fort York National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2016

Thank you for your review. We appreciate it!

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Michael B
Hello Paul, did you try using the Visitor Centre as an access point? It is fully accessible and meant to be the entrance for Fort York. Great way to begin and finish your visit. Cheers
19 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