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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 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

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

Thank Davidtisme
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

There is some renovations going on around the site and this is good because this is an important part of Canada's history and it must be preserved. The modern portion of the museum is very nice and has an immersive video component which is impressive....More

Thank Edmund P
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Fort York is truly an amazing opportunity to visit an actual historic site in the expanding metropolis of Toronto. As Toronto expands to being a world class modern city, it is amazing that they hold onto their historic roots. Have to go and check it...More

Thank The_Griswalds97
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The Fort is a real bit of history in the North American development. The battles were clearly for territorial control and the results have been in place ever since. There are many artifacts, an actual firing of a cannon daily at 12:30 and regular guided...More

Thank Walter241
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Great live tours. A lot to explore and enjoy. Several multilevel buildings and almost too many artifacts to look at in one trip. Greatly improved from our first visit 10 years ago.

Thank Kelsey M
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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