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Fort York National Historic Site

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Address: 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3K9, Canada
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+1 416-392-6907
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
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Explore Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and...

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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Vimy 100 free admission weekend

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... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
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Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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.

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Mississauga, Canada
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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 and walked the rest of the way. It is a manageable distance, about 1km, but... More 

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Aurora, Canada
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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 fun and activities for all ages. A special menu of potato soup and veggies. I... More 

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Stoney Creek, Canada
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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 sunny day. Our tour guide, Dave was very informative and entertaining, describing the everyday hard... More 

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Dundas, Canada
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Reviewed 3 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 15 minute walk from Exhibition GO Station. The site is squeezed between the main rail... More 

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Main Beach, Australia
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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 the buildings around the fort, a superb collection of uniforms and guns from this time.... More 

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FortYorkToronto, Program Officer at Fort York National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We appreciate it! More 

Toronto, Canada
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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)....

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

I was staying nearby and on the spur of the moment decided to visit Fort York. I hadn't heard much about it and didn't know the history - my visit luckily coincided with several tour guides conducting special tours. Including David, one of the main tour guides who has been there for 27 years (!). He was extremely knowledgeable about... More 

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FortYorkToronto, Program Officer at Fort York National Historic Site, responded to this review

Hi Frances, Thank you for your review. The construction has been removed and we have a new exhibit in our Visitor Centre. We hope you can visit again to see the changes. More 

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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

I visited Fort York this morning to learn more about the history of the colonial origins of Toronto and it was like stepping back into the early 19th century. The visit started with a video and a walk through some new galleries and then ventured out into the main fort compound where curators dressed in period costume were available to... More 

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Regina, Canada
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

My wife and I visited the fort early in the morning and were able to take in both the musket firing and cannon firing which were both incredible. The site itself is laid out like the fort existed in 1813 after the Americans destroyed the initial fort. There were alot of artifacts there and the staff member who led the... More 

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