Visiting Fort York - Toronto,Ontario
A visit to Toronto wouldn’t be complete without visiting Historical Fort York. Rich with Military history from the war of 1812 era, this museum is a must see for the history buff.
What to expect at Fort York
- Museum exhibits ( uniforms, weapons, military history,artwork)
- Historic buildings with displays of the period, room recreations,and furniture.
- Cooking demonstrations ( and classes!)
- Heritage gardens
- Guided tours that document the lives of soldiers and officers at Fort York
- Fort York Guard demonstrations
- Gift Shop with many replicas of the 1812 time period, First Nations jewelry, books, toys, baked goods and more!
Hours and Admission
Prices are in Canadian dollars and are current as of September 2016.
Rates and Admission
Adults - $9.00
Seniors 65 plus - $5.50
Youth 13–18 years - $5.50
Children 6–12 years - $4.25
Children (5 and under) are FREE
Groups of 10 or more can contact Fort York staff at 416-392-6907.
Fort York is open year round, closed only on Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Hours - 2016
- September to May open M-F 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekends: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- June to August open Daily: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- All the walkways at Fort York have an asphalt surface and are wheelchair accessible.
- Some exhibits require walking up or down stairs. Please note that the Stone Magazine buliding and the Brick Magazine building are not wheelchair accessible
- Staff will provide and assist with, portable ramps for any places that need to be negotiated through doorways.
- Service / Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome
- All washrooms at the site are special needs accessible
- Strollers are welcome.
Location and directions
Photos of building displays at Fort York
Fort York was built by the British in 1793 as protection of the entrance to Toronto's harbour., It was the location of the Battle of York in 1813 and was the home of a military garrison until the 1930s.
To learn more about the history of this historic's sites beginnings visit Historica Canada's page on Fort York
Battle of York
Military Burial Ground
Military Burial Ground
Just before the entrance to Fort York at the West end of Garrison Common ( 100 Garrison Road), sits a small cemetery.
The wall of headstones ( shown in the above photo) contains a plaque that was presented by The Toronto Historical Board in 1970.
1970 Plaque - Toronto Historical Board
- The History of These Graves
Victoria Square Memorial Park, at the corner of Portland and Wellington West (just east of Bathurst), contains within its boundaries the oldest surviving European burying ground in historic Toronto. The article includes illustrations of surviving mar
Check out this video on virtual reality at Fort York
- Fort York and Garrison Common Maps
This collection of captioned historical maps explores the complex evolution in use and ownership which has transpired within the area comprising Fort York, and the surrounding Garrison Common.
- The Friends of Fort York and Garrison Common,
The Friends of Fort York and Garrison Common, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhance and promote Fort York and the Garrison Common.
- Fort York Facebook Page
Official Facebook page