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Fort York National Historic Site

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Address: 100 Garrison Rd | At Bathurst St., Toronto, Ontario M5V 3K9, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-392-6907
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 September 2016
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Main Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

I felt this historical place could of been better run. First there was not clear signs where to enter. The entrance should be where you see the video and then enter the site. That way you know what you are looking at. The fort was broken up into small buildings that where not labeled clearly. The site itself was beautiful... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

The recently redesigned museum at Fort York and the fort experience itself is something every Canadian will want to experience. In addition to a great show of muskets and fife drumming we learn that in fact it was the natives with the British regulars who mostly defended Toronto. The Canadian militia was the weak link only memorialized due to local... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

A great day out and food for children to learn a bit of history and culture. We are from Wales UK and this was our 2nd time here. I would recommend visiting. There's tours available and volunteers dress authentically as soldiers of the time. There's currently works nearby so parking is accessible around the corner. If parking for a few... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Fort York is undoubtedly one of the oldest parts of Toronto and indeed Canada but it left a bit to be desired. There's a collection of wooden buildings, some original and some reconstructed and they have a good amount of information inside about the various battles etc between the British and the Americans. Unfortunately we got a little stalled looking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

While the new visitor's centre was not 100% finished, it is a very nice addition to the Old Fort. It is set off to the West, apart from the main fort area. Meanwhile in the Old Fort itself, the exhibits have been refreshed and it looks very good as always

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