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Toronto has its roots in this historic site, built in 1793 by the British to defend Upper Canada against possible attack by America. Fort York's military capabilities became even more important after... Read More
Toronto has its roots in this historic site, built in 1793 by the British to defend Upper Canada against possible attack by America. Fort York's military capabilities became even more important after Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe moved the provincial capital to York in 1796. During the War of 1812, the bloody Battle of York in 1813 ended here with U.S. troops capturing the town and destroying a number of important structures. Today, the site is home to eight buildings dating back to 1812, and its position near one of Toronto's busiest elevated expressways provides an interesting link between past and present. Visit Fort York for a glimpse at what life was once like for early Toronto soldiers and citizens. In the summer, Fort York offers daily battle and musical demonstrations.
- Jun: -; Aug Daily; 10am-5pm Sep; -; Dec Mon-Fri; 10am-4pm
- Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm Jan; -; May Mon-Fri; 10am-4:30pm
- Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm
- Adult CAD9; Senior CAD5.50; Student CAD5.50; Child CAD4.25; Child (5 and under) Free
- Historic Sites: "Commemorative celebrations are held on Victoria Day, Canada Day and Simcoe Day, while at other times Fort York plays host to concerts and festivals."
- Best for Historic Sites Because: The founding of urban Toronto was a military event. Fort York was built in the late 18th century to defend the settlement.