Fort York National Historic Site

Events at Fort York

Take part in year-round special events on this 43-acre site. From historic cooking classes for 8 people to huge outdoor concerts for thousands, Fort York offers activities that appeal to everyone.

Don't miss these great events at Fort York. Contact us at 416-392-6907 or

See one of the world's most well-known historical documents, Magna Carta, for the first time in Toronto this fall - Purchase your tickets now!

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy - Oct. 4 to Nov. 7

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy – An Exhibit
October 4 to November 7 at the Fort York Visitor Centre

Centuries of history are coming to Toronto!

This year marks the 800th anniversary of King John of England putting his royal seal on the Magna Carta (meaning "The Great Charter") in 1215.

The Magna Carta and its companion document, the Charter of the Forest, set the groundwork for many concepts defining democratic life today in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and many other countries. As symbols of justice, they act as reminders that those who govern do so only by the consent of the people.

Over centuries, the principles of Magna Carta influenced many other significant documents including the United States Bill of Rights (1791), the British North America Act (1867), the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), and Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982).

See these two medieval charters and a fascinating exhibition that explains their history and importance, as well as an exhibit highlighting persons and events in Toronto who reflected the ideals of Magna Carta. Toronto is one of only four stops for the documents in Canada. Tickets can be purchased on-line at

Early Music Fair @Fort York - October 17

Saturday, October 17, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Early Music Fair provides fans of early music and the general public with a survey of the historical music performance scene in Toronto. There are scheduled mini-showcase concerts, as well as displays/exhibits, musical instruments and music retailers, plus numerous informal presentations by some of the historical performance enthusiasts. The Fair offers opportunities to see and hear recorders and viols, early keyboard instruments, historical woodwinds, and other period instruments played by some of the finest musicians in the city. CD recordings, early music books and publications from Early Music Imports are available for sale. Admission to both Early Music Fair and Fort York Historical Site is Adults $9, Students & Seniors $5.50, Children $4.25 (FREE admission for members of Toronto Early Music Centre!)  for more information:


English Pudding – Historic Cooking Workshop - Oct. 18

Ah, What an excellent thing is an English Pudding
Sunday, October 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Whether sweet or savoury, discover the history and cooking techniques of puddings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Pre-registration is required. $75 plus tax.

Call 416-392-7455 to book your spot.

Fort York After Dark: Lantern Tours - Oct. 29 & 30

Thursday, October 29 & Friday, October 30, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Tour the grounds of Fort York at night, and hear stories about this national treasure and the history that surrounds it. From the haunted lighthouse to the bloody Battle of York, the lantern tour should not be missed. You will also visit two military cemeteries near the Fort. This event is not recommended for children under 8 yrs. Complimentary refreshments are included. Pre-registration is required. Please call 416-392-7484 for more information or to pre-register. $12.50 plus tax per person.