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.

Please note: Due to the construction of our new Visitor Centre, Fort York can only be accessed from Garrison Rd. via the west bound lane of Fleet St., between Fort York Blvd. and Strachan Ave. Click here to get the most up-to-date information on site access during construction.

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

Family Day @ Fort York - Feb. 16

Monday, February 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit the Fort's historic kitchen and sample some baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make this a heartwarming and memorable visit. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, Officers' Sword Drill and some old-fashioned games, as well as a fun-filled kids' activity book. Explore the history of Toronto and Fort York!

$7.96/adults, $3.76/child, $4.87/youth & senior, FREE 5 and under (plus tax)

 

Mad for Marmalade, Crazy for Citrus! - Feb. 21

Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Join Fort York National Historic Site in partnership with the Culinary Historians of Canada for our eighth annual celebration of Marmalade and all things citrus! This year's event has an Italian flavour. Enjoy a citrus themed workshop, lunch, guest speakers, tastings and marketplace, or enter the Marmalade Competition. Pre-registration is required. For more information please visit www.culinaryhistorians.ca. To register, please call 416-392-7503. Early bird tickets $45 ($50.85) are available until February 8, $50 ($56.55) afterwards.

Gertrude Kearns: The Art of Command - Mar. 5 to June 14

Portraits and Posters from Canada's Afghan Mission
Fort York Visitor Centre
March 5 - June 14
Since 1991, Toronto artist Gertrude Kearns has explored the engagement between Canada's military and conflicts around the world. In 2005-06, she was embedded with Canadian Forces in Afghanistan while on contract with the Department of National Defence.

Following the DND commission, Kearns has continued to address the Afghan Mission while working as an independent artist.  Between 2006 and 2015, Kearns created the 46 portraits and posters on exhibition in The Art of Command. Most of these works appear on public display for the first time. 

Drawing on Kearns' unprecedented access to senior Canadian officers who served in Afghanistan, this exhibition focuses on the complexities and consequences of military command in challenging situations.

The Art of Command contains two parallel but related components. The portrait component comprises 20 large paintings and drawings of individual commanders. The poster component consists of 26 texted art prints. Each poster incorporates an image of a portrait; the accompanying text was developed in consultation with the subject.  

While Kearns has been hailed as Canada's leading active contemporary war artist, her earlier work on Somalia, Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia prompted debate about the relationship between art and conflict. As some works in The Art of Command contain provocative images and strong language, this exhibition may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Included with regular admission.