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
Regular Admission: Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth $4.87, Children $3.76 (plus tax)
Children 5 years and under are free. Special event ticket prices may apply for certain events.

The Brain Project presented by Telus - Until Aug. 31

Continues until August 31
Fort York is proud to participate in this fundraising project for the Baycrest Foundation and to stimulate discussion and awareness of aging and brain health. It will shine a light on age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer's and the need for more research into how we can maintain optimal cognitive well-being at any age. Fort York will host a brain sculpture created by an artist working in the medium of their choice.

The Summer at Fort York - Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thrill to the booming of the cannon, the firing of muskets, the vibrant colours of the uniformed guard and the lively music of fife and drum. These are the sights and sounds of Fort York this summer. Visitors will enjoy hourly demonstrations of military music, drill, musketry and artillery performed by students representing the Canadian Fencible Regiment that was garrisoned at the fort at the end of the War of 1812. Highlights include musket and cannon firings, and the music of the Fort York Drums (a fife & drum corps). Program varies daily. Call for specific details.

Regular admission: Adults: $7.96, Seniors (65 +): $4.87, Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87
Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (plus tax), Children 5 and under are Free

Simcoe Day @ Fort York - August 1

FREE Family Fun!
Monday, August 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fort York comes to life in honour of the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Upper Canada (1793-96) and founder of Fort York and the Town of York – John Graves Simcoe.  Walk the historic grounds and thrill to musketry, artillery and music demonstrations presented by the Fort York Guard and Guards from Fort George National Historic Park from Niagara-On-The-Lake and Old Fort Erie.  Visit the working kitchen in the 1815 Officers' Brick Barracks, take tours of the fort's buildings and grounds and discover the dynamic lives of the fort's men, women and children. Admission is FREE.

First World War Comes to Life - August 13 & 14

Saturday and Sunday, August 13 & 14
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This fully-animated exhibit explores the lesser known wartime contributions of the Canadian men and women who served beyond the trenches, both at home and overseas. From home front relief efforts and wartime production to frontline communications and medical aid, the exhibit offers a series of dynamic displays and activities for visitors to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a world behind the front lines.

Visitors of all ages are invited to engage with live costumed interpreters and explore how they too can contribute to the war effort:

  •  Join a victory rally and ‘knit your bit’ for the boys on the front
  • Explore the inside of a 1918 Ford Ambulance and train for your First Aid Nursing certificate
  • Keep the lines of communication open and send a message by carrier pigeon
  • Sow the seeds of victory in your very own backyard war garden
  • Inspect the handiwork of a munitionette and see if you are fit for factory war work

Generously funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and Veterans Affairs, First World War Comes to Life is curated by the Victoria County Historical Society. The exhibit is currently travelling across Canada through to 2018 to mark the centenary of the First World War. While the project works to share collective wartime experiences from across Canada, the exhibit also highlights stories of local contributions relevant to each community it visits. Through these overlooked stories, First World War Comes to Life expands the definition of what it meant to serve and explores the legacy of this pivotal time in Canadian history.

Included with regular admission.