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 fortyork@toronto.ca. Click here for admission prices and hours of operation.

Vimy 100 Toronto - April 8 & 9

Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
The City of Toronto honours the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 8 and 9, 2017 at Fort York National Historic Site. On April 8 the public will experience educational programming and First World War re-enactor displays of infantry, artillery, cavalry, medicine, music and food as well as Great War related exhibits and films. On April 9 a military remembrance parade and commemorative service by the Canadian Armed Forces will later be followed by the dedication of a Vimy oak tree within Garrison Common. The commemorative service will be attended by Mayor John Tory and the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell as well as other dignitaries. VIMY 100 Toronto is part of the City's Canada 150 TO Canada with Love program.


Schedule:

Saturday, April 8

  • On the hour and half hour throughout the day: Firepower & tactical demonstrations; trench course & cavalry demonstrations
  • Open all day: Great War-themed exhibits and Great War Heritage Café

Sunday, April 9

  • 2 p.m.: Military Parade and Commemorative Service
  • 3:30 p.m.: Vimy Oak Tree Planting Ceremony
  • Open all day: Great War-themed exhibits and Great War Heritage Café

Battle of York Weekend - April 22 & 23

Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Spend some time with one of the actual survivors of the Battle of York!  

Now on display in the special collections Vault at Fort York's new Visitor Centre, the original Regimental Colours of the 3rd Regiment of York Militia who fought gallantly against American invaders at the Battle of York fought on April 27, 1813. After many years, the colours have returned to Toronto for permanent public display. Produced by the young women of York during the War of 1812, they were secreted away to keep them from being seized as a war trophy by American troops. The flags were donated to the City of Toronto in 2009 and have not been publicly viewable for many years. After years of laborious conservation work, they return to the post as a testament to what historians have called Toronto's most traumatic day – the attack and occupation of the Town of York. Fort York's Visitor Centre now has permanent exhibits telling the story of the Fort's founding, the War of 1812 and a Battle of York audio/visual experience. 

On Sunday, honour the 204th anniversary of the Battle of York fought on April 27, 1813. The fort comes alive with musket firing demonstrations, Georgian cooking in the Officers' Quarters kitchen, site tours and period animation. Kids can try "falling-in" for 1812-era soldiering drill!

Regular admission applies: Adults: $7.96, Seniors /Youth: $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (plus tax). Children 5 and under are free.

Battle of York Walking Tours
Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
In addition to the scheduled demonstrations and activities at the fort, there will be a special walking tour focusing on the Battle of York. This tour will begin at the canteen/museum store at Fort York, using the Fort, Garrison Common and areas of the original shoreline to highlight the dramatic battle that took place here 204 years ago. Regular admission applies. 

TO Canada with Love - National Aboriginal Day and the Indigenous Arts Festival - June 21-25

Wednesday, June 21 to Sunday, June 25
Admission details TBC

Presented by Fort York and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, National Aboriginal Day followed by The Indigenous Arts Festival will celebrate the very best in Indigenous and Metis culture. Plan to spend the days under the open skies in downtown Toronto enjoying traditional and contemporary music, educational programming, storytelling, dance, theatre, and food. The series of events will energize the grounds of this historic site with powerful ancient traditions and compelling contemporary creations by Indigenous artists. This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.