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 ongoing construction in the area, Fort York can only be accessed from Garrison Rd. via the westbound lane of Fleet St., between Fort York Blvd. and Strachan Ave., going north on Garrison Road. 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 416-392-7500 or

Everything Easter @ Fort York! April 4

Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Everything Easter @ Fort York is Toronto’s’ newest egg hunt! Join us for a day of fun and games, including an Easter egg hunt, arts and crafts, meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, and egg races. There will be food and beverage to purchase on site, not to mention great raffle prizes to be won! All proceeds will go towards the Ronald McDonald House and the George Brown College Foundation which benefits scholarships, bursaries, and awards for students. Recommended for families and children aged 3-10!

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Gertrude Kearns: The Art of Command - Until June 14

Portraits and Posters from Canada's Afghan Mission
Fort York Visitor Centre
On until 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.

Community Cleanup Day - April 18

Saturday April 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Help us with spring cleaning of the Garrison Common. All equipment will be provided.
Please contact David Juliusson @ 416-392-7150.

A free Family Pass will be offered to all volunteers!

Commemoration of the Battle of York - April 26

Sunday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Have a family adventure today and visit Fort York National for the commemoration the 202nd anniversary of the Battle of York, fought on April 27, 1813. Watch 1812-era drill and musket firing demonstrations. Take Battle of York-themed, fortification and 1812 barracks tours. Enjoy demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking techniques in one of the oldest kitchens in Toronto. Step into the Soldiers' Barracks brought to life by period animators. Children can "fall-in" and learn the same marching and musket drill practiced by the Upper Canada Militia in 1812.

There will be a special walking tour focusing on the Battle of York at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 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 202 years ago.

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