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.

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The Holiday Season at Fort York - Dec. 15 to 31

December 15 to December 31
Mon. to Fri.:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Dec. 25 & 26

Enjoy a visit to Fort York National Historic Site this festive season. Sample some baking from the 1826 Officers' Mess kitchen and soak up the warmth of a crackling wood fire. Be sure to browse the Museum Store to find that special gift you won't find anywhere else and features gifts suitable for all ages and interests. Regular admission applies.


Gingerbread Make and Bake for Kids - Dec. 27 to 31

Extra fun for children (ages 4 and up)
December 27 to 31 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

While you enjoy a tour of Fort York your kids can join the cooks in the Officers' Mess kitchen to create traditional gingerbread cookies. In this hands-on workshop, kids will use period cooking utensils and tools to sift flour, crush cinnamon, cloves or allspice, pound sugar and grate nutmeg and ginger as they prepare an 1800s gingerbread recipe. Samples can be taken home - if they last that long! Workshop is limited to 15 participants. Included with regular admission, sign up in the Museum Store when you arrive.


Queen Charlotte’s Birthday Ball - Saturday, January 17

Saturday, January 17, 1 to 10:30 p.m.

The Queen Charlotte's Birthday Ball is a recreation of a significant moment in Toronto's history, specifically a Ball offered by Officers' of the Garrison at York (Fort York) held in Toronto on January 23, 1817.

The event is a costumed ball which recreates an early 19th century social gathering and includes instruction in period dance, an extensively researched and authentically prepared Georgian dinner representing the culinary history of early 19th century Toronto and concludes with an evening of English country dancing. 

This annual event features an illustrated talk by Dr. Larry Ostola, Director of Museum and Heritage Services with the City of Toronto. This year's theme is the Treaty of Ghent and the promise of peace after the war of 1812. Costumes Welcome.

Pre-registration required - Click here for details