Explore Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and take part in year-round special events on this 43-acre site..
Built in 1793, Fort York National Historic Site is the birthplace of urban Toronto. It is best known as the location where the Battle of York came to its violent climax in 1813 during the War of 1812. The Fort served as the city's primary harbour defence between the 1790s and the 1880s, and was the home of a military garrison until the 1930s.
Today, its defensive walls enclose Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. Every year, thousands of people visit the site to explore its fascinating history and enjoy its public programs.
Fort York is one of 10 historic sites operated by the City of Toronto. Toronto's Historic Sites engage visitors, inspire passion, challenge ideas and connect the past to the present.
Please Note: Fort York Summer Closure Dates
Fort York National Historic Site will be closed to the general public as we welcome the following special events this summer:
- June 6th - 8th for the Field Trip Music and Arts Festival
- July 18th - 30th for the Taste of Toronto Festival
- September 27th for the Sick Kids Great Camp Adventure
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