Fort York National Historic Site

Fort York National Historic Site

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.

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About Fort York

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Find out what's on at Fort York.

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Fort York offers Birthday Party programs, March Break activities and many family-oriented events throughout the year.

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Facility Rentals

Book your event at the city's oldest historic site in the heart of downtown Toronto.


Visitor Centre - NOW OPEN

The Fort York Visitor Centre is now open! This new 24,000 square foot facility will help the Fort tell its 200-year story and orient visitors to the entire 43-acre National Historic Site.


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School Programs

The City of Toronto Historic Sites 

  • Have a wide array of dynamic learning opportunities
  • Have programs that support the Ontario curriculum for Primary and Secondary schools
  • Offer young people the opportunity to develop their powers of analysis, understanding and imagination