Fort York National Historic Site

Plan Your Visit to Fort York

Parking Notice: Due to construction in front of the Fort York Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Blvd), our parking lot is temporarily closed. Guests will need to park at the Green P lot at the corner of Strachan Ave and Fleet St (800 Fleet St). For accessibility parking/drop-off please call 416-392-7500.

Closure Notice: Please note that Fort York will be closed to the public June 3 - 5 and June 19- 20. The Visitor Centre will remain open regular operating hours on these dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

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Find Your Way

UPDATED DIRECTIONS - How to access Fort York by foot, car, bike or public transit.

Frequently Asked Questions

ExpandWhat is there to do at Fort York?

Fort York is open year-round and visitors are welcome at all times. There is something for everyone, from the enthusiastic history buff to a family on an afternoon outing. Fort York is a great value for visitors looking to have a good time and learn something about Toronto's rich history. Some of the summer highlights include:

  • Guided tours highlighting the lives of soldiers and officers at Fort York
  • Fort York Guard demonstrations every hour on the half hour
  • Cooking demonstrations (and tasting)
  • Museum exhibits

The daily summer schedule may change from time to time due to inclement weather or other circumstances. Please call ahead (416-392-6907) to ensure that scheduled activities will occur on the day of your visit.

Don't miss out on the Fort's fantastic special events including Victoria Day, Indigenous Arts Festival, Canada Day, Simcoe Day and On Common Ground Festival. Visit www.toronto.ca/fortevents for full event details.

NEW! Toronto TimeWarp: The Story of Toronto in Virtual Reality
The Toronto TimeWarp VR Experience at Fort York is among the largest virtual reality tours in the world. Eight VR experiences and numerous audio exhibits will lead you through key moments in Canadian, American and Aboriginal history that changed this city forever. Come to Fort York -- the birthplace of Toronto -- and travel through time with the magic of virtual reality.

Visit the TimeWarp VR website for details and to purchase tickets.

ExpandIs Fort York accessible?

Fort York is committed to providing access for visitors to as many areas of the site as possible. All walkways within the 7-acre walled site are asphalt surfaced and are wheelchair accessible. Some exhibits require walking up or down stairs. The Stone Magazine and the Brick Magazine are not wheelchair accessible. The pathway in the Strachan Ave. cemetary is a packed gravel surface and of limited use for wheelchairs while access to the restored fortification features such as walls, ditches, and dry moats are not wheelchair accessible.

We will provide portable ramps for any edges that need to be negotiated through doorways and assist special needs guests with ramp placement. In cases where a guest can not access a space, we will provide an interpretive overview upon request (person to person).

Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome. Seating can be found in a number of exhibits, outside many of the structures, and in the picnic table area. All washrooms are special needs accessible. Public access washrooms are located in the Visitor Centre, South Soldiers' Barracks, the lower floor of the Blue Barracks. The Blue Barracks washroom is accessible via an elevator. Water fountains are located outside and only available seasonally.

Please call 416-392-6907 or email Fort York at fortyork@toronto.ca or specific accessibility questions.

ExpandIs there a best time to visit?

Fort York is open year-round and each season has something unique to offer — heritage gardens, military & musket drill, music demonstrations, special events such as Ghosts of the Garrison. Fort York offers seasonal guided tours to explore the fort's eight historic structures, its defensive works, and its exhibits. During the school year, many school children take part in our educational programs.

ExpandHow much walking will I have to do? Are there places to sit?

Visiting Fort York requires easy walking over fairly even terrain. Some structures and exhibits require walking up or down stairs.

There are benches on the walkways outside the Canteen Museum Store and adjacent to buildings off pathways. There are also picnic tables on site.

ExpandCan I film, photograph, or record my visit when on-site?

Yes. We encourage you to take photographs or use video cameras for your own use. Due to safety, security, and privacy issues, guests are asked to notify interpretive staff of their intent to film or record interpretive and animation experiences. Commercial filming, photography, and recording are granted by permission only and must be approved in advance of visit. Staff can connect interested parties with the City's Film Liaison Office.

ExpandIs there a shop at Fort York?

Yes, the Canteen Museum Store presents a wide selection of gifts and educational materials. Shopping with us will provide you with some unique and desirable items while supporting the museum. Proceeds from sales help fund our educational programmes and museum exhibits.