Battle of York Weekend at Fort York (2017)
Sat. April 22 and Sun. April 23, 10 am to 5 pm
Spend some time with actual survivors of the Battle of York.
Now on display in the special collections Vault at Fort York's new Visitor Centre are the original Regimental Colours of the 3rd Regiment of York Militia who fought gallantly against American invaders at the Battle of York on 27 April 1813. Produced by the young women of York during the War of 1812, the colours were secreted away to keep them from being seized as a war trophy by American troops. Donated to the City of Toronto in 2009, they have not been on public view for many years but now, after laborious conservation work, they return to the post as a testament to what historians have called Toronto's most traumatic day―the attack and occupation of the Town of York.
Sun. April 23, 10 am to 5 pm
Honour the 204th anniversary of the Battle of York fought on 27 April 1813. The fort comes alive with musket firing demonstrations, Georgian cooking in the Officers' Quarters kitchen, site tours, and period animation. Kids can try soldiering drill.
Battle of York Walking Tours
Sun. April 23, 11 am and 2 pm
In addition to scheduled demonstrations and activities there will be a special walking tour focusing on the Battle of York. Beginning at the canteen/museum store, the tour uses Garrison Common and areas of the original shoreline to highlight the dramatic battle that took place here 204 years ago.
Victoria Day @ Fort York (2017)
Mon. May 22, 10 am to 5 pm
What better way to celebrate Victoria Day than to visit the birthplace of Toronto?
Take tours, see demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking techniques in one of the oldest kitchens in Toronto, as well as English country dancing. The kids will enjoy activities such as soldiers’ drill.
Doors Open Toronto (2017)
Sat. May 27 and Sun. May 28, 10 am to 5 pm
Fort York opens its doors for this annual celebration of history and architecture. Enjoy special tours of some of Toronto's oldest buildings or stroll the grounds of this National Historic Site.
Field Trip: Downtown Toronto's Community Music and Arts Festival
Sat. June 3 and Sun. June 4
Toronto’s boutique community music and arts festival will be headlined by celebrated Canadian music collective Broken Social Scene and international rock act Phoenix. Other highlights include Ottawa-based DJ crew A Tribe Called Red, Canadian indie favourite Feist, Portugal. The Man, Toronto's own BADBADNOTGOOD, Thundercat, and singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow. Children 12 and under are free with an adult ticket-holder. Single day tickets and weekend passes available at: http://fieldtriplife.com
Please note: Fort York's historic buildings will be closed to the public from June 2nd to June 5th inclusive.