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  • Two Centuries of Firepower: Artillery Day at Fort York (2018)

    Saturday, May 26, 10 am to 5 pm
    Free Admission 
    Join us for Artillery Day and see displays of historic and modern guns from the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery from Petawawa, the 7th Toronto Regiment (Royal Canadian Artillery) from Moss Park Armoury, and Fort York's own on-site collection of original garrison guns from the War of 1812 and the Victorian era. Demonstrations, presentations and firing throughout the day. At the same time, the Fort is participating in Doors Open Toronto. In addition to the Artillery Day programming, enjoy special tours of some of Toronto's oldest architecture and its original War of 1812 buildings or simply stroll the grounds of this National Historic Site.

  • Field Trip: Downtown Toronto's Community Music & Arts Festival (2018)

    Fort York and Garrison Common
    Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, gates open at 1 pm 
    Toronto’s boutique community music and arts festival, this year headlined by Metric. Children 12 and under are free with an adult ticket-holder. Single day tickets and weekend passes available at http://fieldtriplife.com.
    Please note: this is a third-party event. Fort York's historic buildings will be closed to the public from June 1 to June 4 inclusive.

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day and Indigenous Arts Festival (2018)

    Thursday, June 21 to Sunday, June 24, times and admissions vary
    Presented by Fort York and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, National Indigenous Peoples Day followed by the Indigenous Arts Festival will celebrate Indigenous culture. Plan to spend the days under open skies in downtown Toronto enjoying traditional and contemporary music, educational programming, storytelling, dance, theatre and food. This series of events will energize the grounds of the National Historic Site with compelling creations by Indigenous artists.
    https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/indigenous-arts-festival/

  • Na-Me-Res Annual Traditional Pow Wow (2018)

    Saturday, June 23, 12 pm to 4 pm
    Free Admission
    The Native Men’s Residence (Na-Me-Res) Annual Traditional Pow Wow is held to recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day on the Summer Solstice. The event features a sunrise ceremony, a Grand Entry at 12:00 pm, traditional dancing, drumming, craft vendors, and a community feast to end the day.

  • Indigenous Day Live with APTN (2018)

    Saturday, June 23
    Preshow 5:30 pm to 7 pm
    Main Stage 7 pm to 10 pm
    Free Admission
    The Aboriginal People's Television Network's (APTN) Indigenous Day Live has been delighting audiences since 2007. This event will feature some of the biggest names in Indigenous music and television, including JUNO Award winners and on-the-rise artists. Indigenous Day Live will showcase talent from all genres, regions and nations, ensuring the recognition and inclusion of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.
    http://aboriginaldaylive.ca/

  • Gingerbread Make and Bake (extra fun for kids ages 4 and up)

    Wed. to Sat. December 27 to 31, 11 am and 2 pm
    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 they 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 1800's 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

  • The Bentway Winter Season Opening Weekend, Free Admission

    Sat. and Sun. January 6 and 7
    Fort York celebrates the opening of The Bentway's Winter Season with free admission and extended hours all weekend long. Join family activities in the Fort York Visitor Centre, including a special pop-up exhibit on winter fun in Toronto and a Fort York selfie booth.
    Sat. January 6, 10 am to 11 pm 
    See Fort York in a 'new' light. Join a special lantern tour to catch a glimpse of garrison life after dark. Our interpretive staff will guide you through a selection of Fort York's War of 1812-era buildings using only 19th century lighting. Tours meet in the Fort York Visitor Centre at 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, and 9 pm. Don't miss out. Spaces are limited.
    Sun. January 7, 10 am to 6 pm
    The Bentway will host the Mayor's Skating Party from 1 to 4 pm and Fort York will be open until 6 pm to celebrate. With tours throughout the day there is plenty of opportunity to explore the history of Toronto's founding urban landscape–before or after you skate.

  • Family Day at Fort York. Free Admission

    Mon. February 19, 11 am to 6 pm
    Explore the history of Toronto and Fort York. Visit the Fort's historic kitchen and sample baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make this visit memorable. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, officers' sword drill, and old-fashioned games, as well as a fun-filled activity book.
    Fort York Visitor Centre
    Check out the Visitor Centre for takeaway crafts, a special pop-up exhibit on winter fun in Toronto, and a Fort York selfie booth.

  • Hungry for Comfort: A Celebration of Food History

    Sat. February 24, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm 
    Come together with fellow food enthusiasts to explore how different peoples survived and thrived in Canada’s bitter winter. This year, the spotlight is on the culinary stories of the First Nations, Metis, French and English, with speakers, demonstrations, workshops and tastings. On the day's line-up is the annual baking competition, this year it's all about Apple Pie. The preserving competition again features marmalade in two categories, classic Seville, and other citrus fruit. New this year, is the Apple Chutney category.
    Pre-registration required. Ticket price includes refreshments and lunch.
    Early bird tickets $65 plus tax (until February 9), $75 plus tax afterwards.
    Tickets available online at  https://fortyork.streamintickets.com

  • March Break Family Drop-in at Fort York

    Looking for a day of adventure during March Break? Just bring your family down to Fort York National Historic Site. At this authentic War of 1812 fort, children will have fun trying soldiers' drill classes, officers' sword drill, music workshops, and dressing up in costumes. Visitors can sample treats from the 1826 historic kitchen. Learn about the Fort's exciting history through colourful exhibits including the Visitor Centre and Battle of York Experience. Pick up a Kids' Guide to Fort York and have fun finding the clues to complete its games and puzzles throughout their tour.
    No registration required.
    Regular admission.