• Fort York after Dark: Lantern Tours (2015)

    Thurs. and Fri. October 29 and 30, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
    Tour the grounds of Fort York at night to hear stories about this national treasure and the history that surrounds it, from the haunted lighthouse to the bloody Battle of York. The tour will also visit
    two military cemeteries near the fort. This event is not recommended for children under 8 yrs. Complimentary refreshments.
    Pre-registration is required. $12.50 + HST.
    Please call 416-392-7500 for more information or to pre-register.

  • Remembrance Day (2015)

    Weds. November 11, 10:45 am
    Fort York National Historic Site and the Toronto Municipal Chapter IODE (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) are proud to present one of this City's most evocative Remembrance Day Services on Garrison Common. Commencing at 10:45 am from the west gate of Fort York, a processional led by period uniformed military staff and standard bearers of the IODE will make its way to the Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery, where the public will be gathered. There, at the eleventh hour, all soldiers of the Toronto Garrison who fell in the War of 1812, the Rebellion Crises, the Crimean War, Northwest Rebellion, South African (Boer) War, the two World Wars, and recent conflicts around the globe will be remembered and honoured. A reception will follow in the Fort York Visitor Centre.
    Please join us.

  • Historic Cooking Classes, Mince Pies (2015)

    Sun. November 29, 10 am to 3:30 pm
    In the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen
    Learn how to make the pastry and rich filling for these traditional fruit and meat-based pies.
    Lunch and mince pies to take home are included. $75 + HST
    Pre-registration and payment are required, 416-392-7484.

  • Canada Day @ Fort York (2015)

    Wed. July 1, 10 am to 5 pm
    Celebrate Canada's birthday by exploring Fort York's new Visitor Centre. See the Fort York Guard kick off their summer season with demonstrations every hour on the hour. Guided tours will focus on the evolution and history of the old western entrance into Toronto harbour. Bring a picnic and enjoy the open, green space of the Garrison Common. This free Celebrate Canada event is supported by a grant from the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
    Please note: Activities are in and around the Fort York Visitor Centre only since Historic Fort York is closed for a private event.
    Free admission

  • Bicycle Tour: The Forts of Toronto (2015)

    Sat. June 27, 11 am to 1 pm
    Since bicycling is a unique and exciting way to view Toronto's early history, Fort York and Heritage York's Lambton House are conducting a Bike Month event. Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas Street, is a good starting point at the edge of the Carrying Place trail. From there, we will ride to Teiagon, site of the 17th century Seneca Village and the Magasin Royal of 1720. Following the Humber Bicycle Trails, we will stop to explore Toronto's second French fort. Continuing along the Martin Goodman Trail takes us to the site of Fort Rouillé, the last French fort. The tour ends at Fort York, site of the founding of British York which replaced the French era at Toronto.
    The ride is of moderate difficulty. Lambton House will be open at 10 am before the tour begins and participants may visit for free.

  • Na-Me-Res Traditional Outdoor PowWow (2015)

    Sun. June 21
    Native Men’s Residence Traditional PowWow is held to recognize National Aboriginal Day, June 21st, the Summer Solstice. The event features traditional dancing, drumming, feast, giveaway, kids area, and craft vendors. Seven Aboriginal drum groups will be on hand, including host drum Smoke Trail Singers and co-host drum Eagle Flight Singers. Over 100 traditional dancers are expected to participate including head dancers Stephanie Pangowish and Lee Benson. The day begins with a sunrise ceremony and will end with a gala concert. The Grand Entry takes place at 12 noon, with traditional dancing and drumming until 4:30 pm.
    Check for details
    Regular admission


    Thurs. to Sat. June 18 to 20
    A celebration of traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, visual arts, crafts, and food by Indigenous peoples. Energizing Fort York with powerful traditions and contemporary creations, including Mistatim by Red Sky Performance, alternative folk artist Diyet, 2014 Polaris Music Prize winner & 2015 JUNO Award winner Tanya Tagaq, and much more. Hosted by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
    Check for details
    Most events are free

  • Gertrude Kearns: The Art of Command: Portraits and Posters from Canada's Afghan Mission (2015)

    Portraits and Posters from Canada's Afghan Mission
    Until Sunday, June 14
    Since 1991 Toronto artist Gertrude Kearns has explored the engagement between Canada's military and conflicts around the world. In 2005-6 she was embedded with Canadian Forces in Afghan-istan while on contract with the Department of National Defence. Between 2006 and 2015, Kearns created the forty-six portraits and posters appearing in The Art of Command.
    For more information visit
    Included with regular admission

  • Taste of Toronto (Fort York, 2015)

    Thurs. to Sun. July 2 to 5
    Fort York is hosting upwards of 20,000 visitors at foodie heaven. Featuring world class chefs, Toronto’s top restaurants, and over seventy exhibitors.

  • Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Cultural Village – Pan Am Games (Fort York, 2015)

    Fri. July 10 to Sun. July 26
    “Home base” for the games, the Cultural Village will have the feel, sights, and sounds of a traditional Mississauga Nation village. Visitors will experience a round house where workers in traditional clothing will show how life was lived with authentic artifacts. Artisans will teach basket weaving, braiding, and other crafts.
    Don't miss the Three Sacred Fires Ceremony on Friday, July 10. The Three Sacred Fires are symbolic of the Mississaugas’ traditions and political alliances with the Ojibwa, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations. The  first fire will be lit on Toronto Island; dignitaries will canoe to the mainland where two other fires will be lit, including one at Fort York. Fire Keepers will tend the fires 24/7 for the duration of the games.
    Free admission