• Bicentennial Commemoration Launch (2012)

    June 15-24
    Enjoy Bicentennial events across the City, as well as at the Fort, that commemorate the Declaration of War in June 1812:

    • Experience the grandeur of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and a new specially commissioned work, as the Luminato Festival presents a free outdoor concert performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in David Pecaut Square.
    • Explore The Encampment at Fort York National Historic Site, an interactive installation by artists Thomas & Guinevere of 200 tents, each detailing the stories and lives of civilians touched by the war. Presented by the City of Toronto and Luminato.
    • Think about the war from the contemporary perspectives of five young multi-media artists in an exhibition at Harbourfront Centre.

    For a complete listing of events please check the City of Toronto's Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812 website or

  • The Encampment (Luminato, 2012)

    June 8–24
    A large-scale public participatory art installation, The Encampment proposes the archaeological encampment as its metaphor. A dig for artifacts is replaced by a dig into the collective memory of a public space and its history. This acclaimed installation will celebrate the launch of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 as part of Luminato 2012. The installation will be open to the public in the evenings. Browse for further information about The Encampment and Luminoto.
    Admission is FREE.

  • Doors Open (2012)

    Sat. and Sun. May 26 and 27, 10 am to 5 pm
    Fort York will open its doors to the public for this annual celebration of history and architecture. Enjoy special tours of some of Toronto’s oldest architecture (and home to Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings) or stroll the grounds of this National Historic Site.

    Sunday only: 1 to 2 pm
    Enjoy a featured walking tour, City Building: “Simcoe to Skyscrapers.”  The tour highlights the founding of York (Toronto) by Lt. Governor John G. Simcoe, the Battle of York (1813), the fortification and development of the harbour, and the eventual industrial, recreational, and residential growth of this vital area.
    FREE admission all weekend.

  • Victoria Day (2012)

    Mon. May 21, 10 am to 5 pm
    What better way to celebrate Victoria Day than to visit the birthplace of Toronto. Tours, kids’ activities such as soldier’s drill, demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking techniques, and English country dancing.
    Regular admission.

  • Parler Fort: Exploring Toronto’s Past, Present, and Future. A Celebration of June Callwood and the new June Callwood Park (May 2012)

    Wed. May 16, 7:30 pm
    Join June Callwood’s many friends, colleagues and family members for this evening of storytelling and remembering one of Toronto’s most beloved people. Coinciding with the publication of It’s All About Kindness: Remembering June Callwood (Cormorant Books, 2012, ed. Margaret McBurney) and the start of construction on a stunning new park adjacent to Fort York, designed to embody her words, “It’s All About Kindness.”
    Admission $8.85 + tax, Students admitted FREE

  • Fort York Historic District Walking Tours in association with Jane’s Walks: Fort York and 200 years of Development (2012)

    Sun. May 6, 1 to 2:30 pm
    Explore the history and evolution of Fort York, the Garrison Common, and the nearby Lake Ontario shoreline from the early British colonial era to the present day. The tour highlights the Battle of York, the fortification and development of the harbour, and the eventual industrial, recreational, and residential growth of this vital area.  
    FREE admission to Fort York following tour.

  • Toronto District School Board History Fair (2012)

    Wed. May 2, 10 am to 2:30 pm
    Elementary school students from the West District of the Toronto District School Board display their history projects. educational day fun or the whole family. Recommended for ages 3-12.
    Regular admission.

  • Battle of York Commemoration (2012)

    Sun. April 29, 10 am to 5 pm
    Discover Fort York National Historic Site and commemorate the 199th anniversary of the Battle of York, fought on 27 April 1813.

    • Period displays of naval shore gunnery drill performed by the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (RCSCC) VANGUARD. Cadets will arrive in a processional parade from HMCS YORK at the beginning of the day.
    • Flag raising ceremony
    • Ongoing 19th-century seamanship demonstrations by the RCSCC
    • Authentic replica 1812-era Gig, a period vessel
    • 1812-era drill and musket firing demonstrations
    • Battle of York, Fortification, and 1812 Lifestyle Tours, demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking techniques in one of the oldest kitchens in Toronto
    • Step into the Soldiers’ Barracks brought to life by period animators
    • Children can “fall-in” to learn the same foot and musket drill practiced by the Upper Canada Militia in 1812

    Regular admission.

  • Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at the Fort (2012)

    Fri. April 27, 11 am to 12 noon  
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, in partnership with Fort York’s volunteer Citizenship Committee and Fort York National Historic Site, will host candidates for citizenship at a special community ceremony at the Fort. The event includes community roundtable discussions, guest speakers, music, and a reception for the participants.
    FREE admission to the public on this day.

  • Parler Fort: Exploring Toronto’s Past, Present, and Future. Toronto: A Natural City? Building Our City to Harmonize Ecological & Human Systems (April 2012)

    Thurs. April 26, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00)
    How can Toronto and other cities re-envision their built environment to create a more sustainable foundation for growth and community? The editors of The Natural City (U of T Press, 2011), Stephen Scharper and Ingrid Leman Stephanovic, will lead an urgent but hopeful panel discussion including a philosopher, an architect, an ecologist and an urbanist.
    Admission $8.85 + tax, Students admitted FREE