• War, Invasion, and Occupation: Fort York and Toronto in the War of 1812 (2012)

    Sun. September 16, 1 pm
    Some of the most dramatic events in Toronto’s history occurred during the War of 1812, particularly the American invasions of 1813. This special walking tour examines major events and the development of our community.
    Free, including admission to Fort York following tour.

  • Ontario Model Soldier Society Show (2012)

    Sat. September 8, 10 am to 5 pm
    Children of all ages will enjoy Fort York as it hosts the Ontario Model Soldier Society’s 49th annual show and competition.  Demonstrations of casting and painting; displays of connoisseur figures, dioramas, and tableaux of more than a thousand pieces.  Many vendors will be offering toy soldiers for sale.
    Free with regular admission.

  • Planet IndigenUS Film Screenings (2012)

    Mon. to Thurs. August 13 to 16, 7 to 9 pm
    As part of the Planet IndigenUS Festival, Fort York screens the award-winning CBC 8th Fire series over four evenings. Each night features speakers before the film, including many of the creators of 8th Fire.
    Free admission.

  • Simcoe Day (2012)

    Mon. August 6, 10 am to 5 pm
    Lieutenant-Governor Simcoe founded the town of York (Toronto) in 1793 and was the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada (Ontario). This great day will celebrate the legacy of Fort York as the birthplace of Toronto. Visitors will enjoy exhibits, demonstrations of musketry, cannon and music by the Fort York guard, Regency dance demonstrations, historic cooking in our 1826 kitchen, and the beautiful grounds of this national treasure. Join us at 1pm for a unique walking tour “Simcoe to Skyscrapers” which will explore the development and growth of this ever-changing neighbourhood.
    Regular admission.

  • Assembly of First Nations: Gathering of Eagle Staff Procession and Commemorative Memorial Service (2012)

    Mon. July 16
    Eagle Staff Procession from 219 Front Street to Fort York, 2 to 3:30 pm
    Commemorative Memorial Service at Fort York, 4 to 6 pmCredit: Barbara Gillies
    As part of the week-long Assembly of First Nations, the vital role First Nations played during the War of 1812 will be commemorated. Following an eagle staff procession, a special commemorative service at Fort York National Historic Site will honour members of First Nations whose lives were lost during the War of 1812. The service highlights include traditional drumming, prayers, historical accounts, poetry and Scottish pipes.
    FREE admission to the public on this day.

  • The Great Waterfront Trail Adventure (2012)

    Sun. July 15 to Mon. July 16
    On July 16, bicyclists participating in the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure will camp overnight at Fort York. This marathon covers 720 km of Ontario’s waterfront and 41 communities over 8 days.

  • Seasonal Historic Cooking Demonstrations (2012)

    Sun. July 15, Aug. 19, and Sun. Sept. 9
    Visit with Fort York's Volunteer Historic Cooks in the Officer's Mess Kitchen as they prepare late 18th and early 19th century recipes using seasonal fruits as well as produce freshly harvested from the Fort's own kitchen garden. For more information click here.
    July 15 - strawberries and raspberries
    August 19 - peaches and apricots
    September 9 - apples, pears and plums
    Included with General Admission

  • On Common Ground: A Free Concert to Commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 (2012)

    Sat. July 14, 3 to 11 pm
    Canadian diversity has its roots in the War of 1812. Celebrate two hundred years of common ground with Sarah Harmer, Shad, Rural Alberta Advantage, and Alex Cuba.
    FREE, in the Garrison Common.

  • Parler Fort: Exploring Toronto's Past, Present, and Future. The Four Wars of 1812 – It’s a lot more complicated than you thought! 

    Wed. July 4, 7:30 pm  

    Start by putting aside what you learned in high school about the causes of the war of 1812. It was more complicated – and interesting – than that, as tonight’s two speakers will elucidate. D. Peter McLeod researched and designed the new exhibit at the Canadian War Museum, The Four Wars of 1812 (companion book published by Douglas & MacIntyre, June 2012) and political scientists James Laxer focuses on the pivotal relationship forged between two bold and brilliant leaders, Major-General Brock and Tecumseh (Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812, House of Anansi, 2012).

    Pre-registration encouraged 416-392-6907 x 221. Admission $8.85 + tax, Students admitted FREE

  • Canada Day (2012)

    Sun. July 1, 10 am to 5 pm
    Spend Canada’s birthday touring Fort York, the birthplace of modern Toronto. The Fort’s Summer Guard kicks off the season performing musket and artillery drill as well as fife and drum music.
    Free admission.