Sat. and Sun. April 23 and 24, 10 am to 5 pm
Honour the 203rd anniversary of the Battle of York fought on 27 April 1813 and celebrate the bicentennial of today's Fort York – the 1816 rebuilt peacetime garrison. The fort comes alive with musket firing demonstrations, Georgian cooking in the Officers' Mess Kitchen, site tours, and period animation. Kids can try "falling-in" for 1812-era soldiering drill.
On Saturday tread the ground of the US attackers and York defenders as you follow Walking in Their Footsteps, a 1.5 hour walking tour with five stops along the way relating to details of the battle. Tour commences at 11 am outside the Palais Royale (1601 Lakeshore Blvd. west). The walking tour is free, and will continue rain or shine.
On Sunday a special walking tour at 11 am and 2 pm will focus on the Battle of York. This tour will begin at the canteen/museum store at Fort York and highlight the dramatic battle using the fort, Garrison Common, and areas of the original shoreline.