• The Cook's Apprentice (2018)

    Saturday, December 8, 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Ticketed Event

    Kids aged 8 to 12 learn to bake traditional cakes, biscuits and confections in the historic kitchen of the officers’ mess. Recipes include iced Queen Cakes, Gingerbread, Peppermint Drops and a delicious breakfast griddle cake for the holidays. There will be a recipe package and samples to take home.

    Advance tickets $30 + tax required.
    Fort York remains open; regular admission applies.

  • Gingerbread Make & Bake (2018)

    December 27 to 31, 11 am and 2 pm

    In this hands-on workshop, kids (aged 4 and up) 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 1800s gingerbread recipe. Samples can be taken home – if they last that long! Each workshop is limited to 15 children. Sign up in the Museum Store when you arrive.

    The only cost is regular admission to Fort York.

  • GetLoud: Rally, March and Celebrate for SickKids Foundation

    Fort York Garrison Common
    Saturday, September 29, 12 pm to 4 pm
    The SickKids Foundation 5 km walk culminates in a festival at Fort York featuring chart-topping bands on the main stage, an amazing BBQ-style spread featuring Toronto’s best food trucks, and a beer tent for a post-march pint. Family activities include pony rides, rock climbing, arts and crafts, a Kids' Stage, and much more.
    Please note: This is a third-party event. Fort York will be open to the general public from 10 am to 5 pm. Regular admission applies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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