• Historic Cooking Workshop: The Iconic Canadian Butter Tart

    Thurs. October 5, 6:30 to 9:30 pm 
    Join us to explore the sweet history of this iconic Canadian treat. Using First World War recipes, participants will learn how to make the perfect pastry and filling for delicious tarts every time. Light refreshments, recipe package, and tarts to take home.
    $50 plus tax
    Pre-registration is required 416-392-7484

  • Fort York after Dark: Lantern Tours (2017)

    Wed. Thurs. Fri. October 25, 26, 27, 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 visit two military cemeteries. This event is not recommended for children under 8 yrs. Complimentary refreshments.
    $13.27 plus tax
    Pre-registration is required

  • Canada Cooks, Toronto Eats! – Free admission

    Sat. and Sun. November 4 and 5, noon to 5 pm
    Food connects all cultures. The food we eat tells compelling stories about who we are, and it is these stories the program is interested in sharing. Canada Cooks, Toronto Eats! invites visitors to experience the history of Toronto and to discuss the present and future of Canada through family recipes. You can share your recipes and food memories through and our eCookbook. The City of Toronto Historic Sites invites everyone to taste food samples that illustrate the development of a Canadian cuisine, listen to historic talks on cultural identity and food, and participate in conversations at our free weekend event.

    This project is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations, and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

  • Battlefields of My Ancestors (Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival)

    April 29 to May 28
    A two-venue installation presented in partnership with Ryerson Image Centre and Ryerson University. In her ongoing photographic series, Shelley Niro (Mohawk, turtle clan) documents the historic battlefields that hold significance for her people. Following the migration route of the Six Nations from upstate New York to southern Ontario – which began during the American Revolutionary War – she captures signs, memorials and landscapes.
    Special Artist Talk
    Saturday, May 13, 2 to 3 p.m.
    Multidisciplinary artist Shelley Niro and curator Bonnie Rubenstein discuss issues raised by Niro’s site-specific public installation at Fort York.

  • Remembrance Day Commemoration (2017)

    Sat. 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 at the Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery 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.

  • Historic Cooking Classes in the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen: Mince Pies (2017)

    Sun. November 26, 10 am to 3:30 pm
    Learn how to make the pastry and rich filling for these traditional fruit and meat-based pies. Recipe package and mince pies to take home.
    $75 plus tax
    Pre-registration and payment required 416-392-7484

  • Artillery Day at Fort York – May 27th (in conjunction with Doors Open Toronto)

    Sat. May 27, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Join us for Artillery Day at Fort York and see displays of historical and modern guns from the 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (Petawawa, Ontario), the 7th Toronto Regiment (Royal Canadian Artillery) along with Fort York’s on-site collection of original garrison guns from the War of 1812 and Victorian eras. Demonstrations, presentations and firing through the day. The Fort is also participating in Doors Open Toronto, the City’s annual celebration of history and architecture. In addition to the Artillery Day programming, enjoy special tours of some of Toronto’s oldest and original War of 1812 buildings.

    Free Admission.

  • March Break Family Drop-in at Fort York

    March 13 to 17, 10 am to 4 pm
    Looking for a day of adventure during March Break? Just bring your family down to Fort York National Historic Site! At this authentic War of 1812 fort, children will have fun trying soldiers' drill classes, officers' sword drill, music workshops and dressing up in costumes. Visitors can sample treats from the 1826 historic kitchen. Learn about the Fort's exciting history through colorful exhibits including the new Visitor Centre and Battle of York Experience. Pick up a Kids' Guide to Fort York and have fun finding the clues to complete its games and puzzles throughout their tour. No registration required.
    Regular admission.

  • TO Canada with Love Event: National Aboriginal Day and the Indigenous Arts Festival

    Wed. June 21 to Sun. June 25, Times and admissions vary
    Presented by Fort York and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, National Aboriginal Day followed by the Indigenous Arts Festival will celebrate the very best in Indigenous and Metis culture. Plan to spend the days under the open skies in downtown Toronto enjoying traditional and contemporary music, educational programming, storytelling, dance, theatre, and food. The series of events will energize the grounds of this historic site with powerful ancient traditions and compelling contemporary creations by Indigenous artists. This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program honouring Canada's 150th birthday.


  • Canada Da­­y at Fort York (2017) - Free admission

    Sat. July 1, 10 am to 5 pm
    A daylong all ages celebration packed with family friendly activities, demonstrations, tours, and performances. In addition to flag raising and flag lowering ceremonies, the Fort York Guard, dressed as members of the Canadian Fencible Regiment (circa 1815), will perform demonstrations of musketry, artillery, and fife and drum music. Children can enjoy a drill activity, music classes, a scavenger hunt, and hula-hooping. The fort's volunteer cooks will demonstrate period cooking methods and recipes in the historic kitchen—allowing visitors to see, hear, and taste what life must have been like for the fort's early 19th century inhabitants. The Historic Foodways program will feature recipes from the era of Confederation and visitors will have the opportunity to sample delicious cakes, pies, and tarts while learning about the cooking and baking techniques of the 1860s. There will also be a talk on Toronto in 1867. Guided tours of barracks and fortifications will focus on the evolution and history of the old western entrance into Toronto Harbour and highlight the lives of soldiers and officers. The Fort's Visitor Centre, featuring several new exhibits and an orientation film, will be open all day.