• Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy (2015)

    Sun. October 4 to Sat. November 7
    Sat. to Tues. 10 am to 4 pm, Wed. to Fri. 10 am to 8 pm
    Visitor Centre
    This year marks the 800th anniversary of King John of England putting his royal seal on the Magna Carta (the Great Charter) in 1215. The Magna Carta and its companion document, the Charter of the Forest, set the groundwork for many concepts defining democratic life today in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and many other countries. As symbols of justice, they act as reminders that those who govern do so only by the consent of the people. See these remarkable documents and a fascinating exhibition that explains their history and importance as well as an exhibit highlighting persons and events in Toronto who reflected the ideals of Magna Carta.
    Tickets can be purchased on-line at

  • Early Music Fair (2015)

    Sat. October 17, 11 am to 4:30 pm
    Centre Blockhouse (presentations and demonstrations),
    Officers’ Blue Barracks (concert presentations every 30minutes, exhibits)
    Welcome to the historical music performance scene in Toronto. The Fair offers opportunities to see and hear recorders and viols, early keyboard instruments, historical woodwinds, and other period instruments played by some of the finest musicians in the city. CD recordings, early music books and publications from Early Music Imports are available for sale.
    Regular admission (free for members of Toronto Early Music Centre)

  • Historic Cooking Classes. Ah, What an excellent thing is an English Pudding! (2015)

    Sun. October 18, 10 am to 3:30 pm  
    In the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen
    Whether sweet or savoury, discover the history and cooking techniques of puddings from the 18th and 19th centuries.
    Lunch and recipe packages are included. $75 + HST
    Pre-registration and payment are required, 416-392-7484.

  • Fort York after Dark: Lantern Tours (2015)

    Thurs. and Fri. October 29 and 30, 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 also visit
    two military cemeteries near the fort. This event is not recommended for children under 8 yrs. Complimentary refreshments.
    Pre-registration is required. $12.50 + HST.
    Please call 416-392-7500 for more information or to pre-register.

  • Remembrance Day (2015)

    Weds. 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 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. A reception will follow in the Fort York Visitor Centre.
    Please join us.

  • Historic Cooking Classes, Mince Pies (2015)

    Sun. November 29, 10 am to 3:30 pm
    In the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen
    Learn how to make the pastry and rich filling for these traditional fruit and meat-based pies.
    Lunch and mince pies to take home are included. $75 + HST
    Pre-registration and payment are required, 416-392-7484.

  • Canada Day @ Fort York (2015)

    Wed. July 1, 10 am to 5 pm
    Celebrate Canada's birthday by exploring Fort York's new Visitor Centre. See the Fort York Guard kick off their summer season with demonstrations every hour on the hour. Guided tours will focus on the evolution and history of the old western entrance into Toronto harbour. Bring a picnic and enjoy the open, green space of the Garrison Common. This free Celebrate Canada event is supported by a grant from the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
    Please note: Activities are in and around the Fort York Visitor Centre only since Historic Fort York is closed for a private event.
    Free admission

  • Bicycle Tour: The Forts of Toronto (2015)

    Sat. June 27, 11 am to 1 pm
    Since bicycling is a unique and exciting way to view Toronto's early history, Fort York and Heritage York's Lambton House are conducting a Bike Month event. Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas Street, is a good starting point at the edge of the Carrying Place trail. From there, we will ride to Teiagon, site of the 17th century Seneca Village and the Magasin Royal of 1720. Following the Humber Bicycle Trails, we will stop to explore Toronto's second French fort. Continuing along the Martin Goodman Trail takes us to the site of Fort Rouillé, the last French fort. The tour ends at Fort York, site of the founding of British York which replaced the French era at Toronto.
    The ride is of moderate difficulty. Lambton House will be open at 10 am before the tour begins and participants may visit for free.

  • Na-Me-Res Traditional Outdoor PowWow (2015)

    Sun. June 21
    Native Men’s Residence Traditional PowWow is held to recognize National Aboriginal Day, June 21st, the Summer Solstice. The event features traditional dancing, drumming, feast, giveaway, kids area, and craft vendors. Seven Aboriginal drum groups will be on hand, including host drum Smoke Trail Singers and co-host drum Eagle Flight Singers. Over 100 traditional dancers are expected to participate including head dancers Stephanie Pangowish and Lee Benson. The day begins with a sunrise ceremony and will end with a gala concert. The Grand Entry takes place at 12 noon, with traditional dancing and drumming until 4:30 pm.
    Check for details
    Regular admission


    Thurs. to Sat. June 18 to 20
    A celebration of traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, visual arts, crafts, and food by Indigenous peoples. Energizing Fort York with powerful traditions and contemporary creations, including Mistatim by Red Sky Performance, alternative folk artist Diyet, 2014 Polaris Music Prize winner & 2015 JUNO Award winner Tanya Tagaq, and much more. Hosted by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
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    Most events are free