• Victoria Day (2013)

    Mon. May 20, 10 am to 5 pm
    What better way to celebrate Victoria Day than to visit the birthplace of Toronto? Enjoy tours, kids’ activities, and demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking in one of the oldest kitchens in Toronto.
    Regular admission.

  • Meagan's Walk (2013)

    Sat. May 11,8:30 am to 10:00 am (Fort York), 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (walk to Sick Kids)
    On Saturday, May 11th, Mother's Day weekend, thousands of participants will join in the 12th Annual Meagan's Walk. Fort York National Historic Site is pleased to welcome Meagan's Walk to their site for the first time this year.

    Meagan's Walk mission is to share the message of hope, to increase public awareness about brain tumours and the devastating effects they have on children and their families, and to raise valuable financial resources for research into paediatric brain tumours - the leading cause of cancer-related death in children and young people under the age of 20. The flagship event is the Walk, which takes place annually on Mother's Day weekend. Each year thousands of participants of all abilities take part in the 5km walk, which culminates in an human hug around the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), sending strength and love to those within.

    All are welcome to join us in this meaningful way to celebrate Mother's Day Weekend. The 5 km walk departs from Fort York at 10:00 AM and culminates in a human hug around the Hospital for Sick Children.

    Register online at

  • Fort York Historic District Walking Tours in association with Jane’s Walks: Fort York & 200 Years of Development (2013)

    Sat. May 4, 1 to 2:30 pm
    Explore the history and evolution of Fort York, the Garrison Common, and the nearby Lake Ontario shoreline from the early British colonial era to the present day.
    Free admission to Fort York following tour.

  • Battle of York Commemoration (2013)

    Saturday, April 27, 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of York.
    Join Fort York for an unforgettable day of commemorative activities to honour those who fought.
    Visit for the full program and details on access.

    Sunrise Ceremony: 6 to 7:30 am, near Palais Royale, western waterfront at the Jameson Avenue pedestrian bridge. On the shoreline where the Americans landed four First Nations, led by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, will hold a solemn ceremony.

    Walking in their Footsteps: 10 am to 12:30 pm, near Palais Royale, western waterfront at the Jameson Avenue pedestrian bridge. Starting where the disembarked Americans began their advance, the general public and First Nations will be led by historical interpreters and celebrities along the route with stops at significant points, arriving at Fort York by 12:30 pm.

    Presentation of Colours: 10 to 11 am, in front of Legislative Assembly, Queen’s Park. Following a series of dynamic military displays the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, will be presented with a new Regimental Colour by HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

    Parade: 11:30 am to 1 pm, begins at Queen’s Park. Members of the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Army with thirteen bands will march through the streets of Toronto from Queen’s Park to Fort York National Historic Site. The parade will end at Fleet and Fort York Boulevard when a hundred-person guard will continue into the fort.

    Commemorative Ceremonies: 1:30 to 4 pm. An hour-long ceremony of remembrance will take place at 1:30 at Fort York National Historic Site in the presence of re-enactment units representing those who fought during the Battle of York, representatives of the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Army, and four First Nations. A commemorative ceremony from 3 to 4 pm will focus on the dedication of a new memorial plaque to honour the contribution of First Nations during the Battle of York. The dedication will be followed by singing, dancing, and drumming performed by descendants of those who fought in the battle. The rededication of restored plaques presented in 1934 will take place in the presence of the original organizations—the National Society United States Daughters of 1812 and the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire.

    Free admission to Fort York all day on April 27.

  • Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at Fort York (2013)

    Fri. April 26, 11 am to 12 noon
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, in partnership with Fort York’s volunteer Citizenship Committee and Fort York National Historic Site, will host candidates for citizenship. Prior to the ceremony, community roundtable discussions will be convened to strengthen the connection between new Canadians and their communities, and to remind all in attendance of the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship. The event includes guest speakers, music, and a reception.
    Free admission until 12:30 pm.

  • Toronto District School Board History Fair, 2013

    Tues. April 23, 10 am to 2:30 pm
    View history project displays from the West District of the TDSB.
    Included with regular admission.

  • Fort York Community Cleanup Day (2013)

    Sat. April 20, 10 am to 12 noon
    Help us with spring cleaning of the Garrison Common on Mayor Rob Ford’s Community Cleanup Day. All equipment will be provided. Meet at the west Fort York gates.
    Contact David Juliusson @ 416-392-6907 ext. 233
    A Free Family Pass to the site will be offered to all volunteers.

  • Parler Fort: The Battle of York: Myth, Reality, and the Explosion of the Grand Magazine (April 2013)

    Sun. April 14, 7:30 pm.
    Join celebrated British author, historian, and archaeologist Andy Robertshaw, a featured expert in the film Explosion 1812. Robertshaw is best known for his television work with the BBC in Two Men in a Trench and The Trench as well as the popular shows Time Team and Battlefield Detectives.
    Admission $10 + tax.

  • Fort York War of 1812 March Break (2013)

    Mon. to Fri. March 11 to 15, 10 am to 3 pm
    Bring the kids down to the fort during March Break for some fun-filled activities. Families can learn about Fort York and the War of 1812 through colourful exhibits, costumed education staff, tours, and 1812-related activities. Children can dress up, try cooking in the kitchen, practice musket and sword drills like an 1812 soldier, or learn about music from the War of 1812. Timed and ongoing activities offer education and entertainment for the whole family. Guides and audio tours are available in our Museum Store, which also carries a wide selection of souvenirs and books for all ages. This event is recommended for ages 3-12.
    Regular admission. No registration required.

  • Free Men of Colour: African Canadians and the Defence of Upper Canada, 1812-1815 (2013)

    Sun. February 24, 1:00 pm
    For African Canadians, the American invasions of Upper Canada during the War of 1812 posed a dangerous threat to their lives and freedoms. In response, African Canadians, despite representing a small minority of the population, played an active part in the defence of the province. African Canadians contributed to the defence of the province in a variety of roles throughout the war. This presentation will seek to place their service in its military and historical contexts, and explore the roles of African Canadians in some of the key events of the War of 1812 in Upper Canada.
    Gareth Newfield is a former historian and researcher with Parks Canada and the Canadian War Museum. A specialist in colonial era Canadian military history, he has written a number of articles and publications on the War of 1812. One of his particular focuses has been the Coloured Corps, the only segregated unit of African Canadians to serve in the defence of Upper Canada during the war.
    FREE with regular admission to Fort York