• The Cook's Apprentice: A Savoury Cooking Workshop for Children

    Saturday, December 14, 1 pm to 3:30 pm 

    Dine like an officer in this hands-on workshop where children get to make their own meal. Kids ages 8 to 12 learn to make and taste traditional recipes including macaroni (and cheese), pancakes, chicken curry and a seasonal soup – all in the Officers’ Mess historic kitchen. Participants will receive a recipe package to take home. The cost is $30 plus HST.

    Advance tickets required; get them here.

  • Frost Fair (2020)

    Friday, January 17 & Saturday January 18
    Friday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm & Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Fort York National Historic Site and The Bentway

    For a memorable outing, discover the winter beauty of Fort York’s 1812-era buildings blanketed in snow. In the evening, view the Fort in a “new” light during a special lantern tour, which provides a glimpse of garrison life after dark. Tour a selection of buildings with our interpretive staff using 19th century lighting, and sample historic treats and drinks from the 1826 kitchen hearth.

    Don’t forget to bring your skates to glide along The Bentway Skate Trail, where you will be joined by a Redcoat or two! Warm-up in the Fort York Visitor Centre and grab a treat by local food vendors after your skate.


  • DesignTO at Fort York: PLACEHOLDERS by Daniel Daam-Ros

    Friday, Jan 17 to Sunday, Jan 26

    Art and design lovers should check out this new visual art exhibit by Daniel Daam-Rossi, as part of DesignTO – Canada’s largest celebration of design, now in its tenth year. PLACEHOLDERS is a series that explores how objects provide support, both in space and in thought, becoming a scaffold upon which meaning is built. The series in the Fort York Visitor Centre is one of more than 100 exhibits and events occurring Jan. 17-26 during DesignTO.

    Free / Regular Hours

  • Hungry for Comfort: Celebrating our Food History (2020)

    Sunday, February 9, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Join 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 Jewish community. There will be speakers, demonstrations and workshops as well as tastings and a catered lunch of Jewish recipes. Coinciding with this Winterlicious event is our Baking & Preserving Competition: anyone can enter their favourite recipe in any of four categories. The cost is $75 plus HST (early bird price $65 plus HST until January 26).

    Advanced tickets required; get them at

  • Family Winter Fun Day at Fort York (2020)

    Monday, February 17, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Fort York will be packed with hands-on activities, performances and exhibitions. Check out the 1826 kitchen and try some baked goods and hot chocolate prepared over the hearth. Staff from other Toronto History Museums, including Colborne Lodge, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Montgomery’s Inn, Spadina Museum and Todmorden Mills, will be at the Fort York Visitor Centre to offer creative crafts and other fun activities. Bring your skates to glide around the Bentway Skate Trail from noon until 9 pm.


  • March Break Family Adventure at Fort York

    Saturday, March 15 to Sunday, March 22
    Earmark this fun-filled outing at Fort York for the kids during March Break. Who wouldn’t want to dress up in army uniforms, perform soldiers’ drills and attend art and music workshops? Be sure to get a Kids’ Guide to the Fort and find the clues to complete games and puzzles during your tour. Learn about the fort’s War of 1812 history through colourful exhibits, including the Battle of York Experience. And try some tasty treats prepared in our 1826 kitchen. Regular Admission / Regular Hours

    Regular admission is Child: $5.30 | Youth: $7.10 | Adult: $12.40 | Senior: $8.85 plus HST
    Regular hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; weekdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Gingerbread Make & Bake

    December 27 to 31, 11 am and 2 pm 

    In this hands-on workshop, kids ages 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 participants. Sign up in the Museum Store (the Canteen) when you arrive.

    Regular admission

  • Butter Tart Workshop

    Thursday, September 12, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

    This hands-on cooking workshop explores the history of the iconic Canadian butter tart. Using historic Great War recipes, participants will learn how to make the perfect pastry and filling for delicious tarts every time. Light refreshments, a recipe package, and tarts to take home are included.

    Pre-registration is required.

  • The Spring Season at Fort York

    Weekdays, 10 am to 4 pm
    Weekends, 10 am to 5 pm
    Daily Summer Hours, 10 am to 5 pm, begin May 21 (until Sept. 2)

    From Redcoats to rabbits, the spring season at Fort York has it all! Drop in for a tour of Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. While you’re here, see if you can spot the wide range of wildlife supported by our 43-acre site.
    Regular admission: Adults: $12.40; Seniors: $8.85; Youths: $7.10; Children: $5.30 plus tax; Children 5 and under are free.

  • Community Cleanup Day at Fort York

    Saturday, April 27, 10 am to 12 noon (2019)
    Clean Toronto together! Join 200,000 residents, students, businesses and community groups for the 16th annual city-wide cleanup of public spaces. Help the team at Fort York National Historic Site clean part of our 43 acres of greenspace, and enjoy complimentary same-day admission to visit the museum! This year's Community Cleanup Day at Fort York falls on the Saturday of our Battle of York Weekend. We will provide garbage bags, water and coffee. Please provide your own boots, gloves, rakes and/or shovels. FREE