• The Great Waterfront Trail Adventure (2012)

    Sun. July 15 to Mon. July 16
    On July 16, bicyclists participating in the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure will camp overnight at Fort York. This marathon covers 720 km of Ontario’s waterfront and 41 communities over 8 days.

  • Seasonal Historic Cooking Demonstrations (2012)

    Sun. July 15, Aug. 19, and Sun. Sept. 9
    Visit with Fort York's Volunteer Historic Cooks in the Officer's Mess Kitchen as they prepare late 18th and early 19th century recipes using seasonal fruits as well as produce freshly harvested from the Fort's own kitchen garden. For more information click here.
    July 15 - strawberries and raspberries
    August 19 - peaches and apricots
    September 9 - apples, pears and plums
    Included with General Admission

  • On Common Ground: A Free Concert to Commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 (2012)

    Sat. July 14, 3 to 11 pm
    Canadian diversity has its roots in the War of 1812. Celebrate two hundred years of common ground with Sarah Harmer, Shad, Rural Alberta Advantage, and Alex Cuba.
    FREE, in the Garrison Common.

  • Parler Fort: Exploring Toronto's Past, Present, and Future. The Four Wars of 1812 – It’s a lot more complicated than you thought! 

    Wed. July 4, 7:30 pm  

    Start by putting aside what you learned in high school about the causes of the war of 1812. It was more complicated – and interesting – than that, as tonight’s two speakers will elucidate. D. Peter McLeod researched and designed the new exhibit at the Canadian War Museum, The Four Wars of 1812 (companion book published by Douglas & MacIntyre, June 2012) and political scientists James Laxer focuses on the pivotal relationship forged between two bold and brilliant leaders, Major-General Brock and Tecumseh (Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812, House of Anansi, 2012).

    Pre-registration encouraged 416-392-6907 x 221. Admission $8.85 + tax, Students admitted FREE

  • Canada Day (2012)

    Sun. July 1, 10 am to 5 pm
    Spend Canada’s birthday touring Fort York, the birthplace of modern Toronto. The Fort’s Summer Guard kicks off the season performing musket and artillery drill as well as fife and drum music.
    Free admission.

  • Fort York Ongoing Summer Programming (2012)

    Daily throughout July and August, 10 am to 5 pm
    Thrill to the boom of the cannon, the firing of muskets, the vibrant colours of the uniformed guard, and the lively music of fife and drum. Visitors will enjoy demonstrations performed by students representing the Canadian Fencible Regiment that was garrisoned at the fort at the end of the War of 1812.
    Program varies daily. Call for specific details.
    Regular admission.

  • National Aboriginal Day (2012)

    Thurs. June 21, 5 pm to sunset
    Dance, Music, Traditional food, Storytelling, and Entertainment. Learn more about First Nations spiritual traditions honouring the land, the season, and the environment.
    FREE admission.

  • Bicentennial Commemoration Launch (2012)

    June 15-24
    Enjoy Bicentennial events across the City, as well as at the Fort, that commemorate the Declaration of War in June 1812:

    • Experience the grandeur of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and a new specially commissioned work, as the Luminato Festival presents a free outdoor concert performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in David Pecaut Square.
    • Explore The Encampment at Fort York National Historic Site, an interactive installation by artists Thomas & Guinevere of 200 tents, each detailing the stories and lives of civilians touched by the war. Presented by the City of Toronto and Luminato.
    • Think about the war from the contemporary perspectives of five young multi-media artists in an exhibition at Harbourfront Centre.

    For a complete listing of events please check the City of Toronto's Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812 website or

  • The Encampment (Luminato, 2012)

    June 8–24
    A large-scale public participatory art installation, The Encampment proposes the archaeological encampment as its metaphor. A dig for artifacts is replaced by a dig into the collective memory of a public space and its history. This acclaimed installation will celebrate the launch of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 as part of Luminato 2012. The installation will be open to the public in the evenings. Browse for further information about The Encampment and Luminoto.
    Admission is FREE.

  • Doors Open (2012)

    Sat. and Sun. May 26 and 27, 10 am to 5 pm
    Fort York will open its doors to the public for this annual celebration of history and architecture. Enjoy special tours of some of Toronto’s oldest architecture (and home to Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings) or stroll the grounds of this National Historic Site.

    Sunday only: 1 to 2 pm
    Enjoy a featured walking tour, City Building: “Simcoe to Skyscrapers.”  The tour highlights the founding of York (Toronto) by Lt. Governor John G. Simcoe, the Battle of York (1813), the fortification and development of the harbour, and the eventual industrial, recreational, and residential growth of this vital area.
    FREE admission all weekend.