• Victoria Day (2012)

    Mon. May 21, 10 am to 5 pm
    What better way to celebrate Victoria Day than to visit the birthplace of Toronto. Tours, kids’ activities such as soldier’s drill, demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking techniques, and English country dancing.
    Regular admission.

  • Parler Fort: Exploring Toronto’s Past, Present, and Future. A Celebration of June Callwood and the new June Callwood Park (May 2012)

    Wed. May 16, 7:30 pm
    Join June Callwood’s many friends, colleagues and family members for this evening of storytelling and remembering one of Toronto’s most beloved people. Coinciding with the publication of It’s All About Kindness: Remembering June Callwood (Cormorant Books, 2012, ed. Margaret McBurney) and the start of construction on a stunning new park adjacent to Fort York, designed to embody her words, “It’s All About Kindness.”
    Admission $8.85 + tax, Students admitted FREE

  • Fort York Historic District Walking Tours in association with Jane’s Walks: Fort York and 200 years of Development (2012)

    Sun. May 6, 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. The tour highlights the Battle of York, the fortification and development of the harbour, and the eventual industrial, recreational, and residential growth of this vital area.  
    FREE admission to Fort York following tour.

  • Toronto District School Board History Fair (2012)

    Wed. May 2, 10 am to 2:30 pm
    Elementary school students from the West District of the Toronto District School Board display their history projects. educational day fun or the whole family. Recommended for ages 3-12.
    Regular admission.

  • Battle of York Commemoration (2012)

    Sun. April 29, 10 am to 5 pm
    Discover Fort York National Historic Site and commemorate the 199th anniversary of the Battle of York, fought on 27 April 1813.

    • Period displays of naval shore gunnery drill performed by the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (RCSCC) VANGUARD. Cadets will arrive in a processional parade from HMCS YORK at the beginning of the day.
    • Flag raising ceremony
    • Ongoing 19th-century seamanship demonstrations by the RCSCC
    • Authentic replica 1812-era Gig, a period vessel
    • 1812-era drill and musket firing demonstrations
    • Battle of York, Fortification, and 1812 Lifestyle Tours, demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking techniques in one of the oldest kitchens in Toronto
    • Step into the Soldiers’ Barracks brought to life by period animators
    • Children can “fall-in” to learn the same foot and musket drill practiced by the Upper Canada Militia in 1812

    Regular admission.

  • Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at the Fort (2012)

    Fri. April 27, 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 at a special community ceremony at the Fort. The event includes community roundtable discussions, guest speakers, music, and a reception for the participants.
    FREE admission to the public on this day.

  • Parler Fort: Exploring Toronto’s Past, Present, and Future. Toronto: A Natural City? Building Our City to Harmonize Ecological & Human Systems (April 2012)

    Thurs. April 26, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00)
    How can Toronto and other cities re-envision their built environment to create a more sustainable foundation for growth and community? The editors of The Natural City (U of T Press, 2011), Stephen Scharper and Ingrid Leman Stephanovic, will lead an urgent but hopeful panel discussion including a philosopher, an architect, an ecologist and an urbanist.
    Admission $8.85 + tax, Students admitted FREE

  • Community Cleanup Day (2012)

    Sat. April 21, 10 am to 12 noon
    Help us give a much-needed spring cleaning to the Fort’s Garrison Common. Join us for the Mayor Rob Ford’s Community Cleanup Day at Fort York National Historic Site. All equipment will be provided.
    A FREE Family Pass to the site will be offered to all those who give their time. Meet at the front gates.

  • Ontario Women’s History Network: Annual Meeting and Conference: Women and the War of 1812 (2012)

    Sat. April 14, 8 am to 5 pm
    Eleven speakers address the topic under broad themes: Setting the Context: Race, Gender, Ethnicity and Class in Colonial Canada before the War; Women’s Roles and Experiences during the War of 1812; Gender and the War of 1812 in Upper Canada: History, Memory, and Commemoration; and Remembering and Commemorating Women’s Roles in the War of 1812: Possibilities and Challenges. The day concludes with a tour of Fort York.
    Participants must pre-register. For further information about speakers and fees please visit

  • Fabled City. Allies in Troubled Times: The Mississauga First Nation in the Battle of Fort York

    Sun. April 1, 7 to 9 pm
    The Mississauga Nation chose to fight alongside British troops to defend Fort York against the invading Americans. Poet and storyteller Stacey LaForme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation brings to life these troubled times. The evening will also include a short tour of the Fort, focusing on First Nations involvement in the War of 1812. Refreshments are included.
    Pre-registration is required by calling 416 392-6907 x 0
    Admission $15 adults, $12 youth & senior, $10 child (all prices plus HST)