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Fort York is committed to providing access for visitors to as many areas of the site as possible. All walkways within the 7-acre walled site are asphalt surfaced and are wheelchair accessible. Some exhibits require walking up or down stairs. The Stone Magazine and the Brick Magazine are not wheelchair accessible. The pathway in the Strachan Ave. cemetary is a packed gravel surface and of limited use for wheelchairs while access to the restored fortification features such as walls, ditches, and dry moats are not wheelchair accessible. Admission to Fort York is via the West Gate and located in the Canteen Museum Store. The Canteen Museum Store is wheelchair accessible and located approximately 11 metres (35 ft) from the entrance to the West Gate.
We will provide portable ramps for any edges that need to be negotiated through doorways and assist special needs guests with ramp placement. In cases where a guest can not access a space, we will provide an interpretive overview upon request (person to person).
Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome. Seating can be found in a number of exhibits, outside many of the structures, and in the picnic table area. All washrooms are special needs accessible. Public access washrooms are located in the South Soldiers' Barracks and the lower floor of the Blue Barracks. The Blue Barracks washroom is accessible via an elevator. Water fountains are located outside and only available seasonally.
There are two entrances to Fort York. The main entrance is at the West Gate via Fort York Blvd., directly east of the parking lot. This is the preferred entrance for those arriving by car, bus or foot from Garrison Rd. The Admissions Desk is located in the Canteen Museum Store located at the West Gate.
(All visitors must enter Fort York via the West Gate, the East Gate is only open during special events.) The East Gate is located on west side of Bathurst St. just north of Fort York Blvd. When open, the East Gate is an unattended entrance. All visitors who enter the fort via the East Gate are required to proceed directly to the Canteen Museum Store to purchase their admission.