TO Canada with Love Event: National Aboriginal Day and the Indigenous Arts Festival

Wed. June 21 to Sun. June 25, Times and admissions vary
Presented by Fort York and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, National Aboriginal Day followed by the Indigenous Arts Festival will celebrate the very best in Indigenous and Metis culture. Plan to spend the days under the open skies in downtown Toronto enjoying traditional and contemporary music, educational programming, storytelling, dance, theatre, and food. The series of events will energize the grounds of this historic site with powerful ancient traditions and compelling contemporary creations by Indigenous artists. This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program honouring Canada's 150th birthday.


Canada Da­­y at Fort York (2017) - Free admission

Sat. July 1, 10 am to 5 pm
A daylong all ages celebration packed with family friendly activities, demonstrations, tours, and performances. In addition to flag raising and flag lowering ceremonies, the Fort York Guard, dressed as members of the Canadian Fencible Regiment (circa 1815), will perform demonstrations of musketry, artillery, and fife and drum music. Children can enjoy a drill activity, music classes, a scavenger hunt, and hula-hooping. The fort's volunteer cooks will demonstrate period cooking methods and recipes in the historic kitchen—allowing visitors to see, hear, and taste what life must have been like for the fort's early 19th century inhabitants. The Historic Foodways program will feature recipes from the era of Confederation and visitors will have the opportunity to sample delicious cakes, pies, and tarts while learning about the cooking and baking techniques of the 1860s. There will also be a talk on Toronto in 1867. Guided tours of barracks and fortifications will focus on the evolution and history of the old western entrance into Toronto Harbour and highlight the lives of soldiers and officers. The Fort's Visitor Centre, featuring several new exhibits and an orientation film, will be open all day.