The Bentway Winter Season Opening Weekend, Free Admission
Sat. and Sun. January 6 and 7
Fort York celebrates the opening of The Bentway's Winter Season with free admission and extended hours all weekend long. Join family activities in the Fort York Visitor Centre, including a special pop-up exhibit on winter fun in Toronto and a Fort York selfie booth.
Sat. January 6, 10 am to 11 pm
See Fort York in a 'new' light. Join a special lantern tour to catch a glimpse of garrison life after dark. Our interpretive staff will guide you through a selection of Fort York's War of 1812-era buildings using only 19th century lighting. Tours meet in the Fort York Visitor Centre at 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, and 9 pm. Don't miss out. Spaces are limited.
Sun. January 7, 10 am to 6 pm
The Bentway will host the Mayor's Skating Party from 1 to 4 pm and Fort York will be open until 6 pm to celebrate. With tours throughout the day there is plenty of opportunity to explore the history of Toronto's founding urban landscape–before or after you skate.
Family Day at Fort York. Free Admission
Mon. February 19, 11 am to 6 pm
Explore the history of Toronto and Fort York. Visit the Fort's historic kitchen and sample baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make this visit memorable. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, officers' sword drill, and old-fashioned games, as well as a fun-filled activity book.
Fort York Visitor Centre
Check out the Visitor Centre for takeaway crafts, a special pop-up exhibit on winter fun in Toronto, and a Fort York selfie booth.
Hungry for Comfort: Surviving a Canadian Winter
Sat. February 24, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Come together with fellow food enthusiasts to explore how different peoples survived and thrived in Canada’s bitter winter. This year, the spotlight is on the culinary story of the First Nations, Metis, French, and English, with speakers, demonstrations, workshops, and tastings. On the day’s line-up is the annual baking and preserving competition that includes prizes for Canada’s best marmalade.
Pre-registration required. Ticket price includes refreshments and lunch.
Early bird tickets $65 plus tax (until February 9), $75 plus tax afterwards.
Tickets available online at https://fortyork.streamintickets.com
March Break Family Drop-in at Fort York
Looking for a day of adventure during March Break? Just bring your family down to Fort York National Historic Site. At this authentic War of 1812 fort, children will have fun trying soldiers' drill classes, officers' sword drill, music workshops, and dressing up in costumes. Visitors can sample treats from the 1826 historic kitchen. Learn about the Fort's exciting history through colourful exhibits including the Visitor Centre and Battle of York Experience. Pick up a Kids' Guide to Fort York and have fun finding the clues to complete its games and puzzles throughout their tour.
No registration required.