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  • March Break Family Drop-in at Fort York

    March 13 to 17, 10 am to 4 pm
    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 colorful exhibits including the new 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.
    Regular admission.

  • Vimy 100 Toronto, TO Canada with Love Event

    Sat. April 8 and Sun. April 9, 10 am to 5 pm
    Fort York National Historic Site pays tribute to the men and women who fought for Vimy Ridge on 9 April 1917 with a remembrance ceremony and Great War exhibits.  On Saturday experience the sights and sounds of First World War Canadian soldiering through fascinating re-enactor displays of infantry, artillery, cavalry, medicine, music, and food. On Sunday at 2 pm attend a remembrance parade by the Canadian Armed Forces which includes the dedication of a Vimy oak tree.
    This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations, and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.
    Note: The Great War Heritage Café is open on Saturday from 11 am–3 pm, Sunday 11 am–2 pm, baked goods available until 5 pm each day.
    For a complete weekend schedule in pdf format click here.
    Free admission.

  • Battle of York Weekend at Fort York (2017)

    Sat. April 22 and Sun. April 23, 10 am to 5 pm
    Spend some time with actual survivors of the Battle of York.  
    Now on display in the special collections Vault at Fort York's new Visitor Centre are the original Regimental Colours of the 3rd Regiment of York Militia who fought gallantly against American invaders at the Battle of York on 27 April 1813.  Produced by the young women of York during the War of 1812, the colours were secreted away to keep them from being seized as a war trophy by American troops. Donated to the City of Toronto in 2009, they have not been on public view for many years but now, after laborious conservation work, they return to the post as a testament to what historians have called Toronto's most traumatic day―the attack and occupation of the Town of York.
    Regular Admission
    Sun. April 23, 10 am to 5 pm
    Honour the 204th anniversary of the Battle of York fought on 27 April 1813. The fort comes alive with musket firing demonstrations, Georgian cooking in the Officers' Quarters kitchen, site tours, and period animation. Kids can try soldiering drill.
    Battle of York Walking Tours
    Sun. April 23, 11 am and 2 pm
    In addition to scheduled demonstrations and activities there will be a special walking tour focusing on the Battle of York. Beginning at the canteen/museum store, the tour uses Garrison Common and areas of the original shoreline to highlight the dramatic battle that took place here 204 years ago.

  • Canada Day @ Fort York! (2016)

    Friday, July 1, 10 am to 5 pm
    Spend Canada's special day at Fort York, the birthplace of Toronto. The Fort's Summer Guard kicks off the season performing musket and artillery drill as well as fife and drum music. Canada Day 2016 features Toronto artist Bruno Billio's Tri-Mirror Sculpture Field–a playful maze of mirrors to explore outdoors on the grounds of Fort York. Kids can also enjoy crafts, face-painting, hula-hooping, and storytelling sessions. Grab a Fort York temporary tattoo and your own Canadian flag to show your pride. Enjoy the tours, bring a picnic, and learn the exciting story of this National Historic Site.
    This free Celebrate Canada event is supported by a grant from the Government of Canada
    www.toronto.ca/fortevent

  • Simcoe Day @ Fort York (2016)

    Mon. August 1, 10 am to 5 pm
    Fort York celebrates Lieutenant-governor Simcoe, who founded the town of York (Toronto) in 1793 and was the first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada (Ontario). Come learn about the birthplace of Toronto and thrill to the sounds of musketry, cannons, and the fife and drum.
    Free admission

  • Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Festival (2016)

    Garrison Common
    Sat. August 13
    Toronto’s first-ever all vegan festival catering to a 19+ crowd. Attendees can indulge and sample the very best in comfort food, craft brews, and wine and spirits from a variety of reputable vegan vendors.
    http://www.veganfestto.com/

  • The Summer at Fort York (2016)

    Daily throughout July and August 
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thrill to the booming of the cannon, the firing of muskets, the vibrant colours of the uniformed guard and the lively music of fife and drum. These are the sights and sounds of Fort York this summer. Visitors will enjoy hourly demonstrations of military music, drill, musketry and artillery performed by students representing the Canadian Fencible Regiment that was garrisoned at the fort at the end of the War of 1812. Highlights include musket and cannon firings, and the music of the Fort York Drums (a fife & drum corps).
    Program varies daily. Call for specific details. Regular admission.

  • Mad Decent Block Party (2016)

    Garrison Common
    Fri. August 19
    An electronic music festival that brings a beat-blasting block party to cities across North America.
    http://maddecentblockparty.com/

  • First World War Comes to Life (2016)

    Sat. & Sun. August 13 & 14, 10 am to 5 pm
    This fully-animated exhibit explores the lesser known wartime contributions of the Canadian men and women who served beyond the trenches, both at home and overseas. It offers a series of dynamic displays and activities for visitors to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a world behind the front lines. Visitors of all ages are invited to engage with live costumed interpreters and explore how they too can contribute to the war effort.
    Generously funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and Veterans Affairs, First World War Comes to Life is currently travelling across Canada through to 2018 to mark the centenary of the First World War.