• Gingerbread Make and Bake (extra fun for kids ages 4 and up)

    Wed. to Sat. December 27 to 31, 11 am and 2 pm
    While you enjoy a tour of Fort York your kids can join the cooks in the Officers' Mess Kitchen to create traditional gingerbread cookies. In this hands-on workshop they will use period cooking utensils and tools to sift flour, crush cinnamon, cloves or allspice, pound sugar and grate nutmeg and ginger as they prepare an 1800's gingerbread recipe. Samples can be taken home - if they last that long! Workshop is limited to 15 participants.
    Included with regular admission; sign up in the Museum Store when you arrive

  • 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: A Celebration of Food History

    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 stories of the First Nations, Metis, French and English, with speakers, demonstrations, workshops and tastings. On the day's line-up is the annual baking competition, this year it's all about Apple Pie. The preserving competition again features marmalade in two categories, classic Seville, and other citrus fruit. New this year, is the Apple Chutney category.
    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

  • Invictus Games Toronto - Archery Competition

    September 27—September 29 

    Toronto will host the 2017 Invictus Games from September 27 to 29, with Fort York hosting the Archery Competition. Established by Prince Harry in 2014, the Invictus Games are the only international adaptive sporting event for injured active duty and veteran service members. More than 550 competitors from 17 nations, competing in a dozen adaptive sports will attend the games.

    Archery Preliminaries: September 27, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Archery Preliminaries: September 28, 2017, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Archery Finals & Medal Ceremonies: September 29, 2017, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Cost: Free
    Please note: there will be security screenings (including bag checks) upon entrance to the site.

  • Historic Cooking Workshop: The Iconic Canadian Butter Tart

    Thurs. October 5, 6:30 to 9:30 pm 
    Join us to explore the sweet history of this iconic Canadian treat. Using First World War recipes, participants will learn how to make the perfect pastry and filling for delicious tarts every time. Light refreshments, recipe package, and tarts to take home.
    $50 plus tax
    Pre-registration is required 416-392-7484

  • Fort York after Dark: Lantern Tours (2017)

    Wed. Thurs. Fri. October 25, 26, 27, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
    Tour the grounds of Fort York at night to hear stories about this national treasure and the history that surrounds it, from the haunted lighthouse to the bloody Battle of York. The tour will visit two military cemeteries. This event is not recommended for children under 8 yrs. Complimentary refreshments.
    $13.27 plus tax
    Pre-registration is required

  • Canada Cooks, Toronto Eats! – Free admission

    Sat. and Sun. November 4 and 5, noon to 5 pm
    Food connects all cultures. The food we eat tells compelling stories about who we are, and it is these stories the program is interested in sharing. Canada Cooks, Toronto Eats! invites visitors to experience the history of Toronto and to discuss the present and future of Canada through family recipes. You can share your recipes and food memories through www.torontoeats150.tumblr.comand our eCookbook. The City of Toronto Historic Sites invites everyone to taste food samples that illustrate the development of a Canadian cuisine, listen to historic talks on cultural identity and food, and participate in conversations at our free weekend event.

    This project 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.

  • Battlefields of My Ancestors (Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival)

    April 29 to May 28
    A two-venue installation presented in partnership with Ryerson Image Centre and Ryerson University. In her ongoing photographic series, Shelley Niro (Mohawk, turtle clan) documents the historic battlefields that hold significance for her people. Following the migration route of the Six Nations from upstate New York to southern Ontario – which began during the American Revolutionary War – she captures signs, memorials and landscapes.
    Special Artist Talk
    Saturday, May 13, 2 to 3 p.m.
    Multidisciplinary artist Shelley Niro and curator Bonnie Rubenstein discuss issues raised by Niro’s site-specific public installation at Fort York.

  • Remembrance Day Commemoration (2017)

    Sat. November 11, 10:45 am
    Fort York National Historic Site and the Toronto Municipal Chapter IODE (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) are proud to present one of this city's most evocative Remembrance Day Services at the Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery on Garrison Common. Commencing at 10:45 am from the west gate of Fort York, a processional, led by period uniformed military staff and standard bearers of the IODE, will make its way to the Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery, where the public will be gathered. There, at the eleventh hour, all soldiers of the Toronto Garrison who fell in the War of 1812, the Rebellion Crises, the Crimean War, Northwest Rebellion, South African (Boer) War, the two World Wars, and recent conflicts around the globe will be remembered and honoured.