• Museum of the Moon at The Bentway

    September 10 to 15, Times Vary

    From September 10 to 15, The Bentway brings the Moon under the Gardiner with a presentation of Museum of the Moon – a seven-metre wide touring sculptural work by UK artist Luke Jerram, which fuses lunar imagery to bring the moon’s surface to life on earth. The installation allows visitors to experience the moon up-close and personal, reminding us of the moon’s influence on our daily lives despite urban barriers like light pollution and high-rise density. Visitors will be able to further reflect on the moon through moon gazing and moonlight meditation, turning The Bentway into an open air planetarium.

    Other activities taking place throughout the moon-filled week include free astronomy talks and National Film Board of Canada short films presented in partner-ship with Fort York National Historic Site and the Friends of Fort York. These activities will take place in the Fort York Visitor Centre.

    Please see for a full schedule of events.

    September 11, 13 & 15
    6:30 pm – 11:00 pm: Universe & Moon Man screenings, co-presented with Fort York National Historic Site

    Tuesday, September 10
    6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Lunar exploration: past, present, and future talk with Sara Mazrouei, co-presented with Fort York National Historic Site
    7:30 pm – 11:00 pm: Universe & Moon Man screenings, co-presented with Fort York National Historic Site

    Thursday, September 12
    6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: The Legacy of Toronto’s Magnetic Observatory with Kirsten Vanstone, Executive Director of RCIScience. Co-presented with Fort York National Historic Site & the Friends of Fort York

    These days, many of us are detached from the nature’s rhythms, particularly in urban settings. For centuries, the sky provided a means to tell time and to navigate. Now, we use clocks and GPS signals. How did we get to this point? Hear the story of Toronto’s great Magnetic Observatory, once housed at Fort York. Built to help sailors better navigate the globe, the Observatory’s legacy includes a global time keeping system and cemented Canada’s position as a leader in astronomy and space science.

    Kirsten Vanstone:
    Kirsten is Executive Director of the Royal Canadian Institute (RCIScience). In this role, she is working to increase the impact of Canada’s oldest, public scientific society on Canada's science culture. Kirsten has spent nearly 30-years in science engagement, starting at the Ontario Science Centre, where she was a Host, Educator and Staff Astronomer. She spent time as the California Academy of Sciences' Astronomy Educator and teaching astronomy and culture at the ROM. In addition to museum and non-profit work, Kirsten has done television script research and writing and taught general interest courses on astronomy. Kirsten volunteers with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) and has received awards for her astronomy outreach from the Astronomical Association of Northern California and the RASC Toronto Centre.

    7:30 pm – 11:00 pm: Universe & Moon Man screenings, co-presented with Fort York National Historic Site


  • Nuit Blanche at Fort York

    Saturday, October 5, 7 pm to 7 am 

    For one sleepless night, experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of artists and more than 80 art projects. This year's event-wide theme is Continuum. Fort York National Historic Site will be surrounded by new art wherein the past and the present collide. Around the fort is the series Creation : Destruction, a dispersed exhibition curated by Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta. They say all things reside on the borders of creation and destruction: inspired by the immediate area, this exhibition will challenge our understanding of these seemingly contradictory concepts. Nine new works of Creation : Destruction are included among this neighbourhood’s 14 Nuit Blanche installations. Project sites include The Bentway and Fort York, the old abattoir on Tecumseth and the Wellington Street salt-storage dome; download a map here.

    FREE, sunset to sunrise

  • Schooners to Skyscrapers: The History of the Fort York Neighbourhood

    Sunday, July 7, 11 am to 12:30 pm

    Join historical interpreter Samantha Horne on this walking tour showcasing the landmarks of Fort York’s immediate neighbourhood. Find the architectural vestiges of bygone eras of warfare, industry and sport that remind us not only of the history, but also the ongoing development, of the bustling Fort York Neighbourhood. Sign up for the tour here.

    FREE, including a complimentary admission to Fort York National Historic Site after the tour.

  • Butter Tart Workshop

    Thursday, September 12, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

    This hands-on cooking workshop explores the history of the iconic Canadian butter tart. Using historic Great War recipes, participants will learn how to make the perfect pastry and filling for delicious tarts every time. Light refreshments, a recipe package, and tarts to take home are included.

    Pre-registration is required.

  • The Spring Season at Fort York

    Weekdays, 10 am to 4 pm
    Weekends, 10 am to 5 pm
    Daily Summer Hours, 10 am to 5 pm, begin May 21 (until Sept. 2)

    From Redcoats to rabbits, the spring season at Fort York has it all! Drop in for a tour of Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. While you’re here, see if you can spot the wide range of wildlife supported by our 43-acre site.
    Regular admission: Adults: $12.40; Seniors: $8.85; Youths: $7.10; Children: $5.30 plus tax; Children 5 and under are free.

  • Community Cleanup Day at Fort York

    Saturday, April 27, 10 am to 12 noon (2019)
    Clean Toronto together! Join 200,000 residents, students, businesses and community groups for the 16th annual city-wide cleanup of public spaces. Help the team at Fort York National Historic Site clean part of our 43 acres of greenspace, and enjoy complimentary same-day admission to visit the museum! This year's Community Cleanup Day at Fort York falls on the Saturday of our Battle of York Weekend. We will provide garbage bags, water and coffee. Please provide your own boots, gloves, rakes and/or shovels. FREE

  • Battle of York Weekend at Fort York (2019)

    Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, 10 am to 5 pm
    Honour the 206th anniversary of the Battle of York fought on April 27, 1813. The fort comes alive with musket-firing demonstrations, Georgian cooking in the Officers' Quarters kitchen, site tours, period animation and an 1812-era Kids' Drill. Make sure to include a visit to the original Regimental Colours of the 3rd Regiment of York Militia. Secreted away to keep them from American troops, the Colours are now on display in the Fort York Visitor Centre.
    Regular admission

  • Battle of York Walking Tour: Walking in Their Footsteps (2019)

    Saturday, April 27, 11 am
    Meet outside of the Palais Royale (1601 Lake Shore Blvd West) to tread the ground of the American attackers and York defenders. Walking in Their Footsteps is a 1.5-hour walking tour that will trace the course and events of the battle which took place on April 27, 1813. Led by Fort York staff and volunteers, this rain-or-shine tour will feature five stops and talks relating the details of the battle along the way. FREE

  • Battle of York Walking Tours (2019)

    Sunday, April 28, 11 am and 2 pm  
    On the Sunday of Battle of York Weekend, enjoy a special walking tour in addition to the scheduled demonstrations and activities at Fort York. This Battle of York walking tour will begin at the Canteen and will use Fort York, Garrison Common and areas of the original shoreline to highlight the battle that took place here 206 years ago.
    Regular admission

  • The French and British Forts of Toronto: A Bicycle Tour (2019)

    Saturday, May 4, 11 am to 1 pm 
    Explore Toronto's early history in a unique and exciting way! Fort York, in partnership with Jane's Walk and Heritage York's Lambton House, will conduct a Jane’s Walk Ride on Saturday, May 4. This free bicycle tour will begin at Lambton House (4066 Old Dundas St, 416 767-5472), at the edge of the Carrying Place Trail, and will end at Fort York, a British fort and the place where urban Toronto (then York) was founded. Enjoy complimentary admission to Fort York after the tour.