Fort York National Historic Site Tours
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Fort York was constructed in 1793 by the British Army and Canadian militia troops for the defense of York (now Toronto). Today it’s a National Historic Site with Canada’s largest group of original War of 1812 structures. Explore the stone and wood barracks used during the 1813 Battle of York, when the U.S. invaded and destroyed the fort.
A 7-acre (3-hectare) walled military fort built by the British Army and Canadian militia troops in the late 1800s, Fort York gives visitors a glimpse into Canadian history. Explore the barracks and battlefield, take a guided tour (on the hour), hear the twice-daily cannon firing, and observe a drill and the flag raising and lowering.
Things to Know Before You Go
- There is an admission fee, with discounts for seniors and children; kids 5 and under enter free.
- Plan to spend about two hours visiting the fort.
- Most of the walking throughout the fort is on an even terrain, but some of the structures involve stairs.
- All walkways are accessible by wheelchairs, but the Stone Magazine and Brick Magazine are not wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Fort York National Historic Site is located about 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) west of the CN Tower between the Gardiner Expressway and the train lines. It’s a 20- to 30-minute walk from most parts of downtown Toronto. You can take the Bloor Street Subway to the Bathurst Station or the 509 streetcar westbound, exiting at Fleet Street and Fort York Boulevard. Parking is available at the corner of Fleet Street and Strachan Avenue.
When to Get There
Fort York is open daily year-round. From September to June, the fort is busy with school groups. In July and August, visitors are treated to a variety of events designed to bring history to life, including guided tours, special museum exhibits, Fort York Guard demonstrations, and cooking demonstrations and tastings.
War of 1812
During the War of 1812, American troops invaded Canada, then a British colony, and attacked Fort York the Battle of York in 1813. British troops retreated and the Americans occupied the fort for six days, looting and destroying the Government House and Parliament Buildings. Angered, British troops stormed Washington and burned the White House and other buildings the following year.
Address: 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Fort York National Historic Site
Discover the sights and sounds of downtown Toronto and beyond on this guided, 6-hour sightseeing tour. Visit some of the city’s most popular locations as well as a few hidden gems on an exciting, small-group adventure. See the iconic CN Tower and Rogers Centre, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto City Hall, Queen’s Quay and the Harbourfront neighborhood, plus the historic Distillery District, multicultural Kensington Market, Chinatown, and much more. A local hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this comprehensive small-group tour.
Explore Toronto’s history, culture and top attractions like a VIP during this 2.5-hour private sightseeing tour by luxury sedan or SUV. Sit back and relax in your high-end ride as you visit top Toronto sights including the CN Tower, one of its six Chinatowns, the Harbourfront, the Hockey Hall of Fame and historic Fort York, plus much more. As you travel, enjoy fun Toronto commentary and trivia from your guide, along with tips on where to eat, drink and hang out during your stay. Please note: Tour is priced per group. Choose between a luxury car that seats up to 3 people or a luxury SUV that seats up to 6 people.
See the city of Toronto and the surrounding region on this brief but stunning helicopter flight. Soar over the largest city in Canada with an exclusive sightseeing tour of Toronto’s downtown skyline and beyond, including the iconic CN Tower, the Canadian National Exhibition grounds, and the beautiful Lake Ontario waterfront. This incredible flight covers almost nine miles and includes one keepsake digital photo (delivered online) plus a printed souvenir picture. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Fort York National Historic Site?
The best ways to experience Fort York National Historic Site are:
- Luxury Small-Group Toronto City Tour
- Private Toronto Guided City Tour
- 7-Minute Helicopter Tour Over Toronto
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