Fort York National Historic Site is an early 19th-century military fort and designated site of historical importance in Toronto, Canada. Restored to the closest state of authenticity possible in 1934, the site then became a museum preserving the history of the War of 1812 and military life in Canada.

    The main entrance of the Fort York Visitor Centre is 27,000 sq. ft. with monolithic weathering steel panels, designed for protection against the position of the Lake Ontario shoreline at the time. The interior circulates visitors through its expansive exhibits with a ramp, by glass walls for easier viewing of the museum.

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    What are the highlights of Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto?

    The Fort York Visitor Centre includes prized artifacts from the War of 1812, an immersive Battle of York experience, and light-sensitive pieces displayed in a vault among its most fascinating exhibits. The area includes offices and a community meeting center as well.

    The grounds of the Fort York National Historic Site include earthen ramparts, a barracks, blockhouses, and miscellaneous structures. The ramparts have 9 clear gun placements and visible expansions such as palisades and parapets, with plans for later additions. Other structures such as the remains of the original fort and first Government House remain buried underground to this day.

    What else is good to know about Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto?

    Located in the neighborhood of Fort York at 250 Fort York Boulevard, the Fort York National Historic Site’s entrance at the Fort York Visitor Centre is easiest to reach by car or public transit. Taking line 1 from Union Station is the most straightforward path to the site, and there’s a big red Fort York sign.

    Public parking space is available on-site at the corner of Fleet Street and Strachan Avenue but is especially limited during special events like festivals and concerts. If you’re visiting then it’s best to take public transit, bike, or walk to the site. Metered parking is also available nearby for an additional charge.

    Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto

    Location: 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3K9, Canada

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm (closed Monday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +1 416-392-6907

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