Fort York National Historic Site

Historic Site in Waterfront

Established by the British in 1793 to defend the then town of York, Fort York was almost entirely destroyed during the War of 1812 when a small band of Ojibwe warriors and British troops were unable to defeat their US attackers. Several structures – barracks, block houses and powder magazines – were immediately rebuilt and still stand on the 17-hectare site. From May to September, men decked out in 19th-century British military uniforms carry out marches and drills, firing musket volleys into the sky.

The visitors center has a museum relating the history of the site and showcasing period artifacts. It also has a small theater where an orientation film is screened. The fort is open year-round; check the homepage for special events and tour details.