• Bentway opening street curling with Rock Solid Productions (photo: Denise Militzer courtesy of The Bentway Conservancy).

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Fort York National Historic Site contains an unparalleled record of Canadian history spanning more than two centuries. The establishment of the Town of York’s garrison in 1793 was the first act in the founding of the future City of Toronto. As the site of the Battle of York in 1813, Fort York saw action during the War of 1812. The fort remained in continuous use by the British and Canadian military until almost the Second World War. Since 1934, Fort York has been a public museum, owned and operated by the City of Toronto.

Today, Fort York National Historic Site, through its historical and contemporary programming, reflects today’s pluralistic City of Toronto – the community it once defended.

Fort York is Toronto’s common ground for stories about Toronto and its history, especially its military history. The Fort York Visitor Centre is our new front door, and opens directly onto The Bentway – Toronto’s newest exciting public space. The Bentway runs along the south edge of Fort York National Historic Site on Fort York Boulevard and is supported independently of Fort York by The Bentway Conservancy.

The Fort York Foundation is a federally-registered independent charity. We support special projects at Fort York National Historic Site by raising funds for them from the private sector – generous individuals, foundations and corporations. Thanks to these donors we were able to support the City of Toronto in opening the Visitor Centre to the public during the bicentennial of the War of 1812 in 2014. We received a wonderful and unprecedented $1 million gift from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation to help restore and rehabilitate Garrison Common, part of Fort York National Historic Site.

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