• Fort York Guard, 2016, recreating the Canadian Regiment of Fencible Infantry (1815). Photo by Sid Calzavara.

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Fort York National Historic Site contains an unparalleled record of Canadian history spanning more than two centuries. This is where urban Toronto was established in 1793. As the site of the Battle of York, Fort York saw action during the War of 1812. It remained in continuous use by the 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 reflects an international community through its 200+ year-old story of conflict, change and city-building. To get to know Fort York is to get to know ourselves.

This site is Toronto’s common ground for stories about Toronto, history, commemoration, music, art, public affairs, and more. The award-winning Fort York Visitor Centre is our new front door. It will be at the centre of Project: Under Gardiner – a 1.75-km-long public landscape connecting 70,000 residents from Liberty Village to Queen’s Quay, scheduled to open for Canada’s sesquicentennial in July 2017.

The Fort York Foundation, a federally-registered independent charity, supports capital projects at Fort York National Historic Site. We raise funds from individuals, foundations and corporations to revitalize Fort York. Thanks to generous donors, we were able to open the Visitor Centre in 2014. We also received a $1 million gift from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation to help restore Garrison Common. We need your help to complete the Visitor Centre and its landscape plan – the Liquid Landscape. Come see, and lend us your support!

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