Fort York was Toronto's only defence in the War of 1812. However, American forces sacked the city & almost wiped out half the town. Later, it was rebuilt & has never witnessed another battle. Today, it serves as a historic museum of Toronto.
It may be designated as an important historic landmark in Toronto, but this fort is relatively plain, bland & seems to be a complete waste of prime waterfront land. To me, it looks like a group of dull, ugly designed, fabricated suburban houses. Yes, preserving history is important, but I think Fort York is living way past its age.
Usually during the summer, there are regular re-enactments by historians of the War of 1812, flag raising, music & cannon firing.
It is also part of the OpenDoors Toronto event.
100 Garrison Road
(off Fleet Street, east of Strachan Avenue, west of Bathurst Street)
January - May
Weekdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Weekends 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Victoria to Labour Day -Daily 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
Mid-December to New Years Day - Closed
by TTC: Take the 511 streetcar south from Bathurst subway station. Visitors can access the fort via a pedestrian walkway off the Bathurst/Front Street bridge or by walking up Garrison Road off Fleet Street.
Click here for Fort York's Webpage.
Fun Alternatives: Better to visit Quebec City's fort, right by Chateau Frontenac & the Old Walled City : )