Fort York, Toronto

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  • Fort York - Is this Compton?
    Fort York - Is this Compton?
    by coolpanda87
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    Historic, Yet Uninspiring

    by coolpanda87 Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    Fort York - Is this Compton?

    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.

    Location:
    100 Garrison Road
    (off Fleet Street, east of Strachan Avenue, west of Bathurst Street)
    Toronto, ON.
    Phone: 416-392-6907

    Hours:
    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 : )

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel

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