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Fort York National Historic Site

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  1. Photograph: Courtesy City of Toronto
    Photograph: Courtesy City of TorontoFort York
  2. Photograph: Courtesy City of Toronto/Jose San Juan
    Photograph: Courtesy City of Toronto/Jose San JuanFort York

Time Out says

A late 18th- and 19th-century defence against invaders (i.e., Americans), Fort York was destroyed during the War of 1812 and rebuilt to ward off a further U.S. invasion in 1814. The 43-acre site is a reminder of how unnecessary such defences have become and how much of Lake Ontario the city has reclaimed—the site used to be right on the waterfront. A chic and award-winning new Visitor Centre and exhibition space, tucked away under an expressway, gives street cred to this venerable historic site, now surrounded by shiny condo towers. Historic re-enactments on offer.


250 Fort York Blvd
M5V 3K9
Cross street:
at Lakeshore Blvd W
Streetcar 511 Bathurst, 509 Harbourfront/Bus 63 Ossington
$7.96; seniors and youth $4.87; children $3.76
Opening hours:
Labour Day–Victoria Day, Monday–Friday 10am–4pm, Saturday–Sunday 10am–5pm; Victoria Day–Labour Day, Monday–Sunday 10am–5pm
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