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.
|Venue name:||Fort York National Historic Site|
250 Fort York Blvd
|Cross street:||at Lakeshore Blvd W|
|Opening hours:||Labour Day–Victoria Day, Monday–Friday 10am–4pm, Saturday–Sunday 10am–5pm; Victoria Day–Labour Day, Monday–Sunday 10am–5pm|
|Transport:||Streetcar 511 Bathurst, 509 Harbourfront/Bus 63 Ossington|
|Price:||$7.96; seniors and youth $4.87; children $3.76|