It was the Commemoration of the Battle of York when we marched out to Fort York National Historic Site. History buff or not, this is a must-see if only to contemplate the cool view of Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and 1813 battle site with the Gardiner Expressway in the background.

A City of Toronto historic site, supported by The Friends of Fort York, the site operates as a museum, providing tons of Toronto and military history that will engage any age. Whether your kids are keen or easily lose interest, one of the best features is there is lots of space to run. Depending on your child, you made need a pre-visit battle briefing (the musket-firing demonstrations had mine ready to run home.)

For the most action-packed experience, visit during the weekend or holiday, or save it for March Break or the summer when there are interpreters on-site, hands-on activities and demonstrations. Check their calendar to ensure it is not closed for a special event.


Getting there: Accessible by car, TTC, bike or foot. Follow these directions.

Admission:  Open year-round. Adults $9; Kids $4.25-$5.50; Under 5 are free. Free family pass with the Museum + Arts Pass through the Toronto Public Library.

Snacks: Bring your own or purchase snacks at the small canteen on-site (part of main entrance and gift store.)

Potty time: Yes washrooms on-site.

Come again: Check out the revitalization plans.

250 Fort York Blvd.