One of the few Canadian forts that actually saw any action, Fort York sits on the original shoreline of Lake Ontario. It includes part of a battlefield, two military burial grounds, a modern armoury, important historical artifacts, and Garrison Common. This year the old fort celebrates its bicentennial.
The first Fort York was constructed in 1793 by the British Army and Canadian militia. Built of wood, it was captured and burned to the ground during the War of 1812, by invaders from south of the border.
The brick and wood Fort York we have today, tucked between the Gardiner Expressway and the city’s condominium skyline, went up between 1813 and 1816. It was designed and constructed by the Royal Engineers, and functioned as a military establishment until 1880, and again during World Wars I and II.
To celebrate its bicentennial, Fort York will open a new Visitor Welcome and Interpretation Centre in 2013. <Architectural rendering – Patkau Architects Inc. and Kearns Mancini Architects Inc.> To support this effort contact http://fortyorkfoundation.ca