Fort York

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Walking Tour

The War of 1812 in Upper Canada has been covered in detail by a number of historians, but the lives of the ordinary people who were caught up in the conflict, especially Indigenous and persons of colour, have been until recently seldom described in any detail. HistoricTO presents Fort York National Historic Site with an opportunity to share some of the stories of these largely underrepresented groups. Drawing upon primary sources, including military records, letters, memoirs, and oral accounts, we will strive to better understand the experiences of persons from historically disadvantaged communities who served in the defence of York (Toronto) and Upper Canada during the war and the pivotal role they played throughout the conflict.

Tour Length: 60 minutes

Admission: Pay-what-you-can (PWYC) with a suggested donation of $10

HistoricTO is a time-ticketed, guided neighbourhood walking tour experience that connects Toronto's communities by providing equitable and inclusive access to local history, heritage and land-based learnings at Toronto History Museums.

Interiors will remain closed to the public until further notice. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, HistoricTO program is designed following Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Guidance for Cultural & Heritage Institutions and Attractions guidelines.

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