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August 1, 2013
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to visit Fort York on Simcoe Day
  
The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will be at Fort York National Historic Site on Simcoe Day, August 5, to celebrate John Graves Simcoe, the Lieutenant Governor who founded Fort York and the Town of York, now known as Toronto.

Date: Monday, August 5
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd.

The Lieutenant Governor will be joined by City of Toronto representative Councillor Shelley Carroll (Ward 33 Don Valley East). The Ontario Black History Society will also be participating. Visitors can learn about the first Lieutenant Governor and his connection to the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, which, decades after his death, ended slavery in the British Empire on August 1, 1834.

A parade and salute to the Lieutenant Governor will be performed by re-enactors uniformed as King's troops from the War of 1812 era. The historic units will also participate in a combined musket and artillery firing tactical demonstration following the parade.

Visitors can also enjoy tours, exhibits, musket and cannon demonstrations and fife and drum music, as well as historic cooking in the 1826 kitchen, while learning about Simcoe, the founder of York and Fort York.

Fort York will be open, with free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fort York National Historic Site is one of 10 historic museums operated by the City of Toronto.

More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/fortyork or by calling 416-392-6907.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Aggie Fortier, Senior Communications Coordinator
Strategic Communications
647-269-6248
afortie@toronto.ca

 

 

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