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April 27, 2012
Commemorating the 199th anniversary of the Battle of York
In this bicentennial year of the War of 1812, Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto will commemorate the 199th anniversary of the Battle of York with a series of family events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 29.

Activities at Fort York, which is located at 250 Fort York Blvd. in the general vicinity of Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard, will include the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps performing period displays of 19th-century seamanship as well as drill and musket demonstrations. The public will also be able to see an 1812-era Gig replica (period vessel).

Regular admission fees apply for Sunday's event. The fees (before tax) are adults $7.96; seniors (65+) $3.81, youth (13 to 18 years) $4.87 and children (6 to 12 years) $3.76. Admission is free for children age 5 and younger.

Visitors will be able to step into the soldiers' barracks - brought to life by museum animators - and visit the officers' mess/kitchen to see demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking techniques. There will be tours of the grounds, fortification and barracks. Children can "fall-in" and learn the same foot-and-musket drill practised by the Upper Canada Militia 200 years ago.

Fort York is a key focus for the War of 1812 Bicentennial as it was the location of a battle - on April 27, 1813 - involving American troops fighting British, Canadian and First Nations combatants, who defended the Town of York (Toronto). Today, the fort's walls enclose Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. More information about the fort is available at

Sunday's event is one of more than a hundred bicentennial commemorative events to be staged in Toronto as part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration in 2012 and 2013. More information about the City's bicentennial program is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 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
Shane Gerard
Senior Communications Coordinator

Richard Haynes
Museum Site Coordinator
416-392-6907 (ext 223)



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