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February 12, 2009
Family Day with new self-guided audio tour at Fort York National Historic Site
Celebrate Family Day at Fort York National Historic Site - the birthplace of urban Toronto and the largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings in Canada. Enjoy a tour or explore the fort at your own pace with the new self-guided audio tour and learn about Toronto’s beginnings.

Guests can download the tour from to their Mp3 player before their trip to Fort York or by using the Mp3 players available onsite.

Toronto Museums and Fort York National Historic site are excited to announce the launch of this new self-guided audio tour developed in partnership with Toronto-based City Surf audio tour specialists. The tour, voiced by Toronto author and former CBC Radio One Fresh Air personality Ward McBurney, reveals the fort from its earliest days as the harbour defence planned by John Graves Simcoe in 1793; through to the Battle of York in 1813; to its opening as a public museum in 1934 and beyond.

The fort has eight historic structures, defensive works and exhibits to tour. After your day of family fun enjoy a cup of old-fashioned hot chocolate by the open hearth fire in the 1826 historic kitchen.

Fort York National Historic Site is located at 100 Garrison Rd. at the end of Garrison Road, off Fort York Boulevard or Fleet Street. Hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Regular admission: adults $7.62, seniors and youths $3.81 children $2.86 (plus GST). Children five years and younger are free. Free parking.

For more information, e-mail or call 416-392-6907.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Kevin J. Hebib, Program Development Officer, Cultural Services, 416-392-6907 ext. 245,



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