Fort York is an amazing experience, though I will say that a bit of work must be done to make it's importance better felt. Free parking greets you, though it could be clearer that it's free for Fort York patrons. Reasonably priced admission at $9.00 am adult, kids under five are free, it is a stop in history worth exploring. York was founded by John Simcoe in 1793 and his work to set up a fort and parliament buildings over the twenty years was ruined in the war of 1812 by the imperial Americans when they burned down much of York, including our parliament buildings. The Americans left after six days, only to have us Canadians (and British too) return the favour by setting the White House ablaze in 1813! Ahh, interesting times!! The Fort was rebuilt in its current locale with a couple of its buildings still surviving today. Toronto's oldest buildings and kitchen are on the Fort York grounds. The location of the Fort is contrasted by the modern cosmopolitan city that Toronto is today! Surrounded by skyscrapers, the Gardiner Expressway and train tracks, the Fort's ability to survive is a very Canadian story! Despite elements that are out of it's control, Fort York continued to plug along and is still around. Survival despite the pressures from the outside to change, Fort York has kept it's character. It's not flashy, it's could use some upgrades and better planning to make the Fort and it's importance more obvious. Fort York is a microcosm of Canada in it's place vis a vie the United States. To see and to feel the beginning of Toronto, admittedly and proudly I am pro-Toronto, really gives a sense of civic pride. I think it's such a "Toronto" thing where it's history began can also be a place where today can also take place. Fort York is smartly utilized for the Beer Festival and concerts. The contrast is brilliant, much like Toronto!
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