History

Simcoe Day at Fort York

Photo by Sue Holland, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

  • Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Boulevard)
  • Monday, August 5
  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • FREE–$9

So why exactly do we have a civic holiday today? Well, here in Toronto, it’s because it’s Simcoe Day, named after Upper Canada’s first Lieutenant-Governor. You can find out all about Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe, and the period he lived in, at Fort York’s Simcoe Day festivities. In addition to the regular holiday programming, there will be music, demonstrations, and a special 1 p.m. walking tour to bring you from his era to ours, examining the explosion of development in the area.

What else is happening:

Today In History at Fort York National Historic Site