Toronto - Dozens of costumed military re-enactors will storm Fort York National Historic Site April 26 and 27 to commemorate the Battle of York, a pivotal exchange fought on the site between Canadian, British and American forces on April 27, 1813.

Redcoats and muskets will be present and accounted for as the fort hosts its annual War of 1812 Instruction School for re-enactors (April 26). Marching manoeuvres and musket firing take place Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., while the thunder of artillery fire echoes across the garrison on Sunday at 11 a.m. (weather permitting).

The Battle of York Commemoration Day at Fort York (April 27) is a great spring outing for families and history buffs. Enjoy site tours, kids’ drill, military music and demonstrations of English Country Dance. Take the Battlefield Walking Tour that starts at the fort at 1 p.m. and walk in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought in Toronto’s most famous battle.

The fort is pleased to present a special 195th Commemorative Service and wreath-laying ceremony on Sunday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m. The service will feature a parade of 1812-era costumed animators and will be attended by the 48th Highlanders of Canada ceremonial rifle drill squad. Historian/author Robert Malcomson will use the occasion to launch his new book, The Capital in Flames, a fresh look at “the most traumatic day in the history of Toronto” (published by Robin Brass Studio).

Rediscover Toronto's birthplace at Fort York National Historic Site, the largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings in Canada. Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Regular Admission: Adults $5.66, Seniors & Youths $3.07, Children $2.83 (plus GST); Children 5 years and under are free. Parking is free. For more information contact us at fortyork.@toronto.ca or 416-392-6907.