This neighbourhood is the namesake of Historic Fort York, which has stood at the foot of Toronto near the shoreline of Lake Ontario since 1793. The War of 1812, featured the Battle of York in 1813, which saw Fort York destroyed by the Americans. It was rebuilt in 1814. Today, Fort York is a designated National Historic Site.
In the 1850s the railway began operating just north of Fort York, bringing a plethora of industry to the area. Fort York would carry on in relative obscurity from the citizens of Toronto, however, it continued to be used as a military establishment right up until 1934 when it opened as a historic museum. Fort York was under siege once again in 1943, this time by short-sighted city planners who unceremoniously proposed demolishing it to make way for the Gardiner Expressway. Fortunately, community groups came to the defence of the fort, and the expressway was ultimately re-routed to the south. In a twist of fate, it is the Gardiner Expressway that now faces an uncertain future —many would like to see it demolished as part of the plan to revitalize Toronto’s waterfront while Historic Fort York is now a protected national historic site.
Fort York is one of Toronto’s newest residential neighbourhoods. However, it is situated in one of Toronto’s most historic areas. The actual Fort York military garrison after which this neighbourhood is named, occupies 43 acres of land just to the north of this newly created residential neighbourhood. Fort York is now a designated national historic site. A new interpretive visitors centre was opened in 2012 as part of Fort York’s Bicentennial celebrations.
This newly minted high-density neighbourhood has been transformed by a series of high-rise condominium buildings that are expected to include approximately 6,000 condominium residences when building is complete. Many of these residences enjoy views of the Toronto Waterfront and parks located just across Lake Shore Boulevard.
Residents of this neighbourhood can shop for household goods along
Queens Quay and King Street.
Fort York will contain a mix of
high-rise towers and mid-and low-rise buildings.These slick glass and concrete edifices
will include selling features such as floor-to-ceiling windows,and balconies.Unit owners on higher floors will enjoy spectacular city views to the north and lakeshore views to the south.
Fort York neighbourhood residents are within walking distance of the theatres and Entertainment District along King Street, and the parks and trails along the waterfront. Coronation Park is directly across the street, next to Ontario Place and the Canadian National Exhibition grounds.
Fort York residents can easily walk or cycle downtown.They also enjoy convenient access to public transit, with bus and streetcars being easily accessible.
Lake Shore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway provide motorists with easy access to Toronto’s network of commuter highways.
Fort York Stats
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* All commuting times provided are approximate times only. Commute times may increase or decrease depending on where you live within the neighbourhood and the time of day i.e rush hour versus off hour commutes. Time estimates to public transit are based on walking distance or bus line connection whichever is quicker. All other commute times on the chart above are based on drive times.
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