Bicentennial Commemoration Of The Battle Of York In Toronto

on April 17, 2013

Battle Of York

April marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of York and the city of Toronto has prepared a massive series of events to commemorate the occasion.

Here’s a complete rundown of everything that takes place on April 27.

Sunrise Ceremony

6 to 7:30 a.m.
Palais Royale (1601 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Toronto ON)
At sunrise, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation will lead the four first nations in a sunrise ceremony at the Palais Royale patio and firepit. This will include descendants of the warriors who actually fought in the Battle of York.

Walking In Their Footsteps

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Palais Royale (1601 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Toronto, ON)
At 10 a.m., close to where the disembarked Americans began their advance, the general public will be led by historian tour guides who will stop at several significant points. For those interested in attending the walk, pre-registration is required and you can do so by emailing fortyork@toronto.ca or by calling 416-392-6907 x 223.

Presentation Of A New Colour To the Royal Canadian Regiment

10 a.m.
Palais Royale (1601 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Toronto ON)
In one of the city’s largest military parades, the Canadian Forces will pay respect to those who fell in the Battle of York on April 27, 1813. More than 1000 sailors and soldiers from the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Army will march from Queen’s Park down University Avenue and across Richmond Street, south on Portland Street past the War of 1812 monument. The parade includes 13 marching bands and the Regimental Colours.

Commemorative Ceremonies

Military Style Service of Remembrance
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Fort York National Historic Site
The commemorative ceremony for the Battle of York includes re-enactment regiments of the Crown Forces who took part in the Battle of York, four first nations, a first nations children’s choir, 100 modern soldiers/sailors, a military band, the military chaplain, the most senior officers of the military and Federal, Provincial and City politicians.

Memorial Plaques Dedication
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Fort York National Historic Site
A tribute to honour First Nations warriors who died will consist of a plaque dedication, followed by a poetry reading by Stace LaForme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The ceremony also includes a re-dedication of the restored historic plaques honouring General Pike among others.

Other Related Activities At Fort York On April 26

Finding the Fallen & Book of Remembrance – The original book will be on display at Fort York National Historic Site along with battlefield artifacts, custom-designed maps and first-person accounts that bring to life the sacrifices of the combatants.

First Nations Booths & Displays – Highlighting the First Nations people and their role in the Battle of York.

For more information, check out Toronto.ca