Originally built in 1793 to protect "Muddy York" from American invaders, Fort York is the one of the oldest buildings in Toronto. It was the site of the bloody Battle of York in 1813 when American General Zebulon Pike captured the city and burned the fort down. The British eventually recaptured the city and rebuilt the fort. It remained a working barracks and during WW1 and WW2 was put back into service. Visitors can watch historical military demos, learn about pioneer cooking and music. Take a tour of the soliders' and officers' quarters and check out the historical guns and ramparts. Give your kids a taste of the military life with the ever-popular Kids' Drill. Special events are held on Victoria Day, Canada Day and Simcoe Day.