Fort York has Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and is also the site of the Battle of York which took place in 1813. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Fort York is open year-round and offers tours, exhibits, period settings, and seasonal demonstrations. During our visit we enjoyed watching students representing the Canadian Fencible Regiment demonstrate military music, drill, musketry and artillery.
I discovered recently, only a few blocks from my apartment, there is a 2.23 acre park surrounded by several beautiful heritage houses. These houses date back from the 1890s to 1908. Today I went to wander round the square and entered the Roedde House Museum, where I was given a history and guided tour of the heritage house.
The house was built in 1893 by Gustav Adolph Roedde and his wife Matilda. Born in Germany they moved to Vancouver in 1886 opening a bookbinding and printing company, and they occupied the house for 32 years with their 6 children and 2 St. Bernard dogs.