The Lieutenant Governor's New Year's Levee at Fort York National Historic Site was hosted by the Honourable David C. Onley on Saturday, January 1st, 2011. The Levee, a tradition in Canada since 1646, was an opportunity that hundreds of people used to meet the Queen's representative in Ontario. They enjoyed family entertainment, refreshments and even pastries based on old fashioned recipes.
The Levee was held at Fort York to encourage Torontonians to learn about the early history of the Lieutenant Governor's office.
A video entitled "Fort York, The Birthplace of a City" is shown. It gives the viewer a better understanding of the circumstances that led to the War of 1812. This is followed by a quick tour of some of the exhibits. There are interesting displays showing uniforms, cannons, rifles and articles from the period. Lots of souvenirs including books, toys and crafts are available at the gift shop.
Fort York played an important role in the growth of Toronto and will become a key site to visit during the War of 1812 Bicentennial.
More info at lt.gov.on.ca/en/ and fortyork.ca/

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