Stanley Barracks

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Stanley Barracks (1840-1947) - A British barracks complex first established as New Fort York in 1840 in the present day City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Renamed Stanley Barracks in 1893 after Lord Stanley of Preston, Governor General of Canada. Abandoned in 1947. Also known as York Barracks.

Stanley Barracks Remains of Maritime Museum
Stanley Barracks 1841 Officer's Quarters Site
Stanley Barracks Vacant 1841 Officer's Quarters Building


Established in 1840 as a replacement for Fort York. Initially planned as a fortification the defenses were never constructed and the post evolved into a barracks complex. After the British troops left Canada in 1870 the post was turned over to the Canadian militia and operated by the Canadian military through World War II until 1947.

The post consisted of seven limestone buildings enclosing a square parade. The structures were originally enclosed with a stockade.

During World War I the barracks was used to house interned foreign nationals who were considered enemy aliens. During World War II the barracks was used as a staging area for troops headed overseas.

All of the post structures except for the 1841 Officer's Quarters were destroyed in the early 1950s.

Current Status

Only the 1841 Officer's barracks building remains. The Officer's Quarters building is currently unoccupied and enclosed behind a fence on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition in Metropolitan Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Location: Canadian National Exhibition grounds in the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Lat: 43.639 Long: -79.40327

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Visited: 8 Aug 2013

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