There is still much that can be done to revitalize the fort. Extending and improving the parkland around it will help provide a green buffer from the encroaching city. This is Fort Erie from the air:Well, Fort York is certainly treated like an isolated afterthought despite being right downtown, sandwiched between a wide rail corridor and an ugly elevated expressway, and cut off from the lake by what was until recently an industrial area.
Unlike Fort York the fort above is still on the river but the surrounding park buffers it from the community that has grown around it on the other sides.
Like Fort Henry Fort Erie is in pretty good condition, which is due to Parks Niagara which goes to great lengths to maintain a lot of the historic sites for visitors. Fort York still has original buildings, however, but could be so much more by recreating what has been lost in terms of mounds, ramparts and palisades. Again, Fort Erie:
Moving some other 'lost' heritage buildings to the site can create a heritage node. They may lose in not being in their original locations (which have been lost or compromised anyway) but will gain in terms of increased heritage context and greater accessibility:
Scadding Cabin on the Exhibition grounds is Toronto's oldest standing structure (1794). It has already been moved several times so there is probably less of an argument for keeping it where it is.
..or Stanley Barracks, once part of a large grouping of buildings known as New Fort York could be moved and used as a visitor's centre or interpretation centre/museum of 1812. A plaque could commemorate where it once stood.
Connecting the Fort with the new neighbourhood developing in the area, and better connecting it to the waterfront/lakeshore will help raise the profile of the fort.