Toronto's First Post Office is operated by the Town of York Historical Society. The Society was born of the interest generated by the restoration of an historical block of buildings at Adelaide and George Streets, in downtown Toronto. These included the Bank of Upper Canada (1827), the De La Salle Building (1871), and Toronto’s First Post Office (1833). Many experts – architects, historians and curators – volunteered assistance during the restoration project. From this core group, the Town of York Historical Society was formed in February of 1983.
The Society now operates Toronto’s First Post Office as a museum, a National Historic Site and a post office.
Toronto's First Post Office is an authorized full-service dealer for Canada Post. All current definitive and commemorative stamps are available. We also offer special philatelic services, including a pictorial cancel, a reproduction of Toronto's first cancel (in red ink, as exclusively used by Toronto's first Postmaster James Scott Howard), and US postage for return mail.
FYI: Toronto's First Post Office will be closed Sunday, October 11 and Monday, October 12 for Thanksgiving. The mail runs again on Tuesday!
BUS TOUR: On October 17th, join us as we explore the Fall Colours (and history) of Norval and Glen Williams! Details and ticket information are here.
EVENT: We are happy to welcome Swell Made Co. for the first of a new series of maker workshops! Creator and designer Lesley Pocklington will lead a session on gold foiling. Participants will leave with a newly shined large Moleskine notebook and the ability to make the world sparkle. Details and ticket information are here.
EVENT: Plan to drop in on December 6th for our annual Holiday Open House! Once again we will be combining with Post-a-Letter at the P.O. for a mail-art blow out! Take the opportunity to take a cup of cider and finish up those Christmas cards. We'd love to see you. Details via Events or Facebook.
NEW EXHIBITS: We have new exhibits coming and going! From August 22nd, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario at Queen's Park will host TFPO's "Albert Jackson: Toronto's First Black Postman" as part of their Community Exhibits Program. And "Dear Sadie – Loves, Lives, and Remembrance from Ontario’s First World War" will be at Toronto's First Post Office from early September to November 30th. This exhibit, mounted by the Archives of Ontario, is based on letters and diaries that describe life during World War I.