"A Stroll Through History" Self-Guided Walking Tour of the Old Town of York

Toronto's First Post Office Building

260 Adelaide Street East

Toronto, ON

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History & heritage




As part of Culture Days 2022, Toronto's First Post Office & Town of York Historical Society invites you to take "a stroll through history," as you visit the most historic spots in the Town of York and learn how the City of Toronto got its start! Tour through the original ten square city blocks that were instrumental in developing the Town of York and the stories behind some key contributing individuals. Beginning on historic Adelaide Street East, each location is equipped with a video of photographs and narration provided by the Town of York Historical Society's Museum Coordinator which will allow you to visualize how the architecture and city has changed since the late 18th century. This self-guided walking tour can be enjoyed at your own pace and catered to your interests by choosing a few locations to visit or journeying through the entire tour. We hope you enjoy your visit back in time to the small Town of York!

This event runs the duration of Culture Days.

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Town of York Historical Society Website

This event is free.

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Toronto's First Post Office & Town of York Historical Society

We acknowledge the sacred land on which Toronto’s First Post Office operates. It has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. This land and its waterways are the traditional territory of many nations including the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat people. It is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. The Town of York Historical Society, through the operation of Toronto’s First Post Office, tells the stories of life in the town of York and the early city of Toronto (1793-1851). We help Toronto’s current residents and visitors to engage with these stories, particularly through the lens of community, communication, and built heritage. The Town of York Historical Society is led by the following guiding values: INCLUSION The Society and Museum are welcoming places. The participation of the community is encouraged and valued. DIVERSITY The differences between our experiences are sought out and respected. INSPIRATION Through open and effective communication, the Society and Museum facilitates creative experiences that inspire participation. SERVICE The Society and Museum provide outstanding service to the community, and will continue to serve future generations.


260 Adelaide Street East

Toronto, ON

Event Contact

Rebecca Rizzo