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Toronto's First Post Office

Toronto, ON

Directions: Accessibility: There is a stair-free entrance at the rear of the building. Enter the courtyard behind the Post Office building from the laneway just east of 262 Adelaide, or just south of the Post House Condo on George Street. Look for our ramp and a sign that says “Toronto’s First Post Office.”.


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


To celebrate Culture Days, Toronto's First Post Office will be leading a quill-writing workshop! Write a letter as they did in the town of York, Upper Canada, in the 1830s.

After a brief introduction to all the materials, and a few tips on mastering quill, ink, and sealing wax, we'll write a letter, which can be mailed through our full-service post office. Don't forget to bring an address!

Culture Days activities are FREE! But please RSVP for a ticket as spaces are limited. All materials are included, but postage is not. All ages welcome.



Toronto's First Post Office (Toronto's First Post Office)

Operated by the Town of York Historical Society, we are a museum, National Historic Site, and an authorized full-service dealer for Canada Post.

Erected in 1833 by James Scott Howard, then Postmaster of York, this Georgian brick building first served him as both post office and personal residence. When the city incorporated as Toronto in 1834 it was home to about 9,000 people, all of whose mail was delivered to the “Duke Street” post office.

Today, Toronto’s First Post Office serves a vibrant and multicultural community. As a museum, it tells the story of the early colonial postal system, of Toronto’s first Postmaster, and of the rebellion that played a significant role in his life. Visitors to Toronto’s First Post Office can write letters with a quill pen and seal them with wax, just as visitors to the Post Office did in the 1830s.


Zoé Delguste-Cincotta