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Culture Days: Quill Writing Workshop


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Toronto's First Post Office

260 Adelaide Street East

Old Town Toronto, ON

Directions: Our location is accessible through our back door. To access it, head north on George Street (pass Adelaide Street East). On your right, you will see a horse podium and an opening with a black gate. Push through the black gate (its always unlocked) and you will enter a courtyard. There will be a ramp and an accessibility button located on the right.


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 in the 1830s. After a brief introduction to all the materials, and a few tips on mastering quill, ink, and sealing wax, you'll have the opportunity to write your very own letter which we encourage you to mail at Toronto's First Post Office, Canada's oldest purpose-built post office still in operation. Don't forget to bring an address!

*Please register using the link provided.



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

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:


The Society and Museum are welcoming places. The participation of the community is encouraged and valued.


The differences between our experiences are sought out and respected.


Through open and effective communication, the Society and Museum facilitates creative experiences that inspire participation.


The Society and Museum provide outstanding service to the community, and will continue to serve future generations.

The Society operates a museum in 260 Adelaide St. East as Toronto’s First Post Office.

The original purpose of the building, as a Post Office, was restored by the Society. Within the museum, there is a full-service Canada Post outlet.