Toronto's First Post Office

Toronto's First Post Office

Toronto's First Post Office
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Canada's oldest surviving purpose-built post office, in the heart of Toronto's historic St. Lawrence district. Toronto's First Post Office is a museum and full-service postal outlet.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
How to get there
  • King • 9 min walk
  • Queen • 10 min walk
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vegetarian-girl
Austin, TX518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The staff were delightful to talk to & my husband & I really enjoyed this small but intriguing museum. The reading room with the fireplace where people read their mail & wrote a return letter. There were ink/quill/paper at little chairs/tables allowing you to practice & think about how it might have been. There is courtyard too. The presentation was just lovely & so informative.
Written 18 May 2024
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Sachin K
New York City, NY6,507 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
As the name suggests, it is Toronto’s First Post Office and is functional even today. It is located in the historic St. Lawrence district. It has a museum inside which is worth visiting. Certainly would very highly recommend the same to any traveler.
Written 7 November 2019
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Friedrichshainer1034
233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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We visited the beautifully decorated rooms in the first post office in Toronto. The lady was very friendly and helpful. The visit of the museum is free. Who wants to give a small donation can, through the coin into a collecting box like to do. In the rooms are historic objects on display and a model of post-operation from Toronto earlier times. The best part is the way a letter with quill and ink to write to him to be sealed with sealing wax and let it bear a stamp from 1833. It was great fun and it cost 1 CAD. Against payment of the regular postage, he can then immediately be sent. The lady was very helpful and explained everything in detail and answered questions patiently. This is remarkable because the lady has to lead the tourists next instruction a regular post office. Thank you for this!

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Wir besuchten die liebevoll gestalteten Räume des ersten Postamtes Torontos. Die Dame war sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Der Besuch des Museums ist kostenlos. Wer eine kleine Spende geben möchte, kann das durch Münzeinwurf in eine Spendendose gern tun. In den Räumen sind historische Objekte des Postbetriebes ausgestellt und ein Modell von Toronto aus früheren Zeiten.

Das Beste ist aber die Möglichkeit, einen Brief mit Gänsefeder und Tinte zu schreiben, ihn mit Siegelwachs zu verschliessen und ihn mit einem Stempel von 1833 versehen zu lassen. Es hat viel Spass gemacht und kostete  1 CAD. Gegen Bezahlung des regulären Portos kann er dann gleich versendet werden. Die Dame war sehr hilfsbereit und erklärte alles genau und beantwortete Fragen geduldig.

Das ist bemerkenswert, da die Dame neben der Touristenunterweisung ein reguläres Postamt zu führen hat. Vielen Dank dafür!
Written 5 October 2011
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Joao P
Olhao, Portugal57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
This works as an actual post office so don’t expect a big museum. But if you have time and are passing by, enter there, lose a few minutes and write a letter using proper ink and paper, seal it with wax and send it to your family members. I found it worth it!
Written 28 September 2018
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Gayle K
Cincinnati, OH5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
My sister and I were visiting Toronto for the first time from the U.S. (Ohio and New Jersey) Having worked for the postal service for many years, my sister thought it might be fun just to walk by and see this building and stop in. We not only "stopped in" but ended up spending about an hour at this quaint and historical site. It would probably not be anyone's #1 place to visit while in Toronto but we feel it should be on every list. The girls working there were so informative and nice, so much that we felt "at home." There is a self guided tour available along with the opportunity to test your hand using a quill pen. You can send a letter which is sealed with wax and also shop for some very unique,postal related gifts. We spent 4 days in Toronto and my sister and I both picked this visit as one of our "highlights."
Written 27 May 2017
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Kathy R
Fulton, MD194 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
The City promotes the First Post Office along with 7 or so other historic sites and museums. We visited several of them and thought, since we had some extra time on our last day in the city, we would drop by the First Post Office. Two rooms, few exhibits, none of museum quality, self guided tour by brochure- in and out in 10 minutes for a $2 donation. We were underwhelmed and sorry we took the time to find it.
Written 3 June 2015
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lindaws@mail.com
Toronto54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
I am still collecting and sending postcards and love the First Post Office on Adelaide Street in Toronto. Those who appreciate old fashioned mail can purchase postcards and stamps and then use the beautiful, unique postal cancels. It is great to see groups of school children at the museum as so many have lost the art of doing mail

For those who love postcards then check out Post Crossing, a wonderful opportunity to exchange cards with others of like mind from around the world.
Written 7 December 2014
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juliamar
UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
We loved writing a letter home to grandparents with a quill, then folding it up and sealing with wax- great value at 5 dollars and it will be a lovely surprise for our family-much more fun than sending a regular post card
Written 7 August 2014
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bcnett
Stoneham, MA441 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
If you happen to be in the area, stop by and spent a few minutes seeing where Toronto's first post office was located. There really is very little historical information in this building. It is a post office once again, but it isn't original.

Over the years the building had many functions including being a boy's school for many years. It was in such bad shape in the 70's that it was set to be demolished. It was saved at the last minute and extensive work was done on it. There are before and after pictures.

The only unique thing is that they have quilt pens and ink Paper is also provided so you can try writing with the quilt pens. If your time is limited in Toronto, don't waste it by making a special visit here.
Written 24 May 2013
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pedwar
Neath, UK310 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
This is the original first post office from the 1800s. For such an historic building there is not much to see and do. This may be due to the fact it is still a working post office. The museum is free with a donation box provided.
Written 4 November 2012
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