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Toronto's First Post Office

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Address: 260 Adelaide St E, Toronto, Ontario M5A 1N1, Canada
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+1 416-865-1833
12:00 - 16:00
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Sat 10:00 - 16:00

Canada's oldest surviving purpose-built post office, in the heart of...

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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Museum and operating post office

Step back in time and buy your stamps here Delightful staff and a chance to sit and write a note. You can even get a wax seal.

Reviewed 21 July 2016
Suzanne K
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

One the city's most charming haunts, Toronto's First Post Office offers a trip into the past (the year is 1833) as well as a host of gifts for all the paper-lovers in your circle: original cards and unusual items for kids and adults alike. An ideal souvenir of your visit to Toronto, where you and your kids can sit at... More 

Thank Nancy W
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

Had a great time here with my wife, sending post cards and writing letters with an quill and ink, sealing them with a proper wax seal to be mailed! The Post Office is free and in the heart of the old town! a must see for travellers and locals!!

Thank kevin B
Tillsonburg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

If you are touring and want an off the beaten path stop you MUST pop in. It's small and it's cozy and you have to see it. Where else's can you try your hand at writing with a quill and ink well??? We were there long enough to meet two of the staff and these young ladies were amazing!!! Oh... More 

Thank Learncpr5202
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Unique in Canada, this is the nation's only postal museum and is also a functioning modern post office ! Take the kids--no matter their ages--and write with quill pens on the paper provided, then have the post mistress seal it with red wax melted with a candle --fold it and send to your destination. My grandkids were thrilled when their... More 

Thank Nancy W
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Step back in time and buy your stamps here Delightful staff and a chance to sit and write a note. You can even get a wax seal.

Thank Suzanne K
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2016

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)... More 

Thank colonel77
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015

A very interesting and fun place to visit in the city. It's not that big so you can focus on the exhibit and try your hand at writing with a quill. Pleasant to do on a cold afternoon in the city.

1 Thank Jane C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 August 2015

I thought we would be in and out in 15 minutes but my kids spent an hour writing letters to family with quill pens and wax sealing them. This is a fun stop in Toronto, at least got my 10 and 7 year old.

1 Thank Stephacita
Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2015

it doesn't get better than that. This is an attraction on a small scale. Toronto's first post office is still operational. The smell of old wood wafts through the building. Behind the business area of the post office is a small back room complete with one of the original brink fireplaces. There you will find a wooden table, slips of... More 

1 Thank Anna_Maria39_11
Fulton, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

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... More 

1 Thank PK_Maryland

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