38 Hours to Montreal

Book Preview: 38 Hours to Montreal: William Weller and the Governor General's Race of 1840, June 6, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), free for TYHS members, $10 non-members, RSVP or register at

Join us Wednesday June 6th, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm for a talk by Dan Buchanan in anticipation of the release of his new book 38 HOURS TO MONTREAL. Travel back in time as the author takes us on a breathlessly exciting journey that intricately explores Canadian history through the people, places, and buildings that existed along those treacherous roads in 1840. Light refreshments will be provided following the talk.

This event is free for Town of York Historical Society Members ($10 for non-members), but space is limited. Please RSVP or register at or (416) 865-1833.

Governor General Charles Poulett Thomson is in a hurry. In response to the Rebellion of 1837-38, he has been urgently tasked by his masters in England to modernize and improve the governments in the Canadian colonies. In just three months in Toronto, the governor general has managed to pass all the legislation he wants, but with politics heating up in Quebec and his bosses in England dangling a peerage over his head, now he must get to Montreal as fast as he can to do the same thing there. Enter “The Stagecoach King,” William Weller, who is famous for operating the Royal Mail Line of stages between Toronto and Montreal.

Weller utilizes a complex system of stage stops staffed with experienced workers and is confident he can take the governor general to Montreal in under thirty-eight hours. Driving a very unique sleigh, specially modified for this trip, Weller pilots the governor general and his aid-de-camp Captain Thomas Le Marchant over 350 miles of snowy and muddy roads, avoiding dangerous obstacles and constantly moving forward.

Dan Buchanan is known as “The History Guy”, having developed an active speaking career as an entertaining storyteller.

38 Hours To Montreal is the author’s second book, and illustrates a growing interest in the middle decades of the 1800s when our society and its institutions were developing from colonial times, eventually evolving into the Canada we love.

Learn more about the author:

Post a Letter Meetup

Post-a-Letter Sundays, Sunday, June 10, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), free, drop-in.

A free, monthly drop-in for letter-writers, bullet journallers, and all those who would like DEDICATED WRITING TIME in good company!

Hosted by our lovely stationery-smitten gals:

Jessica Lewis (The Paper Trail Diary)
Forever doomed to boasting multiple paper cuts at any given time, Jessica Lewis shares her love of books, snail mail, zines and crafts on her blog The Paper Trail Diary. The blog also features a shop, such as the zines ‘The Chain Letter Short Story Project’ and ‘This is What It’s Like to be a Stationery Nerd.’ She loves writing to her pen pals all over the world, finding new things to make out of scrapbook paper, and reading as much as she can.

Andrea-Raymond Wong (Q&A Letterbox)
Andrea Raymond loves snail mail and stationery, so much, that she wrote a letter everyday in 2014 and 2015. Co-founder of the stationery subscription Q&A Letterbox, Andrea is always on the lookout for pretty paper. She also collaborates on Pretty Postal, organizing themed snail mail swaps.

Paper Fair at the P.O.

Paper Fair at the P.O., June 16, 11:00am - 5:00pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), free admission!

#PaperFair takes over Toronto's First Post Office, with loads of the top #MadeInToronto paper goods and vendors, we're calling all fans of #snailmail, #happymail, and mail art! Snag deals on Toronto's finest stationery, including greeting cards, stickers, pins, art prints, postcards, and lots more! Plus, we'll have special offers from TFPO's #TOHistory gift shop, too!

This event is FREE ADMISSION! Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for our vendor reveal.

Pop by and meet the makers in your neighbourhood!

Unless otherwise noted:
Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for all workshops and ticketed events. There are no refunds within forty-eight hours of events. Please note that not all events are suited for children.

Bonus: on the day of workshops at Toronto's First Post Office, participants will get 10% off all regularly-priced merchandise in our gift shop.