About the Post Office

Acknowledgement of Traditional Lands

We acknowledge this sacred land on which Toronto’s First Post Office operates. It has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years.This land and it’s waterways are the traditional territory of many nations including the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat people. It is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.  

The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. 

Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are truly grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.

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).  Many experts – architects, historians and curators – volunteered assistance during the restoration project.  From this core group, the Town of York Historical Society was formed in February of 1983.

The Society now operates Toronto’s First Post Office as a museum, a National Historic Site and a post office.

Toronto’s First Post Office is an authorized full-service dealer for Canada Post. All current definitive and commemorative stamps are available. We also offer special philatelic services, including a pictorial cancel, a reproduction of Toronto’s first cancel (in red ink, as exclusively used by Toronto’s first Postmaster James Scott Howard), and US postage for return mail.

Town of York Historical Society Board of Directors

Kevin Both, President
Term expires: May 2021
Appointed: March 2014
Elected: May 2015

Corinna Prior, Vice-President
Term expires: May 2022
Appointed: September 2018
Elected: May 2019

Alexander Zisman, Treasurer
Term expires: May 2023
Appointed: March 2020
Elected: December 2020

Katherine Dennis, Secretary
Term expires: May 2022
Appointed: October 2018
Elected: May 2019

Ruth Cameron, Director-at-Large
Term expires: May 2023
Appointed: April 2020
Elected: December 2020

Thomas Granofsky, Director-at-Large
Term expires: May 2023
Appointed: October 2020
Elected: December 2020

Danielle Jewinski, Director-at-Large
Appointed: April 2021

John Jones, Director-at-Large
Term expires: May 2022
First elected: May 2019

Annie Smith, Director-at-Large
Appointed: April 2021

Maureen Somerville, Director-at-Large
Appointed: February 2021

Contact the TYHS Board of Directors at board@TOs1stPO.com