Upcoming Events

A Biography of Elizabeth Simcoe

June 11th 2020, 7pm-8pm. Free, RSVP required. Details here. 

The colonial history of Upper Canada often focuses on our first lieutenant-governor, John Graves Simcoe, but over the past 200 years, his wife Elizabeth has often been overlooked. However, it’d be impossible to properly describe the early life of either Upper Canada, or its capital in the Town of York, without referring to Elizabeth Simcoe. This presentation shares just a few of the most compelling points of her life story, including her time on the Upper Canadian frontier, and draws on her own paintings and diary entries, to tell her story in her own words and images.

This is a virtual event. Registration is required as space is limited.


Toronto Letter Writing Society

Letter Writing SocialDue to COVID-19, our in person meet-ups have been cancelled until further notice. Please join the Toronto Letter Writers Society for details about our virtual meet-ups instead. Details here. 

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

Hosted by the Toronto Letter Writers Society. The Toronto Letter Writers Society meets the second Sunday of every month at Toronto’s First Post Office. All are welcome to attend and it’s free! Bring your own supplies or use ours.

The Royal Mail From York

June 25th 2020, 7pm-8pm. Free, RSVP required. Details here.

It is difficult for our 21st century selves to contemplate a time when handwriting was the only means of sending a thought any distance. When Toronto incorporated as a City in 1834, it was already a bustling capital of just over 9000 inhabitants, most of whom were recent immigrants, having left family and friends across borders and oceans. But the new city was remote, and isolated. And if these residents wanted to communicate farther than shouting distance, there was only one way – by putting it in writing.

This illustrated virtual presentation will highlight the history of the postal service in the Town of York and the importance of the Royal Mail in the early city of Toronto.


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.

Toronto's First Post Office

260 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 1N1

Our hours have changed temporarily:
M–F: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
See our COVID-19 page for more information.

Phone: (416) 865-1833
Email: info@tos1stpo.com

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