Museum From Home

Here at Toronto’s First Post Office, we strongly believe in taking every opportunity share the story of the Town of York and early postal service in Toronto. Along with our virtual exhibits, we have developed various activities, games, and programs that can be explored from the comfort of your home by clicking the links below.

We encourage you to check back often as content is being added regularly.

Mail Matters: Drawing Contest

Calling all artists! Draw Toronto’s First Post Office in your style and share why mail matters to you.

The winning design will be featured on a limited edition run of stamps sold exclusively at Toronto’s First Post Office with all profits benefiting the museum and the Town of York Historical Society.

How to enter:
STEP 1: Use the following images as inspiration to draw Toronto’s First Post Office in your own style. We are not looking for exact copies. We want your drawing to be unique to you, so get creative, use your imagination, and show us what you come up with!

STEP 2: Submit your drawing by filling out this form. Don’t forget to tell us why mail matters to you.

Rules:

  • Must be between the ages of 6-12.
  • Must be a resident of Canada.
  • Drawing size must be: 8.5 x 11 inches (both horizontal or vertical orientation accepted).

Submission Deadline:

June 15th, 2020.

Prize:

The winning artwork will be featured on a limited edition run of Picture Postage stamps, and the winning artist will receive a commemorative sheet of 25 domestic-rate stamps featuring their design. They will also be featured in an upcoming issue of the Town of York Historical Society’s Newsletter.

Selection:

The winning artwork will be determined by the public. Eligible submissions will be posted @TOs1stPO on Facebook and Instagram, and the prize will be awarded to the artwork with the most likes. The prize winner will be announced June 30th, 2020 and will be contacted by phone or email. Toronto’s First Post Office/Town of York Historical Society reserves the right not to post artwork that may be considered inappropriate for any reason, and to remove, edit, or move artwork.

Colouring Pages

Click on the image below to open the PDF document.

              

                   

Word Searches
BINGO
  • Toronto’s First Post Office BINGO
  • Town of York BINGO (Print and bring with you as you explore the neighbourhood with your family)
Crosswords

Try your hand at solving this Toronto’s First Post Office themed crossword.

Open Crossword Here.

Quizzes

Town of York Trivia – Think you know a lot about the Town of York? Take our quiz and test your knowledge!

Toronto’s First Post Office Trivia – How much do you know about Toronto’s First Post Office? Take our quiz to find out!

Snail Mail

Toronto’s First Post Office was an essential service in the Town of York. It facilitated communication with friends and family, and served as a community hub keeping people informed of local events and news. These days, though methods of communication have greatly evolved, writing letters is still a great way to stay connected with others.

Take some time to practice the art of correspondence and reach out to a friend or loved ones using one of the postcard designs below.

Design 1: Toronto’s First Post Office Postcard

Design 2: Town of York Postcard

Instructions

  1. Download and print your selected postcard design double-sided on cardstock. 
  2. Cut the postcard to size.
  3. Write a special message to a friend or family member. Looking for inpiration? Try these prompts.
  4. Fill out the recipent information (Name, Address, City, Province, Postal Code)
  5. Place a stamp in the top right corner and place it in the mailbox.
Virtual Tours

Toronto’s First Post Office
Explore the Post Office and Museum from the comfort of your couch.

On the Edge of the City: Toronto in 1833
In this virtual walking tour, explore the surviving built environment of the original 10 blocks of Toronto.

Online Presentations

Please note that our Speaker Series is ongoing and more content will be added regularly.

Once More, With Lamplights!: From Theatre in Victorian Toronto to Victorian Theatre in Toronto
A talk highlighting theatre’s roots in Toronto. It also touches upon how Victorian Theatre techniques were utilized in Canada and how they are being adapted for performances today.
Speaker:
Jackie Mahoney

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.
Sun: CLOSED
See our COVID-19 page for more information.

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

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