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Our History

Tim Hortons first restaurant

1960s

1964

Tim Horton, a National Hockey League Legend, opened the first store in Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

1967

Tim Horton and Ron Joyce, the first franchisee, become full partners.

1970s

1974

Tim Horton passes away and Ron Joyce establishes the Tim Horton Children's Foundation (THCF) to honour Tim's love of children and desire to help the less fortunate.

1976

The Timbit is introduced and a Canadian icon is created.

1980s

1981

Muffins and cookies. Our bakers get busy and create something new to dunk in your coffee.

1984

The first U.S. location opens in Tonawanda NY, allowing Canadians to make cross-border coffee runs.

1986

The first Rrroll Up the Rim to Win promotion has Canadians everywhere rolling up the rims of their cups and hoping for a win.

1990s

1997

Canadians are treated to Tims newest bevvies with the introduction of flavoured lattes.

1999

Tim Hortons Iced Capp hits the scene. Canadians everywhere chill out.

2000s

2000

The millennial year sees another milestone as the 2000th restaurant opens in downtown Toronto.

2004

Double Double goes from pop culture vernacular to bona fide vocabulary when it makes it into the Canadian Oxford dictionary. What a way to celebrate 40 years!

2010s

2014

Tim Hortons celebrates its 50th anniversary, paying homage to its humble roots by recreating the original restaurant, complete with 1964 prices, in Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.

2017

After more than 50 years of serving and bringing smiles to Guests in the Great White North, the iconic Canadian Tim Hortons® is making its way to the United Kingdom. Brits can now enjoy Tim Hortons® premium coffee, freshly baked goods, delicious sandwiches & wraps, and other food products.