1. Plan your Doors Open Ontario visit ahead of time. Pick up maps and site listings from the community organization listed on this website.
  2. You don’t have to be a heritage expert to enjoy a Doors Open adventure. Select sites that interest you most. Doors Open allows you to tour stunning sites that may not normally be open to the public – free of charge!
  3. Confirm the dates and times your chosen sites will be open. Most sites are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – plenty of time for visits, tours, meeting friends, lunch, taking photos, refreshment breaks and travel time. Note about photography: Some restrictions may apply. Check with the host community before visiting.
  4. Allow enough time to travel between sites. Look for sites clustered together to save time. Rural and remote sites take extra travel time. If you have special needs or are touring with children, allow more time.
  5. Plan to visit a maximum of five to eight sites a day – more than that and you are rushing. Most site visits take 30 minutes. You may have to wait to get into the more popular sites.
  6. Some sites may offer guided tours, special lectures or exhibits. Confirm the length and time of tours so you can schedule them into your day and not be disappointed.
  7. Ask questions. Not everyone knows the difference between Art Deco and Art Nouveau. Volunteers are only too happy to explain or find the answer for you.
  8. Thank community volunteers for giving their time to open these fascinating sites.
  9. Enjoy other places of interest in the picturesque neighbourhoods and towns you are visiting. Take a cruise on a heritage boat. Enjoy lunch in a nearby restored heritage site. Buy a souvenir or gift. Stay at an historic inn.
  10. Plan a Doors Open Ontario day-trip or overnight getaway in another community. Most of all ... have fun!