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June 17, 2017

You are invited to this day-long Doors Open Bradford West Gwillimbury event – where we will showcase and celebrate the finest heritage, historical and culturally significant buildings and sites within Bradford West Gwillimbury.

No registration is required – and admission is free. Come celebrate with us!

Situated on Highway 400, the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is a 30-minute commute from Toronto – Canada’s largest city, the marketplace of more than four million people.

Bradford West Gwillimbury is well positioned for tourism development. Many people are attracted to its parks, waterways and recreation facilities, and there are several special events that combine rural charm with urban amenities and bring in thousands of people.

Situated in Simcoe County on the Holland River leading to Lake Simcoe, Bradford West Gwillimbury is a gateway to the region’s beaches, hiking and cycling trails, skiing, championship golf, waterways and fishing, snowmobiling, shopping, antiques and scenic drives.

The town offers a return to small-town charm and provides a sense of community long lost in larger urban centres. It is a vibrant and thriving community of 32,000 people who possess a prevailing sense of pride and community spirit.

Contact us to learn more about joining our volunteer team to make Doors Open Bradford West Gwillimbury a success!

What better way to help us preserve our historical and cultural heritage assets than to volunteer your time. Give guided tours at a local site. Offer to assist your community at the event. Students can get their community volunteer hours with us, too.

For more information:

Contact: Munawar Chudary
Telephone: 1-855-786-4294
Email: munawarc@hotmail.com

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Bradford Lighting - The Holland Theatre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
10 Holland Street East
Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario
Telephone: 289-803-3246
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Historic landmark, Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The original building that stood here was destroyed in the fire of 1871 and the space stood empty for many years afterwards. In 1936, a man from Aurora hired Art and Leonard Saint to build a movie theatre on the vacant lot. The Holland Theatre, as it became known, was completed in 1937. Today, it is a popular lighting store.

Parking
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Bradford West Gwillimbury Wastewater Treatment Plant

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
225 Dissette Street
Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario
Telephone: 905-775-3252
Year built: 1962; renovations in 2009
Architect: Aecom, 2009
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This state-of-the-art sewage management facility on a 32-hectare (80-acre) property beside the Holland River serves one of the largest urban centres in Simcoe County. Raw sewage proceeds through a complex treatment and disinfection system, and waste generated by the treatment process goes through another treatment process. Tours of this multimillion-dollar facility will be available throughout the day.

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Brazill House (Hotel)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2930 County Road 27
Bond Head, Ontario
Telephone: 416-712-4779
Year built: 1865
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brazill House (Hotel), located at the southwest corner of the village, is a two-storey frame hotel typical of the 1865 period. Built by widow Mary Brazill – of a prominent local family who pioneered the three corners of the village – Brazill House is one of two surviving hotels in the hamlet and a landmark that identifies Bond Head.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

El Lugar Con Pottery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
3766 Road 27, Newton Robinson
Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario
Telephone: 705-458-8584
Year built: 1840
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Historic landmark, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This store was once the town’s main general store. The store is currently called El Lugar Con Pottery, where imported Mexican pottery is sold, along with baked goods and ice cream.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Evans de Vries Higgins

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
21 Holland Street West
Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario
Telephone: 905-775-3381
Year built: 1894
Building type: Commercial, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Evans de Vries Higgins is the successor firm to Evans & Evans, which was established in Bradford in 1894. A decade later, Thomas Evans built the building in which the firm is located. In April 2015, Robert Evans, Jenivieve de Vries and Nathan Higgins merged their practices to form a new partnership to meet the needs of a growing community.

Parking
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Exhale Spa & Salon

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
281 Barrie Street
Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario
Telephone: 905-778-1431
Building type: Attraction, Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Founder of the award-winning Wellington House Spa for Hair in 1972, and founder of Exhale Spa & Salon in 2003, Patricia is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. She is an appointed gold-level National Hair Judge, a member of the Judges Panel of Canada, and the Ontario Representative and the National Technical Chairperson for Skills Canada.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Holland Marsh Wineries

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
18270 Keele Street
Newmarket, Ontario
Telephone: 905-775-4924
Year built: 2008
Landscape type: Landscape
Style: Log structure
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Situated just outside of Newmarket in a historical farming community, Holland Marsh Wineries strives to fuse the tradition of old-world winemaking with the finest quality grapes grown in the area. The unique composure of the soil – paired with centuries of knowledge and years of experience – distinguish their grapes from those grown in any other Ontario location.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

St. Catherine of Alexandria Byzantine Catholic Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
56 Hearn Street
Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario
Telephone: 905-775-8282
Year built: 1834
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This church was founded in 2000, making it the youngest parish community in the Catholic Byzantine Rite Eparchy (Diocese) of Toronto. Its parishioners come from Bradford, Newmarket and surrounding communities as far away as Keswick and Oak Ridges. In August 2008, the church purchased the former Trinity Anglican Church in Bond Head – one of the community's oldest churches (circa 1834).

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Tec-We-Gwill Women's Institute Hall

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
4380 10th Line
Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario
Telephone: 705-458-4555
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This organization, which has operated here for 25 years, provides education to promote and develop family life and leadership skills, to help resolve needs in the community, and to promote programs on current issues. The building itself – a local landmark – was built as an Orange Lodge in 1935 and was later transferred by the Women’s Institute to the town.