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September 30, 2017

Returning for 2017, Doors Open Brampton will focus on historical sites, many of which are celebrating milestones.

This year, Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. It's a special moment in our history and a great opportunity for you to explore our past and imagine our future.

Brampton is home to more than 590,000 residents, representing one of the most diverse corners of the Greater Toronto Area. Since its inception in 2002, the program was launched to create access, awareness and excitement about the province’s heritage providing unique opportunities to explore and enjoy some of the most interesting places in the City. In the program’s fifteen-year history, there have been over six million visits to participating Doors Open Ontario sites.

This year, the event will take place on September 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering an opportunity to see inside 10 historical and socially significant buildings – all celebrating significant milestones.

Doors Open Brampton relies on the support of volunteers as every site requires survey facilitation, tours and a point person(s) to answer questions. Most importantly, we want to ensure that everyone has a great experience. And that all starts with you!

If you are:

  • A resident of Brampton
  • Interested and enthusiastic about festivals and events
  • Aged 16 or older
  • Available on Saturday, September 30, 2017

then contact kathleen.kane@brampton.ca and let her know that you would like to support Doors Open Brampton!

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Alderlea

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
40 Elizabeth Street South
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-874-2133
Year built: 1886
Architect: Taylor Hazel
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Located in the heart of downtown Brampton, Alderlea is an iconic heritage building perfect for weddings, social gatherings and corporate events. Following careful restoration for adaptive reuse, this 19th-century mansion offers privacy, elegant surrounds and impeccable services to meet your needs.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Brampton City Hall

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2 Wellington Street West
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-874-2000
Year built: 1991
Architect: Inzola Construction Group
Landscape type: Garden
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brampton City Hall opened on June 15, 1991 as the seat of municipal government for the city. The Conservatory, constructed as part of the campus expansion, provides a new main entrance for the campus with high ceilings and natural light. Free guided tours of the Mayor’s Office and Council Chambers will be available for all visitors during Doors Open.

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Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Brampton Ontario Stake Centre of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
10062 Bramalea Road
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-799-1122
Year built: 1994
Architect: Allward-Gouinlock Inc.
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Welcome to the Brampton Ontario Stake Centre of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The stake centre beside the temple is where members hold their regular meetings and activities, and where visitors will be welcomed to join guided tours of the magnificent temple gardens and the stake centre, and visit the Family History Centre and Visitors Centre.

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Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Ontario 150

Grace United Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
156 Main Street North
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-451-1215
Year built: 1867-89
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Grace United is the oldest church in Brampton, built as a Wesleyan Methodist church in 1867 and extensively renovated in 1889. Enjoy the stained-glass windows, the gallery with its iron railing, and the wonderful woodwork. The exterior brickwork and tower of this outstanding example of Gothic revival architecture have been restored.

Parking
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Historic Bovaird House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
563 Bovaird Drive East
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-874-2804
Year built: 1852
Architect: Unknown
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Georgian
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historic Bovaird House is an exceptional example of a mid-19th-century Ontario farmhouse, built in the Georgian style. Volunteers have endeavoured to restore the house to its original appearance. Authentic artifacts and period craftsmanship demonstrate the history of this house, which contains five fireplaces, original plank flooring and hand-blown windowpanes imported from England.

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Full wheelchair access
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French services available
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Jamiat-Ul-Ansar of Brampton (Mosque)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
291 Great Lakes Drive
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-792-7576
Year built: 2002
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and tour this mosque and enjoy a day full of activities for the whole family. Explore the Islamic poster exhibition, the Qur'an in World Languages display, Islamic art and Arabic calligraphy, and Islamic daily prayers. Free gifts and refreshments will be available for everyone. Interactive guided tours every half hour. Meet the Imam and members of Brampton’s Muslim community.

Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Lorne Scots Museum and Armoury

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
12 Chapel Street
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-874-5724, ext. 7280
Year built: 1914
Architect: Unknown
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Historic landmark, Military, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1914 to house militiamen preparing for service in the First World War, this building was recognized in 1991 in the Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings. Today, the Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment, a rifle company of the Lorne Scots, uses the building, which is beside the Old Fire Hall, one of the first in Brampton.

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Mount Pleasant Recreation Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
100 Commuter Drive
Brampton, Ontario
Year built: 2010
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.

The Mount Pleasant Recreation Centre is a restored historical Canadian Pacific Railway station that has been converted into a cultural facility in the Mount Pleasant Civic Square. Shared with the Peel District School Board and the local library, this landmark building is now an integral part of the community, connecting the past with the future.

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Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Old Ebenezer Pioneer Chapel

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
8999 The Gore Road
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-867-3101
Year built: 1858
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ebenezer Methodist Church, the second one built on this site, was constructed by early settlers who pooled their limited resources. Initially, it was served by saddlebag preachers. In 1925, it joined the United Church of Canada. After closing in 1998, it was renovated and preserved by the Ebenezer Toronto Gore Historical Foundation.

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Full wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
9 Wellington Street East
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-791-4055
Year built: 1867
Building type: Attraction, Courthouse, Historic landmark, Museum, Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is a place to engage with and explore heritage and culture. The Peel County Courthouse, a designated heritage site, and the Peel Jail, now home to the museum, are both celebrating 150 years in 2017. These buildings have important stories to tell. Join us for a tour!

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Full wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Rose Theatre Brampton

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1 Theatre Lane
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-874-2844
Year built: Fall 2004-September 2006
Architect: Page and Steele Architects
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Attraction, Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Rose Theatre Brampton in the city centre is a 5,946-square-metre (64,000-square-foot) state-of-the-art performing arts complex with an 868-seat theatre and 100-seat secondary hall. The sandstone blocks, African wood trim veneers, expansive marble-granite floors and natural lighting of the interior create a warm ambience that welcomes visitors.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

St. Elias the Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
10193 Heritage Road
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-459-8888
Year built: 1994-95
Architect: Robert Greenberg
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This parish was founded in 1976 to serve Brampton’s Ukrainian Catholics. The site was purchased in 1986, chartered as a cemetery in 1993, with a temple built in 1995. The original timber structure burned down in 2014 and was rebuilt in 2016. The silhouette seen from Heritage Road and Bovaird Drive replicates churches found in the Carpathian region of Ukraine.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

St. Paul’s United Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
30 Main Street South
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-451-1405
Year built: 1885
Architect: W.H. Mallory and Son
Building type: Place of worship, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Paul's United Church, which has Methodist roots, is built from Credit Valley brownstone. The two towers at the front are impressive, and the interior roof is self-supporting, forming a vaulted dome. A chandelier hangs from a large plaster base at the centre of the ceiling. Beautiful stained-glass windows grace the main floor and balcony.