Search

  • General information
  • Community information
  • BECOME A VOLUNTEER

May 28, 2016 - May 29, 2016

Take part in Doors Open – either again or for the first time. There is something for everyone in Brockville-Thousand Islands!

In 2016, there are 33 participating sites – including six new ones – featuring rolling farmland, lawn bowling greens, beautiful gardens, serene churches, archives, inns, armouries, railway tunnels, art galleries and museums!

Take a vacation in your own backyard – or visit our community for the day, or overnight – and explore these local treasures!

Brockville and the Thousand Islands covers a large geographical area in southeastern Ontario along the St. Lawrence River – including the towns of Elgin, Lyndhurst, Delta, Athens, Escott, Mallorytown, Rockport, Lyn, Brockville, Maitland and Prescott.

For more information about this fascinating region of Ontario, visit the Brockville Tourism website.

For information on how you can help out at a local site during Doors Open Brockville-Thousand Islands:

Contact: Steve Weir, Brockville Tourism
Telephone: 613-345-5098

OR

Contact: Pamela Peacock, Fulford Place
Telephone: 613-498-3003

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Brockville Armouries

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
144 King Street East
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-342-2755
Year built: 1900
Architect: David Ewart
Building type: Military
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 41st Brockville Battalion of Rifles was raised as a result of Fenian threats to Canada in 1866 and 1871. The armouries, home to the regiment, opened in 1902 with great pomp and circumstance. Since then, the Brockville Rifles has been part of the social fabric of the city. This proud regiment marks its 150th anniversary in 2016.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Guided tours available

Brockville Lawn Bowling Club

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1831-1839 Oxford Avenue (near Crawford Street)
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-213-2281
Year built: 1906
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Brockville Lawn Bowling Club, celebrating its 110th anniversary this year, hosts weekly events for members. Lawn bowling is often referred to as curling on grass. Come and see demonstrations of the sport and give it a try. Please wear flat-soled shoes.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Brockville Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
5 Henry Street
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-342-4397
Year built: 1820, 1845, 1995
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come and learn about Brockville’s prominent manufacturers, formidable wealth, fascinating historical figures and ordinary citizens through the museum’s interpretive displays and historical objects. Two new exhibits for 2016 tell the story of the town’s people and the central role the railway had, and continues to have, in Brockville. Tours of collection facilities offered hourly.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Brockville Public Library

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
23 Buell Street
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-342-3936
Year built: 1904
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.
The Brockville Public Library opened its doors in August 1904, thanks to the generosity of American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Come and explore the library’s history and architecture, view the art exhibits, make some crafts with the kids and enjoy light refreshments.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Brockville Railway Tunnel

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Block House Island
Brockville, Ontario
Year built: 1854-60
Architect: De Bergue Sykes
Building type: Historic landmark, Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Under Brockville’s downtown core, running 0.5 kilometres (0.3 miles) north and south, is the oldest railway tunnel in Canada. Built between 1854 and 1860, it allowed the fledgling Brockville and Ottawa Railway to connect the industrial waterfront area to the outlying areas lying between the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers. Volunteers will be on hand both days.
Parking
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Burnbrae Farms

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
3356 County Road 27
Lyn, Ontario
Telephone: 613-213-3327
Year built: 1893
Saturday: Tours at 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m.; Sunday: Tours at 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m.
Burnbrae Farms, a family-owned farm in the village of Lyn, has been in operation since 1893. The owners are dedicated to producing quality eggs, which are graded and packaged on site.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Chillane Gardens

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
10 Junetown Road
Mallorytown, Ontario
Telephone: 613-923-5799
Year built: 1847
Architect: James Herbison
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Attraction, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A formal rose garden, a large English garden-style perennial bed and a geometric herb garden surround an 1847 stone house and several reproduction outbuildings. Hundreds of hostas border paths that wind through a forest of native and specimen trees. The garden also contains many unique works of art.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

Church of the Redeemer

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2 Front Street
Rockport, Ontario
Year built: 1896
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1896, this historical small wooden church was probably designed by boat builders in the community. Its varnished walls and ceiling are made from Georgia pine tongue and groove, and the supports resemble the inside of an old riverboat.
Parking
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

Colonel's Inn, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
408 East Street
Prescott, Ontario
Telephone: 613-925-2159
Year built: 1835
Building type: Commercial, Private residence
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Housed in a 19th-century stone building and an adjacent carriage house, this traditional bed and breakfast is a three-minute walk from Fort Wellington National Historic Site and a seven-minute walk from the Forwarders' Museum.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

First Baptist Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
5 Pine Street
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-342-9556
Year built: c. 1878
Architect: James P. Johnston
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The First Baptist Church is one of the original four Protestant churches in Brockville’s Court House Square. The three massive stained-glass windows are beautiful viewed from inside or out. The church’s collection of antique bibles will be on display. Musical director Janice McIntyre will play the 1910 Casavant Frères 12-pipe organ at the 10 a.m. Saturday choir practice.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

First Presbyterian Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
10 Church Street
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-345-5014
Year built: 1879
Architect: James P. Johnston
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This congregation was founded in 1811 by Rev. William Smart, an itinerant preacher who spread the gospel on horseback, carrying his bible in his saddlebags. This impressive stone structure has three landmark spires and beautiful stained-glass windows. Tour guides will be on hand to welcome visitors, and an organist will demonstrate the use of the organ.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Fort Wellington National Historic Site

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
370 Vankoughnet Street
Prescott, Ontario
Telephone: 613-925-2896
Year built: 1812-14, rebuilt 1838-39
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year, the Fort will feature a 150th commemoration of the pre-Confederation Fenian Raids threat. Explore the historic fort, an 1812-era gunboat wreck and a new exhibit in the Visitor Centre. See a cannon salute at 11 a.m. and interact with guides in period costume as you discover one of the best-preserved British military forts in Canada.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
French services available
Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Forwarders' Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
201 Water Street
Prescott, Ontario
Telephone: 613-925-4205
Year built: 1828
Architect: Alpheus Jones
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This building, now a museum and visitor centre, was used as a warehouse for goods brought by boats and then forwarded west by schooners and later steamboats to destinations farther upriver and into the Great Lakes. A special exhibit about Dr. Charles F. McPherson, family doctor and coroner for over 50 years, will be on display.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Fulford Academy

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
280 King Street East
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-341-9330
Year built: 1915
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fulford Academy was previously the Fulford Home for aged, indigent women, which Senator George Taylor Fulford first conceived of in 1902. The facility was modelled after a 16th-century Surrey-style home. The building was built in 1915 and opened as a home for the aged in 1917. It was converted into a private boarding school in 2002.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Fulford Place

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
287 King Street East
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-498-3003
Year built: 1899-1901
Architect: Albert W. Fuller
Style: Edwardian
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This magnificent Edwardian mansion evokes the opulent lifestyle of Canada’s industrial and political elite in the early 1900s. Guides will be on hand throughout the house to share family history with visitors, and tours of the collections storage area will be available. A pop-up exhibition will highlight the history of the pharmaceutical industry, focusing on patent medicines and advertising.
Parking

Green Gecko, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
436 Lyndhurst Road
Lyndhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 613-928-1196
Year built: 1850s-70s
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Now run as a unique gift shop featuring work by local and international artisans, this building was constructed by Henry Green in the 1850s. A brick extension was added in the 1870s. The building showcases an original two-storey porch with gingerbread ornamentation, interior woodwork and decorative stairs and a banister, untouched by modern paint.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Grenville County Historical Society Archival Resource Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
500 Railway Avenue
Prescott, Ontario
Telephone: 613-925-0489
Building type: Library, Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit the Grenville County Historical Society Archival Resource Centre at the former Grand Trunk-Canadian National Railway Station. The society collects, preserves, exhibits and publishes material pertaining to Grenville County. Learn the story of the area’s early doctors, and see early ledgers and some instruments they used.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Heritage Place Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
19 Main Street West
Lyn, Ontario
Year built: 1836
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Heritage Place Museum, a beautifully renovated 19th-century building, is a community museum dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich cultural and industrial heritage of Lyn and area. In the 1800s, Lyn, with its railroad and waterway systems, was the major mill town in Upper Canada. Watch artisans at work. Refreshments available.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Homewood Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1372 Highway 2 (north side)
Maitland, Ontario
Telephone: 613-348-1246
Year built: 1799
Architect: Louis Briere
Style: Georgian
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One of Ontario's oldest residences, Homewood was commissioned by Dr. Solomon Jones, a Loyalist and surgeon in the militia. Learn about the practice of medicine in the 19th century: find out what the four humours are and how they affect health, see surgical instruments from the era and squirm as you hear about common surgical practices. Guides and volunteers present.
Parking
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Long Point School House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
3410 County Road 3
Lyndhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 613-387-3143
Year built: 1862
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Long Point School opened in 1862 and closed in 1960. In 2003, Denis and Margaret Brennan purchased the schoolhouse, added to the back of it and restored the building to how it would have been before 1910. During Doors Open, local artist Michael O’Connor will be showing his paintings.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Mallory Coach House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1523 County Road 2
Mallorytown, Ontario
Year built: 1853
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This two-storey fieldstone house, with beautiful gardens and gazebo, has been used as a farmhouse, a doctor’s office and tavern hotel. Purchased by the township in 2005, the house was renovated for use as a display space for local artifacts. See the new display about early Indigenous people, as well as ones about the Mallory family and Canada’s first glassworks.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Maplehurst Manor & Carriage House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1258 County Road 2
Maitland, Ontario
Telephone: 613-348-1829
Year built: 1829
Architect: George Longley
Style: Georgian
Building type: Commercial, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Maplehurst is a magnificent Georgian-style manor overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Completed in 1829 by an English lord, Maplehurst is considered one of Brockville’s premier properties, offering guests a lovely bed and breakfast stay or setting for weddings and other events. During Doors Open, Maplehurst will be offering tea and light lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Marianne van Silfhout Gallery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2288 Parkedale Avenue
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-345-0660
Building type: Attraction, Museum
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery, a state-of-the-art community art gallery located in the front atrium of the St. Lawrence College campus, is the focus of the visual arts community in Brockville and the eastern Ontario area. The gallery regularly exhibits work by artists at the local, regional, national and international level.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Old Stone Mill National Historic Site

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
46 King Street, County Road 42
Delta, Ontario
Telephone: 613-928-2584
Year built: 1810
Architect: Jones and Schofield
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This impressive Georgian building, a National Historic Site, is Canada’s earliest surviving stone gristmill and a fine example of early milling technology. On Saturday, a milling demonstration takes place at 1 p.m.; flour and bread will be available for purchase. Also at this site, visit the blacksmith and then the Old Town Hall to purchase a ploughman’s lunch and refreshments.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Red Brick School, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
3 Halladay Street
Elgin, Ontario
Telephone: 613-272-2662
Year built: 1887
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This 1887 building, reflecting late Victorian design, illustrates the Ontario government’s wish to improve education by constructing better schools, including larger windows. Once slated for demolition, the school – saved and restored by the Elgin and Area Heritage Society – houses a circa 1915 classroom that provides a ”living history experience” for area school children.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Rockport Customs Building

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
51 Front Street
Rockport, Ontario
Year built: 1934
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Constructed in 1934, this building officially ceased operating as a point of entry to Canada in 2013. It is the third building used for this purpose in the village since 1862. The first building was nearby and had a dance hall on the top floor. During Doors Open, enjoy an art display both days, and music Sunday afternoon.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

St. Brendan's Catholic Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
51 Riverview Road
Rockport, Ontario
Year built: 1891
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, this church, named after a sixth-century monk and the patron saint of seafaring people, features 19th-century architectural details and striking stained-glass windows. The front of the site provides spectacular views of the river, while in the forest to the rear is a quiet path, perfect for contemplation, which includes the Stations of the Cross.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

St. John's United Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
32 Park Street
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-345-5824
Year built: 1870s
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In October 2015, this congregation celebrated its 180th anniversary of worship in Brockville. Located downtown and known as “the Friendly Church on King Street,” St. John’s has a vibrant community led by Rev. Dr. Heather Froats. During Doors Open, it will offer tours and music. A plant, flower, bake and indoor garage sale will also occur (8 a.m. to Noon).
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

St. Luke's Anglican Church and Camp Hyanto

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
459 Lyndhurst Road
Lyndhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 613-507-3311
Year built: 1882
Architect: Andrew Dillon
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Luke’s Anglican Church and Ministry Centre is the spiritual and worship centre for the Anglican parish of Leeds Rear. The brick church, built in 1882, features the original spire and stained-glass windows. The oval windows and wooden staircase in the Ministry Centre, formerly the parish rectory, are also original. Enjoy a tour of Diocese of Ontario Camp Hyanto.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Springfield House and Leeds and the Thousand Islands Archives

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1365 County Road 2
Mallorytown, Ontario
Telephone: 613-659-3800
Year built: 1871
Architect: J.G. Kavanaugh
Building type: Library
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Springfield House, one of several coach stops along the King’s Highway, was built in 1871 beside a new township hall. During Doors Open, enjoy refreshments in the Victorian parlour and join in the annual festivities of the Escott Spring Thing. Browse at the public library booksale on site. Be sure to visit the archives at this location, too.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

Township of Athens and Area Heritage Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Lions Hall, 12 Wellington Street East (at Henry Street)
Athens, Ontario
Telephone: 613-924-2644
Building type: Museum
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In 2016, this museum will feature the exhibit Early Settlers in commemoration of the early settlers who travelled through the area in 1816 to claim their land grants. Settlers Trek 2016, a committee of the Athens Lions Club, is re-creating the settlers’ trek from May 15 to 20, with an overnight stop in Athens. Explore other exhibits during Doors Open.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Van Berlo Gardens

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1357 Country Road 2
Maitland, Ontario
Telephone: 613-320-0288
Year built: 2012
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Come and enjoy the beauty of spring in the extensive perennial gardens, and stroll along the paths amid nature’s perfection. Best described as a plant collector’s garden, Van Berlo Gardens features many unusual plants. Some do-it-yourself garden “art” projects will be displayed, along with how-to tips.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Wall Street United Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
5 Wall Street
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-342-5401
Year built: 1860-90
Architect: William Holmes
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This large and dominant structure standing at the northeast corner of Court House Square is the result of six major construction stages that began in 1830, the most prominent of which was the 1896 addition of the present-day sanctuary. The spectacular sanctuary has high vaulted ceilings supported by columns, and houses a large pipe organ.