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June 10, 2017 - June 11, 2017

Ever wonder what some of our most fascinating buildings and homes look like from the inside?

Doors Open Bruce County allows you the opportunity to explore some of our most interesting and significant landmarks.

It was 150 years ago this year …

They came by trails less traveled, by whatever means available – some walking, many by oxcart, some even by boat where the trail was marked by sun and stars. What connected them was an energetic sense of adventure, discovery and the tenacity to see the journey and destination as equally important.

These were the pioneers of Bruce County, as it was granted status in 1867. Ours is a history of people and explorers, one and all. And from that perspective alone, there is much that connects our past to our present and future.

Bruce County today is a community of explorers, both residents and visitors. We share a deep sense of natural curiosity and a deep desire for a better life – a better adventure – or perhaps a unique take on both. We work the land differently, we work together differently, just as early generations did. What the soil or the landscape does not provide, we create through equal measures of sweat and innovation. We preserve forests as well as harvest them. We appreciate beauty as much as we shape it to our advantage.

Join us during Doors Open Bruce County and see for yourself what sets us apart.

Please contact us at 150info@brucecounty.on.ca if you are interested in volunteering at any of our sites during Doors Open.

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Self-guided tours available

Bruce County (Walkerton) Jail

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
209 Cayley Street
Walkerton, Ontario
Year built: 1866
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Formerly the Walkerton Jail, this stone building cost $14,670 to build. Convicted murderer John Haag, who was hanged here in 1868, survived because of a conspiracy between his doctor and the hangman. In 1968, the provincial government leased the jail, which served as a correctional institution until it was closed in December 2011.
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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Flach Family Homestead

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2340 Highway 9
Walkerton, Ontario
Year built: 1864
Architect: John Flach
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This three-level stone dwelling was built by John Flach in 1864. In 1996, his great-granddaughter took ownership of this mixed-farming property. During the past two years, local artisans and building designers have restored the home, whose furnishings reflect a “back then” way of living. The restoration includes a working windmill, lavish outhouse and groomed landscape.

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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Trinity Anglican Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
491 Gould Street
Wiarton, Ontario
Telephone: 519-534-1604
Year built: 1890-91
Architect: Edward Kyte
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trinity Anglican was completed in 1891. Built by Edward Kyte, a master stonemason, with mostly volunteer labour, it is constructed of rusticated limestone with four fine points on top of the tower. Three original, though altered, chimneys remain. The triple windows, repeated throughout the building, feature both imported and local stained glass.

Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Victoria Jubilee Hall

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
111 Jackson Street South
Walkerton, Ontario
Telephone: 519-881-2826
Year built: 1897
Style: Victorian
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This high Victorian-style edifice has served as municipal offices, a marketplace, police station and firehall. Noted Canadian artist David Milne drew the hall, probably while attending high school in Walkerton. Volunteers, help by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, saved the building from demolition. Thousands of people visit every year to attend meetings, music recitals and an entertainment series.
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Walkerton Armoury

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
215 Jane Street
Walkerton, Ontario
Style: Renaissance revival
Building type: Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Walkerton received $10,000 to build a place to store the guns, drums and fifes of the local military. Architectural features of this Renaissance revival-style, pressed red-brick building include two continuous limestone belts around it, midway up and under the eaves. It became the home of the 32nd and 160th Bruce Battalions and later the Second World War 97th Field Battery.
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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Walkerton Clean Water Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
20 Ontario Road
Walkerton, Ontario
Telephone: 519-881-2003
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The centre was established in 2004 by the Government of Ontario as a result of the water crisis of 2000 when seven people died and thousands became ill from tainted water. This world-class institute, dedicated to safe and secure drinking water, provides technical training, education, information and advice for operators of drinking water systems across Ontario.
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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Wiarton Train Station

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
400 William Street
Wiarton, Ontario
Telephone: 519-534-1400, ext. 101
Year built: 1904
Landscape type: Conservation area
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.
This 1904 Canadian National Railway station closed in 1960. It was moved from its former site to Bluewater Park in 1971. Built entirely of wood in combined chateau and stick styles, the station has Queen Anne towers on its bay side and magnificent coffered tongue-and-groove ceilings. It now houses the heritage interpretive centre and gallery.