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June 10, 2017

Clarington – a largely rural municipality – offers many things to see, do and explore!

Each year, Doors Open Clarington advocates for heritage sites featuring repurposed buildings where you can discover the past while exploring the present.

Join us for a diverse experience featuring the hamlet of Kendal and surrounding area. Hidden among the Ganaraska and rolling hills, Kendal has a lot of history – from tobacco, potato and forestry farms. This hamlet has survived the struggles and is a wonderful source of repurposing its buildings and land.

Come “Unlock your history” and more in Clarington!

Volunteers are welcome and needed to make Doors Open Clarington a success.

Please help us “Unlock your history.”

For more information:

Website: www.doorsopenclarington.com
Email:  ACOCAMP30@gmail.com

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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Brimacombe

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
4098 Regional Road 9
Orono, Ontario
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From humble beginnings in 1937, Brimacombe has now grown into one of southern Ontario’s largest ski areas and celebrates 80 years. Get a behind-the-scenes look at a family-favourite winter attraction during the green season. Investigate this site’s rich history and modern technologies – and discover what the slopes look like after the snow melts!

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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Dare 2 Dream Farm

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
8169 Langstaff Road
Kendal, Ontario
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At Dare 2 Dream Farm, the main focus is knowing where our food comes from. As the home of Sweet Dream Food, they are local producers of Canada's natural sweeteners: honey and maple syrup. They also provide interactive farm tours, which include a chance to tour a beehive! Come and experience some of the wonders that nature has to offer.

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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Ganaraska Wind Farm

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet at the corner of County Road 9 and Jewel Road
Orono, Ontario
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ganaraska Wind Farm, a 17.6-megawatt wind energy project, commenced operations in May 2016. The project consists of nine turbines located near Orono. Come and stand beneath a turbine to learn about renewable energy and the planning, construction and operation of this wind project, as well as Capstone’s ongoing commitments to the environment and the community in which they operate.

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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Harvey Jackson Memorial Park

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
6788 Newtonville Road
Kendal, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This park was donated by Abraham and Mary Ellen Jackson in memory of their 24-year-old son who was killed in action during the First World War Battle of Iwuy. A commemorative archway and two gates were erected at the park’s entrance in June 1926. For over 80 years, the park has been a local and provincial site for community events.

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Full wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
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Kendal Community Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
6742 Newtonville Road
Kendal, Ontario
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This building functioned as a schoolhouse from 1965-99, and then a group of local women decided it should be converted into a community centre. It now serves as the heart of the community for special events such as weddings and dances. View displays about many aspects of village life years ago including tobacco, baseball, forestry, ponds and waterways.

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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
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Kendal Crown Lands

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Regional Road 9
Orono, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ontario government acquired this 349-hectare (862-acre) property on the Oak Ridges Moraine in 1966, intent on creating a greenbelt area near Toronto. Now, the land is designated a crown land management area. Local citizens maintain this beautiful site with its groomed hiking trails, streams and fish ponds. During Doors Open, there will be family-friendly activities and demonstrations.

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Guided tours available

Kendal Orange Lodge

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
15 Kendal Church Street
Kendal, Ontario
Year built: 1869
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Originally constructed as the New Connexion Church in 1869, this building was bought and moved here by Orange Lodge No. 915 in 1881. The Enniskillen Orange Lodge building was moved here in 1927 and was attached to this building. Major renovations, including installing running water, were done in 2005. Explore the fascinating history and traditions of the Kendal Orange Lodge.

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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Kendal Tobacco Kilns

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
6815 Newtonville Road
Kendal, Ontario
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Once a booming industry, tobacco production is now a shell of what it used to be. Each kiln held 1,200 sticks of tied tobacco. Curing was a painstaking process. The temperature and humidity conditions inside a kiln had to be just right. Come and have a rare view of a curing kiln and learn about the history of this industry.

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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Kendal United Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
21 Church Street
Kendal, Ontario
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With the formation of the United Church of Canada, the Kendal Methodist Church (1870) transitioned to become Kendal United in 1925. With four beautiful memorial windows on the south side of the church and historical ties to both the original New Connexion Church (1869) and the Enniskillen Orange Lodge, this church is a must-see.

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Partial wheelchair access
Guided tours available

Kendal Walking Tour

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet at the Kendal United Church (21 Church Street)
Kendal, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided walking tours leave on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kendal (originally called Watertown Mills) is a quiet little hamlet with an amazing yet forgotten history. Explore it on a guided walk-about while hearing about the life of the area’s pioneer families, many of whose ancestors still live here. Envision a bustling village built around the commerce of five mills and learn more about life in the early- to mid-1800s.

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

Kirby Schoolhouse - Clarke Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
7086 Old Kirby School Road
Orono, Ontario
Telephone: 905-983-9243
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Clarke Museum was the first designated heritage building in the community. A log structure from 1836 stood southwest of the present school. In 1857, a larger school was built and was incorporated into the current building in 1878. This site still has original blackboards and desks, as well as what’s believed to be the original outdoor bell.

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Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

McLean-Elliott-New Connexion Methodist Cemetery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Lot 9, Concession 8
Kendal, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This cemetery is situated on a steep hill and has an original wrought-iron gate adorned with a cross in the centre. The earliest burial was made in January 1861; it is believed that there are 50 burials. On the north side is a unique family burial plot that was once fenced in and separated from the other plots.

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Southwinds - Historic Marr Home

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
3775 County Road 9
Orono, Ontario
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In 1845, the present stone home was erected for Alexander Marr by a Scottish stone mason who immigrated to Canada to work on the Rideau Canal. Note that the original limestone mantels and lintels were originally ship ballast on a schooner into Kingston. Come and learn about the history and the folklore surrounding this site.

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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

The Grange

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
4472 Concession Road 8
Kendal, Ontario
Year built: 1907
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Grange was the homestead of the Elliott family (early settlers) from 1859-1969. Additions to the house are visible today (beautiful interiors, a dumbwaiter and a windmill). Also explore the mid-1800s-era barn, as well as old granaries, wooden mangers for the draft horses, and two beautiful wooden silos. The current owners have many stories to share … including ghost stories.

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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
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ThinkBFAB Inspirational Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
4248 Ganaraska Road
Kendal, Ontario
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The authors of the fiction/adventure series Rise of the Prince also operate ThinkBFAB Inspirational Centre. The centre’s peaceful surroundings are an ideal setting for people to practise mindfulness, live in the moment and discover who they really are – amidst two hectares (five acres) of beautiful Ganaraska Forest. See the guest cottage and try making pizza in a wood-burning outdoor oven.