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August 19, 2017 - August 20, 2017

Mark your calendars for a weekend-long celebration of Cornwall's finest buildings, creative spaces and artistically or architecturally relevant sites.

Enjoy a number of fun and interesting festivals and events taking place during the Doors Open Cornwall weekend.

Cornwall was founded in 1784 by United Empire Loyalists, making it one of Ontario's oldest permanent settlements.

Owing to its strategic location on the St. Lawrence River, Cornwall served as a garrison town, as well as a communications and supply post during the War of 1812. Under the influence of schoolmaster John Strachan – who would become the first Anglican Bishop of Upper Canada – Cornwall was transformed into a unique centre of learning and political influence.

Another famous early resident was John Sandfield Macdonald, the first Premier of Ontario.

Cornwall's history will be front and centre this summer during the Canada 150 celebrations.

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Full wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Aultsville Theatre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2 St. Lawrence Drive
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 613-932-1661
Building type: Attraction, Theatre
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1976, Aultsville Theatre is a 680-seat non-profit professional theatre that hosts a variety of events annually. Come and experience theatre life on the other side of the curtain. Take a backstage tour and see where the performers prepare themselves. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the theatrical lighting, rigging and operations that bring productions and performances to life.

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Cornwall Community Museum in the Wood House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
160 Water Street West
Cornwall, Ontario
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come to the museum and learn about Cornwall's historic roots. See the 1900s kitchen filled with crocks from Cornwall's famous Flack and Van Arsdale pottery, the circa 1910 study and the 1950s-era dining room, which showcases pieces from Cornwall manufacturer Beach Furniture.

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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Cornwall Historic Walking Tour

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet at the Cornwall Community Museum (160 Water Street West in Lamoureux Park)
Cornwall, Ontario
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This 6-kilometre (3.7-mile) walking tour is a voyage into Cornwall’s heritage, depicting events and points of interest of Cornwall’s past. The tour follows nearly 30 plaques erected along Cornwall’s waterfront, downtown and in parts of Le Village in the city’s east end – representing industrial links, the former Cornwall Canal and the founding of New Johnstown.

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French services available

Cornwall Public Library

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
45 Second Street East
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 613-932-4796
Year built: 1953
Building type: Library
Saturday only: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In 1995, the Cornwall Public Library celebrated its 100th anniversary. In 1997, the library underwent a large transition when it moved into the former post office. This move ended years of overcrowding and gave the public a locale in the heart of the city.

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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
100 Water Street East (Civic Complex)
Cornwall, Ontario
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Sports Hall of Fame was created to celebrate the heritage of sport in the community, and to recognize the accomplishments and efforts of the athletes and builders who have worked hard to promote their own individual sports. Inductees represent a wide range of sports, and some of the more well-known athletes include Newsy Lalonde, Cyril Denneny and Orval Tessier.

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Historic SDG Jail

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
11 Water Street West
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 844-814-5245
Year built: 1833
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This county jail building was constructed in 1833 and remained operational until it was closed in 2002. The facility housed inmates from Cornwall and across the modern-day United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. The jail is home to many historical artifacts and displays; it is considered one of the oldest public structures in Ontario.

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Full wheelchair access
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St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2500B Second Street West
Cornwall , Ontario
Telephone: 613-932-4563
Year built: 2010
Architect: Thompson Rosemount Group
Building type: Commercial, Green building
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 13,000-square-foot (1,208-square-metre) Ontario Power Generation (OPG) visitor centre, which opened in 2010 and was built to LEED standards, offers visitors an interactive and educational experience. Learn about the St. Lawrence Seaway, the power project and its impact on surrounding communities, electricity generation at OPG, and the American eel.