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September 24, 2016

Join us for another exciting year of Doors Open East Elgin!

In 2016, participating sites include museums, churches and community centres – plus much more! Come and explore East Elgin’s heritage during this one-day event and discover what our communities have to offer. Whether you stumble on a hidden treasure, visit a location not normally open to the public, or simply enjoy a unique experience at an everyday location, you'll experience a day that will make you want to keep coming back!

Free admission!

www.bayham.on.ca | www.aylmer.ca | www.malahide.ca

Celebrate the heritage of East Elgin!
 

     

Bayham

Visitors seeking sandy beaches, camping sites, cottages, bed-and-breakfast facilities, restaurants, birdwatching, golfing, cycling, hiking, fishing and boating can find it all in Bayham. Bayham is nestled on the sandy northern shores of Lake Erie at the most easterly end of Elgin County and extending up into the heartland of farm country. For history buffs, Bayham boasts a restored 1840 wooden lighthouse that you can climb for panoramic views of the lake and harbour. The Port Burwell Marine Museum also boasts one of the finest collections of lighthouse lenses on the Great Lakes. Bayham is one of three host municipalities to the Erie Shores Wind Farm that is spread along the entire lakefront. Visit the Wind Energy Information Kiosk for more information on this fascinating project. A tour through Bayham in the fall with its nature trails, valley and ravine terrains and lake scenery rivals anything northern Ontario has to offer.

Aylmer

This historical town has grown with the times and offers visitors a relaxed pace to explore the community. Indulge yourself with a stroll around Aylmer. Walk downtown to visit a shopping mecca of quaint boutiques, antique shops, fragrant bakeries and unique gift and souvenir stores. Visit the Aylmer Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays, featuring the bounty of Ontario. Linger a moment in the extensive park systems, take a heritage walk or visit the murals that illustrate our history. Stop at one of our fine restaurants to complete your touring, walking or shopping experience in Aylmer.

Malahide

Allow our walking trails, winding bike paths, parks, Carolinian forests, agricultural landscapes and sunny beaches to transform you. Explore a community rooted in rich heritage where horse and buggies line country roads and farm-gate shopping is welcome. Nourish your soul at unique art galleries, quaint shops and tranquil restaurants. Fish and camp, explore a migratory bird viewing area, experience an apiary with a bee education centre and adventure farm, or just relax at the Port Bruce beach and pier.

Contact individual sites for volunteer opportunities.

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

Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
14 East Street
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-9723
Style: Ontario cottage
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives offers visitors a wide variety of rotating exhibits. During Doors Open, explore the “Fabulous 50s” exhibit, which showcases fashion and fads of that era. Also view the permanent exhibits, including an early 1900s general store and the archaeological collection from the Pound Site. Check the website for additional exhibits and events throughout the year.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Aylmer Police Station

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
20 Beech Street East
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-3144
Year built: 1997
Architect: Walter-Fedy Partnership
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Aylmer Police Station was built in 1997 and is currently occupied by 20 full-time and part-time police officers, auxiliary officers and support staff serving the Town of Aylmer. The fleet of police vehicles and related technology are housed inside the station.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Bayham's Family Table

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
6209 Plank Road
Vienna, Ontario
Telephone: 519-874-4085
Year built: 1983
Building type: Food and drink
Saturday: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bayham’s Family Table is a family-style restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch daily. During Doors Open, explore the Edison and Bayham History display and learn about the Edison connection to Vienna. Many featured artifacts – including various styles of phonographs – were donated by Nora Edison Coombe, Thomas Edison’s first cousin.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms

East Elgin Community Complex

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
531 Talbot Street West
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-5631
Year built: 2004
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A 2004 joint project of the Township of Malahide and the Town of Aylmer, this complex includes a large multipurpose community hall that can be divided into three smaller halls, and a smaller mezzanine-level hall overlooking the EastLink Arena. There are two National Hockey Leagie-size ice arenas and 13 dressing rooms. Parking for over 600 vehicles is also available.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

Elgin County Library, Springfield Branch

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
12105 Whittaker Road
Springfield, Ontario
Telephone: 519-765-4515
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In 1892, 30 village citizens formed the Literary and Scientific Institute of Springfield. They joined the Elgin County Library Association in 1940 and became the Springfield Branch of the Elgin County Library in 1966. In 2010, the branch moved into Malahide Community Place – a new and larger facility that provides social, educational, cultural and recreational activities for the entire community.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Elgin Innovation Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
516 John Street
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-268-8531
Year built: 1945
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To help revitalize the economy and community of Elgin County, the Elgin Innovation Centre team is transforming the abandoned Aylmer Imperial Tobacco plant into a thriving and supportive business centre for entrepreneurs and innovative enterprises. The transformation of the 93,000-square-metre (1,000,000-square-foot) facility began in 2010. It is now home to more than 20 businesses and provides nearly 300 jobs.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Gay Lea Dairy Heritage Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
48075 Jamestown Line, RR 2
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-2955
Building type: Museum, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The museum’s collection, once privately owned but now owned by Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd., includes dairy memorabilia such as delivery wagons, milk bottles and cream separators, as well as antique tools from other trades. Visitors can walk the trails on the 40-hectare (98-acre) property. See a butter-making demonstration. Bring a picnic and enjoy the picnic area.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms

Mennonite Furniture Clearance Center

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
53930 Eden Line
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-866-3343
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Mennonite Furniture Clearance Center, along with the Mennonite Furniture Gallery, is a family-run business near Aylmer that has been selling locally made furniture since 1999. Almost all furniture pieces sold are made one-at-a-time by artisans and family businesses in the Amish and Mennonite communities within 300 kilometres (186 miles) of Aylmer. A variety of furniture styles is showcased.
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Parish Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
116 John Street South
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-8582, ext. 20
Year built: Basement 1939; Church 1951
Architect: J. Fred Green
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Our Lady of Sorrows is the place of worship for the Catholic parish community in Aylmer and area. Visitors will be impressed by the beautiful large stained-glass windows. The pipe organ and woodwork are also noteworthy.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms

Periscope Playhouse Cultural Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
42 Wellington Street
Port Burwell, Ontario
Telephone: 226-271-3815
Year built: 1970
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Commercial, Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The current building, formerly the Scout Hall, was purchased by the Periscope Playhouse theatre group in 2016. The centre is an ideal size and configuration for live performances, with commanding views of the stage from every seat. The building will also be available for meetings, educational seminars and presentations. Come and see this impressive addition to East Elgin!
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Port Burwell Marine Museum and Historic Lighthouse

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
20 Pitt Street and 17 Robinson Street
Port Burwell, Ontario
Telephone: 519-874-4807
Year built: 1840s; restored 1986
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This 1840s wooden lighthouse played a vital role in guiding Lake Erie ships to safety. View the collections of historical and marine artifacts, period photographs, lighthouse lenses and a model of the railway car ferry Ashtabula. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for an excellent view of Lake Erie, Port Burwell harbour and the surrounding village.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 81

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
211 John Street North
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-5249
Building type: Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Legions in Canada, which are organizations that support veterans and their families, have a rich military history. This early branch, established in 1926, plays an active role in the Aylmer community. Come and enjoy a tour, explore treasured memorabilia and pictures, and discover the benefits of membership in this long-standing association. Refreshments will be available.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Rush Creek Wines

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
48995 Jamestown Line, RR 2
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-5432
Year built: 1996
Architect: Pressey Construction
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rush Creek Wines is dedicated to producing the finest fruit wines available, offering a variety of flavours from very dry to semi-sweet. They produce in smaller quantities, which allows them to give special attention to the product. Tastings and gourmet foods will be available for sampling and to purchase. Come in and enjoy the rush!
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Saxonia Hall (German Canadian Club)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
48371 Talbot Line or 522 Talbot Street West
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-5271
Year built: Renovated 1971
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saxonia Hall, founded by the Saxon/German community, is a gathering place for people to remember their homeland and language, and to celebrate their new lives in Canada. Begun as a grocery store, the building now offers three banquet halls, artifacts, pictures, art and a German library. Experience the pride that members take in their heritage. This year, enjoy food samples.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Straffordville Library

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
9366 Plank Road
Straffordville, Ontario
Telephone: 519-866-3584
Year built: 1984
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Elgin County Council helped finance the Township of Bayham’s construction of a new library in Straffordville. It opened in 1984 and was renovated in 2012 to lower shelving, widen aisles, install power doors and make washrooms accessible. Services include free Wi-Fi, computer access, programs for all ages, and a variety of materials, including print, audio, DVDs, music and ebooks.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access

Township of Malahide South Works Yard

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
49458 John Wise Line
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-8005
Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m.
The South Works Yard is the primary works facility for the township's Road Department. The department undertakes regular road maintenance, road construction, emergency response and drain repairs. The Yard is the home to snow plows, backhoes, graders and other typical road maintenance equipment. Township staff will be available to show visitors the facilities and equipment.