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July 11, 2015

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 accessible to the public, or simply enjoy a unique spin to an everyday location, you'll surely experience a day that will make you want to keep coming back!

Aylmer

www.aylmer.ca

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.

Bayham

www.bayham.on.ca

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 Interpretive Centre 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.

Malahide

www.malahide.ca

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.

If you wish to volunteer at any of our sites during Doors Open East Elgin, contact the site directly or the municipality.

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

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Aylmer Fairgrounds

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103 Pine Street East (main entrance at the foot of East Street past Sydenham Street East)
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-3445
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 1 to 4 p.m.
The Aylmer Fair – recognized as the longest-running fair in Ontario – has an established history in this community. Explore a rich pictorial history of Aylmer fairs over the years, and enjoy fun activities for the whole family – including a petting zoo, pony rides, a bouncy tent and craft exhibits. Take the horse-drawn wagon shuttle to the Palmer Park Bandshell downtown.
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Aylmer Fire Station

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323 John Street South
Aylmer, Ontario
Year built: 2006
Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m.
The Aylmer Fire Station is home to the community’s volunteer fire services. Join us for a tour of the station and view a display of artifacts and a rich photo history called The Fires of Aylmer (with live video footage). Kids will also want to explore the station’s historical fire engine.
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Ontario's sport heritage

Aylmer Lawn Bowling Club

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Corner of Pine Street West and Centre Street
Aylmer, Ontario
Saturday: 1 to 4 p.m.
The Aylmer Lawn Bowling Club boasts a fun-loving group of members who are eager to welcome newcomers. Come and learn about the sport of lawn bowling and even give it a try! Located within walking distance of the Palmer Park Bandshell, the club can be visited while you’re waiting for your wagon ride back to the fairgrounds.
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Aylmer Legion Colonel Talbot Branch No. 81

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211 John Street North
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-5249
Building type: None, Military
Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Legions in Canada have a rich military history. This early branch plays an active role in the Aylmer community. Come and enjoy a tour and explore treasured memorabilia and pictures. Enjoy a free barbecue of bratwurst or hotdogs. Join members on the back patio for refreshments. And discover the benefits of membership in this longstanding association.
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Aylmer Parks - Rotary, Optimist, Kinsmen and Balmoral

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Start at Rotary Park on Lawrence Crescent at Elm Street (visit the website for a park map and more details)
Aylmer, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m.; hourly walking tours in Rotary Park from 1:30 p.m.
Aylmer’s parks will host the launch of Doors Open East Elgin! Join us at Noon with your picnic basket and enjoy Dotsy the Clown, face painting and balloons, live music, golf workshops, splash pad and guided walking tours of Rotary Park’s Audubon habitat. Meet and mingle with your neighbours and local councillors while enjoying the benefits of this beautiful town.
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Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives

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14 East Street
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-9723
Style: Ontario cottage
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 1 to 4 p.m.
The Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives offers residents a wide variety of exhibits on a rotating basis. During Doors Open, explore the exhibit entitled It’s a Small World, which showcases furniture, artifacts, toys, games and china relating specifically to children's heritage in the area. Check the website for additional exhibits throughout the year.
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Ontario's sport heritage

East Elgin Sportsmen's Association

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9586 Springfield Road
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-8868
Year built: 1955; 2013
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come and experience the heritage sports of archery and shooting at the East Elgin Sportsmen’s Association (EESA), located in a natural country setting. Formed in 1955 as a non-profit fishing and conservation club, the EESA clubhouse has been rebuilt from a log structure to a new two-storey facility. Try your hand at indoor archery and shooting (ammunition supplied at cost).
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Erie Shores Windfarm Interpretive Centre

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55094 Glen Erie Line
Vienna, Ontario
Telephone: 519-874-1416
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Erie Shores Windfarm is a 99-megawatt wind-power facility generating clean electricity since 2006 to approximately 24,000 households along the north shore of Lake Erie. Want to learn more about wind energy? Stand at the base of a wind tower and understand the renewable energy that is today’s technology. Family-oriented information and displays make this site a must see!
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Farmtown Canada

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46703 Mapleton Line
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-2292
Year built: Log cabin (c. 1850)
Building type: Attraction, Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Farmtown Canada features a c. 1850 heritage log cabin and hobby farm, antiques, fields with horses, and animal stations and displays, making it a great place to visit. Bring a picnic and savour the rural atmosphere. Stop by the Log Cabin Shoppe for a souvenir. Hand-led horse rides and wagon rides will also be available.
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Gay Lea Dairy Heritage Museum

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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 a private one 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 other 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.
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Gold Star Alpacas

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12062 Plank Road, RR 6
Tillsonburg, Ontario
Telephone: 519-866-3790
Year built: 1900
Architect: Unknown
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Gold Star Alpacas strives to breed high-quality alpacas and promote the Canadian alpaca industry with honesty and integrity. All of the alpacas on the farm are double registered and come from ribbon-winning champions. Come and see these beautiful animals, take pictures and browse in the shop, where first-class alpaca products are for sale.
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Malahide Fire Station 3 - Springfield

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51251 Ron McNeil Line
Springfield, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-5344
Saturday: 1 to 4 p.m.
This station – bounded by Glencolin Line, Century Line, Pigram Line and Springwater Road – operates with a complement of 25 volunteer firefighters, and provides fire services programs to residents of the municipality. The firefighters use specialized rescue equipment for water and ice rescues. For Doors Open, the Fire Prevention Group will provide tours and some demonstrations to visitors.
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Old Town Hall Theatre and Library

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38 John Street South
Aylmer, Ontario
Year built: 1874
Style: Italianate
Building type: Library, Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tours and performances from 1 to 4 p.m.
Over the years, this National Historic Site has served as a town hall, police station, opera house and library. Pauline Johnson, famous Canadian poet, graced this stage in the early 1880s. Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, gave a rousing election speech here. Join us for Doors Open as we commemorate these appearances with re-enactments.
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Ontario Police College

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10716 Hacienda Road, RR 3
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-4203
Year built: Remodelled in 1976
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Ontario Police College (OPC) began offering classes on January 7, 1963 in the temporary wartime training quarters of an abandoned Royal Canadian Air Force base. The college moved into its present facilities in 1976. The OPC provides training designed to prepare police officers to perform their duties safely and effectively, while meeting the needs of Ontario's diverse communities.
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Palmer Park Bandshell

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Northeast corner of Centre Street and Sydenham Street West
Aylmer, Ontario
Year built: 1940
Style: Art deco
Building type: Attraction, Military, Theatre
Saturday: 1 to 4 p.m.
The Aylmer Bandshell was built in 1940 as a venue for the Aylmer Boy’s Band. It was lovingly restored to its former glory and now hosts musical concerts throughout the summer. During Doors Open, explore a display of Aylmer’s fallen soldiers while listening to wartime music. And don’t miss the wagon ride shuttle from here to the fairgrounds.
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Port Burwell Marine Museum and Historic Lighthouse

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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 is the first marker built west of Long Point and played a vital role in guiding Lake Erie ships to safety. View the collections of historical and marine artifacts, period photographs, lighthouse lenses – including those recovered from local shipwrecks – and a model of the railway car ferry Ashtabula.
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St. Luke's Anglican Church

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13 Edison Drive
Vienna, Ontario
Year built: 1861
Architect: William Hayes
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The original, pre-1861 wooden church burned and was replaced with the brick building that still stands today. On May 29, 2011, the congregation celebrated the 150th anniversary of this building during a public event at which the cornerstone was relaid.
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Saxonia Hall (German Canadian Club)

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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 3:30 p.m.
The Saxonia Hall, founded in 1971 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 library of German books. Experience the pride its members take in their heritage.
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Trails

Springwater Conservation Area

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8079 Springwater Road, RR 5
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-9037
Landscape type: Conservation area
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Springwater Conservation Area is a scenic, natural area with eight kilometres (four miles) of groomed trails, offering tranquil sights and sounds – including many rare bird species. After exploring the trails and taking a canoe for a spin, enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in the tranquil views.
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Straffordville Library

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9366 Plank Road
Straffordville, Ontario
Telephone: 519-866-3584
Year built: 1984
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Straffordville Library was one of the first libraries to join the Elgin County Library Association, in 1936. The existing building is 4,000 square feet (372 square metres) and officially opened on March 5, 1984. Elgin County, Bayham Township and the Lions Club of Straffordville shared the $100 000 cost of the new building.
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Trinity Anglican Church

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25 Pitt Street
Port Burwell, Ontario
Telephone: 519-874-4106 (parish hall)
Year built: 1836
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Trinity Anglican Church, constructed entirely of wood, is 179 years old this year. It had a wood-burning heater in the early years but is now heated by natural gas. The seating capacity of the church is about 120. The beautiful stained-glass windows are original, as is the church bell.
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Trinity Anglican Parish Hall

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Corner of Strachan and Wellington streets
Port Burwell, Ontario
Year built: 1908
Style: Edwardian
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In 1924, the Ladies Guild of Trinity Church seized the opportunity to raise the funds needed to move the neglected and larger 1908 school from across the street onto the church block for use as a parish hall. Aside from some minor renovations, the building exterior and interior are largely unchanged from its days as a schoolhouse.