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June 10, 2017

Doors Open Erin 2017 is a self-guided tour with 11 sites to choose from.

Most of the sites in the downtown areas are walkable, while other sites will require transportation. Please check the website for onsite parking and accessibility. It may be necessary to remove your shoes at some sites.

Make sure to collect signatures on your “passport” from four Doors Open Erin sites to enter a contest to win a night for two in one of our newest bed and breakfasts in Hillsburgh.

You don't have to be a heritage expert to enjoy a Doors Open Erin adventure!

Erin is a beautiful place to visit, and find your roots in small town charm and rural simplicity.

Heritage buildings, winding country roads and fertile fields abound. Erin Village is home to family-owned and local businesses. We offer a great selection of beautiful home décor, gift items, fashion, art, delicious dining and local food.

Come for a visit … and stay for a while.

Volunteers are the backbone and lifeline of any community.

The Town of Erin encourages and appreciates all of the volunteers who work hard to make Doors Open Erin such a wonderful and successful event. Everyone always has so much fun at this event and we all come away from the day knowing a little more about what makes this beautiful community tick.

If you would like to become involved for an hour or the full day, call Robyn at 519-855-4407, ext. 241, or email: robyn.mulder@erin.ca. Thank you!

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Partial wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

All Saints Anglican Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
81 Main Street
Erin, Ontario
Year built: 1867
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All Saints Anglican Church is celebrating its 150th year in the community of Erin. This little church was built in 1867 and has kept its historical charm throughout several additions and renovation projects. One of those renovations included the installation of a beautiful Casavant pipe organ. Visit during Doors Open to hear this gorgeous instrument and enjoy delectable treats.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

ARC East - A Division of Community Living Guelph Wellington

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
10 Thompson Crescent
Erin, Ontario
Telephone: 226-314-0790
Year built: 2012
Architect: Carolyn Bilson
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ARC East is a division of Community Living in Guelph Wellington. Guided tours will allow visitors to see the beautiful ARC East building, where ARC’s services take place and how they deliver support and encouragement for people with intellectual disabilities by engaging them in meaningful activities throughout the community.

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Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Boot Hill Auto

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
27 Erinville Drive
Erin, Ontario
Telephone: 519-833-5054
Style: Arts and crafts
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Boot Hill is the only Canadian custom vehicle shop that offers complete restorations all at one location, valuing the preservation and enjoyment of domestic, imported and classic cars. Guided tours will give you the chance to see some classics and how they have been brought back to life.

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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Century Church Theatre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
72 Trafalgar Road
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-4586
Year built: 1906
Building type: Place of worship, Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1906, this church has original elm panelling and curved pews, stained-glass windows, horse-tethering rings and many features that were modern for its time. Regular services ended in 2003, although the Good Friday service continued until 2014. The church is now the home of the Century Church Theatre, as well as one of Ontario’s largest bat colonies!

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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Downtown Erin Heritage Walking Trail

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Start at the provincial plaque at 35 Main Street (McEnery Real Estate)
Erin, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-4407
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tour at 11 a.m. only

Learn about Erin's fascinating architectural history on a self-guided hour-long tour, or join local history enthusiasts Phil Gravelle and Jean Denison on a special guided tour. From parks and cenotaphs to churches and Victorian homes, this tour brings the town to life in a fascinating and compelling way. Pick up a brochure the day of, or download a copy.

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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Everdale

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
5812 6th line
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-4859
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Attraction, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Everdale is an organic teaching farm in the beautiful rolling hills of Erin! This not-for-profit farm believes in the power of locally grown food to fuel positive economic, social and ecological change. They also run several programs for kids and adults. In addition, they host farm festivals throughout the year. Come and explore everything this farm has to offer!

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Guided tours available

Hillsburgh House by the Pond

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
3 Station Street
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-9487
Year built: 1894
Architect: Awrey Brothers
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hillsburgh House is a charming century farmhouse in the beautiful town of Hillsburgh, featuring two guest rooms, lovely gardens and a peaceful view of the mill pond. Popular guest activities include making campfires and relaxing in the hot tub or on one of the two porches. Come and join us for lemonade, iced tea and a special treat!

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

Village of Erin Historical Downtown

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Main Street
Erin, Ontario
Year built: Various
Architect: Various
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Erin Rotary Ribfest from Noon to 8 p.m. at McMillan Park

Erin Village is one of Ontario’s best-kept historical downtowns. A series of heritage plaques pay tribute to the businesses of yesteryear. Experience the eclectic range of family-owned shops and eateries. Visit Erin’s boutique shops for some truly unique gifts. It’s only a short drive to the Village of Erin – and it’s a pretty one!

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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Wellington Masonic Lodge No. 271

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
190 Main Street, at the Erin Agricultural Society site
Erin, Ontario
Year built: 1953
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Wellington Masonic Lodge received its charter in 1872. Its first master was Worshipful Brother David Kirkwood. In 1953, the brethren found a new home on the Erin fairground site, and the lodge built this new hall there. To this day, lodge members are active in the community in many roles.

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

Woodlands Farm

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
5842 Fourth Line
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-4915
Year built: 2000
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Woodlands Farm raises thoroughbred racehorses. This land, part of the McKinnon ancestral farm, has raised multiple Queen's Quineas winners and a Queen's Plate champion. Residing at the farm are this year's foals and their mothers, young racehorses in training, as well as older horses. The owners look forward to introducing you to these beautiful animals. They love company. Bring carrots!