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June 18, 2016

Get a healthy dose of heritage with Doors Open Fergus-Elora!

We are thrilled once again to throw our doors wide open to share a peek inside the places you can't normally go, tell stories you have not heard before, and bring you an experience you don't get every day.

Embracing the Doors Open Ontario theme of medical science and innovation, we will share the spaces and stories of local doctors and nurses – heroes and innovators of their day – as well as some of the other unique places that make Fergus-Elora so uniquely charming.

Use our handy passport as your guide to intriguing locations as well as for information regarding walking tours and additional activities. Passports are available online or for pickup at the Chamber of Commerce, the Elora Tourism Information Centre, Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex and the Fergus and Elora public libraries.

Fergus-Elora welcomes you. So, please join us for a visit to the doctor that you won’t soon forget!

Make your visit to Fergus-Elora a cherished memory!

While in the Fergus-Elora area, check out our vibrant heritage downtowns and rolling countryside. Enjoy a bite to eat, explore our many unique shops or plan to spend the night.

Visit our website for more information and to get your passport!

Are you passionate about your community and the history of the place you call home?

Do you love a good story and sharing with others?

Then Doors Open Fergus-Elora has an enriching volunteer experience for you!

Contact Elizabeth at ebender@centrewellington.ca to find out how you can get involved.

Parking
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Belsyde Cemetery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
380 Thistle Street
Fergus, Ontario
Telephone: 519-846-0971
Year built: 1863
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
By 1862, Fergus’s original burying grounds were at capacity. A.D. Ferrier donated five acres of land south of the Grand River for a new cemetery, naming it Belsyde after his ancestral home. Hear stories of prominent and interesting medical heroes from years past, including Dr. Groves and Dr. Jean Dow – who will “return” from her grave to tell her tale.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Guided tours available
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Breadalbane Inn

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
487 St. Andrew Street West
Fergus, Ontario
Telephone: 519-843-4770
Year built: 1860
Architect: Adam Fergusson
Style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In 1922, well-liked Dr. Norman Kyle lived here. The door to what is now the Fergusson Room Pub led to his office, and operations were performed in a large room upstairs. Constructed in 1860, this building is one of the finest examples of Scottish architecture in the area and current home to a restaurant, pub and several charming suites.
Parking
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Elora Gorge Karate Dojo

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
61 Price Street
Elora, Ontario
Telephone: 519-846-9002
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Originally a bus garage, this building was repurposed in 1984 and became the Elora Gorge Karate Dojo, Centre Wellington’s longest running dojo. Dojo is the Japanese word for a school where martial arts are practised. The training floor is where two buses would have parked before the renovation. Demonstrations will take place throughout the day.
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Elora Wastewater Treatment Plant

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
6510 Wellington Road 7
Elora, Ontario
Telephone: 519-846-9691, ext. 905
Year built: 2014
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wastewater is used water. Treating it is essential for our environment and health. Take an interesting, behind-the-scenes tour of the processes that protect both the local drinking and natural water, and contribute to a healthy and safe community. The original facility was constructed in 1963 and expanded in 1980. This new, state-of-the-art plant has been in operation since July 2014.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Graham A. Giddy Funeral Homes Ltd. (Elora)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
37 Church Street East
Elora, Ontario
Telephone: 519-864-5352
Year built: 1854
Architect: Charles Clark
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Charles Clarke MP lived in this house, built in 1854, until his death in 1909. In those days, funerals and visitations were held in the family home; his funeral was the first at this address. Charles’s son, Dr. C.K. Clarke, was a psychiatrist and co-founder of the Canadian Mental Health Association and namesake of Toronto’s Clarke Institute of Psychiatry.
Parking
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Guelph Wellington Paramedic Service - Fergus Station

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
285 Queen Street East
Fergus, Ontario
Telephone: 519-822-1260, ext. 2891
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This City of Guelph-owned ambulance station, situated near Groves Memorial Community Hospital and backing onto the beautiful Grand River, houses one ambulance and is staffed by a paramedic supervisor five days a week. This station serviced most of the 2,400 ambulance calls in Centre Wellington in 2015. The doors of a modern ambulance will be open.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Self-guided tours available

Old Livery Building

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
135 St. David Street South (Edge Realty Solutions)
Fergus, Ontario
Telephone: 519-843-7653
Year built: 1865
Architect: James Argo
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Located in historical downtown Fergus on the Grand River, the Old Livery Building was built in 1865 by James Argo. Originally a warehouse and livery, the building has had many uses and undergone many updates throughout the years, all the while maintaining its historical beauty. Some medical sites of interest are located just across the street.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

St. James Anglican Church and Butterfly Garden

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
171 Queen Street East
Fergus, Ontario
Telephone: 519-843-2141
Year built: 1948
Architect: Designed by Rev. C.J. Loat, Rector
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. James Anglican Church, built in 1948 alongside the historical Grand River, is the congregation’s third building. The land was donated by Mrs. Groves, widow of the renowned local physician Dr. Abraham Groves. The Butterfly Garden, located behind the church, overlooks the river and contains a wonderful variety of perennials.
Parking
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Savage House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
45 Colborne Street
Elora, Ontario
Year built: 1855
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This brick one-and-a-half-storey structure was the family home of Donald McDonald and subsequently his son-in-law, Dr. W.F. Savage. It served as the doctor’s office and an infirmary before the area had a hospital. This magnificent private home is impeccably furnished and, until recently, operated as the Savage House B&B. Step back in time in this historical gem. No photography.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Wellington County Museum and Archives

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
0536 Wellington Road 18, RR 1
Fergus, Ontario
Telephone: 519-846-0916
Year built: 1877
Architect: Victor Stewart
Style: Victorian
Building type: Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1877 as the Wellington County Home of Industry and Refuge, this National Historic Site is Canada’s only remaining poorhouse. Highlighted this year are the contributions of legendary local doctor Abraham Groves, physician at the poorhouse for over 30 years. Dr. Groves was an innovator, inventor, politician and author. He will make a personal appearance in the afternoon!