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September 26, 2015

Join us in the Town of Grimsby for a day around the town exploring some of Grimsby’s best kept secrets.

This year’s theme is Ontario’s sport heritage, and we will be highlighting this theme – along with other features of the town – in a format that lets you park once and enjoy a full day with us!

There will be opportunities for hiking, strolling through the park, enjoying a Taste of Grimsby tour, discovering more about Grimsby along a heritage trolley ride and much more!

Save this date and see you there!

We look forward to welcoming you to Grimsby in September. With so much to see and do, you will want to come early and plan to stay all day with us.

Nestled between the scenic Niagara Escarpment and beautiful Lake Ontario at the western gateway to Niagara, historical Grimsby provides access to a wealth of notable and tourist-friendly destinations.

Grimsby is conveniently located midway between Toronto and the United States border. The town of 26,000 residents and nearly 700 businesses provides a perfect mix of big-city amenities with a small-town atmosphere and quality of life.

With arts and live entertainment for the entire family along with a historical downtown full of renowned one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, Grimsby is an active community of family fun, natural scenery and heritage buildings.

Volunteers make this event possible, so please consider joining us for a fun and fulfilling day.

There are many areas that need volunteer assistance – from site assistance on the day of the event, to joining our planning committee. This is a great way to learn more about your community while giving back and meeting new people!

To learn more about volunteer opportunities for Doors Open Grimsby, contact Sarah Sweeney at ssweeney@grimsby.ca.

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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Beamer Memorial Conservation Area Walking Tour

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Quarry Road
Grimsby , Ontario
Landscape type: Conservation area
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Walking tours of this conservation area will highlight its history, vegetation, wildlife and geology. From Beamer Falls, the highest point on the Niagara Escarpment, visitors have panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Join us for guided tours that explore familiar and undiscovered areas of the Bruce Trail. A bus from the site to downtown Grimsby will be available.
Guided tours available
Trails

Bruce Trail Hike

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Departs from the Grimsby Museum (6 Murray Street)
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-5292
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Bruce Trail is an 885-kilometer (550-mile) trail along the Niagara Escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory. The sections through Grimsby are some of the most scenic along the route, providing spectacular views of agricultural and natural landscape. Bus transportation during Doors Open Grimsby will be provided to connect linear trails and return to the trail hub.
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Partial wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly

Coronation Park

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
80 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
During Doors Open Grimsby, Coronation Park will be filled with activity – including an exhibit from the local Pumphouse Artists Association, and a special exhibit of “Doors” arranged by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.  The park will also be host to some children's games and musical entertainment. The historical 40 Mile Creek runs alongside the park.
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Self-guided tours available

Different Strokes Billiard Hall (former Grimsby Baptist Church)

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19 Elm Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-6599
Year built: 1881
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1881 as the home of the Grimsby Baptist Church, this building has been successfully adapted for use as the pool hall, Different Strokes. The red brick building with buff brick trim is an excellent example of Baptist church architecture in Ontario and one of the few remaining buildings in Grimsby featuring patterned brickwork.
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Great War Re-enactment - Recruiting Office

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Grimsby Museum, 6 Murray Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-5292
Year built: 1914
Building type: Attraction, Military, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
At the Grimsby Museum, site of the old parade ground, Canadian Military Heritage Society members will have a campsite and local recruiting office set up. There, dressed in uniforms of the period, they will re-enact the local response to the start of the Great War. A replica of a First World War recruiting booth will also be on display.
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Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Grimsby Museum

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6 Murray Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-5292
Year built: 1983
Architect: Robert Yamamoto
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Grimsby Museum – Doors Open headquarters – is an integral part of the community’s cultural life, owned and operated by the town. The Regency-style entrance is the original doorway from the Marlatt Inn (1855), which once stood on Main Street. Two exhibits will be offered during Doors Open: The Town that Fruit Built and Regeneration – The Changing Face of Grimsby’s Downtown.
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Hagar Public School and Edwardian Fair (Bible League of Canada)

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399 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-319-9500
Year built: 1913
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This former school, built in 1913, is an excellent example of a two-storey school structure from the early 20th century. Constructed of red brick, the building features substantial stonework and brick quoins. Now home to the Bible League of Canada, who restored the building in 2013, the site will feature during Doors Open exhibits reminiscent of an Edwardian-era school fair.
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Kid-friendly

Hamilton, Grimsby and Beamsville Electric Railway

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Meet at the Grimsby Museum (6 Murray Street)
Grimsby, Ontario
Year built: 1890s
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The former Hamilton, Grimsby and Beamsville Electric Railway, which operated from 1893 to 1931, extended the Hamilton and Dundas Street Railway to Beamsville and offered 12 trips daily at a speed of 20 miles per hour! During Doors Open, en route to the old Hagar School site, enjoy a trolley tour describing some of the heritage buildings along Highway 8.
Full wheelchair access
Kid-friendly

Happening on the Street Festival

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Start at the information kiosk at 11 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us for the street festival portion of this event, which includes live entertainment, excellent food and a classic car show. There will be several historical buildings open along the street as well. New this year – a Taste the Town Tour. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.
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Full wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Ontario's sport heritage

Livingston Activity Centre

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18 Livingston Avenue
Grimsby, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grimsby was host to one of the oldest covered arena's in Canada – the Grimsby Peach King Arena. This site, adjacent to the original site of the arena, features memorabilia of the Grimsby Peach Kings, a hockey club rich in history. There will also be other displays on site, including the Grimsby Public Library “green screen” and other activities.
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Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Memory Hall (Trinity United Church)

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100 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-2249
Year built: 1889; renovations in the 1940s, 1950s
Style: Ontario Gothic
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
In 1889, a brick church was built on this site (replacing an earlier Presbyterian church) – known today as Memory Hall. In 1925, following the establishment of the United Church of Canada, the name was changed. In the 1950s, a new sanctuary was built and Memory Hall became auditorium space. Today, it is home to the Peninsula Players theatre troupe.
Self-guided tours available

Objects to Desire

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1 Livingston Avenue
Grimsby, Ontario
Year built: 1910
Landscape type: Conservation area
Style: Queen Anne revival
Building type: Commercial, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This home, located east of Grimsby's downtown, has been adapted to commercial use. Only the front section of the building facing Main Street is open to the public. The building is representative of the fine homes built in Grimsby at the beginning of the 20th century when advancements in transportation and technology enhanced the prosperity of the community.
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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

St. George's Ukrainian Orthodox Church

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19 Ontario Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-3770
Year built: 1865
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. George’s Orthodox Ukrainian Church is one of the many names this church has been given during its 150 year lifespan. It has always, however, featured dark red pressed brick, fine lancet Gothic windows, and engaged buttresses featured on this Romanesque building. Come and take a peek inside during Doors Open Grimsby.

St. Mary's Dormition Ukrainian Catholic Church (Mountain Ridge Community Centre)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
103 Mountain Road
Grimsby, Ontario
Year built: c. 1935
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This church is a landmark within the local Ukrainian Catholic community that has been a place of worship for the past 80 years. Designed by Father Philip Ruh, a prominent architect noted for designing many churches in Canada, this building remains historically significant. Today, it is part of the Mountain Ridge Community Centre, though the church remains a consecrated site.
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Guided tours available

Woolverton House, The (The Syndicate Restaurant and Brew Pub)

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13 Mountain Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 289-447-1122
Year built: 1880s
Style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial, Historic landmark, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
This former home of local doctor Theoron Woolverton is now a thriving restaurant. The Victorian-era structure is renowned for its abundance of gables, which inspired the name of the first restaurant to be housed in the building decades ago. The Syndicate will be part of the Happening on the Street Festival.