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September 17, 2016

Join us for a day exploring some of Grimsby’s best-kept secrets!

This year’s event will highlight some new sites to visit, along with some favourites. We will once again host a Main Street festival, complete with a classic car show and special food items to enjoy. Also back by popular demand, the vintage trolley will visit Grimsby once again.

Save the 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 stay all day with us. The Doors Open Grimsby event offers much to see and do, and there are many dining options in the immediate area as well, so plan to stay for lunch and/or dinner.

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 mid-way between Toronto and the American border. The town of 25,000 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 historical buildings.

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

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

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

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Elizabeth Street Pumphouse (Engagement at the Forty Battlefield)

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477 Elizabeth Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-1288
Year built: c. 1905
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The International Peace Garden and a National Historic Plaque commemorate this War of 1812 battlefield site. A re-enactment group portraying the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada will be on site to interpret a battle from that war. The circa 1905 pumphouse will be open and will be featuring an exhibit by the Lakeside Pumphouse Artists.
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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Forty Creek Distillery

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297 South Service Road
Grimsby, Ontario
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come and tour one of Canada’s largest distilleries. Visitors will have an opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes during the manufacture of award-winning products, such as the famous Forty Creek Whisky. Throughout the day, tastings and tours of the facility will also be available.
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Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly

Grimsby Conservation Club

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6 Lakeside Drive
Grimsby, Ontario
Year built: 1930s
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This unique old building, now operated by the Grimsby Conservation Club, was constructed in the 1930s. Until the 1990s, it was the water treatment plant for the Town of Grimsby. The club hopes to open the building as a family fishing pond in the near future. Come and learn about the history of the site and its intended future use.
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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Grimsby Fire Department

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261 Ontario Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-2113
Year built: 1960
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Once a wooden drill shed, the present fire hall has evolved to reflect the needs of the community. The department demonstrates how fire-fighting equipment – from horse-drawn carts and hand pumps to current fire-fighting technology – changes over time.  All bays will be open for visitors to view firefighting equipment and fire trucks.
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Full wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Grimsby Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
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 Regency-style entrance of the Grimsby Museum – Doors Open headquarters – is the original doorway from the Marlatt Inn, which once stood on Main Street. The museum will feature the exhibits “Grimsby at Home and Abroad World War One and World War Two” and “Co-Op at 60 – Homes Built with Love by the People,” as well as First World War displays.
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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Grimsby Public Art Gallery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-3246
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tours of the gallery vault occur hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Founded in 1975, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery is an active community space, dedicated to the exhibition, encouragement and collection of art with local appeal and national significance. Exhibitions inside will feature the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators and The Greenbelt Photo Tour. Doors decorated by regional artists will be displayed outside the building. Vote for your favourite!
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Full wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Grimsby Public Library

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18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-5142
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Grimsby Public Library brings information, ideas and people of all ages together to enrich lives, promote literacy and build community. During Doors Open, explore new innovations. Try the “green screen” and 3D printer. Then, at 11 a.m., acclaimed youth innovator Lucas Penny talks about Harnessing DNA: Potential to Predict and Prevent Disease. Registration required.
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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Grimsby Water Treatment Plant

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
300 North Service Road
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-2840
Year built: 1994
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; hourly tours starting at 10 a.m., last one at 3 p.m.; closed-toe shoes required to tour this facility
The Grimsby Water Treatment Plant is Niagara Region's newest facility for treating water. Built in 1994, the plant was designed to meet long-term supply demands and future upgrades. This treatment facility has interior glass walls that allow visitors to view the plant in operation. It supplies clean, safe drinking water to Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln.
Full wheelchair access
Kid-friendly

Happening on the Street Festival

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Main Street West (bewteen Christie Street and Ontario Street)
Grimsby, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This street festival includes live entertainment, excellent food (including the annual Chicken Wing Contest) and a classic car show. Several historical buildings along the street will also be open. Returning this year is the Taste of the Town Tour (pre-registration required). Don’t miss the car show send-off at 3:30 p.m., when the classic cars start their engines.
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 house, east of Grimsby's downtown, has been adapted for commercial use. Only the front section is open to the public. The building was used as a train station years ago and was part of the Underground Railroad. A man and his son who died here after having safely escaped from the United States are said to haunt the property.
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Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Union Lodge No. 7

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31 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-309-3958
Year built: 1919; organization established 1799
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Union Lodge No. 7, established in 1799, is the sixth-oldest Masonic lodge in Ontario. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the interior of the lodge, see objects, photographs and documents relating to its history and speak with members. A special illustrated talk on Grimsby-born Hollywood film director Delbert Lorde will be given at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.