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September 23, 2017

Mark your calendars!

Don't miss out on Grimsby's best kept secrets.

Nestled between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment, Grimsby is known as the "Gateway to Niagara."

Founded in 1790, the town is rich in history and culture. Although Grimsby continues to grow, it has sustained it's small-town charm.

If you are interested in volunteering for Doors Open Grimsby, please contact the Grimsby Recreation Department at 905-945-1288.

Kid-friendly

Biggar Lagoons Wetlands

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
624 Winston Road
Grimsby, Ontario
Landscape type: Conservation area
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From 1950-2000, the Biggar Lagoons were sewage treatment lagoons for neighbourhoods in Grimsby’s west end. After decommissioning the lagoons in 2001, the Town of Grimsby and the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club worked to lobby against intentions of draining and levelling the land. Today, each of the six bodies of water provide different habitats for the breeding and migrating of rare shorebirds.

Biodigester

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
424 Sobie Road
Grimsby, Ontario
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This new facility in Grimsby takes farm waste and converts it to electricity, thereby avoiding dumping it into landfills. The facility represents a modern, progressive look at green energy.

Parking
Washrooms

Carnegie Building, The (Grimsby Archives)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
25 Adelaide Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-309-2002
Year built: 1911
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An outstanding example of a Carnegie library influenced by the beaux arts style, this building was constructed in 1911 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. The site currently houses the Grimsby Archives. Displays from the archives and a history of the building and Carnegie libraries in Canada will be presented at this Doors Open event.

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

Elizabeth Street Pumphouse (Engagement at the Forty Battlefield)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
477 Elizabeth Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-1288
Year built: c. 1905
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During Doors Open, the Lakeside Pumphouse Artists will be holding their annual Art Exhibition and Sale at the historical Elizabeth Street Pumphouse. This group will have works from over 30 local artists on display, and will provide opportunities to see the artists at work. You can even try painting for yourself. The exhibition runs through September 24.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

Fire Station 2

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
167 Mountain Road
Grimsby, Ontario
Year built: 2017
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grimsby’s brand new fire station will be hosting its open house to coincide with Doors Open. The open house theme is “Every second counts. Plan your escape.” In addition to fire safety public education, the open house will feature a live burn demonstration, a free barbecue, jumpy castle and more. Don’t miss out!

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
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. During Doors Open, the museum will open its storage room doors for visitors to check out some of Grimsby’s hidden secrets.

Parking
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.

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. During Doors Open, guided gallery tours will be available in addition to the Doors of Creativity Contest, where visitors can vote for the Golden Knob Award.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

Grimsby Public Library

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-5142
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This library brings information, ideas and people together to enrich lives, promote literacy and build community. Stop by for a lemonade after strolling around town, then take a library tour! Visitors are also welcome to attend the first Stitching Group meeting at 2 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge. Bring current projects to share with other stitching enthusiasts in the community.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

St. George's Ukrainian Orthodox Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
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.

Parking
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Sentimental Farm

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
78 Ridge Road
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-309-7096
Year built: 2002
Building type: Commercial, Private residence, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Founded in 2002, Sentimental Farm is an example of a modern urban homestead. Producing 60-70 per cent of the food needed for your household, this farm has become a teaching centre for those wishing to lead a more independent lifestyle. Things to see include backyard chickens, intensive gardening, bee hives, demonstrations of homesteading skills, and the Nigerian dwarf dairy goats.

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Full wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Trails

Southward Community Park

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
84 Mud Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After years of planning, Southward is finally open! This community park features five soccer fields, four baseball diamonds, a woodlot trail and pond, running track, bike pump track, leash-free dog area and a community building. Additionally, a time capsule (not to be opened until 2067) – coordinated by the local library and art gallery – will be installed in the park.