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September 30, 2017 - October 01, 2017

Halton Region invites you to share its rich heritage, cultural diversity and stunning natural beauty.

Within easy access from Toronto and Niagara Falls, Halton Region’s four historical communities – Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills – will open their doors and welcome both residents and visitors alike.

From the urban centres on Lake Ontario’s shore to the rural splendour of the Niagara Escarpment, there is much to explore. Museums, public buildings, heritage homes, businesses, industrial complexes, places of worship and sites of historical significance are waiting to be discovered.

Halton is home to the City of Burlington and the towns of Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville.

Combining the charm of small-town life with the amenities of major urban centres, Halton is truly something out of the ordinary.

Halton Region is known for its rich history, remarkable heritage sites, diverse culture and superb hospitality. Add breathtaking views, exceptional outdoor opportunities and culinary experiences to your visit, and you will not be disappointed. Halton is both a great place to live and visit – offering unlimited access to nature trails, arts, culture, heritage, shopping and outdoor activities. Defined by its varied and dramatic topography, Halton is intersected by the majestic Niagara Escarpment (a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve) and bound on the south by 25 kilometers (15 miles) of Lake Ontario’s picturesque waterfront.

Perfectly situated 20 minutes from Hamilton, 30 minutes from Toronto and 45 minutes from Niagara, Halton Region is easily accessible via three airports, well maintained roads and highways, public transit and GO transit service.

For more information, visit www.halton.ca/discovering_halton.

Doors Open Halton is made possible through the generosity of valuable and much-appreciated time donated by volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering in a Milton, Oakville, Burlington or Halton Hills please contact one of our Doors Open Halton Community Representatives listed below:

Committee and Contact information

Burlington:
Alicia Pettey, Museums of Burlington
Email: alicia.pettey@burlington.ca
Telephone: 905-332-9888 or 905-634-3556

Milton:
Karin Tomosky, Willow Grove Heritage Farm, Owner
Email: tomoskychamberskp@gmail.com
Telephone: 905-878-8603

Oakville:
Julie Hawryszko, Museum Programmer/Public Programs, Recreation and Culture, Town of Oakville
Email: julie.hawryszko@oakville.ca
Telephone: 905-845-6601, ext. 5043

Town of Halton Hills:
Ann Lawlor, Councillor, Ward 4
Email: annl@haltonhills.ca
Telephone: 905-877-5662

For additional questions, contact the Doors Open Halton Coordinator:

Julie Sutton-Yardley, Heritage Network Coordinator, Halton Region
Email: julie.sutton-yardley@halton.ca
Telephone: 905-825-6000, ext. 3439
Cell: 905-464-7187

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Halton Hills - Devereaux House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
11494 Trafalgar Road
Georgetown, Ontario
Year built: 1800; 2009
Style: Gothic revival
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This quintessential 19th-century Ontario Gothic revival farmhouse was saved from demolition and restored by a group of local citizens. Decorated to the early 1900s, the main floor is now available as a venue for meetings and intimate family celebrations. Visitors will be treated to stories of Devereaux family farm life spanning over 150 years.

Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Milton - Waldie's Blacksmith Shop

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
16 James Street
Milton, Ontario
Year built: 1865
Building type: Museum
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A restored post-and-beam structure built in 1865, Waldie’s is a working blacksmith shop with original tools and artifacts used by blacksmiths as well as forges that have been reconstructed by precision craftsmen. The Milton Historical Society, who currently occupies this historical site, is a member of the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association.

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Guided tours available

Milton - Willow Grove Heritage Farm

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
5576 Regional Road
Milton , Ontario
Telephone: 905-878-8603
Year built: 1829, 1835
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Style: Georgian
Building type: Private residence, Food and drink
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Farmer Levi Willson was appointed the first sheriff of Halton County in 1856. Visit his historical home where you can still see evidence of a holding cell that was created in the basement. This beautiful farm is now home to a natural honeybee farm that doesn’t use pesticides, antibiotics or chemicals. Honey tastings available and honey for sale.

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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Oakville - Merrick Thomas House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Lakeside Park, Navy Street
Oakville, Ontario
Year built: 1829
Building type: Museum
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1829 and moved to its present site in 1955, Merrick Thomas House is a fine example of a settler’s house. This one-and-a-half-storey clapboard structure – with the saltbox roofline typical of its period – is constructed of white pine logs squared into 12-inch-by-12-inch timbers on a fieldstone foundation. The Oakville Historical Society now operates the house as a museum.

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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
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Oakville - Oakville Historical Society

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
110 King Street
Oakville, Ontario
Year built: 1953
Building type: Private residence
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cottages that house the Oakville Historical Society were built in the 1950s for the great-granddaughters of Oakville’s founder, William Chisholm. Explore a display depicting Oakville’s history – including many local artifacts and documents, with a special emphasis on Canada’s sesquicentennial. Also enjoy performances of a short play based on local events.

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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
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Oakville - Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
8 Navy Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-338-4400
Year built: Custom house and bank, c. 1856; estate, c. 1858
Architect: R.K. Chisholm
Building type: Museum
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Erchless Estate was once the home of Oakville’s founding family and is now the setting for Oakville’s community museum. Come and enjoy the magnificent view of the harbour and its historical gardens. Tour the family estate and join activities to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
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Oakville - Oakville's First Post Office

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Lakeside Park, at the corner of Front and Thomas streets
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-338-4400
Year built: 1835
Building type: Museum
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In the early 1950s, this building was saved from demolition and moved to Lakeside Park, where it now serves as a museum. Learn about how letters were written and transported 150 years ago. Try your hand at writing with a quill pen.