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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:
Barbara Teatero, Museums of Burlington
Email: barbara.teatero@burlington.ca
Telephone: 905-332-9888 

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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Burlington - Bayview Cemetery, Crematory & Mausoleum

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740 Spring Gardens Road
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-522-5466
Year built: 1924
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Bayview Cemetery, Crematory & Mausoleum remains a historical gem in the village of Aldershot. Architecturally stunning, the mausoleum is filled with handcrafted stained glass, bronze statues, marble and granite, and features the original Greek-style columns on its front façade. The unique carillon tower outside plays music and holds cremated remains, one of the few in North America.

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Burlington - Burlington Masonic Centre

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459 Brant Street
Burlington, Ontario
Year built: 1853
Architect: James Allen
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The original building, constructed between 1850 and 1853, housed James Allen's carriage-making business, which produced many of the horse carts and sleighs for the Hamilton Street Railway. The Masons purchased the building in 1909 and expanded it in 1953-54. The lodge room and banquet room are on the second floor; the first floor is rented for commercial purposes.

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Burlington - Canadian Red Cross Society (Burlington Branch)

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262 Guelph Line
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-637-5664
Year built: 1862
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built on land that once belonged to John Brant, the Wesleyan Methodist Church and School was built in 1862. While the church changed its name throughout the years, the one-storey front-gabled frame structure’s exterior has remained unchanged. Since 1969, it has been owned and operated by the Canadian Red Cross Society.

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Burlington - Freeman Station

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1255 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
Year built: 1906
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway
Building type: Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1906 for the Grand Trunk Railway as a combination passenger and baggage depot, the Burlington West Station (formerly Burlington Junction, known as “Freeman Station”) exhibits many stylistic features characteristic of Grand Trunk Railway stations constructed in that decade. A group of volunteers, the Friends of Freeman Station, manages the station.

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Burlington - Halton Mosque and Halton Islamic Association

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4310 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-333-9856
Year built: c. 1990
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in the early 1990s, Masjid Halton – the only mosque in Burlington – has been a place for prayer, learning and recreation for the Burlington Muslim community. Visitors will have a chance to ask and learn about Islam and Muslims during a guided tour, as well as enjoy a free barbecue and fun activities for adults and children.

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Burlington - Ireland House Museum

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2168 Guelph Line
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-332-9888
Year built: 1837
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1837, Ireland House was the home of Joseph Ireland, one of Burlington's earliest settlers. Ireland House Museum is a local treasure, with four acres of woodland, the original family home, gardens, cottage/drive shed and picnic areas. Explore the history of Ireland House through guided tours and historical demonstrations.

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Burlington - Knox Presbyterian Church

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461 Elizabeth Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-333-3013
Year built: 1845
Architect: James Cushie Bent
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Martha and Andrew Gage, early Burlington residents, donated the land for this church in 1845. By 1876, the frame church was bursting at the seams; a larger building was needed. Three years after Burlington was incorporated as a village, the cornerstone was laid for a new building. The original Bell Tower Room still stands as one of Burlington’s oldest buildings.

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Burlington - Lowville School House

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6207 Lowville Park Road
Burlington, Ontario
Year built: 1889
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built on an acre of land donated from the farm of Joseph Featherstone, the school house served the students of SS. No. 9 until 1953. It was built of local fieldstone from the farm of Mervyn Coulson and sand for the mortar came from the Cleaver Mill Pond. The woodshed at the end gable is part of the original structure.

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Burlington - Lowville United Church

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5800 Guelph Line
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-335-0911
Year built: 1872
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One of the area’s first settlers was an American who purchased 80 hectares (200 acres) of land and settled in 1822. Many other families lived in this thriving community until the railway bypassed the area, which signaled the beginning of the end of its commercial enterprises. Today, Lowville United still stands as a reminder of the faith of its forefathers.

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Burlington - Roseland Park Country Club

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3079 Princess Blvd.
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-634-6068
Year built: c. 1920s
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Roseland is an area that was laid out in part by Ross Hart in 1922 and extended by the Cleaver family in 1924. Founded in 1929, the Roseland Park Country Club continues a proud tradition of promoting health and well-being. Come and explore the clubhouse and grounds, still run by its members.

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Burlington - St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church

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2016 Blairholm Avenue
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-634-2485
Year built: 1861
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday mass at 5 p.m. (all are welcome)

This church, established in the downtown core in 1849, continues to be a vital community of faith. Father Robert Sims and the congregation invite visitors to tour this charming, traditional church with its elegant sanctuary, stained-glass windows and beautiful Letourneau pipe organ. Enjoy a tour of the church and then visit the adjoining St. John Park to reflect and relax.

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Burlington - St. John's Anglican Church

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2464 Dundas Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-336-5164
Year built: 1839
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1839, St. John’s is the second-oldest Anglican church in Burlington. Worship takes place in the present building on Sundays at 10 a.m. This unique church has two stained-glass windows and a restored cemetery with grave markers as old as the church itself. Please join us for tours, handouts, snacks and refreshments.

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Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Burlington - St. Luke's Anglican Church

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1382 Ontario Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-634-1826
Year built: 1834
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The oldest church in Burlington, St. Luke’s was completed in 1834 and consecrated in 1838. Elizabeth Brant, daughter of Captain Joseph Brant, donated part of the Crown land – which was granted for services rendered during the American Revolution – for the construction of the church. View the stained-glass windows, showing scenes from the Bible and many saints, including St. Luke.

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Burlington - St. Matthew on-the-Plains Anglican Church

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126 Plains Road East
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-632-1233
Year built: 1861
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The congregation of St. Matthew on-the-Plains began meeting in 1849 in local pioneers’ homes. In 1861, land was donated for the construction of what became known as the “little white church.” Various additions and renovations were made to the original church, including the present parish hall. In 1966, a new church was constructed, with the parish hall being retained.

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Burlington - Thinkspot-Walt Rickli Sculpture Garden

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6210 Lowville Park Road
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-484-1670
Year built: 2000
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Walt Rickli Sculpture Garden is nestled within the Niagara Escarpment in the historical hamlet of Lowville alongside Bronte Creek. Located across from Lowville Park, the sculpture garden features an ongoing rotation of Rickli’s hand-carved water sculptures, abstract and realistic stone sculptures, as well as mixed media works.

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Burlington - Union Burying Ground

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1001 Plains Road East
Burlington, Ontario
Year built: 1848
Architect: Brick wall built in 1882 by Jabez Bent
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In 1848, a number of pioneer families established the Union Burying Ground on farm land owned by Asahel Davis, an early Burlington resident. The memorial markers commemorate some of the earliest Loyalist families important to the early growth and prosperity of Nelson Township and the village of Wellington Square. Today, their descendants manage and maintain these heritage-designated grounds.

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Halton Hills - Brown Farm

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11674 Fifth Line
Limehouse (Halton Hills), Ontario
Telephone: 905-877-2323
Year built: 1826-99
Style: Vernacular
Building type: Private residence, Food and drink
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Since 1826, six generations of the Brown family have farmed this land. This classic rural vernacular house boasts a frame structure, symmetrical façade and dormers (added 1942). Outbuildings include a small barn (c. 1846), a large barn (1880), a hen house (1899), and the stone ice/milk house (1899). The property and its buildings will take you back in time.

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Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
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Halton Hills - Churchill Community Church

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14406 Third Line
Acton , Ontario
Telephone: 519-836-0891
Year built: 1843
Building type: Place of worship
Sunday only: Noon to 4 p.m.; visitors are welcome to join the church service, which starts at 11 a.m.; food and beverages available

This rural classic – completed in 1843 as a Congregational church – still displays its original cupola and stained-glass windows. Rev. Hiram Denny served as its first minister; his ancestors are still active congregants. In 1968, the church became non-denominational. During Doors Open, the proud congregation’s 177 years of history will be on display. Also, visit the adjacent cemetery, dating from 1827.

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Halton Hills - Devereaux House

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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.

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Halton Hills - Lilac Lawns

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475 Guelph Street
Norval, Ontario
Telephone: 519-993-1114
Year built: 1854
Architect: Arthur Little
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Classical revival
Building type: Private residence
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lilac Lawns was built to stand the test of time. With several restorations, this designated home remains in remarkable condition and has retained its integrity. Step back in time and enjoy original wood trim and other architectural features. Purists will appreciate the wide plank floors, baseboards, multi-stepped door casings, original fireplaces and doors, original six-over-six sash windows and double-brick exterior.

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Halton Hills - Limehouse Kilns

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12169 Fifth Line
Limehouse (Halton Hills), Ontario
Telephone: 1-800-367-0890
Landscape type: Conservation area
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In the 1840s, buried under the trails of today’s Limehouse Conservation Area, entrepreneurs discovered limestone and began extracting it to produce mortar – the precursor to cement. Here and at several other Niagara Escarpment sites, the aggregate industry was born. Come for a walk in the woods and discover early Ontario industrial history as shared by the Limestone Kiln Society.

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Halton Hills - Limehouse Presbyterian Church

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12418 6th Line
Limehouse (Halton Hills), Ontario
Telephone: 905-873-5855
Year built: 1861
Architect: Miles MacDonald
Style: Ontario Gothic
Building type: Place of worship
Sunday only: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; visitors are welcome to join the church service at 9:30 a.m.

In 1861, Limehouse Presbyterian Church opened its doors to the community. Although there have been upgrades over the years, the original wood-frame building still displays its early pine board siding, traditional sanctuary, stained-glass windows and oak pews. Don't miss the shed where horses were tethered during Sunday services. Learn more about the site through special Doors Open displays.

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Halton Hills - Norval Presbyterian Caretaker's Cottage

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404 Draper Street
Norval , Ontario
Telephone: 905-877-9510
Year built: c. 1840
Style: Log structure
Building type: Private residence
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This residence was part of a house on the Norval Presbyterian Church's property, but was relocated to this location in 1887 and was repurposed as the church caretaker's cottage. It is a broken pitch saltbox log cottage, covered in insulbrick, with a low pitch gable roof, front porch and symmetrical façade. It contributes to Norval’s historical streetscape.

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Halton Hills - Reeve & Clarke Books (Frazier Shop)

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521 Main Street
Glen Williams, Ontario
Telephone: 905-702-9935
Year built: 1847
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial
Sunday only: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Frazier Shop, the oldest store in Glen Williams, is an excellent example of an early Victorian commercial building. The general store provided Timothy Eaton with his first position as a clerk and a bookkeeper. The designated building also served as a tailor shop, post office and grocery store. Today, it is the charming home of Reeve and Clarek Books.

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Halton Hills - St. Stephen's Anglican Church

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14946 Steeles Avenue East
Hornby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-867-2724
Year built: 1837
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Sunday only: Noon to 4 p.m.; visitors are welcome to join the church service at 11 a.m.

Original cladding still covers this classic Anglican country church. The original pine floors have seen all manner of bishops (including Strachan in 1862!), baptisms, weddings and wakes. Note the original oil chandelier, church bell, stained-glass windows and pews that replaced the wood planks in 1889. During Doors Open, view displays of church history, events and celebrations from the years past.

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Halton Hills - Scotch Block House

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10295 10 Sideroad
Georgetown, Ontario
Year built: 1856
Style: Georgian
Building type: Private residence
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This house is known colloquially as Stewart's Castle; it was built by James Stewart. It is an excellent example of Georgian-style architecture: two storeys topped by a hip roof, symmetrical design, 12-over-12 and eight-over-eight windows, large stone lintels, two chimneys, decorative brackets and an elegant entry with transom. Visitors will appreciate the grandeur and finishing features of this 150-year-old home.

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Milton - Darling Home for Kids, The

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5657 15 Side Road
Milton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-878-7673
Year built: 2004
Architect: Antonio Santini, Red Studio Architects
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This unique oasis is a state-of-the-art facility nestled in 31 hectares (77 acres) on the Niagara Escarpment. Rarely open to the public, this one-of-a-kind building provides a home for children. Enjoy the therapeutic gardens, waterfall and walking trails. Meet the architect, one of the home’s founders or take a guided walk led by a biologist. Complimentary refreshments offered.

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Milton - Elm Tree Centre - The 'Originals' Loft Sculpture Gallery

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2113 25 Sideroad, RR 1
Moffat, Ontario
Telephone: 519-823-5847
Year built: 1859 (house); 1875 (stone barn)
Architect: John Atkinson
Style: Georgian
Building type: Historic landmark
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit the gift shop located in the stone house summer kitchen and stable, where you can see reproduction pottery made for renowned historical sites. Buy local honey, beeswax, antiques and sculptures made of stone and wood. Visit the Loft art and sculpture gallery, which was built by Mennonites. The stone barn was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1988.

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Milton - Halton Waste Management Site

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5400 Regional Road 25
Milton , Ontario
Telephone: 905-825-6000
Year built: 1992
Landscape type: Landscape
Style: Prairie
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than just a landfill, this waste management site is Halton's one-stop solution for the three Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle – as well as for composting and the safe disposal of hazardous household waste. Learn about the site's design and operations, and join their 25th anniversary celebrations. See the machinery in action and the bird of prey used to control seagulls.

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Milton - Islamic Community Centre

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8069 Esquesing Line
Milton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-878-3292
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Islamic Community Centre of Milton (ICCM) has been serving the Milton Muslim community through religious services, educational opportunities, community programs, social gatherings, sports events and more since 2010. ICCM is a registered not-for-profit charitable entity, operating under the banner of Islamic Circle of North America (Canada). During Doors Open, enjoy displays, short seminars and presentations.

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Milton - Milton Town Hall

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150 Mary Street
Milton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-878-7211
Year built: 1855
Architect: Hutchison Clarke & David Murray
Building type: Courthouse, Historic landmark
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Formerly the Halton County Court and Jail, this site’s castellated design was meant to be fortress-like. The jail and yard were added in 1877, the Land Registry Office in 1915. All are built from Niagara Escarpment limestone. The Town of Milton took over the property in the 1980s, and built a large addition in 2009. Three executions took place here.

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Milton - Waldie's Blacksmith Shop

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16 James Street
Milton, Ontario
Year built: 1865
Building type: Museum
Sunday 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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Oakville - Al Falah Islamic Centre

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391 Burnhamthorpe Road East
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-257-4262
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Established in 1997, the Al Falah Islamic Centre provides religious, social, recreational and educational services. Join them during Doors Open for guided tours, informative displays and engaging conversations over an assortment of ethnic food. There will also be activities such as trying a hijab, writing your name in calligraphy, and more.

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Oakville - 'Anitra' Schooner

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56 Water Street (Oakville Club)
Oakville, Ontario
Year built: 1926
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Designed by Montye Macrae and built in Hamilton in 1926, the wooden schooner Anitra is known as the Queen of Lake Ontario. Visitors are welcome to come aboard and discover the joys of sailing and racing, and see how the Anitra was constructed.

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Oakville - Canadian Forces Armoury Oakville

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90 Thomas Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-0604
Year built: 1928-29
Building type: Commercial, Military
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1928-29 by the owners of the Gibson Hotel, this structure has over the years been a dairy and a bowling alley. The armoury building has housed a sub-unit of the Lorne Scots Regiment since 1933. The Lorne Scots Regiment is an infantry regiment of the army reserve.

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Oakville - Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum

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1333 Dorval Drive (Glen Abbey Golf Club)
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-849-9700
Building type: Museum
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit the hall of fame and museum, operated by Golf Canada, to learn about the history of golf and its unique role in Canadian history, champions and championships, and technical aspects of golf equipment manufacturing. Tour the exhibit and show off your skills on the putting green. The museum’s knowledgeable historians will identify and appraise visitors’ golf-related artifacts for free.

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Oakville - Heritage Walks

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Meet at 110 King Street
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-2695
Landscape type: Landscape
Saturday only: guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Enjoy a one-hour walk exploring Old Oakville. Walkers can learn about the history of the town, brought to life with anecdotes and the histories of its first inhabitants. Appreciate many of the town’s oldest homes dating back to the 1820s.

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Oakville - Iroquois Ridge Branch Public Library

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1051 Glenashton Drive
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-338-4247
Year built: 2017 renovations
Architect: Tina Ranieri-D'Ovidio
Building type: Library
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This newly renovated library branch was designed to inspire ideas, encourage collaboration and promote lifelong learning. The building features places for community gathering, creative work and quiet study, in addition to state-of-the-art digital book sorting and check-out system. Explore the Creation Zone, take part in engaging programming and enjoy behind-the-scenes tours to understand the future of the community’s public library.

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Oakville - Knox Presbyterian Church

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89 Dunn Street
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-3472
Year built: 1888
Architect: Peter Brass
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This red brick Gothic-style building was dedicated on May 20, 1888. The church steeple still rises over Oakville's main street. In 1919, the organ and the renowned Last Supper stained-glass windows were added. This stained glass is known to be among the top in Canada. Visit this beautiful historical building and walk through the lovely Memorial Gardens.

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Oakville - Merrick Thomas House

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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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Oakville - Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square

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120 Navy Street
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-4402
Year built: 1967
Style: Brutalism
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; guided tour of Tamara Henderson's Season's End: Marshland Frolics at 2 p.m.

Explore the work of Canadian-born, internationally renowned artist Tamara Henderson, known for collecting and creating objects and images from found and recycled materials gathered during her travels. Discover elaborate sewn sculptures, a collection of new props, objects and textile hangings and her latest film work. This project is produced with the support of Glasgow International and REDCAT, Los Angeles.

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Oakville - Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

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1306 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-4402
Year built: 1922
Architect: Lt.-Col. W.G. MacKendrick
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Arts and crafts
Building type: Museum
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; guided tour of FASTWÜRMS: #Q33R_WTCH_P155 at 3 p.m.

Discover the work of Canadian artist collective FASTWÜRMS, who meld conceptual art with performance, “Witch Nation” mysticism and eclectic do-it-yourself sensibility. This new site-specific exhibition occupies the former estate home of Gairloch Gardens and continues FASTWÜRMS' ongoing mash-up of visual cultures, bringing together symbols, systems and iconographies from a broad range of esthetic sources.

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Oakville - Oakville Greenhouse

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1100 Cornwall Road
Oakville, Ontario
Building type: Green building
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Over 150,000 annuals – including many heirloom varieties – are grown here for the town's seasonal horticultural displays. The 232-square-metre (2,500-square-foot) conservatory is also home to the Oakville Junior Garden and the Oakville Horticultural Society. During Doors Open, visitors will have the opportunity to pot their own plant.

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Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
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Oakville - Oakville Historical Society

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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.

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Oakville - Oakville Masonic Hall

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125 Thomas Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-827-2074
Year built: 1923
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Masons have been active in Oakville since the early 1800s. Built in 1924, this hall was designed by Brother Connery, an architect and member of the organization. Don’t miss your guided tour through this fine example of beaux arts-style architecture.

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Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
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Oakville - Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

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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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Oakville - Oakville's First Post Office

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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.

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Oakville - Palermo Schoolhouse

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2431 Dundas Street West
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-617-0068
Year built: 1942
Architect: D.A. Wendover and Sons Construction
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This one-room school house offers lots to see and do – heritage displays, historical artifacts, photographs, vintage desks and school texts. During Doors Open, there will be books for sale and bag lunches available. Enjoy interactive playtime with wooden toys, as well as explore the new display From Trails to Township: 150 years of Trafalgar along the walking trail.

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Oakville - Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

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2302 Bridge Road
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-815-5979
Year built: 1972; 2012
Building type: Green building
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Housed in a renovated, repurposed high school, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre is a unique multi-purpose LEEDS-certified recreation, arts and cultural facility. In celebration of Doors Open and Culture Days, enjoy free family entertainment, live music, art activities, dance and more!

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Oakville - St. Andrew's Church

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41 Reynolds Street
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-3303
Year built: 1840
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Between 1838 and 1840, town founder William Chisholm donated the land for this church and parishioners raised funds to build it. The beautiful windows and furnishings highlight and emphasize the church’s natural setting. Wander along the adjacent Waterfront Trail and Oakville Trail systems. Special exhibit: the St. John’s Bible – the first illuminated Bible commissioned in over 500 years.

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Oakville - St. Andrew's Parish Centre

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53 Reynolds Street
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-3303
Year built: 1858
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Style: Regency
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; children's choir performs throughout the day; coffee and biscuits available for a small donation

Over the years, this home has been a rectory, convent and one of the first separate schools in Ontario. Come and explore displays of the parish’s history and its role in Oakville’s social and cultural life. Enjoy a stroll along the adjacent Waterfront Trail and Oakville Trails. Special high tea available (donation requested), as well as a children’s choir performance.

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Oakville - St. Jude's Anglican Church

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160 William Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-3972
Year built: 1883; renovations, 1956, 1987
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St Jude’s, established in 1839, has been in the present building since 1883. The bell tower, completed in 1896, houses a set of nine chimes cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, England. The tower clock, installed in 1906, is wound by hand once a week. Extensive additions and renovations were completed in 1887, 1924, 1956 and 1987.

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Oakville - Sovereign House

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7 West River Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-825-5552
Year built: 1846
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This house, completed in 1846, was built for Charles Sovereign, a local justice of the peace, and moved to its present location in 1988. Renowned author Mazo de la Roche lived here between 1910 and 1915. The Bronte Historical Society now operates the house. Take a guided tour and enjoy spectacular views of Bronte Harbour.

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Oakville - The Oakville Club

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56 Water Street
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-845-0231, ext. 0
Year built: 1828
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Since 1907, families have been active in sports, recreation and social activities at this landmark community club. While here, discover the charm of the waterfront. Imagine what the facility would have looked like when it was a bustling granary in the 1800s, a First World War airplane hangar and a squash and fitness centre (1980s and 1990s).