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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.

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Doors Open Halton is only 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 on of our Doors Open Halton Community Representatives listed below:

Committee and Contact information

Alicia Pettey, Museums of Burlington
Telephone: 905-332-9888 or 905-634-3556
Karin Tomosky, Willow Grove Heritage Farm, Owner
Telephone: 905-878-8603
Julie Hawryszko, Museum Programmer/Public Programs, Recreation and Culture, Town of Oakville
Telephone: 905-845-6601, ext. 5043
Town of Halton Hills:
Ann Lawlor, Councillor, Ward 4
Telephone: 905-877-5662

For additional questions, contact the Doors Open Halton Coordinator:

Julie Sutton-Yardley, Heritage Network Coordinator, Halton Region
Telephone: 905-825-6000, ext. 3439
Cell: 905-464-7187

Partial wheelchair access
Self-guided tours available

Oakville - Merrick Thomas House

Lakeside Park, Navy Street
Oakville, Ontario
Year built: 1829
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. The one-and-a-half-storey clapboard structure with 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.