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October 01, 2016 - October 02, 2016

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

Within easy access to Toronto and Niagara Falls, Halton Region’s four historical communities 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, private 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 all of the amenities of major urban centres, Halton Region is truly something out of the ordinary.

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 kilometres (15 miles) of Lake Ontario’s beautiful frontage. Halton is also known for its diversity, including breathtaking views, exceptional outdoor opportunities, culinary experiences and history. It is a great place to live and visit, offering unlimited access to nature trails, arts, culture, heritage, shopping and sporting activities. Known as the home of cycling in Ontario, Halton offers excellent cycling routes and events for all ages throughout the region.

Perfectly situated only 20 minutes from Hamilton, 30 minutes from Toronto and 45 minutes from Niagara, Halton 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.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer this year:

Contact: Julie Sutton-Yardley
Telephone: 905-825-6000, ext. 3439
Email: Julie.Sutton-Yardley@halton.ca

Thank you for your interest and time … and for helping to make this event so special.

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Burlington - Art Gallery of Burlington

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1333 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-632-7796
Architect: John Harkness
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Founded in 1978, the Art Gallery of Burlington is the seventh-largest public art gallery in Ontario. Its fully equipped studios house seven active arts and craft guilds. Although the exterior is visually impressive, the gallery’s true essence can be appreciated only from the inside.
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Burlington - Burlington City Hall

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426 Brant Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-335-7600
Year built: 1965; 1986; 2000
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Burlington’s town hall officially opened in 1965. The building went through a major expansion in 1986, adding 5,574 square metres (60,000 square feet) of space, as well as adding the Civic Square and the city’s crest on the front of the building. A fountain was installed in the square in 2000 as a millennium project.
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Burlington - Burlington Fire Station Headquarters

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1255 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
Year built: 1981
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Burlington Fire Department has a fascinating history that began in the 1890s with the Burlington Volunteer Fire Brigade. The first fire station was built onto the town hall on Elizabeth Street in the early 1900s; the existing headquarters on Fairview Street were built in 1981. Current renovations include improvements and additions to many parts of the facility.
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Burlington - Burlington Masonic Centre

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463 Brant Street
Burlington, Ontario
Year built: 1850-53
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 - Burlington Performing Arts Centre

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440 Locust Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-681-6000
Year built: 2011
Architect: Diamond and Schmitt
Building type: Theatre, Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Opened in 2011, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) has two theatres – the main stage, which seats 718, and the studio theatre, which seats 150. These are the only performing arts spaces in Ontario that have achieved LEEDS Gold certification (and only the second in Canada). BPAC is gaining worldwide recognition for its design by architects Diamond and Schmitt.
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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 - Église Saint-Philippe

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472 Locust Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-634-1743
Year built: 1875
Architect: James Cushie Bent
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1875 by James Cushie Bent, this church was purchased in 1968 by the Roman Catholic Church to serve the local francophone congregation as the Église Saint-Philippe. The church blends a simple Gothic revival style – evident in the Gothic-arched windows and door – with an Italianate square tower with bull’s-eye windows.
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Burlington - Elizabeth Street

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Meet at 413 Elizabeth Street
Burlington, Ontario
Year built: 1830-1970
Building type: Commercial, Place of worship, Historic landmark, Private residence, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Named after Elizabeth Brant, the youngest daughter of Joseph Brant, Elizabeth Street features several historical buildings that were private residences and places of worship back in the early 1800s. Retaining their historically significant exterior architectural features, many of these buildings today operate as businesses, restaurants and places of worship.
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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 - Gingerbread House Garden

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1375 Ontario Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-336-2776
Year built: 1893
Architect: Alfred B. Coleman
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Queen Anne
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit this lovely Victorian garden and learn about the Queen Anne-style home built in 1893 by Alfred B. Coleman, general contractor and lumber dealer. Coleman also built Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto, several of the buildings on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition, the Brant Inn, the Brant Hotel and many homes in Burlington and in Florida.
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Burlington - Greenwood Cemetery

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1030 Greenwood Drive
Burlington, Ontario
Year built: 1888
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Established in 1888 on land that the Greenwood Cemetery Company of Burlington purchased, this cemetery is located on a portion of Brant's Block in the former village of Aldershot. John Waldie, the first reeve of Burlington, was one of the first families to buy a family plot here in 1889; other historically significant families are buried here as well.
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Burlington - Union Burying Grounds

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1001 Plains Road East
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-335-7600, ext. 7458
Year built: 1848
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Union Burying Grounds were founded in 1848 by 10 pioneer families important to the early growth and prosperity of Nelson Township and the village of Wellington Square. Today, their descendants manage and maintain the heritage-designated grounds. Enjoy a rare guided tour of this private historical cemetery.
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Milton - Willow Grove Heritage Farm

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5576 Regional Road
Milton , Ontario
Telephone: 905-878-8603
Year built: 1829, 1835
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Style: Georgian
Building type: Private residence
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Explore the heritage homestead of Levi Willson, farmer and school trustee. In 1854, Willson nominated George K. Chisholm to contest the election for the Halton member of the fifth legislature of the Province of Canada. In 1856, Willson was appointed the first Sheriff of Halton County. Evidence of a holding cell can be seen in the basement of this home.
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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 - 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. In 2016, they celebrate 150 years of service to Canada. Visit to find out more about the celebrations.
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Oakville - Halton Regional Centre

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1151 Bronte Road
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-825-6000
Year built: 1978
Architect: Dunlop Farro Inc. Architects/Cooper Corp. Ltd. (Phase II)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What does it mean to be a Haltonian? The Halton Regional Centre will showcase the exhibit Who is Halton? Visitors will learn about the region and its history as they are introduced to new perspectives and shared experiences highlighted by historical and contemporary stories. Come and see why Halton is such a great place to live, work and explore.
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Oakville - John Bell Chapel at Appleby College

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540 Lakeshore Road West
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-845-4681
Year built: 1929
Architect: Shepard and Calvin, Toronto
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1929, the John Bell Chapel stands as a memorial for Appleby boys and masters who served in the First World War. Gothic in design, the chapel has walls built of stone from Lake Ontario, oak panelling and pews, and a gallery of magnificent stained-glass windows. Appleby’s alumni and community greatly revere this chapel.
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Oakville - Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

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1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-257-4730
Year built: 1827 (house); 1857 (barn)
Architect: William Somerset Bowbeer
Landscape type: Landscape
Style: Victorian
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1827, the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre is an art gallery and studio, situated in a heritage barn on 12 acres (4 hectares) of land – a cheerful and welcoming sanctuary from urban life. The site’s heritage includes a connection to First Nations, pioneers and farmers. Enjoy the labyrinth, kids’ arts and crafts, refreshments, gallery displays and program demonstrations.
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Oakville - MacLachlan College

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337 Trafalgar Road
Oakville , Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-0372
Year built: 1856
Style: Second Empire
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This grand mansion was built in 1856 by the family of Richard Shaw Wood, owner of the Oakville Oil Refinery – one of the largest producers of coal oil (kerosene). The house was appropriately dubbed Kerosene Castle. Today, it is a renowned co-educational private school offering world-class academic programs from pre-kindergarten to Grade 12.
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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.; tours at Noon and 2 p.m.
This former private estate, built in 1922, was bequeathed to the Town of Oakville by James Gairdner in 1971. Since 1974, the residence has served as a contemporary art museum. During Doors Open, come and see an exhibition of Canadian-born, Brussels-based artist Zin Taylor. Works by Janet Cardiff, FASTWURMS, Liz Magor and others will also be on display.
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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 2,500-square-foot (232-square-metre) conservatory is also home to the Oakville Junior Garden and the Oakville Horticultural Society.
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Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

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 offices of the Oakville Historical Society are located in cottages on the north side of the Erchless Estate grounds. Great-granddaughters of Oakville’s founder, William Chisholm, had the cottages built in the 1950s. During Doors Open, visitors can enjoy displays depicting the history of pleasure boating on Lake Ontario.
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Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Oakville - Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

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8 Navy Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-845-6601, ext. 5016
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, the Chisholms, and is now the setting for the community’s museum. Come and enjoy the magnificent harbour views and historical gardens, and tour the Chisholm family estate and exhibits. The entertaining and knowledgeable staff will tell visitors some fascinating stories of early Oakville.
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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.
This little building served as the town’s first post office from 1835 to 1856. In the early 1950s, it was saved from demolition and moved to Lakeside Park where it became a museum. Try your hand at writing with a quill pen.
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Oakville - Merrick Thomas House

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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.
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Oakville - Palermo Schoolhouse

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2431 Dundas Street West
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-257-9080
Year built: 1942
Architect: D.A. Wendover and Sons Construction
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Palermo had a school as early as 1812, and subsequent schools were built in 1844 and 1875 and rebuilt after storm damage in 1942. The present schoolhouse, which the Trafalgar Township Historical Society restored, incorporates the cornerstone, floorboards and some windows from the 1875 schoolhouse. It now houses the Trafalgar archives and one-room schoolhouse museum.
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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. John's United Church

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262 Randall Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-845-0551
Year built: 1878
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dedicated in 1878, this Victorian Gothic church has been renovated many times in the last 132 years. The church today is a beautiful mix of Gothic and modern amenities, with a welcoming sanctuary for all in the heart of downtown Oakville.
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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.