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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

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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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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 - Waldie's Blacksmith Shop

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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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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, 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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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 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 - 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. Also enjoy performances of a short play based on local events.

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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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Ontario 150

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: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and 3 to 5 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 parish centre. Come and explore displays of the parish’s history and its role in Oakville’s social/cultural life. While at the Parish Centre, 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).