Search

  • General information
  • Community information
  • BECOME A VOLUNTEER

September 09, 2017 - September 10, 2017

150 years of cultural and religious diversity in the Kawarthas

Long known for its small-town ethos and rich agricultural traditions stretching back to pre-Confederation times, Kawartha Lakes is also abundant with untold stories of cultural and religious diversity. Participate in a traditional wild rice harvest with the local First Nations peoples. Meet members of the local Mennonite and Amish community as they showcase their handicrafts. Discover a forgotten artist who dared to believe in a radically different worldview from that of his fellow citizens. Encounter mouth-watering aromas in the area’s oldest Chinese restaurant.

You will be amply rewarded with a day of exploring this area’s past and present as you may never have thought of it before.

Formerly known as Victoria County, Kawartha Lakes is made up of small to medium-sized communities ranging from Sturgeon Point and Linden Valley to Bobcaygeon and Lindsay. Each exudes its own unique charm that has enchanted long-time citizens, seasonal residents and visitors for over 150 years.

Should you wish to volunteer with Doors Open Kawartha Lakes, please email us at kawarthaheritagenetwork@gmail.com, or telephone 705-324-3404.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Cherry Tree Lodge

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
19 3rd Street
Sturgeon Point, Ontario
Telephone: 416-206-0210
Year built: 1887
Architect: W.A. Goodwin
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Style: Victorian
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Located in the heart of one of Ontario’s oldest cottage communities, Cherry Tree Lodge was built by Lindsay artist W.A. Goodwin (1840-1940). While Goodwin is best remembered for his numerous drawings and paintings, which depict the evolution of tourism in the Kawarthas, he was also known for his embrace of a countercultural worldview that included agnosticism, socialism and vegetarianism.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Christ Church Anglican

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
45 Sherwood Street
Bobcaygeon, Ontario
Telephone: 705-738-2415
Year built: 1871
Architect: John Belcher
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 3 p.m. (Sunday service at 11 a.m.; all are welcome)

Constructed of local materials donated by Mossom Boyd, this 1871 church was built using manual labour. The Boyd family also donated seven of the stained-glass windows. Tour the church and learn about the building as well as the congregation, which has been active for more than 145 years.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms

Derry's Restaurant

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
348 Highway 36
Lindsay, Ontario
Telephone: 705-324-6990
Building type: Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In 2017, Derry’s Restaurant marks 35 years at its present location on Highway 36. Originally located in downtown Lindsay, this inviting eatery is rich with stories about the Chinese-Canadian community in the Kawarthas. The Mah family is happy to share their hospitality with you as you tour their beautifully decorated restaurant.

Partial wheelchair access
Self-guided tours available

Friends (Quaker) Cemetery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
At the intersection of Peniel and Eden roads
Linden Valley, Ontario
Year built: 1844
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unbeknownst to many, the Linden Valley region northwest of Lindsay was once home to a sizable Quaker community. The 1.5 acres of land on the 12th Concession of Mariposa Township were donated in 1844 for use as a cemetery. Until 1927, a frame meeting house stood on this tranquil property, which remains in use as a burial ground.

Parking
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Kawartha Muslim Religious Association Lindsay Masjid

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
280 Kent Street West
Lindsay, Ontario
Style: Vernacular
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For over five years, the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association Lindsay Masjid has been welcoming members of the broader community into this specially renovated house – complete with prayer hall and kitchen – to learn about the rich culture and history of the Islamic faith. Members of the mosque will be on hand to answer questions.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

Kinmount Railway Station

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
5 Station Road
Kinmount, Ontario
Year built: 1901
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark, Museum, Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

This railway station, built by William Mackenzie on a railroad that was originally constructed by George Laidlaw (both men were Kirkfield natives), is now home to the Kinmount Model Railway that depicts the heyday of the railroad from Kinmount to Haliburton village. The Icelandic Memorial, a symbol of the tribulations of Ontario’s first Icelandic settlement, stands beside the station.

Parking

Martin Farm

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
146 King’s Wharf Road
Lindsay, Ontario
Telephone: 705-793-3568
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Style: Vernacular
Building type: Commercial
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Home to Lindsay Countrystyle Furniture, this working Mennonite farm is characterized by vernacular architecture and utilitarian outbuildings surrounded by well-tilled fields. Paul Martin will answer questions about the area's Mennonite community, and visitors can observe his furniture-making skills and expansive showroom, located just behind the farmhouse.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Maryboro Lodge - The Fenelon Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
50 Oak Street
Fenelon Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 705-887-1044
Year built: 1837
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This spacious structure was built in 1837 by James Wallis and was designed to reflect some of the grandeur found in his family’s Irish estates. After changing hands several times over the course of the 19th century, Maryboro Lodge became a boarding facility for ministers, teachers and families passing through the area. Since 1963, it has functioned as a museum.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Olde Gaol Museum, Lindsay

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
50 Victoria Avenue North
Lindsay, Ontario
Year built: 1863
Architect: J. Storm
Style: Italianate
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This historical gaol in Lindsay opened in 1863 and was used continuously as a correction facility until February 2003. In 2011, it became the fourth home of the Victoria County Historical Society, which in 2017 marks its 60th anniversary. Don’t miss an opportunity to see the curiosities and ominous cell ranges inside this unique Italianate building.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
40 William Street North
Lindsay, Ontario
Telephone: 705-324-4842
Year built: 1886
Architect: William Duffus
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.; Sunday worship at 10 a.m. (all are welcome)

A Lindsay landmark for over 130 years, St. Andrew’s is one of the most splendid examples of Gothic revival architecture in the Kawarthas. A living and active downtown congregation, St. Andrew’s traces its roots back to the Protestant Reformation, which began 500 years ago and left a legacy of cultural and religious diversity around the world.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

St. Luke The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
340 St. Luke's Road
Downeyville, Ontario
Telephone: 705-799-6943
Year built: 1857-58
Style: Vernacular
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For nearly 200 years, the parishioners of St. Luke the Evangelist have been gathering to witness baptisms, confirmations, funerals, weddings and other significant events. Founded by Irish settlers, this pre-Confederation-era place of worship has undergone many renovations, some of which were made in response to liturgical reforms initiated by the Second Vatican Council half a century ago.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access

Sturgeon Point Union Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
119 Irene Avenue
Sturgeon Point, Ontario
Year built: 1915
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Constructed of Georgia pine throughout, this octagonal building opened in 1915 and was funded by Mrs. J.W. Flavelle. The Sturgeon Point Union Church has provided a place for worship and community for Point residents and visitors alike for over 100 years. Services at the church are conducted on Sundays during July and August.

Parking

Wild Rice Harvesting at Gamiing Nature Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1884 Pigeon Road
Lindsay, Ontario
Telephone: 705-928-0263
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

James Whetung of Curve Lake First Nation and Meike Schipper of Gamiing Nature Centre will discuss the spiritual nature of harvesting wild rice in Pigeon Lake, south of Bobcaygeon. Visitors are welcome to bring their own canoes to participate in the rice harvest.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access

Zehr’s Farm Fresh Produce and Bakery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1690 Glenarm Road
Woodville, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Style: Vernacular
Building type: Commercial
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A fixture on the busy Glenarm Road for over a decade, this roadside stand is located in the heart of a tightly knit Amish community northwest of Lindsay. Members of the Zehr family will be on hand to answer any questions, and fresh-baked goods and in-season vegetables will also be available for sale.