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June 24, 2017

Join us for our annual Doors Open Gravenhurst event!

Experience our history and heritage through a variety of sights and sounds, and step back in time to the Grand Olde Days!

Gravenhurst is the Gateway to Muskoka!

As the first incorporated town and geographical community in Muskoka, Gravenhurst welcomes you to explore Gull Lake, Muskoka Wharf, the historical downtown, the Little Norway War Memorial and countless other important sites in the community.

As a four-season tourism destination, Gravenhurst gives you many opportunities to explore the community all year. We know that you will enjoy your time in Gravenhurst!

To volunteer your time and talent to Doors Open Gravenhurst, or to learn more about the Municipal Heritage Committee:

Contact: Jeremy Rand
Telephone: 705-687-3412, ext. 246
Email: jeremy.rand@gravenhurst.ca

Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Albion Hotel

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100 Muskoka Road North
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Year built: 1888
Style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After leasing the original unfinished structure, Frank Wasley purchased the Albion in 1880. Destroyed in the 1887 Great Fire, it was rebuilt in 1888. The three-storey structure featured 25 rooms, an elaborate balcony and Romanesque arched windows. Renovated in the 1980s, the building was commemorated with a plaque in 2016. Arts at the Albion has given the building new life.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site

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235 John Street North
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-4261
Year built: 1880
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This house was built in 1880 to serve as the manse for Knox Presbyterian Church. Malcolm Nicolson Bethune became the minister of Knox in 1889, and the next year his son Norman was born here. The Bethune family remained in Gravenhurst until 1893. Visit the birthplace of Dr. Norman Bethune and discover the remarkable achievements of this illustrious Canadian doctor.

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Washrooms
Guided tours available

D & B's B&B

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510 Muskoka Road North
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-5264
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Victorian
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

D & B’s B&B is an elegant Victorian home on the main street of Gravenhurst. Only a few owners have lived here since the original one, Warnicke. A charming reading cottage and a fish pond enhance the private gardens of this two-storey gabled residence.

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Gravenhurst Ambulance Station

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1005 North Muldrew Lake Road
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Year built: 2006
Architect: Greystone
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The two-bay Gravenhurst Ambulance Station was built in 2006 to serve the community. Constructed adjacent to the busy Muskoka Wharf, it features accommodations for first responder teams. Visit this unique location and see how an ambulance station functions, and how they quickly respond to emergencies across Muskoka.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Gravenhurst Opera House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
295 Muskoka Road South
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-5550, ext. 2
Year built: 1901
Architect: John Francis Brown
Style: Victorian
Building type: Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This opera house remains a bustling cultural centre in Gravenhurst’s historical downtown. In 1934, John Holden and his Good Companions presented the first summer theatre in Canada here. A variety of concerts and theatre events take place all summer long, contributing to the visitor experience in Muskoka. The Gravenhurst Opera House continues to be “A Tradition Worth Coming Back For!”

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Gravenhurst Railway Station

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
150 Second Street
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-3412, ext. 246
Year built: 1916
Building type: Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), officially opened this historical railway station in September 1919. The town bought and restored the buildings in 1986. The station is an excellent example of early 20th-century railway architecture and is one of a few early stations remaining in Central Ontario.

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Heritage Boatworks

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185 Cherokee Lane
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-2115
Building type: Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Observe traditional Muskoka boat building of the early 1900s as a group of dedicated volunteers works to restore a variety of wooden boats and canoes. Admire the restoration work that these talented people have already completed. They demonstrate the craftsmanship that was a hallmark of the famous boat-building workshops and traditions throughout Muskoka.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Self-guided tours available

Muskoka Airport

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1011 Airport Road
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-2194
Year built: 1933
Building type: Attraction, Military, Museum, Transportation
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This airport was constructed in 1933. During the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force conducted flight training here. The field was made available to the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 1942 and hundreds of Norwegians trained here. In 2001, Norwegian Training in Canada during the Second World War was designated as an event of national historical significance.

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Sawdust City Brewing Company

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
397 Muskoka Road North
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-681-1100
Year built: 1950s
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Sawdust City Brewing Company is dedicated to the art and science of creating exceptional craft beers. While they produce traditional ales in different styles, there is nothing traditional about the flavour. Join brewmaster Sam Corbeil and his talented team and learn how these award-winning beers are produced. Since they opened, Sawdust City has become a cornerstone of this community.

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Washrooms
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Terence Haight Carnegie Centre (Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce)

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275 Muskoka Road South
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-3412
Year built: 1923
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Opened in 1923, this was one of the last Carnegie libraries to be built in North America. In 2011, Terence Haight donated over a million dollars to Gravenhurst, which became the Haight Endowment fund, to be used for community priorities. It is fitting that these two philanthropists’ names should be associated with this prominent heritage structure.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

West Gravenhurst Tour

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet at Muskoka Bay Park, 803 Muskoka District Road 169
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-3412
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; three 75-minute tours throughout the day, at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Take a tour of Sawdust City (now West Gravenhurst). During a period of time that started in the 1870s, the west side of Gravenhurst had up to 13 lumber mills in operation. During Doors Open, your guided tour will include the sites of those mills, a school, lumber houses, a summer resort, railway tracks and a post office.