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June 25, 2016

Learn about Gravenhurst’s rich heritage, walk in the footsteps of community icons, soak in the area’s natural beauty and embrace the past by experiencing culturally significant sites during this free Doors Open event.

Brought to you by the Municipal Heritage Committee.

Gravenhurst – Your year-round cultural destination

Soak in the summer sun, witness the blazing fall colours or feel the crisp breath of winter surrounded by our rich cultural heritage. Experience award winning live music, world class events, zen like natural beauty and culinary adventures that dazzle your senses.

Gravenhurst is a community rich in culture and heritage and this year we celebrate our community innovators and the locations important to their stories.

Other events are happening throughout the year, please visit our community calendar for details.

The Municipal Heritage Committee is seeking volunteers to help with our Doors Open Gravenhurst 2016 program.
 
If you are interested in participating, contact Jeremy Rand at 705-687-3412, ext. 246.

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
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
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 Norman 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.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Gravenhurst Ambulance Station

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
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
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Heritage Boatworks

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
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 these talented people have already completed. They demonstrate the craftsmanship that was a hallmark of the famous boat-building workshops throughout Muskoka.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Manor at Gravenhurst, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
300 Muskoka Road North
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-3356
Year built: 1908
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Manor at Gravenhurst sits in the heart of the beautiful Muskoka region. This retirement residence reflects the charm and atmosphere of Muskoka, providing its residents with exceptional care in serene surroundings. Elements of the former Martin Manor Resort peek through the new façade; the wrap-around deck and gazebo provide a peaceful place to bask in the sun.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Muskoka Discovery Centre (formerly Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
275 Steamship Bay Road
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-2115
Saturday: outdoor display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; walking tours at 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m.
The Muskoka Discovery Centre is excited to be hosting an outdoor display showcasing the Gravenhurst Sanatorium, as well as outdoor walks. The walks will focus on the history of the wharf area from its early days as an industrial hub to the modern commercial centre that exists today. Note: The museum will be closed during Doors Open.
Parking
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.
Parking
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Terence Haight Carnegie Centre (Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
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

W.J. Scott Memorial Hall (Ontario Fire College)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1495 Muskoka Road North
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-6289
Year built: 1915
Saturday: 9 a.m. to Noon
Kick off Doors Open Gravenhurst at W.J. Scott Memorial Hall on the grounds of the Ontario Fire College. This building was originally called Massey Hall after the family that donated funds to build it. It was renamed Scott Hall when the property was acquired by the Ontario Fire Service, in honour of W.J. Scott, the Fire Marshal of Ontario.