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October 01, 2016

Celebrate our history. Visit our cultural treasures!

Doors Open Oshawa gives the public a chance to explore the historical architecture and fascinating sites found throughout the City of Oshawa.

Join us for a memorable and fun day exploring our city!

Cultural vitality is widely acknowledged as essential to making Oshawa a creative, vibrant and sustainable community in which people and businesses are proud to live, work, learn and play.

Located a short 30-minute drive from Toronto, Oshawa’s 157,000 residents are engaged and inspired by culture – it is a source of civic pride. Cultural industries are also a major economic driver and Oshawa has embraced a vision of living heritage – connecting past and present as well as encompassing the diverse cultural traditions of all its residents.

Doors Open Oshawa is one of many festivals and events that falls under the Culture Counts umbrella.

Interesting in volunteering for Doors Open Oshawa?

Contact Rose Mary Mason at rmason@oshawa.ca or call 905-438-3146 for more information.

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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

61 Charles Street

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61 Charles Street
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: 1903
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1903 by the T. Eaton Company Limited, 61 Charles Street expanded in the 1920s and manufactured for the automotive industry. For nearly 50 years afterwards, it was the home of Alger Press Ltd. The building now provides classrooms, student services, a library and much more as part of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
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Partial wheelchair access
Guided tours available

Cowan House

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39 Athol Street West
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: c. 1858
Style: Georgian
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cowan House, built in circa 1858, is a Georgian-style dwelling with Italianate properties – seen in the bracketed eaves and portico elements. It was home to businessman and mayor W.F. Cowan and his family. Today, it serves as offices and meeting rooms for St. George's Memorial Church.
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Intrepid Park, Camp X

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Boundary Road just south of Wentworth Street West
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: 1941
Architect: Canadian Corps of Engineers
Landscape type: Landscape
Saturday: Tours at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Meet author Lynn Phillip Hodgson at Intrepid Park’s monument for a guided tour of Camp X, the former top-secret Second World War spy training school. Explore the remains of the camp, strategically located beside Lake Ontario. Over 500 special agents were trained here to go behind enemy lines and “set Europe ablaze!” as dramatized in CBC Television’s X Company.
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Ontario's medical science and innovation

Islamic Centre of Oshawa

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23 Lloyd Street
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 289-200-6070
Year built: 2012
Architect: Array International Architects
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This first mosque built in Oshawa is reminiscent of the Ottoman Empire. Islamic history is rich in advances in the medical sciences and innovation field, which will be highlighted in a display. Ornamental crescent moons enhance both the main prayer hall dome and the dome atop the minaret. Guided tours and free refreshments available. Please respect any dress code.
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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Ontario Regiment Museum

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1000 Stevenson Road North (Airport South Field)
Oshawa, Ontario
Building type: Attraction, Military, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Ontario Regiment Museum is unique in that it is home to Canada’s largest collection of operational historical military vehicles. It also houses a large artifact collection that details the rich military history of Oshawa, Whitby and Durham Region. Vehicle demonstrations will take place throughout the day.
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Full wheelchair access
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Guided tours available
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Oshawa Community Museum

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Henry House, 1450 Simcoe Street South, Lakeview Park
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-436-7624
Year built: c. 1840
Building type: Museum
Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Henry House – one of Oshawa’s oldest buildings and once the home of elder Thomas Henry and family – is one of three historical buildings that make up the Oshawa Community Museum. Some of the museum’s large medical collection will be on display. Visitors can also tour the heritage gardens, where traditional medicinal herbs are grown.
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Full wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly

Oshawa Executive Airport

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1200 Airport Blvd.
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-576-8146
Year built: 1940-96
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Opened in the early 1940s as a British Commonwealth Air Training Field, this airport is now key to the region’s transportation infrastructure and economy. This event will include hands-on activities for kids, exhibitor booths, displays and information about hangar purchase/rental. Free shuttle bus between various airport venues and activities. Food and sightseeing flights available for purchase throughout the day.
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Regent Theatre

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44-52 King Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-721-3399
Year built: 1919
Architect: John McNee Jeffrey
Style: Georgian
Building type: Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Regent Theatre was designated in 2001. Its façade, built in 1919 for Famous Players theatres, has Georgian architectural lines. One of the town’s few remaining examples of this classically inspired style, the building reopened in 2010 as a lecture theatre for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, as well as for community and cultural events.
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Full wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly

Robert McLaughlin Gallery, The

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72 Queen Street
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-576-3000
Year built: 1969; Erickson addition 1987
Architect: Arthur Erickson
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This gallery, the largest in Durham Region, occupies a 3,345-square-metre (36,000-square-foot) building designed by well-known Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. Renowned for his love of natural light and materials, Erikson flooded the lobby with natural light via skylights in the soaring ceilings. Enjoy the permanent collection, juried art exhibition, historical photos, artist-led hands-on activities for all ages and distinctive gift shop.
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Partial wheelchair access
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St. George's Memorial Church

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51 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: 1924
Architect: Eden Smith; parish hall designed by Forsey Page & Steele
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. George's opened in 1924, the same year Oshawa became a city. Designer Eden Smith considered this Gothic revival-style church, constructed of Credit Valley sandstone, his finest work. The buttresses and Gothic tracery are noteworthy; the tower supports a 15-bell carillon. The parish hall was added later. Drop in for a chiming concert at noon and organ concert at 2:30.
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Partial wheelchair access
Guided tours available

Simcoe Street United Church

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66 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Year built: 1867-68
Architect: Gundy & Langley
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in the year of Confederation for a Methodist congregation, this church is a fine example of the Gothic revival style. Lancet-arched openings and a polygonal spire with pinnacles and dormers embellish the exterior. A Casavant organ, ornamental timber arches 11 metres (36 feet) high and a pressed-tin ceiling dominate the interior.