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June 04, 2016 - June 05, 2016

From gardens to gables, and museums to mansions, Doors Open Owen Sound gives you a wide ranging look into our heritage.

In 2016, we feature many medical science and innovation-themed sites. For more information, visit our website.

Owen Sound was named Sydenham when it was surveyed in 1840 for European settlement. Pioneers began arriving the following year and the community gained its current name in 1851. Owen Sound was incorporated as a town in 1857, and then as a city in 1920.

For much of its history, Owen Sound was a major port, known as the Chicago of the North. Its location on Georgian Bay gave it access to the upper Great Lakes, and major rail lines moved cargo south from there. The Gateway to the West, Owen Sound saw thousands of settlers moving through on their way to the prairies. At one time, industries lined both side of the bay.

While the old industries are gone, new ones have sprung up on the outskirts of the city. Provincial and federal services, regional shopping and entertainment districts all provide services to the people of Bruce and Grey counties. Tourism also plays a big part in our economy as Owen Sound is only a two-hour drive from the Greater Toronto Area via Highway 10 and Highway 6.

For more information, visit www.owensound.ca, “like” us on Facebook or call us toll-free at 1-888-675-5555.

Interested in volunteering for Doors Open Owen Sound 2016?

Volunteers must be able to help for a minimum of three hours. This is a great opportunity for high school students looking to obtain their required 40 hours of community service.

For more information:

Contact: Pat Bryant
Telephone: 519-376-4440, ext. 1256
Email: pbryant@owensound.ca

Guided tours available

Beth Ezekiel Synagogue

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
313 11th Street East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Year built: 1903
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
First occupied by the Calvary Church, this building has housed the synagogue since 1946. Named for Ezekiel Cadesky, a Russian immigrant who settled here in the early 1900s, the structure draws from the tradition of simple, turn-of-the-20th-century Georgian meeting halls. Intricate stained-glass windows tell the story of many member families. Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1990.
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Partial wheelchair access
Self-guided tours available

Central Westside United Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
310 10th Street West
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-8319
Year built: 1910
Style: Edwardian
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built in 1910 as Westside Methodist Church, this building remains much the same as it did then. Constructed of local materials with Renaissance proportions in the Akron style. A veranda was added to the northeast entrance and a wheelchair ramp at the west entrance. The pipe organ also dates from 1910.
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Trails

Community Waterfront Heritage Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1155 1st Avenue West
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-371-3333
Year built: 1931
Building type: Historic landmark, Museum, Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In 1931, the Canadian National Railway built this station, which had a separate waiting room for women and children, to replace the original Grand Trunk station. Passenger service ended in 1970. Today, the station is a landmark and tourism hub, housing the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre. Stroll down the nearby waterfront trail and learn more about Owen Sound’s port history.
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Georgian College Trades and Culinary Department

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1450 8th Street East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-0840
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tour the culinary facility at Georgian College with Chef Anthony Bevan and learn how you can launch an exciting career in the world of food! There might even be something interesting to taste! On the technology side, tour the Gas Combustion Lab, Carpentry Lab and Electrical Labs that provide students greater opportunities to practise their skills. See you there!
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Greenwood Cemetery and Mausoleum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
190 1st Street Southwest
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-3203
Year built: 1927 (mausoleum)
Landscape type: Landscape
Style: Art deco
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day
Greenwood Cemetery, bordered by stately maples and cedar hedges, is the final resting place of ship captains, politicians and prominent businessmen, and the only cemetery in Canada in which three Victoria Cross recipients are buried (including Billy Bishop). The Indiana-limestone-clad mausoleum, built in 1927, features marble interiors and impressive stained-glass windows. A walking tour brochure is available.
Full wheelchair access
Guided tours available
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Grey Bruce Health Services - Owen Sound Hospital

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1800 8th Street East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-2121, ext. 2806
Year built: 1985
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
See a modern CT scanner and MRI machine, impressive pieces of medical equipment that reveal the inside of the brain and human body, and can detect tiny abnormalities as small as a pumpkin seed. Photos of a CT scanner from over 20 years ago will show how science and innovation have led to significant improvements in this critical diagnostic tool.
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Ontario's medical science and innovation

Grey Bruce Health Unit

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
101 17th Street East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-9420
Year built: 2008
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This 60,000-square-foot (5,574-square-metre) building serves as administrative offices, clinics and classrooms for Public Health. The site also houses the area office of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. The building maintains the LEED Gold standard as awarded by the Canada Green Building Council. This award recognizes the innovative design components that consider environmental and energy factors.
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Ontario's medical science and innovation

Highland Manor Inn Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
867 4th Avenue A West
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-372-2699
Year built: c. 1875
Style: Victorian
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.
This impressive 697-square-metre (7,500-square-foot) manor – a fine example of high Victorian architecture – features a library, music room, cage elevator, Roman arches, 3.66-metre (12-foot) high plaster ceilings, stained-glass windows and a grand staircase. From 1919 to 1940, the house served as a maternity hospital.
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Trails

Inglis Falls Conservation Area

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237785 Inglis Falls Road
Georgian Bluffs, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-3076, ext. 224
Year built: 1862 (gristmill)
Landscape type: Conservation area
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours of the water filtration plant Sunday only
The Sydenham River cascades 18 metres (59 feet) over the Niagara Escarpment. See the remains of a water flume and grinding stones, once part of a grist, saw and woollen mill complex. Tour the filtration plant (Sunday only), built in 1910, where water was filtered and gravity-fed to local residents.
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Ontario's medical science and innovation

MacLean Estate Bed & Breakfast

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
404 9th Street East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-416-5326
Year built: 1901
Style: Victorian
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dr. J.A. Hershey, one of Owen Sound’s early physicians, used this 3,200-square-foot (297-square-metre) structure for both his home and medical practice. The original oak floors and trim, the pocket doors, leaded-glass windows and turret are characteristic of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
Ontario's medical science and innovation

Midwives Grey Bruce

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
265 8th Street East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-371-2886
Year built: Established 1986
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Midwives Grey Bruce has been the primary care provider for low-risk pregnancy and birth in Grey Bruce since 1986, offering full prenatal care, labour and birth support, and postpartum care. The midwives attend births at home as well as at hospitals in Owen Sound, Hanover and Walkerton. There are currently 11 registered midwives offering care in this community.
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Morland Place

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
102645 Grey Road 18
Georgian Bluffs, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-4617
Year built: 1920
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Georgian
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built by the McCallum family in 1920, Morland Place was originally a small, country cottage-style home. The expansion at the rear was modelled on the 1870s regency Georgian villa style. The gardens, which contain concrete statues and benches, are in the European architectural style. Parts of the house can be viewed from the front hall.
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Partial wheelchair access
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M'Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre

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1723 8th Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Year built: Established 2001
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Opened in 2001, the M'Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre was established to address the social, spiritual, mental and physical needs of the urban aboriginal population of Owen Sound and area. The centre provides a safe environment for aboriginal peoples to participate in their community, and to break down barriers between local aboriginal and non-aboriginal populations.
Self-guided tours available

Old Post Office - AKA Inc. and Ngon3 Marketing

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
299 9th Street East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-2800
Year built: 1910
Building type: Commercial, Historic landmark, Post office
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Completed in 1910, this beaux arts-style structure was used until 1957 to house the Post Office, Customs and Inland Revenue Services. Since then, it has accommodated a bank, bookstore, fitness centre, apartments and commercial offices. Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1980, the building is now home to the engineering firm of Aspin Kemp & Associates.
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Full wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
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Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
824 1st Avenue West
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-6623
Year built: 1914
Architect: Forster & Clark
Style: Neoclassical
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark, Library
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 2 to 5 p.m.
The library was founded in 1855 as a Mechanics’ Institute. The present neoclassical structure, completed in 1914 with a Carnegie Foundation grant, features exterior monumental brick pilasters with carved limestone trim and bases, and a barrel-vaulted ceiling with decorative plasterwork. An addition dates from 1972. The building was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 2009.
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Roselawn Bowling Club

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1555 5th Avenue West
Owen Sound, Ontario
Year built: 1948
Style: Vernacular
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lawn bowling has been a popular summer sport in Owen Sound for more than 100 years. The club, originally called Owen Sound North (Brooke) Lawnbowling Club, purchased this property for $200 in 1948. After a fire in the 1990s destroyed the St. George’s Lawnbowling Club facility, Roselawn welcomed its members. Visit and take the opportunity to try lawn bowling.
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Partial wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Roxy Theatre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
251 9th Street East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-371-7456
Year built: 1912
Building type: Attraction, Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Roxy Theatre building, which was originally the Grand Opera House, was constructed in 1912 and has long been a landmark in Owen Sound. The Owen Sound Little Theatre, a not-for-profit charitable organization, now owns the building, which is used for community theatrical productions and many stage performances and music events.
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Full wheelchair access
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

St. George's Anglican Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1049 4th Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-3287
Year built: 1881
Architect: Marshall B. Aylesworth
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.; Sunday organ recital
St. George’s was fashioned after the renowned St. Mary’s of Bristol, England. Unlike the towers of typical English great churches, St. George’s tower is located on the side elevation, where the nave and transept walls meet, and serves as the main entrance. Otherwise, the church is laid out in the typical cruciform style of the early Victorian Gothic revival period.
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Ontario's medical science and innovation

The Best You and the Owen Sound Surgical Centre

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250 10th Street East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Year built: Established 2003
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An important landmark for healthcare services in the region, “the centre” has approximately 20,000 patient visits annually. Services include plastic surgery, head and neck surgery, dermatology and dental hygiene. Also located here is The Best You centre for personal enhancement, providing laser treatments for hair removal and skin care, as well as injectable cosmetics and affordable preventative oral health care.