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October 03, 2015

Discover the stories behind some of Pickering’s most historical and interesting sites and let our charming heritage captivate you through our free Doors Open Pickering event.

This year’s event will focus on sport, recreation and leisure activities in Pickering – from early settler to modern days. The historical Village of Claremont highlights Pickering’s pioneer history and will feature a walking tour. Bus transportation to Claremont will be provided free of charge on a first-come first-served basis.

Visit our website for event updates and detailed information.

As the gateway to the eastern Greater Toronto Area, Pickering is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham regions meet.

An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparallelled quality of life for those who live, work and play here. Its dynamic city centre has been designated by the province of Ontario as both an urban growth centre and mobility hub, and it continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected and engaged community.

Note: The City of Pickering does not recruit members of the public for this event. Our sites will feature city staff, volunteers and organizations to animate the spaces.

Guided tours available

Brougham Union Masonic Hall

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
4955 Old Brock Road
Claremont, Ontario
Telephone: 905-649-2438
Year built: c. 1865
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Constructed to serve as the Claremont Town Hall, this building has taken on an unusual form following 150 years of mixed uses. Masons purchased it at the turn of the 20th century, and it has been a Masonic Hall since. Visitors will learn the inner workings of the Freemasons – the oldest top-secret fraternal organization in the world.
Parking
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Ontario's sport heritage

Claremont Community Centre and Library

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
4941 Old Brock Road
Claremont , Ontario
Telephone: 905-420-2222
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Co-located with Fire Station No. 4, this site is a vibrant and well-used resource. The building has been in use since 1997 and is the most recent to house the library. Visitors will learn about the history of library service in the community, dating back to 1891, and enjoy a display highlighting the history of sport in Pickering.
Parking
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Claremont Guided Walking Tour

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet at 4941 Old Brock Road
Claremont , Ontario
Telephone: 905-420-2222
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In 1869, Claremont – with a population of about 200 – had four churches as well as mills, a tannery, several general stores and a hotel. Although much of this early industry is long gone, tour guides will help visitors see what this once-bustling community was like. For guided tour times, see the Pickering events calendar at www.pickering.ca/doorsopen.
Parking
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Claremont United Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
5052 Old Brock Road
Pickering, Ontario
Telephone: 905-649-1363
Year built: 1889
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Built in 1889 as the Wesleyan Methodist Church, this fine red-brick building became Claremont United Church in the 1920s after the United Church of Canada was created. A hub for social life in Claremont, the church has been in use for 126 years. During guided and self-guided tours, visitors will see the beautiful sanctuary, stained-glass windows and a century-old quilt.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

Fire Station No. 4 - Claremont

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
4941 Old Brock Road
Claremont, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At the Claremont fire hall, visitors will learn about the history of firefighting in Pickering and have an opportunity to meet the current firefighters. Children can explore the station’s fleet of vehicles and take in the view from the front seat of a fire truck during their visit.
Parking
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Frenchman's Bay - Millennium Square

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
501 Liverpool Road
Pickering, Ontario
Landscape type: Landscape
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The wooded shores, sandy beaches, wetlands and waters of Frenchman’s Bay have been recognized as a valuable resource since early times, though the role the bay plays in the community has changed through the years. Learn about the bay’s history and unique natural features, and the recreational opportunities it provides. See a free demonstration by the Pickering Dragon Boat Club.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms

Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Pickering Nuclear Information Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1675 Montgomery Park Road
Pickering, Ontario
Telephone: 905-839-1151
Year built: 1960s-70s
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OPG, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, is one of the world’s largest nuclear generating stations, producing about 14 per cent of Ontario’s electricity annually. When it was built, the wind turbine on the property was the biggest in North America. The turbine produces enough electricity to fulfill the annual electricity needs of about 330 average homes.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

Pickering Civic Complex and Central Library

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
One The Esplanade
Pickering , Ontario
Telephone: 905-420-2222
Year built: 1990
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Pickering Civic Complex and Central Library! Meet the mayor, councillors and city staff, and learn about the unique experiences, programs and services that Pickering offers. At the library, explore the rich history of Pickering through PADA – a digital archive and research database. Enjoy light refreshments, musical performances, free family activities, exciting giveaways and more!
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Ontario's sport heritage

Pickering Soccer Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1975 Clements Road
Pickering, Ontario
Telephone: 905-831-9803
Year built: 2014
Building type: Commercial
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This new municipal facility features a 97,000-square-foot (9,000-square-metre) air-supported dome, and is equipped with airlocks to allow people to come and go without compromising the internal air pressure that keeps the dome inflated. The club also includes a full-size artificial-turf soccer pitch and a running track. It can accommodate other sports, such as football, rugby, lawn bowling and ultimate Frisbee.
Parking
Washrooms

The Bear

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1294 Kingston Road
Pickering , Ontario
Telephone: 905-420-3967
Year built: 1879
Style: Italianate
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Known variously as Secker’s Hotel, the Liverpool House and most recently The Bear, this building is a fine example of the vernacular commercial Italianate architectural style. Defining elements include tall, arched mullioned masonry openings, mullioned and transomed windows (rare in Pickering), moulded brick window surrounds, contrasting brickwork coining and prominent chimneys. Originally the veranda, now closed in, was open.