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September 16, 2017

Explore and discover the early roots of this community – including Mount Pelion, where Samuel de Champlain may have stood; old buildings like Trenton Town Hall – 1861; new buildings like Trent Port Marina; a new bed and breakfast establishment, the home of one of the community’s first doctors, or an ante bellum mansion turned bed and breakfast. The history of the region’s earliest industry, Gilmour Lumber, will also be on display. Or you can research your family tree. Check out the workings of the recycling plant or a lock on the Trent Severn Canal. And you can't get any more historical than dinosaurs – and we have those, too!

Doors Open Quinte West … something for everyone!

The City of Quinte West is proud to be hosting its sixth annual Doors Open event.

Quinte West is situated on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Quinte, located directly along the Highway 401 corridor, approximately 1.5 hours east of Toronto and 2.5 hours southwest of Ottawa.

Formed in 1998 by the amalgamation of the former municipalities of Trenton, Sidney, Murray and Frankford, the City of Quinte West offers its residents and visitors a unique and dynamic blend of rural and urban lifestyles. Quinte West's natural setting – with its attractive scenic backdrop of rolling hills, rich farmland, clean waterways and rich history – creates a healthy environment for working, living and visiting. The city's special events and attractions will make it obvious why we are considered "A Natural Attraction."

For more information, visit our website.

If you would like to lend a hand at any of the Doors Open Quinte West sites, contact Jennifer Rushlow at jenniferr@quintewest.ca for more information.

Parking
Washrooms
French services available
Guided tours available

Kings Inn B&B, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
81 Henry Street
Trenton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-849-3777
Year built: 1917
Style: Edwardian
Building type: Commercial, Historic landmark, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This house was built in 1917 by Dr. Farncomb, who ran his practice from his home. In the 1950s, the house was turned into five apartments. The Degroot family purchased the home in 1968. Pierre and Candace Lauzer purchased the home in 2007 and have lovingly restored it and converted it into a bed and breakfast establishment.

Parking
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Montrose Inn Boutique Bed and Breakfast

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1725 Old Highway 2 West
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-966-1028
Year built: 1916
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In 1916, Robert J. Graham – prominent businessman and Belleville's former mayor – started building his summer home, now known as the Montrose Inn. This excellent example of antebellum architecture was designed by Toronto architect Eustice Bird and took two years to complete. The inn has had new owners and décor since May 2015.

Parking
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Mount Pelion Lookout and Cannon

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Off Dufferin Avenue at Macllelan Avenue
Trenton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-394-1333
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A historical site that the former city of Trenton designated in 1989, Mount Pelion is a drumlin 191 feet (58 metres) above the Bay of Quinte. Samuel de Champlain passed through this area in 1615 with a war party of 500 Hurons and probably scaled this landform to survey the area. The 1808 cannon was placed at the pinnacle in 1880.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Ontario Genealogical Society, Quinte Branch

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
7 Creswell Drive (City Hall)
Quinte West, Ontario
Telephone: 613-392-2841
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Working on your family tree? Thinking about it? The research facilities and library at the Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society can boost your research efforts. Come in and meet the volunteers, always willing to help with your project. At 1 p.m., the monthly meeting will feature Carol St. Clair, speaking on "Learning to Read Old Handwriting."

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Quinte Waste Solutions

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
270 West Street
Quinte West, Ontario
Telephone: 613-394-6266
Year built: 1990
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tours start every 15 minutes

Have you ever wondered what happens to the material you recycle? Where does it go? How does recycling work? These questions, and more, will be answered during an eye-opening tour of this recycling plant. Learn about a municipal service that touches all of our lives every day. During Doors Open, they will be exchanging broken blue boxes.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available
Ontario 150

Quinte West Public Library (Trenton Branch)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
7 Creswell Drive
Trenton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-394-3381
Year built: 2005
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Quinte West Public Library continues to be a repository for many collections of historical photographs and documents. Drop by the library during Doors Open to view the display of some of these historical pictures and learn more about their resources. Enjoy refreshments in honour of Canada's 150th birthday!

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Trenton Seniors Club 105

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
61 Bay Street
Trenton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-392-5400
Year built: 1952
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit the Trenton Seniors Club and discover what keeps everyone so busy – from shuffleboard and snooker to cards and darts. Check out the fully equipped workshop and arts and craft area. Meet the people who enjoy these activities daily and hear their stories. All ages are welcome. Lunch will be available (for a small fee).

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Trenton Town Hall 1861

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
55 King Street
Trenton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-394-1333
Year built: 1861
Architect: Kivas Tully
Style: Georgian
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Relive the days of Trenton's first major business, Gilmour Lumber Company, established in 1852. Displays will show the history of the lumber industry, which was instrumental in the settlement of Trenton. The Heritage Café will offer a Lumberjack Lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Wild Card Brewing Company

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
38 Gotha Street
Trenton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-394-1010
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Experience the art of craft brewing at Quinte West's only brewery, run by the Card family. Recently relocated to a larger space due to increased popularity, the Wild Card Brewing Company offers a unique opportunity to see how beer is made, using local ingredients obtained from Brambleberry Farm in nearby Wooler.