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May 06, 2017

Join us for this one-day annual free event that explores the history and the people of Brooklin and Whitby!

Explore various historical locations, landmarks, private residences and businesses to learn about the people and places that helped build Brooklin and Whitby and contribute to our community today.

Find out about how you can volunteer at Doors Open Whitby 2017 – as well as the many opportunities at all Town of Whitby events throughout the year – by visiting our Volunteers page.

Parking
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Lusted Residence

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
9560 Mud Lake Road
Myrtle Station, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in the 1870s, this brick Gothic-revival cottage belonged to Malcolm McTaggart, Reeve of Whitby Township. The house was later owned by John Bright, who was the Dominion Livestock Commissioner from 1912-17. Tour this historical family home and outbuildings and enjoy the nature trail. See what Mother Nature will surprise you with … and have your camera ready.

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

Brooklin Community Centre and Library (BCCL)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
8 Vipond Road
Brooklin, Ontario
Year built: 2009-10
Architect: Perkins + Will
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Attraction, Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The BCCL sits on a beautiful two-hectare (six-acre) remnant forest in the heart of Brooklin. The natural stone and wood exterior is carried throughout the interior, where vaulted wood deck ceilings, natural flooring and vibrant colours create a rustic yet contemporary feel. Children can enjoy Thomas the Train activities and teens can take part in a Camp X-themed escape room.

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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Trails

Camp X Memorial, Intrepid Park

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2008 Boundary Road
Whitby, Ontario
Building type: Historic landmark, Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This memorial is dedicated to the men and women employed at the spy training school and communications centre located here during the Second World War. Join historian/best-selling author Lynn Philip Hodgson at 10:30 a.m. for a guided tour. Hodgson consulted with the CBC for their hit series X Company, a spy thriller inspired by real-life stories at Camp X.

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Ontario 150

Centennial Building

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
416 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Year built: 1852-54
Architect: Frederic Cumberland and William Storm, Toronto
Style: Classical revival
Building type: Attraction, Courthouse, Historic landmark, Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The original courthouse, a classical revival-style building with a three-storey central portion and lower wings on either side, reopened in 1967 as a community centre known as the Whitby Centennial Building. Enjoy the Ontario Regiment Museum’s display of military vehicles in the parking lot and ongoing activities – a speaker series and live performances – throughout the day at this must-see stop!

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
360 Columbus Road East
Whitby, Ontario
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Georgian
Building type: Commercial, Historic landmark, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This brick farmhouse was built around 1835 on 9 hectares (23 acres) of land for the Dryden family, members of whom were involved in the community and local and provincial politics. During Doors Open, learn about the supernatural findings of Durham Region’s own Paranormal Seekers. Find out what they’ve uncovered and take a guided tour of this historical Whitby site.

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Full wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Grass Park

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41 Baldwin Street
Whitby, Ontario
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grass Park has always been a space for everyone to enjoy. In 1951, Brooklin residents purchased the park from the estate of the Grass family. During Doors Open, visit the park where Whitby native Wade Szilagyi, creator of the Talking Historical Plaques app, will talk about the project that is bringing our local history alive through technology.

Parking
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Heartland Equestrian

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
9570 Duffs Road
Ashburn, Ontario
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join a guided tour of this facility to see the feed stationtack room and grooming station. Watch riding lessons and a horse showStop by the family photo booth to pose with hay and saddles. There will also be a Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority display about the Oak Ridges Moraine and horse farm stewardship.

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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Lynde House Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
910 Brock Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Year built: 1812
Style: Georgian
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark, Museum, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This house was built around 1812 for Jabez Lynde, an early pioneer of Whitby, and is a rare example of the Georgian or Loyalist architectural style. It has been a museum since 1972 and was moved to its current location in 2014. Enjoy this recently reopened museum and take part in a hands-on activity using historical artifacts.

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
700 Gordon Street
Whitby, Ontario
Architect: 1996 (Crang and Boake, Cannon and Moffat Kinoshita)
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours every half hour; special presentation in the Lecture Theatre at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

This building, opened in 1996, replaced the cottage-like facilities of the original Ontario Hospital, Whitby, which was built between 1913-17 and housed approximately 3,000 convalescing First World War soldiers. View historical artifacts and photographs from the original facility in the front lobby.

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Rowe House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
301 Front Street West
Whitby, Ontario
Year built: c. 1856
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark, Museum, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This house was built circa 1856 for James Rowe, Whitby’s first mayor. It’s one of the finest examples of early building at Port Whitby. It was relocated in 1999 and is now a museum. Enjoy the antique boat and car display in the parking lot. Come inside to learn about Rowe's involvement in the toll highway and the harbour.

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

St. Thomas Anglican Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
101 Winchester Road East
Brooklin, Ontario
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; organ music in the New Church from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; choir performance in the chapel from Noon to 1 p.m.

Brooklin’s “little white church” was built in 1869 and designed by Langley and Burke. In 2009, it was restored and a modern addition was built by Elizabeth Langley, great-granddaughter of the original architect. Take a guided tour and see an art show. Brian Winter will be selling his book Chronicles of a County Town. Refreshments available for a minimal cost.

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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Spencer Community Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
7035 Country Lane
Brooklin, Ontario
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; join Mayor Don Mitchell for a special plaque unveiling at 2:30 p.m.

Originally, a log schoolhouse was constructed here c. 1850. In 1877, it was replaced with the current building – a one-room schoolhouse with a rectangular plan, large windows and a wooden bell tower. It was called School Section No. 6 and later Spencer Public School. The school closed in 1965 and in 1967 the building reopened as the Spencer Community Centre.

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

Station Gallery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1450 Henry Street (beside Iroquois Park)
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-4185
Year built: 1903
Style: Arts and crafts
Building type: Attraction, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; in celebration of National Youth Week (May 1-7), the works of young Whitby artists will be on display

Whitby Junction Station was built for the Grand Trunk Railway in 1903. Its turrets and bays allowed telegraph operators to view incoming and outgoing trains. In 1970, the station was adapted into an art gallery. During Doors Open, add to our interactive canvas, see our print-making demonstration, learn about supernatural findings!

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Trafalgar Castle and Head of Schools The Cottage

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
401 Reynolds Street
Whitby, Ontario
Year built: 1859-62
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Historic landmark, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trafalgar Castle was originally built for Ontario County’s notorious sheriff Nelson Gilbert Reynolds by Toronto architect Joseph Sheard. Reynolds went bankrupt in 1874 and sold the building to the Methodist Church of Canada, which turned it into the Ontario Ladies’ College. Today, it operates as a private girls’ school. The principal’s residence was converted from a carriage house in 1877.

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

Whitby Public Library and Celebration Square

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
405 Dundas Street West
Whitby, Ontario
Year built: 2004-05
Architect: Shore Tilbe Irwin and Partners
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Noon to 4 p.m., “How-to-in-10” Festival and Roadshow

The architects’ goal for the Whitby Public Library was to create a dynamic relationship between a bustling interior public space and the active outdoor civic square. During Doors Open, come and stimulate your senses by discovering a new talent and skill (or 20) in 10 minutes or less. Meet and learn from over 25 experts in the community.