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June 04, 2016

Join us for a day of exploration as we showcase 12 unique sites from across Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville will be contributing to the overall Doors Open theme of medical science and innovation and will focus, where possible, on advancements in medical science.

Pick up our handy postcard on June 4 at your first stop and be sure to get it stamped along the way. Visit four Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville sites for a chance to win a great prize!

For more information visit our website. We look forward to seeing you!

The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville was formed in 1971 with the creation of the Regional Municipality of York. The former Whitchurch Township and community of Stouffville date back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries respectively. Today, Whitchurch-Stouffville is part of one of the fastest-growing regions in Canada.

Visit www.townofws.ca to learn more about this exceptional community.

Volunteer opportunities available!

Interested in helping out with Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville? We've love to hear from you! Please download and complete a volunteer application. Send your completed application to wsmuseum@townofws.ca.

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Trails

Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
16389 Highway 48
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-830-4444, ext. 5256
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (times subject to change)
Built as a testament to sustainability, this innovative building is LEED certified and creates more energy than it uses. Functioning as the hub for York Region Forestry’s educational programming, this centre was built using local and recycled materials – it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before! Guided and self-guided tours of the facility are available.
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Greenbelt Greenhouse

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
12859 Woodbine Avenue
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-888-8700
Year built: 2001
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What is a microgreen and what are the health benefits of eating microgreens? Find out as you tour this certified organic microgreen production greenhouse. See the state-of-the-art systems, including equipment for automated seeding, harvesting, washing and packaging. Production is year-round using LED lighting. Tours run each hour starting at 10 a.m.
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Holy Theotokos Convent - Joyous Light Candles

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
4369 Faulkner Avenue, RR 3
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Greek Orthodox convent is located on eight hectares (20 acres) of rolling hills, forests and two natural ponds. The convent currently produces 100 per cent pure beeswax candles. Tour the convent, visit the candle-making factory and observe or participate in hands-on candle making. The gift shop will be open, and a bake sale featuring delicious Greek pastries is planned.
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French services available
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O'Neill Funeral Home

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
6324 Main Street
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-642-2855
Year built: 1840-60
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Proudly serving the community of Stouffville for over 70 years, O’Neill Funeral Home has seen many innovations over time. The building was constructed in the 1800s – near the grist mills of Abraham Stouffer, founder of Stouffville – to serve as the Burkholder Bros. Furniture Factory and undertaking service. Visit the facility, and participate in a guided tour and Q & A.
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Pause Awhile Equestrian Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
13243 McCowan Road
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-640-7232
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This equestrian centre, home to 60 horses, has three barns, three arenas and three ponds. Meet some of the horses and enjoy watching riding lessons. Take a tour of the farm – some of the friendly residents include trumpeter swans, mini donkeys, mini goats and a mini pig!
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Ontario's medical science and innovation

Renew Integrative Health

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
6130 Main Street, Unit 1
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Year built: 1886
Style: Victorian
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This impressive Victorian home was built in 1886 for Robert Sangster and his family, which produced two doctors, two dentists and a lawyer. The building has been transformed from a rooming house to an innovative health centre that offers a variety of specialized therapies. Visitors can take part in free 10-minute massages, posture analysis, gait scans and more.
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Richardson Masonic Lodge

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
279 Second Street
Stouffville, Ontario
Year built: 1955; Lodge founded in 1860
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Occupying a building constructed in 1955, this lodge continues to play an active role in Stouffville. Participate in the MasoniCh.I.P. (child identification) program – parents will receive a digital information CD that is compatible with the AMBER Alert system. Take a guided tour of the building and Masonic Lodge room, and learn about the sundial. Light refreshments available.
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Richmond Hill Live Steamers

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
15922 McCowan Road
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 416-261-9789
Year built: 1977
Building type: Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This group of hobbyists and engineers has a wonderful collection of privately owned miniature trains, replicas of real engines dating back to the 1820s. Take a ride on one of the miniature railways (for adults and children) – there are three sizes to choose from! Learn about how railways operated in days gone by.
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Schell Lumber Sash and Door Shop

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
33 Edward Street
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-640-3440
Year built: 1878
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lumbering, milling and woodworking were once important industries in Whitchurch-Stouffville. This shop was built in 1878 to manufacture wooden trim, doors and windows. Visit the shop to see century-old woodworking machinery still being used today, and learn about 19th-century manufacturing techniques.
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Ontario's medical science and innovation

Stouffville Optometry

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
6085 Main Street
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 416-642-3937
Year built: 1905
Architect: Bruce Arrowsmith
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tours every 15 minutes beginning at 10 a.m.
Built as a home in 1905, this historical building was converted into Stouffville’s first eye clinic in 1979. Take a guided tour of the exterior and interior of the building and visit four clinical stations featuring innovative technologies used in modern eye care: optical coherence tomography, laser scanning ophthalmoscopy, corneal topography and the computerized manufacturing of ophthalmic lenses.
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Treetop Trekking and Treewalk Village

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
3291 Stouffville Road (at Bruce's Mill)
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 844-369-0009
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy a free 20-minute behind-the-scenes tour of this new adventure park, designed just for kids. Then, check out the zip line and aerial game park to see how these adventure courses are built. Note: Walking tours do not include admission to the village or activities. Discounted admissions are available, based on availability, by making reservations in advance by telephone.

Walking Tour - Remembering Drugstores in Stouffville

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet at 19 Civic Avenue
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Saturday: one tour from 10 to 11 a.m.
Learn more about the rich history of Whitchurch-Stouffville on this unique walking tour. Each year, we focus on a different aspect of local history. This year, your guide will lead a one-hour tour that focuses on former drugstores in Stouffville’s downtown area. The tour begins at 10 a.m. sharp; please arrive early.
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Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2 Park Drive
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-642-7323
Year built: 2001
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit the community’s public library and participate in innovative activities including Lego robotics, test driving various e-readers, Chinese story time, family crafts, story time, a drumming circle, genealogy research and a Library Board meet and greet! While at the library, stop at the swimming pool, located in the same building, to learn how it's cared for.