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June 03, 2017

Come celebrate with us!

Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by showcasing 12 outstanding sites in our community. This is the 13th Doors Open event in Whitchurch-Stouffville, and we are happy to be exploring the Doors Open Ontario theme of Identity: Knowing ourselves.

Each site you’ll visit this year is of architectural, historical, and/or cultural interest to the community – and each site will offer a unique experience for the whole family.

Admission is FREE for visitors at all participating sites between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).

We can’t wait to see you!

Whitchurch-Stouffville is growing rapidly. In 2011, we were the second-fastest-growing community in Ontario, and the third-fastest in Canada. That alone is one of the town’s most important strengths.

At the end of 2015, the population of Whitchurch-Stouffville was estimated to be 45,335. This marks an 89.5 per cent increase in population since 2006. The median age is 40 years (two years lower than the provincial average) and the population growth rate between now and 2020 is projected to be 38.3 per cent – all while Ontario is estimated to be 5.7 per cent. The 2020 projected population of Whitchurch-Stouffville is 70,467 with over 17,500 households.

The town also has a diverse local economy – with a workforce of over 26,000 people. Strengths include knowledge-based industries, manufacturing, building and construction, as well as agriculture and tourism.

Being so close to other major urban areas is a huge asset for the town. Major transportation and communication routes run through Whitchurch-Stouffville, directly connecting the town to areas within York Region, the GTA and internationally. GO Transit and local York Region bus service provide constant and reliable transportation. And the town is only a 35-minute drive to Toronto.

Whitchurch-Stouffville is becoming more urbanized, while retaining its rural roots – offering the best of both worlds. Owing to the area’s natural beauty and recreational assets, the town has strong tourist attractions, including the York Region Forest, Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area and many other sites spread across the Oak Ridges Moraine. The Lebovic Centre for the Arts and Entertainment, 19 on the Park, and the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum and Community Centre are the local hubs of cultural activity. The town is also blessed with three local wineries.

Most of the town is located within the greenbelt, which includes the Oak Ridges Moraine. While the town is known for its beautiful setting, industry-based activities such as agriculture and aggregate extraction help drive the local economy.

There is something for everyone in Whitchurch-Stouffville – country life, city life and everything in between, not only for residents, but also for businesses and visitors.

When you volunteer for Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville, you have an opportunity to get together for friendship and fun as you share in meaningful, worthwhile activities that promote and enhance the heritage of the town.

Volunteers will be stationed at various sites and will assist with a variety of duties. For more information or to obtain your volunteer application, visit www.townofws.ca/museum.

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Guided tours available

Altona Mennonite Meeting House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
5475 Sideline 30 (at Sideline 30 and the Uxbridge-Pickering Townline)
Pickering, Ontario
Year built: 1854
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built by pioneers who emigrated from Pennsylvania, this 1852 brick meeting house has never been renovated. It contains original unpainted pine pews and floor. The cemetery is the burial place of the founder of Stouffville, Abraham Stouffer, and his family. Located just outside the municipal boundaries of Whitchurch-Stouffville in Altona, this site represents the rural Mennonite roots of the community.

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Partial wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly

Applewood Farm Winery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
12416 McCowan Road
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-642-4720
Year built: 2000
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Applewood Farm is a great family-friendly destination where you can enjoy a bit of country close to the city. The winery (2003) was constructed using salvaged barn boards and wood from trees found on the property, which the family has been farming for almost 45 years. Enjoy tastings, sample delicious fruit preserves and meet the winemaker.

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Partial wheelchair access
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Self-guided tours available
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Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
16389 Highway 48
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 877-464-9675
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tours of the building offered every hour on the hour

Built as a testament to sustainability, this innovative building is LEED certified and creates more energy than it uses! The Centre is the hub for York Region Forestry’s educational programming. It was built using local, recycled materials, and it’s like nothing you’ve seen before! Take a guided or self-guided tour. Enjoy a stroll through the forest while you’re here.

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Bottle Shed Foundation, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2227a Stouffville Road
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 866-389-8747
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Bottle Shed Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports local charities. Their main source of fundraising is through the donation of empty liquor containers. They support youth with intellectual disabilities by providing an environment for employment training. Visit to learn more and peruse the shop for beautiful crafts created by volunteers.

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Darul Khair Center

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
6356 Main Street
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 416-292-1818
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Welcome to Darul Khair Center (mosque) in Stouffville! Come and explore the mosque and enjoy a day filled with interesting activities for the whole family. Interactive guided tours will be offered every half hour. During Doors Open, there will be free gifts for all visitors, plus free tasty refreshments, an Islamic movie screening, an Islamic poster exhibition, and much more!

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Forever Thyme Sanctuary

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
14571 Warden Avenue
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-717-2562
Year built: 2013
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Did you know that York Region has a high horse-to-human ratio? Forever Thyme provides a safe and peaceful forever home for retired horses. Visit the horses and tour the farm. There will be arts and crafts, a bake sale and refreshments, and souvenir items available. Guided tours every 20-30 minutes, starting from the front deck.

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Self-guided tours available

Historical Walking Tour - Jean-Baptiste Lainé, Mantle Site

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Park at 99 Reeves Way Blvd. proceed to the beginning of the path
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to Noon

A village was founded on this site in the 16th century by the Huron-Wendat, a nation of agriculturalists and fisher-hunter-gatherers, prior to the arrival of Europeans. Enhance your self-guided tour with a stop at the touch-and-see display station where you can chat with museum staff and volunteers, and view a variety of fascinating images and objects related to the site.

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Full wheelchair access
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Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Latcham Gallery, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
6240 Main Street
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-640-8954
Year built: 1977
Architect: Eugene Janiss
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A public art gallery since 1979, the Latcham Gallery features exhibitions of contemporary art, artist talks, hands-on programs, classes and camps. Visit the Ed Pien exhibition – a response to his work with immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers as they explore their past and their hopes for the future. Refreshments available. Guided tours available upon request.

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Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment - Nineteen on the Park

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
19 Civic Avenue
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Year built: 1896
Building type: Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 3:30 p.m. – Q&A; 4 p.m. concert

Originally designed as a market and concert hall, this building has been used for many purposes over the years. During Doors Open, travel back to the Roaring ‘20s, see a vintage film, participate in a Q&A with Sun-Tribune editor Jim Mason and Dr. Jason Wilson, and enjoy a reggae concert by two-time Juno Award nominee Jason Wilson & the Perennials.

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Full wheelchair access
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Lemonville United Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
13523 McCowan Road
Stouffville, Ontario
Year built: 1869
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The first services were held within a frame schoolhouse in 1854 and were moved to the first church building in 1856. Newly designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, the current church was constructed in 1869 and is situated adjacent to the cemetery, where grave inscriptions date from 1857. Enjoy the history display. Cookbooks and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Partial wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Richmond Hill Live Steamers

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
15922 McCowan Road
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Year built: 1977
Building type: Attraction, Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Adults and children alike, come and take a ride on one of these miniature railways – with three sizes to choose from! Take time to learn how railways operated in days gone by. This group of hobbyists and engineers has a wonderful collection of privately owned miniature trains, which are based on real engines dating back to the 1820s.

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Stouffville Lawn Bowling Club

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
4 Church Street South
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-591-4015
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Founded in 1894, this club was originally for men only; women were invited to join in 1929. In 1968, league play became mixed – men and women could play on the same team. The existing clubhouse was built in 1934. View the photo gallery, watch demonstrations and try lawn bowling yourself! Wear your flat shoes. Light refreshments available.

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Full wheelchair access
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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 in 1905, this building houses Stouffville’s first and longest-running eye clinic. Old and new architectural features are blended together to make an efficient and beautiful building. During Doors Open, tours will be available hourly, featuring exhibits of current eye-care technologies that encourage us to “know ourselves” – from our retinal blood vessels and optic nerves to eye pressures.

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Partial wheelchair access
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Stouffville United Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
34 Church Street North
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-640-1163
Year built: 1892
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Constructed in 1892, the Stouffville United Church was designed by Nathan Forsythe. The church contains a treasured pipe organ, which was installed in 1935. Visit during Doors Open and observe a quilting demonstration and sale, hear the sounds of the pipe organ, learn more about Small Town Montessori Pre-School (located on the lower level), and enjoy refreshments.

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Full wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
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Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum and Community Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
14732 Woodbine Avenue
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 888-290-0337
Building type: Museum
Saturday: museum and community centre open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; heritage buildings open from Noon to 4 p.m.

Celebrate Canada’s birthday by visiting the Canada’s 150th: Then and Now exhibit! Learn about the significance of the site’s historical buildings and hear the story of how they were relocated to the museum. Enjoy craft activities for children as well as an exhibition by Nature’s Own Forest Art (sculptures created using local trees) in the main hall.