Doors Open Ontario

Doors Open Ontario had another successful season! Nearly 500,000 people visited sites in communities across the province. Thanks to our sponsors, partners and volunteers for their support, and to all who participated. Stay tuned for information about next season …

Burlington

Event information

Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit our heritage sites, noteworthy buildings and interesting locations – all FREE of charge. Many of these buildings and locations will offer special activities throughout the day.

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Community information

Spring, summer, fall, winter – Burlington is a city for all seasons with plenty to see and do!

Situated on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, Burlington is close to the urban buzz of Toronto yet surrounded by the tranquil beauty of parks, gardens and a dazzling downtown waterfront. The community has a rich history and vibrant culture. Whether you’re a new or returning visitor, there’s always a wealth of activities to make your stay enjoyable!

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Become a volunteer

Doors Open events cannot happen without the help of volunteers.

If you would like to learn about Burlington’s history and heritage and have some fun in the process, we encourage you to join us!

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Contact info

Telephone: 905-332-9888
Email: museuminfo@burlington.ca
Website: http://museumsofburlington.ca

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19 sites found

Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI) Doors Open Burlington

Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI)

ASI is the largest archaeological and heritage consultancy in Canada, with offices in Toronto and Burlington. They have over 35 years of experience in the production and dissemination of knowledge about Ontario’s past. Come and visit the expanded Burlington office to meet the team of archaeologists and heritage specialists, see some artifacts and learn about local heritage!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

2321 Fairview Street, Unit 200
Burlington , Ontario
Telephone: 416-966-1069
http://asiheritage.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Burlington Camera & Digital Doors Open Burlington

Burlington Camera & Digital

Burlington Camera has been a family-owned photography store at the same location since 1959! The current building replaced the family home in 1979. They have witnessed the ever-changing global photographic industry and Burlington’s evolving community. Step through the doors and let them show you.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

489 Guelph Line
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-632-7722
https://burlingtoncamera.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Burlington Public Library, Central Branch Doors Open Burlington

Burlington Public Library, Central Branch

Constructed in 1970 by architects Brook, Carruthers, Grierson, Shaw, this award-winning building provides a glimpse inside one of Burlington’s finest examples of brutalist/modernist architecture. The library, as a community space, is free for everyone and offers books, movies, music, magazines and more! With Doors Open, you get a backstage pass to tour behind the scenes here at the Central Branch.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2331 New Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-639-3611
www.bpl.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1969
Architect: Brook, Carruthers, Grierson, Shaw Architects
Architectural style: Brutalism
Building type: Library
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Burlington Radio Control Modelers Doors Open Burlington

Burlington Radio Control Modelers

The Burlington Radio Control Modelers has approximately 160 members who share an interest in flying model aircraft. Their aim is to keep the hobby alive and pass on the enjoyment to others. The property includes a clubhouse, spectator seating area, a 121-metre (400-foot) asphalt runway and a grass runway. During Doors Open, visitors can tour the site and watch demonstrations.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1548 King Road
Burlington, Ontario
Email: vicepresident@brcm.org
https://brcm.org

Architecture

Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

East Plains United Church Doors Open Burlington

East Plains United Church

In 1843, the East Plains United Church started as a simple frame building where citizens would gather for meetings. Over 175 years, the church added a brick façade and cornerstones, survived a fire, merged with the United Church and installed a historical plaque commemorating the Indigenous farm workers of Aldershot. Discover the church’s history and its 130-year-old cemetery.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

375 Plains Road East
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-634-5858
Email: calliearcher773@gmail.com
www.eastplainsunitedchurch.com

Architecture

Year built: 1843
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Église Saint-Philippe Doors Open Burlington

Église Saint-Philippe
Built in 1875 by James Cushie Bent, this church was purchased in 1968 by the Roman Catholic Church to serve the local francophone congregation as the Église Saint-Philippe. The church blends a simple Gothic revival style – evident in the Gothic-arched windows and door – with an Italianate square tower with bull’s-eye windows.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

472 Locust Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-632-1802
www.paroissestphilippe.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Architect: James Cushie Bent
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Freeman Station Doors Open Burlington

Freeman Station

Built in 1906 for the Grand Trunk Railway as a combination passenger and baggage depot, the Burlington West Station (formerly Burlington Junction, known as Freeman Station) exhibits stylistic features characteristic of Grand Trunk Railway stations constructed in that decade. Today, Freeman Station is managed by a group of community volunteers, now incorporated as the Friends of Freeman Station.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1285 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
www.freemanstation.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1906
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Halton Mosque and Halton Islamic Association Doors Open Burlington

Halton Mosque and Halton Islamic Association

Built in the early 1990s, the Halton Mosque is the only masjid (a Muslim place of worship) in the City of Burlington. Since it opened, it has been the primary centre for prayer, learning and recreation for the Burlington Muslim community. During Doors Open, take a tour of this unique building and learn about the Islamic faith and culture.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

4310 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-333-9856
www.masjidhalton.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1990
Architectural style: International
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Burlington - Holy Cross Lutheran Church Doors Open Halton Region

Burlington - Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Holy Cross Lutheran Church has interesting features, both inside and out. The interior has an impressive set of 15 stained-glass panels, which were completed between 1978 and 1985. The exterior features a pollinator garden, solar panels and a community garden. During Doors Open, visit this church and learn about its history – and how they have reduced their ecological footprint!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

3455 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-637-2741
Email: office@holycrossburlington.ca
www.holycrossburlington.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1960
Architect: John Harkness
Building type: Place of worship
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery Doors Open Burlington

Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery

Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery is the Diocese of Hamilton’s best-known cemetery. Opened in 1875, it is the resting place of many of the diocese’s bishops, priests and religious sisters. In 1889, the beautiful Holy Sepulchre Chapel was consecrated by Bishop Dowling. It is situated in one of the most historical areas of the cemetery, overlooking the shores of Lake Ontario.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

600 Spring Gardens Road
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-522-7727
Email: dcahill@thecatholiccemeteries.ca
www.thecatholiccemeteries.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ireland House Museum Doors Open Burlington

Ireland House Museum

Built in 1837, Ireland House was the home of Joseph Ireland, one of Burlington’s earliest settlers. In 1820, he purchased the land that would become the future site of his family home. Ireland and his descendants occupied this house until 1985. Today, the site consists of the original homestead, gardens, woodland, a potting shed, a cottage/drive shed and picnic area.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2168 Guelph Line
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-332-9888
Email: museuminfo@burlington.ca
http://museumsofburlington.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1837
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Joseph Brant Museum Doors Open Burlington

Joseph Brant Museum

Discover Burlington’s rich cultural past and early foundations at the Joseph Brant Museum. This museum houses a collection of locally and nationally significant historical costumes, artifacts and archival materials. Explore the early history of Burlington, learn about our first citizen, Joseph Brant, and experience the Burlington S.T.E.A.M. Zone! Pre-registration required for guided tours.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

1240 North Shore Blvd. East
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-634-3556
www.museumsofburlington.ca/joseph-brant

Architecture

Year built: 1937-38; 2018-19
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours at 10 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 3 p.m.

Nickel Brook Brewing Co. Doors Open Burlington

Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

Nickel Brook is Burlington's only craft brewery. Founded in 2005, it has grown to be one of the leading players in the Ontario craft beer industry with a huge range of products. From hoppy IPAs and fruity sours to rich stouts, there's something here for even the most discerning beer lover.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

864 Drury Lane
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 289-208-8295
Email: info@nickelbrook.com
www.nickelbrook.com

Architecture

Year built: 1990
Architect: Luigi Romano
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: tours at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. (pre-registration required ... coming soon)

NUVO Network Doors Open Burlington

NUVO Network

The NUVO Network is a multipurpose building in Burlington with three fully-equipped and superbly serviced studios in an expansive 13,935-square-metre (150,000-square-foot), modern facility. It is a synergetic, secular space connecting entrepreneurs, content creators, and community champions, providing access to state-of-the-art multimedia facilities - including podcasting, video production and recording studios.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

1295 North Service Road
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-592-2598
www.nuvonetwork.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Royal Botanical Gardens Doors Open Burlington

Royal Botanical Gardens

Experience Canada’s largest botanical garden and immerse yourself in over 1,092 hectares (2,700 acres) of breathtaking gardens and spectacular sanctuaries that are brimming with wildlife. A National Historic Site within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, these five unique garden areas provide a stunning location for tours, weekend entertainment and year-round exhibitions – complete with three onsite restaurants and a gift shop.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

680 Plains Road West
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-527-1158
www.rbg.ca

Architecture

Landscape: Garden, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Iron Duke Doors Open Burlington

Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Iron Duke

Originally built in 1858 as a Methodist church, this structure later became the local headquarters for the Canadian Legion. Since 1949, the building has been home to the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Iron Duke. The Sea Cadets is a free program that teaches youth leadership, seamanship and more. See the Gothic-revival architecture and hear about the 1980 fire!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

451 Elizabeth Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-719-7564
Email: dittmer.am@gmail.com
www.burlingtonseacadets.com

Architecture

Year built: 1858
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Military

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant Doors Open Burlington

Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant cleans and treats wastewater for the City of Burlington. Through a series of filtration processes, the facility has the capacity to treat and discharge the equivalent of over 56 Olympic-sized pools of clean water into Hamilton Harbour, Lake Ontario every day. Registration is required to visit.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1135 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1964

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; scheduled tours only

St. Paul's Presbyterian Church Doors Open Burlington

St. Paul's Presbyterian Church

St. Paul’s is one of Ontario’s oldest Presbyterian congregations, with area settlers first worshipping in a barn. A wooden church opened in 1822, which was replaced by a brick church, now a private home, in 1868. The present church building opened in 1993. The 1867 and 1993 buildings stand on either side of the Dundas Street cemetery (begun in 1817).

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2600 Headon Forest Drive
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-332-4587
www.stpaulsburlington.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1993
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.