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Clarington

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Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Clarington – a largely rural municipality – offers many things to see, do and explore! Each year, Doors Open Clarington is a showcase for heritage sites that feature re-purposed buildings where you can discover the past while exploring the present. But in this, our 10th anniversary year, we are featuring primarily agricultural heritage and agri-business!

Just east of the town of Bowmanville, you will discover a world of history alongside the latest technology. We think you’ll be surprised to see what thrives here.

Come and “Unlock Your History” and more in Clarington!

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Community information

Clarington is a thriving municipality, growing quickly on the Greater Toronto Area’s eastern reaches – and less than an hour’s drive from downtown Toronto. Experience all that is good in rural as well as urban living with attractions like sports car racing, treetop trekking, provincial parks, green trails, farm gate markets and artisan shops.

Enjoy wine tasting and heritage sites to create a wonderful weekend getaway. Stay at one of the beautiful bed and breakfasts, or come for one of the fun and fabulous street festivals.

In February 2019, Clarington was named “Festivals & Events Ontario Municipality of the Year!” Come and see what we are all about.

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Become a volunteer

Volunteers for Doors Open Clarington are welcome and needed. Please help us “Unlock Your History.”

For more information, email DOClarington@gmail.com.

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Algoma Orchards Store and Processing Plant Doors Open Clarington

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Algoma Orchards Store and Processing Plant

See where these apple growers pack fresh Ontario apples – 8,000 boxes each day in the 14,865-square-metre (160,000-square-foot) packing and storage facility (set to expand by 7,432 square metres/80,000 square feet in the next few years). During Doors Open, learn how Algoma Orchards presses and bottles up to 9 million litres of fresh cider annually.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

201 Regional Road 42
Newcastle, Ontario
www.algomaorchards.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; half-hour guided tours throughout the day

Algoma Orchards Tour Doors Open Clarington

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Algoma Orchards Tour

Algoma Orchards uses state-of-the-art planting systems to grow over 445 hectares (1,100 acres) of apples at their Clarington facility. Currently growing 750,000 bushels of apples annually to ship across Canada (mainly Gala, Honeycrisp, Ambrosia and McIntosh), they will be expanding operations over the next five years to grow over 1 million bushels! Guided tours throughout the day.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

201 Regional Road 42
Newcastle, Ontario
www.algomaorchards.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Benrise Farms Doors Open Clarington

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Benrise Farms

For over 70 years, the Benschop family have owned and operated this third-generation dairy farm. Approximately 250 registered Holsteins are housed here – 100-plus are milked twice daily in a double-eight parlour. Learn what loose housing, free-stall, parlour and calf hutches are and more. During Doors Open, the Durham East 4-H Club will also provide displays and information.

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

Contact info

4666 Mearns Avenue North
Bowmanville, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ceresmore Farms Limited Doors Open Clarington

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Ceresmore Farms Limited

John and Maria Rickard emigrated from England in 1847. Their son purchased the home farm here in 1866 – named Ceresmore for the Greek goddess Ceres (also the root of “cereals”). Jim and Don, fifth-generation Rickard farmers, currently farm 1,200 acres for seed. During Doors Open, visitors will be able to explore the seed cleaning plant, the historical home and barn.

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

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3059 Highway 2
Bowmanville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1866
Building type: Food and drink, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gibson Century Home Doors Open Clarington

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Gibson Century Home

The Gibson family built this house in 1834 and furnished it with pieces brought from northern England (some originals are still in use today). The back half of the house was replaced in 1953 and a wraparound veranda in 2014. The family – in its seventh generation of farming – has been growing apples here since the late 1890s.

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

Contact info

3238 Concession Road 3
Newcastle, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1834
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lane Family Farm Doors Open Clarington

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Lane Family Farm

While the farm itself was established in the early 1900s, the house was built in 1906 by George and Gertrude Lane. Recently renovated, the house retains original wood trim and pocket doors into the living room. Some furnishings from the era also still remain – including 1860s chairs manufactured by G.P. Walter and Company. While you’re here, explore the lovely gardens.

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

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3103 Concession Street East
Bowmanville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1906
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mostert Greenhouses Doors Open Clarington

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Mostert Greenhouses

Mostert Greenhouses is a family-run business that started growing roses in 1979. Now onto the second generation, the family continues to strive to give customers the quality product that only a local market can give. A long growing season (April to December) enables them to remain open weekdays and Saturdays. Come and enjoy their beautiful greenhouses and fragrant roses!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1489 Lambs Road
Bowmanville, Ontario
http://mostertgreenhouses.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One Life Farm Doors Open Clarington

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One Life Farm

Come and see how this farm grows an assortment of vegetables and fruit without the use of any chemicals, pesticides or fungicides – and absolutely no genetically modified organisms! Tour the operations, speak with the farmers and learn what it takes to grow organic. They also sell pastured chicken and eggs, and products made with organic ingredients – soups, preserves and more.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2899 Taunton Road
Clarington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-244-0881

Architecture

Building type: Commercial
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Providence Cemetery Doors Open Clarington

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Providence Cemetery

This quiet, rural four-corners area is rich with local history. Providence Cemetery is a Bible Christian cemetery with only 88 burials – the first being Elizabeth Ann Bragg (1846) and the last Rebecca (Werry) Peardon (1919). Rev. Paul Robins – a pioneer of the Bible Christian movement in North America – and his wife Ann are also buried here.

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

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At the intersection of Bragg Road and Concession Road 3
Clarington, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1846
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rekker Greenhouses Doors Open Clarington

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Rekker Greenhouses

This gardening family has been known for its quality and variety of products for over 50 years. The Rekker Greenhouses are worth a visit. The new greenhouse development serving their wholesale customers is an example of modern technology at its best. Come and enjoy this rare chance to see how it’s all done.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

3104 Concession Road 4
Bowmanville, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Commercial
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Selby Farms Doors Open Clarington

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Selby Farms

The Selby family run two successful farm operations – Newcastle Grain Elevator and Selby Farms. Handling everything from seed management to growing and producing corn, soybeans and wheat, they operate a drying, elevator and storage facility (with a 12,000-ton capacity), as well as being involved in transporting these commodities. Come and learn about what’s involved in helping to “feed the world.”

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

3130 Pollard Road
Newcastle, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Commercial
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stone Hollow Doors Open Clarington

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Stone Hollow

Tour the main floor and gardens of this 1840s home. Stone Hollow’s original main house was built with 63-centimetre (25-inch) thick stone walls. Some internal walls in the dining and living room areas have been uncovered, showing the original stonework with embedded wood blocks (as well as original timbers framing the doorways).

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

Contact info

4667 Bethesda Road
Bowmanville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1840s
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vissers Nursery and Sod Farm Doors Open Clarington

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Vissers Nursery and Sod Farm

This family-owned and -operated business takes pride in producing premium-quality sod and providing excellent service for customers who enjoy working directly with the producer. Located on over 283 hectares (700 acres), Vissers has been growing, delivering and installing sod throughout Ontario since 1988. During Doors Open, come and see some of their equipment, and learn how they do it!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2517 Durham Regional Road 42
Orono, Ontario
https://visserssodfarm.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.