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 …

Clarington

Event information

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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Contact info

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Algoma Orchards Store and Processing Plant Doors Open Clarington

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.

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

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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

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.

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

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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

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

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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.

British American Station (Stapleton Auction Centre) Doors Open Clarington

British American Station (Stapleton Auction Centre)

This building is a vintage 1950s British American (B/A) service station – recognizable by the B/A sign out front. The building replaced the Burley garage from the early 1900s. This is one of the finest examples of an art deco-style B/A garage in Ontario. The Stapleton Auction Centre since 1980, the building is also often used in movie shoots.

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  • Guided tours available

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4532 Highway 2
Newtonville, Ontario
http://stapletonauctions.com

Architecture

Year built: 1950s
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ceresmore Farms Limited Doors Open Clarington

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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  • 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

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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  • Self-guided tours available

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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.

Grist Mill Auctions Doors Open Clarington

Grist Mill Auctions

In the early 1900s, this building was local businessman George Hancock's blacksmith shop. The building suffered two fires (1943 and 1948), but was rebuilt. Then it was a feed mill for a time. It has been flourishing since 1980 as part of the Stapleton Auction house. It also features a rare 1930s Ruston & Hornsby diesel engine.

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  • Guided tours available

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9 Newtonville Mill Street
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1900s
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hilltop Farm Doors Open Clarington

Hilltop Farm

Hilltop Farm has been in the Elliott family since the earliest days of English settlers in Port Granby (circa 1834). The house and barn were built prior to 1860, which was the heyday of the port. The local sawmill cut softwoods to build the framing, floors and clapboard exterior, and the home builders dug the well by hand.

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  • Guided tours available

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4652 Lakeshore Road
Port Granby, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1860
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lakeview Cemetery Doors Open Clarington

Lakeview Cemetery

Locally maintained, this cemetery is beautiful and worth visiting, if for nothing more than its splendid lake view. The west property extension, purchased in 1952, allowed for new generations to join their ancestors in choosing this as their final resting place. The columbarium is unusually placed at the top of a hill, with stones dating back to the mid-1800s.

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  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

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4449 Hill Street
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1800s
Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lane Family Farm Doors Open Clarington

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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  • 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.

Love Hotel, The Doors Open Clarington

Love Hotel, The

A Belleville-to-York stagecoach stop, The Love Hotel was constructed in 1856. New and old are beautifully blended in this building, which features original push-button lighting, large baseboards and pine floors. The master bedroom was previously the travellers’ parlour. Learn what split lathe construction is and see a repurposed use of the original ceiling planks.

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  • Guided tours available

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4510 Durham Regional Highway 2
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1856
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March Cottage, The Doors Open Clarington

March Cottage, The

The original cottage is assumed to date back to 1850, when records show that a mortgage of £50 was taken out by Mr. March. The book Heritage Homes of Clark Township describes the original moulding on the front door. A full basement and a kitchen extension were added in the 1970s and a great room was added in the 1980s.

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  • Guided tours available

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4665 Lakeshore Road
Port Granby, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1850
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mostert Greenhouses Doors Open Clarington

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!

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

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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.

Newtonville Cenotaph Doors Open Clarington

Newtonville Cenotaph

This granite obelisk was constructed in 1902 and dedicated to the memory of Captain P.K. Milligan. In April 1943, a collision damaged the monument. The original stone base was replaced with cement and was re-erected in Memorial Garden. In 1980, it was restored and is now maintained by Branch 178 of the Royal Canadian Legion and the municipality.

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

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4498 Durham Regional Highway 2
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1902
Building type: Historical landmark, Military

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Newtonville Hall Doors Open Clarington

Newtonville Hall

This hall was built in 1954 as the Royal Templars Lodge – one of many temperance societies popular at the time. The monthly meetings of this social organization included plays, songs, readings and music. The building was restored in 1979 as the local community hall. Historical photographs of the village will be on display. Lunch will also be available for purchase.

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

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21 Church Lane
Newtonville, Ontario
Email: newtonvillehall@hotmail.com

Architecture

Year built: 1854
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Newtonville School House SS No. 4 Doors Open Clarington

Newtonville School House SS No. 4

The area’s first school house, from the 1840s, closed in the 1850s. According to the township minutes, it was moved because it was an obstruction and nuisance where it stood. At that time, it was moved to its current location and was later used as a harness and shoe repair shop by local businessman George Hancock.

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  • Guided tours available

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4526 Highway 2
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1840s
Building type: Private residence, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Newtonville Village Tour Doors Open Clarington

Newtonville Village Tour

Villages of yesteryear were both diverse and self-sufficient. The pioneers who settled here in Newtonville were tenacious folks. Hear some of the local history and stories of this unique community while enjoying a horse-drawn wagon tour around the village. Find out about a tragic plane crash, interesting passers-through and the people who helped shape village life.

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Meet at the intersection of Newtonville Road and Durham Regional Highway 2
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (tours run all day, leaving on the hour)

Old March Hotel, The Doors Open Clarington

Old March Hotel, The

The Old March Hotel originally housed a bar room, two sitting rooms and four bedrooms, and the grounds featured a six-horse stable and large driving shed. Early settler George Elliot purchased the property and later sold it to David March, who built the hotel. It has since been converted to a private residence. Food will be available for purchase.

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  • Guided tours available

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4659 Lakeshore Road
Port Granby, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1857
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One Life Farm Doors Open Clarington

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.

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

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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.

Port Granby Legacy Waste Management Facility Doors Open Clarington

Port Granby Legacy Waste Management Facility

This site is a remnant of Canada’s nuclear past. Through the Port Granby Project, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is safely transporting 450,000 cubic metres of low-level radioactive waste away from the Lake Ontario shoreline for long-term storage in a newly engineered facility. The waste was deposited at the legacy site between 1955 and 1988 by former Crown corporation Eldorado Nuclear Limited.

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  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
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Intersection of Lakeshore Road and Nichols Road
Clarington, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last entry at 2:30 p.m.)

Providence Cemetery Doors Open Clarington

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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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

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.

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

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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

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.”

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  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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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.

Skelding’s Texaco Gas Station Doors Open Clarington

Skelding’s Texaco Gas Station

Established 1956, this gas station was open for 44 years. Then, the town slowly lost its bustle. Even though the station closed, the pumps stand as monuments to earlier times. The Skelding family have been well-known in the area since the early 1800s. The station still houses a local business, and the property is home to the original owners.

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  • Guided tours available

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26 Church Lane
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1956
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stapleton Home Doors Open Clarington

Stapleton Home

Local businessman George Hancock (1845-1919) owned this home circa 1869 and ran a harness business here. The brick on the original building was supposedly reused from a Newcastle fire. More recently, the home has been enjoyed by several generations of the Stapleton family. The current owners moved in and have completely renovated the interior to create this uniquely beautiful home.

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  • Guided tours available

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4526 Highway 2
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1845
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stone Hollow Doors Open Clarington

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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  • Guided tours available

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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

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!

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

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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.