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 …

Erin

Event information

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

Experience the Town of Erin by visiting some of our fascinating and charming treasures during Doors Open Erin.

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Community information

Erin is a beautiful place to visit and find your roots in small-town charm and rural simplicity. Heritage buildings, winding country roads and fertile farmers’ fields abound.

Erin has a strong heritage in agriculture; our roots date back to the early 1800s. Whether it is in a local eatery, pick-your-own farm or the local Farmers’ Market, Erin is central to being delicious and local.

Want to get outside? Erin boasts a huge network of trails and local parks – great for outdoor hiking, winter sports, cycling, horse-riding and exploring.

The Town of Erin offers a beautiful, rural setting – no matter what time of year you visit. Enjoy our festive events, explore winter’s natural allure and pick up unique treasures for everyone on your gift list.

The villages and hamlets of Erin are home to family-owned and -operated businesses that offer a great selection of beautiful home décor, gift items, fashion, art and delicious local food.

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Become a volunteer

Doors Open Erin is a rewarding and enjoyable volunteer opportunity that helps keep our town’s heritage alive.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact Robyn Mulder at 519-855-4407, ext. 241.

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Contact info

Telephone: 519-855-4407, ext. 241
Email: robyn.mulder@erin.ca

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16 sites found

Angelstone International Show Jumping Tournaments Doors Open Erin

Angelstone International Show Jumping Tournaments

Canada’s fastest-growing show jumping tournament venue, Angelstone hosts four weeks of equestrian show jumping in June and August. During Doors Open, visitors can stroll the grounds and take in the action with over 500 of North America’s top horses competing in four rings throughout the property. At 6 p.m., Angelstone will present the Headwaters Cup, featuring Olympians and their jumpers.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Food vendors
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

8720 Wellington Road 50
Erin, Ontario
Telephone: 613-762-5669
www.angelstone.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2011
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

Century Church Theatre Doors Open Erin

Century Church Theatre

Built in 1906, this former church features original elm panelling, curved pews, stained-glass windows, horse-tethering rings and many features that were modern for its time. The building, now the vibrant home of Century Church Theatre, also boasts one of Ontario’s largest bat colonies! In June, the theatre will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Erin Arts Foundation.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

72 Trafalgar Road
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-4586
http://centurychurchtheatre.com

Architecture

Year built: 1906
Building type: Place of worship, Theatre

Dates/hours open

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

Devonshire Guest House Doors Open Erin

Devonshire Guest House

This stately guest house sits on part of the original 81 hectares (200 acres) of Crown land that Abraham Nelles claimed in 1820 and sold to Daniel McMillan in 1836. In 1846, Daniel sold half of the land to Charles McMillan, who built the house. Now a bed and breakfast, the house has original stained glass, wood trim and hardware.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

3 Union Street
Erin, Ontario
Telephone: 519-833-2187
www.devonshireguesthouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1856
Architect: Charles McMillan
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Erin Cenotaph Doors Open Erin

Erin Cenotaph

The Erin Cenotaph was unveiled on Remembrance Day – November 11, 1956 – by local member of the provincial parliament John Root. The dedication was made by Reverend E.D. Snelgrove as a memorial to those named thereon who gave their lives in the defence of Canada and freedom. Plaques have subsequently been added to recognize the Korean War, post-war operations and Afghanistan.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Corner of Main and Union streets
Erin, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Military

Dates/hours open

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

Everdale Doors Open Erin

Everdale

Everdale is an organic teaching farm in Erin. This not-for-profit farm believes in the power of locally grown food to fuel positive economic, social and ecological change. They also run several programs for kids and adults. In addition, they host farm festivals throughout the year. Come and explore everything this farm has to offer! Local artist display on site!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

5812 6th line
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-4859
http://everdale.org

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Food and drink
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

Heartwood Farm & Cidery Doors Open Erin

Heartwood Farm & Cidery

Since 2005, Val and Brent have been running a small, diversified farm operation that invites people to explore the workings of an ecological farm. When they started making hard apple cider commercially two years ago, that exploration got even tastier. Enjoy some historical flavour at Heartwood Farm & Cidery – Erin's first "legal" adult beverage producer since the late 1800s.

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Contact info

5438 Second Line
Erin, Ontario
Telephone: 416-527-4352
Email: info@heartwoodfarm.ca
http://heartwoodfarm.ca

Architecture

Year built: late 1800s; cidery in 2017
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Food and drink
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

Hillsburgh Heritage Walking Tour Doors Open Erin

Hillsburgh Heritage Walking Tour

Join members of the local heritage community on a one-hour guided walking tour of Hillsburgh. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Elora-Cataract Trailhead (11 Station Street, Hillsburgh). See part of the Gooderham Works distillery empire, the pioneer cemetery and a wonderful variety of heritage homes. Bring your walking shoes.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

Meet at 11 Station Street
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 416-460-1417

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 1 to 2 p.m.; tour starts promptly at 1 p.m.

Hillsburgh House by the Pond Doors Open Erin

Hillsburgh House by the Pond

Hillsburgh House is a charming century farmhouse in the beautiful town of Hillsburgh, featuring two guest rooms, lovely gardens and a peaceful view of Mill Pond. Popular guest activities include making s'mores by campfire, relaxing in the outdoor hot tub or enjoying refreshments on one of three patios. Come and join us for lemonade, iced tea and a special treat!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

3 Station Street
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-9487
www.bbcanada.com/hillsburghhousebythepond

Architecture

Year built: 1894
Architect: Awrey Brothers
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

Hillsburgh Library Doors Open Erin

Hillsburgh Library

Opened in June 2018, this new library sits on the shores of a mill pond that was once part of the Gooderham and Worts distillery empire. This branch is a stunning addition to the county library system. VG Architects successfully incorporated an 1892 rural home into a modern glass-and-brick addition that features expansive views of the pond.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

9 Station Street
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-4010
Email: hillsburghlib@wellington.ca
www.wellington.ca/en/discover/aboutus_library.aspx

Architecture

Year built: Original home 1892; new library 2017-18
Architect: new library, VG Architects
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Library
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society Doors Open Erin

LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society

The LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society is a registered charity that provides Ontario’s thoroughbred racehorses with a happy and dignified retirement when their careers at the track are over, and to educate Ontario’s horse industry and the public about the merits of this program. They currently care for over 50 retirees at their Hillsburgh farm while they await loving new homes.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

5674 Fifth Line
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 416-675-3993
www.longrunretirement.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

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

Porcupine's Quill, The Doors Open Erin

Porcupine's Quill, The

The Porcupine's Quill is an artisanal publisher that values the art and craft of the book, both in content and in form. Their mandate is to preserve the culture of the printed word by using their expertise in the art of 20th-century offset printing technology to create quality books that look and feel like 19th-century letterpress products.

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  • Parking
  • Communication

Contact info

68 Main Street
Erin, Ontario
Telephone: 519-833-9158
Email: pql@sentex.net
www.porcupinesquill.ca

Architecture

Year built: late 1890s
Architect: Benjamin Mundell (builder)
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Stanley Park Gates and Arch Doors Open Erin

Stanley Park Gates and Arch

From 1888 until the late 1950s, Stanley Park in Erin Village was a southern Ontario tourism mecca. Imagine direct trains from Union Station, grand parades, bicycle racing, horse racing, boating, cottages and a large dance pavilion. While the park is no longer, the arch and gates from c. 1920 remain as a cultural reminder – now protected with a heritage design.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

264 Main Street
Erin, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Early 1900s
Architect: Smith Brothers Masons
Architectural style: Arts and crafts
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

Tailwinds Bed & Breakfast Doors Open Erin

Tailwinds Bed & Breakfast

Tailwinds Bed & Breakfast strives to embody the town's mantra: "Where urban style meets country charm." Tailwinds is operated from a custom-built home nestled on vibrant wetlands. The Elora Cataract Trailway is just steps from the front door. After an adventure on the trail, rest in the sunroom or take a relaxing soak in the upstairs bathroom.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

17 Station Street
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-3242
www.tailwindsbb.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Wellington Masonic Lodge No. 271 Doors Open Erin

Wellington Masonic Lodge No. 271

The Wellington Masonic Lodge received its charter in 1872. Its first master was Worshipful Brother David Kirkwood. In 1953, the brethren found a new home on the Erin fairground site, and the lodge built this new hall there. To this day, lodge members are active in the community in many roles.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

190 Main Street, at the Erin Agricultural Society site
Erin, Ontario
www.wellington271.com

Architecture

Year built: 1953

Dates/hours open

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

Woodlands Farm Doors Open Erin

Woodlands Farm

Woodlands Farm raises thoroughbred racehorses. This land – part of the McKinnon ancestral farm – has raised multiple Queen's Quineas winners and a Queen's Plate champion. Residing at the farm are this year's foals and their mothers, young racehorses in training, as well as older horses. The owners look forward to introducing you to these beautiful animals who love company. Bring carrots!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

5842 Fourth Line
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-4915
www.woodlandsfarm.com

Architecture

Year built: 2000

Dates/hours open

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

Woollen Mills Trail Doors Open Erin

Woollen Mills Trail

Visit the ruins of the Cornock Woollen Mills and learn about the flora and fauna along the West Credit River by joining a naturalist and historian on this short and beautiful looped trail hike. The trail is good for all skill levels, with great access for hikers, walkers and bikers. Credit Valley Conservation signboards provide an excellent history of Erin.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking

Contact info

Meet in the parking lot of St. John Brebeuf Catholic School (30 Millwood Road)
Erin, Ontario
www.erin.ca/living-here/trails

Architecture

Landscape: Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: one-hour tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.