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Gravenhurst

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

Join us for our annual Doors Open Gravenhurst event! Experience our history and heritage through a variety of sights and sounds, and step back in time.

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Community information

Gravenhurst is the Gateway to Muskoka!

As the first incorporated town and geographical community in Muskoka, Gravenhurst welcomes you to explore Gull Lake, Muskoka Wharf, the historical downtown, the Little Norway War Memorial and countless other important sites in the community. As a four-season tourism destination, Gravenhurst gives you many opportunities to explore the community all year.

We know that you will enjoy your time in Gravenhurst!

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Become a volunteer

To volunteer your time and talent for Doors Open Gravenhurst, or to learn more about the Municipal Heritage Committee:

Contact: Angela Ghikadis
Telephone: 705-687-3412, ext. 246
Email: angela.ghikadis@gravenhurst.ca

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Telephone: 705-687-3412
Email: angela.ghikadis@gravenhurst.ca

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Arts at the Albion Doors Open Gravenhurst

Arts at the Albion

Situated in the Gothic revival Albion Hotel, which was rebuilt in 1888 after being destroyed in the 1887 Great Fire, this gallery has helped breathe life back into the once bustling turn-of-the-century dining room. During Doors Open, the gallery will feature a 20-member artist collective comprising some of the best artists in Muskoka.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

100 Muskoka Road North
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-331-8331
Email: varney@muskoka.com
www.artsatthealbion.com

Architecture

Year built: 1888
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

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

Behind the Painted Door Doors Open Gravenhurst

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Behind the Painted Door

Formerly a Salvation Army Church, this is one of the oldest buildings on Gravenhurst's Muskoka Road. Built in 1885, it has a proud history of serving the community for over a century. It is one of the few buildings that survived the great fire of 1887, when many buildings on both sides of Muskoka Road were destroyed.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

240 Muskoka Road North
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-681-0981
Email: jane@painted-door.com
www.painted-door.com

Architecture

Year built: 1885
Building type: Commercial, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Church of Our Lady, Southwood Doors Open Gravenhurst

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Church of Our Lady, Southwood

Southwood Church is a charming log building built on scenic Southwood Road. The first church was built in the 1920s and then, in 1935, the logs were replaced. The pine pews, organ, lectern, Bible, Madonna statue and liturgical items are all original. Come and ring the bell – salvaged from a local train wreck – and learn more about the site.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

3411 Southwood Road
Kilworthy, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-1036
Email: catherine@canook.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1935
Architect: Pioneer families
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Gravenhurst Ambulance Station Doors Open Gravenhurst

Gravenhurst Ambulance Station

The two-bay Gravenhurst Ambulance Station was built in 2006 to serve the community. Constructed adjacent to the busy Muskoka Wharf, it features accommodations for first responder teams. Visit this unique location and see how an ambulance station functions, and how they quickly respond to emergencies across Muskoka.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1005 North Muldrew Lake Road
Gravenhurst, Ontario
www.muskoka.on.ca/en/live-and-play/Muskoka-Paramedic-Services.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 2006
Architect: Greystone

Dates/hours open

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

Gravenhurst Curling Club Doors Open Gravenhurst

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Gravenhurst Curling Club
The Gravenhurst Curling Club was established in 1905 as a three-sheet rink on the site of James Scott's skating rink. The current building and six-sheet ice surface were built in 1959 through community effort and fundraising. It is the largest ice surface in Muskoka. The arena is heated with a lounge that overlooks the ice.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

330 John Street North
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-5531
Email: ri7010.gov1213@gmail.com
www.gravenhurstcurlingclub.com

Architecture

Year built: 1959

Dates/hours open

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

Gravenhurst Opera House Doors Open Gravenhurst

Gravenhurst Opera House

This opera house remains a bustling cultural centre in Gravenhurst’s historical downtown. In 1934, John Holden and his Good Companions presented the first summer theatre in Canada here. A variety of concerts and theatre events take place all summer long, contributing to the visitor experience in Muskoka. The Gravenhurst Opera House continues to be “A Tradition Worth Coming Back For!”

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

295 Muskoka Road South
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-5550, ext. 2
www.gravenhurst.ca/en/opera/opera.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1901
Architect: John Francis Brown
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

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

Gravenhurst Public Library Doors Open Gravenhurst

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Gravenhurst Public Library

Built in 2000, the Gravenhurst Public Library is home to the Gravenhurst Archives; it houses 52,000 resources. Join them for children's programs, tours and a look at the history of Gravenhurst, with displays and access to the archives. Art buffs can also view the signed, limited-edition Group of Seven monograph – A.J. Casson: A Tribute – by Canadian art expert Paul Duval.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

180 Sharpe Street West
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-3382
Email: library@gravenhurst.ca
www.gravenhurstlibrary.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2000
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gravenhurst Railway Station Doors Open Gravenhurst

Gravenhurst Railway Station

The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) officially opened this historical railway station in September 1919. The town bought and restored the building in 1986. It is an excellent example of early 20th-century railway architecture and remains one of a few early stations in Central Ontario. Today, it is home to the Station Café and Ontario Northland bus service.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

150 Second Street South
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-684-8070
Email: icecreamsquared@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/thecoffeestationcafe

Architecture

Year built: 1916
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Heritage Boatworks Doors Open Gravenhurst

Heritage Boatworks

Observe traditional Muskoka boat building of the early 1900s as a group of dedicated volunteers works to restore a variety of wooden boats and canoes. Admire the restoration work that these talented people have already completed. They demonstrate the craftsmanship that was a hallmark of the famous boat-building workshops and traditions throughout Muskoka.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

185 Cherokee Lane
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-2115

Architecture

Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

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

Historical Walking Tour: Ship and Boat Building at Muskoka Wharf Doors Open Gravenhurst

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Historical Walking Tour: Ship and Boat Building at Muskoka Wharf

From 1866 to until present, the shoreline of Muskoka Bay has been the site of boat building and ship building. Enjoy a guided tour of the area where steamships and many famous pleasure boats, both large and small, were built. View a large boathouse filled with some glorious boats and see many historical photographs.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

Meet at Cockburn Square by the Shipyards Store
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-684-9560
Email: mstorey@cogeco.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tours at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m.

Muskoka Airport Doors Open Gravenhurst

Muskoka Airport

This airport was constructed in 1933. During the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force conducted flight training here. The field was made available to the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 1942 and hundreds of Norwegians trained here. In 2001, Norwegian Training in Canada during the Second World War was designated as an event of national historical significance.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1011 Airport Road
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-2194
www.muskokaairport.com

Architecture

Year built: 1933
Building type: Attraction, Military, Museum, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sawdust City Brewing Company Doors Open Gravenhurst

Sawdust City Brewing Company

The Sawdust City Brewing Company is dedicated to the art and science of creating exceptional craft beers. While they produce traditional ales in different styles, there is nothing traditional about the flavour. Join brewmaster Sam Corbeil and his talented team and learn how these award-winning beers are produced. Since they opened, Sawdust City has become a cornerstone of this community.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

397 Muskoka Road North
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-681-1100
www.sawdustcitybrewing.com

Architecture

Year built: 1950s
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

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

Terence Haight Carnegie Centre (Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce) Doors Open Gravenhurst

Terence Haight Carnegie Centre (Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce)

Opened in 1923, this was one of the last Carnegie libraries to be built in North America. In 2011, Terence Haight donated a substantial sum of money to Gravenhurst, which became the Haight Endowment fund, to be used for community priorities. It is fitting that these two philanthropists’ names should be associated with this prominent heritage structure.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

275 Muskoka Road South
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-4432
Email: manager@gravenhurstchamber.com
http://gravenhurstchamber.com

Architecture

Year built: 1923
Architect: Andrew Ferguson, builder
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.