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 …

Grimsby

Event information

Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Gateway to Niagara, Grimsby has been both a picturesque town and a popular tourist destination since the 1850s.

Come and spend the day with us exploring the history and culture of this gem that we call home! Be amazed by our offerings and see why we ranked second in Maclean's magazine’s top 50 places to live in Canada in 2018! Explore the sites and check out the Classic Car and Motorcycle Show during this special event.

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Community information

Welcome to Grimsby! While we were incorporated in 1876, we only became a town in 1922. Throughout the town, you will find historical reminders of our rich heritage and early ancestors. Grimsby was the site of the first municipal meeting in Upper Canada on April 5, 1790 and the location of the Engagement at the Forty in 1813 – the pivotal naval battle and turning point in the War of 1812. We benefit from both a rich heritage and future. Grimsby is a hidden gem that is easily accessible from highways and water. Come in, stop by and see why we really are Friendly by Nature!

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Become a volunteer

We can't run an amazing event like this without help! If you would like to spend time with us helping others learn about Grimsby, please complete and submit the volunteer application.

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Contact info

Telephone: 905-945-1288
Email: recreation@grimsby.ca
Website: www.grimsby.ca

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18 sites found

Biggar Lagoons Wetlands Doors Open Grimsby

Biggar Lagoons Wetlands

From 1950-2000, the Biggar Lagoons were sewage treatment lagoons for neighbourhoods in Grimsby’s west end. After decommissioning the lagoons in 2001, the Town of Grimsby and the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club worked to lobby against intentions of draining and levelling the land. Today, each of the six bodies of water provides different habitats for the breeding and migrating of rare shorebirds.

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

Contact info

624 Winston Road
Grimsby, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Attraction
Landscape: Conservation area

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Biodigester Doors Open Grimsby

Biodigester

This facility – a Class 3 anaerobic digester with a capacity of 1,000 kilowatts of electricity – takes farm waste (such as grape pomace, silage, peppers, potatoes, hay and straw and non-agricultural materials including dog food, fats, oils and grease) and converts it into electricity, thereby avoiding dumping it into landfill. The facility represents a modern, progressive look at green energy.

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  • Parking

Contact info

424 Sobie Road
Grimsby, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carnegie Building (Grimsby Historical Society Archives) Doors Open Grimsby

Carnegie Building (Grimsby Historical Society Archives)

An outstanding example of a Carnegie library influenced by the beaux arts style, this building was constructed in 1911 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. The building is named for the late 19th-century Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Stop by to view a display on the history of Main Street plus some historical maps.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Communication

Contact info

25 Adelaide Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-309-2002
Email: archives@grimsbyhistoricalsociety.com
www.grimsbyhistoricalsociety.com

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Casa Toscana (Farewell House) Doors Open Grimsby

Casa Toscana (Farewell House)

Farewell House, now home to Casa Toscana, was built by the Woolverton family in 1839. This house features an eclectic combination of architectural elements. The Woolvertons ran a medical practice here until the 1980s. A memorial iron gate from the original house is now in the gardens at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, commemorating the family’s contribution to Grimsby health care.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

22 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 289-235-8888
www.casatoscana.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1839
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Casablanca Waterfront Trail Doors Open Grimsby

Casablanca Waterfront Trail

Discover the Casablanca Waterfront Trail – Grimby's newest walking trail along the water! This west-end trail begins at Casablanca Beach Park and stretches to Hunter Road, featuring beach access and bridge access over Forty Mile Creek. During Doors Open, the Active Grimsby Advisory Committee will be leading walking tours and encouraging an active lifestyle.

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

Contact info

Meet at the beach at 565 North Service Road
Grimsby, Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elizabeth Street Pumphouse Doors Open Grimsby

Elizabeth Street Pumphouse

This waterworks facility was in continuous use until the early 1990s. It sits on the location of the Engagement of the Forty, a battle that took place in 1813. It is now home to the International Peace Garden. During Doors Open, enjoy live music and food trucks. And the Lakeside Pumphouse Artists will hold their annual Art Exhibition and Sale.

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

Contact info

477 Elizabeth Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-1288

Architecture

Year built: 1905

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fire Station 2 Doors Open Grimsby

Fire Station 2

Grimsby’s newest fire station will be hosting its open house to coincide with Doors Open. In addition to fire safety public education, the open house will feature a live burn demonstration, a free barbecue, jumpy castle and more. Don’t miss out!

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

Contact info

167 Mountain Road
Grimsby, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 2017

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grimsby Museum Doors Open Grimsby

Grimsby Museum

The regency-style entrance of the Grimsby Museum is the original doorway from the Marlatt Inn that once stood on Main Street. During Doors Open, the museum will open its storage rooms for visitors to explore some of Grimsby’s hidden secrets. Enjoy the Main Street Then and Now exhibit and activities for the whole family.

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

Contact info

6 Murray Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-5292
www.grimsby.ca/Museum/Main

Architecture

Year built: 1983
Architect: Robert Yamamoto
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grimsby Public Library Doors Open Grimsby

Grimsby Public Library

This library brings information, ideas and people of all ages together to enrich lives, promote literacy and build community. During Doors Open, staff will show you around the building and highlight resources and services that you might not know about. Activities include viewing a timeline and display that features women’s suffrage. Join a virtual suffrage march on the green screen.

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

Contact info

18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-5142
www.grimsby.ca/Library

Architecture

Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hagar Public School (Bible League of Canada) Doors Open Grimsby

Hagar Public School (Bible League of Canada)

This former school, built in 1913, is an excellent example of a two-storey school structure from the early 20th century. Constructed of red brick, the building features substantial stonework and brick quoins. This site is now home to the Bible League of Canada, who restored the building in 2013.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

399 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-319-9500

Architecture

Year built: 1913
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Harmony Jewellers Doors Open Grimsby

Harmony Jewellers

Built in 1927, Harmony Jewellers purchased this former Canadian Bank of Commerce building in 2009. Following an extensive six-month renovation, the building has been restored to its former glory. The renovations included original historical features of the building – the cornice, the Bank of Commerce crest, original brickwork, stone window sills and the original limestone entrance.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

37 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-4411
https://harmonyjewellers.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1927
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nelles Manor Museum Doors Open Grimsby

Nelles Manor Museum

Built by United Empire Loyalist Colonel Robert Nelles, this stone mansion is the oldest continuously inhabited house between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Kingston. The house has passed through four successive generations. In 2016, owners Barry and Linda Coutts generously donated it to a charitable, non-profit corporation. Now run by volunteers, the manor has been converted into a museum and heritage house.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

126 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
http://nellesmanor.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1788
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Objects to Desire Doors Open Grimsby

Objects to Desire

This house has been adapted for commercial use as an art gallery. Only the front section is open to the public. It was used as a train station years ago and was part of the Underground Railroad. A man and his son who died here after having safely escaped from the United States are said to haunt the property.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1 Livingston Avenue
Grimsby, Ontario
www.objectstodesire.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1910
Architectural style: Queen Anne revival
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark
Landscape: Conservation area

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sentimental Farm Doors Open Grimsby

Sentimental Farm

Sentimental Farm is an example of a modern urban homestead. Producing 60 to 70 per cent of the food needed for your household, this farm has become a teaching centre for those wishing to lead a more independent lifestyle. During Doors Open, explore the backyard chickens, intensive gardening, bee hives, homesteading skills demonstrations and the Nigerian dwarf dairy goats.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

78 Ridge Road East
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-309-7096
www.sentimentalfarm.com

Architecture

Year built: Founded in 2002
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Simply Moto Doors Open Grimsby

Simply Moto

The Old Bank of Hamilton – Grimsby’s first bank – is representative of early-20th-century downtown commercial buildings. Ownership has changed over the years. It is currently occupied by Simply Moto – a motorcycle gear, parts and apparel shop. The original bank vault remains in use as the changeroom for shoppers. During Doors Open, try to "crack the safe" from the night deposit box.

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Contact info

1 Main Street East
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 289-235-8299
https://simplymoto.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1893
Building type: Commercial, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Andrew's Grimsby Doors Open Grimsby

St. Andrew's Grimsby

The oldest church in the Niagara peninsula, St. Andrew’s has welcomed people for 225 years – from the original 1794 log church to the current 1825 stone building, replete with stained-glass windows. Today, a small community regularly attends Sunday services. During Doors Open, the site’s history will be featured, along with the graves of United Empire Loyalists and Grimsby’s founding families.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

7 St. Andrews Avenue
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-8894
www.standrewsgrimsby.com

Architecture

Year built: 1825
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Van Geest Bros. Gerber Daisy Greenhouse Doors Open Grimsby

Van Geest Bros. Gerber Daisy Greenhouse

This greenhouse dates back to 1890; it has housed everything from cucumbers to azalias and ferns. Today's greenhouse is run by the Van Geest Bros. Limited., and grows 27,870 square metres (300,000 square feet) and 76 varieties of gerbera daisies that are sold throughout North America. Come and explore the rows of colourful flowers at this unique Doors Open location.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

9 Kerman Avenue
Grimsby, Ontario
www.vangeestbros.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.