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Halton Region

Event information

September 28 and 29, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore Halton Region's hidden gems!

Discover history and heritage, cultural and religious sites as well as unique architecture and spaces not normally open to the public at this year's two-day event. Doors Open Halton Region includes four municipalities – Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville – with a weekend's worth of exploration!

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Community information

Halton Region, just west of the Greater Toronto Area, combines small-town charm with the amenities of major urban centres, and is home to the City of Burlington and the towns of Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville. Visitors can paddle on Lake Ontario, hike or bike the Niagara Escarpment, shop in Canada's largest outlet mall or hand-pick fresh fruit and vegetables at one of Halton’s many farms or markets.

We are less than an hour's drive from Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara, Kitchener and Vaughan. Spend Saturday in the south visiting Oakville and Burlington and Sunday exploring what awaits in Milton and Halton Hills. Our Doors Open sites will certainly appeal to all ages and interests – from heritage buffs and gardeners to nature and art enthusiasts. We welcome visitors to discover our charming private homes, curated heritage sites, unique businesses and lasting institutions – such as Oakville's old post office, 1830 Ireland House and Erchless Estate.

To plan your Doors Open Halton Region weekend, visit the Hamilton | Halton | Brant website or the Discovering Halton site. Halton is accessed from the Queen Elizabeth Way, Highways 7, 401, 403 and 407, with GO Transit services to all four of our communities.

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Contact info

Telephone: 905-825-6000, ext. 3440
Email: meredith.leonard@halton.ca

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Burlington - Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI) Doors Open Halton Region

Burlington - Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI)

ASI is the largest archaeological and heritage consultancy in Canada, with offices in Toronto and Burlington. They have over 35 years of experience in the production and dissemination of knowledge about Ontario’s past. Come and visit the expanded Burlington office to meet the team of archaeologists and heritage specialists, see some artifacts and learn about local heritage!

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

Contact info

2321 Fairview Street, Unit 200
Burlington , Ontario
Telephone: 416-966-1069
http://asiheritage.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Burlington - Burlington Radio Control Modelers Doors Open Halton Region

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Burlington - Burlington Radio Control Modelers

The Burlington Radio Control Modelers has approximately 160 members who share an interest in flying model aircraft. Their aim is to keep the hobby alive and pass on the enjoyment to others. The property includes a clubhouse, spectator seating area, a 121-metre (400-foot) asphalt runway and a grass runway. During Doors Open, visitors can tour the site and watch demonstrations.

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

Contact info

1548 King Road
Burlington, Ontario
Email: vicepresident@brcm.org
https://brcm.org

Architecture

Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Burlington - Freeman Station Doors Open Halton Region

Burlington - Freeman Station

Built in 1906 for the Grand Trunk Railway as a combination passenger and baggage depot, the Burlington West Station (formerly Burlington Junction, known as Freeman Station) exhibits stylistic features characteristic of Grand Trunk Railway stations constructed in that decade. Today, Freeman Station is managed by a group of community volunteers, now incorporated as the Friends of Freeman Station.

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

Contact info

1285 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
www.freemanstation.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1906
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Burlington - Halton Mosque and Halton Islamic Association Doors Open Halton Region

Burlington - Halton Mosque and Halton Islamic Association

Built in the early 1990s, the Halton Mosque is the only masjid (a Muslim place of worship) in the City of Burlington. Since it opened, it has been the primary centre for prayer, learning and recreation for the Burlington Muslim community. During Doors Open, take a tour of this unique building and learn about the Islamic faith and culture.

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

Contact info

4310 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-334-9943
www.masjidhalton.com

Architecture

Year built: c. 1990
Architectural style: International
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Burlington - Joseph Brant Museum Doors Open Halton Region

Burlington - Joseph Brant Museum

Discover Burlington’s rich cultural past and early foundations at the Joseph Brant Museum. This museum houses a collection of locally and nationally significant historical costumes, artifacts and archival materials. Explore the early history of Burlington, learn about our first citizen, Joseph Brant, and experience the Burlington S.T.E.A.M. Zone!

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

Contact info

1240 North Shore Blvd E
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-634-3556
www.museumsofburlington.ca/joseph-brant

Architecture

Year built: 1937-38; 2018-19
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Burlington - Nickel Brook Brewing Co. Doors Open Halton Region

Burlington - Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

Nickel Brook is Burlington's only craft brewery. Founded in 2005, it has grown to be one of the leading players in the Ontario craft beer industry with a huge range of products. From hoppy IPAs and fruity sours to rich stouts, there's something here for even the most discerning beer lover.

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

Contact info

864 Drury Lane
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 289-208-8295
Email: info@nickelbrook.com
www.nickelbrook.com

Architecture

Year built: 1990
Architect: Luigi Romano
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: tours at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. (pre-registration required ... coming soon)

Burlington - Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant Doors Open Halton Region

Burlington - Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant cleans and treats wastewater for the City of Burlington. Through a series of filtration processes, the facility has the capacity to treat and discharge the equivalent of over 56 Olympic-sized pools of clean water into Hamilton Harbour, Lake Ontario every day. Registration required to visit - available soon.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1135 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1964

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; scheduled tours only

Milton - Mattamy National Cycling Centre Doors Open Halton Region

Milton - Mattamy National Cycling Centre

This world-class cycling track is home to the Canadian cycling team. It is the second such facility in North America and the only one of its kind in Canada. The Canadian National Track Championships will also be occurring at the same time as Doors Open Halton Region. Come and watch the competition!

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  • Parking
  • Food vendors
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

2015 Pan Am Blvd.
Milton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-875-5398
Email: velodrome@milton.ca
www.mattamynationalcyclingcentre.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2014
Architect: B&H Architects (master planning and PDC Consultant) FaulknerBrowns Architects (design architect) CannonDesign (executive architect)
Building type: Attraction
Landscape: Conservation area

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Milton - Waldie's Blacksmith Shop Doors Open Halton Region

Milton - Waldie's Blacksmith Shop

A restored post-and-beam structure built in 1865, Waldie’s is a working blacksmith shop with original tools and artifacts used by blacksmiths as well as forges that have been reconstructed by precision craftsmen. The Milton Historical Society, who currently occupies this historical site, is a member of the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association.

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  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

16 James Street
Milton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-875-4156
Email: info@miltonhistoricalsociety.ca
www.miltonhistoricalsociety.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1865
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oakville - Guided walks (Oakville Historical Society) Doors Open Halton Region

Oakville - Guided walks (Oakville Historical Society)

Enjoy a one-hour walk exploring Old Oakville. Walkers can learn about the history of the town, brought to life by costumed volunteers with anecdotes and the histories of its first inhabitants. Appreciate many of the town’s oldest homes, dating back to the 1820s. Meet at 110 King Street for 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. tours.

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

Contact info

Meet at 110 King Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-2695
Email: information@oakvillehistory.org
www.oakvillehistory.org

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Oakville - Howard Iron Works Printing Museum Doors Open Halton Region

Oakville - Howard Iron Works Printing Museum

How important has the printing press been throughout history? Visit this interesting museum and explore the story of printing, focusing on machinery and ephemerae from the 1830s to the 1950s. This museum is where rare and unusual machinery comes to life. During Doors Open, food and beverages will be available.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

800 Westgate Road
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-821-0000, ext. 231
Email: info@howardironworks.org
www.howardironworks.org

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oakville - Knox Presbyterian Church Doors Open Halton Region

Oakville - Knox Presbyterian Church

This red-brick Gothic-style building was dedicated on May 20, 1888. The magnificent church steeple still rises over Oakville's main street. The stained-glass windows are among the best in Canada. Tour the sanctuary and walk through the lovely memorial gardens. During Doors Open, food, beverages and organ recitals will be available.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

89 Dunn Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-582-6621
www.knoxoakville.com

Architecture

Year built: 1888
Architect: Peter Brass
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oakville - Knox Presbyterian Church Sixteen Doors Open Halton Region

Oakville - Knox Presbyterian Church Sixteen

Knox Sixteen provides visitors a glimpse into the past. This historical church, built in the Gothic revival style, features beautiful stained-glass windows and a well-maintained pioneer cemetery, which welcomes visitors to a place of quiet and peace. Built in 1845, the church was a regular meeting place for the neighbouring agricultural community.

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

Contact info

1150 Dundas Street West
Oakville , Ontario
Email: pastor@knox16.com
www.knox16presbyterian.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1833
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Landscape: Garden, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oakville - Merrick Thomas House Doors Open Halton Region

Oakville - Merrick Thomas House

Merrick Thomas House is a fine example of a settler’s house. This one-and-a-half-storey clapboard structure – with the saltbox roofline typical of its period – is constructed of white pine logs squared into 12-inch-by-12-inch timbers on a fieldstone foundation. The Oakville Historical Society now operates the house as a museum. Costumed volunteers will provide cooking demonstrations over an open fire.

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

Contact info

144 Front Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-2695
Email: information@oakvillehistory.org
www.oakvillehistory.org

Architecture

Year built: 1829; moved to its present site in 1955
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oakville - Munn's United Church Doors Open Halton Region

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Oakville - Munn's United Church

The first church on this site, erected in 1844, was a wooden structure. As the congregation grew, there was need for a larger building. So, a brick structure was constructed in 1898, with an addition made in 1991. Munn’s United Church is a well-preserved example of the Gothic revival style that is prevalent in 19th-century church architecture.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

5 Dundas Street East
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-257-8434
Email: office@munnsunited.com
www.munnsunited.com

Architecture

Year built: 1844
Architectural style: Ontario Gothic
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oakville - Oakville Historical Society Offices Doors Open Halton Region

Oakville - Oakville Historical Society Offices

The offices of the Oakville Historical Society are located in the cottages on the north side of the Erchless Estate grounds. The great-granddaughters of Oakville’s founder, William Chisholm, had the cottages built in the 1950s. During Doors Open Halton Region, visitors can enjoy a featured display here – including local artifacts and documents.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

110 King Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-2695
Email: information@oakvillehistory.org
www.oakvillehistory.org

Architecture

Year built: 1953
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oakville - Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate Doors Open Halton Region

Oakville - Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

The Erchless Estate was once the home of Oakville’s founding family, the Chisholms. It is now the setting for the community's museum. Come and enjoy the magnificent harbour views, historical gardens and tour the family estate and exhibits. The entertaining and knowledgeable staff will tell visitors the fascinating stories of early Oakville.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

8 Navy Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-338-4400
www.oakville.ca/museum

Architecture

Year built: Custom house and bank, c. 1856; estate, c. 1858
Architect: R.K. Chisholm
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Attraction, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oakville - Oakville's First Post Office Doors Open Halton Region

Oakville - Oakville's First Post Office

This little building served as the town's first post office from 1835 to 1856. In the early 1950s, it was saved from demolition and moved to Lakeside Park where it became a museum. Try your hand at writing with a quill pen. Then, wander around the lovely park and surrounding grounds overlooking Lake Ontario.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

Lakeside Park, at the corner of Front and Thomas streets
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-338-4400
Email: oakvillemuseum@oakville.ca
www.oakville.ca/museum

Architecture

Year built: 1835
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oakville - Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre Doors Open Halton Region

Oakville - Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

Housed in a renovated, repurposed high school, the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre is a unique multi-purpose LEEDS-certified recreation, arts and cultural facility. To celebrate Doors Open and Culture Days, come and enjoy free family entertainment, live music, art activities, dance and more! Snacks and beverage will be available.

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

Contact info

2302 Bridge Road
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-815-5979
Email: Tonia.DiRisio@oakville.ca
www.oakville.ca/culturerec/queen-elizabeth-park-community-cultural-centre.html

Architecture

Year built: 1972; 2012
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oakville - Sovereign House/Mazo de la Roche Heritage Display Centre Doors Open Halton Region

Oakville - Sovereign House/Mazo de la Roche Heritage Display Centre

Operated by the Bronte Historical Society, this house was built for Charles Sovereign, a local justice of the peace. It was moved to its present location in 1988. Renowned author Mazo de la Roche lived here from 1910-15. During Doors Open, enjoy a guided tour, see the Art on the Bluffs exhibit and take in spectacular views of Bronte Harbour.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

7 West River Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-825-5552
Email: brontehistoricalsociety@bellnet.ca
http://brontehistoricalsociety.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1846
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Garden, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oakville - St. Jude's Anglican Church Doors Open Halton Region

Oakville - St. Jude's Anglican Church

St Jude’s has been in its present building since 1883. The bell tower, completed in 1896, houses a bell that was cast at Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, England. The tower clock, installed in 1906, is wound by hand weekly. During Doors Open, enjoy live musicians in the sanctuary, and wander through the rummage sale in Victoria Hall.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

160 William Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-3972
Email: businessmanager@stjudeschurch.net
www.stjudeschurch.net

Architecture

Year built: 1883; renovations, 1956, 1987
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oakville - Town of Oakville Greenhouse Doors Open Halton Region

Oakville - Town of Oakville Greenhouse

Over 150,000 annuals – with significant varieties of plant species – are grown here for the town's seasonal horticultural displays. The plant conservatory and patio are home to plants from different geographical regions. During Doors Open, visitors can see the Oakville Junior Garden (Oakville Horticultural Society) and will be able to do some transplanting.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1100 Cornwall Road
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-845-6601
Email: Steve.wiersma@oakville.ca
www.oakville.ca/culturerec/facility-rentals-greenhouse.html

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility, Green building
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.