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Ajax

Event information

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

Doors Open Ajax is a day-long celebration of the finest buildings, creative spaces and architecturally relevant sites in Ajax. This is a free community event for all ages – no tickets or registrations are required. Begin at any featured site and visit as many as you like, in any order. Visitors will be led in small groups through the sites by a tour guide who will tell the site’s story. Some sites will also feature activities and music. There may be lineups at popular sites. We look forward to showing you Ajax!

For more information, visit our website or call the Festival or Events Coordinator at 905-619-2529, ext. 7248.

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Community information

Doors Open Ajax is a community initiative providing an opportunity to showcase and promote our past, present and future, as well as to glimpse inside our unique and historical buildings and to explore the local architecture and culture of Ajax. This event offers residents and visitors with a day to explore a side of Ajax that they've likely never seen.

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Become a volunteer

Volunteer to be part of this year's Doors Open Ajax event. Volunteers will be placed at various sites in one of the following roles:

  • Tour Guides
  • Greeters
  • Security

General volunteer requirements include the following:

  • Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older at the time of application.
  • Volunteers under 18 years of age must complete and submit a Parent/Guardian waiver.
  • Volunteers 16 years of age and older will be required to submit a satisfactory Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening.
  • Volunteers must complete a Town of Ajax volunteer training session.

Note: Some volunteer opportunities may have more specific requirements, and/or include an interview or additional training component. Additional requirements will be noted in the volunteer opportunity description.

Please visit ajax.ca/volunteer for more detailed information.

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Contact info

Telephone: 905-619-2529, ext. 7248
Email: poonam.sindhwani@ajax.ca
Website: www.ajax.ca

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Ajax Downs Doors Open Ajax

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Ajax Downs

Alex Picov was Canada's largest horse dealer during the 1960s and 1970s. Picov Downs opened in 1968. In 2006, it was renamed Ajax Downs and expanded to include the Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) Slots. OLG Slots was renamed Casino Ajax in 2018. Tour the facility and stables. Note: The quarter horses will not be on site during the tours.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

50 Alexander's Crossing
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 905-686-8001
https://ajaxdowns.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

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

Ajax Fire Headquarters Doors Open Ajax

Ajax Fire Headquarters

Tour Ajax’s first LEED-registered facility and learn about the fire departments past and present. The fire headquarters facility opened in 2008 and features an extensive green-roof system with native plants. The town’s restored antique pumper truck and the fire safety house will also be on display for you to enjoy.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

900 Salem Road North
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 905-683-4481
www.ajax.ca/en/livinginajax/Fire_Headquarters.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2008
Architect: Karp Namisniak Yamanoto Architects Inc. (KNY)
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

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

Ajax Operations and Environmental Services Centre Doors Open Ajax

Ajax Operations and Environmental Services Centre
An “environment first” philosophy is reflected in the design of this state-of-the-art, 5,110-square-metre (55,000-square-foot) facility, opened in 2010. This LEED-registered building includes nearly 500 solar panels, a green roof system, geothermal heating and cooling, and a solar public art piece at the main entrance.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

800 Salem Road North
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 905-683-2951
www.ajax.ca/en/insidetownhall/operations.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2010
Architect: Karp Namisniak Yamanoto Architects Inc. (KNY)
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

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

Axalta Coating Systems Canada Company Doors Open Ajax

Axalta Coating Systems Canada Company

Located on four hectares (10 acres) of former Defence Industries Limited (DIL) lands, Axalta (formerly DuPont Performance Coatings) is one of Ajax’s founding businesses, dating back to 1956. The company provides liquid and powder coatings to automotive, transportation, general industrial and architectural/decorative customers worldwide and employs 250 people across Canada. Try your hand at the virtual spray paint machine!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

408 Fairall Street
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 905-683-5500
www.axaltacs.com/ca/en_CA.html

Architecture

Year built: 1956
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Falcon Brewery Doors Open Ajax

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Falcon Brewery

This is your chance to check out this local brewery and try one of the many beers featured daily! Originally launched in 2013 as a contract brewing operation called Stouffville Brewing, the company name was changed to Falcon Brewing in 2016 – consistent with their flagship beers, Red Falcon Ale and Laggar Falcon Craft Lager.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

30 Barr Road
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 905-686-6686
www.falconbrewingcompany.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

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

Friends Cemetery Doors Open Ajax

Friends Cemetery

The Quaker Burial Ground on Mill Street is owned by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers); it is the oldest cemetery in Ajax. Timothy Rogers, who came to the area in 1807 with his wife and 40 other Quaker families, donated the land for the cemetery and Quaker meeting house. Rogers is buried here, along with his wife and children.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

Mill Street
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 905-839-1560
www.ajax.ca/en/livinginajax/historicalajaxcemeteries.asp

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1809
Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

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

Hartrick House Doors Open Ajax

Hartrick House

Hartrick House was built in 1852 and incorporates elements of classical revival and Ontario Gothic architecture. Originally part of an 81-hectare (200-acre) farm, this house now serves as a community meeting hall. Doors Open visitors can explore Ajax through beautiful photography – captured by the Ajax Photography Club – on display at this amazing site.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

120 Roberson Drive
Ajax, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1852
Architectural style: Ontario cottage
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

Heritage House Catering Doors Open Ajax

Heritage House Catering
Dr. Byron Field originally used this well-known 1911 heritage home for his medical practice. The designated building reflects the Georgian revival and neoclassical styles. The original drawings of architect A.A. Post are featured in the retail shop, where the current owners - Heritage House Catering - offer homemade items for purchase that you won’t want to miss.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

479 Kingston Road West
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 289-314-9870
www.heritagehousecatering.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Architect: A.A. Post
Architectural style: Georgian, Neoclassical
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Lexus of Lakeridge Doors Open Ajax

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Lexus of Lakeridge

Lexus of Lakeridge is a state-of-the-art facility that boasts 6,782 square metres (73,000 square feet) of luxury and technology. Constructed in 2016, the building is composed mostly of glass and includes a glassed-in “jewel box” as well as a 90-seat café with an onsite chef. This is one tour you won’t want to miss!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

180 Achilles Road
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 905-619-7166
www.lexusoflakeridge.com

Architecture

Year built: 2016
Architect: R.H. Carter Architects

Dates/hours open

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

Pickering Village Walking Tours Doors Open Ajax

Pickering Village Walking Tours

Pickering Village owes much of its history to the arrival, in 1810, of Quaker settlers from New England, led by Timothy Rogers. Discover the myths and social history of the village and learn about the life and times of this Quaker community. Free guided walking tours will begin at the Village Community Centre.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

Meet at 58 Church Street North (parking available at the nearby Pickering High School)
Ajax, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various architects

Dates/hours open

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

St. George's Anglican Church and Cemetery Doors Open Ajax

St. George's Anglican Church and Cemetery
St. George’s parish was founded at Duffins Creek in 1832. This designated heritage building of Gothic revival design was completed in 1856 and is the oldest church standing in Ajax. The surrounding mature spruce trees, gravestones and wrought-iron railings complement this historical church. A new parish hall was constructed to the south in 1959, with an addition in 2003.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

77 Randall Drive
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 905-683-7981
Email: stgeorgesajax@gmail.com
www.stgeorgeschurch.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1856
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Attraction, Cemetery, Historical landmark, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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