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Halton Region

Event information

Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Make sure you add Halton Region to your Doors Open experience this year!

Prepare to wander and explore – and don’t forget to bring your curiosity. We'll show you old-fashioned hospitality, Halton style, combined with a wealth of heritage, a twist of culture and stunning natural beauty. Hundreds of volunteers and staff in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills will be working hard to ensure a second-to-none Doors Open experience. We are waiting to welcome you and showcase the hidden gems that we are so proud of (many not normally open to the public.) Historical buildings, museums, private homes, places of worship and cultural venues abound. We promise to provide plenty to see and do that will enlighten, entertain and connect you to our communities.

Take a short drive to Halton for your city, town and country experience and build awesome memories with friends and family!

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Community information

Make plans to add Doors Open Halton Region to your outing this fall, whether for a day or overnight with one of our welcoming hosts.

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 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 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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Become a volunteer

The committee members of Doors Open Halton Region would like to acknowledge and reiterate our appreciation for the support, time and commitment of our volunteers. Hundreds of hours of unwavering commitment from in and around the region has been donated over the years. Without our volunteers, who continue to be an intricate part of this weekend-long event, many doors simply could not be open.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email or contact the local community coordinator below that best suits your location and availability:

  • Saturday, September 29, 2018 – Oakville/Burlington
  • Sunday, September 30, 2018 – Milton/Halton Hills

Community representatives and contacts

Burlington: Valerie Amaral, Museums of Burlington | Telephone: 905-332-9888 | Email: valerie.amaral@burlington.ca

Milton: Karin Tomosky, Willow Grove Heritage Farm | Telephhone: 905-878-8603 | Email: tomoskychamberskp@gmail.com

Oakville: Julie Hawryszko, Museum Programmer/Public Programs Recreation and Culture, Town of Oakville | Telephone: 905-845-6601, ext. 5043 | Email: julie.hawryszko@oakville.ca

Town of Halton Hills: Ann Lawlor, Councillor, Ward 4 | Telephone: 905-877-5662 | Email: annl@haltonhills.ca

For additional information, contact Doors Open Halton Region: Julie Sutton-Yardley, Heritage Network Coordinator, Halton Region Heritage Services | Telephone: 905-825-6000, ext. 3439 | Cell: 905-464-7187 | Fax: 905-876-4322 | Email: julie.sutton-yardley@halton.ca

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Contact info

Telephone: 905-825-6000, ext. 3439
Email: julie.sutton-yardley@halton.ca

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Milton - Elm Tree Centre - The "Originals" Loft Art and Sculpture Gallery Doors Open Halton Region

Milton - Elm Tree Centre - The "Originals" Loft Art and Sculpture Gallery

Built in 1875, Elm Tree Centre's stone barn is a designated historical building. Its walls are 56 centimetres (22 inches) thick and are made from natural field stone. The house was built in 1859; the gallery was constructed by Mennonites with post-and-beam construction. Don’t miss the gift shop and summer kitchen. The bistro will also be open, serving tasty snacks.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

2113, 25 Sideroad,
Halton Region, Ontario
Telephone: 519-823-5847
www.elmtreecentre.com

Architecture

Year built: 1859 (house); 1875 (stone barn); 2004 (post-and-beam barn/gallery)
Architect: John Atkinson
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29 – Sunday September 30, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Milton - Halton County Radial Railway Museum Doors Open Halton Region

Milton - Halton County Radial Railway Museum

The Halton County Radial Railway Museum is Milton’s best-kept secret! Take a ride on a vintage streetcar, visit the historical railway station and see the old streetcars, radial cars and work cars in the display barns. The oldest railcar dates from the late 1800s.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

13629 Guelph Line (north of Highway 401, south of Highway 7)
Halton Region, Ontario
Telephone: 519-856-9802
www.HCRY.org

Architecture

Year built: Formed in 1954
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Attraction, Museum, Transportation
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 30, 2018
Sunday 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.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

Meet at 110 King Street
Halton Region, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-2695
www.oakvillehistory.org

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday only: guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 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.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

26 Robinson Street
Halton Region, 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 29, 2018
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.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

110 King Street
Halton Region, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-2695
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 29, 2018
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
Halton Region, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-2695
www.oakvillehistory.org

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
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
Halton Region, 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 29, 2018
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

8 Navy Street in Lakeside Park, at the corner of Front and Thomas streets
Halton Region, Ontario
Telephone: 905-338-4400
www.oakville.ca/museum

Architecture

Year built: 1835
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
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 nine chimes cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, England. The tower clock, installed in 1906, is wound by hand weekly. During Doors Open, enjoy the musicians while you visit 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
Halton Region, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-3972
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 29, 2018
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 variety of plant species and cultivars – are grown here for the town's seasonal horticultural displays. The plants orangery and patio are home for 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

Contact info

1140 Cornwall Road
Halton Region, Ontario
Telephone: 905-845-6601
www.oakville.ca/culturerec/facility-rentals-greenhouse.html

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Green building
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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