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Peterborough

Event information

Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Doors Open Peterborough 2018 is taking a look at Peterborough’s rich industrial heritage with the theme of Peterborough Works: Industry Past and Present.

Peterborough is home to many unique and exciting industries and businesses. Take the opportunity to come and explore sites that showcase Peterborough’s industry and learn about its history and role in the community today. The day will also feature special displays, demonstrations, tours and free rides on a historical trolley.

Doors Open Peterborough, in partnership with Peterborough Transit, is pleased to offer free bus passes for Doors Open visitors. In addition, Doors Open Peterborough is partnering with the 2018 Shifting Gears Challenge to encourage people to cycle to participating sites. Bus passes and maps outlining a suggested cycling route will be available at all participating sites.

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Community information

Peterborough is located in the heart of the Kawarthas and boasts a wealth of activities for everyone. From museums and art galleries to the Trent Severn Waterway, lakes and trails throughout the region, Peterborough is a great place to get out and try new things.

One of the city’s defining features is its incredible array of heritage buildings. Both those featured in Doors Open this year and those throughout the community offer an amazing glimpse into this historical city.

Peterborough is located just one hour away from the Greater Toronto Area and is an ideal spot for a day trip for Doors Open or a longer getaway to see some more of the things the community has to offer.

For more information, visit thekawarthas.ca.

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Become a volunteer

Doors Open Peterborough is looking for people who might be interested in volunteering their time to make this great day possible!

Join us as we partner with sites and organizations from across the city to bring Peterborough’s industrial heritage to life. In order for Doors Open to be a success, a large group of volunteers is needed to provide visitors with a friendly, informative and fun experience. Volunteer duties will include directing visitors to the sites, providing general information, ensuring that the integrity of the site is maintained and keeping a record of the number of visitors to each site.

Volunteers do not need any previous experience to participate in Doors Open and will be provided with information and a formal training session prior to the day of the event. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Jessica Bisson.

Thank you!

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Contact info

Telephone: 705-742-7777, ext. 1491
Email: eturner@peterborough.ca

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Comstock and Kaye Life Celebration Centre Doors Open Peterborough

Comstock and Kaye Life Celebration Centre

The Comstock and Kaye Life Celebration Centre was formed in 2016 as a merger between two well-established Peterborough businesses: Comstock Funeral Home, founded over 150 years ago, and Kaye Funeral Home and Memorial Chapel, founded in 1946. Tour this business, located in an 1882 building, and learn about their history and work today.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

356 Rubidge Street
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-745-4683

Architecture

Year built: 1882
Architect: David Gamble

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Industry Walking Tour Doors Open Peterborough

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Downtown Industry Walking Tour

Join local historians Don Willcock and Elwood Jones on a downtown walking tour that will explore the industrial heritage of Jackson Creek. Although few of the buildings remain, there are still lots of interesting stories to hear. There will be only two tours during the day, starting at Confederation Square.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at Confederation Square
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

East City Industry Walking Tour Doors Open Peterborough

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East City Industry Walking Tour

Join local historian Gord Young from Lakefield Heritage Research on a walking tour of some of East City’s former industrial sites. Learn about how industry shaped the East City landscape and see what's there today. Tours will operate throughout the day, ending at 2:30 p.m., starting at the Cambium Consulting and Engineering parking lot. Easy walk; no special footwear required.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at 52 Hunter Street East
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Innovation Cluster, The Doors Open Peterborough

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Innovation Cluster, The

The Innovation Cluster supports determined, innovative entrepreneurs as they create and grow technology-driven companies. Focusing on four key sectors – clean-tech, ag-tech, healthcare and digital – The Innovation Cluster’s dynamic programming ensures that startups find their best path to market. The Innovation Cluster operates The Cube – Peterborough’s two full-service business incubators, located at Trent University and in downtown Peterborough.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

270 George Street North, 3rd floor
Peterborough, Ontario
www.innovationcluster.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jackson Creek Retirement Residence Doors Open Peterborough

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Jackson Creek Retirement Residence

The Jackson Creek Retirement Residence is located on the site of the William Hamilton Foundry. The Hamilton Foundry produced castings used throughout Ontario and was, at one time, one of Peterborough’s most prosperous businesses. Visit this site to view a photo exhibit about the foundry and see the transformation of the site from industrial centre to a peaceful retirement residence.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

London Street Generating Station Doors Open Peterborough

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London Street Generating Station

The present London Street Generating Station consists of two plants – a 1902 plant designed by Charles H. Keefer to supply power to what is now Quaker Oats, and a second plant added in 2016. It was acquired by Peterborough Utilities in 1975. Come and see one of the facilities that provides electricity to the city. Note: Closed-toe shoes are required.

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  • Parking

Contact info

49 London Street
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1902; 2016
Architect: Charles H. Keefer (designer)

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mattress Factory, The Doors Open Peterborough

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Mattress Factory, The

In 1927, the Peterborough Mattress Company moved their factory into this building. The company manufactured mattresses that were used across Peterborough and Ontario. Now, this designated building has a new life as the workshop of Rivison Renovations, a local carpentry business that specializes in renovating old homes.

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Contact info

482 Mark Street
Peterborough, Ontario
www.rivisonrenovations.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1927

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre Doors Open Peterborough

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Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre

This centre houses a stunning collection of Canadian wildlife displays and an impressive antique lure and decoy exhibit. See Ontario’s warm water fish collection in our giant Shimano Aquarium. Through educational field trips, birthday parties and teaching youth how to fish at the pond, the centre celebrates the conservation success stories of Ontario’s anglers and hunters.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

4601 Guthrie Drive
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-748-6324
www.hfhc.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Peterborough Lift Lock Doors Open Peterborough

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Peterborough Lift Lock

Come and see Peterborough's iconic lift lock up close! Guided tours are available throughout the day. Space is limited and the last tour occurs at 2:30 p.m. Tours include numerous stairs and relatively confined spaces. Closed-toe shoes are required. This facility is not accessible. Children over 10 years old are welcome on tours if accompanied by an adult. 

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  • Parking
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

353 Hunter Street East at Ashburnham Drive
Peterborough, Ontario
www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/visit/services/ecluse-ascenseur-peterborough-lift-lock

Architecture

Year built: 1904
Architect: Richard Birdsall Rogers

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Publican House Brewery Doors Open Peterborough

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Publican House Brewery

The Publican House Brewery is a family-owned craft brewery in downtown Peterborough. Their beer is small-batch brewed with natural ingredients. The adjoining Brew Pub is located in a 170-year-old building with a long history as a Peterborough pub and restaurant. Tours of their facility will be available throughout the day.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

300 Charlotte Street
Peterborough, Ontario
www.publicanhouse.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Smithavens Brewing Company Doors Open Peterborough

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Smithavens Brewing Company

The Smithavens Brewing Company is a family-owned and -operated craft brewery. They brew in small batches to ensure maximum freshness and the best taste. Tour the facility and learn more about the company’s specialization in traditional European beers – using premium malts, hops and yeasts. Guided tours occur on the hour, beginning at 11 a.m.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

687 Rye Street, Unit 6
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-743-4747
www.smithavensbrewing.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Town Trolley Doors Open Peterborough

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Town Trolley

Take a ride on a historical trolley through Peterborough’s downtown! Streetcars developed by Canadian General Electric were an important part of Peterborough’s early industry. Experience Peterborough’s public transit system from the turn of the 20th century. The trolley will depart throughout the day from Confederation Square, with parking available at the City Hall lot.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

Meet at Confederation Square
Peterborough, Ontario
www.towntrolley.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.