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1855 Whitby Doors Open Whitby

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1855 Whitby

This building served as the Ontario County Land Registry Office from 1873 until 1987. It was part of a block that included the Ontario County Courthouse and the Ontario County Gaol. Come and see how this heritage building has been refreshed and adapted to support the growth of Durham Region’s rapidly growing innovation ecosystem – Whitby’s first accelerator hub!

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

Contact info

400 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1873
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

92.3 The Dock Doors Open Owen Sound

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92.3 The Dock

Owned by Larche Communications, this local radio station was licensed and began operations in this building in 2008. In 2017, Bell Media announced that it would acquire the station and received approval from the CTRC in February 2018. 92.3 The Dock plays “The Greatest Hits of All Time” (from the 1970s through the 1990s).

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Communication

Contact info

787 9th Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-470-7626, ext. 407
Email: kathleen.scott@bellmedia.ca
www.iheartradio.ca/92-3-the-dock

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aberdeen House Doors Open Guelph

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Aberdeen House

Built circa 1880, Aberdeen House’s new owners hired Evolve Builders in 2016 to reconstruct the interior of this Ontario cottage while leaving its external heritage appearance intact. It is now among the most energy-efficient homes in Guelph, with an airtight envelope, heat pump and many water-saving devices to make this a Blue Built Home. (Photo: Braendli Family)

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  • Guided tours available

Contact info

17 Aberdeen Street
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1880
Architectural style: Arts and crafts, Ontario cottage
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; last tour leaves at approx. 3:40 p.m.

Agnew's General Store Doors Open Highlands East

Agnew's General Store

In 1921, with only a handshake to seal the deal, Fred Agnew purchased the Wilberforce general store from S.W. Reynolds. Fred and his family became part of the community, passing their commitment to the area on to their sons and future generations. During Doors Open, stop by for a guided tour, and treat yourself at Eileen's Ice Cream Parlour.

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

Contact info

2284 Loop Road
Wilberforce, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-2211
www.agnews.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (guided tours every hour on the hour)

Algoma Orchards Store and Processing Plant Doors Open Clarington

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Algoma Orchards Store and Processing Plant

See where these apple growers pack fresh Ontario apples – 8,000 boxes each day in the 14,865-square-metre (160,000-square-foot) packing and storage facility (set to expand by 7,432 square metres/80,000 square feet in the next few years). During Doors Open, visitors can also see the apple juice facility that presses and bottles up to 9 million litres of fresh cider annually.

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

Contact info

201 Regional Road 42
Newcastle, Ontario
www.algomaorchards.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; half-hour guided tours throughout the day

Algoma Orchards Tour Doors Open Clarington

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Algoma Orchards Tour

Algoma Orchards uses state-of-the-art planting systems to grow over 445 hectares (1,100 acres) of apples at their Clarington facility. Currently growing 750,000 bushels of apples annually to ship across Canada (mainly Gala, Honeycrisp, Ambrosia and McIntosh), they will be expanding operations over the next five years to grow over 1 million bushels! Guided tours throughout the day.

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

Contact info

201 Regional Road 42
Newcastle, Ontario
www.algomaorchards.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All Saints' Anglican Church Doors Open Peterborough

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All Saints' Anglican Church

All Saints’ Anglican Church was constructed in 1909 to replace an older 1891 church, which is now the parish hall. In 1983, a fire gutted the building; the restored church was opened in 1985. Come and visit this distinctive Peterborough church with its collection of traditional and contemporary stained glass, and hear its unique pipe organ. Street parking available nearby.

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

Contact info

235 Rubidge Street
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-876-1501
Email: saints@allsaintspeterborough.org
www.allsaintspeterborough.org

Architecture

Year built: 1909; 1985
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Angelstone International Show Jumping Tournaments Doors Open Erin

Angelstone International Show Jumping Tournaments

Canada’s fastest-growing show jumping tournament venue, Angelstone hosts four weeks of equestrian show jumping in June and August. During Doors Open, visitors can stroll the grounds and take in the action with over 500 of North America’s top horses competing in four rings throughout the property. At 6 p.m., Angelstone will present the Headwaters Cup, featuring Olympians and their jumpers.

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  • Parking
  • Food vendors
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

8720 Wellington Road 50
Erin, Ontario
Telephone: 613-762-5669
www.angelstone.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2011
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art Walks Doors Open Guelph

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Art Walks

Downtown Guelph is home to many galleries, art spaces and public art. During Doors Open, join artist collective Ahmri + Abby and see what you might have been missing. These unique guided walking tours depart from The People and Information Network/Guelph Community Foundation throughout the day.

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Contact info

Meet at 46 Cork Street East
Guelph, Ontario
Email: administration@guelpharts.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: tours at 10 and 11:30 a.m., and 1 and 2:30 p.m.

Artech Glassblowing Studios (Tory Hill United Church) Doors Open Highlands East

Artech Glassblowing Studios (Tory Hill United Church)

Built in 1928, the Tory Hill United Church was the centre of this once-busy community. Across from McCue Lake, nestled at the bottom of the hill, this old church has been converted into a private residence and the Artech Glassblowing Studios. During Doors Open, glassblowing demonstrations will take place and the gallery shop will be open.

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  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

18639 Highway 118
Tory Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-9522
www.artechstudios.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1928
Building type: Commercial, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aultsville Theatre Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Aultsville Theatre

Built in 1976, the Aultsville Theatre is a 680-seat non-profit professional theatre that hosts a variety of events annually. Come and experience theatre life on the other side of the curtain. Take a backstage tour and see where the performers prepare themselves. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the theatrical lighting, rigging and operations that bring productions and performances to life.

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

Contact info

2 St. Lawrence Drive
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 613-932-1661
www.aultsvilletheatre.com

Architecture

Year built: 1976
Building type: Attraction, Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aurora Farmers' Market and Artisan Fair Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Farmers' Market and Artisan Fair

The Aurora Farmers’ Market is the Doors Open Aurora headquarters. During Doors Open, drop by and pick up maps and brochures for participating sites. The market is a traditional community market with more than 30 vendors, featuring fresh local produce, seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, honey, jams, arts and crafts, and handmade jewelry.

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

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Town Park (Wells and Mosley streets)
Aurora, Ontario
www.theaurorafarmersmarket.com

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Food and drink
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17, 2019
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Aurora Public Library Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Public Library

Public library service in Aurora began in 1855 with the formation of the Aurora Association for the Diffusion of Helpful Knowledge, later called the Aurora Mechanics’ Institute and Library Association. From these early organizations emerged the Aurora Public Library, now a busy, architecturally modern community hub in the heart of historical Aurora.

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

Contact info

15145 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-9493
www.library.aurora.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2001
Architect: Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aurora Readiness Centre (Bunker - Former Cold War Emergency Control Headquarters for Metro Toronto) Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Readiness Centre (Bunker - Former Cold War Emergency Control Headquarters for Metro Toronto)

Established by Metropolitan Toronto in 1962 following the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Aurora Readiness Centre was located beneath a circa 1875 farmhouse, now a private home. The centre was to be used to coordinate emergency services in the event of a nuclear attack on Toronto. During Doors Open, only the operations room will be open for viewing.

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  • Self-guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

220 Old Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
Email: planning@aurora.ca

Architecture

Year built: Centre, 1962; original farmhouse, c. 1875
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Backus-Page House Museum Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Backus-Page House Museum

This museum, operated by the Tyrconnell Heritage Society, is situated in picturesque John E. Pearce Provincial Park on Lake Erie’s shores. Enjoy the Mary Storey Wetlands Trail, Spicer Trail, heritage gardens, historical barn, outbuildings and the 1850s house museum with period rooms that tell the story of the Backus and Page families, and changing exhibits that showcase local rural communities.

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29424 Lakeview Line
Wallacetown, Ontario
Telephone: 519-762-3072
Email: info@backuspagehouse.ca
http://backuspagehouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1850
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Baines Machine and Repair Works Doors Open Lambton County

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Baines Machine and Repair Works

The Baines Machine Shop has changed little since it opened 1914 – and is one of the few remaining machine shops that uses methods and machinery of the era. There are huge lathes and milling machines driven by flat belts overhead. And old oil well parts and equipment are still worked in the same way as during the oil boom days.

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4162 James Street
Petrolia, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

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

Banting Homestead Heritage Park Doors Open Simcoe County

Banting Homestead Heritage Park

Explore this unique Canadian treasure – the birthplace of Sir Frederick Banting, Nobel laureate and co-discoverer of insulin. Tour the farmhouse, exhibits, the 1918 octagonal drive shed, legacy trail and exercise equipment – all part of this diabetes education centre.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

5116 Sir Frederick Banting Road
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-0111
Email: kait@bantinglegacy.ca
www.bantinglegacy.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1925
Building type: Educational facility, Historical landmark, Historical house
Landscape: Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

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

Barnum House Doors Open Northumberland County

Barnum House

Eliakim Barnum emigrated from the United States in 1807. He built this house in 1819; generations of the family lived here until 1917. Enjoy a tour of this magnificent home, one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in Ontario – faithfully restored by the Ontario Heritage Trust to how it would have been in the 1820-40 period.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

10568 County Road 2
Grafton, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/barnum-house

Architecture

Year built: 1819
Architect: Eliakim Barnum
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Be Well Centre Doors Open Peterborough

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Be Well Centre

This building was constructed in 1898 as the Bethany Tabernacle, a Christian and missionary alliance church. It served in this capacity until 1950 when the congregation moved; the building then became home to the Church of the Open Bible until 2009. It is now the Be Well Centre, a community of independent healthcare providers.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

459 George Street North
Peterborough, Ontario
www.bewellptbo.com

Architecture

Year built: 1898
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Healthcare facility, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beattie's Distillers Doors Open Simcoe County

Beattie's Distillers

The Beattie family has been farming in Alliston for five generations, growing crops of the highest standard for over 100 years. They have evolved from a potato farm to a farm that grows, harvests and distills potatoes for distilled spirits, including an award-winning vodka. They look forward to welcoming you to this Doors Open event!

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  • Guided tours available

Contact info

6673 13th Line
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-2444
Email: kenbeattie@beattiesdistillers.com
www.beattiesdistillers.com

Architecture

Year built: 2016
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

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

Belleville City Hall Doors Open Belleville

Belleville City Hall

Built in 1872-73 by architect John D. Evans (the builder was John Forin) as Belleville’s market building and town hall, this attractive structure – with its tall clock tower – has dominated the downtown landscape for over 140 years. Architect Bill White’s imaginative renovations (1987-88) preserved many original interior architectural features, while adding 929 square metres (10,000 square feet) of new space.

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

Contact info

169 Front Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-968-6481
www.belleville.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1872-73
Architect: John D. Evans (original building); Bill White (renovation)
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

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

Belleville Public Library and John M. Parrott Art Gallery Doors Open Belleville

Belleville Public Library and John M. Parrott Art Gallery

This library has extensive collections, digitization services, computer labs, an art gallery, meeting rooms and more. Since 2016, the community archives have also been located here. The old library’s 1909 stained-glass window is prominently displayed in the new building. During Doors Open, visitors will have an opportunity to visit some of the staff areas normally off limits to patrons.

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

Contact info

254 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-968-6731
www.bellevillelibrary.com

Architecture

Year built: 2006
Architect: Zeidler Partnership Architects
Architectural style: Art moderne
Building type: Library, Museum

Dates/hours open

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

Belleville Shrine Club Doors Open Belleville

Belleville Shrine Club

The Shriners, renowned for participating in community events, are recognized by children around the world. The Belleville Shrine Club took possession of this building in 1946. Prior to that, it was a stately private home, built in 1880. The building still preserves much of its original character, with a new addition added in 1959.

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

Contact info

51 Highland Avenue
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-962-2633
www.bellevilleshrineclub.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880

Dates/hours open

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

Bench Brewing (formerly Maple Grove School) Doors Open Lincoln

Bench Brewing (formerly Maple Grove School)

This former school was the longest-running active school in Ontario (for 182 years). The original building, destroyed by fire, was replaced with a red brick structure in 1864. This school eventually became too small for the community’s needs and was replaced by the current building – which operated as a school until 2014 when it was repurposed as Bench Brewing.

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3991 King Street
Lincoln (Vineland), Ontario
Telephone: 289-407-1402
Email: pdiianni@lincoln.ca
http://benchbrewing.com

Architecture

Year built: 1944
Architect: F.W. Warren
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bennett Hall Doors Open Lincoln

Bennett Hall

Bennett Hall was built as a fire hall in the old village of Beamsville. James D. Bennett, a carriage and sleigh manufacturer, donated the property where it was built. The popular meeting space above the station is now home to the Beamsville Lions Club. The main level is also home to Spark Lincoln, a high-tech incubator hub servicing the community.

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4282 Mountain Street
Beamsville, Ontario
Telephone: 289-407-1402
Email: pdiianni@lincoln.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1947

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Benrise Farms Doors Open Clarington

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Benrise Farms

For over 70 years, the Benschop family have owned and operated this third-generation dairy farm. Approximately 250 registered Holsteins are housed here – 100-plus are milked twice daily in a double-eight parlour. Learn what loose housing, free-stall, parlour and calf hutches are and more. During Doors Open, the Durham East 4-H Club will also provide displays and information.

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

Contact info

4666 Mearns Avenue North
Bowmanville, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Black's Distillery Doors Open Peterborough

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Black's Distillery

Black’s Distillery opened in East City in 2018 – and is the city’s only distillery. Manufacturing spirits on site, the distillery uses locally produced grain, mostly from Douro – including historical red fife wheat – to create vodka, gin and rye in small batches. During Doors Open, tours of the distillery will show how spirits are made at this unique local facility.

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

Contact info

99 Hunter Street East
Peterborough, Ontario
https://blacksdistillery.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brooklin Heritage Walking Tour Doors Open Whitby

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Brooklin Heritage Walking Tour

Bring your walking shoes as Whitby’s Heritage Planner and the Brooklin Heritage Society guide you through this historical village. Take in the neighborhood, meet the business owners, connect with neighbours, hear stories and discover unseen aspects of this community. Meet at the Brooklin Legion hall – originally a hotel, and later the Temperance House when liquor sales in hotels became prohibited.

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

Contact info

Meet at 56 Baldwin Street
Brooklin, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: tours depart at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. only

BX Tower Doors Open St. Thomas

BX Tower
BX Tower, which was constructed in 1917 and remained in operation until the mid-1980s, was a control point for managing rail traffic and eliminating accidents at the junction of the London and Port Stanley Railway and the Michigan Central Railroad. The tower provides a 360-degree view of the tracks. Come and see demonstrations of how the tower functioned.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Moore Street at Centre Street
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-637-6284
http://ecrm5700.org/bx-tower

Architecture

Year built: 1917
Building type: Attraction, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Campbellford-Seymour Heritage Centre Doors Open Northumberland County

Campbellford-Seymour Heritage Centre

Constructed for the Township of Seymour, this was the first public building in the area. Over time, it has functioned as a council chamber, courtroom, church, school, jail and more. Since 1988, it has housed the Campbellford-Seymour Heritage Society. Discover local artifacts and explore the newly renovated barn and miniature railroad that recreates the Belleville-Peterborough line from the 1920s.

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

Contact info

113 Front Street North
Campbellford, Ontario
Telephone: 705-653-2634
www.csheritage.org

Architecture

Year built: 1857
Architect: John Langman
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Doors Open St. Marys

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Located in an 1860s limestone house, this museum is situated on 13 picturesque hectares (32 acres) overlooking the locally famous quarry swimming hole. The site includes a major-league-style baseball diamond, two children’s fields and picturesque walking trails. The museum showcases artifacts and memorabilia, and pays tribute to baseball’s impressive Canadian roots and the accomplishments of Hall of Fame inductees.

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

Contact info

386 Church Street South
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 1-877-250-BALL (2255)
Email: scott@baseballhalloffame.ca
www.baseballhalloffame.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1860s
Building type: Attraction, Museum
Landscape: Trail

Dates/hours open

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

Canadian Victory Garden Doors Open Oshawa

Canadian Victory Garden

The Canadian Victory Garden – which is run by the Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities, whose mandate is to encourage self-sufficiency/ecological lifestyles – is an education centre. Tours will showcase the history of the Guy Farm – which includes a solar-equipped greenhouse, beehive, pollinator gardens and earth systems for low energy.

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

Contact info

200 Winchester Road West
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-442-2167
www.fbsc.org

Architecture

Building type: Food and drink
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

Canning Factory Doors Open Northumberland County

Canning Factory

This cannery opened around 1904, close to a new rail line. Operations ceased in about 1955 and the factory became derelict over the next 60 years. A remarkable renovation has blended the original with the modern to create a showroom for Vincent Sheppard's line of indoor and outdoor furniture.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

130 Canning Factory Road
Grafton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: c. 1904
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cardiff Community Centre (Village of Cardiff History) Doors Open Highlands East

Cardiff Community Centre (Village of Cardiff History)

Drop into the Cardiff Community Centre’s open house and learn about the history of this quiet residential community – from the building of the Monck Road, completed in 1873, through the mining boom of the 1950s and early 1960s. Long-time residents – through oral histories and artifacts – will discuss how the village came to be and its evolution into today’s community.

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

Contact info

2747 Monck Road
Cardiff, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-2981, ext. 433

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Doors Open Carleton Place

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Erected in 1872 as the Carleton Place Town Hall, this limestone building now houses the local museum. Originally containing council chambers, a lock-up and a public auditorium, it was converted into a school in 1879, which served the community until 1969. The main floor galleries feature exhibits chronicling the town's history. Also see the Community Labyrinth and Victoria School Gardens.

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

Contact info

267 Edmund Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
Telephone: 613-253-7013
Email: cpbmuseum@outlook.com
www.cpbheritagemuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1872
Architect: William Rorison
Building type: Museum, Schoolhouse
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21 – Sunday September 22, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carleton Place Town Hall Doors Open Carleton Place

Carleton Place Town Hall

Built between 1895 and 1897, this building was designed by George King to replace the original town hall. Constructed of limestone, it features slate-roofed towers and turrets, stained-glass windows and a dramatic foyer. The bell tower houses the original bell. The tower’s clock was installed in 1990, on the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of Carleton Place.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

175 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
Telephone: 613-257-6200
www.carletonplace.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1895-97
Architect: George King
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21 – Sunday September 22, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cathedral of Saint Peter-in-Chains Doors Open Peterborough

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Cathedral of Saint Peter-in-Chains

The Cathedral of Saint Peter-in-Chains was constructed between 1837 and 1838 and became the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough in 1882. Built of stone quarried from Jackson’s Park, it retains its original Gothic revival style, despite numerous renovations and additions. Please note that the cathedral will close at 3:30 p.m.

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

Contact info

316 Hunter Street West
Peterborough, Ontario
https://stpeterspeterborough.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1837-38
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Century Church Theatre Doors Open Erin

Century Church Theatre

Built in 1906, this former church features original elm panelling, curved pews, stained-glass windows, horse-tethering rings and many features that were modern for its time. The building, now the vibrant home of Century Church Theatre, also boasts one of Ontario’s largest bat colonies! In June, the theatre will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Erin Arts Foundation.

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

Contact info

72 Trafalgar Road
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-4586
http://centurychurchtheatre.com

Architecture

Year built: 1906
Building type: Place of worship, Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Doors Open Peterborough

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Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church was constructed in 1962 as the first dedicated space for the Peterborough’s Lutheran community. This modernist church is the city’s only Lutheran church. Come and experience the church with its unique modern interior. The church will also be hosting its annual yard sale, which you are welcome to attend as part of your Doors Open experience.

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

Contact info

463 Highland Road
Peterborough, Ontario
www.christlutheranpeterborough.com

Architecture

Year built: 1962
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Church Street School Doors Open Aurora

Church Street School

The Church Street School is considered one of the best examples of a High Victorian-designed public school in all of Ontario, and was attended by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Today, it is home to the Aurora Cultural Centre – who have developed the On This Spot Aurora app to help you explore the school’s and town’s history.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

22 Church Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-713-1818
www.auroraculturalcentre.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1885-86
Architect: Thomas Kennedy
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County Doors Open Belleville

Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County

The Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County is Ontario's newest archive facility, opened in 2016. A collaborative project, it was built as a partnership between the City of Belleville, the County of Hastings and the Hastings County Historical Society. The archives preserve the history of the community through records of local governments, individuals, families, businesses and organizations.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

254 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-967-3304
www.cabhc.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2016
Architect: Shoalts and Zaback
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

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

Corby Park Rose Garden Doors Open Belleville

Corby Park Rose Garden

The Corby Park Rose Garden is in the old east village in Belleville, a great area for exploring heritage homes, just a few blocks from the Bay of Quinte. The garden has a stunning water fountain and at the centre of it all, you get a beautiful view of the entire garden – perfect for a family outing or wedding.

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Contact info

210 Ann Street
Belleville, Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

Corey Room at Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital Doors Open Lambton County

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Corey Room at Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital
Jacob Englehart built Glenview mansion as a wedding gift to his wife Eleanor in 1891. After her death, Englehart bequeathed the estate to the town to be used as a hospital, which opened in 1911. Come and view the Corey Room, which was used as Englehart's study and library.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

450 Blanche Street
Petrolia, Ontario
Telephone: 519-882-2350

Architecture

Year built: 1891
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Healthcare facility, Historical house

Dates/hours open

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

County of Grey Administration Building Doors Open Owen Sound

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County of Grey Administration Building

In 2016, Grey County Council approved an addition and renovation to the administration building in order to bring more services together under one roof, making it easier to receive services in a community hub that is fully accessible. As part of the project, the Provincial Offences Court was moved here. The official ribbon cutting was held in September 2018.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

595 9th Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-372-0219, ext. 1292

Architecture

Architectural style: International
Building type: Courthouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cowan House Doors Open Oshawa

Cowan House

Cowan House is a Georgian-style dwelling with Italianate features, including the bracketed eaves and portico elements. It was home to businessman and mayor W.F. Cowan and his family. Today, it serves as offices and meeting rooms for St. George's Memorial Church. Tours of the main floor reveal many original details of this heritage home. Heritage designation is in the works!

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

39 Athol Street West
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-723-7875
Email: church@stgeorgesoshawa.org

Architecture

Year built: c. 1858
Architectural style: Georgian, Italianate
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

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

Cranberry Marsh (Lynde Shores Conservation Area) Doors Open Whitby

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Cranberry Marsh (Lynde Shores Conservation Area)

The Lynde Shores Conservation Area includes Cranberry Marsh and Lynde Marsh. Historically an Indigenous hunting ground, it is now a significant breeding habitat and important migratory stopover. During Doors Open, wear sturdy footwear to walk the accessible gravel trail and explore the Cranberry Marsh – including touch-table displays. Try your hand at feeding the friendly chickadees. Bring your camera!

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

Contact info

Halls Road South and Victoria Street West
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1972
Landscape: Conservation area, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Crinan Community Centre Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Crinan Community Centre

During its early years, this former schoolhouse also served as a Sunday school. Known for hosting popular events (like picnics, concerts and holiday celebrations), the building was purchased by the Crinan Women’s Institute in 1965. Since then, it has served as a community centre. The chalkboards and original floor grate remind visitors of the building’s original purpose.

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Contact info

13568 Dunborough Line
Dutton Dunwich, Ontario
www.crinancommunity.com

Architecture

Year built: 1913
Architect: John Findlay
Building type: Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dahlia May Flower Farm Doors Open Quinte West

Dahlia May Flower Farm

The Dahlia May Flower Farm is a small, family-run farm that specializes in cut flowers. With an 1885 Victorian farmhouse, a charming farm stand, an 18-metre (60-foot) greenhouse full of flowers and a rolling field of blooms during the summer, this property offers spectacular visual appeal. Enjoy this opportunity to connect directly with the growers who produce these gorgeous crops.

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

Contact info

1226 Stockdale Road
Trenton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-403-5055
Email: melanie@dahliamayflowerfarm.com
www.dahliamayflowerfarm.com

Architecture

Year built: 1885
Building type: Commercial
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

David Dunlap Observatory Doors Open Richmond Hill

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David Dunlap Observatory

Since 1935, this observatory has been a research centre for the University of Toronto. Today, it is a facility for public education and outreach. Come and participate in astronomy-themed activities by the University of Western Ontario, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the David Dunlap Observatory Defenders. Tour the Ylab maker space and view modern and heritage metalworking machinery.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

123A Hillsview Drive
Richmond Hill, Ontario
http://Richmondhill.ca/DDO

Architecture

Year built: 1935
Architect: Mathers and Haldenby
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Attraction, Educational facility, Historical landmark
Landscape: Garden, Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 11, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Devonshire Guest House Doors Open Erin

Devonshire Guest House

This stately guest house sits on part of the original 81 hectares (200 acres) of Crown land that Abraham Nelles claimed in 1820 and sold to Daniel McMillan in 1836. In 1846, Daniel sold half of the land to Charles McMillan, who built the house. Now a bed and breakfast, the house has original stained glass, wood trim and hardware.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

3 Union Street
Erin, Ontario
Telephone: 519-833-2187
www.devonshireguesthouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1856
Architect: Charles McMillan
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dinkel’s Restaurant and Paulo's Italian Trattoria Doors Open Belleville

Dinkel’s Restaurant and Paulo's Italian Trattoria

Come and visit this popular eatery set in a building constructed in 1870 by John Forin (formerly the home of Lafferty's Billards). It is a three-storey building, consisting of three fire-proof containers built of brick and stone. Historical features include rounded arches in rusticated masonry framing, heavy, carved keystone arches, and a wooden cornice and brackets.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

38-44 Bridge Street East
Belleville, Ontario
www.dinkels.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1870
Architect: John Forin
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

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

Diyode Community Workshop Doors Open Guelph

Diyode Community Workshop

Diyode is a Guelph-based collective dedicated to re-invigorating the do-it-yourself movement. Situated in the former Carson Reid Homes office, the 232-square-metre (2,500-square-foot) workshop contains tools and supplies for wood and metal working, electronics, prototyping and crafting. During Doors Open, Diyode members will demonstrate uses of the tools and workshop areas.

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

Contact info

183 Dufferin Street
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: tours from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; last tour leaves at approx. 3:40 p.m.

Dortwood Observatory Doors Open Northumberland County

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Dortwood Observatory

Come and have some fun with the sun at the Dortwood Observatory – where you can enjoy a solar experience and see Earth’s “star” (the sun) in all its glory. There will be several solar-filtered telescopes and binoculars for safe viewing. Astronomy books and videos await in the visitors' centre.

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

Contact info

3218 Burnham Street North
Cobourg, Ontario
Email: 905-376-8415
www.facebook.com/DortwoodObservatory

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Walking Tour Doors Open Peterborough

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Downtown Walking Tour

Explore Peterborough’s historical downtown with local historian Don Willcock. The tour will include George, Water and Aylmer streets and everything in between. Come and explore the development of the city’s commercial centre from the 19th century. Two one-hour tours will be offered – at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – and will begin at Confederation Square.

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

Contact info

Meet at Confederation Square (501 George Street North)
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Architectural style: Edwardian, Victorian
Building type: Commercial, Courthouse, Military, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Duff Presbyterian Church, Largie Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Duff Presbyterian Church, Largie

The original congregation was composed of Scottish immigrants. Updates were made to the building over the years. In 1902, an organ was added. The basement was remodelled in 1947. And the sanctuary was redecorated in 1955 to commemorate the centenary of the site’s first Duff Church. The adjacent cemetery contains the remains of early members of the congregation.

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13125 Largie Road
Dutton Dunwich, Ontario
http://pccweb.ca/duffchurch

Architecture

Year built: 1895
Architect: M.L. Buffy
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Durham Regional Consolidated Courthouse Doors Open Oshawa

Durham Regional Consolidated Courthouse

Completed in January 2010, the Durham Courthouse is a state-of-the-art facility that consolidates eight previous locations. Doors Open visitors will be able to tour the main foyer, the jury assembly room and attend a courtroom while it is in session to observe judicial proceedings. Please note that, for security reasons, visitors are required to pass through a metal detector.

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

Contact info

150 Bond Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-743-2800

Architecture

Year built: 2010
Building type: Courthouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. only

East City Walking Tour Doors Open Peterborough

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East City Walking Tour

Join local historian Gord Young for a short walking tour of Mark Street. This tour will examine the north and south sides of Mark Street where it meets Hunter Street East – the hub of downtown East City 100 years ago. Tours run on demand and will last approximately 15 minutes. Meet at Mark Street United Church. Street parking located nearby.

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

Contact info

Meet at Mark Street United Church (90 Hunter Street East)
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Eddie Sargent House Doors Open Owen Sound

Eddie Sargent House

The Eddie Sargent House is an elegant and well-preserved Victorian home. The property was the former home of Eddie and Roma Sargent. Eddie was the Mayor of Owen Sound and the Member of Provincial Parliament representing Grey-North from 1963 to 1967, and Grey-Bruce from 1967 to 1987. The home occupies a prominent location on the west hill overlooking Georgian Bay.

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  • Parking

Contact info

2545 5th Avenue West
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-3690, ext. 6114

Architecture

Year built: 1881
Architectural style: Gothic revival, Italianate, Victorian
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ekort Realty Ltd. and Mortgage Architects Doors Open Belleville

Ekort Realty Ltd. and Mortgage Architects

This 1824 stone building was once the home and bakery of Henry Corby (the remains of the bakery are still visible in the basement). The foundation and large open hearth are original. A third storey was added in about 1883 and the present brick façade in 1891. The original wood and tin ceiling is still visible on the store level.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

258 Front Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-968-1182
http://ekortrealty.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1824
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Elgin County Museum Doors Open St. Thomas

Elgin County Museum

The new Elgin County Heritage Centre is located beside the Elgin County Administration Building, with the museum on the fourth floor. The new centre features changing exhibitions and a permanent space called Talbot’s Castle – a recreation of Colonel Talbot’s ancestral castle where visitors will discover how Talbot helped settle southwestern Ontario. Exhibits feature armour and a Robert the Bruce statue.

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

Contact info

450 and 460 Sunset Drive
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-631-1460
www.elgincounty.ca/museum

Architecture

Year built: 1939 and 2017
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elgin County Railway Museum Doors Open St. Thomas

Elgin County Railway Museum

Come to the Elgin County Railway Museum and visit the century-old Michigan Central Railroad locomotive shops. Take a guided tour and discover displays of railway artifacts, rolling stock equipment and the History in Motion model railway. Climb aboard and explore the interior of a real caboose and the 5700 steam engine.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

225 Wellington Street
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-637-6284
www.ecrm5700.org

Architecture

Year built: 1913
Architect: John Findlay
Building type: Museum, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Emmanuel Anglican Church Doors Open Richmond Hill

Emmanuel Anglican Church

Step into this little church with the big heart! The cedar-lined interiors of the Emmanuel Anglican Church provide a warm and lovely space for worship. The building and furnishings were relocated to this site from Hanlan’s Point on the Toronto Islands. The Our Life in Christ tapestry by Karen Pascal is featured behind the altar.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

15 MacKay Drive
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-881-8198
www.emmanuelanglican.com

Architecture

Year built: 1964-65
Architect: N.L. Irwin of Hanks, Irwin and Pearson
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 11, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Essonville Historic Church Doors Open Highlands East

Essonville Historic Church

This church was built in 1888 as an Anglican church, using pine trees located on its site. The leaded-glass windows and bell were brought from England. The church was decommissioned in the late 1960s, but restored by members of the community as a non-denominational church. It offers services twice a year, in August and December.

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  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1284 Essonville Line, about 1 km northeast of Highway 118
Essonville, Ontario
http://essonvillechurch.org

Architecture

Year built: 1888
Building type: Historical landmark, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fairbank Oil Fields Doors Open Lambton County

Fairbank Oil Fields

There’s plenty to see at this National Historic Site, where oil is still pumped using authentic 1860s technology. At the museum, hop on the free horse-drawn wagon for a unique tour into Fairbank Oil or, take the Driving Tour to see the metal sculptures of oil pioneers at work. Don’t miss the site of Canada’s first gusher (in 1862)!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Board the horse and wagon tour at 2423 Kelly Road (Oil Museum of Canada)
Oil Springs, Ontario
www.fairbankoil.com

Architecture

Year built: 1861

Dates/hours open

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

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum Doors Open Hamilton

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Fieldcote was built as a private home. Today, it serves as a cultural heritage centre with emphasis on Ancaster’s local history, the promotion of fine arts and the celebration of natural heritage through beautiful landscaped gardens and walking trails. Discover the stories attached to 31 objects that showcase what makes Ancaster memorable while exploring the exhibit, Stories from the Edge.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

64 Sulphur Springs Road
Ancaster, Ontario
Telephone: 905-648-8144
Email: fieldcote@hamilton.ca
www.hamilton.ca/fieldcote

Architecture

Year built: 1948
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Garden, Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4 – Sunday May 5, 2019
Saturday and Sunday:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Former United States Consulate Doors Open Owen Sound

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Former United States Consulate

Built in 1890 for a local hardware merchant, this house was rented in 1908-09 as the home and office of the United States Consul Colonel Augustus G. Seyfert, evidence of Owen Sound's importance in American shipping. Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 2010, the property is now the private residence of Shelley and Bev Buckton.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Guided tours available

Contact info

932 3rd Avenue West
Owen Sound, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1890
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Historical house, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fort York National Historic Site Doors Open Toronto

Fort York National Historic Site
The settlement of modern Toronto began in 1793 when John Graves Simcoe built a garrison on the site of what is now Fort York. Visitors during Doors Open will experience special military architecture tours, tours of the barracks and fortifications and a wide range of exhibits telling the story of Fort York's and Canada's military past.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

250 Fort York Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-392-7755
Email: richard.haynes@toronto.ca
www.toronto.ca/fortyork

Architecture

Year built: 1813-16
Architect: Nicholls
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Attraction, Cemetery, Historical landmark, Military
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Freeman Station Doors Open 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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Furlan Conservation Doors Open Hamilton

Furlan Conservation

Furlan Conservation is a heritage conservation business located in an intact, early-20th-century commercial streetscape, housing small businesses created for newcomers attracted to the east-end steel mills. Take a guided tour of the studio and workshop to learn about the conservation of heritage windows, architectural paint analysis and reproduction of heritage elements.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • French services available
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

765-769 Barton Street East
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-383-3704
Email: furlanconservation@gmail.com
www.furlanconservation.wordpress.com

Architecture

Year built: c. 1911; 1950, façade renovation
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4 – Sunday May 5, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Galt Carnegie Library Building Doors Open Waterloo Region

Galt Carnegie Library Building

Its monumental, ornate stone beaux arts portico with Ionic columns and other fine sculptural work makes this the grandest of Waterloo Region’s surviving Carnegie library buildings. The building owners have retained many original interior elements. Inside, find intricate ceiling plasterwork, pillars and pilasters, restored wood trim and broad staircase, and both stained and leaded glass.

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  • Washrooms

Contact info

34 Water Street North
Cambridge, Ontario
www.pcisred.com

Architecture

Year built: 1903
Architect: F.W. Mellish
Architectural style: Beaux arts, Classical revival
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ginger Press, The Doors Open Owen Sound

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Ginger Press, The

This bookshop, begun in 1978 as a mail-order business specializing in books about woodworking, moved into their current location in 1984. Since 1987, they have focused on books about Owen Sound and the surrounding area – including historical, contemporary, natural and cultural publications. It remains an exuberant centre where readers and writers alike gather to exchange ideas and connect over books.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Communication

Contact info

848 2nd Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-4233
Email: maryann@gingerpress.com
http://gingerpress.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Glanmore National Historic Site Doors Open Belleville

Glanmore National Historic Site

Glanmore is an excellent example of Second Empire architecture in Canada. The home was built in 1883 for banker J.P.C. Phillips. Interiors feature ornate frescoed ceilings, suspended staircases and intricate woodwork. Learn about the restoration of this historical house, climb part of the servant's staircase, and discover hidden secrets found during past restoration projects.

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

Contact info

257 Bridge Street East
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-962-2329
http://glanmore.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1883
Architect: Thomas Hanley
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

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

GO Whitby Rail Maintenance Facility Doors Open Whitby

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GO Whitby Rail Maintenance Facility

GO Transit’s new 46,451-square-metre (500,000-square-foot) state-of-the-art facility – built to LEED Gold certification standards – provides the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area with fast, convenient and integrated transit. Stop by this site during Doors Open and see what goes into keeping GO trains in shape, and see how they get that perfect shade of green in the Paint Shop.

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

Contact info

625 Victoria Street East
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2018
Architect: Plenary Group
Building type: Commercial, Green building, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Golden Rail Pub, Legion Village Doors Open Northumberland County

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Golden Rail Pub, Legion Village

The Golden Rail Pub at Branch 133, Legion Village features a historical mural of 59 Cobourg buildings, people, groups and landmarks. During Doors Open, you will have an opportunity to meet the artist, Allan Bender of Blinc Studios, who will be on site to discuss the process and significance of his work.

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

Contact info

111 Hibernia Street
Cobourg, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gooderham Pioneer Cemetery Doors Open Highlands East

Gooderham Pioneer Cemetery

The Gooderham Pioneer Cemetery contains graves of some of the first settlers in the community, in the area once known as Canada West. The earliest recorded burial is that of George Ridout, in 1880. Although the cemetery was closed to further burials in 1905, as a gesture of respect, Alice (Dixon) Hunter was allowed to be buried there in 1929.

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

Contact info

1032 Gooderham Street
Gooderham, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-2981

Architecture

Year built: 1880 (first burial)
Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gow's Bridge Doors Open Guelph

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Gow's Bridge

This 1897 stone bridge is one of only 10 stone bridges remaining in Ontario. Peter Gow built the first bridge here to bypass the toll gate at Gordon Street. During Doors Open, Guelph theatre artist Jay Wilson will tell stories of the bridge, the Brooklyn area and some of the local scandals. Check the schedule for performance times. (Photo: Leanne Piper)

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

105 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario
Email: administration@guelpharts.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1897
Architect: Peter Gow
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Transportation
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: performances run between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; last performance at approx. 3 p.m.

Greenbriar Doors Open Guelph

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Greenbriar

Built circa 1865, this neoclassical vernacular house on a lot with heritage trees is a treasure trove of antiques and art. The house features original woodwork and glass, art by local artists and many unique collections. No photography permitted. (Photo: Katie Wilde)

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  • Guided tours available

Contact info

92 Speedvale Avenue West
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1865-70
Architectural style: Gothic revival, Neoclassical, Vernacular
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: tours from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; last tour leaves at approx. 3:40 p.m.

Griffin House National Historic Site Doors Open Hamilton

Griffin House National Historic Site

Explore this early-19th-century farm cabin that displays the simple architecture once so common in Upper Canada. Enerals Griffin, an African-American born in Virginia in 1790, journeyed to southern Ontario and established his family farm in the Dundas Valley. Exhibit panels celebrate both the Griffin family and local Black heritage. Paid parking available at the nearby Hermitage. Limited accessible-only parking onsite.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

733 Mineral Springs Road
Ancaster, Ontario
Telephone: 905-648-8144
Email: griffinhouse@hamilton.ca
www.hamilton.ca/griffin

Architecture

Year built: 1829
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4 – Sunday May 5, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.

Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation Bicycle Tour Doors Open Guelph

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Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation Bicycle Tour

Join the Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation as it conducts guided bicycle tours of the Spring Mill Distillery, Greenbriar, The Victory School and Aberdeen House – all participating sites in this year’s Doors Open Guelph event. Spaces are limited. Register at info@gcat.ca.

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  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at 43 Arthur Street South (Springmill Distillery)
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology Doors Open Hamilton

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology

Tour Hamilton’s first waterworks, discover the featured 3D exhibit, and take a ride on a scale-model train. This museum is the only complete, intact waterworks from the 19th century left in North America, and preserves the oldest surviving Canadian-built 70-ton stationary steam engines. The Italianate architecture features massive stonework, detailed quoin blocks, Romanesque windows and a 46-metre (150-foot) chimney.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

900 Woodward Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-546-4797
Email: steammuseum@hamilton.ca
www.hamilton.ca/steammuseum

Architecture

Year built: 1859
Architect: Thomas Coltrin Keefer
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4 – Sunday May 5, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Museum Doors Open Belleville

Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Museum

This building, designed as a Class B facility for a single army unit, is based on the standard American armoury model, with offices on the main floor, lecture rooms and messes on the second, a janitor’s apartment on the third and firing ranges in the main hall. The museum, located on the main floor, has exhibits on local military history.

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

Contact info

187 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-966-2125
www.theregiment.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1908
Building type: Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

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

Heartwood Farm & Cidery Doors Open Erin

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Heartwood Farm & Cidery

Since 2005, Val and Brent have been running a small, diversified farm operation that invites people to explore the workings of an ecological farm. When they started making hard apple cider commercially two years ago, that exploration got even tastier. Enjoy some historical flavour at Heartwood Farm & Cidery – Erin's first "legal" adult beverage producer since the late 1800s.

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5438 Second Line
Erin, Ontario
Telephone: 416-527-4352
Email: info@heartwoodfarm.ca
http://heartwoodfarm.ca

Architecture

Year built: late 1800s; cidery in 2017
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Food and drink
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heritage Hall Doors Open Guelph

Heritage Hall

Built in 1880, Heritage Hall building served as the British Methodist Episcopal Church. Constructed in Gothic revival style with local limestone, it offered a place of safety and community for Guelph’s Black community, including descendants of runaway slaves. In 2012, the building was purchased by the Guelph Black Heritage Society to create a cultural, historical and social centre. (Photo: Guelph Black Heritage Society)

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  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

83 Essex Street
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1880
Architect: William Slater
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: tours from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; last tour leaves at approx. 3:40 p.m.

Hillary House and Koffler Museum of Medicine Doors Open Aurora

Hillary House and Koffler Museum of Medicine

Hillary House – home of the Koffler Museum of Medicine and the Aurora Historical Society – is a treasured piece of Aurora’s history. It is recognized as one of Canada's best examples of Gothic revival architecture. The museum contains a significant collection of medical instruments, books, papers and furnishings. Hillary House was declared a National Historic Site in 1975.

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

Contact info

15372 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-8991
http://aurorahs.com

Architecture

Year built: 1862
Architect: Henry Harris
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hillary House Barn Doors Open Aurora

Hillary House Barn

Constructed in 1862, Hillary House Barn stored Dr. Hillary's horses and sleigh. This wood-framed barn, with bargeboard trim and three-over-three sash windows, is one of the best preserved in Aurora. Explore the original horse stalls and see the sleigh that Dr. Hillary used to visit his patients.

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15372 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-8991
Email: erika.mazanik@aurorahs.com
http://aurorahs.com

Architecture

Year built: 1862
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hillsburgh House by the Pond Doors Open Erin

Hillsburgh House by the Pond

Hillsburgh House is a charming century farmhouse in the beautiful town of Hillsburgh, featuring two guest rooms, lovely gardens and a peaceful view of Mill Pond. Popular guest activities include making s'mores by campfire, relaxing in the outdoor hot tub or enjoying refreshments on one of three patios. Come and join us for lemonade, iced tea and a special treat!

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

3 Station Street
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-9487
www.bbcanada.com/hillsburghhousebythepond

Architecture

Year built: 1894
Architect: Awrey Brothers
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hillsburgh Library Doors Open Erin

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Hillsburgh Library

Opened in June 2018, this new library sits on the shores of a mill pond that was once part of the Gooderham and Worts distillery empire. This branch is a stunning addition to the county library system. VG Architects successfully incorporated an 1892 rural home into a modern glass-and-brick addition that features expansive views of the pond.

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

Contact info

9 Station Street
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-4010
Email: hillsburghlib@wellington.ca
www.wellington.ca/en/discover/aboutus_library.aspx

Architecture

Year built: Original home 1892; new library 2017-18
Architect: new library, VG Architects
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Library
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hindu Temple Society of Canada, The (Hindu Temple Richmond Hill) Doors Open Richmond Hill

Hindu Temple Society of Canada, The (Hindu Temple Richmond Hill)

This Hindu temple, the largest in North America, was built and is operated under the Agama Sastra traditions. The temple was designed by Mr. V. Janakiramana Sthapathi, who hails from the same family of architects that built the famous Big Temple in Tanjavur in South India during the Chola period. Come and explore the fine artwork displayed throughout.

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

Contact info

10865 Bayview Avenue
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-883-9109
http://htrh.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1987-88
Architect: V. Janakiramana Sthapathi
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 11, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historic SDG Jail Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Historic SDG Jail

This county jail building was constructed in 1833 and remained operational until it was closed in 2002. The facility housed inmates from Cornwall and across the modern-day United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. The jail is home to many historical artifacts and displays; it is considered one of the oldest public structures in Ontario.

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

Contact info

11 Water Street West
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 844-814-5245
www.sdgcounties.ca/tourism/jail

Architecture

Year built: 1833
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historical self-guided walking tour - Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Historical self-guided walking tour - Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site

A village was founded on this site in the 16th century by the Huron-Wendat – a nation of agriculturalists and fisher-hunter-gatherers – prior to the arrival of Europeans. Enhance your self-guided tour with a stop at the touch-and-see display station, where you can chat with museum staff and volunteers and view a variety of fascinating images and objects related to the site.

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

Contact info

Park at 99 Reeves Way Blvd. proceed to the beginning of the path
Stouffville, Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Holy Theotokos Convent - Joyous Light Candles Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Holy Theotokos Convent - Joyous Light Candles

This Greek Orthodox convent is located on eight hectares (20 acres) of rolling hills, forests and two natural ponds. The convent currently produces 100 per cent pure beeswax candles. Tour the convent, walk the grounds, visit the candle-making factory and participate in hands-on candle making. Also available will be a gift shop and bake sale, featuring Greek pastries.

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

Contact info

4369 Faulkner Avenue
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-473-9009
www.joyouslightcandles.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection Doors Open Toronto

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Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection

Built on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds, Hotel X features a 250-seat cinema, screening room, art gallery, museum and much more – making it Toronto's only urban resort! Doors Open guests will be able to access New Fort Hall, which carefully preserves the foundations of the East Enlisted Men’s Barracks. Presentations showcasing the space and history will also be shown.

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

Contact info

111 Princes' Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 647-475-9268
Email: matt.black@hotelxtoronto.com
https://hotelxtoronto.com

Architecture

Year built: 2018
Architect: Stephen B. Jacobs Group Architects
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Museum, Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hunter Lumber Doors Open Highlands East

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Hunter Lumber

When the local railway arrived in 1891, mills sprang up throughout the region – the most famous being the Hunter Mill. Entrepreneur John Hunter recognized an opportunity and built a sawmill and gristmill here. The lumber mill remained in operation for over 100 years. The current building was constructed in 1976 when the mill moved from water to electrical power.

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1010 Community Centre Road
Gooderham, Ontario
Telephone: 705-447-2611

Architecture

Year built: 1976
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hyland Ice Supply Doors Open Highlands East

Hyland Ice Supply

Hyland Ice Supply, a division of Kemcroft Enterprises Ltd., is a manufacturer/distributor of food-grade packaged ice. It is the largest family-owned ice company in Ontario, with one of the most modern ice plants in Canada. Hyland Ice was started in 1945 by Mel Croft, who cut ice out of Wilbermere Lake and stored it in sawdust until the following summer.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1370 Loop Road
Wilberforce, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-2973
www.hylandice.com

Architecture

Year built: 1958
Architect: Mel Croft

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday only: guided tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Intrepid Park, Camp X Doors Open Oshawa

Intrepid Park, Camp X

Meet author Lynn Phillip Hodgson at Intrepid Park’s monument for a guided tour of Camp X, the former top-secret Second World War spy training school. Explore the remains of the camp, strategically located beside Lake Ontario. Over 500 special agents were trained here to go behind enemy lines and “set Europe ablaze!” as dramatized in CBC Television’s X Company.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at the momument off Boundary Road, south of Wentworth Street West
Oshawa, Ontario
www.camp-x.com

Architecture

Year built: 1941
Architect: Canadian Corps of Engineers
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: walking tours at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. only

Iona Hall Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Iona Hall

This one-storey wooden structure – which encapsulates a number of classical revival features – is one of the last examples of the classical revival style found locally. Historically, the building was home to the Freewill Baptist Church and, later, the Church of Christ Disciples. The Women’s Institute was held meetings here and, in 1913, the building became a community hall.

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8851 Iona Road
Iona Station, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1862
Architect: Coates Keillor and John Lumley
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Iona Store Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Iona Store

This two-storey building was constructed as a general store in 1888 for James Owen and Mary Lumley. Since then, it has served many purposes – including a telephone switchboard, gas station, post office and antique store. Note the rounded windows and arched doorways of the main-floor entrance to the apartment upstairs. The property was acquired by the current owner in 2015.

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8979 Iona Road
Iona Station, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1888
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ivy Masonic Lodge No.115 Doors Open Lincoln

Ivy Masonic Lodge No.115

In 1865, local businessman John B. Osborne signed a “forever” lease agreement with the Township of Clinton to use the second floor of the town hall. In 1871, the lease agreement was transferred to the Ivy Lodge, which to this day occupies the space. During Doors Open Lincoln, come and enjoy a unique opportunity to see inside a masonic lodge.

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  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

4276 Mountain Street
Beamsville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-327-3040
www.ivylodge115.com

Architecture

Year built: 1851
Architect: Henry Nihell

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

James Rowe House Doors Open Whitby

James Rowe House

This frame house – built for James Rowe, Whitby’s first mayor – is one of the finest surviving examples of early building at Port Whitby. The house contains the original interior central hall floor plan. Relocated in 1999, the house is now a museum run by the Whitby Community Heritage Association. As part of Doors Open, enjoy the vintage camera display.

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

Contact info

301 Front Street West
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: c. 1856
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum, Private residence
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jordan Fire Station (Lincoln Fire Rescue & Emergency Services Station 4) Doors Open Lincoln

Jordan Fire Station (Lincoln Fire Rescue & Emergency Services Station 4)

Situated in picturesque Jordan Village, this fire station was built to serve the eastern parts of Lincoln; it replaced an older station that had been in operation on the site for over 50 years. For Doors Open, the station will welcome visitors to explore. Come and chat with the firefighters, and see their firefighting equipment – including the 1960 pumper!

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3763 Nineteenth Street
Jordan, Ontario
Telephone: 289-407-1402
Email: pdiianni@lincoln.ca
https://lincoln.ca/emergency-services/fire

Architecture

Year built: 2008
Architect: Raimondo + Associates

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Joseph Brant Museum Doors Open 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. East
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.

Kerr House Doors Open Peterborough

Kerr House

Kerr House was constructed in 1853 and gradually expanded throughout the late 19th century. Now clad in brick, the original house was a stacked plank construction – a rare method used in mid-19th century Peterborough. The house was acquired by Trent University in 1971 and is the home of the School for the Study of Canada.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

299 Dublin Street
Peterborough, Ontario
www.trentu.ca/colleges/traill

Architecture

Year built: 1853

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kidd Schoolhouse Museum Doors Open Highlands East

Kidd Schoolhouse Museum

In 1890, Walter Kidd built this schoolhouse – the oldest surviving schoolhouse in Cardiff Township – to serve the tiny community of Kidd’s Corners. After closing in the 1920s, the school later became a hunt camp and then an information booth. It was moved to its current location in 2004 and restored, and reopened as a museum in 2010.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

5373 Loop Road
Highland Grove, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-2218

Architecture

Year built: 1890
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids' Safety Village Durham Doors Open Whitby

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Kids' Safety Village Durham

This community-based site was supported by donations, services and materials from local businesses, citizens and service clubs. Following 2018 renovations, the site now includes two full classrooms and welcomes over 15,000 students annually. Come and explore this kid-sized version of a real town – featuring small-scale buildings, detailed roadways, and more! Meet community partners to learn more about programs offered here.

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

Contact info

1129 Athol Street
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1996
Building type: Attraction, Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

KidsAbility Centre for Child Development Doors Open Guelph

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KidsAbility Centre for Child Development

KidsAability has provided services to Guelph children and youth with special needs since 2000. This new hub has 1,858 square metres of space (20,000 square feet), customized to reflect best-care practices. The stunning Canadiana-themed rooms and hall décor create a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere where children can work to reach their full potential. (Photo: Susan Ratcliffe)

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

Contact info

503 Imperial Road North
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 2018
Architect: Walter Fedy
Building type: Educational facility, Healthcare facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: tours from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; last tour leaves at approx. 3:40 p.m.

King Cole Ducks Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

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King Cole Ducks

This farm-fresh store is situated on the oldest duck farm in Ontario. During Doors Open, enjoy BBQ Duck Day – with free samples and demonstrations. Meet the farmer and the chef and learn to barbecue duck (featuring duck burgers, skewers and sausage). In Stouffville now for 67 years, this farm-to-fork duck supplier produces zero-waste products and follows a natural farming philosophy.

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

Contact info

15351 Warden Avenue
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 800-363-3825
https://kingcoleducks.com

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Architect: Art Kloosterman
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Knox Presbyterian Church Doors Open Oshawa

Knox Presbyterian Church

The construction of Knox Presbyterian began in 1927 and was completed in 1934. The architect, C.C. Stenhouse, also designed the award-winning Oshawa Masonic Centre. The church congregation was formed by dissenters who opted not to join the United Church in 1925. Tours, refreshments and organ concerts will be offered throughout the day.

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

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147 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-728-8673
Email: knoxpresosh@rogers.com
http://pccweb.ca/knox-oshawa

Architecture

Year built: 1934
Architect: C.C. Stenhouse
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Lake St. George Field Centre Doors Open Richmond Hill

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Lake St. George Field Centre

This stunning 120-hectre (296-acre) conservation property on the ecologically significant Oak Ridges Moraine is surrounded by woodlands, open meadow and a kettle lake, making it home to fish and wildlife populations. Enjoy this rare opportunity to visit the site – complete with special tours of the 1906 Davis Hall and boat tours aboard a solar-powered pontoon vessel.

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

Contact info

950 Bethesda Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 416-667-6295
https://trca.ca/lake-st-george

Architecture

Year built: 1906
Architectural style: Gothic revival, Victorian
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Conservation area

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 11, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; boat tours from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. only

Lambton County Archives Doors Open Lambton County

Lambton County Archives

The Lambton County Archives supports local genealogical and history research. Explore rare documents and photographs from the collection’s storage vault that are related to Lambton’s oil industry. Meet with staff to tour the vault and learn about the history of oil innovation in Lambton County through important artifacts.

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

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787 Broadway Street
Wyoming, Ontario
Telephone: 519-845-5426
www.lambtonarchives.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1991

Dates/hours open

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

Latcham Art Centre Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Latcham Art Centre

Proudly located within the Whitchurch-Stouffville Leisure Centre, the Latcham Art Centre inspires the community to engage with visual art through exhibitions of contemporary art and art education programs – including classes, workshops, talks and events. Drop by for a tour of the current exhibition by the curator and learn about what happens behind the scenes to bring an exhibition to life!

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

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2 Park Drive
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-640-8954
www.latchamartcentre.ca

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment - Nineteen on the Park Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment - Nineteen on the Park

Originally designed as a market and concert hall, this building has served many purposes over the years – as a silent movie theatre, billiards hall, bowling alley and the Town Offices. Today, it is a multi-purpose event centre. During Doors Open, see films related to this year’s theme of communication on our large screen and IMAX-quality speaker system.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
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19 Civic Avenue
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-640-2322
www.19onthepark.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1896
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lincoln Museum & Cultural Centre (Old Clinton Town Hall) Doors Open Lincoln

Lincoln Museum & Cultural Centre (Old Clinton Town Hall)

The Old Clinton Town Hall has enjoyed many uses over the years. Initially a town hall and community centre, it has also housed the Sons of Temperance Movement and the Freemasons. The main level, still run by the municipality, houses the Lincoln Museum & Cultural Centre. For Doors Open, the museum and Freemasons’ lodge will be open to the public.

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4996 Beam Street
Beamsville, Ontario
Telephone: 289-407-1402
Email: pdiianni@lincoln.ca
https://lincoln.ca/heritage-culture/lincoln-museum-cultural-centre

Architecture

Year built: 1851
Architect: Henry Mihell
Building type: Library, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lindsay Daily Post Building Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Lindsay Daily Post Building
The tradition of written communications comes full circle in this building, once home to the Lindsay Daily Post and currently home to the Kent Bookstore and a number of other businesses. Featuring original wooden floors and magnificent tin ceilings, this historical facility is reputed to be haunted.

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

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15 William Street North
Lindsay, Ontario
Telephone: 705-328-1600

Architecture

Year built: 1905
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 8, 2019
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

London and Port Stanley Railway Station Doors Open St. Thomas

London and Port Stanley Railway Station

The replica London and Port Stanley (L&PS) Railway Station houses the Railway City Tourism office. See displays of railway artifacts and interpretative panels about the railway history of St. Thomas. A guide to walking tours is available, which will help visitors explore the surrounding L&PS corridor, trails and adjacent sites.

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

Contact info

605 Talbot Street
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-631-1680, ext. 4132
Email: tourism@stthomas.ca
www.railwaycitytourism.com

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society Doors Open Erin

LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society

The LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society is a registered charity that provides Ontario’s thoroughbred racehorses with a happy and dignified retirement when their careers at the track are over, and to educate Ontario’s horse industry and the public about the merits of this program. They currently care for over 50 retirees at their Hillsburgh farm while they await loving new homes.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

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5674 Fifth Line
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 416-675-3993
www.longrunretirement.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lornewood Mansion Doors Open Guelph

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Lornewood Mansion

Lornewood Mansion was built by Charles Raymond in 1867 and later enlarged to include Tuscan bays and a tower. It was named after an 1879 visit from the Marquis of Lorne and his wife Princess Louise. The house has been restored to showcase its original, ornate black walnut trim, ceilings, leaded-glass windows, carpets and elaborate furniture. (Photo: Sandra Lastovic)

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  • Guided tours available

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125 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1867
Architect: C.J. Soule
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Commercial, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: tours from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; last tour leaves at approx. 3:40 p.m.

Lucas House Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Lucas House

This two-storey dwelling was constructed of granite and limestone boulders and dressed stone –materials that are unique to the area (the predominant building materials locally used during this time were clay brick). Lucas House is distinguished by paired window openings with a central pointed-arch window, paired cornice brackets and fieldstone construction. The Lucas family owned the farm for 85 years.

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29480 Fingal Line
Wallacetown, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1883-84
Architectural style: Gothic revival, Italianate
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mackenzie House Doors Open Toronto

Mackenzie House
Visitors are welcome to visit the home of rebel leader, activist journalist and the Toronto’s first mayor – William Lyon Mackenzie. During the Doors Open weekend only, visitors are invited to enter through the historical front door, just as the Mackenzie family's guests would have done. Visitors also have the opportunity to see a demonstration in the recreated print shop.

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  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

82 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-392-1449
Email: nancy.reynolds@toronto.ca
http://toronto.ca/mackenziehouse

Architecture

Year built: 1858
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Magnificent Hill Doors Open Highlands East

Magnificent Hill

Step back in time and experience what it was like to live self-sufficiently. Magnificent Hill is a home and lifestyle where you can learn to develop ways to become as self-sufficient and sustainable as possible. Enjoy touring the site, meeting the animals and harvesting fresh chemical-free vegetables to top your pizza – cooked in an outdoor wood-fired oven.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1258 Magnificent Road
Highland Grove, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-9453
https://magnificenthill.wordpress.com

Architecture

Building type: Food and drink, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Manilla Church Guest House and B&B Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Manilla Church Guest House and B&B

Originally a Bible Christian Church, this charming place of worship has been lovingly renovated into an inviting bed and breakfast. Marking its 150th anniversary during Doors Open, the Manilla Church recalls a time when small churches played an important role in rural communications – with births, marriages, deaths and various social functions all being announced from the pulpit on Sunday mornings.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

8 Church Street
Manilla, Ontario
Telephone: 416-452-8534
Email: themanillachurch@gmail.com
www.bbcanada.com/14304.html

Architecture

Year built: 1869
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Commercial, Place of worship, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 8, 2019
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Marcolongo Heritage Farm Doors Open Guelph

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Marcolongo Heritage Farm

Settled in 1833, this was one of the first farms in Puslinch Township. In 1878, James Blair built the granite fieldstone house. The original, small timber-framed barn and the large bank barn built in the 1880s or 1890s have been restored. Protection of the property as a cultural heritage landscape has been proposed under the Ontario Heritage Act. (Photo: Susan Ratcliffe/Marcolongo Heritage Farm)

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  • Guided tours available

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2162 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1878
Architect: James Blair
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: tours from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; last tour leaves at approx. 3:40 p.m.

McKay Art Centre Doors Open Markham

McKay Art Centre

This distinctive example of Ontario vernacular architecture features Gothic revival and classical revival detailing. It was originally the home of Salem Eckardt, a local auctioneer. Group of Seven artist Frederick Varley lived here in his later years; he had a studio in the basement. The space now showcases the work of local artists and provides a studio for art instruction.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

197 Main Street
Unionville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-946-1733

Architecture

Year built: c. 1856
Architectural style: Gothic revival, Vernacular
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

McMaster Innovation Park Doors Open Hamilton

McMaster Innovation Park

Originally the Administration Building for Westinghouse, this site has been transformed into a state-of-the-art facility for entrepreneurs, researchers and startup companies. Westinghouse – who manufactured kitchen appliances – was once one of Hamilton’s leading employers. Come and visit the Atrium@MIP with its award-winning design, 17,280-square-metre (186,000-square-foot), five-level office, laboratory, conference centre and fitness facility.

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

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175 Longwood Road South
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-667-5501
www.mcmasterinnovationpark.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1950; 2009
Architect: William R. Souter and Associates and Lintack Architects (2009)
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4 – Sunday May 5, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Memorial Hall Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Memorial Hall

A town hall was built here in 1897 and was only partly dismantled when the present hall was built in c. 1923. Designed by architect John Findlay (1887-1947), who also designed the Dutton High School (presently Dutton-Dunwich Public School), the hall has an auditorium and a stage. The first floor is home to the Dutton Dunwich Municipal office.

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199 Currie Road
Dutton Dunwich, Ontario
Telephone: 519-762-2204
Email: planning@duttondunwich.on.ca
www.duttondunwich.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1897; 1923
Architect: John Findlay
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Merlin's Hollow Doors Open Aurora

Merlin's Hollow

This site – featuring four unique gardens, including a rock and water garden – has been featured on CBC and HGTV, and in programs on local television stations. Over 1,500 species of plants and flowers, and countless insects, live here. Horticulturalists and photographers alike will delight in the garden sculptures, flowers in full bloom and impressive array of vibrant colours.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

181 Centre Crescent
Aurora, Ontario
Email: planning@aurora.ca

Architecture

Architect: David Tomlinson
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mill at Piper Creek Doors Open Northumberland County

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Mill at Piper Creek

The Mill at Piper Creek not-for-profit organization is proud to be continuing the restoration of the old Purdy mill in Castleton. Visitors can see the beautiful wooden interior of the mill, as well as a number of pieces of original mill equipment. High tea and live music will be offered onsite during Doors Open.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1742 Percy Street
Castleton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-344-7119
www.themillatpipercreek.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1940
Architect: Joseph Keeler II and Joseph Keeler III
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Montrose Inn Boutique Bed and Breakfast Doors Open Quinte West

Montrose Inn Boutique Bed and Breakfast

In 1916, Robert J. Graham – prominent businessman and Belleville's former mayor – started building his summer home, now known as the Montrose Inn. This excellent example of antebellum architecture was designed by Toronto architect Eustice Bird and took two years to complete. The inn has had new owners and décor since May 2015.

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

Contact info

1725 Old Highway 2 West
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-966-1028
www.montroseinn.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1916
Architectural style: Antebellum
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Moore House Doors Open Carleton Place

Moore House

Built by James P. Moore, this building was a general store located on Moore Street. The building was donated to the town in 2006 and moved in 2007. According to local folklore, the ghost of Ida Moore, who died in 1900, inhabits the building. Today, it is home to the Chamber of Commerce, an information centre and Roy Brown Museum.

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

Contact info

170 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
Telephone: 613-257-1976
Email: admin@cpchamber.com
https://cpchamber.com

Architecture

Year built: 1870s
Architectural style: Log structure
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21 – Sunday September 22, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mostert Greenhouses Doors Open Clarington

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Mostert Greenhouses

Mostert Greenhouses is a family-run business that started growing roses in 1979. Now onto the second generation, the family continues to strive to give customers the quality product that only a local market can give. A long growing season (April to December) enables them to remain open weekdays and Saturdays. Come and enjoy their beautiful greenhouses and fragrant roses!

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

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1489 Lambs Road
Bowmanville, Ontario
http://mostertgreenhouses.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mudtown Station Brewery and Restaurant Doors Open Owen Sound

Mudtown Station Brewery and Restaurant

This former Canadian Pacific Railway station is an important part of Owen Sound’s cultural heritage. The station is a unique building, built in 1946, with elements of prairie, art deco and art moderne architectural styles. The property was vacant for 10 years until purchased by the City and repurposed to house this unique brewery and restaurant.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1198 1st Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-371-3575
www.mudtownstation.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1946
Architectural style: Art deco, Art moderne, Prairie
Building type: Food and drink, Historical landmark, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: guided tours from 8 to 11 a.m.

Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (Tower Automotive Building) Doors Open Toronto

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Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (Tower Automotive Building)

Built in 1919, this building was once Toronto’s tallest. Active until 2006, it was originally a factory that produced aluminum products during the Second World War. Later, it made items such as kitchen tools, bottle caps and car parts. Continuing its role as an example of innovation – and now a heritage building – it today houses Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

158 Sterling Road
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-530-5135
Email: acaldwell@moca.ca
http://moca.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1919
Architect: John W. Woodman
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Museum on the Boyne Doors Open Simcoe County

Museum on the Boyne

The Museum on the Boyne is housed in a 1914 agricultural fair building, nestled among the trees of Alliston’s Riverdale Park. Since 1960, the museum has shared stories of the people and places that make up South Simcoe. Check out the Doors Open activities and find out why Riverdale Park has been a gathering place for more than a century.

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

Contact info

250 Fletcher Crescent
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-3900, ext. 1802
Email: boynemuseum@newtecumseth.ca
www.newtecumseth.ca/en/parks-recreation-and-culture/museum-on-the-boyne.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

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

National Air Force Museum of Canada Doors Open Quinte West

National Air Force Museum of Canada

Established in 1984, the National Air Force Museum of Canada is dedicated to preserving and telling the history of Canadian military aviation. The museum captures the spirit, daring and courage of the men and women of the Royal Canadian Air Force – from the first flight on a frozen lake in Nova Scotia to today's humanitarian relief missions.

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

Contact info

220 RCAF Road
Astra, Ontario
Telephone: 613-965-3588
Email: adminclerk@airforcemuseum.ca
http://airforcemuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1984
Building type: Attraction, Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Doors Open Toronto

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

When visitors arrive at the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, they will see a space that does justice to Indigenous culture throughout the building. The bold entrance sign, in the shape of an Ojibwa hand drum, signals a strong Indigenous presence. On the fourth floor, visitors will attend a special event – 7th Generation Image Makers' Tkaronto 2039.

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

Contact info

30 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-568-8275
Email: jtjaffe@nativechild.org
www.nativechild.org

Architecture

Year built: 2008
Architect: 2010, LGA Architectural Partners
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto Doors Open Toronto

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Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto

Located in Toronto’s Garden Heritage Conservation District, this centre is a community-based organization that has a rich history of social inclusion. This former residence now provides crucial programs, services and support to all self-identifying Aboriginal women (cisgender, transgender and two-spirited people) and their children. During Doors Open, there will be live drumming, beading workshops and basic Indigenous language classes.

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

Contact info

191 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-963-9963, ext. 2
Email: ed@nwrct.ca
www.nwrct.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nemo Hall Doors Open Lambton County

Nemo Hall

Nemo Hall was built by John J. Kerr, a prominent builder, lumber mill owner and oil man. The home is an excellent example of the Second Empire style, and the only remaining building of this architectural type in Petrolia. The original property was three acres and included the house, a coach house, an orchard, exotic gardens and five oil wells.

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Contact info

419 King Street
Petrolia, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1878
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

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

Nickel Brook Brewing Co. Doors Open 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: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Odeyto Doors Open Toronto

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Odeyto

The name of Seneca College's new Indigenous centre at Newnham Campus is based on the Anishinaabe word “Odeyto,” which means “the good journey.” The centre is equipped with an office space, computer lab, kitchen and dedicated space for Indigenous Elders. On arrival, guests will have an opportunity to experience Seneca’s bee colony, whose inhabitants pollinate plants in the medicine garden.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1750 Finch Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 647-530-4873
Email: peggy.pitawanakwat@senecacollege.ca
www.senecacollege.ca/media/2018/2018-09-19.html?page=1

Architecture

Year built: 2017-18
Architect: Two Row Architect
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Educational facility
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oil Museum of Canada National Historic Site Doors Open Lambton County

Oil Museum of Canada National Historic Site

The Oil Museum of Canada, in the Village of Oil Springs, preserves the site of the first commercial oil well in North America. Learn the story of Canada’s oil pioneers – a unique and captivating era of our shared history! The 4-hectare (10-acre) site features four historical buildings with reconstructed spring-pole and three-pole derricks dominating the property.

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

Contact info

2423 Kelly Road
Oil Springs, Ontario
Telephone: 519-834-2840
www.lambtonmuseums.ca/oil

Architecture

Year built: 1960
Architect: Ian Rutherford, Forbes & Rutherford Architects, Sarnia
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

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

Old Post Office Doors Open Owen Sound

Old Post Office
This structure was used until 1957 to house the Post Office, Customs and Inland Revenue Services. Since then, it has accommodated a bank, bookstore, fitness centre, apartments and commercial offices. Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1980, the building is now home to the engineering firm of Aspin Kemp & Associates, and the interactive Assiduous Escape room.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

299 9th Street East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-2800

Architecture

Year built: 1910
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark, Post office

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One Life Farm Doors Open Clarington

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One Life Farm

Come and see how this farm grows an assortment of vegetables and fruit without the use of any chemicals, pesticides or fungicides – and absolutely NO genetically modified organisms! Tour the operations, speak with the farmers and learn what it takes to grow organic. They also sell pastured chicken and eggs, and products made with organic ingredients – soups, preserves and more.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Food vendors
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

2899 Taunton Road
Clarington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-244-0881

Architecture

Building type: Commercial
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ontario Regiment Museum Doors Open Oshawa

Ontario Regiment Museum

Located on the historical south field of the Oshawa Executive Airport, this museum is home to Canada's largest collection of operational, historical military vehicles. See artifacts from Durham Region's Ontario Regiment from 1866 to the present. Explore the new Military Vehicle Conservation Centre (over 80 vehicles on display). Listen to a tank talk or take a tank ride (additional fee).

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

Contact info

1000 Stevenson Road North (Airport South Field)
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-728-6199
www.ontrmuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

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

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences Doors Open Whitby

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

The original hospital, designed by James Govan, was built to house convalescing First World War soldiers. The current facility was modernized in 1996 (the Doctors’ Residence is all that remains of Govan’s original), and delivers innovative mental health care. During Doors Open, visitors can explore vendors, an arts workshop, historical artifacts and photographs, and the Family Resource Centre.

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

Contact info

700 Gordon Street
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Architect: 1911 (James Govan); 1996 (Crang and Boake, Cannon and Moffat Kinoshita)
Building type: Healthcare facility
Landscape: Landscape, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ontario SPCA Provincial Education and Animal Centre Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Ontario SPCA Provincial Education and Animal Centre
For over a century, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) has provided leadership relating to the promotion of animal welfare. Take part in a behind-the-scenes tour of this centre and create an enrichment toy for an animal in their care. Adoption staff will answer questions regarding donations, adoptions and the functions of the OSPCA.

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

Contact info

16586 Woodbine Avenue
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-898-7122
http://peac.ontariospca.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Osgoode Hall Doors Open Toronto

Osgoode Hall

Osgoode Hall – home of the Law Society of Ontario and the highest courts of the province – opened in 1832 and remains a Toronto landmark and a symbol of the law in Ontario. The 1867 fence, renowned for its peculiar gates, surrounds the property and its landscaped grounds. Explore Osgoode Hall with a self-guided tour available in English, French and Chinese.

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

Contact info

130 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-947-4041
Email: ebrunet@lso.ca
www.lso.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1829
Architect: John Ewart, William Warren Baldwin
Architectural style: Period revival
Building type: Courthouse, Educational facility, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Doors Open Highlands East

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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

With the discovery of uranium around Centre and Paudash lakes, new communities developed. More than half of the newcomers, mainly Catholic, were French-Canadian from northern Ontario and Quebec. In early days, mass was celebrated on portable altars in private homes. Then, in 1956, this church was built – with funds raised through bingos, bake sales and lotteries.

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

Contact info

2761 Monck Road
Cardiff, Ontario
Telephone: 613-339-2397

Architecture

Year built: 1956
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday mass at 11 a.m. (all are welcome)

Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library Doors Open Owen Sound

Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library

This library was founded in 1855 as a Mechanics’ Institute. The present neoclassical structure – completed in 1914 with a Carnegie Foundation grant – features exterior monumental brick pilasters with carved limestone trim and bases, and a barrel-vaulted ceiling with decorative plasterwork. An addition dates from 1972. The building was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 2009.

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

Contact info

824 1st Avenue West
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-6623
www.owensound.library.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Architect: Forster & Clark
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Owen Sound Artists' Co-op Doors Open Owen Sound

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Owen Sound Artists' Co-op

Constructed in 1905 as a retail store, this building was purchased in 1924 by a rival retailer who operated it as a dry goods store until 1989. Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1990, it is now home to the Owen Sound Artists' Co-op – a gallery/retail space for area artists to showcase and sell their work.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

942 2nd Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-371-0479
Email: info@artistscoop.ca
http://artistscoop.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1905
Architect: Forster and Clark
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Owen Sound City Hall Doors Open Owen Sound

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Owen Sound City Hall

The original town hall, built in 1868-69, was largely destroyed by fire in 1961. In 1965, the new city hall was constructed. In 2015, Council approved renovations of the existing building to add more meeting space and record storage, and to make the building fully accessible, improve the exterior, and create new energy-efficient building systems. It re-opened in November 2018.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

808 2nd Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-4440, ext. 1256
Email: sollerton@owensound.ca
www.owensound.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1965
Architect: Weir Cripps & Partners
Architectural style: International
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parrott Riverfront Trail Doors Open Belleville

Parrott Riverfront Trail

This paved and lit trail is 1.6 kilometres long (1 mile), travelling along the Moira River behind the historical downtown. Along this trail is a footbridge built in the early 1800s. To the north, it connects to the 5.2-kilometre (3-mile) Riverside Trail. To the south, it connects to the Zwicks Trail westward and the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail eastward.

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

Contact info

Start at the corner of Front and Station streets
Belleville, Ontario
http://belleville.ca/images/uploads/Belleville_Trail_Map.pdf

Architecture

Building type: Attraction
Landscape: Landscape, Trail

Dates/hours open

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

Pause Awhile Equestrian Centre Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Pause Awhile Equestrian Centre

This equestrian centre has been family-owned since 1980. With barns, arenas and ponds, it is home to 60 horses. The Centre offers boarding and a riding school with certified instructors. Meet some of the horses and enjoy watching riding lessons. Take a tour of the farm. Some of the friendly residents include trumpeter swans, miniature donkeys, goats and a pig!

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

Contact info

13243 McCowan Road
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-640-7232
http://pauseawhilehorseriding.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Peterborough County Jail Park Doors Open Peterborough

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Peterborough County Jail Park

Experience the former county jail through a self-guided tour of the grounds. The first county jail opened in 1842 and operated until 2001. While the building is no longer standing, the Peterborough County Jail Park holds remainders of the structure, yard and cells for you to explore. Self-guided tour brochures will be available at the site.

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

Contact info

470 Water Street
Peterborough, Ontario
www.ptbocounty.ca/jailpark

Architecture

Year built: 1842; 1864
Architect: Joseph Scobell; T.F. Nicholl
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Petrolia Discovery, The Doors Open Lambton County

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Petrolia Discovery, The

Built in 1903, the Fitzgerald Rig is still the largest pumping rig in the world. It has been operating continuously for nearly a century. Initially, it was powered by steam. Later, it used an internal combustion engine – and, finally, an electric motor. The rig takes its name from the man who erected it – Frederick Ardell Fitzgerald – Imperial Oil’s first president.

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4281 Discovery Line
Petrolia, Ontario
www.petroliadiscovery.com

Architecture

Year built: 1903

Dates/hours open

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

Playhouse Cinema, The Doors Open Hamilton

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Playhouse Cinema, The

The Playhouse Cinema is Hamilton’s oldest existing cinema. Explore the theatre and appreciate the beautiful beaux arts architecture and ornamental plaster work that decorates the lavish interior. Watch and enjoy a collection of short and silent films during your visit. This site was also the voting location for the 1946 Steel Workers Union strike that changed labour laws across Canada.

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

Contact info

177 Sherman Avenue North
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-545-8888
www.playhousecinema.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Architect: William Palmer Witton
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4 – Sunday May 5, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Porcupine's Quill, The Doors Open Erin

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Porcupine's Quill, The

The Porcupine's Quill is an artisanal publisher that values the art and craft of the book, both in content and in form. Their mandate is to preserve the culture of the printed word by using their expertise in the art of 20th-century offset printing technology to create quality books that look and feel like 19th-century letterpress products.

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  • Parking
  • Communication

Contact info

68 Main Street
Erin, Ontario
Telephone: 519-833-9158
Email: pql@sentex.net
www.porcupinesquill.ca

Architecture

Year built: late 1890s
Architect: Benjamin Mundell (builder)
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Port Hope Archives Doors Open Northumberland County

Port Hope Archives

The Port Hope Archives has been operating for 25 years as the repository for archival material and municipal records, including those from the original Town of Port Hope and Hope Township. They have photographs, archival material and some artifacts in the permanent collection. Enjoy a guided tour the stacks and get an inside look at how the archives works.

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

Contact info

17 Mill Street North
Port Hope, Ontario
Telephone: 905-885-1673
www.porthopearchives.com

Architecture

Year built: 1871
Architect: Kivas Tully
Building type: Attraction, Library, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Port Stanley Terminal Rail Doors Open St. Thomas

Port Stanley Terminal Rail

The Port Stanley Terminal Rail is an operating tourist railway that runs on the restored London and Port Stanley (L&PS) Railway line to St. Thomas. The headquarters is located in the village of Port Stanley on Lake Erie. For Doors Open St. Thomas 2019, enjoy a train ride from the L&PS Railway Station to the Elgin County Museum.

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  • Washrooms

Contact info

605 Talbot Street
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-782-3730
www.pstr.on.ca

Architecture

Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Portraits by Goguen Doors Open Oshawa

Portraits by Goguen

This delightful Second Empire house was built as a residence and now serves as an artist’s studio and gallery. Many of the home’s original features have been restored, and the property includes a secret garden. From the owners: "We like to imagine the original family, especially the little child who owned the shoe we found in the wall!"

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

191 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-435-0976

Architecture

Year built: c. 1900
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

Princess Avenue Playhouse Doors Open St. Thomas

Princess Avenue Playhouse

Since 1967, the Elgin Theatre Guild has been treating local audiences to live entertainment. Run entirely by volunteers, the guild attracts hundreds of patrons every year to the Princess Avenue Playhouse. A handsome brick building with three outstanding façades and two distinct towers, it was designed in 1907 as a church.

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

Contact info

40 Princess Avenue
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-633-8530
www.elgintheatreguild.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1907
Architect: Neil Darrach
Building type: Place of worship, Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Providence Cemetery Doors Open Clarington

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Providence Cemetery

This quiet, rural four-corners area is rich with local history. Providence Cemetery is a Bible Christian cemetery with only 88 burials – the first being Elizabeth Ann Bragg (1846) and the last Rebecca (Werry) Peardon (1919). Rev. Paul Robins – a pioneer of the Bible Christian movement in North America – and his wife Ann are also buried here.

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

Contact info

At the intersection of Bragg Road and Concession Road 3
Clarington, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1846
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Provincial Offences Court Doors Open Guelph

Provincial Offences Court

Built in 1856, this building served as Guelph City Hall until 2009. Designed by William Thomas in the Victorian Renaissance revival style, it features elaborately carved stone features. In 2009, it was beautifully rehabilitated as a courthouse, conserving original windows, crown mouldings, arched jail cells and a grand performance hall. No photography. (Photo: Provincial Offences Court)

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

59 Carden Street
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1856
Architect: William Thomas
Architectural style: Renaissance revival, Victorian
Building type: Courthouse, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: tours from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; last tour leaves at approx. 3:40 p.m.

Quinte Waste Solutions Doors Open Quinte West

Quinte Waste Solutions

Quinte Waste Solutions is the municipal recycling service that has collected for nine member communities for over 25 years. At its Trenton location – known as the Material Recovery Facility – they process over 50 metric tonnes of household recycling each day. Come and visit this facility and learn about what happens to your blue box recycling.

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

Contact info

270 West Street
Quinte West, Ontario
Telephone: 613-394-6266
Email: rachel@quinterecycling.org
http://quinterecycling.org

Architecture

Year built: 1990
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Quinte West Fire and Emergency Services Station No. 1 Doors Open Quinte West

Quinte West Fire and Emergency Services Station No. 1

Completed in 2018 and opened in October, the Quinte West Fire and Emergency station is prepared for any emergency. Tours of the new building will be available during Doors Open. Of interest will be the room dedicated to the history of firefighting in Quinte West. On display, too, is the first pumper used in 1923 by Frankford's firefighters.

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

Contact info

49 Dixon Drive
Quinte West, Ontario
Telephone: 613-392-2841, ext. 7464
Email: johnw@quintewest.ca
www.city.quintewest.on.ca/en/cityhall/FireDepartment.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2018
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Quinte West Gardens-Growing Community Doors Open Quinte West

Quinte West Gardens-Growing Community

The goal of the Quinte West Gardens-Growing Community is to grow the community by encouraging relationships through gardening, food production, environmental awareness and education. Come and visit them at their location on Guelph Street. During Doors Open, they will conduct site tours and offer samples of their produce. You can even participate in the Potato Dig!

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

Contact info

48 Guelph Street
Trenton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-438-4682
Email: info@quintewestgardens.org
www.quintewestgardens.org

Architecture

Year built: 2016
Building type: Food and drink
Landscape: Garden, Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Regent Theatre Doors Open Oshawa

Regent Theatre

The Regent Theatre’s façade, built in 1919 for Famous Players theatres, has Georgian architectural lines. One of the town’s few remaining examples of this classically inspired style, the building reopened in 2010 as a lecture theatre for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, as well as for community and cultural events. Enjoy classic movie passes and popcorn giveaways.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

44-52 King Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-721-3399
www.regent.uoit.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1919; designated in 2001
Architect: John McNee Jeffrey
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

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

Rekker Greenhouses Doors Open Clarington

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Rekker Greenhouses

This gardening family has been known for its quality and variety of products for over 50 years. The Rekker Greenhouses are worth a visit. The new greenhouse development serving their wholesale customers is an example of modern technology at its best. Come and enjoy this rare chance to see how it’s all done.

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

Contact info

3104 Concession Road 4
Bowmanville, Ontario
www.rekkers.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rest stop and Information hub Doors Open Guelph

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Rest stop and Information hub

The People and Information Network and the Guelph Community Foundation will be opening their doors as a rest stop and information hub for your Doors Open Guelph experience. Come by and rest your feet, gather information about the event and participating sites, or use the washrooms. Art walks will also depart from this location (see separate listing for more information).

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

Contact info

46 Cork Street East
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Artifact Collections Storage Centre Doors Open Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Artifact Collections Storage Centre

The Richmond Hill Artifact Collections Storage Centre, located in the town's Operations Centre, houses thousands of historical artifacts in its climate-controlled facility. Much of the collection, dating back over a century, results from the generous donations of local families. During Doors Open, take a behind-the-scenes look at the collection and learn how artifacts are catalogued, preserved and maintained.

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

Contact info

1200 Elgin Mills Road East
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-780-2927

Architecture

Year built: 1990

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 11, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Heritage Centre (Amos Wright House) Doors Open Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Heritage Centre (Amos Wright House)

Amos Wright, Markham Township’s first reeve, built this house in 1840. Today, this well-preserved Ontario regency-style cottage is home to the Richmond Hill Heritage Centre and is surrounded by picturesque Amos Wright Park. On exhibit: 125 Years of Slovak Immigration to Canada and A Lifetime Day By Day. A special Mother's Day tea will also be held (reservations required).

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

19 Church Street North
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-780-3802
www.richmondhill.ca/heritagecentre

Architecture

Year built: 1840
Architectural style: Regency
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 11, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club Doors Open Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club

The Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club – with its lush green lawns in the heart of town – was formed in 1918 by some of the most prominent citizens of Richmond Hill. Try your hand at lawn bowling in this resort-like atmosphere. Tour the clubhouse and view artifacts related to the club’s history. Refreshments will be available.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

43 Church Street South, behind Elgin Barrow Arena
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 416-239-3718
www.rhlawnbowling.com

Architecture

Year built: 1918

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 11, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Live Steamers Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Richmond Hill Live Steamers

Adults and children alike come here to ride on one of these miniature railways – with three sizes to choose from! Take time to learn how railways operated in days gone by. This group of hobbyists and engineers has a wonderful collection of privately owned miniature trains, which are based on real engines dating back to the 1820s. Road parking only.

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  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

15922 McCowan Road
Stouffville, Ontario
http://richmond-hill-live-steamers.tripod.com

Architecture

Year built: 1977
Building type: Attraction, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church Doors Open Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church

This Gothic revival church, with its unique patterned bricks, was erected in 1880. The cemetery behind contains tombstones dating from 1806 to the present, as well as a vault (the “dead house”) used to store caskets during the winter. Enjoy music played on the 100-year-old Casavant organ, as well as a pancake breakfast with eggs and sausages (nominal fee applies).

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

10066 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-884-4211
http://rhpresbyterian.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 11, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; pancake breakfast served from 9 to 11 a.m.

Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame Doors Open Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame

Established in 1991, the Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame has honoured athletes, teams, coaches and others whose sport achievements have had a lasting effect on the community. Come and learn about the history of local sport. Enjoy exhibits featuring artifacts and information dating back to the early 1900s.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

43 Church Street South (2nd floor of the Elgin Barrow Arena)
Richmond Hill, Ontario
www.richmondhill.ca/sportshall

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 11, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rising Sun Masonic Lodge Doors Open Aurora

Rising Sun Masonic Lodge

This Gothic revival-style building was the King Circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The church was purchased by the Rising Sun Masons in 1885. The building features a fantastic interior, which will be prepared for Doors Open visitors as it would be for a formal Masons’ meeting.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

57 Mosley Street
Aurora, Ontario
www.yorkdistrict.ca/aurora2.htm

Architecture

Year built: 1865
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Riverview Park and Zoo Doors Open Peterborough

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Riverview Park and Zoo

Riverview Park and Zoo began with a 1933 donation of two alligators to Ross Dobbin, manager of the Peterborough Utilities Commission. Over 85 years later, the zoo remains a family-friendly facility that promotes wildlife and environmental conservation. Join staff to meet some of the animals and learn about the important conservation work that happens in Peterborough.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1300 Water Street
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-748-9301, ext. 2304
Email: riverviewparkandzoo@peterboroughutilities.ca
www.peterboroughutilities.ca/Park_and_Zoo.htm

Architecture

Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (tours and activities begin at the Rotary Education Centre)

Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building Doors Open Toronto

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Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building

Standing near the main entrance of York’s Keele campus, the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building features a 27-metre (88-foot) solar chimney, green roofs, a media production centre, innovative classrooms and seminar rooms, a picturesque central courtyard, a spacious student lounge, a curated art collection, a wellness centre, and rainwater recapture systems.

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45 York Blvd., Schulich School of Business, York University
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-650-8075
Email: sly@schulich.yorku.ca
http://schulich.yorku.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2018
Architect: Baird Sampson Neuert
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Robert M. Nicol Library Doors Open Lambton County

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Robert M. Nicol Library

This is one of the most superb examples of early railway architecture in Ontario, constructed in the Queen Anne style. The depot – the community’s second station – was constructed by the Grand Trunk Railway to replace the 1860s one. While it closed as a railway station in 1927, it reopened as the community’s first official library in 1937.

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4020 Petrolia Line
Petrolia, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1903
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway
Architectural style: Queen Anne
Building type: Library, Transportation

Dates/hours open

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

Rogers TV Doors Open Owen Sound

Rogers TV

Community television began in Grey County in 1963. MacLean Hunter Cable TV acquired this market from Huron Cable and built this building in 1991, moving the operations from downtown Owen Sound. Rogers TV took over in 2004.

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1360 20th Street East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-2832
www.rogerstv.com/page.aspx?rid=50&lid=14

Architecture

Year built: 1991
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Roselawn Bowling Club Doors Open Owen Sound

Roselawn Bowling Club

Lawn bowling has been a popular summer sport in Owen Sound for more than 100 years. The club, originally called Owen Sound North (Brooke) Lawnbowling Club, purchased this property for $200 in 1948. After a fire in the 1990s destroyed the St. George’s Lawnbowling Club facility, Roselawn welcomed its members. Come and visit and try your hand at lawn bowling!

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1555 5th Avenue West
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-7870
http://roselawnbowlingclub.com

Architecture

Year built: 1948
Architectural style: Vernacular

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rotary Trail Telegraph Poles Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Rotary Trail Telegraph Poles

During Doors Open, explore one of Lindsay’s most well-travelled trails (sponsored by the Rotary Club). Hike, bike or stroll along this old rail trail (there is plenty of interpretive text on panels at either end). Although the tracks were removed in 1988, 10 rustic-looking telegraph poles survive along this stretch of the route. Great for wheelchairs, strollers and scooters.

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Enter the trail at 29 King Street
Lindsay, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1904
Landscape: Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ryerson University Architecture Building Doors Open Toronto

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Ryerson University Architecture Building

At the Ryerson University Architecture Building, visitors can experience the nature of architectural education, see the creative work done in the Department of Architecture Science and interact with students. Come and see the work of these new young designers and their visions for a future urban environment. During Doors Open, you can also explore a feature exhibition of their work.

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325 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-979-5000
Email: ksojorch@ryerson.ca
www.ryerson.ca/architectural-science

Architecture

Year built: 1980
Architect: Ron Thom
Architectural style: Post-modern
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sadleir House Doors Open Peterborough

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Sadleir House

Constructed in 1892 for local industrialist and politician James Kendry, Sadlier House was sold to Trent University in 1963; a connection between the main house and coach house was designed by architect Ron Thom. The building is now owned by the P.R. Community and Student Organization and houses a library, offices and common areas, as well as hosting community programming.

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751 George Street North
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-742-3686
Email: info@prcsa.ca
www.sadleirhouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1892
Architect: J.C. Rutherford; Ron Thom
Architectural style: Queen Anne
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Scott House Doors Open Peterborough

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Scott House

Scott House was constructed in 1882 for Thomas and Jane Robinson; it was designed by well-known local architect John Belcher. Built in the Italianate style, the house was acquired by Trent University in 1963 for its downtown campus. Several modern additions were designed by architect Ron Thom, who also designed Trent’s main campus.

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305 London Street
Peterborough, Ontario
www.trentu.ca/colleges/traill

Architecture

Year built: 1882
Architect: John Belcher; Ron Thom
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Educational facility, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Seven Star Masonic Lodge No. 285 Doors Open Simcoe County

Seven Star Masonic Lodge No. 285

The members of the Seven Star Masonic Lodge have been active in the community since receiving their charter in 1872. You are cordially invited to tour the lodge room, ask questions concerning Freemasonry and learn about the organization’s history. Enter from Victoria Street (chair lift available) or Dominion Street. Light refreshments will be available.

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28 Victoria Street West
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-7594

Architecture

Year built: 1894
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Shadow Lake Centre Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

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Shadow Lake Centre

With over 120 hectares (300 acres), this property includes a beautiful lake, natural forest, walking trails and buildings over 100 years old. For almost a century, people have visited this treasured vacation spot. Major movies, television shows and commercials have filmed here. During Doors Open, enjoy walking tours, displays, crafts, games and a camp fire with refreshments and marshmallows.

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15041 9th Line
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-640-6432
http://shadowlakecentre.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1920
Architect: Frederick W. Betz

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.

Sifton Homestead Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Sifton Homestead

The Siftons had two daughters and a son (who was killed during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917). The family moved into Dutton shortly after their son’s death. The farm was sold to N. Welch, who turned it into an apple orchard. It has since been known locally as Welch's Orchard. Original elements of the house have been preserved.

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29436 Talbot Line
Wallacetown, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1900
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Signal Brewery Doors Open Belleville

Signal Brewery

Henry Corby founded Corbyville in the early 1830s and opened a bakery. But, by 1859, a distillery was incorporated (called Alma Mills for his late wife), which quickly eclipsed the mill operations. Now, the building has been revitalized as a local brewery. Signal Beer will be keeping the heritage of these buildings alive with great beer and world-class entertainment.

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86 River Road
Corbyville (Belleville), Ontario
Telephone: 613-779-8633
Email: inquiries@signal.beer
https://signal.beer

Architecture

Year built: 1850s
Architect: Henry Corby
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

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

Simcoe Street United Church Doors Open Oshawa

Simcoe Street United Church

Built in the year of Confederation for a Methodist congregation, this church is a fine example of the Gothic revival style. Lancet-arched openings and a polygonal spire with pinnacles and dormers embellish the exterior. A pressed-tin ceiling, 11-metre (36-feet) high ornamental timber arches and a Casavant organ dominate the interior.

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66 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-728-8143
Email: simcoest@bellnet.ca
www.ssuc.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1867-68
Architect: Gundry & Langley
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Spencer School Community Centre Doors Open Whitby

Spencer School Community Centre

The Spencer School Community Centre stands on the original location of a log schoolhouse (replaced in 1877 by the current building) that served rural residents northwest of Brooklin. The school closed in 1965 but reopened in 1967 as this community centre. During Doors Open, join a professional archaeological team and see what treasures you might find in the school yard.

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7035 Country Lane
Brooklin, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1877
Building type: Historical landmark, Schoolhouse
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spring Mill Distillery Doors Open Guelph

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Spring Mill Distillery

The limestone building was built as Allan’s Distillery, an addition to their grist mill. The distillery expanded over time. In 1876, the complex became the A.R. Woodyatt Company, which made lawn mowers and hardware. Over the years, several large manufacturers have used the buildings, now extensively restored as a restaurant and distillery. Photography restricted to permitted areas. (Photo: Susan Ratcliffe)

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43 Arthur Street South
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1835
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: tours from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; last tour leaves at approx. 3:40 p.m.

St. George's Anglican Church Doors Open Northumberland County

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St. George's Anglican Church

2019 marks the 175th anniversary of St. George's Anglican Church in Grafton. Although the 1844 wooden structure was destroyed by fire in 1908, the current brick church was opened just 10 months later. Designed by Grant Helliwell, the "church with the red roof" features a bell tower with battlements and Gothic-style buttresses and windows.

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10792 County 2 Rd
Grafton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-355-1643
www.stgeorgesgrafton.org

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Architect: Grant Helliwell
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. George's Memorial Church Doors Open Oshawa

St. George's Memorial Church

St. George's Memorial opened in 1924, the same year that Oshawa became a city. Designer Eden Smith considered this Gothic revival-style church, constructed of Credit Valley sandstone, his finest work. The buttresses and Gothic tracery are noteworthy, and the tower supports a 15-bell carillon. Come for a chiming concert at noon and an organ concert at 1:30 p.m.

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51 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-723-7875
Email: church@stgeorgesoshawa.org
www.stgeorgesoshawa.org

Architecture

Year built: 1924
Architect: Eden Smith; parish hall designed by Forsey Page & Steele
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

St. James Anglican Church Doors Open Carleton Place

St. James Anglican Church

With its steep roofline, dramatic bell tower and buttressed stone walls, St. James Anglican is a local landmark. The century-old pipe organ, beautiful stained-glass windows and soaring beamed ceilings help enhance this lovely place of worship. During Doors Open, enjoy an antique quilt exhibit in the vestry, an Antiques and Collectibles Sale in the church hall, and a Victorian tea.

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225 Edmund Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
Telephone: 613-257-3178
Email: admin-stjamescp@bellnet.ca
http://stjamescarletonplace.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1881
Architect: Mr. Carr
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21 – Sunday September 22, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.

St. John Vianney Catholic Church Doors Open Highlands East

St. John Vianney Catholic Church

In 1939, the property on which this church stands was purchased for $45. A cabin was built and the first mass was held here in July/August that year. On December 12, 1939, the wooden chapel was blessed by Bishop Denis O’Connor. Over the years, the community has donated a restored set of Stations of the Cross and a dinner bell.

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5408 Loop Road
Highland Grove, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-2218

Architecture

Year built: 1939
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. John's Anglican Church Doors Open Lincoln

St. John's Anglican Church

Built of local stone, this church held its first service in 1842. The theme of the magnificent window above the altar – "the sower went forth to sow" – is fitting for a farming community. Over the years, the property has been extended. The adjoining cemetery holds the remains of notable early settlers, including members of Butlers Rangers.

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2878 St. John's Drive
Jordan, Ontario
Telephone: 289-407-1402
Email: pdiianni@lincoln.ca
https://niagaraanglican.ca/parish/st-johns-jordan

Architecture

Year built: 1841-42
Architect: Andrew Dalrymple and Newton Perry
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre

The 1,208-square-metre (13,000-square-foot) Ontario Power Generation (OPG) visitor centre, which opened in 2010 and was built to LEED standards, offers visitors an interactive and educational experience. Learn about the St. Lawrence Seaway, the power project and its impact on surrounding communities, electricity generation at OPG, and the American eel.

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Architecture

Year built: 2010
Architect: Thompson Rosemount Group
Building type: Commercial, Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Lawrence the Martyr Roman Catholic Church Doors Open Hamilton

St. Lawrence the Martyr Roman Catholic Church

This Romanesque-style church has lovely stained glass and painted murals. The beautiful main altar and pulpit are carved and sculpted in renowned Italian Carrera marble. Experience the remarkable acoustics and the 110-year-old Casavant pipe organ. Learn about the history of this historical North End Parish that was the third Catholic Church in Hamilton.

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475 Mary Street North
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-529-3921
Email: stlawrencehamilton@hamiltondiocese.com
www.stlawrencehamilton.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1890; 1908: pipe organ installation; 1935: renovations; 1955-65: interior renovations
Architect: Robert Clohency
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

St. Margaret's Anglican Church Doors Open Highlands East

St. Margaret's Anglican Church

Celebrating its 99th anniversary in 2019, this simple frame church was originally a lumbermen’s bunkhouse. It was moved by horses to its current location. The first service was held in December 1920. Over the years, a new sanctuary, narthex, solid oak furnishings and beautiful stained-glass windows have been added. The original bell still calls people to worship on Sundays.

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2319 Loop Road
Wilberforce, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1920
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday service at 11:30 a.m. (all are welcome)

St. Mary and St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church Doors Open Richmond Hill

St. Mary and St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church

View the unique architecture of this church and learn about its history. The Coptic Church is one of the oldest Christian congregations, established by Mark the Evangelist in AD 43. Beautiful hand-painted murals, carved wood and imported marble from Egypt grace the interior of this place of worship. Enjoy both Coptic art and music at this Doors Open event.

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11308 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 416-800-3333
www.smsj.ca

Architecture

Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 11, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Mary's Anglican Church Doors Open Richmond Hill

St. Mary's Anglican Church

St. Mary’s – a scaled-down version of Toronto’s St. James Cathedral – is the oldest remaining church in the original village of Richmond Hill. St. Mary’s is now a chapel for the main church, built in the 1960s. Take a guided tour of the chapel, the indoor burial plot and the modern church. During Doors Open, enjoy an archival display.

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10030 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-884-2227
www.saintmaryschurch.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1872; 1960s
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 11, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Marys Museum Doors Open St. Marys

St. Marys Museum

When George Tracy – one of St. Marys' earliest settlers – built this house for his family in 1854, it was the largest residence in the area. The neighbourhood park surrounding the building today is what remains of the extensive grounds of this Castle in the Bush. A fine example of domestic limestone construction, it has been a museum since 1959.

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177 Church Street South
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-3556
www.stmarysmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1854
Architect: Robert Barbour
Building type: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

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

St. Marys Presbyterian Church Doors Open St. Marys

St. Marys Presbyterian Church

Built in 1880-81 of St. Marys limestone, St. Marys Presbyterian Church replaced a more modest frame structure that had been on this site since 1852. The interior of the church was renovated in the mid-1960s, when two local Presbyterian congregations united and this building was selected as their combined place of worship.

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147 Widder Street East
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-2620
http://pccweb.ca/stmarys

Architecture

Year built: 1880-81
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

St. Marys Public Library Doors Open St. Marys

St. Marys Public Library

In 1904, the Carnegie Foundation awarded the town of St. Marys a grant of $10,000 to build a public library. Local architect J.A. Humphris used classical motifs and St. Marys limestone to design a building that complemented the neighbouring town hall. The children’s wing to the east was completed in 1988.

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15 Church Street North
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-3346
www.stmarys.library.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1904; children’s wing, 1988
Architect: J.A. Humphris (St. Marys)
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

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

St. Marys Town Hall Doors Open St. Marys

St. Marys Town Hall

The Town Hall is a replacement for an earlier municipal building that was destroyed by fire in 1890. The Town Hall building was designed by Toronto architect G.W. Gouinlock and built in 1892 using St. Marys limestone, with contrasting sandstone accents. Still the administrative centre of the town, the building contains council chambers, municipal offices and a public gallery.

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175 Queen Street East
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-2340
www.townofstmarys.com/en/recreation-and-culture/Heritage-and-Historic-Landmarks.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1892
Architect: G.W. Gouinlock
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

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

St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Tyrconnell Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Tyrconnell

St. Peter’s, erected by the first settlers of Tyrconnell in 1827, is one of the oldest churches in southwestern Ontario. Come and explore the church’s architectural highlights both inside and out. The nearby cemetery contains many of the area’s early pioneers and their descendants – including Colonel Thomas Talbot, the land speculator responsible for settling newcomers throughout southwestern Ontario.

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Lakeview Line
Wallacetown, Ontario
www.stpeterschurchtyrconnell.org

Architecture

Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Stephen’s Anglican Church Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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St. Stephen’s Anglican Church

St. Stephen's Anglican Church is located in Burwell’s Corners, named for Colonel Mahlon Burwell (one of Talbot’s surveyors). Through the sale of land, Burwell provided money to build this church in 1871-72. In 1927, money was collected for a Perpetual Care Fund for the nearby cemetery, located just east of the church. Burwell and his wife are buried here.

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Just west of the intersection of Fingal Line and Iona Road
Fingal, Ontario
http://stpeterschurchtyrconnell.org/ststeph.htm

Architecture

Year built: 1871
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

stackt Doors Open Toronto

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stackt

This unique marketplace has taken unused land in the heart of downtown Toronto and transformed it into a culture and community hub, providing Torontonians with a new space to gather and discover – supporting liveability and vibrancy. Made entirely out of shipping containers, stackt is a sustainable, modular space that is easily erected and dismantled with minimal intervention on the land.

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28 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 647-919-3865
Email: eli@stacktmarket.com
http://stacktmarket.com

Architecture

Year built: 2019
Architect: LGA Architectural Partners
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Attraction, Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stiver Mill Community Centre Doors Open Markham

Stiver Mill Community Centre

Unionville's restored Stiver Mill, a local landmark, now serves as a community centre and farmers’ market. Originally built as a grain elevator, the western portion of the structure is one of the last of its kind in the region. A feed mill was added to the east end in the 1930s. Come and enjoy family fun activities during Doors Open.

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  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

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9 Station Lane
Unionville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1916
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 7, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Swan Lake Centre for Conservation and Innovation Doors Open Richmond Hill

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Swan Lake Centre for Conservation and Innovation

Swan Lake, formed by receding glaciers during the last ice age, is a natural kettle lake. During Doors Open, this site will be exhibiting archaeology artifacts and ecological finds. Experience the archaeology lab as they demonstrate the process of identifying and analyzing cultural artifacts. Families will enjoy Indigenous games, pottery mending, bug hunts and scavenger hunts. Self-guided hikes.

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1229 Bethesda Side Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario
https://trca.ca/conservation/archaeology

Architecture

Year built: 1920-35
Landscape: Conservation area

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 11, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tailwinds Bed & Breakfast Doors Open Erin

Tailwinds Bed & Breakfast

Tailwinds Bed & Breakfast strives to embody the town's mantra: "Where urban style meets country charm." Tailwinds is operated from a custom-built home nestled on vibrant wetlands. The Elora Cataract Trailway is just steps from the front door. After an adventure on the trail, rest in the sunroom or take a relaxing soak in the upstairs bathroom.

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17 Station Street
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-3242
www.tailwindsbb.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto Doors Open Toronto

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The Japan Foundation, Toronto

Located in the heart of the city, the Japan Foundation, Toronto is on the third floor of the Hudson’s Bay Centre. By promoting Japanese culture to other countries, the Japan Foundation aspires to contribute to the improvement of good international relations with Japan. During Doors Open, visitors can browse the extensive collection of print and audio-visual materials in the library.

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

Contact info

2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-966-1600, ext. 223
Email: nnakamura@jftor.org
www.jftor.org

Architecture

Year built: 1973
Architect: Crang & Boake
Architectural style: Brutalism
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Sovereign Doors Open Guelph

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The Sovereign

Built in Second Empire style, The Sovereign is an interesting neighbour to the Petrie Building. The mansard roof, ornate dormers and false corner tower create an impressive presence. The original ballroom was once used by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, whose symbols survive in the restored offices. It is now the offices of Williams and McDaniel Property Management. (Photo: Susan Ratcliffe)

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

66 Macdonell Street
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1882-83
Architect: John Day
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: tours from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; last tour leaves at approx. 3:40 p.m.

The Workshop Doors Open Owen Sound

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The Workshop

Since the late 1800s, this building has been home to Molsons Bank, the Canadian Pacific Telegraph and Ken Henrich Jeweller (which only closed in 2014). Listed in 2018 on the city's heritage register, the building is now home to The Workshop – a local arts hub where you can learn about making pottery, jewelry and more.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

948 2nd Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-371-0479
Email: info@artistscoop.ca
http://artistscoop.ca/workshop-events

Architecture

Year built: Late 1800s
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Theatre Aurora Doors Open Aurora

Theatre Aurora

Theatre Aurora offers visitors an opportunity to experience the stage in front of and behind its curtains. You will be surprised to learn that this 154-seat theatre was originally a cement factory, built in 1955 to produce concrete blocks for the booming construction industry of post-war Aurora and area.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

150 Henderson Drive
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-3669
www.theatreaurora.com

Architecture

Year built: 1955
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Toronto Media Arts Centre Doors Open Toronto

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Toronto Media Arts Centre

The Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC) is the first and only artist-run hub for art and technology in Toronto. A 2,800-square-metre (30,138-square-foot) centre located in the heart of Toronto’s Art and Design District, TMAC provides artists and the local community with access to state-of-the-art production studios, galleries, and opportunities for hands-on learning. There’s even an apartment for artist residencies.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

32 Lisgar Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 647-689-6005
Email: jennie@tomediaarts.org
www.tomediaarts.org

Architecture

Year built: 2012
Architect: LGA Architectural Partners
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toronto Zoo Administrative Support Centre Doors Open Toronto

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Toronto Zoo Administrative Support Centre

Visit the Toronto Zoo for a unique chance to get behind the scenes at their Administrative Support Centre – home to many zoological firsts! The new state-of-the-art Wildlife Health Centre is the first of its kind in Canada, further enhancing the Toronto Zoo as a centre of excellence in animal care and veterinary sciences.

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Contact info

361A Old Finch Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-392-5938
Email: cshipley@torontozoo.ca
www.torontozoo.com

Architecture

Year built: 1970
Architect: Johnson, Sustronk, Weinstein and Associates (now JSW + Associates), R.J. Thom, Clifford & Lawrie, and Crang & Boake
Architectural style: Post-modern
Building type: Healthcare facility
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toronto's First Post Office Doors Open Toronto

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Toronto's First Post Office

Welcome to Toronto's First Post Office! Operated by the Town of York Historical Society, this National Historic Site is a museum and an authorized full-service dealer for Canada Post. As a museum, it tells the story of the early colonial postal system, of Toronto’s first postmaster, and of the rebellion that played a significant role in his life.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

260 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-865-1833
Email: zoe@tos1stpo.com
www.townofyork.com

Architecture

Year built: 1833
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Post office

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Operations Centre Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

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Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Operations Centre

Come and discover what the Public Works Department and Leisure Services Parks Division do for this community. While there, explore the accessible washroom trailer, climb inside one of the town’s trucks, and discover what it is like to drive a snow plow. As well, participate in a craft activity for all ages, and more!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

5061 Bethesda Road
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-640-1126
www.townofws.ca/en/town-hall/public-works.aspx

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Town Trolley Doors Open Peterborough

Town Trolley

Take a ride on a historical trolley through Peterborough’s downtown! Streetcars manufactured at Canadian General Electric were once an important part of Peterborough’s city centre. 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
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

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

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Trafalgar Castle School Doors Open Whitby

Trafalgar Castle School

Trafalgar Castle was originally built for Ontario County’s notorious sheriff Nelson Gilbert Reynolds by Toronto architect Joseph Sheard. Reynolds went bankrupt in 1874 and sold the building to the Methodist Church of Canada, which turned it into the Ontario Ladies’ College. Today, it operates as a private girls’ school. The principal’s residence was converted from a carriage house in 1877.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

401 Reynolds Street
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1859-62
Building type: Attraction, Educational facility, Historical landmark, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trails Open: Marcolongo Heritage Farm to Hall's Pond Doors Open Guelph

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Trails Open: Marcolongo Heritage Farm to Hall's Pond

Enjoy this unique opportunity to view the most important natural area within Guelph city limits – Hall's Pond. Thirty-minute walks begin at the Marcolongo Heritage Farm to this series of kettle lakes embedded within the Paris moraine ponds. Hikes will be led by the Guelph Hiking Trail Club, presenting the 10th year of Trails Open in Guelph. (Photo: Guelph Hiking Trail Club)

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at the Marcolongo Heritage Farm (2162 Gordon Street)
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trent Radio Doors Open Peterborough

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Trent Radio

Established and operated by Trent University students, Trent Radio is a not-for-profit, independent community radio station founded in 1968 and located in a 19th-century Gothic revival cottage. Visitors can tour the recording studios, see the station’s record collection and meet the people who make it all happen. Listen in on 92.7 FM! Parking at the rear off Parkhill Road West.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

715 George Street North
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-748 4761
Email: info@TrentRadio.ca
www.trentu.ca/org/trentradio

Architecture

Year built: Late 1800s
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trent University Durham Doors Open Oshawa

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Trent University Durham

Trent University will partner with the Oshawa Museum for Doors Open to explore the history of Oshawa through displays and hands-on activities. Enjoy a history table and costumed photo booth. Meet an Indigenous Elder/Knowledge Keeper and a Fire-Keeper in the campus teepee. See artifact collections, displays and laboratory work from a recent archaeological dig at the Oshawa Museum.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

55 Thornton Road South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-435-5100
Email: durham@trentu.ca
www.trentu.ca/durham

Architecture

Year built: Repurposed in 2009-10
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vickery Electric Doors Open Whitby

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Vickery Electric

Emmanuel Sleep from Cornwall, England purchased 57 acres here in 1879. Within three years, he had built this farmhouse with bricks from Toronto’s Don Valley Brick Yard; the staircase and library bookcases were made of black oak. Sleep eventually owned 500 acres, making him one of the area’s wealthiest farmers. During Doors Open, see how the property/business has been transformed.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

601 Victoria Street East
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1879
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Commercial, Historical house, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Victoria Hall Doors Open Aurora

Victoria Hall

Victoria Hall, originally built for the local Disciples of Christ Congregation, became the Aurora Public School in 1922 and then, from 1945 to 1963, it served as Aurora's public library. More recently, the hall has been used as a rental space. During Doors Open, Victoria Hall will feature artists from the 2018 Aurora Artists Studio Tour.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

27 Mosley Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-1447
Email: deborah.campoart@sympatico.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1883
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Victoria Hall Doors Open Aurora

Victoria Hall

Victoria Hall, originally built for the local Disciples of Christ Congregation, became the Aurora Public School in 1922 and then, from 1945 to 1963, it served as Aurora's public library. More recently, the hall has been used as a rental space. During Doors Open, Victoria Hall will feature artists from the 2018 Aurora Artists Studio Tour.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

27 Mosley Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-1447
Email: deborah.campoart@sympatico.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1883
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Victory School, The Doors Open Guelph

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Victory School, The

Built after to a local population spike, this school - still in use today - was named in honour of the Allied victory that ended the First World War. The school opened in 1919, with an addition made in 1953. Its original brass rails and wooden floors enhance the gracious image presented by its red-brick exterior and park setting.

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

Contact info

135 Exhibition Street
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1919
Architect: S.B. Coon
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday: tours from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; last tour leaves at approx. 3:40 p.m.

Vissers Nursery and Sod Farm Doors Open Clarington

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Vissers Nursery and Sod Farm

This family-owned and -operated business takes pride in producing premium-quality sod and providing excellent service for customers who enjoy working directly with the producer. Located on over 283 hectares (700 acres), Vissers has been growing, delivering and installing sod throughout Ontario since 1988. During Doors Open, come and see some of their equipment, and learn how they do it!

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

Contact info

2517 Durham Regional Road 42
Orono, Ontario
https://visserssodfarm.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (Durham College) Doors Open Whitby

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W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (Durham College)

This Centre is home to Durham College’s culinary, food and farming, horticulture, hospitality and special events management programs. The building boasts numerous features – including an apiary, apple orchard, gardens and greenhouses – and provides fresh food each year for use in the college’s kitchens and laboratories. During Doors Open, join facility and garden tours, or grab a bite at The Pantry.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1604 Champlain Avenue (Durham College, Whitby Campus, 2nd floor)
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2013
Building type: Educational facility, Food and drink, Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walking Tour: “Read” Letter Day Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

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Walking Tour: “Read” Letter Day

Join award-winning historian Fred Robbins in celebration of this year’s theme of communication. This walk in the downtown core highlights sites that served as prime locations for communication. Focus will be on the telegram, telephone and newspapers. Enjoy readings from a collection of historical letters connecting us with the past. Tours begin and end at Civic Square (approximately one hour).

Tell us your story about this site

  • Guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

Meet at Civic Square, 19 Civic Avenue
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-8954
Email: wsmuseum@townofws.ca
www.townofws.ca/museum

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: tour begins at 10 a.m. sharp; please arrive early

Water Treatment Plant Doors Open Peterborough

Water Treatment Plant

Peterborough’s Water Treatment Plant was constructed between 1920 and 1922 and has been providing the city with clean drinking water for almost a century. Explore this interesting example of early 20th-century industrial architecture and learn about how the city’s water supply is treated. Tours will operate on an as-needed basis.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1230 Water Street
Peterborough, Ontario
www.peterboroughutilities.ca/Water

Architecture

Year built: 1920-22

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wesleyan Methodist Meeting Hall Doors Open Northumberland County

Wesleyan Methodist Meeting Hall
The restoration of this building is arguably one of the most precise that has been accomplished in Northumberland County in recent years. The hall was derelict until a three-year, privately funded project was initiated in 2008 to restore the building to its original condition. Historical photos were used to guide the restoration work.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

118 Aird Street
Grafton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1851
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Westfield Heritage Village Doors Open Hamilton

Westfield Heritage Village

Westfield Heritage Village is a stunning collection of over 35 historical buildings that has made it one of the most interesting historical destinations in Ontario. Carefully restored and staffed with costumed interpreters, the buildings capture the true charm and spirit of early Canadian culture. Visit the Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Locomotive 103, the 1810 Westbrook House, log buildings and more.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1049 Kirkwall Road (Regional Road 552)
Rockton, Ontario
Telephone: 519-621-8851
Email: westfield@conservationhamilton.ca
www.westfieldheritage.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1790-1920s
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Sunday May 5, 2019
Sunday only: 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Whitby Central Library Doors Open Whitby

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Whitby Central Library

This library was designed with a dynamic relationship between the interior and outdoor public spaces. During your Doors Open visit, you'll learn about all the building features that put the environment and technology top of mind. Get an inside look at the boiler room, pool room and computer systems area, and see where the archivist keeps the most historical documents.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

405 Dundas Street West
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2005
Architect: Shore Tilbe Irwin and Partners
Building type: Educational facility, Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whitby Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters Doors Open Whitby

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Whitby Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters

The first full-time firefighters were hired by the Whitby Fire Department in 1970. In 1998, they changed their name to Whitby Fire and Emergency Services, officially opening on September 21, 1999. Today, it operates five fire halls. During Doors Open, kids are invited to complete the Junior Firefighter obstacle course and experience simulated activities of a real firefighter!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

111 McKinney Drive
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1995
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire and Emergency Services, Station 5-1 Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire and Emergency Services, Station 5-1

In 1898, the fire brigade was formed in the Village of Stouffville and the first firehall was constructed two years later. The current state-of-the-art fire station opened in 2009. Its architecture incorporates a strong heritage theme. At this Doors Open event, watch as fire fighters demonstrate training techniques. Tours with full wheelchair access will be available.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

100 Weldon Road
Stouffville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 2009

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre

Located in the hamlet of Vandorf, the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre preserves the town's rich heritage for the enjoyment and education of residents and visitors alike. Stop in and tour the historical buildings, wander through the Vandorf Community Park, try your hand at some old-fashioned games in the courtyard, and visit the permanent exhibition. Fun for the whole family!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

14732 Woodbine Avenue
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 888-290-0337
Email: wsmuseum@townofws.ca
www.townofws.ca/museum

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (museum and community centre); Noon to 4 p.m. (heritage buildings)

Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library

Originally known as the Mechanic’s Institute, the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library traces its roots back to 1877 when it was established in Allan’s Jewelry Store. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour, featuring the boardroom, Innovation Lab, a recording studio and Sorter Room. Activities for the whole family include crafts, journal making, a technology station, drop-in history guidance, and more!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2 Park Drive
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-642-7323
www.wsplibrary.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2001
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wilberforce Red Cross Outpost Historic House Museum Doors Open Highlands East

Wilberforce Red Cross Outpost Historic House Museum

In 1922, the Red Cross Outpost Nursing service in Ontario began here. The service spread rapidly and continued for four decades, providing medical aid for numerous rural areas. This public health service program aided in the development of government-supported health care in Canada. In 1992, the outpost reopened as a museum and, in 2003, was declared a National Historic Site.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

2314 Loop Road
Wilberforce, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-3000
www.redcrossoutpost.org

Architecture

Year built: 1914-16
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wilberforce Train Mural Doors Open Highlands East

Wilberforce Train Mural

This beautiful mural, painted by Allen Hilgendorf, is a tribute to the old Wilberforce train station and to soldiers returning from the Second World War. Reg Schofield is shown being joyfully met after being held prisoner near Hong Kong for four years. Seen from any angle, the train always appears to be coming directly at you.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2259 Loop Road (on the side of the Wilberforce Fire Hall)
Wilberforce, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.

Wonders of Water Doors Open Peterborough

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Wonders of Water

Wonders of Water (WOW) is a water education program delivered by GreenUP, dedicated to sharing the fun and importance of water with local classrooms and homes. The program launched at the 2016 Peterborough Children’s Water Festival and offers curriculum-linked, interactive workshops to classes throughout the Peterborough area. Come and take part in family-friendly activities and find out more about WOW.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

Meet at the Water Treatment Plant - 1230 Water Street
Peterborough, Ontario
https://www.greenup.on.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Woodlands Farm Doors Open Erin

Woodlands Farm

Woodlands Farm raises thoroughbred racehorses. This land, part of the McKinnon ancestral farm, has raised multiple Queen's Quineas winners and a Queen's Plate champion. Residing at the farm are this year's foals and their mothers, young racehorses in training, as well as older horses. The owners look forward to introducing you to these beautiful animals who love company. Bring carrots!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

5842 Fourth Line
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-4915
www.woodlandsfarm.com

Architecture

Year built: 2000

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Woollen Mills Trail Doors Open Erin

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Woollen Mills Trail

Visit the ruins of the Cornock Woollen Mills and learn about the flora and fauna along the West Credit River by joining a naturalist and a historian on this easy 1.8-km (approx. 1-mile) looped trail hike.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking

Contact info

Meet in the parking lot of St. John Brebeuf Catholic School (30 Millwood Road)
Erin, Ontario
www.erin.ca/living-here/trails

Architecture

Landscape: Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 8, 2019
Saturday: one-hour tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (Custom House) Doors Open Hamilton

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (Custom House)

The Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, located in the Hamilton Custom House (1858-60), is one of the oldest remaining federal public buildings in Canada. The Centre aims to preserve, honour and promote the culture and history of all working people. Enjoy a self-guided tour while visiting both the permanent and temporary exhibits.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

51 Stuart Street
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-522-3003
www.wahc-museum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1858-60; restoration: 1995-96
Architect: F.J. Rastrick and F.P. Rubridge
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4 – Sunday May 5, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.