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1855 Whitby (former Ontario County Land Registry Office) Doors Open Whitby

1855 Whitby (former Ontario County Land Registry Office)

Enjoy this virtual tour of 1855 Whitby! This building, which served as the Ontario County Land Registry Office from 1873 until 1987, was part of a block that included the Ontario County Courthouse and the Ontario County Gaol. Today, it is the home base for business innovation and support. Come and see how this heritage building has been refreshed and adapted to assist the rapid growth of Durham Region’s innovation ecosystem – Whitby’s first accelerator hub!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: 1873
Building type: Courthouse, Government building

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitby

1st Hussars Museum Doors Open London

1st Hussars Museum

The 1st Hussars Museum is located in one of the last remaining original buildings at the Forks of the Thames. The museum illustrates the history of the 1st Hussars militia regiment and those who served during the South African War, the Great War, the Second World War and peacekeeping missions. Over the Doors Open London weekend, to celebrate 20 years of Doors Open London, the museum will digitally tell the story of its involvement with Doors Open as well as the history of the Holly Roller at Victoria Park. In addition, the museum’s website offers several resources for you to explore – including audio clips and photos. Or check their YouTube channel for more information, including the virtual tour of the museum shown below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-455-4533
Email: tea.granny@sympatico.ca
www.first-hussars.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880-81
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

427 Wing and Spirit of Flight Aviation Museum Doors Open London

427 Wing and Spirit of Flight Aviation Museum

The 427 Wing Building is a heritage Royal Canadian Air Force Officers Canteen, built in 1941. It is possibly one of the few remaining examples in continuous use. During the Doors Open London weekend, learn about this museum through a virtual tour of the space. Videos will also highlight the historical Second World War context of the importance of the Station Crumlin Flight Training School (1941-45), the present site of London International Airport. Station Crumlin was a local air force training base, one of hundreds across Canada, part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan that trained Canadian and other Commonwealth airmen and women to be pilots and ground crew for missions overseas. As part of Digital Doors Open, be sure to check out their YouTube videos to learn more about the site and its formidable history.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2155 Crumlin Side Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-455-0430
Email: linda.brimson@yahoo.com
www.427wing.com

Architecture

Year built: 1939-40
Building type: Green building, Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

618 Athol Street Doors Open Whitby

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618 Athol Street

Constructed in 1914, this private home was built in the Tudor revival style (a rare building style found in Whitby). As part of Digital Doors Open, enjoy a virtual tour and learn more about the features of this unique structure (including its original woodwork, leaded-glass windows and brick fireplaces). You’ll also hear stories of some of its famous homeowners over time – including Leslie McFarlane, who wrote at least one of the Hardy Boys books (A Figure in Hiding) while living here.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

618 Athol Street
Whitby, Ontario
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp#Athol

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Historical house, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitby

ABCD Section – Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

ABCD Section – Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

The ABCD Section is a significant portion of the north Bramalea area that functions as a small city. The community contains a civic centre, a major transportation hub, a regional shopping centre and a multi-purpose park. The ABCD Section in particular contains a significant portion of Brampton’s industrial land space, which plays a vital role towards the well-being, culture and economic prosperity of the city. While each section can be defined as its own neighbourhood, the proximity of their geographies means that these sections are supported by similar amenities, such as schools, parks and trails. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Start at Victoria Park (A Section)
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Alderlea Doors Open Brampton

Alderlea

Alderlea, meaning meadow of alder trees, is a well preserved heritage building, built at the height of the Victorian era. It is one of the finest examples of Italianate villa architecture in Ontario. The property also holds tremendous landmark status on an elevated terrace overlooking Gage Park. Following careful restoration for adaptive reuse, this 19th-century mansion has plenty to offer. Check out the video below and see how the house has been adapted for use as a heritage venue.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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40 Elizabeth Street South
Brampton, Ontario
www.brampton.ca/EN/Arts-Culture-Tourism/alderlea/Pages/Welcome.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1867
Architect: Taylor Hazel (2009-13 renovations)
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

All or Nothing Brewhouse Doors Open Oshawa

All or Nothing Brewhouse

Established in 2014, All or Nothing Brewhouse produces a wide variety of craft beer on site in the historical Ritson Road Beer Store that was built in the 1950s (check out this original newspaper article from the Daily Times-Gazette). During COVID-19, the brewery has been busy producing ethanol for hand sanitizer for the residents of the Durham Region. The retail and online beer store are now open, so check their website for information. Learn more about the history of All or Nothing through the section called Our Story. Take a virtual tour around the brewhouse to see the larger-than-life production equipment. Or watch a beer production video below – and learn how All or Nothing goes from barley to beer can.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

439 Ritson Road South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-337-0113
Email: bottleshop@allornothing.beer
http://allornothing.beer

Architecture

Year built: 1950; established in 2014
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Amherstburg Freedom Museum Doors Open Amherstburg

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Amherstburg Freedom Museum

The Amherstburg Freedom Museum tells the remarkable story of the journeys and contributions made by African-Canadians. By preserving these stories and displaying them with artifacts that educate and inspire, the museum continues to provide both knowledge and pride in our Black history. As part of Digital Doors Open, this site offers a series of video stories from descendants of runaway freedom seekers. Also, take some time to learn more about the Underground Railroad in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

277 King Street
Amherstburg, Ontario
https://amherstburgfreedom.org

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Amherstburg

Appleton swamp (Gardiner, Grace and Neilson Properties) Doors Open Mississippi Mills

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Appleton swamp (Gardiner, Grace and Neilson Properties)

The Appleton swamp is an extensive riverine swamp and marsh complex associated with the floodplain of the Mississippi River. The Gardiner, Grace and Neilson properties are all managed for the Ontario Heritage Trust by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority with the purpose of maintaining the natural features and biodiversity of the properties. There is no public access to these properties for that reason. The properties are situated in the Appleton swamp, which is recognized as a provincially significant Class 2 Wetland and Life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) due to the unique representation of riverine marsh, swamp and upland forest on clay plain. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual boat ride through the Appleton swamp by watching the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Environment

Contact info

Public access is prohibited at this time due to the delicate nature of the wetland features.
Mississippi Mills, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/gardiner-grace-neilson

Architecture

Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Mississippi Mills

Archives of Ontario Doors Open Toronto

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Archives of Ontario

The Archives of Ontario is the largest provincial archives in Canada, and a premier source of information about the history of the land we now call Ontario and its people. Since 1903, they have been collecting, preserving and making available the documentary heritage of the province, with records that date back to the 16th century. Their collections include everything from handwritten letters to books, maps, architectural drawings, photographs, artwork, films, sound recordings, electronic documents and more. During Digital Doors Open, visit their website and YouTube channel. Search and discover images and moving images from their collections, the Government of Ontario Art Collection (peek inside the art vault in the video below), and extensive genealogical records, including births, marriages and deaths. Browse and enjoy the stories found in their collections by exploring the many online exhibits – from Black history and French Ontario, to the War of 1812 and the First World War, to toys from our past and an Eaton’s Christmas. Learn about and use the excellent and extensive resources for educators and students. (Building photo: David Tyler)

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

134 Ian Macdonald Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario
www.archives.gov.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1903
Building type: Government building

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Arts Court Doors Open Ottawa

Arts Court

Before Arts Court was a vibrant centre for performing, media and visual arts, it served as the Carleton County Courthouse. Built for this purpose between 1870 and 1871, the Courthouse was part of a legal precinct that included the former Carleton County Gaol, the Carleton County Registry Office and the former City Registry Office on Nicholas Street. The building was identified for demolition by the Government of Ontario in 1980. In 1985, however, the City of Ottawa took ownership of the building and established the now-dissolved Ottawa Arts Court Foundation trustees as its custodians. Arts Court became Ottawa’s central arts hub in 1988. Currently housed in the building are 18 independent arts organizations. A historical landmark in downtown Ottawa, Arts Court continues to evolve as a vibrant centre for artists and audiences alike. Celebrating the building’s sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary in 2021, Arts Court is excited to welcome people back ... when the time is right. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of this site through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
https://artscourt.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1870-71
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Ashbridge Estate, The Doors Open Toronto

Ashbridge Estate, The

The Ashbridge family was one of the founding families of Toronto (formerly York); they immigrated to York from Pennsylvania in 1793. They are also the only Toronto family to occupy their land continuously for 200 years. Two acres of the original homestead and an 1854 house have been preserved to tell their story. The Ashbridge Estate, owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust, is architecturally significant for the house’s simple Regency design with neoclassical elements. The grounds are also home to an urban farm, planted and cared for by Building Roots. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore this intriguing site through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1444 Queen Street East
Toronto, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/ashbridge-estate

Architecture

Architectural style: Neoclassical, Regency
Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house
Landscape: Garden, Landscape

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Assumption Church (Our Lady of Assumption) Doors Open Windsor

Assumption Church (Our Lady of Assumption)

Founded in 1728 to serve the Huron Indians, Windsor's Our Lady of Assumption Church is the centerpiece of Canada's oldest Catholic parish west of Montreal. There have been four buildings on this site, beginning with a chapel that was built in the 1740s. The current church, constructed from 1842-45, was designed in the Gothic revival style by Robert Thomas Elliott, who received $10 for his work. Assumption Church, as it is better known, is graced with many distinguishing architectural features – from arched doors and stained-glass windows to buttresses and towering steeples. The focal point of the interior is the intricately carved pulpit that was moved from an earlier building. It is the only known Indigenous French-Canadian carving from that period in Ontario. Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, Assumption Church was closed in 2014 due to safety concerns over building deterioration. While closed, the church celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2017. In 2019, Assumption Church reopened following a huge fundraising campaign that assisted in the restoration of the structure inside and out. Restoration remains ongoing; you can follow its progress here. Or, as part of Digital Doors Open, watch the Art and Architecture video series that explores the symbolism of the church as presented through art and architectural features (Part One of four is shown below).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

350 Huron Church Road
Windsor, Ontario
https://assumptionparish.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1842-45
Architect: Robert Thomas Elliot
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Windsor

Auchmar Manor House Doors Open Hamilton

Auchmar Manor House

Auchmar was originally home to the honourable Isaac Buchanan (a local businessman and politician). Throughout the years, Auchmar has also been home to the Young family (local entrepreneurs), the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Hungarian Sisters of Social Service. During Digital Doors Open, discover the history of the house and listen to a short lecture on the past, present and future of the property. View a photo tour of Auchmar below. And explore virtual tours and stories of the house and its past inhabitants on their Instagram page. Check their Instagram page daily for new photos and stories!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

88 Fennell Avenue West (at West 5th Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
www.friendsofauchmar.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1852-54
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Aurora Borealis Orthodontics Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Borealis Orthodontics

The world’s only Star Trek-themed orthodontic office is filled with props from all of the Star Trek television series and motion pictures. The office has gathered worldwide attention – featured on CTV and Space, and in magazines and blogs. During Digital Doors Open, you will encounter Borg drones, concept artwork, medical devices, alien weaponry and technology, and even Tribbles. Explore this unique facility through their online slideshow or the video below. Live long and prosper!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

15185 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
www.auroraborealisorthodontics.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Public Library Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Public Library

Aurora’s public library service 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 Aurora. While this facility remains closed to the public, there are many Digital Doors Open opportunities available – from virtual science labs (see the sample video below), summer camps, cooking classes, speakers’ series and live-streaming storytelling to a digital bookshelf where you can read, watch listen and learn. Genealogy enthusiasts can also take advantage of the free access to the Library Edition of Ancestry.com. And there’s so much more!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

15145 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
www.library.aurora.on.ca

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Aurora

Balfour House (Chedoke Estate) Doors Open Hamilton

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Balfour House (Chedoke Estate)

The Balfour House, also known as the Chedoke Estate, sits on the edge of the Hamilton Mountain escarpment near the Garth Street access. The site was once an Iroquois settlement. The house was built by William Scott Burn, a Scottish immigrant and prosperous grain merchant. A succession of prominent Hamiltonians – including Charles John Brydges of the Great Western Railway and real estate developer William D. Flatt – owned it before the Balfour family. It was occupied by the Southam/Balfour family from 1909 to 2013. The mansion is now owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and managed by the City of Hamilton. While the site is not currently open to the public, you can learn more about this property, as part of Digital Doors Open, through the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1 Balfour Drive
Hamilton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1836-38
Architectural style: Regency
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Banting House National Historic Site of Canada Doors Open London

Banting House National Historic Site of Canada

Recognized as “the site of the defining moment in the discovery of insulin” by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Banting House – former home of Sir Frederick Banting – became a national historic site in 1997. During the Digital Doors Open London weekend, visitors will be able to participate in an augmented reality experience outdoors in Sir Frederick Banting Square. Exhibits include Banting as an Artist, the Flame of Hope, Major Sir Frederick Banting and the Second World War, and The Birth of an Idea. Once each hour during the Digital Doors Open London weekend, using Facebook Live, Banting House will host a brief virtual tour of specific exhibits and a question-and-answer session. More Digital Doors Open content includes intriguing online exhibits, fun and interactive online puzzles (share your record time on social media and challenge your friends), and the popular Heritage Minute video (see below).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

442 Adelaide Street North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-673-1752
Email: banting@diabetes.ca
https://bantinghousenhsc.wordpress.com

Architecture

Year built: 1900
Architectural style: Queen Anne
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Barrow Bay Doors Open Northern Bruce Peninsula

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Barrow Bay

A Bruce Trail side trail traverses this spectacular property, located east of Barrow Bay in Northern Bruce Peninsula. The Dobson and Deal properties, where this bay is situated, are owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and managed by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Over 268 species have been documented, including four species at risk observed on the property. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual hike along this part of the Bruce Trail and see this property from the air by watching the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Environment
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info


Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Northern Bruce Peninsula

Battlefield House Museum & Park National Historic Site Doors Open Hamilton

Battlefield House Museum & Park National Historic Site

Battlefield House Museum & Park was the19th-century homestead of the Gage Family. The Gages worked the land with their 10 children and became a strong voice in the hamlet of Stoney Creek. During the War of 1812, the family retreated to their cellar as the Battle of Stoney Creek raged outside. A 30.5-metre (100-foot) monument exists on the grounds built in the early 20th century at the pinnacle of nationalistic and imperial sentiment. The monument shows an affinity for architecture steeped in British tradition. It is made entirely of Canadian materials and is an exceptional example of Tudor Gothic revival, favoured for romantic associations with the past. Nestled under the scenic Niagara Escarpment, this historical site encompasses 13 hectares (32 acres) of parkland divided by Battlefield Creek. Recent restoration features include the 1926 Dunington-Grubb-designed landscape. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below and learn about handmade toys that children played with in the early 1800s.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

77 King Street West
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Telephone: 905-662-8458
www.hamilton.ca/battlefield

Architecture

Year built: 1796
Architectural style: Georgian, Gothic revival
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Beaux Arts Brampton Doors Open Brampton

Beaux Arts Brampton

Operating since 2002, this volunteer-driven, artist-run gallery serves as a premiere exhibition space for emerging and established visual and multimedia artists and photographers. Beaux Arts features bright gallery spaces, a boutique gift shop, and creative business studios. The centre unites artist members and the creative audience in the spirit of fostering and celebrating the arts. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about the gallery in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

70-74 Main Street North
Brampton, Ontario
www.beauxartsbrampton.org

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Bench Brewing Company (formerly Maple Grove School) Doors Open Lincoln

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Bench Brewing Company (formerly Maple Grove School)

Uncovering and preserving Lincoln's rich history has been the passion and committed mission of the Friends of Lincoln's History since their doors opened in 2011. In association with the Ontario Historical Society, this registered not-for-profit has been collecting, cataloguing and archiving historical documents and artifacts related to Lincoln's history in hopes of encouraging an interest in continued preservation and education in Lincoln's archaeological, architectural and historical heritage. One of their recent community projects involved helping the team at Bench Brewing Company to uncover over 182 years of history embedded in the halls of Maple Grove School. This local historical building, which was once the longest-running active school in Ontario, would soon become the home for the Bench Brewing Company’s new brewery, and the team wanted to honour the school’s past not only by adapting the physical structure but also by documenting its story with assistance from the Friends of Lincoln’s History. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video series entitled Uncovering the Lincoln Archives – Part 1 can be seen below, with Part 2 and Part 3 available on YouTube.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

4890 Victoria Avenue North, Building #6
Lincoln, Ontario
Telephone: 905-562-4242
Email: lincolnarchives@gmail.com
www.lincolnarchives.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Educational facility, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Door Open Lincoln

Bisson Dentistry Doors Open Guelph

Bisson Dentistry

This John Hall-designed house (now a dental office) – built in 1874 of red brick with white quoins – has an elaborate outer door with beautiful glass, a miniature hallway, an impressive inner door (trademarks of Hall’s designs), and original crown moulding, ceiling medallions and fireplaces. The ornate curved staircase leads to the recently renovated upper level. Visit guelphartsevents.com to listen, watch and learn about Bisson Dentistry.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

199 Woolwich Street
Guelph, Ontario
https://dentalsolutions.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1874
Architect: John Hall
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Commercial, Health-care facility, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

Boyd Heritage Museum Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Boyd Heritage Museum

The Boyd Heritage Museum in Bobcaygeon was founded to collect and exhibit information and artifacts related to the history of Bobcaygeon and the family of Mossom Boyd, the lumber baron whose business activities shaped the history of the village beginning in the mid-19th century. Explore the museum from home through their new virtual tour. The museum is also open for in-person visits. Please visit their website as the hours may change seasonally.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

21 Canal Street East
Bobcaygeon, Ontario
https://theboydmuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1889
Architect: John Belcher
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Brain and Mind Institute Doors Open London

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Brain and Mind Institute

The Brain and Mind Institute is recognized as one of the world’s leading research institutes in cognitive neuroscience. Researchers here aim to understand how the brain allows us to make sense of what we see and hear, remember the past and plan for the future, communicate our thoughts to others, choose goals, plan actions and carry those actions out. Powerful imaging tools allow researchers to observe the human brain at work. For the Doors Open London weekend, they will offer a live virtual demo on September 18 at 1 p.m. through Zoom (Meeting ID: 940 0592 8570 Passcode: 865086), as well as a virtual tour of the research facilities. Come learn about the exciting discoveries that are being made about the brain! And, for Digital Doors Open, be sure to check out their YouTube playlist to learn more about the institute and their mind-boggling research.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario
Email: laura.gonzalez@uwo.ca
www.uwo.ca/bmi

Architecture

Year built: 2018
Architect: Cannon Design
Architectural style: Art moderne
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Bramalea N-Section - Nurturing Neighourhoods Doors Open Brampton

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Bramalea N-Section - Nurturing Neighourhoods

The Bramalea neighbourhood was Canada’s first satellite city, a master-planned development designed as a self-contained community with places to live, work and play. Built in the 1970s, Bramalea embodies a perfect example of a complete community with desired amenities within walking distance from its residential areas. Near to transit, the neighbourhood includes a large shopping centre and robust parkland trail systems. One of the unique features of Bramalea is its neighbourhood divisions. It has pockets of neighbourhoods where all streets begin with the same letter. The N-Section of Bramalea boasts some city gems, including Bramalea Ltd. Community Park, with direct access to Franceschini Bridge! During Digital Doors Open, discover this vibrant neighbourhood, which features the Bramalea Ltd. Community Park and Dog Park, and the colourful Franceschini Bridge. The community park features two soccer fields, two baseball diamonds, walking trails, a playground and a leash-free dog park. Located over Highway 410, the colourful Franceschini Bridge connects the Bramalea Community Park to Esker Lake Trail for pedestrians and cyclists. Don’t forget to take a selfie on this colourful mural.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Environment
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

Start at the Bramalea Community Garden and Dog Park, 1030 Williams Parkway
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various
Landscape: Landscape, Park

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Brampton Downtown Heritage Walk Doors Open Brampton

Brampton Downtown Heritage Walk

Downtown Brampton has much to offer – and one of the best ways to see it is on foot. Or, during Digital Doors Open, on foot by video. Join tour guide Steve Collie – member of the Brampton Heritage Board and the Brampton Historical Society – for an informative and enlightening guided tour. Starting at the historical Four Corners, Collie takes you back in time by visiting many sites in Downtown Brampton. As well, you will learn about some of Brampton’s unique history – from the annual flooding of its main streets to devastating fires, from suspected hauntings to hidden architectural features, from Vaudeville theatres to underground bank vaults.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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Start at the Four Corners, Queen Street East and Main Street North
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Brampton Fire Services Apparatus and Maintenance Facility Doors Open Brampton

Brampton Fire Services Apparatus and Maintenance Facility

Brampton's Fire and Emergency Services responds to over 20,000 calls every year. The Fire Services Apparatus and Maintenance Facility is where they come for repairs and ongoing equipment maintenance. This LEED-certified building opened in 2017 and provides ongoing support for all of the fire trucks and equipment used by Brampton's 13 fire stations. In addition, you'll find training facilities and a repair bay that can accommodate up to 18 vehicles at the same time - with a hoist that can lift up to 75,000 pounds! See for yourself. Take a virtual tour of Brampton's Fire Department Services Apparatus and Maintenance Facility in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

52 Rutherford Road South
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-458-4843
Email: scott.glew@brampton.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2017
Building type: Government building, Green building

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Door Open Brampton

Brampton Transit Sandalwood Facility Doors Open Brampton

Brampton Transit Sandalwood Facility

Brampton is home to one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada, with ridership just over 31 million in 2019. Founded in 1976, Brampton Transit currently operates 70 routes, including five bus rapid transit lines (BRT), four express routes, 16 school routes, and one GO Transit shuttle route. In 2008, Brampton Transit officially opened the doors to its new Sandalwood Transit facility. This facility – featured in the video below – represents an award-winning transit system that focuses on customer service, provides seamless connections to GO Transit, the Toronto Transit Commission, York Region and Mississauga Transit – contributing to the growth of Brampton and its commitment to being a green city. During COVID-19, Brampton Transit continues to provide a critical service throughout Brampton and has implemented several safety measures to ensure that all riders and staff stay safe. Check their website for more information.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly

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130 Sandalwood Parkway
Brampton, Ontario
www.brampton.ca/EN/residents/transit/Pages/home.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 2008
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Brampton's Recreational Trails, Parks and Conservation Areas Doors Open Brampton

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Brampton's Recreational Trails, Parks and Conservation Areas

Hike, bike, walk, run or cross-country ski along one of Brampton’s recreational trail systems, which offer more than 40 kilometres (24 miles) of guided and paved recreational trails throughout the city. Look for wayfinding signs along your route, and plan time to stop for new discoveries and adventures. Discover the best recreational trails in Brampton here – featuring the Etobicoke Creek Trail, Chinguacousy Recreational Trail, Don Doan Recreational Trail, Fletchers Creek Recreation Trail and Esker Lake Recreational Trail. These recreational trails also connect many of Brampton’s parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities. Did you know that Brampton has over 850 parks and multiple conservation areas? Learn more about them here. During Digital Doors Open, get outside and enjoy these spectacular locations! While outside, bring along the Nature Rubbings Activity and discover all the treasures that nature has to offer.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Activities and games
  • Environment
  • Kid-friendly

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Choose from one of many sites, such as the Etobicoke Creek Trail, 30 Loafers Lake Lane
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Conservation area, Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Brick Street Cemetery Doors Open London

Brick Street Cemetery

This pioneer cemetery, dating from 1813, has undergone significant restoration since it first participated in Doors Open 13 years ago. During the Doors Open London weekend, learn about one of London’s oldest pioneer cemeteries and its unique history within a national and local context through a video presentation. You will meet some of the volunteers who work to preserve its stones and research its dead, and examine restoration techniques as well as ground-penetrating radar. In addition, there will be a series of short theatrical presentations by local actors portraying events in the lives of some of the interesting people buried at Brick Street Cemetery. As part of Digital Doors Open, find out if you have any ancestors buried here through the Find a Grave web resource. Or explore the site through the lens of Canada’s Historic Places registry and learn about its heritage significance.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

370 Commissioners Road West
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-657-1964
Email: bsc1813@yahoo.com

Architecture

Year built: c. 1813
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

British Chemical Company Site Doors Open Quinte West

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British Chemical Company Site

October 14, 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the explosion of the British Chemical Company – a defining moment for the town of Trenton. At the time of the explosion, Trenton was a town of only 4,500 people. Even though the town has grown and expanded in the decades since and is now a thriving community (and the site of the British Chemical Company, now ruins on the site of the old Gilmour sawmill), many people have no knowledge of this incident – and, clearly, there are no eyewitnesses left to tell the story. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the film below (based on the book by John Melady) – entitled Playing with Fire, by Sean Scally – and learn what really happened that fateful night over a century ago. It is a story filled with heroes, rumours of conspiracy and of a country coming into its own.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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29-45 Regional Road 33
Trenton, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Quinte West

Brockville Railway Tunnel Doors Open Brockville and Area

Brockville Railway Tunnel

Under Brockville’s downtown core, running 0.5 kilometres (0.3 miles) north and south, is the first railway tunnel built in Canada. Constructed between 1854 and 1860, it allowed the fledgling Brockville and Ottawa Railway to connect the industrial waterfront area to the outlying areas between the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore the various stations of the tunnel through interpretive panels, download their handy information guide, and learn more about Brockville’s railway history through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

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1 Water Street West
Brockville, Ontario
www.brockvillerailwaytunnel.com

Architecture

Year built: 1854-60
Architect: De Bergue Sykes
Building type: Historical landmark, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brockville and Area

Brubacher House Museum Doors Open Waterloo Region

Brubacher House Museum

Laura and Josh Enns live in a museum — a Mennonite farmhouse built in 1850 that is located smack-dab in the middle of the University of Waterloo tech park. For the past four years, the young couple has called Brubacher House their home, living in modern accommodations on the second floor as they promote and manage the museum and its grounds. They're also working to update the narrative of the land to reflect its origins as territory belonging to the Attawandaron, Huron-Wendat, Anishnaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to learn more about living and working in this museum.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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275 Frank Tompa Drive
Waterloo, Ontario
https://uwaterloo.ca/grebel/about-grebel/our-partners/brubacher-house

Architecture

Year built: 1850; renovated 1970s
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Burlington Public Library, Central Branch Doors Open Burlington

Burlington Public Library, Central Branch

The Burlington Public Library (BPL) belongs to everyone in this community. The BPL has six full-service branches and a rural lending location that offer welcoming spaces where visitors can explore, discover, reflect, learn, improve, create and connect with others. For Digital Doors Open, watch the video below and join BPL staff for a unique virtual tour of the library. In addition, check out their free online resources (everything from genealogical resources to digital newspapers and online book clubs) as well as a large offering of online programs and events for all ages.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2331 New Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-639-3611
www.bpl.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1969
Architect: Brook, Carruthers, Grierson, Shaw Architects
Architectural style: Brutalism
Building type: Library
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Burlington

Butler's Barracks and The Commons Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Butler's Barracks and The Commons

Named after Colonel John Butler, a hero of the American Revolutionary War, this complex was an integral component of the military facilities built in the Niagara region to replace those destroyed during the War of 1812. Situated inland, out of range of the American artillery across the river, Butler's Barracks comprised more than 20 buildings by 1854. The only structures that survive from this period are the Commissariat Stores, Junior Commissariat Officers' Quarters, Men's Barracks and Gun Shed. The site was used by the British until 1870, after which it became a training camp for the Canadian militia. The barracks near John Street have been fully reconstructed and act as the headquarters for Parks Canada’s Southwestern Ontario Field Unit. The Commons was used extensively over the past two centuries for military training. It was also the site of the Native Council House at the perimeter of Paradise Grove from 1812 until the mid 1820s. For Digital Doors Open, explore The Commons through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

440 King Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Telephone: 905-468-6614
www.pc.gc.ca/apps/dfhd/page_nhs_eng.aspx?id=430

Architecture

Year built: 1814-54
Building type: Government building, Historical landmark, Military
Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Buxton National Historic Site and Museum Doors Open Chatham-Kent

Buxton National Historic Site and Museum

This site encompasses the 3,642 hectares (9,000 acres) that made up the Elgin settlement, established in 1849 by Rev. William King. Find a brief description of the museum in the video below. The complex includes a restored 1861 schoolhouse and a church and cemetery dating from 1866. The site is also one of the few remaining African-Canadian settlements from the era before the American Civil War. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore Ontario’s Black heritage through this online resource, and check out this video on the Underground Railroad as well as this Archives of Ontario documentary that explores the history of the Black community in Buxton.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

21975 A.D. Shadd Road
North Buxton, Ontario
www.buxtonmuseum.com

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Chatham-Kent

Bytown Museum: Commissariat Building Doors Open Ottawa

Bytown Museum: Commissariat Building

Ottawa’s oldest stone building, the Commissariat, was built in 1827 as a storehouse during the construction of the Rideau Canal. It was commissioned by Colonel By and built by labourers under the direction of stonemason and founder of New Edinburgh Thomas Mackay. The limestone used to build the Commissariat’s 0.8-metre-thick (2.5-foot-thick) walls was quarried locally, and the symmetrical placement of its doors and windows provide a wonderful example of the Georgian architectural style. Its three floors and attic were used to house building materials, and to provide living quarters to officials onsite, revealed by the presence of a Rumford-style fireplace in the third-floor offices. On the first floor, the heavily fortified vault kept black powder, alcohol rations and the money used to pay the workers and soldiers. Over the years, the Commissariat has had many landlords but, in 1951, the keys were handed to the Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa (WCHSO). Now the Historical Society of Ottawa, the WCHSO made the Commissariat the new home of the Bytown Museum, Ottawa’s oldest community museum, in 1917. The Commissariat underwent a major Parks Canada restoration and renovation in the 1980s to help repair damage and to reinforce the building’s structure, as seen by the inclusion of metal braces and additional wooden beams on the third floor. As part of your Digital Doors Open experience, you can explore highlights from their fascinating online collections, take a virtual tour of the facility (don’t forget your VR glasses), explore the site through the lens of UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and learn more about the building by watching the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1 Canal Lane
Ottawa, Ontario
https://bytownmuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1827
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Doors Open Waterloo Region

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

A year-round tropical paradise and home to thousands of exquisite plants, butterflies, moths and bugs, the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory has been a remarkable institution in Waterloo Region since 2001. As a privately owned Canadian corporation, it is entirely self-reliant and must juggle the business of attraction with the responsibility of education, research and conservation. Andalyne Tofflemire, Conservatory Manager and naturalist, tours viewers throughout the magical 2,322-square-metre (25,000-square-foot) facility and its daily behind-the-scenes operations. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below for a behind-the-scenes experience of this tropical paradise.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

2500 Kossuth Road
Cambridge, Ontario
www.cambridgebutterfly.com

Architecture

Year built: 2002
Building type: Attraction, Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Camp X Memorial, Intrepid Park Doors Open Whitby

Camp X Memorial, Intrepid Park

Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, the memorial to Camp X at Intrepid Park is dedicated to the men and women who were employed at the British Security Coordination spy training school and communications centre located here during the Second World War. The buildings associated with the site have been demolished or relocated. The memorial was erected in 1984. Over 500 special agents were trained here to go behind enemy lines and “set Europe ablaze,” as dramatized in CBC Television’s X Company. During Digital Doors Open, do some spy training with site expert Lynn Philip Hodgson (see the video below). Or explore the documentary on this acclaimed spy school. Discover what happened to the site after the war ended – and the fascinating role played by women here. And, students, explore the Camp X photo gallery and download images for school projects. Today, while no buildings remain, you can still visit and evoke this fascinating history.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2008 Boundary Road
Whitby, Ontario
www.camp-x.com/camp-x.html

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Military
Landscape: Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitby

Campbellford Walking Tour Doors Open Trent Hills

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Campbellford Walking Tour

Settlement began in the Township of Seymour on the Trent River in the early 1830s. At that time, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Campbell and his brother, Major David Campbell, received Crown grants and purchased a total of approximately 1,100 hectares of land (2,800 acres) in the area. This land became the nucleus of settlement on both sides of the Trent River at a shallow area know as Campbell’s Ford. By 1876, the settlement had grown so that the Village of Campbellford became a separate municipality and, in 1906, it was incorporated as a town. Take this walking tour and learn more about the town, its early inhabitants and its rich past.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Activities and games
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Start at 17 Queen Street
Campbellford, Ontario
www.trenthills.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Trent Hills

Canada Council Art Bank Doors Open Ottawa

Canada Council Art Bank

The Canada Council Art Bank makes contemporary artwork available to the public across the country through its Art Rental and Exhibitions and Outreach programs. With more than 17,000 artworks by over 3,000 artists, the site is home to the largest collection of contemporary Canadian art in the world – housing paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and prints by emerging and established artists, including a significant number of artworks by Indigenous and racialized artists. This year, because of COVID-19, the Art Bank offers a virtual tour only (see the video below). As this tour shows, a curated selection of pieces leads from the entrance into the viewing room. Then, you can head into each of the five bays of presentation racks to experience the works first-hand and engage directly with the collection. A favourite stop on the tour is the sculpture area. As part of Digital Doors Open, you can explore their collection or some of their rotating exhibits. Read more about their programs and activities on their blog or follow them on social media. And check out their Art Rental program, which remains available even during the pandemic.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

921 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, Ontario
http://artbank.ca

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Canada Life Doors Open London

Canada Life

Canada Life (formerly known as London Life) has a long history and deep roots in the London community. As the presenting sponsor of Doors Open London since 2001, they are honoured to celebrate 20 years of history, culture and heritage in the Forest City. For the Doors Open London weekend, join the activities and take a virtual tour of their London head office, showcasing a few special places and objects along the way.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

255 Dufferin Avenue
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-435-4991, ext. 4991
www.canadalife.com

Architecture

Year built: 1926
Architect: John M. Moore and Company
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Canada's Wonderland Doors Open Vaughan

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Canada's Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland is a 134-hectare (330-acre) theme park loaded with fun and thrills for all ages. The country's first major theme park – and its largest – Canada’s Wonderland has become a summer tradition. This year, you can visit the site virtually and enjoy up to 16 different roller coasters, 11 thrill rides and seven family rides – all from the comfort of your own home. If you have a virtual reality headset, load the video up on your phone or gaming system to enjoy an even more immersive ride experience! In addition, you can watch virtual fireworks displays with over 6,000 explosions of colour above the park skyline. When you need a break from the rides, spend some time on a scavenger hunt or doing some colouring pages. Finish off your Digital Doors Open experience with a homemade funnel cake. Canada’s Wonderland is now sharing their recipe for this sweet summertime treat.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1 Canada's Wonderland Drive
Vaughan, Ontario
www.canadaswonderland.com

Architecture

Year built: 1981
Building type: Attraction

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Vaughan

Canadian Automotive Museum Doors Open Oshawa

Canadian Automotive Museum

Established in 1963 and housed in a 1920s car dealership, this museum showcases the development of the automobile, with vehicles and artifacts from 1903 to 1999. The “Our Oshawa is Automotive Heritage” video provides a brief introduction while the video below offers more detail. New for 2020 is the Oshawa’s Automotive Community virtual exhibit, which highlights the origins, growth and community impact of Canada’s largest automotive assembly plant. Did you or a family member work at the General Motors Oshawa Assembly Plant? Share your automotive memories with us. Note: The museum is now open by timed-ticket entry purchased online. Expert guides will also be hosting a Fall Downtown Walking Tour on September 12 at 11 a.m. to bring to life the people and places that made Oshawa “Canada’s Motor City.”

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

99 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
www.canadianautomotivemuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1920
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Canadian Canoe Museum Doors Open Peterborough

Canadian Canoe Museum

Established in 1997, the Canadian Canoe Museum is home to the largest collection of canoes and kayaks in the world. As part of Digital Doors Open, the museum has developed a series of videos to give virtual visitors a glimpse of the many stories the artifacts have to tell. In addition to the Commanda birchbark canoes story shown below, you can check out more of The Stories They Hold series with Gordon Lightfoot’s canary yellow canoe and May Minto and Robert Bateman’s canoe. Also, explore some featured pieces from their collection here.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, Ontario
www.canoemuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Peterborough

Canadian Conservation Institute (Canadian Heritage Information Network) Doors Open Ottawa

Canadian Conservation Institute (Canadian Heritage Information Network)

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), special operating agencies within the Department of Canadian Heritage, were created in 1972 to advance and promote the conservation of Canada’s heritage collections. The CCI is focused on moving conservation forward through science and practice. It helps heritage institutions care for and share their collections both here in Canada and abroad. The CHIN offers valuable collections management resources to the Canadian museum community and online public access to millions of collections records. The building they occupy houses over 20 laboratories that are used for conservation and research. It also has a library, metal workshop, wood workshop, photography studio – with an industrial radiography laboratory – and over 100 offices. Visitors will note the eccentric figure that sites atop the front entrance of the building, known as “Captain Conservation.” This imposing fibreglass sculpture tells an interesting story. CCI conservator Andrew Todd came across the sculpture in an Ottawa junkyard in the early 1980s. When Todd left the CCI, he left “the Captain” behind. In the early 1990s, however, then-Director General Charles Gruchy bought the statue from Todd for $1, making the Captain the CCI’s official mascot. During the statue’s restoration, a time capsule was placed in its cement base. The capsule is scheduled to be opened in 2042. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the CCI through the video below and learn more about this fascinating site.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1030 Innes Road
Ottawa, Ontario
www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute.html

Architecture

Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Canadian Forces Base Trenton Doors Open Quinte West

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Canadian Forces Base Trenton

The Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton is a Canadian air force base located in Quinte West. It opened in 1931 as the Royal Canadian Air Force Station Trenton, intended to be a smaller, supporting base for the larger CFB Borden near Barrie. By 1937, however, it had eclipsed Camp Borden as the primary flying training centre. Trenton was the largest training centre in the British Commonwealth during the Second World War. Today, the site remains hugely important not only as one of Canada’s primary military bases and home to the National Air Force Museum of Canada, but it is the largest employer in Trenton and the starting point of the so-called Highway of Heroes – a stretch of highway that is often travelled by a convoy of vehicles carrying a fallen soldier’s body. Most recently, CFB Trenton was used as a quarantine facility for people returning to Canada during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about the fascinating history of this site through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Architecture

Building type: Military, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Quinte West

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Doors Open London

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

This one-of-a-kind museum is now housed in what was the original factory for Kellogg's Canada, a long-time London landmark that has been transformed into a 92,900-square-metre (1 million-square-foot) leading tourist destination. During the Doors Open London weekend, explore fascinating stories on their new website that feature ground-breaking medical research. Watch a video or read about over 130 remarkable Canadians and their contributions to medicine and health care in Canada and around the world. Enjoy watching their recording of the 2020 Induction Ceremony. And, as part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about their Laureates through online puzzles and games. Search their database and meet the Laureates. And subscribe to their informative and fascinating podcast (Season 2 now available).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

100 Kellogg Lane
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-488-2003
Email: cmhf@cdnmedhall.org
www.cdnmedhall.org

Architecture

Year built: 1913; 1986
Architect: Albert Khan
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Canadian Museum of Nature Doors Open Ottawa

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Canadian Museum of Nature

The official name of the Canadian Museum of Nature building is the Victoria Memorial Museum Building. Most of the exhibitions and programs are offered here. This museum is proud to reside in the first building in Canada created to house a national museum. It is a national historic site and the birthplace of Canada's national museums. The Victoria Memorial Museum Building's chief architect and designer, David Ewart, created a fanciful castle-like structure that has been described as Scottish baronial in design. Ewart's structures reflect the Romanesque and medieval styles of Europe, with a combination of Tudor and Gothic features. The massing and interior articulation of the building are influenced by the beaux-arts style, which stressed symmetrical, axial plans. The architecture was intended to mirror the Centre Block of Canada's original Parliament Buildings, one mile due north of the museum's site. Despite the influence of European styles, the building is firmly rooted in Canadian reality. It is one of the first public buildings to incorporate into its design animals and plants found in Canada – in windows, exterior walls and interior embellishments, as well as the two carved moose heads that guard the main entrance. Renewal of the museum was completed and the renovated museum building was celebrated on May 22, 2010 – the International Day for Biological Diversity. The Queen dedicated the new glass tower, called the Queens' Lantern, named for both Victoria and Elizabeth II. As part of Digital Doors Open, take the self-guided online tour, search their digital collections or explore the many online exhibits. Get started by taking the highlights tour shown below or here. Or explore the juxtaposition of music and nature with nature-inspired musical performances.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

240 McLeod Street
Ottawa, Ontario
https://nature.ca

Architecture

Architect: David Ewart
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Canadian War Museum Doors Open Ottawa

Canadian War Museum

The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history. Its outstanding exhibitions explain Canada's rich military past from earliest times to the present, and its collections are among the world’s finest military holdings. Peruse online collections and educational resources that show Canadian military history in fascinating detail, play their popular online game or download colouring pages. During Digital Doors Open, you can also explore the latest series of videos from the special exhibition Forever Changed – Stories from the Second World War or visit Liberation! Canada and the Netherlands, 1944-1945 online.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario
www.warmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2005
Architect: Raymond Moriyama
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Cancer Research Labs at The Ottawa Hospital Doors Open Ottawa

Cancer Research Labs at The Ottawa Hospital

The Ottawa Hospital is a world leader in cancer research, with basic and clinical researchers working together to improve our understanding of cancer, to develop new therapies, and to determine how best to prevent and diagnose this disease. The cancer research labs at The Ottawa Hospital are beside the clinics where cancer patients come for tests and treatments. Passing cancer patients on their way to the lab inspires our researchers to continue their important work. In addition, the proximity to cancer physicians makes it easier to collaborate on projects, leading to stronger research and better care. The cancer research labs are also home to the Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre Virus Manufacturing Facility. The highly trained staff in this state-of-the-art facility specialize in making viruses and other biotherapeutics for clinical trials. Viruses are a key ingredient in many vaccines, including some novel vaccine candidates for COVID-19 that the facility is helping to manufacture. Another of the facility’s specialties is oncolytic, or cancer-killing, viruses. These modified viruses infect and kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells. They also stimulate the body’s own immune system to recognize and attack the cancer. For Digital Doors Open, take the video tour below to see some of the steps that researchers take to make these cancer-killing viruses.

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501 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario
www.ohri.ca/Programs/cancer_therapeutics/default.asp

Architecture

Building type: Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Centennial Building Doors Open Whitby

Centennial Building

The Ontario County Courthouse was built between 1852 and 1854. By 1964, however, the building had become too small to accommodate the county’s needs and a new courthouse was built on Rossland Road. In 1967, with assistance from the Canada Centennial Project, the original courthouse was reopened as a community centre known as the Whitby Centennial Building. Learn more about this building’s history and its role in Whitby’s past through the video below.

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416 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Email: events@whitby.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1852-54
Architect: Frederic Cumberland and William Storm, Toronto
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Attraction, Courthouse, Historical landmark, Theatre
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitby

Central Ontario Railway Doors Open Quinte West

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Central Ontario Railway

By the 1880s, the Prince Edward County Railway had been running the 51-kilometre (32-mile) route from Picton to Trenton Junction for a few years before the arrival of Samuel Ritchie from Akron, Ohio – a financier and mine owner who had been buying up land north of Trenton. Ritchie would take over the Prince Edward County Railway to extend the line to become the Central Ontario Railway to serve his mining interests. But coupled with issues around the quality of the ore being transported and financial difficulties, the full extent of Ritchie’s vision was never realized before his death. The line was eventually absorbed by the Canadian National Railway and Samuel Ritchie’s Central Ontario Railway was all but forgotten. Watch the documentary below – entitled Ritchie’s Follie: The Central Ontario Railway, by Sean Scally – to learn more about this little-known piece of Trenton history.

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Trenton Junction (18277 Telephone Road)
Trenton, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Quinte West

Centre for Health Innovation, The Doors Open Ottawa

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Centre for Health Innovation, The

The Centre for Health Innovation (CHI) operates in a beautiful historical building in the heart of downtown Ottawa. The CHI provides evidence-informed integrative medicine, research and education across the spectrum of chronic and acute health-care conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular health, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, mental health, thyroid health, women’s health, diabetes and more. Their approach emphasizes quality of life, support for the body, care of the spirit, and active prevention of disease. The CHI came into being in October 2020 and is the new home for the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC). The OICC is known as the first integrative cancer care and research centre in Eastern Canada and has been awarded the two largest-ever integrative cancer care research grants in North America. A variety of integrative and complementary medicine practices are offered through the CHI, including naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, functional integrative medicine, nutrition and lifestyle counselling, massage, physiotherapy, reflexology, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, yoga therapy and more. With regards to its integrative cancer care, the CHI team works with patients and their families to help decrease the side effects of cancer treatment, improve the energy, well-being and overall quality of health, balance the body’s immune system, support the mind, body and spirit in the healing process, and provide supportive strategies for cancer prevention and health maintenance. All integrative therapies are designed to be supportive and in alignment with hospital-based care and conventional medicine as a whole. As part of Digital Doors Open, check this place out through the video below.

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429 MacLaren Street
Ottawa, Ontario
www.thechi.ca

Architecture

Building type: Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum Doors Open Chatham-Kent

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Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum

The Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society is dedicated to the discovery, research and preservation of Chatham-Kent’s Black history. In the early 1800s, Black families settled along McGregor’s Creek in the town known then as The Forks. The village soon became a haven for runaway slaves and, by 1850, its population was one-third Black. Blacks in Chatham thrived in business, education, medicine, sport and literary and cultural arts. News of their success attracted Blacks to the area from across North America. The history of Blacks in early Chatham is not only of local significance; but their contribution and participation in Southwestern Ontario over the years has also left a fundamental impression on the national landscape. During Digital Doors Open, watch this video to learn more about the history of Chatham. Discover some of the museum's online exhibits. Explore the Breaking the Colour Barrier website to learn more about the Chatham Coloured All-Stars baseball team. And download and enjoy a colouring page and word search puzzle.

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177 King Street East (inside the WISH Centre)
Chatham, Ontario
https://ckbhs.org

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Chatham-Kent

Chaudière Falls (Portage Power) Doors Open Ottawa

Chaudière Falls (Portage Power)

Chaudière Falls is a subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holdings Inc. and is a 29-megawatt hydroelectric facility that feeds into the provincial grid and powers 20,000 homes with clean, renewable energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 115,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year. Built entirely below ground, this facility was designed to have minimal-to-zero impacts on the visual, natural and aquatic environments. To ensure safe fish passage through the facility, they have incorporated leading technological solutions to protect migrating American eel, endangered under the Ontario Endangered Species Act (ESA). In addition, there are new spawning beds being built downstream to promote the recovery efforts associated with sturgeon (also endangered under the ESA). Chaudière Falls is home to Canada’s oldest hydroelectric station still in operation. It was responsible for lighting Ottawa’s streets with electricity and fuelled the industrial explosion of the mid-1800s by providing water power for the vast complex of lumber mills that once occupied the shoreline of the Ottawa River. The new site offers safe viewing platforms and greater public access in the form of a defined corridor on the roof of the new below-grade hydro facility. A new bridge across the intake canal is open for pedestrian and cyclist traffic. Using a restorative philosophy, they are maintaining elements of the city’s industrial past, including refurbishing the site’s oldest buildings that survived the Great Fire of 1900. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Chaudière Falls has remained closed to school and general public tours, but you can – as part of Digital Doors Open – enjoy a virtual tour below.

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4 Booth Street
Ottawa, Ontario
https://chaudierefalls.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa Doors Open Ottawa

Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa

The parish of Christ Church Bytown was established in 1832 on unceded Algonquin territory. In 1872, architect King Arnoldi completed construction of a bigger church in the English Gothic style to harmonize with the new Parliament buildings. Named the Cathedral of the Diocese in 1897, it continues to nurture faith in creative and traditional ways, and is often used for ecumenical, interfaith and state events. The cathedral offers soaring ceilings and pointed windows, drawing attention heavenward while every line seems to point to the altar. In between, in small details and great windows, key aspects of the Christian story are told. Features include the bell tower, home to the 234-kilogram (516-pound) bronze bell cast for the original church in 1839. Having celebrated the creation of Canada on July 1, 1867, the bell continues to ring for services today. The carved wooden reredos behind the altar reflects the motto of the cathedral. The Chapel of Reconciliation includes the Cross of Nails and represents the call to reconciliation with God, between people and with the created order. This chapel also recognizes the cathedral’s role as the Cathedral to the Anglican Military Ordinariate of the Canadian Forces. The magnificent west window was commissioned to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the founding of Christ Church Bytown. Filling the lower portion of the window, crowds of people represent the diversity of the population served by Christ Church over the years. At the top, Christ the King holds the cathedral safe in his arms. The cathedral mice offer young and old a whimsical perspective from their unique hiding places in the stained glass. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the cathedral below. You can also participate in livestream services (check their website).

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414 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario
www.ottawacathedral.ca

Architecture

Architect: King Arnoldi
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Christ Church-McNab Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Christ Church-McNab

Land for this church was donated by William Servos; Edward Hiscott and James Servos mortgaged their farms for the loans. The first service was held here on Christmas Eve 1853 and was led by Reverend A.F. Atkinson. In the adjacent cemetery, there is a burial ground for Black slaves who escaped from the United States and lived near Eight Mile Creek. While this church remains closed, you can learn more about this fascinating site through the video below as part of Digital Doors Open.

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1294 McNab Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
http://niagaraanglican.ca/parish/christ-church-mcnab

Architecture

Year built: 1853
Architect: William Thomas
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Church of St. Bartholomew Doors Open Ottawa

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Church of St. Bartholomew

St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church was established in 1867 by a small number of households living in the newly formed community of New Edinburgh. The building was designed by architect Thomas Seaton Scott on land donated by the estate of canal-builder and pioneer industrialist Thomas MacKay, founder of New Edinburgh and first occupant of Rideau Hall. His son-in-law, Thomas C. Keefer, a civil engineer and businessman, was one of the founders of the parish as well as of the village of Rockcliffe Park. The church is built of local limestone and is a designated heritage building. An active place of worship and concert venue today, its history is closely intertwined with that of the local community, the city of Ottawa and the nation. Artifacts and windows remind us of those connections. Particularly striking is the stained-glass window behind the altar. The East Window, unveiled in 1919, is the only work in North America by renowned Irish artist Wilhelmina Geddes. It commemorates staff members of the Duke of Connaught, Canada’s 10th Governor General, who was killed in the First World War. The window, in An Túr Gloine style, depicts a fallen soldier being welcomed into heaven by other warrior-saints. Against the west wall stands the magnificent Létourneau organ. Installed in 2013, the first pipe organ in Ottawa for a generation, it boasts 17 stops and over 1,000 pipes. Many of the plaques, tablets, fittings and other objects – including the lectern and font – are memorials to clergy, parishioners and individuals associated with the church. Heraldic shields bearing the coats of arms of Canada’s Governors General point to the close links to that office. The church is the regimental chapel of the Governor General’s Foot Guards. Two stands of regimental colours are displayed. For Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the church through the video below.

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125 MacKay Street
Ottawa, Ontario
www.stbartsottawa.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1867
Architect: Thomas Seaton Scott
Building type: Historical landmark, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Clare's Harley-Davidson of Niagara Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Clare's Harley-Davidson of Niagara

Throughout this store, you can see architectural touches of reclaimed and repurposed materials. Outside, a large water tower – originally from Fort Erie – was relocated to form the Harley Davidson sign. Inside, reclaimed brick was used to create the industrial feel. The wood panelling came from Buffalo, New York and features original mailboxes from a small apartment building. Other items such as the vintage window in the sales offices and doors came from the same source. In the ladies’ washroom is a bathroom counter from the Prince of Wales Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake. In addition, the original art deco interior and other restaurant fittings from Diana Sweets – a restaurant that operated for 75 years in St. Catharines – has now been restored inside! As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about this unique site in the video below.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
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590 York Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Telephone: 905-684-4647
Email: lisa@clarescycle.com
www.claresharleydavidson.com

Architecture

Year built: 2008
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Clearpath Robotics Doors Open Waterloo Region

Clearpath Robotics

Dull, dirty and dangerous. These are the types of jobs that Clearpath Robotics is working to automate. Founded in 2009 by four University of Waterloo Mechatronics Engineering grads, Clearpath and its sister company OTTO Motors develop hardware, software and services to enable self-driving vehicle development, deployment and fleet operation. The award-winning company works with over 500 of the world’s most innovative brands in over 40 countries, serving markets that span industrial materials handling, mining, military, agriculture, aerospace and academia. Find out why Clearpath values automating dull, dirty and dangerous jobs in the following episode of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region.

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1425 Strasburg Road
Kitchener, Ontario
https://clearpathrobotics.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

CNIB Community Hub Doors Open London

CNIB Community Hub

The London CNIB Community Hub is a space that provides a heartbeat for the community, transforming the community into a beacon of accessibility and inclusion. Londoners who are blind or partially sighted connect with each other to learn and share information while they live, play, work, learn and use tech. With many innovative programs, resources and stories, the London Hub invites you to experience all that they offer. During Digital Doors Open, decode this braille message. Explore products that are helping people impacted by sight loss to read books, travel independently, participate in sports and more. Learn more about guide dogs and how they assist people with sight loss to live independently. Take an online tour of the site (see below) to hear program leads talk about how the CNIB assists with building confidence, expanding skills and providing opportunities to fully participate in life. And watch this pre-recorded question-and-answer session.

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171 Queens Avenue, Suite 101 (enter off Richmond Street)
London , Ontario
Telephone: 519-685-8420, ext. 5150
Email: LondonCommunityHub@cnib.ca
www.cnib.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum Doors Open Simcoe County

Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum

The Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum promotes, collects and retains the history of Coldwater and its surrounding area from 1830 to 1950. The museum is located on the original homestead site of 1836 settler Archibald Woodrow, with 2 hectares (6.6 acres) of park-like setting that includes a variety of heritage buildings, the Coldwater Heritage Trail and Heritage Gardens. Discover history that you can touch, hear and explore. While the museum is closed for the 2020 season, you can take a peek from home by watching the video below.

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1474 Woodrow Road
Coldwater, Ontario
www.coldwatermuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1836
Architect: Unknown
Architectural style: Log structure
Building type: Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Garden, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Simcoe County

Commerce Building, The Doors Open Peterborough

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Commerce Building, The

The Commerce Building was designed in 1894-95 by John E. Belcher, one of Peterborough's leading architects. It was constructed of Credit Valley stone and pressed brick from Toronto's Don Valley. The building's main tenant was the Commerce Bank, later the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Architectural and decorative remnants of the old bank hall at the main floor level remain intact and can be seen inside what is now a restaurant. The building has undergone many changes over the years and now houses a vibrant arts community (featuring @Bluefrogslegs, Madder House Textile Studio, Aterlier Ludmila, Heather Doughty Photography, Mary McLoughlin and more). Learn more about this building and its place in downtown Peterborough’s past. And join them, along with other downtown locations, for a virtual First Friday art crawl.

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129 Hunter Street West
Peterborough, Ontario
https://firstfridayptbo.com

Architecture

Year built: 1894-95
Architect: John E. Belcher
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Peterborough

Cotton Factory, The Doors Open Hamilton

Cotton Factory, The

The Cotton Factory is a creative arts centre in the heart of lower Hamilton. This former cotton mill, built in 1900, is a prime example of adaptive reuse. The former site of the Imperial Cotton Co. it has since been transformed into a creative industries complex – with space for workshops, studios for artists, and office space for creative professionals. Film and television productions, photographers and special events are also drawn to the building by its unique aesthetic and historical charm. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about this site through the video below.

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270 Sherman Avenue North
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-547-8256
Email: laura@cottonfactory.ca
www.cottonfactory.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1900
Architect: E.B. Patterson
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Commercial, Green building

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Courthouse Hotel Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Courthouse Hotel

The original courthouse and jail serving Prince Arthur’s Landing, later Port Arthur, was built on this site in 1877. Built on the same site in 1923, the new Port Arthur District Courthouse could not be fully completed until a portion of the old jail was demolished. Once opened in 1924, the courthouse housed judicial officials for the District of Thunder Bay along with Port Arthur’s Ontario Government offices. Symmetrical in its design, the classical pediment, Corinthian columns and central entryway give the building its “official” look. Tyndall Stone® limestone from Manitoba – used for the building’s decorative elements, including columns, keystones, sills and window casements – contains visible fossils. The Superior Court of Justice relocated to the Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse on Miles Street in 2014. The building, purchased in 2016, began an extensive $5-million renovation in 2017, transforming it into the boutique hotel we see today. Opened in 2019, the Courthouse Hotel was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation.

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277 Camelot Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.courthousehotel.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1923-24
Architect: Frank R. Heakes, Department of Public Works
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Credit Valley - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

Credit Valley - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

What once was underdeveloped is now a bustling suburban community. Residents have access to commercial properties, recreational parks, and pathways and natural spaces like the Churchville and Springbrook Tributary. One defining element of this vibrant community is Teramoto Park, named after the first Japanese family to move to the City of Brampton. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

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Start at the David Suzuki Secondary School, 45 Daviselm Drive
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Croatian Hall, The Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

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Croatian Hall, The

The Maple Leaf Theatre (built in 1924) was purchased and renovated in 1932 to serve as a gathering place for the Croatian community. Timmins-Porcupine witnessed an influx of European immigration early on, due to the ready employment offered on the mines. By 1930, many of the McIntyre Mine’s Croatian employees had come to call Schumacher home. For almost 90 years, The Croatian Hall has played an important role in preserving Croatian culture in the form of food, language, music and dance. Watch the video below or go to their website to find out more about the Croatian Society of Schumacher and the efforts that they have undertaken to preserve their hall for future generations.

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24 Father Costello Drive
Schumacher, Ontario
https://croatiansocietyschumacher.com

Architecture

Year built: 1924; renovated 1932

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

CSS Building Inc. Doors Open Ottawa

CSS Building Inc.

In 1960, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) built a satellite communications station (SATCOM) at this location. It supports a 20.7-metre (68-foot) diameter metal space frame radar dome (radome) on its roof, which provides environmental protection for the 15.2-metre (50-foot) diameter SATCOM antenna that it houses. The antenna provided satellite communications between all NATO countries until 1999 when NATO and the DND decommissioned the site. That same year, it was purchased by Canadian Space Services Ltd. to serve as its corporate headquarters and training ground for employees. Today, it is owned by the CSS Building, which rents interior space to various local businesses. The two-hectare (five-acre) property currently has four domes on it that vary in size from three metres (10 feet) in diameter to 20.7 metres (68 feet) in diameter. A guided tour inside the building allows visitors to see inside the antenna to view a section of wave guide and the servo motors. Tours around the grounds and inside the building are available by appointment only. For Digital Doors Open, however, anyone can take a virtual tour through the video below.

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2336 Craig Side Road
Carp, Ontario
www.cssbuilding.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1960
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Daniels Building Doors Open Toronto

Daniels Building

A merging of 19th- and 21st-century architecture, the Daniels Building conveys a narrative that parallels the history of the city itself. Situated in a large roundabout, the circular site was originally constructed as a garden with views to Lake Ontario. The original neo-Gothic building was the first home of Knox College, a Presbyterian theological school. Later, it served as a military hospital during the First World War, the home of Connaught Laboratories, and an auxiliary and servicing facility for the University of Toronto. To create the new John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, the historical building was pared back to its roots, restoring original details. The contemporary addition integrates active, creative spaces, iconically represented by the design studio, with its soaring bow-tie truss ceiling and clerestory windows. The Main Hall boasts fins and stripes in charged colours that surprise and delight. As part of Digital Doors Open, check out the video below or consult their YouTube playlists to learn more.

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1 Spadina Crescent
Toronto, Ontario
www.daniels.utoronto.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1875; 2017 restoration
Architect: Smith & Gemmel (restoration by NADAAA)
Architectural style: Contemporary, Gothic revival
Building type: Educational facility, Green building
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

David Dunlap Observatory Doors Open Richmond Hill

David Dunlap Observatory

Since 1935, this observatory has been a research centre for the University of Toronto's Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and a facility for public education and outreach. A popular site for Doors Open Richmond Hill in 2019, the David Dunlap Observatory gives us a glimpse into the skies above us from a spectacular facility. During Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the site through the video below. Also, enjoy a short history of the site from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Or learn how to use a star finder to find your way around the night skies.

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  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

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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

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Richmond Hill

Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Doors Open Ottawa

Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat

Designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, this award-winning building serves a representational role for the Ismaili Imamat in Canada, offering a centre for building relationships, enabling quiet diplomacy, disseminating knowledge and information, while reflecting the wide-ranging humanistic and humanitarian agenda of the Aga Khan Development Network and its associated institutions. Under the general direction of His Highness the Aga Khan, Maki has translated concepts rooted in Islamic tradition into a bold, modern design. This design is inspired by the natural luminosity and multi-faceted shape of rock crystal. Throughout the building, the play of light on transparent and translucent surfaces creates a dynamic visual effect. The notion of openness and transparency is carried through the building. The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat has received the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture (2012), and two awards from the Ontario Association of Architects: the Celebration of Excellence Award and People’s Choice Award (2010). Learn more about this site here.

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199 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
www.akfc.ca/about-us/visit-us/visit-us-covid19

Architecture

Architect: Fumihiko Maki

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Devil’s Monument Doors Open Northern Bruce Peninsula

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Devil’s Monument

The “Devil’s Monument” flowerpot is the only complete flowerpot on land along the east side of the Bruce Peninsula. A series of steps from the main Bruce Trail down the escarpment enable hikers to access the base of the flowerpot. The LeFeuvre-Chupac, Minhinnick, Schneider properties, where this feature is located, are owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and managed by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual hike along this part of the Bruce Trail and see this property from the air by watching the video below.

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  • Environment
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

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Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Northern Bruce Peninsula

Dickinson House Museum Doors Open Ottawa

Dickinson House Museum

Dickinson House, along with Watson’s Mill and an associated carriage shed, form the core of Dickinson Square, an enclave of heritage buildings in the historical centre of Manotick. In 1858, Moss Kent Dickinson and his business partner Joseph Currier leased water power rights at the site and built a milling complex. By the time Dickinson became sole owner in 1863, there were mills to grind grain into flour, saw lumber and card wool. In later years, wool fabric and stoppers for barrels were also produced. In 1867, Dickinson constructed the 2½-storey clapboard house that still stands facing the grist mill. Originally used as mill offices and a general store, the house became the Dickinson family home in 1870. They lived in the house for 60 years and were followed by two subsequent mill-owning families – the Spratts (1931-48) and the Watsons (1948-72). Furnished in the Victorian manner, Dickinson House and its costumed guides are happy to welcome you and share the history of the house and its times. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the site.

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  • Virtual tour
  • Video

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1127 Mill Street
Manotick, Ontario
www.rideautownshiphistory.org/dickinsonhouse

Architecture

Year built: 1867
Architect: Moss Kent Dickinson
Building type: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum Doors Open Ottawa

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum is a four-storey Cold War bunker built to protect the government from a nuclear attack on Ottawa. Once top-secret, this underground facility is now open year-round. During Digital Doors Open, you can explore this site through a series of virtual tours, download some colouring pages from their collections, keep busy with various jigsaw puzzles, or play the online game, Project Rustic (Flash required). And learn more in the video below from Historica Canada about the Cold War and the important role that this site played.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

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3929 Carp Road
Carp, Ontario
http://diefenbunker.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1959-61
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Dominican University College (DUC) Doors Open Ottawa

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Dominican University College (DUC)

The stone structure of Dominican University College (DUC) displays the vaulted ceilings typical of neo-Gothic design. An interior courtyard visible through large windows opens onto an elegant garden. The highly reputed library is distinguished by its stained glass and the Wilson Room, which is dedicated to antiquated books dating back to the 15th century. The DUC is housed in a grey stone heritage building, the Saint Jean-Baptiste Dominican convent, with its own church of the same name. Although it seems hard to believe it now but the formidable structure, proudly perched on top of Primrose Hill overlooking LeBreton Flats, was not always as invincible as it may appear at first sight. On the terrible night of February 8, 1931, a fire destroyed St. Jean-Baptiste church and part of the west wing of the old convent. A year later, during Easter 1932, the newly rebuilt convent and church were officially inaugurated. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore this site through the video below.

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96 Empress Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
www.dominicanu.ca

Architecture

Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Doors Open Kawartha Lakes Highlights Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Doors Open Kawartha Lakes Highlights

Since its first event in 2004, Doors Open Kawartha Lakes has showcased some of their communities' most interesting sites and welcomed visitors to their historical buildings, trails and local landscapes. On this virtual tour, you can explore some the most popular and unique sites from the last 16 years of Doors Open Kawartha Lakes – and get ready for the next event in 2021!

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  • Virtual tour

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Start at the Pontypool Grain Elevator, 25 Pontypool Road
Pontypool, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Downtown Lindsay Virtual Tour Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Downtown Lindsay Virtual Tour

Downtown Lindsay has a long and storied history that dates back to the mid-19th century. From the time that the town plan was first laid out in 1834 to the changes of the mid-20th century, Lindsay’s downtown has long been the commercial heart of the community – and, as such, has many interesting stories to tell. Designated as a Heritage Conservation District in 2017, the downtown remains a vibrant shopping district with many exciting things to do and see. Explore this storymap and learn about the town from its early beginnings to present day – with a unique guided “walking” tour that presents some of downtown Lindsay’s architectural highlights.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Collections and resources

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Start at the provincial plaque for Purdy's Mills
Lindsay , Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Downtown Walking Tour Doors Open Peterborough

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Downtown Walking Tour

Explore Peterborough’s historical downtown digitally 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, including many buildings being adaptively re-used. Join the tour by clicking the video link below! Or learn more about one of the tour's stops: St. John's Anglican Church through this video.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

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

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various
Architectural style: Edwardian, Victorian
Building type: Commercial, Courthouse, Military, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Peterborough

Dundurn National Historic Site - Dundurn Castle Doors Open Hamilton

Dundurn National Historic Site - Dundurn Castle

This Italianate-style villa was built in 1834 for Sir Allan MacNab, one of Canada's first premiers. Digital Doors Open lets you experience what life upstairs and downstairs was like at this grand country estate through this extensive online guided tour (Flash required) – including the grounds and gardens. Learn about the castle in the video below. And get some baking and gardening tips from costumed staff.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

610 York Blvd.
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: dundurn@hamilton.ca
www.hamilton.ca/dundurn

Architecture

Year built: 1835
Architect: Robert Wetherell
Architectural style: Regency
Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Eby Manor Golden Guernsey Milk Doors Open Waterloo Region

Eby Manor Golden Guernsey Milk

For all but 10 days of his life, Jim Eby has lived on this dairy farm in Woolwich, now known as Eby Manor. You'll be moo-ved by his story of the family operation that seized a golden (Guernsey) opportunity to create something truly special in the new niche milk market. Denoted by its unique, creamy texture and iconic glass bottles, Eby Manor and its small herd boast an avid following. As part of Digital Doors Open, find out more about Eby Manor and this dairy operation through the video below.

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1174 Weeby Place, RR1
Waterloo, Ontario
https://ebymanor.ca

Architecture

Building type: Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Eldon House Doors Open London

Eldon House

Virtually unchanged since the 19th century, Eldon House is London’s oldest residence. It contains family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures from the Harris Family. Eldon House is a historical site in downtown London that has been preserved and maintained since 1960, when it was donated to the City of London. It was home to four generations of the Harris family; it is an excellent example of Georgian and regency architectural styles and its gardens are considered among the most beautiful in the city. For more information, visit their website or call 519-661-5169. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore the site’s timeline to learn more about the history of the place. Discover their interactive maps to gain insight about the house and gardens, and spend some time meeting the family. And check out the videos on their social media channels.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

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481 Ridout Street North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-5169
Email: info@eldonhouse.ca
www.eldonhouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1834
Architectural style: Georgian, Regency
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Doors Open Toronto

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

Come and take a closer look at the historical Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre – the last operating double-decker theatre facility in the world. These stacked Vaudevillian-era theatres were saved from demolition in 1981 by the Ontario Heritage Trust. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour inside this theatre complex. Enjoy some videos from past performers. And learn about the history of this remarkable place through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

189 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
Email: ewg@heritagetrust.on.ca
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg

Architecture

Year built: 1913-14
Architect: Thomas Lamb (designer)
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Elora Gorge Doors Open Elora and Fergus

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Elora Gorge

The Elora Gorge, operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority, is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural areas in the Grand River valley. Riverside trails look down 22 metres (72 feet) over scenic views of the water below where kayakers and canoeists make their way through the rapids. While the area has gradually reopened amidst COVID-19, visitors are encouraged to check their website to see what’s open and what’s not (camping, hiking, cycling, fishing and canoeing are allowed, for instance, but not tubing, picnic pavilions or the splashpad). For a digital experience, download their brochure and map, explore their Flickr photo album, or enjoy the aerial tour of the region below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

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7400 Wellington County Road (Elora Gorge Park)
Elora, Ontario
https://www.grandriver.ca/en/outdoor-recreation/Elora-Gorge.aspx

Architecture

Landscape: Conservation area, Landscape, Natural heritage, Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Elora and Fergus

Elsie Perrin Williams Estate Doors Open London

Elsie Perrin Williams Estate

This beautiful manor house and property was bequeathed to the City of London in 1936 by Elsie Perrin Williams, the heiress to a biscuit manufacturer. The property includes lands along the river and land once used as a private golf course. This Spanish colonial house features stuccoed walls, a red-tiled roof, wrought-iron balconies, beamed ceilings, glazed tile fireplaces and a great hall that was added in the 1920s. The building is managed today by the Heritage London Foundation. This Doors Open London, experience this property through a video production featuring drone footage of the extensive property surrounding the manor, followed by a historical tour of the inside of the house where you will hear the story of its original owners. The house was one of the first sites to ever participate in Doors Open London, and you can learn more about the 20-year history of the event through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

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101 Windermere Road West
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-432-6620
Email: bookings@heritagelondonfoundation.ca
https://heritagelondonfoundation.ca/elsie-perrin-williams-estate

Architecture

Year built: 1916-1917
Architect: John Moore
Architectural style: Arts and crafts
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Doors Open Toronto

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, Toronto’s oldest school still standing, is today a public museum and conference and special events venue. The original one-room school was established in 1849 by Enoch Turner (1792-1866), a wealthy brewer and philanthropist, to educate the children in the poor neighbourhood surrounding his brewery. Because many of the area's immigrant families were from County Cork in Ireland, the neighbourhood became known as Corktown – a nickname that it still carries today. From the 1860s to the 1960s, the schoolhouse served as the parish hall and Sunday school for the neighbouring Little Trinity Anglican Church. But, by the late 1960s, the building had fallen into disrepair. To protect the building and to raise funds for its restoration, the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation was established in 1971. They continue to this day – along with the Ontario Heritage Trust – to showcase the site through events, museum activities, school groups and more, to build awareness and raise money for the site. As part of Digital Doors Open, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse offers a virtual tour of the site, including the original classroom. Or learn more about this site through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

106 Trinity Street
Toronto, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/etsh

Architecture

Year built: 1848
Building type: Museum, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Enriched Bread Artists (EBA) Doors Open Ottawa

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Enriched Bread Artists (EBA)

Enriched Bread Artists (EBA) is a not-for-profit collective of visual artists working in a range of media and techniques. The collective was formed in 1992 by graduates of the University of Ottawa looking for studio space and an artistic community beyond university. EBA members have changed over time and, today, EBA artists come from all over the world. The group’s name refers to the former bread factory where the co-operatively run studios are located. Designed by Sydney Comber, a dairy and bakery specialist, the Standard Bread bakery was built in 1924. It was founded by Cecil Morrison and Dick Lamothe. Designated a heritage site by the City of Ottawa in 2020, the building is one of the few remaining light-industrial buildings left in Ottawa. The Enriched Bread Artists’ studios are now home to contemporary artists who continue to sustain the Ottawa art’s scene. The building’s past as a place to produce bread, and its present as a place to produce art, is of interest. Art, like bread, sustains and stimulates society. During Doors Open Ottawa, they will be highlighting the historical features of the building and its current use. At the end of October, EBA artists will present their annual “Open Studio,” a time when studios will be open to the public to share their work and vision with the Ottawa community, and beyond. 2021 marks the 29th anniversary of Enriched Bread Artists. For Digital Doors Open, check out their virtual tours (2020and 2021). Or watch the video below to see how art has kept EBA alive throughout the pandemic.

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  • Virtual tour
  • Video

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951 Gladstone Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
www.enrichedbreadartists.com

Architecture

Year built: 1924
Architect: Sydney Comber
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open

Erland Lee (Museum) Home Doors Open Hamilton

Erland Lee (Museum) Home

The Erland Lee (Museum) Home is a National Historic Site of Canada owned and operated by the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO). The original building was an 1808 log cabin where John and Mary (Moore) Lee raised their 11 children and grew fruit and grain and raised livestock. Abram Lee expanded his childhood home in 1860 and 1873, completing it in the carpenter Gothic revival architectural style. In February 1897, the first Women’s Institute was founded in the Lee family’s dining room. The constitution was penned by Janet (Chisholm) Lee. The home was purchased from the Lee family by the FWIO in 1972 and stands today to celebrate the Women’s Institute, the Lee family and the history of Stoney Creek. Coming soon: Explore this house through a video tour as part of Digital Doors Open.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

552 Ridge Road
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Telephone: 905-662-2691
Email: erlandleemuseum@fwio.on.ca
https://fwio.on.ca/erland

Architecture

Year built: 1808; 1860 (addition); 1873 renovations and carriage house addition
Architect: John Lee (1808); Abram Lee (1860 and 1873)
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Exchange Brewery, The Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Exchange Brewery, The

Constructed in 1880, this building was Niagara's first telephone exchange. In 2015, it was transformed into a brewery, but it retains some of its original features. Original hemlock floor joists became the second-floor bar and tabletops. Some nods to the building's use as a telephone exchange include brewing numbers (instead of names) and a tasting board shaped like a rotary dial. As part of Digital Doors Open, you can learn more about this unique site through the video below. Check their website, too, for virtual events - including Sourpalooza.

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7 Queen Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Telephone: 905-468-9888
https://exchangebrewery.com

Architecture

Year built: 1880; adapted in 2015
Architect: Williamson Chong
Architectural style: Art moderne
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa (Roger Guindon Hall) Doors Open Ottawa

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Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa (Roger Guindon Hall)

Welcome to the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine, the first and largest bilingual medical faculty in Canada. Learners here have access to state-of-the art facilities and specialized institutions as they learn alongside world-class physicians and scientists. The school offers top-quality accredited programs in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, as well as diverse topics for graduate and postdoctoral studies, and a specialized undergraduate degree in translational and molecular medicine. Nationwide, they rank among the top five medical schools for research intensity and impact. As a faculty, they generate approximately $130-140 million per year in research funding from provincial, federal and international sources, and are among the top faculties of medicine in the world for research impact in biomedical and health sciences. Located in the nation’s capital, they are part of a vast network of health practitioners, policy-makers and leaders with national and international influence. They are proudly partnered with five distinguished local academic health science centres: The Ottawa Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Hôpital Montfort, The Royal and Bruyère Continuing Care. In 2020, the school celebrated their 75th anniversary – and have graduated more than 5,000 medical doctors and trained over 7,000 residents. For Digital Doors Open, travel in the footsteps of these students and faculty by enjoying this virtual tour of the medical school.

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  • Virtual tour

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451 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario
https://med.uottawa.ca

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility, Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open

Fairfields Heritage House Doors Open Ottawa

Fairfields Heritage House

An impressive 19th-century Gothic revival farmhouse, Fairfields Heritage House represents the homestead and community building legacy of the Bell family. Originally built on 267 hectares (660 acres) of farmland, Fairfields was home to five generations of the Bell family, starting when William Bell purchased the land in 1823. A Georgian-style farmhouse was constructed on the site between 1842 and 1851. Sadly, this original home was razed during the great Carleton fire of 1870. Lakeview Farm, as it was originally named, was rebuilt in 1871-72 using the Gothic revival style that was popular at the time. As a museum, Fairfields Heritage House tells the story of nearly 200 years of rich, local history and the people who helped shape the evolution of the area through farming, community involvement, politics and law. Beautiful green lawns surround the house and are an invitation to spend leisure time here. With a gazebo, gardens and statuesque trees, the space is perfect for picnics, exploration and family-friendly activities. For Digital Doors Open, explore the house through this Matterport tour.

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  • Kid-friendly

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3080 Richmond Road
Ottawa, Ontario
https://ottawa.ca/fairfields

Architecture

Year built: 1871-72
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Fanshawe Pioneer Village Doors Open London

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

This museum is an early example of the museum type known as a “pioneer village,” initially developed in mid-20th century Ontario by conservation authorities. During the Doors Open London weekend, enjoy virtual tours of areas that are otherwise out-of-bounds for visitors. Not all things are as they appear. Learn about some of their most frequently-asked-about artifacts. Gather for tales from the staff about their experiences working at the village. For Digital Doors Open, explore their Online Collections Database, wander the Virtual Village (complete with audio tours) and discover their online exhibit Tools of the Trade and their Museum at Home videos (including the one shown below) where you can learn how to live (and cook!) like a pioneer. You can always see and learn more through their extensive YouTube video playlists.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Activities and games
  • Kid-friendly

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2609 Fanshawe Park Road East (enter at 1424 Clarke Road)
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-457-1296
Email: info@fanshawepioneervillage
www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1959
Architect: Wilfrid Jury
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Filming The Handmaid's Tale in Cambridge - Part 1 Doors Open Waterloo Region

Filming The Handmaid's Tale in Cambridge - Part 1

Part 1 of a two-part series on how Cambridge became Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale. The architecture, heritage buildings and stunning natural features of Cambridge are showcased in the award-winning web television series The Handmaid's Tale. The city's unique assets, central location and welcoming vibe for the production team made it winner. After three celebrated seasons and 37 major award victories, it's easy now to applaud the city's work to accommodate large production crews with tight schedules and narrow lead times. But what was it like for Devon Hogue, the Business Information Officer for the City of Cambridge during those first days in August 2016 when the Handmaid's Tale was just a concept being pitched for the first time? Just how do you explain to residents why there are gallows erected in the park, army tanks and men with machine guns on the bridge, and three bodies hanging from the wall by the river? Find out in the following episode of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region. And check the city's map of filming locations.

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  • Virtual tour
  • Video

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36 Water Street North
Cambridge, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Filming The Handmaid's Tale in Cambridge - Part 2 Doors Open Waterloo Region

Filming The Handmaid's Tale in Cambridge - Part 2

Part 2 of a two-part series on how Cambridge became Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale. Under her eye: The award-winning web television series The Handmaid's Tale showcases much of the architecture, heritage buildings and stunning natural features of Cambridge in its fictional rendering of a dystopian Gilead. The city's unique assets, central location, and welcoming vibe for the production team made it winner. After three celebrated seasons and 37 major award victories, many of these key locations have put Cambridge on the map worldwide – with viewers and film production companies alike. Devon Hogue, the Business Information Officer for the City of Cambridge, takes us on a tour of key locations and the many challenges and rewards along the way. Join the tour in the below episode of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region. And don’t forget to check out the filming locations on the city’s map.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

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Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa Doors Open Ottawa

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First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa

The Ottawa Unitarian Association was formed in 1898, with the first church built at the corner of Elgin and Lewis streets. In 1967, the congregation moved to its current location on Cleary Avenue. Constructed in 1967, this beautiful building is memorable for its soaring spire and the beauty of its interior design. Upon entering the main doors, visitors are welcomed into the sanctuary, which features tall ceilings of red cedar and an expanse of windows that overlook nature. Its architect, James B. Craig, won second place in an annual city design contest run by the Ottawa chapter of the Ontario Association of Architects. First Unitarian Ottawa has a variety of bright, open spaces that can be used for concerts and personal ceremonies. It also shares its space with various other non-profits. The 1.8-hectare (4.5-acre) parcel of land overlooks the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and the Ottawa River, and the grounds include the beautiful Meditation Gardens (an Ontario Communities in Bloom award-winner), Unitarian House (senior’s residence) and River Parkway Children’s Centre. To learn more about this property during Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour.

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  • Virtual tour

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30 Cleary Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
www.firstunitarianottawa.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1967
Architect: James B. Craig
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Fool's Paradise Doors Open Toronto

Fool's Paradise

The former home of Canadian landscape painter Doris McCarthy (1910-2010) is a one-storey wood-frame cottage – on the spectacular Scarborough Bluffs (take an aerial tour of the Bluffs, and check out some of her artwork in the collections of the Wynick/Tuck Gallery and the Mountain Galleries). McCarthy donated this property to the Ontario Heritage Trust in 1998 to conserve its scenic, esthetic, natural and cultural values, with the wish that it would become an artist-in-residence centre and venue for heritage activities following her death. Explore the site through this virtual tour. Since the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Program launched in 2014, over 30 artists have completed residencies here. Meet one of the artists below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Environment
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1 Meadowcliffe Drive
Toronto, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/dmair

Architecture

Year built: 1940
Architect: Forest Tefler/Doris McCarthy
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Forest Hill Home of Enchantment, The Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Forest Hill Home of Enchantment, The

In the 1960s, the burgeoning neighbourhood of Forest Hill in Kitchener was touted by developers as “gracious living,” and its model custom home of distinction was known as the Home of Enchantment. Six decades later, this mid-century modern beauty is celebrating a revival thanks to the ambitious vision of its second owners who have meticulously restored its original character and maximum potential while dressing it in unique, decadent and quirky interiors that make it truly one-of-a-kind. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below for a behind-the-scenes experience of this unique home.

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Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1960
Architect: Bramley and Friesen Construction Ltd.
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 4 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Fort William National Historic Site Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Fort William National Historic Site

Discover the original location of the fur-trading post lying at the heart of Thunder Bay and the mouth of the Kaministiquia River. This location saw First Nations camps, fur-trade boom and bust, the rise of the railway and growth of today’s neighbourhood. Fort William was the inland headquarters of the North West Company, the largest fur-trading enterprise in the world. At its peak in 1816, it was the hinge of an empire. Once the North West Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company merged in 1821, Fort William became a smaller regional trading post; most of its buildings were demolished by the 1880s to make way for the Canadian Pacific railyards. Archaeological excavations have unearthed artifacts from the fur trade and make it possible to overlay the 1816 fort plan on modern-day maps. As birchbark canoes were replaced by locomotives, vibrant and ethnically diverse east-end neighbourhoods sprang up around the fort. Many of the residents worked for the railways, grain elevators and coal-handling facilities. In 1968, Parks Canada recognized the original location of the Fort William fur trading post as a National Historic Site. The plaque commemorating it is part of the Heritage Hide’n’Seek Geocaching Series. The Province of Ontario built a reconstruction of old Fort William as a tourist attraction, which opened to the public in 1973 at Point De Meuron, nine miles up the Kaministiquia River.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

500 McNaughton Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.pc.gc.ca/apps/dfhd/page_nhs_eng.aspx?id=526&i=64413

Architecture

Year built: 1803 (North West Company); 1916 (memorial tablet erected)
Architect: North West Company
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Freeman Station Doors Open Burlington

Freeman Station

The Burlington Grand Trunk Railway Station, more commonly known as Freeman Station, was built in 1906 to replace the original two-storey Great Western Railroad station (built circa 1850), which burnt down in 1904. Until its closing in 1988, Freeman Station was a hub of activity for Burlington and the surrounding area, transporting both passengers and freight. Management and restoration of the Station was undertaken by community volunteers, now incorporated as the Friends of Freeman Station. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below and step into Burlington's past with the Friends of Freeman Station. Diorama Director, Ken Taylor, shows how Freeman Station volunteers have brought 1920s Burlington back to life with a large diorama located in the station's basement.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Guided tours available
  • 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

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Burlington

French Embassy in Canada Doors Open Ottawa

French Embassy in Canada

The French Embassy is an example of 1930s art deco, built primarily of materials from Quebec and France. In this building, which was inaugurated in 1939, highlights include the Salon de l’hon. George W. Vari (formerly the Birch Bark Room), a replica of the Vimy memorial, bronze decorations by André Bizette-Lindet, a fresco by Alfred Courmes and historical wall engravings. Due to COVID-19, the building remains closed to the public. An exhibition on Sussex Drive, however, will give you more information on this iconic building. In addition, as part of Digital Doors Open, you can take a virtual tour here.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

42 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
https://ca.ambafrance.org/-English-

Architecture

Year built: 1930s
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Fulford Place Doors Open Brockville and Area

Fulford Place

This magnificent Edwardian mansion evokes the opulent lifestyle of Canada’s industrial and political elite in the early 1900s. Senator George Taylor Fulford made millions of dollars from "Pink Pills for Pale People" – a patent medicine he manufactured in Brockville and sold around the world. Today, his mansion – owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust – is a highlight along the St. Lawrence River. Check out this video from Visit the 1000 Islands to learn more about the man and the house. Enjoy the aerial drone tour below of the resplendent Fulford gardens, laid out by the renowned Olmsted brothers (who were famous for designing New York City’s Central Park). And take a virtual tour of the site here.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

287 King Street East
Brockville, Ontario
Email: fulfordplace@heritagetrust.on.ca
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/fulfordplace

Architecture

Year built: 1899-1901
Architect: Albert W. Fuller
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brockville and Area

Garden Square Doors Open Brampton

Garden Square

Garden Square opened in the heart of downtown Brampton in 2006 as one of Brampton’s premier public spaces. It remains a gathering space that brings Bramptonians together, ignites civic pride, and acts as a catalyst for creativity for arts and culture programs, events and community-focused activities. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below and enjoy highlights from Garden Square’s first-ever summer of virtual events. Many thanks to the artists and partners who embraced unique performance conditions, sponsors TD, Alectra and Algoma University for their support, and every audience member who joined in the festivities. #InGardenSquare

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

12 Main Street North
Brampton, Ontario
www.brampton.ca/EN/Arts-Culture-Tourism/garden-square/Pages/Welcome.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 2006

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

George Brown House Doors Open Toronto

George Brown House

George Brown House is historically significant for its association with Father of Confederation, Globe newspaper founder and leading abolitionist George Brown (1818-80). In 1989, the Ontario Heritage Trust restored the building to its original state. Highlights include the art nouveau dining room, gracious front hall and Brown’s library. The site is often featured on the CBC television show "Murdoch Mysteries." For Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of this restored mansion. Or watch a biopic on the history of Confederation to understand the critical role that Brown had in shaping Canada.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

186 Beverley Street
Toronto, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1876
Architect: William Irving; Edward Hutchins
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Historical house, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Gies Family Centre (Hospice Waterloo Region) Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Gies Family Centre (Hospice Waterloo Region)

Since 1993, Hospice Waterloo Region has provided vital care for those living with advanced illness and support for their loved ones. In 2021, the organization realized a new chapter with the opening of the Gies Family Centre, which includes the 10-bed Cook Family Residence that provides 24-hour care to patients and their families. Located on 2 hectares (5 acres) of land in north Waterloo, this facility embraces visitors through its thoughtful design, warm materials and inviting landscape. While the structure is inspired by the lands and history of the region, the work within its walls is anchored in a holistic approach to care and honouring the life journeys of the community it serves. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below for a behind-the-scenes experience of this state-of-the-art facility.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

100 Solstice Way
Waterloo, Ontario
Email: hospice@hospicewaterloo.ca
https://www.hospicewaterloo.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2021
Architect: Laird Robertson, NEO Architecture Inc.
Building type: Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 4 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Gilmour Lumber Company Site Doors Open Quinte West

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Gilmour Lumber Company Site

In the late 1800s, lumber companies were plowing through the old growth forests of Ontario, making and breaking towns and villages. Trenton was no different. In 1852, Gilmour and Company constructed a sawmill at the Trent Port along the Bay of Quinte. David Gilmour arrived in Trenton in 1879 to take over the mill operation, both expanding and mechanizing the business to take advantage of the plentiful supply of trees that made its way down the Trent River. To accompany their growing workforce, the company also built new homes in Trenton. Despite a devastating fire, Gilmour continued to grow his business. The Gilmour Mill had a huge impact on the expansion of Trenton, becoming the largest sawmill in the world. Its effects are felt still today. Watch the documentary below, by Sean Scally – entitled Lumberbaron: The Gilmour Years – and discover the story about the effect of the Gilmour Lumber Company on the region from Trenton to the Muskokas.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

At the Old Sawmill site, near the dam at Lock 1 (29-45 Regional Road 33)
Trenton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1852
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Quinte West

Glanmore National Historic Site Doors Open Belleville

Glanmore National Historic Site

Glanmore is an excellent example of Second Empire architecture in Canada. The home – now a regional museum – was built in 1883 for banker J.P.C. Phillips. Interiors feature ornate frescoed ceilings, suspended staircases and intricate woodwork. Even though the site is closed, there is much to see and do through Digital Doors Open. Explore their online collections (approximately 20,000 artifacts), watch a video about the restoration of the site, take a 3D tour (don’t forget your virtual reality glasses!), and discover the Canada at Play online exhibit (currently on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum), where you can also learn how to make a rag doll. Note: While Glanmore has reopened for paid visits (with mandatory face coverings and physical distancing measures in place), visitors are required to book a time slot in advance to visit the property.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

257 Bridge Street East
Belleville, Ontario
www.glanmore.ca

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Belleville

Goulbourn Museum Doors Open Ottawa

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Goulbourn Museum

Built in 1872, the building currently known as the Goulbourn Museum was the Town Hall of Goulbourn Township. Despite being the size of a one-room schoolhouse, this popular community hub was home to council meetings, parties and dances. The adjacent History Centre building was constructed in 1961 and was the former clerk building. It is now used to store the museum’s artifact collection, as office space and to hold meetings and research appointments. The museum is located just south of Stittsville at Stanley’s Corners, and is home to interactive and hands-on exhibitions– including the All the Woods & Waters exhibit, which explores the colonization of Goulbourn Township, The Village General Store where visitors dress up, shop or barter for supplies, and SCORCHED: The Great Fire of 1870, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the fire that had devastating consequences for Goulbourn Township. Goulbourn Museum shares the story of the former township by collecting, preserving, displaying and interpreting local artifacts. The museum cares for 10,000 artifacts and a 40,000-piece archaeological collection. Goulbourn Museum is pleased to partner with Doors Open Ottawa 2021 to host virtual behind-the-scenes tours of their collections in storage. In addition to virtual tours of the collections, museum staff are excited to share ongoing digitization efforts and a preview of the Fall 2021 virtual exhibition. For more Digital Doors Open fun, explore their extensive Museum at Home programming, which includes a virtual escape room, virtual tours, heritage driving tours and educator resources.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

2064 Huntley Road
Ottawa, Ontario
https://goulbournmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1872
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Grace United Church Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Grace United Church

Steps away from Queen Street, with yew trees flanking the front entrance, this storied church has an interesting history. Built in 1852 for the Canada Presbyterian Church, it was vacated by 1874 and later purchased at auction by the local Methodist congregation. In 1925, the United Church of Canada was formed and local congregations merged to become Grace United Church. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about Grace United by watching the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

222 Victoria Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
www.graceunitedchurch.com

Architecture

Year built: 1852
Architect: W.M. Thomas
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Grace United Church Doors Open Brampton

Grace United Church

The beginning of this congregation goes back to 1822. The historical church, built as a Wesleyan Methodist Church in 1867 and extensively renovated in 1887, is the oldest church in Brampton. The exterior brickwork and bell tower of this Gothic revival building have been restored. The sanctuary has wonderful woodwork, a gallery with an intricate wrought-iron railing, and over 40 stained-glass windows. The beautiful Casavant pipe organ was installed in 1924, a gift from the Duggan family in memory of those who served in the First World War. In 1982, people from Grace United formed a non-profit group to build Grace Court, a seniors’ apartment building in downtown Brampton in recognition of the need for affordable seniors’ housing in the area. More recently, in 2009, the parts of the building outside of the sanctuary became a community hub known as Grace Place, where over 40 community groups deliver their programs and services to the people of Brampton. Grace Church today has become known as the church with a heart in the heart of the city. As part of Digital Doors Open, visit the Doors Open Brampton YouTube channel and learn about this extraordinary place, take a virtual sanctuary tour, hear all about the congregation’s 198-year history, and take a look at how the Casavant pipe organ works and what it sounds like.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

156 Main Street North
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-451-1215
www.graceunitedbrampton.com

Architecture

Year built: 1867-89
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Great Manitou Island Doors Open North Bay

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Great Manitou Island

Great Manitou Island – owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust – is the largest island in the Manitou Islands Provincial Nature Reserve. Great Manitou Island is 84 hectares (210 acres) in total. It includes a small beach area and is suitable for day use only (no camping is allowed) and water-based recreation like swimming, boating or walking along the beach. Ontario Parks manages the Manitou Islands, including Great Manitou Island, on behalf of the Trust. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to learn more about this site.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Environment
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

In Lake Nippissing
North Bay, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/great-manitou-island-property

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage, Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open North Bay

Griffin House National Historic Site Doors Open Hamilton

Griffin House National Historic Site

Griffin House is a modest one-and-a-half-storey wood-frame residence that was built in the Georgian style with clapboard siding and six-over-six sash windows. Constructed by Englishmen in 1827, it was purchased by Enerals Griffin and his wife Priscilla in 1834 – both born as slaves in Virginia, but who escaped to Canada. On this site, with their 20 hectares (50 acres) of land, the Griffin family lived as part of the Ancaster community for 150 years. Today, Griffin House stands as a testament to the determination of African-American men and women who escaped slavery and found peace in Ontario. For Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to learn more about this fascinating property.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • 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
www.hamilton.ca/griffin

Architecture

Year built: 1827
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Conservation area

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Grosvenor Lodge Doors Open London

Grosvenor Lodge

Welcome to Grosvenor Lodge – home to the Architectural Conservancy Ontario – London Region! This house, built in 1853 for Samuel and Ann Peters, was constructed in the Tudor Gothic style, with such noteworthy architectural elements as beautiful locally crafted stained-glass windows, wide-planked floors, the stonework of the gables and windows, and the Gothic revival fireplace in the dining room. In honour of Doors Open London's 20th anniversary, ACO London Region offers you a virtual behind-the-scenes look at 20 examples of striking heritage architecture in the London area. You'll hear short stories about each building's construction or occupants, see interesting exteriors and/or interiors, and learn why these buildings made the "top 20" list. Now a popular wedding venue, Grosvenor Lodge is owned and operated by the Heritage London Foundation.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

1017 Western Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-857-3305
Email: info@acolondon.ca
www.acolondon.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1853
Architect: Samuel and Ann Peters
Architectural style: Gothic revival

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Gryphon Football Pavilion Doors Open Guelph

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Gryphon Football Pavilion

Home to the Gryphon Football team, this pavilion is a stunning modern building designed for the players’ training, education and leisure. It features original art, intriguing graphics, outstanding training facilities and a unique locker room, all sporting the red and black team colours. Large viewing areas open onto the redesigned field. Visit guelphartsevents.com to watch, listen and learn more about the Gryphon Football Pavilion.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

15 Lang Way, University of Guelph
Guelph , Ontario
www.gryphonfootball.com

Architecture

Year built: 2017
Architect: Ayesha Moghal
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Educational facility
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology National Historic Site Doors Open Hamilton

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology National Historic Site

The Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology is located in Hamilton’s first public waterworks, which was completed in 1859. The complex is the only intact mid-19th-century waterworks surviving in North America with its major buildings preserved – the pumphouse, boilerhouse, chimney and woodshed. The pumphouse contains two 70-ton beam engines (built in Dundas) – the oldest in Canada in their original location. One of these engines is still in operation powered by an electric motor. The grand scale and detail of the complex reflect a civic pride characteristic of mid-19th century Hamilton. The pumphouse and boilerhouse were built in the Italianate style of rusticated limestone with classical details and round arched and bull’s-eye windows. The 46-metre (150-foot) chimney was constructed with a brick shaft on a stone pedestal. The Hamilton Waterworks is a living museum that interprets through its buildings and exhibitions the history of 19th-century Victorian waterworks and steam engine technology. It became a National Historic Site in 1977. During Digital Doors Open, witness the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution. explore the site through this informative virtual tour.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

900 Woodward Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario
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

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Hamilton Road Tree Trunk Tour Doors Open London

Hamilton Road Tree Trunk Tour

To help celebrate 20 years of Doors Open London, experience the virtual version of Hamilton Road’s Tree Trunk Tour! Alternatively, you can drive the entire 5.6 kilometres (3.5 miles) or do the smaller walking version (1 kilometre/0.6 miles) as both are safe and COVID friendly. You will be introduced to each of the 26 sculptures and benches with video introductions and links to each as you see and hear the stories showcasing what they mean, what kind of trees were used, and which sculptors created each one. In between, you will learn about the rich history of Hamilton Road and the historical buildings that are an integral part of their tours. In addition, as part of Digital Doors Open, visit their website to download a colouring book and tour map, take a virtual tour or watch a video. Experience London’s best-kept secret. The Hamilton Road Tree Trunk Tour is something that you’ll never forget!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

Tour starts at 525 Hamilton Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-282-8348
Email: dave@hamroad.com
http://hamroad.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Hammond Museum of Radio Doors Open Guelph

Hammond Museum of Radio

Established in 1982 by Fred Hammond, one of the founding members of Guelph’s Hammond Manufacturing, this museum houses an extensive collection of rare and historically significant pieces. The 2,000-plus items exhibited here illustrate the development of radio throughout the past 100 years. Included are crystal radios, early tabletop and broadcast pieces, early wireless sets, military and amateur radio equipment. Visit guelphartsevents.com to watch, listen and learn more about the Hammond Museum of Radio.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

595 Southgate Drive
Guelph, Ontario
www.hammondmuseumofradio.org

Architecture

Year built: 1982
Architect: Hammond Power
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

Harry Kirk Archives and Records Centre Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Harry Kirk Archives and Records Centre

This two-storey concrete block building was constructed for Fort William Hydro in 1958. Acquired by the City of Thunder Bay in 1970, it housed a variety of departments until 1988 when the Office of the City Clerk took sole possession of the building. Harry Kirk – the City Clerk at the time – believed that the identification and protection of permanent archival records should be seamlessly integrated with the management of all municipal records. This vision has made the Thunder Bay’s Archives and Records program a model of civic transparency and corporate memory preservation. Through extensive renovations completed in 1991, the facility provides secure storage for historical artifacts and archival records, as well as a warehouse for active records, staff offices and a public reference room. The collections include the corporate municipal records of Port Arthur, Fort William and Thunder Bay, housing more than 2 kilometers of records, 17,000 photographs, 4,000 maps and plans, and 1,000 artifacts – with more to come. A sampling of the collection can be viewed through the Thunder Bay Archives Flickr page and a variety of web exhibits. The newest exhibit features items from the City of Thunder Bay’s 50th Anniversary time capsule, which was opened on January 1, 2020 by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

235 Vickers Street North
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.thunderbay.ca/archives

Architecture

Year built: 1958
Architect: L.Y. McIntosh & Associates
Building type: Government building

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Hastings Walking Tour Doors Open Trent Hills

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Hastings Walking Tour

The village of Hastings straddles the Trent River near the border of Northumberland and Peterborough counties. In 1810, William Hare – the first Crown land grant holder – sold approximately 340 hectares (850 acres) to Scots entrepreneur James Crooks, who named the site “Crooks Rapids.” In 1835, the government began planning the Trent Canal system and, by 1844, a dam and log slide were completed at Hastings. Hastings industry included grist, woollen and lumber mills. Take a fascinating walking tour of the village and learn more about its early settlers, its history and some of its enduring architecture.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Activities and games
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Start at 60 Bridge Street South
Hastings, Ontario
www.trenthills.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Trent Hills

Heart Lake North - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Doors Open Brampton

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Heart Lake North - Nurturing Neighbourhoods

The Heart Lake North neighbourhood provides great outdoor activities in nature for all to enjoy and experience. This neighbourhood features the Etobicoke Creek Trail – a space to enjoy outdoor recreation and the sounds of nature. Heart Lake North is home to the Heart Lake Conservation Area with 170 hectares (418 acres) of parkland to be explored. Here, you’ll find biking and walking trails, and a lake with a designated swimming area, boat rentals and fishing. The neighbourhood also hosts planned annual tree plantings with local elementary students. Additionally, Heart Lake North includes two recreation centres, a library and is accessed by seven different transit routes. Discover more about the neighbourhood of Heart Lake North in Brampton and the natural amenities that it has to offer such as Loafers Lake and Heart Lake Conservation Park. To begin, enjoy the trail at Loafers Lake – featuring outdoor fitness equipment, ball diamonds, soccer fields and a playground. This beautiful trail boasts spectacular cherry blossoms in the spring, stunning fall colours during the autumn and sledding in the winter. Then, at the Heart Lake Conservation Park, enjoy outdoor fun with the beauty of nature as your backdrop. From fishing in the lake or frolicking at the new pool and splash pad, to speeding above the water on one of their twin zip lines, Heart Lake offers all the best in outdoor entertainment. During Digital Doors Open, enjoy a virtual tour of this spectacular area through the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Environment
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

Start at the Brampton Library - Cyril Clark Branch (65 Queen Street East)
Brampton , Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Conservation area, Park

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Heintzman House Doors Open Markham

Heintzman House

Heintzman House – a treasured asset of the Thornhill community – is one of the area’s oldest buildings. This historical building has a fascinating story. What began as a simple farmhouse in 1798 is now an important piece of Markham’s history and a gathering place for the community. Originally built as an adobe brick cottage, the house was enlarged by Colonel George Crookshank in 1817. Charles T. Heintzman, grandson of the founder of Toronto’s Heintzman Piano Company, purchased the property in the 1930s and transformed the house into its present, elegant form. Heintzman House was Markham’s most-visited site during Doors Open Markham 2019 and is a beautiful space for any occasion. From the preserved original architecture to the impressive seasonal gardens, Heintzman House offers something for everyone. There are also tales of prominent owners, spirits that dwell inside, and a community’s determined efforts to recognize the heritage site. During Digital Doors Open, learn about the history of this remarkable place through the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

135 Bay Thorn Drive
Markham, Ontario
www.heintzmanhouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1816
Architectural style: Classical revival, Georgian, Regency
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Markham

Heritage Walking Tours Doors Open Barrie

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Heritage Walking Tours

Barrie's history and heritage shape the city’s distinctive character and provide a sense of place. Their distinct historical neighborhoods reflect their natural and cultural heritage. Experience these detailed virtual walking tours and learn about Barrie's most iconic historical destinations. Locations include Downtown East, Downtown West, Allandale, Grand Homes, H-Block and Court House Hill, Rodney and Blake Street and the Barrie Waterfront. Check out the video below to get a taste of Barrie’s past. (Photo: Dunlop Street)

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various
Building type: Attraction, Courthouse, Historical landmark, Historical house, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Barrie

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. The Aurora Historical Society, founded in 1963, purchased the house in 1981. Hillary House was declared a National Historic Site in 1975. While Hillary House is now open again, with COVID-related visitor guidelines in place, you can explore many things about the property and its collections digitally (see the video below as a sample). In addition, there are several video recollections as part of the Let’s Talk: Oral History Aurora Project.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

15372 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
http://aurorahs.com

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Aurora

Historic Bovaird House Doors Open Brampton

Historic Bovaird House

Historic Bovaird House is an exceptional example of a mid-19th-century Ontario farmhouse, built in the Georgian style. Volunteers have endeavoured to restore the house to its original appearance. Authentic artifacts and period craftsmanship demonstrate the history of this house, which contains five fireplaces, original plank flooring and hand-blown windowpanes imported from England. Michael Avis, from the Friends of Historic Bovaird House, has been active in caring for the property for 22 years by maintaining its stories and history. As part of Digital Doors Open, join him on a tour of the house in the video below, as well as the log cabin and grounds, where you will experience Brampton’s pioneer heritage first hand. You will also meet long-time volunteer, gardener and groundskeeper, Gail Armstrong.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

563 Bovaird Drive East
Brampton, Ontario
http://www.bovairdhouse.com

Architecture

Year built: 1852
Architect: Unknown
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Hollinger Headframe Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

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Hollinger Headframe

The Hollinger No. 26 shaft is built of reinforced concrete with art deco detailing. The industrial complex comprises the shaft house, crusher plant and hoist house. The dome-shaped ore bin, which stands 50 metres (164 feet) high, is situated on the adjacent property but remains connected to the crusher house by the conveyor structure. Although closed since 1968, the industrial complex remains a recognizable landmark on the Timmins skyline. Exclusive to Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to explore the unique interior and views virtually!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Water Tower Road
Timmins, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1938-39 (closed 1968)
Architectural style: Art deco

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Hollinger House Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Hollinger House

From 1919, the Hollinger Mine embarked on a building project to house its growing workforce. More than 300 green and red tar-paper houses were built in rows on the Hollinger townsite. This particular house was originally located on the Underground Mine Tour Site and then moved to its current location at the Timmins Museum. Read local historian Diane Armstrong’s account of how this house was saved from demolition. Exclusive to Digital Doors Open, you can explore the site within this spectacular 360-degree image (Photo: Andrew Warren – Digital Image).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

325 Second Avenue (Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre)
Timmins, Ontario
www.timminsmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1919, 1936, 1967
Architect: Hill-Clark-Francis
Building type: Attraction, Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Hope House and Lakeside Downtown Doors Open Guelph

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Hope House and Lakeside Downtown

Guelph’s oldest stone church – built in 1855 – became the Norfolk Street United Church when the United Church was formed in 1925. People worshipped here until it was sold to Lakeside Church in 2012. Today, Hope House operates out of this church, offering a food market, clothing bureau and café to help those in need in Guelph’s downtown core. Visit guelphartsevents.com to watch, listen and learn more about Hope House and Lakeside Downtown (coming September 24).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

75 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario
https://lakesidehopehouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1855
Architect: John Hall Jr.
Architectural style: Gothic revival, Italianate
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

Hutton House Doors Open London

Hutton House

Hutton House provides services for youth and adults with disabilities – offering creative arts classes, fitness classes and other recreational opportunities. As part of Digital Doors Open, there are several activities to enjoy. Watch some of their videos, which include a building tour, pottery demonstrations, craft workshops and the history of Hutton House. Or explore their virtual arts programs, their at-home fitness programs, or browse back issues of their newsletter. As they join us in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Doors Open London, learn more about what Hutton House does and how they contribute to the community!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

654 Wonderland Road North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-472-6381
Email: hhservices@huttonhouse.com
www.huttonhouse.com

Architecture

Year built: 1986
Building type: Commercial, Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Inge-Va Doors Open Perth

Inge-Va

Located in the heart of Perth, this late-Georgian stone residence was built in 1823 for Reverend Michael Harris, the first Episcopalian minister in the district. By 1833, it was the home of Thomas Mabon Radenhurst, a prominent lawyer in the community. Ella Inderwick purchased the property from the Radenhurst family in the 1890s and named it "Inge-Va" – a Tamil word meaning "come here." Her son Cyril, a founder of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario in 1933, inherited the property. Inge-Va was donated to the Ontario Heritage Trust by Cyril's wife Winnifred in 1974. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of Inge-Va to learn more about the history and archaeological discoveries.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

66 Craig Street
Perth, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/properties/inge-va

Architecture

Year built: 1823-24
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Perth

Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum Doors Open Oxford-Ingersoll

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Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum

Voted the Top Small Museum in Ontario, this cluster of seven buildings focuses on the history of cheese production in the province, but it offers so much more – including the Oxford County Museum School, blacksmith shop, breathtaking wood sculptures by the late Wilson Johnson, and local history exhibits. Opened in 1977, this museum is a faithful recreation of a 19th-century cheese factory, paying tribute to the cheese-making history of Oxford County and the Town of Ingersoll in particular. While the museum is open with reduced hours, and with COVID-19 protocols in place, check their website before visiting. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below (from Tourism Oxford) to learn more about the significance of this museum. Learn how to make cheese in this video from Tasty. Explore the Oxford County Cheese Trail. Or find some mouth-watering cheese recipes from the Food Network Canada.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

290 Harris Street
Ingersoll, Ontario
www.ingersoll.ca/cheese-and-agricultural-museum

Architecture

Year built: 1977
Building type: Attraction, Museum, Schoolhouse
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oxford-Ingersoll

Innisfil ideaLAB & Library Doors Open Innisfil

Innisfil ideaLAB & Library

The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library is an award-winning space that is known for its innovation, community-led programming and hacker ethic. With many programs, events, resources and stories, the ideaLAB & Library invites you to experience everything that they have to offer – books, DVDs, e-resources, free Wi-Fi, music recording, graphic design, community gathering space, 3D printing, soldering, business resources, community events, a butterfly nursery, pollinator gardens, jewelry making, robotics and much more! 2020 marked a big year for the ideaLAB, as they moved to a fine-free service model, expanded their digital collections and virtual programming opportunities, and launched new programs to address public safety and social isolation. This was also the first year that the library participated in Simcoe Reads, along with public libraries from Barrie, Bradford, Essa and Midland. Visit their extensive YouTube channel to learn more about the kinds of things they do. And check their website for more COVID-related updates.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

967 Innisfil Beach Road
Innisfil, Ontario
Telephone: 705-431-7410, ext. 5224
Email: jmurley@innisfilidealab.ca
www.innisfilidealab.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Library
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Innisfil

Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards Doors Open Ottawa

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Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards

Bayview Yards is Ottawa’s one-stop business acceleration shop, bringing together innovators, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, investors and community members. Constructed from 1941 to 1947 for the City of Ottawa, City Works Building #4 was established as part of a broader building complex on Bayview Road. During this era, this municipal works building housed key operational and storage capabilities for the City, including machinery storage and repair shops, stables, offices and stock rooms. Although City Works yards featured many buildings during this period, most of these facilities have been demolished. City Works Building #4 is a reinforced concrete construction building with brick panels that embodies modern industrial style architecture. Popular in Canada from the 1940s to the 1970s, this architecture is characterized by modular square or rectangular forms, plain unadorned surfaces, and large windows that sit within reinforced concrete or a steel frame. The former City Works Building exemplifies this style with masonry panels, flat roof and large windows. This building comprises a one-storey central pavilion with flanking two-storey wings. The east wing of the facility is clad in red brick with large multi-pane, single-glazed windows in steel frames. The east elevation of the building is defined by four large service bays with hinged wooden tongue-and-groove doors. The south and east elevations feature loading docks adorned with wooden garage doors that feature rows of windows. The south elevation also dons the landmark name City of Ottawa Workshops on the concrete band that runs along the top of the building. For Digital Doors Open, explore this site through this virtual tour.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

Bayview Station Road
Ottawa, Ontario
https://bayviewyards.org

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Innovation Works Doors Open London

Innovation Works

The 20th anniversary of Doors Open London in 2021 coincides with the 20th anniversary of Pillar Nonprofit Network and the 5th anniversary of Pillar's move to Innovation Works! To celebrate these milestones, as part of Digital Doors Open, visitors will be able to choose from a suite of digital offerings that connect the building's heritage to its present use and to these commemorations – including a gallery of historical photos, a video of the site renovation, and a video tour of the facility, led by volunteers and co-tenants, which connects specific sites in the building to their historical context and their present-day use. Also as part of Digital Doors Open, join one of their online events or follow them on their blog.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

201 King Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-433-7876, ext. 235
Email: pseale@pillarnonprofit.ca
www.innovationworkslondon.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Intrepid Park, Camp X Doors Open Oshawa

Intrepid Park, Camp X

Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, the memorial to Camp X at Intrepid Park is dedicated to the men and women who were employed at the British Security Coordination spy training school and communications centre located here during the Second World War. The buildings associated with the site have been demolished or relocated. The memorial was erected in 1984. Over 500 special agents were trained here to go behind enemy lines and “set Europe ablaze,” as dramatized in CBC Television’s X Company. During Digital Doors Open, do some spy training with site expert Lynn Philip Hodgson (see the video below). Or explore the documentary on this acclaimed spy school. Discover what happened to the site after the war ended – and the fascinating role played by women here. And, students, explore the Camp X photo gallery and download images for school projects. Today, while no buildings remain at Camp X, you can still visit and evoke this fascinating history.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2008 Boundary Road
Oshawa, Ontario
www.camp-x.com/camp-x.html

Architecture

Year built: 1941
Architect: Canadian Corps of Engineers
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Military
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Ireland House Museum Doors Open Burlington

Ireland House Museum

Built between 1835-37, Ireland House at Oakridge Farm was home to four generations of the Ireland family until 1985. In 1987, the City of Burlington purchased the property from the estate of Lucie Marie Ireland Bush and established a museum here, restoring the homestead to illustrate three distinct time periods that represent the generations of Irelands who lived in the house: the 1850s, 1890s and 1920s. For Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to go behind the scenes of Ireland House Museum with the Museums of Burlington's Curator Chris Selman. Learn about how many artifacts are on display in the historical home and where we keep the other artifacts that are in storage! In addition, there are online galleries to explore, school programs and resources (including education kits, home-school programs and virtual field trips), virtual “badge” programs (based on the Girl Guides and Scouts), lectures, a mix of in-person and virtual kids’ camps, and a variety of both in-person and virtual events.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2168 Guelph Line
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-332-9888
Email: museuminfo@burlington.ca
http://museumsofburlington.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1837
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Burlington

Isabel Bader Theatre Doors Open Toronto

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Isabel Bader Theatre

A popular addition to the architectural renewal of the University of Toronto’s downtown campus, the Isabel Bader Theatre has become a staple of the city’s film festival circuit, while serving as a lecture hall and learning space for student groups. It is an outstanding venue for concerts, theatrical productions, conferences and filming events. It’s busy schedule keeps the 500-seat theatre occupied throughout much of the academic year. It is also, however, in high demand by external clients. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore this theatre space through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Architecture

Year built: 2001
Architect: Lett-Smith Architects
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

James Bartleman Centre - Central Archives and Library Materials Management Doors Open Ottawa

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James Bartleman Centre - Central Archives and Library Materials Management

The Central Archives, the largest branch of the City of Ottawa Archives, is in the James K. Bartleman Centre. It has four climate-controlled vaults, a conservation lab, a reference room and a gallery. The 8,500-square-metre (92,000-square-foot) state-of-the-art facility opened to the public in June 2011, and won the Ontario Association of Architects Award for Design Excellence in May 2012. It received LEED Gold certification (2012) as well as the Archives Association of Ontario Corporate Award. It has been designed with various energy-saving technologies. Renewable materials have also been used (such as bamboo and glass). The building design uses these materials and installation techniques to minimize off-gassing and damage to the archival materials. It is the most energy-efficient archives in Ontario. Researchers can search the historical collections and have access to the collections kept in the vaults. The reference room features a non-circulating library with books about local history and our partner organizations' libraries. The collection currently consists of 20 km (12.4 miles) of records, close to three million photographs, and thousands of plans, maps and drawings. The earliest records (land records) date from the late 17th century. The archives collects records from the City of Ottawa itself, as its primary collection, as well as the records of private individuals, organizations and community groups. It also features exhibitions at the Central Archives and City Hall, as well as virtual exhibits online. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about this site through the video below, or explore their many online research tools.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

100 Tallwood Drive
Nepean, Ontario
https://ottawa.ca/archives

Architecture

Year built: 2011
Building type: Government building, Green building

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Jamiat-Ul-Ansar/Great Lakes Mosque Doors Open Brampton

Jamiat-Ul-Ansar/Great Lakes Mosque

This facility reflects Brampton’s growing Muslim-Canadian community by providing Muslims with a place of worship, prayer, reflection, learning, counselling and charitable care. It is also a place where people from all faiths (or no faith) can learn about Islam in an open and peaceful forum. The congregation is proud to be part of the inclusive and multicultural city of Brampton. As part of Digital Doors Open, Zahir Bacchus speaks about the Great Lakes Mosque in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • French services available
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

291 Great Lakes Drive
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-792-7576
www.jamiatalansar.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2002
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Jet Aircraft Museum Doors Open London

Jet Aircraft Museum

Come and virtually visit this one-of-a-kind museum. The Jet Aircraft Museum combines the creation and operation of a museum, housing aircraft, historical artifacts, records and memorabilia, while also participating in major aviation events across Canada. Over the Doors Open London weekend, along with their online tour, participants will also be able to enjoy talks by a variety of guest speakers. Each speaker will be scheduled at specific times and days over the weekend. Topics will include the education program, working on maintenance projects, learning how to become part of our ground crew, the Red Knight, the Voodoo, flying T33s as part of the RCAF, flying a simulator and more. A special guest host may be included in these special spotlight talks. Also, as part of Digital Doors Open, be sure to check out their Matterport tour to explore the facility, or watch the video below. In addition, learn more about their unique collection of aircraft – including several restoration projects.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2465 Aviation Lane
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-453-7000
Email: info@jetaircraftmuseum.ca
www.jetaircraftmuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

John R. Booth Residence National Historic Site of Canada Doors Open Ottawa

John R. Booth Residence National Historic Site of Canada

The John R. Booth Residence National Historic Site of Canada was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1990 because it is a nationally significant example of the Queen Anne revival style as expressed in domestic architecture. The luxurious house was constructed in 1909 for prominent lumber baron John R. Booth, its corner lot allowing both principal façades to be appreciated independently. When viewed from an angle, balance and harmony is conveyed through the gables of similar design anchored by a tall chimney at the point of intersection. Booth died in 1925 and the house remained in the family until 1947 when it was sold to the Laurentian Club of Ottawa. Trinity Western University acquired the site in 2001 to establish a base for educational programs in Ottawa, and subsequently opened the Laurentian Leadership Centre here in 2002. The exterior of the building is fully finished in brick and the roof is made of copper. Inside the residence, there are 11 public rooms that are each finished with a different variety of wood and handcrafted woodwork. Original tapestries cover the walls, and the residence is adorned with beautiful original stained-glass windows. Seven fireplaces can be found throughout the building, each made of different colours of Italian marble. For Digital Doors Open, tour this beautiful site through a Google Maps virtual tour.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

252 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario
www.twu.ca/academics/laurentian-leadership-centre

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Architect: John W.H. Watts
Architectural style: Queen Anne
Building type: Educational facility, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Joseph Brant Museum Doors Open Burlington

Joseph Brant Museum

In 1798, King George III granted the Mohawk and British army captain land on what’s now known as Burlington Bay for his services to the Crown during the Seven Years War and the American Revolution. The museum was built in recognition of Joseph Brant “Thayendanegea” (1742-1807) as Burlington’s first citizen. Over the years, the museum has undergone a series of transformations. The current museum, which reopened in September 2019 after a significant restoration, features three permanent galleries and a space for travelling exhibitions. The white house atop the hill is an approximate replica of Joseph Brant’s original home, which served as the museum from 1941 to 2017. For Digital Doors Open, watch the video below as Director of Museums, Kimberly Watson, shows us where and how artifacts are stored in the newly built Joseph Brant Museum. Learn how the recently reopened museum has managed to maintain a small carbon footprint while adding 1,115 square metres (12,000 square feet) of space. In addition, there are online galleries to explore, school programs and resources (including education kits, home-school programs and virtual field trips), virtual “badge” programs (based on the Girl Guides and Scouts), lectures, a mix of in-person and virtual kids’ camps, and a variety of both in-person and virtual events.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

1240 North Shore Blvd. East
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-634-3556
Email: museuminfo@burlington.ca
www.museumsofburlington.ca/j

Architecture

Year built: 1937-38; 2018-19
Architect: Chamberlain Architectural Services Limited
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Burlington

Joyful Land Kadampa Buddhist Centre Doors Open Ottawa

Joyful Land Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Established in 1996 under the direction of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, Joyful Land Kadampa Buddhist Centre is the focal point for the Ottawa community of the modern tradition of Mahayana Buddhism called the New Kadampa Tradition. The centre is housed in a classic 100-year-old-plus Victorian red brick three-storey building located in Chinatown, just around the corner from Little Italy. A group of Buddhist practitioners, both lay and ordained, occupy the second and third floors of the house, while the centre itself spans the first floor. At the heart of the building is a beautiful shrine, where marvellous Buddha statues can be admired, and where members of the Buddhist community can happily chat with guests about the names and functions of all the Buddhas on display. Visitors can also learn about meditation programs that help people develop inner peace and good hearts. The bookshop offers a quiet place to meet with friends, share a cup of tea, and browse the extensive selection of books, ritual implements and artwork. Learn more about this place, as part of Digital Doors Open, through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

879 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, Ontario
https://meditateinottawa.org

Architecture

Architectural style: Victorian

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Kawartha Settlers' Village Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Kawartha Settlers' Village

Kawartha Settlers' Village was established in 1990 to help preserve the history of the Bobcaygeon area. Now home to a collection of over 20 historical homes and other buildings, it allows visitors to experience what life was like for early pioneers in Kawartha Lakes as they walk through the village and explore its many buildings. As part of Digital Doors Open, you can now explore the village from home with a new virtual tour, which highlights some of the village's major buildings. Or discover some of their fascinating online exhibits.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

85 Dunn Street
Bobcaygeon, Ontario
www.settlersvillage.org

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum Curatorial Centre Doors Open Waterloo Region

Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum Curatorial Centre

With nearly 50,000 items capturing life in Waterloo Region, the collection at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum is the most comprehensive of any local museum in Canada. These artifacts’ origins range from the 1500s to the modern era and are lovingly obtained by, and preserved in, the museum’s state-of-the-art Curatorial Centre. The acquisition and safekeeping of these items provides a comprehensive visual history of the region and its stories. But the effort to preserve the past also serves the community in understanding the present and navigating the future. Explore the Curatorial Centre in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

10 Huron Road
Kitchener, Ontario
www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Lakes and Rivers Self-Guided Tour Doors Open Brampton

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Lakes and Rivers Self-Guided Tour

One of Brampton's best-kept secrets is its picturesque lakes and rivers. Behind the thousands of homes and busy roads, visitors and residents alike will find a wonderful oasis of peaceful lakes and flowing rivers in the Brampton area. Brampton is home to both natural and man-made lakes, including Professor’s Lake, Heart Lake Conservation Area, Loafer’s Lake, Esker Lakes and Norton Place Park. Brampton’s rivers were also used thousands of years ago as transportation routes. Since then, they have been sources of power to drive mills and sources of water for farms. Today, they are a tremendous asset to both the natural landscape and wildlife of Brampton. As part of Digital Doors Open, you are invited to relax and enjoy Brampton’s beauty. Discover their many lakes and rivers by taking this self-guided tour. And, while you’re outside, bring along the Nature Rubbings Activity and discover all the treasures that nature has to offer.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Activities and games
  • Environment
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Start at Professor's Lake Recreation Centre (1660 North Park Drive)
Brampton , Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Lakeview Park Doors Open Oshawa

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Lakeview Park

One hundred years ago, the McLaughlin family bought 17 hectares (44 acres) of lakefront in the name of General Motors and deeded it to the Town of Oshawa for $1 – to be used as a public park. A streetcar travelled down Simcoe Street to the lake, a zoo was established in 1924, and a dance pavilion was built in 1927 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Confederation. A museum opened in 1960 and has since grown to include three original buildings dating from the 1840s and 1850s. The park now hosts the annual Canada Day celebrations as well as sports tournaments and beach volleyball. Listen to a YouTube podcast below with even more historical tidbits. Be sure to visit the Oshawa Museum’s Lakeview Park – Celebrating 100 extensive online exhibit and be sure to share your memories.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

1500 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-436-3311
Email: service@oshawa.ca
www.oshawa.ca

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1920
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Lester B. Pearson Memorial Theatre Doors Open Brampton

Lester B. Pearson Memorial Theatre

Welcome to the new Lester B. Pearson Memorial Theatre, a creative hub for local performing arts groups, schools, education programs, dance recitals and professional presentations. The facility includes a 400-seat auditorium and adjacent studio space. Located in the Brampton Civic Centre, the theatre, affectionately known as LBP, has been home to community organizations and productions since 1973. The venue reopened in October 2019 with enhanced accessibility and health and safety features, upgraded technical equipment, and a more attractive, welcoming space. Take a virtual tour through the video below and learn more about this popular theatre venue.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

150 Central Park Drive
Brampton, Ontario
www.brampton.ca/EN/Arts-Culture-Tourism/Performing-Arts/LBP/Pages/LBP.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1973, 2019
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Lett Architects Studio Doors Open Peterborough

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Lett Architects Studio

In 2016, Lett Architects purchased this historical building, which has seen many uses since 1875. Much of the existing interiors, and previous renovations, were demolished and taken down to the original structure, bringing life to a building that had been abandoned for three years. Elements of the original building were re-used, and energy efficient systems were added in the renovation. Learn more about this fascinating structure - and its history - through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

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138 Simcoe Street
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1975
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Peterborough

Levi Carroll and The Log Schoolhouse Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Levi Carroll and The Log Schoolhouse

Levi Carroll is best known for a log schoolhouse built in 1820 that was Waterloo’s first educational institution. Once the community outgrew the 5-metre by 6-metre (16-foot by 20-foot) schoolhouse, Carroll lived in it for more than 50 years. This important historical structure now rests in Waterloo Park and provides a backdrop for exploring more about Carroll – an ex-slave from Maryland who, despite the odds, lived into his 90s and was described in his 1897 obituary as “a citizen whom almost everyone knows.” But that familiarity has been lost to time. Author and social historian Joanna Rickert-Hall is working to resurrect Levi Carroll’s narrative and its ties to other lost local stories and important conversations. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to learn more about Levi Carroll and this iconic landmark.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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Waterloo Park, Young Street West
Waterloo, Ontario
https://www.waterloo.ca/en/things-to-do/waterloo-park.aspx#Log-school-house

Architecture

Year built: 1820
Architectural style: Log structure
Building type: Schoolhouse
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 4 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Lieutenant Governor's Suite Doors Open Toronto

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Lieutenant Governor's Suite

The Lieutenant Governor's Suite comprises several state rooms and offices inside the northwest wing of the Legislative Building at Toronto’s Queen’s Park. It is the working office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, currently the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell. It is the venue of many significant constitutional events, such as the appointment and resignation of Premiers of Ontario, the swearing-in of cabinet ministers, and the granting of Royal Assent for bills passed by the Legislature. Her Honour hosts foreign heads of state and government, diplomatic and consular representatives, and distinguished visitors in the Suite; it is also a place to host community groups for awards ceremonies, receptions and meetings. During Digital Doors Open, as you learn about the role of the Lieutenant Governor through the above links, enjoy a virtual tour of the Suite in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

111 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario
www.lgontario.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1893
Architect: Richard A. Waite; E.J. Lennox
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Government building, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Lisgar Collegiate Institute Doors Open Ottawa

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Lisgar Collegiate Institute

Lisgar Collegiate Institute, Ottawa’s first high school, has occupied its prime downtown location alongside the Rideau Canal since 1874. The Gothic revival building, constructed of limestone, was extended several times, and underwent extensive renovations in the 1970s. It has many distinct architectural features, including an impressive 660-seat auditorium (which maintains much of its original character) and an attic that was used by students as a shooting range during the Second World War. To mark the school’s 175th anniversary in 2018, Lisgar's alumni association held a major reunion that included a popular and extensively researched architectural tour led by alumnus David Jeanes, then-President of Heritage Ottawa. It was subsequently turned into a 77-minute, 11-part video tour – available online (introduction shown below). To add to your Digital Doors Open experience, the school's history book, yearbooks and the Athletic Wall of Fame can also be explored here.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

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29 Lisgar Street
Ottawa, Ontario
https://www.lisgar.net

Architecture

Year built: 1874, with subsequent extensions and renovations
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Educational facility, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Lister Building, The Doors Open Hamilton

Lister Building, The

The current building replaced the 1850s four-storey stone commercial block that was erected for Joseph Lister, which was destroyed by fire in 1923. It features a two-level, L-shaped interior shopping arcade and a distinctive Renaissance revival-inspired art deco façade, recently restored. The building is reminiscent of the palazzo style of retail buildings in the early 20th century, with an impressive street level, several stories of commercial or retail space, and a large overhanging cornice. Coming soon: As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about this building through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open

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28-44 James Street North
Hamilton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1924; renovated 2008-11
Architect: Bernard Prack; restoration architect Julian Smith

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Local History Branch - Windsor Public Library Doors Open Windsor

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Local History Branch - Windsor Public Library

The Local History Branch is an important link to Windsor’s rich and diverse heritage. Located in historical Sandwich, the archives contains information that dates from the late 1700s – including newspapers, magazines, photographs, city directories, yearbooks and a rich collection of published material on the history of Windsor and area. The multimedia collection also includes paper documents (journals, letters, diaries), posters, audio tapes and memorabilia. The branch also contains a variety of genealogical resources – census records, birth, marriage and death records, passenger lists, church registers, cemetery listings and baptismal records. The holdings of the Essex County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society are housed here, too. While this branch is currently closed to the public, the archives remain available so that you can continue to do your research. Simply email us for assistance. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below for an introduction to the genealogist and archivist who are both onsite to answer your questions.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

3312 Sandwich Street
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-255-6770, ext. 4437
Email: localhistory@windsorpubliclibrary.com
www.windsorpubliclibrary.com

Architecture

Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Windsor

London City Hall Doors Open London

London City Hall

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the official opening of London’s City Hall. A prominent landmark in London’s downtown core for five decades, City Hall is the symbolic centre of the community’s civic government and administration. On the Doors Open London weekend, join them and learn more about the City Hall's fascinating history, beautiful architecture and intriguing people, events and stories associated with this prominent building through a virtual guided tour.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

300 Dufferin Avenue
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-854-1327
Email: rarmiste@london.ca
www.london.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1971
Architect: Philip Carter Johnson
Architectural style: Modernism

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

London Muslim Mosque Doors Open London

London Muslim Mosque

The London Muslim Mosque is the oldest mosque in Ontario, and the oldest operating mosque in Canada. The first mosque in Canada, Al-Rashid Mosque in Edmonton, has been designated a heritage site, thereby leaving the London Muslim Mosque as the oldest functioning mosque in Canada. During the Doors Open London weekend, learn more about this mosque and the Islamic culture through virtual lectures and storytelling, as well as a digital tour of the mosque.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Activities and games

Contact info

151 Oxford Street West
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-439-9451
Email: secretary@londonmosque.ca
www.londonmosque.ca

Architecture

Year built: Original building, 1966; expansion, 2010
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

LondonFuse Doors Open London

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LondonFuse

Building off of the popular London Neighbourhood Histories article series, LondonFuse has adapted the stories of five Forest City neighbourhoods (Old East Village, Woodfield, Hamilton Road, Old North and Midtown) into a digital audiovisual experience for Londoners to enjoy during Doors Open London. My Sister's Place, located in midtown, is one such point of interest that is covered in this tour. Participants can enjoy these tours from home – listening and learning about some of the rich, layered heritage of many of London’s neighbourhoods, the diverse individuals who have lived within them, and the events that have impacted their development. Or, to bring it to life, Londoners can download the audio and listen as they walk through the neighbourhoods for some socially distanced heritage fun!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Start at 566 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-860-8624
Email: info@londonfuse.ca
https://londonfuse.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Lorne Scots Regimental Museum Doors Open Brampton

Lorne Scots Regimental Museum

This museum is part of the old Brampton firehall, which was constructed in 1854. The building has been occupied by the Lorne Scots regiment for many years. The museum itself was opened in 1980 and contains a large collection of historical and military artifacts that showcase the rich history of the regiment and the Brampton residents who have volunteered in various conflicts. During Digital Doors Open, you can experience some of this remarkable history through these videos: Lorne Scots 12 Chapel, Trooping 1975, Homecoming 1945, Camp Niagara 1944, Pipes and Drums Edinburgh 1960, March Past Trooping of the Colour 2016 (shown below) and the Lorne Scots Sesquicentennial.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

48 John Street
Brampton, Ontario
www.lornesmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1854
Building type: Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Lynde House Museum Doors Open Whitby

Lynde House Museum

This house was built around 1812 for Jabez Lynde, an early Whitby pioneer. It is a rare example of the Georgian or Loyalist architectural style. It has been a museum since 1972 and was moved to its current location in 2014. Enjoy the digital tour below and learn more about the history of this site.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

910 Brock Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.lyndehousemuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1812
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitby

Macdonell-Williamson House Doors Open Prescott and Russell

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Macdonell-Williamson House

In 1813, after 19 years as a fur trader with the North West Company, John Macdonell (1768-1850) retired to Hawkesbury Township with his wife, Magdeleine Poitras – a Métis born on the Manitoba section of the Qu'Appelle River – and their children. Macdonell's home, known as Poplar Villa, is a graceful adaptation of the Palladian style. It served as a centre for his milling, general merchandising, warehousing and freight-forwarding business. Macdonell died in Pointe Fortune in 1850. In 1882, the Williamson family bought the house. It remained in the Williamson family until the early 1960s. The Ontario Heritage Trust acquired it in 1978 to save it from demolition, and conducted extensive architectural and archaeological investigations on the property. The site is operated by the Friends of Macdonell-Williamson House/Les Amis de la maison Macdonell-Williamson. For Digital Door Open, explore this unique heritage property and its fascinating history through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
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25 Rue des Outaouais
Chute-à-Blondeau, Ontario
https://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/macdonell-williamson-house

Architecture

Year built: 1817
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Prescott and Russell

Markham Village Fire Station Doors Open Markham

Markham Village Fire Station

Everyone is fascinated by fire trucks and firefighting technology. Fire prevention and firefighting are an important part of the City of Markham’s administration. This building’s design was inspired by late-19th-century fire halls. It features a replica hose drying tower, common to most fire halls in the past. The hall was designed to fit into the context of historical Markham Village. Always a popular feature during Doors Open Markham is a tour of the fire engine. During Digital Doors Open, you can get a similar experience through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

207 Main Street North
Markham, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1985

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Markham

Markham Village Train Station Doors Open Markham

Markham Village Train Station

The restoration of this Toronto and Nipissing Railway station was the first major project of the Markham Village Conservancy. When the railway opened in 1871, the station became a busy commercial and industrial hub. The exterior has been restored to its c. 1910 appearance. The station continues to serve GO Transit commuters, and functions as a community centre. As part of Digital Doors Open, enjoy a virtual tour of this station below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

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214 Main Street North
Markham, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1870
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Markham

Martin's Family Fruit Farm Doors Open Waterloo Region

Martin's Family Fruit Farm

Seven generations have farmed the land in Woolwich Township that is now home to Martin’s Family Fruit Farm - one of the largest apple growers, packers and shippers in Canada. While the business has blossomed with innovation and expansion in the past decade, each one of the orchards’ millions of apples is still picked carefully by hand, and locals continue to buy apples in the onsite Orchard Market. With the help of up to 300 employees, the Martins still run this family business, and they do so according to their core values that support their mission of growing for healthy communities. During Digital Doors Open, learn more about this family and their thriving business through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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1420 Lobsinger Line
Waterloo, Ontario
http://martinsapples.com

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1971
Building type: Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Mary J.L. Black Community Hub, Thunder Bay Public Library Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Mary J.L. Black Community Hub, Thunder Bay Public Library

Named in honour of Fort William's first permanent librarian, Mary J.L. Black, this $4-million modern facility was designed as a comfortable welcoming space for the community. Opened in 2011, the Mary J.L. Black Community Hub replaced the original Mary J.L. Black Library that was constructed in 1938 on nearby Brock Street. The bright, naturally lit entryway perfectly highlights an impressive 6.5-square-metre (70-square-foot) mosaic that was relocated from the original library. Tiled by Ruby Owen, this 27,000-piece mosaic was unveiled in 1965. The mosaic is based on the work entitled “The Indian that Became a Thunderbird,” by Ojibwe artist Norval Morriseau. Beyond the traditional resources of a library, this community hub aims to provide access to multiple services and specialized programming. During normal operations, be sure to check out Northern Nature Trading – an interactive program developed by Science North that is open to all ages, which encourages the discovery of nature.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

901 Edward Street South
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.tbpl.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2010-11
Architect: John Knox, Chamberlain Architect Services
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Masonic Hall Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Masonic Hall

Freemasons are proud of their heritage and the principles by which they live: brotherly love, relief and truth. The Masonic Hall in Timmins, built in 1915, is governed by the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario and is one of more than 650 lodges in the jurisdiction. Read the Golden Beaver Lodge pamphlet to find out more about the history of Freemasonry in Timmins or take a virtual tour of the Lodge Room by watching the short video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

35 Tamarack Street
Timmins, Ontario
Email: kaj@geologist.com

Architecture

Year built: 1915
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Masonic Hall, Shuniah Lodge No. 287 Doors Open Thunder Bay

Masonic Hall, Shuniah Lodge No. 287

Free masons – from the oldest and largest worldwide fraternity – casually met in the Thunder Bay area at a bunkhouse at the Shuniah Mine prior to the Lodge’s first official meeting on September 7, 1872. In 1887, the Masons bought the former Port Arthur Town Hall building where they operated until fire destroyed it in 1907. The current Lodge – part of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario – was built in 1909-10 and designed by architect Marshall B. Aylesworth. It was constructed for commercial purposes at street level while the upper floors were to house Lodge facilities. Local Nipigon quarries supplied the marble for the entrance and the staircase to the second floor. On the staircase landing is a First World War memorial to fallen Lodge members. The second floor houses the impressive Lodge Hall, with its 5.8-metre (19-foot) vaulted ceiling and Ionic pilasters. The vaulted ceilings continue into the banquet hall, where portraits of past Masters are displayed. The Lodge’s social rooms are located on the third floor, one of which contains a 100-year-old antique pool table.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

270 Red River Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.grandlodge.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1910
Architect: Marshall B. Aylsworth
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Masonic Temple Doors Open Windsor

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Masonic Temple

Opened in 1922, Windsor's Masonic Temple is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Designed by architect J.C. Pennington in the neoclassical revival style, it was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1995. Many of the furnishings in the lodge rooms date back to the late 1800s. As well as providing a meeting place for Masons, the Temple has a large ballroom that was a popular dance hall in the 1940s and 1950s. It remains available to rent for special occasions today (when it again becomes safe to do so). The Temple is also home to the Windsor Scottish Rite Learning Centre, which provides tutoring for individuals with dyslexia. As part of Digital Doors Open, Professor William Moore of Boston University discusses the architecture and style of this Masonic Temple in a video below. Moore specializes in material culture, the built environment and cultural history and is the author of a couple of books on freemasonry and masonic temples.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

986 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-253-3615
www.masonictempleballroom.com

Architecture

Architect: J.C. Pennington
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Windsor

McIntyre Community Building Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

McIntyre Community Building

The McIntyre Community Building was built in 1938 for employees of the McIntyre Porcupine Mines. The company’s president, J.P. Bickell, directed that the building be modelled as a smaller version of Maple Leaf Gardens. Facilities include an arena, ballroom, auditorium, curling club and coffee shop. The building has been under municipal management since 1968. Frank Mahovlich and Bill Barilko are just two of the sporting greats who got their start at the “Mac.” Exclusive to Digital Doors Open, you can explore the site within this spectacular 360-degree image (Photo: Andrew Warren – Digital Image).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

85 McIntyre Road
Schumacher, Ontario
www.timmins.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1938
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

McMichael Canadian Art Collection Doors Open Vaughan

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, located on 40 hectares (100 acres) of forested land along the Humber River, is a major public gallery devoted to collecting the art of Canada. Located on the original lands of the Ojibwe Anishinaabe people, the McMichael is uniquely situated along the historical Carrying Place Trail. The McMichael’s permanent collection consists of over 6,500 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and contemporary artists who have contributed to the development of Canadian art. While the McMichael has reopened, there are restrictions in place for visitors. Check their website for details. Digital visits, however, are also encouraged. Explore their eMuseum – a searchable online collection. Wander the grounds – lush forests, a sculpture garden and scenic hiking trails – with the aid of their downloadable map and audio guided tour. For budding young artists, the McMichael offers the ArtVenture Online program, which includes free art activities, videos, tutorials and more. Watch and learn through a series of curatorial talks and virtual studio visits. Take an online art class. Or discover their many educational resources – from virtual classrooms and tours to workshops and teacher retreats. With Digital Doors Open, there is much to see and do.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

10365 Islington Avenue
Kleinburg, Ontario
www.mcmichael.com

Architecture

Year built: 1954, with additions in 1963, 1967, 1969 and 1972
Architect: Leo Venchiarutti
Building type: Green building, Museum
Landscape: Garden, Landscape, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Vaughan

MEGHQ-FREEPORT: Kitchener’s Cold War Bunker Doors Open Waterloo Region

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MEGHQ-FREEPORT: Kitchener’s Cold War Bunker

It is nearly impossible to notice at first glance, but an underground bunker known as MEGHQ-FREEPORT sits along the Grand River in Kitchener’s Schneider Park. Owned by the Region of Waterloo, it was conceived and crafted to serve as a Cold War fallout shelter to protect key officials following a nuclear attack. Now, 55 years after its construction, this unique and crumbling piece of local history is sparking debate about its future. Should it be demolished? Or should the space be restored, preserved and reimagined? As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below for a behind-the-scenes experience of this Cold War fallout shelter.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

3571 King Street East
Kitchener, Ontario
Email: bcoady@regionofwaterloo.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1966
Architect: Webb Zerafa Menkes and Matthews
Building type: Government building, Military

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 4 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Miles of Life: Five short films of Lives Lived in London Doors Open London

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Miles of Life: Five short films of Lives Lived in London

As part of Digital Doors Open, the AlvegoRoot Theatre ensemble presents five short films about people and places important to the cultural memory, life and history of London spanning over 100 years, written and directed by Adam Corrigan Holowitz. Travel back in time from your screen! Meet Josiah Blackburn at the Marienbad Restaurant and hear the story of how the London Free Press began. Then, in the Peel House at Fanshawe Pioneer Village, sculptor Mildred Peel tells about her art career as she navigates sexism and the shadow of her younger, more-famous brother. Poet Arthur Stringer, from the porch of his childhood home, recounts his lifelong infatuation with the ideal of romance. At the former Western Counties Health and Occupational Centre, you will hear the story of the veterans who lived there as they recovered from the Second World War. The journey concludes at the Hyland Cinema, meeting a woman who shares how the movies played an important role in her teenage years.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Start at 122 Carling Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-615-2210
Email: adamcorriganholowitz@gmail.com
https://www.alvegoroottheatre.com

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Mnjikaning Fish Weirs National Historic Site Doors Open Simcoe County

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Mnjikaning Fish Weirs National Historic Site

Located on portions of the bottom of the Narrows between Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching in Orillia, the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs contains the largest and best-preserved wooden fish weirs in eastern North America, in use from about 3300 BC until the recent past. The site was cared for and used by the Huron-Wendat in the centuries immediately before AD 1650; today, the Anishinaabeg are stewards of the site. This is a sacred place that represents an ancient and ongoing spiritual bond between the Creator and all living things. Watch the video below to learn more about the site’s original use as well as future plans for the long-term interpretation of the site. (Photo: Parks Canada)

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

693 Atherley Road
Orillia, Ontario
www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/mnjikaning

Architecture

Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Simcoe County

Mount Pleasant Village – Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

Mount Pleasant Village – Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

Nestled within the large Mount Pleasant community in northwest Brampton is Mount Pleasant Village. Just steps from the GO Train station, this transit-oriented urban village provides a unique experience in Brampton. At the heart of this community is the village, featuring a public square, a playground, art features, spaces to relax and chat, and a reflecting pond that is transformed into a skating rink in the winter. Next to that is the village's landmark cultural and education centre, which includes a community centre (located within a reconstructed Canadian Pacific Railway station), a library and a two-storey elementary school. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Start at Mount Pleasant Village Square
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Mount Pleasant Village Square and Artist Ron Baird Doors Open Brampton

Mount Pleasant Village Square and Artist Ron Baird

The Mount Pleasant Community Centre is in a restored historical Canadian Pacific Railway station that has been converted into a cultural facility in the Mount Pleasant Village Square. Shared with the Peel District School Board and the local library, this landmark building is now an integral part of the community, connecting the past with the future. Located in Mount Pleasant Village Square are one-of-a-kind sculptures created for the City of Brampton by renowned artist Ron Baird. As part of Digital Doors Open, join Baird as he speaks up close and personal about The Ghost Train (see the video below) as well as three unique metal structures: Time, Tracks and Trestle Bridge.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Commuter Drive
Brampton, Ontario
www.ronbairdartist.com

Architecture

Year built: 2010

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Mount Royal/Pavilion - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

Mount Royal/Pavilion - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

Located in the northeastern corner of the City of Brampton is the uniquely designed Mount Royal/Pavilion Neighbourhood. Within the centre of this community, residents find natural spaces, a park and two educational facilities. One of Brampton’s most desirable neighbourhoods, and an exclusive community in Castlemore, is just minutes away from downtown Brampton. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

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Start at Mount Royal Public School, 65 Mount Royal Circle
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Municipal Building (Town Hall) Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Municipal Building (Town Hall)

On its official opening in 1938, the Municipal Building in Timmins was feted in the Porcupine Advance as “one of the most modern municipal centres in Northern Ontario.” Read more from the June 6, 1938 article in the Porcupine Advance. Explore the view from the city hall webcam. And learn about the most recent addition to the city hall – the staircase mural by artist Mique Michelle, completed in 2019 – part of the Indigenous Teachings Murals Project. You can read more about this project in the 2020 Timmins Tourism Guide.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Collections and resources
  • French services available

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220 Algonquin Blvd. East
Timmins, Ontario
www.timmins.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1937
Architect: P.J. O’Gorman
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Government building

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Museum of Ontario Archaeology Doors Open London

Museum of Ontario Archaeology

There is more than meets the eye at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology. During the Digital Doors Open London weekend, step behind the scenes for a 360-degree tour of the specialized archaeological collections storage and research wing. Learn about the methods used to record and share some of the lesser-known stories about the past and get an exclusive peek at some of the research being conducted in the facility with equipment such as a digital microscope, microCT and 3D scanners. Learn more about how museum staff and researchers bring these fragmented and forgotten pieces of the province's history to light. Also, as part of Digital Doors Open, there are a variety of fascinating online exhibits through Google Arts and Culture, online collections to explore, and extensive e-learning resources that complement the Ontario curriculum for elementary and secondary grades.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

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1600 Attawandaron Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-473-1360
Email: info@archaeologymuseum.ca
www.archaeologymuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1981
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Museum on the Boyne Doors Open Simcoe County

Museum on the Boyne

Since 1960, the Museum on the Boyne has shared stories of the people and places that make up South Simcoe. In 2020, they are celebrating their 60th anniversary (see the video below) with exhibits that trace the growth of South Simcoe from early settlement to present day – featuring a 1914 agricultural fair building, an 1865 log house, and an 1858 barn. The museum is a stop on the Simcoe County Honey Trail. Stop by to learn about D.A. Jones – the Bee King of Canada – and pick up a Honey Trail map, or download a copy. Note: During COVID-19, the Museum on the Boyne is open to visitors by appointment only.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

250 Fletcher Crescent
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-4030, ext. 1802
Email: boynemuseum@newtecumseth.ca
www.motb.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Simcoe County

Myseum Doors Open Toronto

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Myseum

Myseum is Toronto’s museum, complete with engaging programs and experiences that showcase the history, spaces, culture(s), architecture and the people that represent Toronto’s unique place in the world. Myseum is ideally suited to Digital Doors Open because it doesn’t exist in just one place, but in all places throughout the city. Check out their ever-changing events, their unique Quarantine Edition exhibit called Images of Resistance: An Archive of Action, as well as their many online tours – interactive experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of your home or in the palm of your hand. Tours include Brought in Bondage, Women of the Ward, the Evergreen Brickworks and a Movie Theatre Tour.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

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401 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario
www.myseumoftoronto.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

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 – with over 7,000 square metres (75,000 square feet) of exhibition space with an adjoining 6-hectare (16-acre) air park – 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. While the site has reopened (check their website for COVID-19 protocols), there are still a number of excellent digital resources available for at-home visits. Start with the video below. Then check out their collections, including many aircraft, and their online exhibits, including Victory (about the end of the Second World War). The museum also features several Museum from Home activities – including a table hockey game, a colouring sheet (where you can design your own jersey to win a prize), the Be an Airman board game, and much more.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

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220 RCAF Road
Astra, Ontario
http://airforcemuseum.ca

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Quinte West

National Arts Centre Doors Open Ottawa

National Arts Centre

The National Arts Centre (NAC) is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams – the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre and Popular Music and Variety – and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation. Named after the National Art Centre’s founding general director, G. Hamilton Southam, the largest and most majestic of their four performance halls is Southam Hall. Home to the NAC Orchestra, it’s an ideal venue to support large-scale productions for a variety of performances and events. The Babs Asper Theatre is the NAC’s second-largest performance space, and the main venue for the NAC’s premier theatrical productions and contemporary dance performances. The design of the theatre’s technical system makes it an ideal setting for all types of musical concerts – from intimate chamber ensembles to jazz, rock and pop. The Azrieli Studio was engineered as a black box space, allowing for a more versatile theatrical experience. A variety of performances are presented in this studio, from contemporary theatre to adventurous dance performances to popular concerts. It is also used for corporate seminars and presentations. The National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage is the most intimate. Exceptional sound and lighting, as well as cabaret seating, offer audiences an arms-length viewing experience. Every year, the Fourth Stage hosts hundreds of emerging music concerts, speakers and community events. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore this complex and fascinating site through their virtual tour.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly

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1 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario
http://nac-cna.ca/en

Architecture

Year built: 1969
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Navy Hall Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Navy Hall

In 1765, British naval craftsmen from Fort Niagara erected a barracks on the opposite side of the Niagara River. Over the years, several buildings – known collectively as Navy Hall – evolved into a key military supply facility for British forts on the upper Great Lakes. During the American Revolution, the Provincial Marine wintered at Navy Hall and, in 1792, Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe converted one of the buildings into his residence. The Lieutenant Governor's home in the first capital of the Province of Upper Canada later served as a dining hall for the officers at Fort George. Navy Hall was destroyed by American forces during the War of 1812. After the war, the British rebuilt some of the buildings, of which one still survives today. As part of Digital Doors Open, you can learn more about this site’s remarkable history through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

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305 Ricardo Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Telephone: 905-468-6614
www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/fortgeorge/culture/navyhall

Architecture

Year built: c. 1815
Building type: Historical landmark, Military
Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara Apothecary, The Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara Apothecary, The

Step through these doors and see how pharmacists practised their profession over 100 years ago. The apothecary opened in the late 1860s at this location and closed in 1964. The Ontario Heritage Trust acquired the property, led its restoration and opened it as a museum in 1971. Operated by volunteers from the Ontario College of Pharmacists. For Digital Doors Open, explore the apothecary through a virtual tour found here.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

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5 Queen Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/niagara-apothecary

Architecture

Year built: 1818
Architect: Peter Stokes (restoration architect)
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara District Court House Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Niagara District Court House

The Niagara Court House was constructed c. 1847 and served as the official county seat of Niagara District – with courtrooms, meeting rooms and jail cells – until the judicial courts were moved to St. Catharines in 1862. Its large courtroom interior was home to the Shaw Festival’s Court House Theatre until 1973. Today, Parks Canada and the Chamber of Commerce use the building for offices. The Court House received designation as a National Historic Site in 1981. For Digital Doors Open, learn more about the site in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Contact info

26 Queen Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Telephone: 905-468-3061, ext. 263

Architecture

Year built: 1847
Architect: William Thomas
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Courthouse, Historical landmark, Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara Falls Doors Open Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, known both for its scenic beauty and its immense force (which generates an enormous amount of hydro-electric power). While you can now visit Niagara Falls again in person, there are still many digital experiences that are available and worth experiencing from your backyard. Take a virtual helicopter ride over the falls, experience a zipline ride to the falls, enjoy the much-loved Journey Behind the Falls, or even look ahead to the annual Winter Festival of Lights. Don’t forget your VR glasses to make these experiences pop! But if an in-person experience is what you’re looking for, check out the Niagara Parks COVID-19 Information Centre. Stay safe but have fun!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

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Ontario
www.niagarafallstourism.com

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara Falls

Niagara Parks Power Station Doors Open Niagara Falls

Niagara Parks Power Station

The Niagara Parks Power Station – the first major power plant on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls – was completed in 1905 to produce hydroelectricity by leveraging the power of the Niagara River. A marvel of engineering and architecture, the station’s generators were the largest of their kind. Power generated was used to service Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York; the plant remained in operation until 2006 when it was decommissioned. The Niagara Parks Commission acquired ownership in 2009. The station was built with a rusticated stone exterior from Queenston limestone, with stunning, rounded window arches depicting restrained Romanesque design. The water-filled forecourt is the most prominent feature of the building setting, acting as a reflecting pool that enhances the pattern of the arches. The interior also features significant detail, from the massive bronze doors on the north side to the marble and bronze detailing of the office area. Renovations for adaptive reuse are underway – the first phase will open to the public in 2021 – will transform the facility into an extraordinary new multi-faceted visitor experience, which will preserve and showcase this culturally significant landmark while creating an iconic new attraction for Niagara Falls. For Digital Doors Open, explore the interior through the video below, and relive Fall 2019's special Doors Open event held at the station.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

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7005 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario
www.niagaraparks.com/visit/attractions/canadian-niagara-power-generating-station

Architecture

Year built: 1905
Architect: Algeron S. Bell
Architectural style: Beaux arts, Romanesque revival
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara Falls

North House at rare Charitable Research Reserve Doors Open Waterloo Region

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North House at rare Charitable Research Reserve

From its headquarters on Blair Road in Cambridge, the rare Charitable Research Reserve works to discover the most inclusive practices and answers to environmental issues, stewarding the reserve’s diverse network of natural landscapes for ecological integrity and future generations. rare offers Waterloo Region a diverse network of connected natural areas, protected intact in perpetuity. Its leadership in conservation, research, restoration and education is encompassed in North House, an aspirational 60-square-metre (650-square-foot) solar-powered home and working model of green technology. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below for a behind-the-scenes experience of this fascinating structure.

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681 Blair Road
Ayr, Ontario
Telephone: 519-650-9336, ext. 122
Email: tamanna.kohi@raresites.org
https://raresites.org

Architecture

Year built: 2009
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 4 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Norton Place Park Doors Open Brampton

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Norton Place Park

Located within close proximity to Bramalea City Centre, Bramalea Woods and Highway 410, the Norton Park neighbourhood represents one of Brampton’s most accessible neighbourhoods by various methods of transportation, including walking and cycling. The neighbourhood is also home to a hidden gem – Norton Place Park! This park features a boardwalk recreational trail along a small lake tucked behind the Lisa Towers (apartment buildings) and a community garden. Children can chase the ducks, climb in the playground and enjoy nature. As part of Digital Doors Open, enjoy a virtual tour of this park in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Environment
  • Kid-friendly

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170 Clark Blvd.
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Oakville Museum at the Erchless Estate Doors Open Oakville

Oakville Museum at the Erchless Estate

The Erchless Estate was once the home of Oakville’s founding family, the Chisholms. It is now the setting for the community's museum. For Digital Doors Open, discover an extensive virtual tour that takes you inside each room of the property – don't miss the Underground Railroad exhibit upstairs! After your virtual tour, take in the video tour on YouTube below (led by the museum's very own Julian Kingston), which features some of the Town of Oakville's online collections – including hundreds of artifacts and historical photos of the town.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

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8 Navy Street
Oakville, Ontario
www.oakville.ca/museum

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oakville

Official Residence of the Embassy of Denmark Doors Open Ottawa

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Official Residence of the Embassy of Denmark

The official residence of the Danish ambassador to Canada is built in a classic 1970s Danish style and was designed by three Danish. It invites you to experience Danish architecture, design and "hygge." The architectural style is a combination of timeless rusticity and modern simplicity with an openness and emphasis on natural light. Subtle details, such as the way the light flows through the rooms and the way the outside is always visible from the inside, creates a striking unity between the interior and the exterior. The residence is known for its incorporation of both Canadian and Danish materials. The siding and massive crossbeams are from Canada. The wood is Canadian red cedar and pine from British Columbia. The official entrance to the residence is from the lower level – where the entrance hall is laid with red-toned tiles from the Danish island of Bornholm – and a modern semi-circular open staircase, which leads to the upper levels. The second level is the official entertainment floor, which is partitioned into four sections – a dining room, reception hall, living room and library. Most of the rooms have access to the outdoor terrace that surrounds this floor. The vaulted, wood-beam ceiling with massive rafters extends out to the roof and over the terrace and side balconies, protecting it from snow and rain. The dining room and reception hall floor are laid with a neutral-coloured parquet flooring, and the living room and library are laid with an off-white wall-to-wall wool carpet from Denmark. The third level of the house contains a private living area and guest rooms. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a tour of this building through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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1420 Lisgar Road
Rockcliffe Park, Ontario
https://canada.um.dk

Architecture

Year built: 1972
Architect: Jarl Heger, Karen and Ebbe Clemmensen

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Old Church Theatre Doors Open Quinte West

Old Church Theatre

Built in 1876, this beautifully renovated, rural church has been a musical hub to performers from across Canada and around the world. Known originally as the Johnstown Church, the building served its mainly farming congregation for many years until it fell into disrepair and was abandoned. Saved from demolition and restored by former CBC broadcaster Roy Bonisteel (1930-2013), a member of this community, the Old Church became an intimate setting where musical icons and a wealth of local talent have since performed. Its unmatched acoustics make it the ideal space for live music and theatre performances. Today, the venue is also licensed and offers Ontario craft beers and local Prince Edward County wine in addition to its many live performances. Check out their popular The Beer from Here podcast on their YouTube channel. And, to learn more about this unique Digital Doors Open site, watch the Sean Scally video below.

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  • Video

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940 Bonisteel Road
Trenton, Ontario
https://oldchurch.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1876
Building type: Place of worship, Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Quinte West

Old Gaol Museum Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Old Gaol Museum

Housed in the former Lindsay Gaol, the Old Gaol Museum tells the story of Lindsay and Kawartha Lakes. It houses a wide range of permanent and temporary exhibitions, and also retains intact portions of the gaol for you to visit. Explore the museum from home through their new virtual tour. The museum is also open for in-person visits. Please check their website for hours as they may change seasonally.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

50 Victoria Avenue North
Lindsay, Ontario
https://www.oldegaolmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1863
Architect: William Storm
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Government building, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Ontario Heritage Centre Doors Open Toronto

Ontario Heritage Centre

Take a virtual tour of the Ontario Heritage Centre, the head office of the Ontario Heritage Trust. Among the many interesting features of this building, constructed in 1909, are the two gallery spaces with mezzanines, oak-panelled oval board room, the restored manually operated elevator and period washrooms. This site, popular for meetings and weddings, has also been used in many television and film shoots, including Cinderella Man, Queer as Folk and Serendipity.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

10 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Architect: George Gouinlock
Architectural style: Edwardian

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Ontario Legislative Building Doors Open Toronto

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Ontario Legislative Building

Opened in 1893, this impressive Romanesque revival building is the meeting place of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly. Laws are made for all Ontarians in the Chamber, beautifully decorated with hand-crafted carvings and murals. Designed by British-born architect Richard Waite, later additions and changes were made by two of the province’s most significant city builders – E.J. Lennox of Casa Loma fame and George Gouinlock who planned several original buildings on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour to explore this historical building. Register for a variety of free virtual programs and webinars. Or tune in to watch the legislature in action. The parliament building also houses the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite, a working office of the Crown’s representative in Ontario.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Activities and games

Contact info

111 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario
www.ola.org

Architecture

Year built: 1893
Architect: Richard A. Waite
Architectural style: Arts and crafts, Beaux arts, Romanesque revival, Victorian
Building type: Government building
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

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. During Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the site and see artifacts from Durham Region's Ontario Regiment from 1866 to the present. Explore behind-the-scenes videos of the Military Vehicle Conservation Centre (with over 80 vehicles on display), the Tank Arena or the Tank Trek setup. Still need more tanks? Check out their online collection as well. Take a moment to watch the award-winning Convoy to Remembrance documentary below to learn about the museum’s participation in Remembrance Day celebrations (15:30). Note: The museum has reopened with limited hours and pre-booked tours. Visit their website for full details.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

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

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Ontario Science Centre Doors Open Toronto

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Ontario Science Centre

To mark Canada’s centennial, the Ontario Science Centre was built as one of the first interactive science museums in the world. Since it opened in 1969, the Science Centre has become a significant cultural attraction where visitors of all ages can learn through play. As part of Digital Doors Open, there is a lot to see and do at the Science Centre. Their Do it Yourself series will inspire your inner scientist – from games to experiments. Regular Facebook Live events connect you with Science Centre educators and hosts – learning about everything from snakes and bees to paper planes and outer space. And don’t forget to check out their Teacher Resources and Science at Home activities with easy-to-follow educational videos and downloadable resources and activities. This year, while they're working to reopen, let them bring the Science Centre to you!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

770 Don Mills Road
Toronto, Ontario
www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

Architecture

Year built: Opened in 1969
Architect: Raymond Moriyama
Building type: Attraction, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Open Mind Interiors (formerly the Mary J.L. Black Library) Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Open Mind Interiors (formerly the Mary J.L. Black Library)

Built as the Mary J.L. Black Library, this 1938 structure and its 1962 addition served the Westfort community as its first dedicated public library building until 2011. Now home to Open Mind Interiors, who specialize in creating innovative workspaces, this is an excellent example of a building’s adaptive re-use. Explore the showroom of this newly re-imagined building, which has intentionally kept a mix of old and new. Some of the original features retained include terrazzo floors and deco handrails, while new windows across the front allow natural light to pour into the workspace. While appreciating the transformation that has taken place, many will be reminded of the times spent visiting the library; attending a play or puppet show.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

151 Brock Street West
Thunder Bay, Ontario
http://openmindinteriors.com

Architecture

Year built: 1938 (1962 addition)
Architect: H.M. Scott (1938), Ranta & Tett Architects (1962 addition)
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Orillia Museum of Art & History (Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building) Doors Open Simcoe County

Orillia Museum of Art & History (Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building)

The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH), housed in the landmark Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building in downtown Orillia, acts as the steward of the community's heritage and culture by being actively engaged in the community and being responsive to its needs. Originally a customs house and post office, the building is now a museum with 12,000 artifacts in their collection, ranging from artwork and textiles to metal and woodwork. The OMAH designs and creates exhibitions, programs and events to inspire the community to explore, engage and experience art, local history and culture. You'll even find the perfect photo opportunity – they have a jail cell in the basement! Currently, the site is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, from Noon to 3 p.m. But for Digital Doors Open, feel free to check out the site through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Contact info

30 Peter Street South
Orillia, Ontario
Telephone: 705-326-2159
Email: visitors@orilliamuseum.org
www.orilliamuseum.org

Architecture

Year built: 1892-94
Architect: Thomas Fuller
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Attraction, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Simcoe County

Osgoode Township Museum Doors Open Ottawa

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Osgoode Township Museum

In operation since 1973, the Osgoode Township Museum presents the story of Ottawa South’s agricultural and rural heritage. The main museum building is a mid-century two-room schoolhouse built in 1961. It was designed by Balharrie, Helmer & Associates and built by Paul Daoust Construction Ltd. The main museum building is open year-round and houses an eclectic collection of approximately 11,000 artifacts. Visitors to the museum are invited to explore the permanent exhibition gallery, community gallery, research library and gift shop. Open seasonally, the Agricultural Barn provides a home for the vast farming and industrial collection that includes full-sized tractors, plows and combines, as well as handheld farming tools and industrial equipment. The Agricultural Barn was officially opened on August 12, 1989. Visitors are also invited to explore the 1.2-hectare (three-acre) museum grounds and experience the heritage school garden, orchard and playground. New for 2021 will be their dementia-friendly and accessible garden space, with raised beds and plenty of space to rest in the shaded gazebo. A variety of plants in the garden will be used as a sensory tool to help evoke memories, build happy moments for seniors with dementia and community members of all ages. As part of Digital Doors Open, visitors can also enjoy a virtual tour and explore the museum’s online exhibits.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

7814 Lawrence Street
Vernon, Ontario
www.osgoodemuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Oshawa Museum Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Museum

For over 60 years, the Oshawa Museum has celebrated Oshawa's history. The museum, located in Lakeview Park, comprises three historical houses, all standing on their original foundations. During Digital Doors Open, enjoy a virtual introduction to the museum through the video below, discover the Museum From Home: Inside the Henry House Study and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the 1840s Henry House. Travel back even further in time to explore A Carrying Place: Oshawa’s Indigenous Story. Or peruse the online collection database and research resources to learn more about the museum and Oshawa’s rich past. As the museum slowly reopens, visitors are invited to book an appointment and download the audio tour for a self-guided visit. For more information about their reopening, please visit their website. The Henry and Guy Houses will be open with an exhibit of Lakeview Park, Celebrating 100. Please take a moment to share your memories here.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1450 Simcoe Street South, Lakeview Park
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-436-7624
www.oshawamuseum.org

Architecture

Year built: c. 1840-56
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Public Libraries - McLaughlin Branch Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Public Libraries - McLaughlin Branch

Forming part of Oshawa’s Civic Centre, this library was a gift of R.S. McLaughlin in 1954. Architect Arthur Eadie was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright in his design of the library, now Oshawa’s central branch. The inside vestibule includes walls of Italian marble and a circular staircase, above which is a gold inscription to the generous donor. As part of Digital Doors Open, check out this video on the history of library service in Oshawa. In the Local History Room, you will find a growing collection of materials relating to historical events, places and people (as highlighted in this virtual tour). Some of these materials are also available online through the Internet Archive and in the Heritage Images collection. The library regularly hosts programs on local history topics, many of which have been recorded and can be viewed on their YouTube channel. Note: The library is now open to the public, but the Local History Room remains closed.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Collections and resources
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

65 Bagot Street
Oshawa, Ontario
www.oshlib.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1954
Architect: Arthur H. Eadie
Architectural style: Prairie
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Union Cemetery Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Union Cemetery

Many famous people from Oshawa's and Canada's past are interred in the Oshawa Union Cemetery, formerly Thornton's Burying Ground. Oshawa Museum’s podcast below highlights the history of the cemetery. Today, the site covers 12 hectares (32 acres) and includes private mausoleums and a Gothic-revival chapel. The central mausoleum was built in 1924 and features an ornate marble interior and hand-painted stained-glass windows. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore the online interactive map – a new, searchable resource of burials. The gravestones are also of particular interest: explore the iconography on the monuments and learn about the rare white bronze markers. Listen to a video podcast about Oshawa in the 1860s and learn the story of local blacksmith Captain George Prentice and his involvement in the Fenian Raids.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

760 King Street West
Oshawa, Ontario
www.oshawa.ca/residents/union-cemetery-services.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1837
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens Doors Open Oshawa

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Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens

The Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens is a unique attraction. It combines the dedicated gardens of the Parkwood National Historic Site with the scenic terrain of the Oshawa Valley Creek Trail system. A collaboration between students from Durham College’s School of Media Art & Design and TeachingCity, this park features a virtual experience for desktop and mobile. Explore the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens in person or online through QR codes, virtual tours, and point-to-point trail animations. (For Digital Doors Open, you can also watch the YouTube video below on the City’s Virtual Peony Festival.) This immersive experience brings together the beauty of the park with information on the art, history and contributors of its many sites. TeachingCity brings together the City of Oshawa and its teaching and research partners – Canadian Urban Institute, Durham College, Ontario Tech University, Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, and the University of Toronto’s Facility of Applied Science & Engineering. The partners focus on and address Oshawa’s urban issues through innovation, collaboration, applied research and shared experiential learning opportunities.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

155 Arena Street
Oshawa, Ontario
https://ovbg2019.github.io/ovbg-doo

Architecture

Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Ottawa Main Mosque Doors Open Ottawa

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Ottawa Main Mosque

The Ottawa Muslim Association and the Ottawa Mosque were incorporated in 1964 as a charitable organization, with the first phase having been completed in 1970. The Ottawa Mosque is the first and the oldest mosque in the city; in fact, it is one of the oldest in Canada. It can hold up to 900 people. With a distinct architectural design, including its raised minaret and central dome, the Ottawa Main Mosque is hard to miss while driving along Scott Street. Its design includes a two-storey prayer hall, library and basement. The basement is used for a community centre, school and meetings, childcare and social events. The Ottawa Mosque congregation is as diverse as Canada, which is reflected in its structure and decoration. It features furniture and carpets from Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Iran and Pakistan. For the Ottawa Mosque, every day is open doors and everyone is welcome! If you have any questions or would like to visit, please email them at oma@ottawamosque.ca. And, for Digital Doors Open, learn more about the mosque through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

251 Northwestern Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
www.ottawamosque.ca

Architecture

Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Ottawa Mission, The Doors Open Ottawa

Ottawa Mission, The

Since 1906, The Ottawa Mission has been serving the homeless, the hungry and the lost by providing food, clothing, shelter and skills. In 2019-20, The Ottawa Mission provided emergency shelter to an average of 197 men each night and served an average of 1,422 meals every day. As the oldest and most progressive homeless shelter in the community, The Ottawa Mission also provides health services, mental health and addiction treatment programs, hospice care, dental services, housing services, educational support, job training, spiritual care and clothing to thousands in need in the Ottawa community. In September 2020, The Ottawa Mission marked the one-millionth hour that the shelter has been in existence since its founding in 1906. In 2019, The Ottawa Mission became a housing-focused shelter – reflective of its commitment to a home for everyone as a human right – with the launch of a new housing department. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the site through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

35 Waller Street
Ottawa, Ontario
https://ottawamission.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Ottawa Paramedic Service Headquarters Doors Open Ottawa

Ottawa Paramedic Service Headquarters

Welcome to the Ottawa Paramedic Service. Opened in 2005, the 9,290-square-metre (100,000-square-foot) headquarters is a state-of-the-art facility that houses all paramedic operations, a vehicle depot and an administrative area supporting frontline service staff. It is the first city-owned building in Ottawa to receive LEED certification. All Ottawa Paramedic Service staff report for duty at the Don Reid Drive campus, which is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The service delivers medical treatment for life-threatening medical emergencies – including cardiac events, strokes, respiratory and traumatic injuries. The Ottawa Paramedic Service also offers first aid and CPR classes to the public, using the facility’s fully equipped training rooms. One interesting fact: a “building” can be found inside the building! To ensure that both paramedics and their equipment undergo proper decontamination and avoid potential cross-contamination, a 204-square-metre (2,200-square-foot) decontamination bay is located within the garage that has its own plumbing and negative pressure HVAC systems. For Digital Doors Open, learn more about this site through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2465 Don Reid Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/emergency-services/ottawa-paramedic-service

Architecture

Year built: 2005
Building type: Green building, Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Ottawa Wedding Chapel Doors Open Ottawa

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Ottawa Wedding Chapel

The Ottawa Wedding Chapel was built in 1907, serving its entire church life as a Baptist church. In fact, the full-immersion baptism tank still lies beneath the floor in the archway at the front of the sanctuary. The building features high tin ceilings and plenty of stunning stained glass – even the basement windows. The stained glass features the trinity in floral motif, but otherwise has no overt religious symbols, except for one window featuring a cross that had been replaced in the 1960s or 1970s. The chapel’s curved pews seat approximately 90 people, with room for up to 150. A major renovation was undertaken in 2012-13 that uncovered the wood flooring and brought all of the wood trim back to its original lustre. The ample back yard features flower gardens and a variety of photo-worthy backdrops. The chapel is mainly used for weddings, but it is also available for other rentals, hosting 40-50 events each year. Check out their website and take a virtual tour as part of Digital Doors Open.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

3249 York's Corners Road
Kenmore, Ontario
https://ottawaweddingchapel.org

Architecture

Year built: 1907
Building type: Commercial, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Parkview Crematorium Doors Open Waterloo Region

Parkview Crematorium

The death industry is changing and Parkview Crematorium in Waterloo is one of just a handful of crematoriums still owned and operated by municipalities in Ontario. In 2019, it seemed Parkview might also close amidst competition from private operators. But the community rose to save it from the ashes.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

335 University Avenue
Waterloo, Ontario
www.waterloo.ca/en/things-to-do/cemetery-locations.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1977

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Parkwood National Historic Site Doors Open Oshawa

Parkwood National Historic Site

Parkwood National Historic Site was home to R.S. McLaughlin and his family. The 55-room mansion is surrounded by a 4-hectare (12-acre) garden. Watch this video for an overall introduction to the site, or view a slideshow of the McLaughlin family enjoying the gardens. In the 1920s, H.B. and L.A. Dunington-Grubb, founders of Sheridan Gardens, created spectacular outdoor garden rooms – including the distinct Sunken Garden and Italian Garden, as well as the Pergola and Sundial Garden. In 1935-36, John Lyle created the Formal Garden, with its terrace, fountains and art deco-style pavilion. Below, Ken Shaw narrates Khaki at Parkwood: Whiskey, Espionage and the Maple Leaf – a dramatization of the McLaughlins and their wartime connection to Camp X, another Digital Doors Open Oshawa site. Note: Parkwood has now reopened for tours. Please visit their website for full details.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

270 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-433-4311
Email: info@parkwoodestate.com
www.parkwoodestate.com

Architecture

Year built: 1915
Architect: Darling and Pearson, H.B. and L.A. Dunington-Grubb, and John Lyle
Architectural style: Art deco, Art moderne, Beaux arts, Classical revival
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) Doors Open Brampton

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)

The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. The Peel County Courthouse, a designated heritage site, and the Peel Jail, now home to the museum, have important stories to tell. As part of Digital Doors Open, you can tour the jail in the video below. Additional video resources include a fascinating history of Peel's Black communities through the North Peel Community Church, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Peel Regional Archives, and a rare opportunity to explore one of artist Tom Thomson's sketchbooks from inside the art gallery vault.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

9 Wellington Street East
Brampton, Ontario
www.pama.peelregion.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1867
Building type: Attraction, Courthouse, Green building, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Peel Village - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

Peel Village - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

Peel Village was the first-ever master-planned community to include residential, commercial and industrial uses all in the same neighbourhood, and the first master-planned community in what was then known as Flowertown. The presence of golfing greens, mature trees and the Charles F. Watson Gardens makes you feel like you are entering a residential area within a conservation park. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Start at the Peel Village Golf Course on Hartford Trail
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives Doors Open Simcoe County

Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives

The building that now holds the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives was constructed in 1875 by Carl Beck. Its original function was a general company store for the workers in Beck’s nearby sawmills, and it carried everything from hardware to groceries. The Beck Company employees were paid partly in cash and partly in Beck tokens, which were only redeemable at this store and another similar one on Main Street, a method of payment that increased the company profits. At this museum, you will find Simcoe County's oldest car, a turn-of-the-century general store and other exhibits. This rectangular two-storey building still stands on its original site. Come and learn about the history of one of Ontario's oldest communities. While the museum is currently open, visitation is limited and visitors are encouraged to pre-book their visit through email or phone. For Digital Doors Open, however, explore the site through the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

13 Burke Street
Penetanguishene, Ontario
Telephone: 705-549-2150
Email: museum@penetanguishene.ca
www.penetanguishene.ca/en/Museum.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Building type: Commercial, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Simcoe County

People Under the Staircase (The Staircase Theatre) Doors Open Hamilton

People Under the Staircase (The Staircase Theatre)

The Staircase Theatre is an independent arts incubator under new management as People Under the Staircase. As Hamilton's premier alternative event space, it features live performance, music, video, games and theatre. The building is an adaptive reuse of a former power substation. Formerly known as the Dundurn Station, this 1914 beaux-arts-style building was decommissioned by Hamilton Hydro in 1996. The new venue was named after the cast iron spiral staircase on the interior. The classical detailing and fine craftsmanship of the former station reflects Hamilton’s importance as the Electric City of Canada in the early 20th century. To learn more about Hamilton's innovative electrical infrastructure and its early substations, check out the Power of Design exhibit. And, for Digital Doors Open, check out the video below to learn more.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

27 Dundurn Street North
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-529-3000
Email: info@staircasehamilton.com
https://peopleunderthestaircase.com

Architecture

Year built: 1914; renovated 1996
Architect: Unknown
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Pigott Building Doors Open Hamilton

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Pigott Building

Built in 1920 at the cost of $1 million, the iconic Pigott Building was Hamilton's first skyscraper. The structure employed a steel skeleton rather than load-bearing walls to achieve the height of 64 metres (210 feet) and 18 storeys. With a limestone veneer façade, its design is art deco/Gothic revival with historical features of pointed arch windows, decorative moldings and rib vaulting over the entrance. In the foyer and lobby are facing stained-glass windows set in medieval-style lancets that depict building technology and construction of the Pigott. In addition, there are decorative ceiling tiles and painted murals in the hall and marble on the floors, walls and surrounding the elevator doors. The tower prospered as an office building until the 1970s when it became vacant. After changing hands a number of times, it was slated for demolition. But heritage advocates called for its protection and preservation and the City of Hamilton designated it in 1984 under the Ontario Heritage Act. The stained-glass windows that had disappeared were found in an antique shop and retrieved by the Heritage Hamilton Foundation for $12,000. In the 1990s, the Piggott Building was converted into luxury condos. Coming soon: As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to learn more about the history of this site.

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  • Digital Doors Open

Contact info

36 James Street South
Hamilton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1929
Architect: Bernard Prack and Fred Prack
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Playhouse Cinema, The Doors Open Hamilton

Playhouse Cinema, The

The Playhouse Cinema is Hamilton's oldest existing cinema. Built in 1914 for the Sherman Avenue Theatre Company as a 700-seat vaudeville-era and motion picture theatre, this distinctive beaux-arts building was designed by Stewart & Witton. An important community space in Hamilton's north end, it served as a voting station during the 1946 Steel Workers Union strike that changed labour laws across Canada, and, in the 1960s, it showed Italian films and Hollywood films dubbed into Italian. Attendance declined in the 1980s and the theatre closed in 1990. In 2018, after years of neglect, The Playhouse Cinema reopened as an independent art-house cinema. Original architectural features – including the lavish interiors – have been beautifully restored, and a new neon sign recreates the long-lost original. Coming soon: For Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to learn more about this unique site.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Architect: Steward & Witton
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Porcupine Dante Club, The Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

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Porcupine Dante Club, The

The contribution of the Italian community to the development of Timmins-Porcupine, from the earliest days of the mining camps, is reflected in many of Timmins’ street names and local businesses that survive to this day. Italian immigration occurred in two waves, from 1900 until the First World War and then again from 1950 to 1970. The Porcupine Dante Club was established in 1952 by Tony Mascioli, Joe Pindilli, Pete Morandin, Silvio Torlone and Pete Cosco. Its mission is to promote and preserve the Italian language, culture and traditions in the Timmins area; the not-for-profit has more than 500 members. Built on Cedar Street in 1955, the hall was expanded in 1970 and again in 1972. The building, which hosts multiple events every year, boasts a ballroom, restaurant, club room, kitchens and bocce court!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

162 Cedar Street South
Timmins, Ontario
www.porcupinedanteclub.com

Architecture

Year built: 1955; renovated in 1970, 1992

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

President’s House Doors Open Guelph

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President’s House

Built in 1882 by local stone masons on the current site of Creelman Hall, this house was the University of Guelph president’s residence from 1928-2003. In 1912, the house was jacked up and moved across College Avenue to make way for Creelman Hall. Now used for entertaining, it contains an outstanding collection of furniture and Canadian art. Visit guelphartsevents.com to watch, listen and learn more about the President's House.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

100 College Avenue East
Guelph, Ontario
www.uoguelph.ca/campus/map/presidents

Architecture

Year built: 1882
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

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. During Digital Door Open, watch the video below to see how recycling works - from curbside collection to the sorting line to the finished bales of recycled materials that are then sold to companies for new uses.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

270 West Street
Quinte West, Ontario
http://quinterecycling.org

Architecture

Year built: 1990
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Quinte West

Regent Theatre Ontario Tech University Doors Open Oshawa

Regent Theatre Ontario Tech University

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 Ontario Tech University, as well as for community and cultural events. As part of Digital Doors Open, listen to an Oshawa Museum podcast below on this designated building’s fascinating history or take a virtual tour.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

44-52 King Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
http://regenttheatre.ca

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) Doors Open Waterloo Region

Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

Once upon a time, the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) consisted of two grass air strips. Today, it consistently ranks as one of the 20 busiest airports in Canada. YKF is unique in many ways and this behind-the-scenes exploration of its daily operation reveals a thriving aviation community that is passionate about safety and growth. Still enchanted by the magic of air travel, the dedicated staff are planning today to better serve Waterloo Region tomorrow. Find out how in the following episode of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

4881 Fountain Street North, #1
Breslau, Ontario
www.waterlooairport.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1929
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Research Casting International (RCI) Doors Open Quinte West

Research Casting International (RCI)

Research Casting International is one of the world’s largest providers of museum technical services – specializing in the fabrication of paleontology displays. Their services include specimen mounting and restoration, molding and casting, exhibit fabrication, and more. Check out some of their current projects in this year’s Digital Doors Open tour below. Explore their facility and watch as they work on the restoration of a brontosaurus, blue whale and mastodon!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

15 Dufferin Avenue
Trenton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-394-7051
Email: bmcinroy@rescast.com
www.rescast.com

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Quinte West

Richmond Loyal Orange Lodge Doors Open Ottawa

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Richmond Loyal Orange Lodge

The building that houses the Richmond Loyal Orange Lodge was constructed in the mid-19th century when commercial traffic on McBean Street was at its height and the village was bustling. George Brown, a former village reeve, operated a store here in the 1860s. In 1905, the building became the location of the first bank in the village, the Bank of Ottawa. To accommodate the bank’s vault, the right-hand door, which had provided access to the upper levels, was removed and a new entrance was placed on the north side of the building. In 1923, members of Loyal Orange Lodge (#151) purchased the building. Since then, the upper floors have been used for lodge meetings and social gatherings. For a few months in 1924, public school classes were held on the second floor because the school had been destroyed by fire. The upper floors continue to be the site of Lodge meetings and social gatherings, while the first floor has been used for a variety of purposes. At present, it is a tattoo parlour. Constructed by local stone mason James Scott, the building displays most of the general features of classical revival architecture, including a gable roof, quoins (or cornerstones), returned eaves and general symmetry. This stone building also has a full basement, and the exterior walls are 61 centimetres (two feet) thick. An ogee window, with its pointed arched top, is located in the central dormer. A wooden, octagonal cupola is centred on the roof – a common architectural detail of the time. As part of Digital Doors Open, enjoy this virtual tour and explore this unique site.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

3550 McBean Street
Richmond, Ontario
www.richmondheritage.ca/index.php/george-brownbankorange-lodge-building

Architecture

Architect: James Scott

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Rideau Hall (Official Residence of the Governor General of Canada) Doors Open Ottawa

Rideau Hall (Official Residence of the Governor General of Canada)

Rideau Hall has been the official residence of every governor general of Canada since 1867, and their workplace since 1940. It is a National Historic Site with nearly two centuries of history and has become an important gathering place and site of official activities. The villa, which forms the main part of Rideau Hall, was built in 1838 by Thomas MacKay as a home for his family. In 1868, the year following Confederation, the Government of Canada purchased the house and grounds and declared it the official residence of Canada’s governors general. During the mandate of Canada’s third governor general, Lord Dufferin (1872-78), the ballroom and the tent room were built as wings on either side of the front entrance. The tent room was originally designed as both an indoor tennis court and reception room. It is now used for official and ceremonial functions. In 1913, during the tenure of the Duke of Connaught (1911-16), work was completed on the interior entrance hall and the current front entrance. The front entrance features the massive Royal Arms, visible from the driveway and said to be among the largest in the world. Also in 1913, the long gallery was added and the dining room enlarged. Over the years, the grounds, the building and its interiors have evolved to better reflect and reinforce Rideau Hall’s identity as a national symbol. As part of Digital Doors Open, take part in their online interactive tour experience to learn more about Rideau Hall’s main attractions. The tours are offered free of charge, but registration is required. Visit their website for more information.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
www.gg.ca

Architecture

Architect: Thomas McKay
Building type: Government building, Historical landmark, Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Rising Moon Bellydance Doors Open London

Rising Moon Bellydance

Come and discover the history of bellydance – including the different styles, costumes and music that make it an ancient and beautiful art! During the Doors Open London weekend, there will be two virtual workshops (pre-registration required). Saturday’s workshop will feature an introduction to the history of bellydance in the Middle East and North America, complemented by performances of different styles. And Sunday’s workshop will focus on an introduction to bellydance. As part of Digital Doors Open, check out this video to learn more about the art of bellydance.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

190 Wortley Road, Unit LL5
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-495-4265
Email: luna@risingmoonbellydance.com
www.risingmoonbellydance.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

RiverBrink Art Museum Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

RiverBrink Art Museum

RiverBrink houses approximately 1,400 works of art – including paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures. Exhibitions, installed year-round, come from the collection of Samuel E. Weir, and from public and private loans. This building was, in fact, his homestead, purchased in 1943. An art library, decorative arts and impressive views of the Niagara River enhance the visitor experience. Visitors can enjoy three floors of exhibition space, a gift shop and the library's priceless collection of books on art, history and local and regional geography. The museum remains open, with restrictions in place. But, as part of Digital Doors Open, you can learn more about this intriguing site through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

116 Queenston Street
Queenston, Ontario
www.riverbrink.org

Architecture

Year built: 1950s
Architect: Arthur E. Nutter
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Rizzardo Health & Wellness Centre Doors Open Innisfil

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Rizzardo Health & Wellness Centre

The Rizzardo Health & Wellness Centre is an innovative health and wellness hub that is transforming how health care is delivered. The purpose of the Centre is to encourage health and wellness, connect with the community, foster a connection to nature, provide safe, accessible and comfortable social spaces, and support environmental responsibility. In this space, health-care providers and services are brought together to provide an integrated and optimized health-care system for the community. Services include family medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, physiotherapy, radiology, pharmacy, health and wellness programs, and more. (Check out the video below, as part of Digital Doors Open, to learn more about the Centre.) It is also home to the Horodynsky Community Kitchen and the Stewart and Betty Fisher Family Community Room. These multipurpose community spaces support the programs offered through the Centre, and are available to community members for business and social rentals. To learn more about the health-care services or virtual health and wellness programs available, visit their website. Or download this Healthy Habits Tracker and children’s activities – with colouring pages, games and more!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

7325 Yonge Street
Innisfil, Ontario
https://yourhealthinnisfil.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2019
Architect: Lett Architects
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Green building, Health-care facility
Landscape: Garden, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Innisfil

Royal Botanical Gardens Doors Open Burlington

Royal Botanical Gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature. Recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, RBG plays a vital role in this region, protecting and preserving 1,100 hectares (2,700 acres) of environmentally sensitive areas (including nature sanctuaries, cultivated gardens and an arboretum), to improve the ecosystem from Lake Ontario to the Niagara Escarpment. Through displays, research, tours, demonstrations, trails and conservation activities, the RBG teaches us all about the importance of plants and nature, and how best to become environmental stewards in our own communities. Download a map before you visit, and watch this video to learn about their COVID-19 protocols. The robust RBG at Home program offers videos and activities for all ages. There are lots of activities for families, teachersand life-long learners. Check out the variety of educational virtual events, too. For Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to go behind the scenes of RBG with volunteer archivist and author, Marie Minaker. Learn about when the archives were created and see some of the rare items in RBG's archival collection!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

680 Plains Road West
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-527-1158
www.rbg.ca

Architecture

Landscape: Garden, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Burlington

Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, The Doors Open London

Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, The

Located in the Wolseley Barracks, The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum tells the story of Canada’s senior infantry regiment. The museum’s vast collection includes a large variety of artifacts: regimental memorials, silverware, uniforms, medals, original art, weapons, military equipment, archives, musical instruments, etc. An expanded permanent gallery and a gift shop are high-profile attractions. During the Doors Open London weekend, enjoy this video of the 2013 reopening of the museum. There will also be two pre-booked Zoom events (with sign-up required via Eventbrite): a North West Field Force (1885) gallery tour with the gallery's curator on Saturday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m.; and, a First World War Gallery Tour with the museum's public programmer on Sunday September 19 at 5:30p.m. For Digital Doors Open, you can also check out the video below to learn more about this fascinating museum, explore their extensive Digital Education resources, delve into their searchable online collections (including their unique Stories from the Collection series), explore virtual exhibits and subscribe to their informative podcast.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

701 Oxford Street East
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-660-5275, ext. 5015
Email: info@thercrmuseum.ca
www.thercrmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1886-88
Architect: Henry James
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Royal Ontario Museum Doors Open Toronto

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Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is an iconic site in the heart of Toronto. With 13 million artworks, cultural objects and natural history specimens in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces, the ROM showcases pieces from around the world and across the ages. The museum has now reopened (see their Visitor Policies for new guidelines or download a map in your preferred language), with exciting exhibitions currently open – Egyptian Mummies: Ancient Lives. New Discoveries, Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic and The Cloth that Changed the World: India's Painted and Printed Cottons. The ROM also continues to offer an extensive ROM@Home series of videos and activities to keep you and your families engaged – like Teaching Indigenous Knowledge, Leeches and Evolution, Stone Tools from the Paleolithic, Fashion Research and the ROM Library, or making your own dinosaur eggs. The museum also features a roster of free Zoom talks with experts on diverse subjects.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • French services available
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Washrooms

Contact info

100 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario
www.rom.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: Founded in 1914
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Saint Joseph's Indian Residential School Memorial Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Saint Joseph's Indian Residential School Memorial

Surrounded by gardens, a large granite memorial stone sits atop a medicine wheel. The affixed plaque shares the message of the Saint Joseph’s Indian Residential School, once located alongside this site. Unveiled on June 5, 2019 (in partnership with and Nishnawbe Aski Nation and the City of Thunder Bay Aboriginal Liaison Office, with representatives of Fort William First Nation, the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board), this memorial serves to honour the survivors and to remember the children who didn’t go home. It is also a means to educate the community about residential schools. During the unveiling ceremony, educator and Order of Ontario appointee Dolores Wawia – a former Saint Joseph's student – shared her experiences while at the residential school. Residential schools operated for over 150 years throughout Canada. By removing children from the influence of their own culture, this means of assimilation by the Canadian government and churches has left behind a legacy of damage that is still felt today. Listen to Senator Murray Sinclair as he discusses the Residential School system and Reconciliation.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

Arthur Street near Franklin Street
Thunder Bay , Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 2019
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Saint Matthew and Great Martyr Hristina Church Doors Open Ottawa

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Saint Matthew and Great Martyr Hristina Church

Saint Apostle and Evangelist Matthew Parish was founded in 1981, with the blessing of His Eminence Victorin, Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox Missionary Archdiocese in America and Canada. In April 2010, a piece of land was purchased with the intention of building a new church. The foundation stone was consecrated on June 7, 2015 by His Grace Bishop Ioan Casian, the Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Canada, surrounded by priests and orthodox faithful. Construction began in May 2016 and was completed two years later. It was the first Romanian Orthodox place of worship built in Ottawa after many years of devotion and effort, and it officially opened its doors on May 12, 2018 with a vespers service. In July 2019, the church was adorned with iconostasis and strana carved from dry oak, work executed by the company of Ciprian Stoica from Bacau, Romania. The iconostasis of the church was painted by the painter Liviu Răsteanu from Piatra-Neamț. Holy services have been held by the Very Reverend Father Grigorie Țăpuc since October 2005. Every Sunday, the service is accompanied by the Incognito Choir, a choir that performs exclusively a cappella. As part of Digital Doors Open, visit this church through this virtual tour and learn more about its architecture.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

19 Cordova Street
Nepean, Ontario
https://sfmatei.ca/en

Architecture

Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Sandalwood West - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

Sandalwood West - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

The large, residential community of Sandalwood is located near the northern border of the City of Brampton. This community is home to a healthy mix of land uses and spaces. Trails and parks cut through the neighbourhood, allowing for strong connectivity between various areas. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Start at the Springdale Library, 10705 Bramalea Road
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Scotsdale Farm Doors Open Halton Hills

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Scotsdale Farm

At Scotsdale Farm, you'll have lots of room to hike, enjoy a relaxing picnic, or just get away from it all. A working farm, Scotsdale presents visitors with 215 hectares (531 acres) of pastoral countryside. Superb hiking trails run through the farm's rolling hills and woodlands. The Bruce Trail and the Bennett Heritage Trail cross the property, offering hikers hours of scenic enjoyment in this Niagara Escarpment park. (The special natural heritage features of the Niagara Escarpment prompted the United Nations to designate the escarpment a World Biosphere Reserve.) Scotsdale Farm was bequeathed to the Ontario Heritage Trust by Stewart and Violet (Letty) Bennett in 1982. Bennett had developed Scotsdale into an internationally renowned breeding farm for his Arabian horses and shorthorn beef cattle. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore this magnificent property through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

Trafalgar Road North
Halton Hills, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/scotsdale-farm

Architecture

Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Halton Hills