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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!

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  • 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

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

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'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 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 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.

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  • 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

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

Contact info

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

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

Contact info

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

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

Contact info

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

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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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

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)

Contact info

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

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

Contact info

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

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

Green and Fall Colour Self-Guided Tour Doors Open Brampton

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Green and Fall Colour Self-Guided Tour

Brampton is home to many forested trails and destinations. As part of your Doors Open experience, go for a hike or a drive by following this self-guided tour to see the extraordinary beauty of Canada’s autumnal landscapes. Witness the leaves change up close by visiting one of Brampton’s recreational trails and destinations – including the Etobicoke Creek Recreational Trail, Chinguacousy Recreational Trail, White Spruce Park, Eldorado Park and Heart Lake Conservation Area. These pedestrian and cycling trails are a tranquil and scenic feature of this city. While outside, bring along the Nature Rubbings Activity and discover all the treasures that nature has to offer.

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

Contact info

Start at Loafers Lake Park
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

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

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!

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  • 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

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.

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  • 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

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)

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  • 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

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

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

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

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.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

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

Contact info

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

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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 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

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!

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  • 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

Self-Guided Walking Tours Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Self-Guided Walking Tours

Set out on your own self-guided adventure – following safe social distancing practices –and explore the streets of Thunder Bay through one of these historical walking tours. Or you can take the tours digitally by exploring the PDF links below. These tours highlight Thunder Bay's rich heritage and architecture, while enabling you to enjoy a scenic walk through the city. A total of 117 sites are featured on five different tours located in different parts of the city. Each tour can be completed in approximately one hour. Note: Many sites on these tours are private residences, so we ask that you please respect private property and view all homes from the sidewalk only. Tours include Thunder Bay North Core Waterfront, Waverley Park Neighbourhood, McVicar Creek Harrington Neighbourhood, Thunder Bay South Core and Vickers Park Neighbourhood.

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

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

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

Seymour Driving Tour Doors Open Trent Hills

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Seymour Driving Tour

In the 1850s, Seymour Township became the home of Scottish stone masons and other Scottish settlers. Limestone was a common local building material. These settlers replicated the homes they had left in Scotland and created a legacy of new stone homes in Seymour Township. Take this driving tour around the township and see some of these remarkable structures for yourself – from stone cottages to two-storey homesteads.

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

Contact info

Start at 1147 County Road 8
Seymour, 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

Simcoe County Museum Doors Open Simcoe County

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Simcoe County Museum

The Simcoe County Museum offers a wide variety of events, exhibits and programs for all ages throughout the year. Visitors can discover Simcoe County's history through hands-on exploration and interactive displays. In September 2018, the County conducted a controlled burn of 30 hectares (74 acres) of land adjacent to the museum and began the largest planting operation in decades in order to restore the Museum Tract as a healthy ecosystem and important wildlife habitat. They have since planted seven native species of trees, including the jack pine, which will account for over two-thirds of all the new trees to be planted on the tract. To learn about forestry in Simcoe County, watch this video. Or, to learn more about the heritage buildings at the museum, check out the video below. Also, as part of Digital Doors Open, explore their Museum From Home, which includes a collection of online exhibits, Virtual Fall Fair, kids’ activities (including downloadable colouring pages), recipes, a scavenger hunt, and much more!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

1151 Highway 26
Minesing, Ontario
https://museum.simcoe.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1962
Building type: Attraction, Museum

Dates/hours open

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

TAP Centre for Creativity, The Doors Open London

TAP Centre for Creativity, The

The TAP Centre (formerly The Arts Project) is London's creative hub with support for the artistic community through opportunities to create, experiment, network and share their work. For Digital Doors Open, take a behind-the-scenes look at the early work of London artist Greg Curnoe, led by Brian Lambert, the McIntosh Gallery’s Collection Manager. Lambert will share a sneak-peek of this collection of early Curnoe works from the 1950s and early 1960s. This collection includes many works on paper from influential Canadian artists’ studies at OCAD University and Bealart, and collectively provides a valuable record of Curnoe’s influences and artistic development. In addition, the TAP Centre also has an online gallery and special online exhibits (including animations, paintings, art installations and photography).

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

Contact info

203 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-642-2767
www.tapcreativity.org

Architecture

Year built: 1865
Architectural style: Victorian

Dates/hours open

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

Tommy Thompson Park (Leslie Street Spit) Doors Open Toronto

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Tommy Thompson Park (Leslie Street Spit)

Tommy Thompson Park, just minutes away from downtown Toronto, is a unique urban wilderness that offers some of the best bird watching in the city – with more than 300 species. The Leslie Street Spit – the land on which this park now stands – was entirely manmade, composed of landfill, concrete, bricks and rebar. Today, this 250-hectare park (617 acres) is operated by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. It has become an oasis for walkers and cyclists, and remains the habitat of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. As part of Digital Doors Open, download their birder’s checklist, read their research reports on breeding birds, explore the site through the video below, and watch the acclaimed documentary (from CBC’s The Nature of Things, 44:18).

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

Contact info

1 Leslie Street
Toronto, Ontario
https://tommythompsonpark.ca/

Architecture

Year built: Begun in 1959
Landscape: Conservation area, Landscape, Natural heritage, Park

Dates/hours open

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

Toronto Railway Museum Doors Open Toronto

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Toronto Railway Museum

The Toronto Railway Museum, located in the heart of the historical John Street Roundhouse, is a National Historic Site. The Roundhouse was constructed in 1929 by the Canadian Pacific Railway to house and repair its large fleet of passenger locomotives travelling through Union Station. It was an active industrial building – in use 24 hours a day, seven days a week – where steam locomotives were serviced around the clock. In its prime, the John Street locomotive facilities contained 43 structures and several miles of track and covered nearly 6.5 hectares (16 acres). Rail activity at the Roundhouse began to dwindle in 1960s when diesel locomotives began to replace steam, and it eventually closed in 1986. The western portion of the park closest to the Roundhouse features the original, fully restored and operational 37-metre (120-foot) long locomotive turntable. Immediately north of this is a carefully chosen collection of full-sized railway equipment, which now makes up part of the Toronto Railway Museum’s collection. The museum tells the stories of Toronto’s railways through static and interactive exhibits inside Stall 17, as well as by leading guided tours through the rolling stock and rail buildings in the collection (visit the website for details on in-person tours when it is once again safe to do so). For Digital Doors Open, explore this fascinating museum through its many online activities (puzzles, scavenger hunt, colouring pages and an audio guide), or learn more about the history of the site and of our railway heritage through their extensive YouTube collection.

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

Contact info

255 Bremner Blvd., Stall 17
Toronto, Ontario
https://torontorailwaymuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1929-31
Architect: Anglin-Norcross
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum, Transportation
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

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

Toronto Zoo Doors Open Toronto

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Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo – Canada’s largest zoo, at 287 hectares (709 acres), with over 5,000 animals – has a mission to connect people, animals and conservation science to fight extinction. And that mission has never been more important. While the site was closed due to COVID-19, the Zoo quickly enhanced its online engagement to remain connected with the public. Social media and online storytelling grew significantly, with animal photos and videos keeping everyone connected to their favourite animals. Now safely reopened (see the video below for more information), the Zoo has implemented strict new guidelines – including designated one-way routes, hand-sanitizing stations, mandatory face coverings in most areas, and mandatory advanced ticketing with pre-booked time slots required. Should you visit, check out the new Scenic Safari Drive Thru, Camping at the Zoo, the Wild Encounters behind-the-scenes program, and the return of the successful Terra Lumina: An Enchanted Night Walk. But you can also still enjoy a rich digital experience at the Zoo, including lots of home activities, a new downloadable map, educator resources, Wild for Life podcasts and much more! Don’t forget to join them on Facebook Live at 1 p.m. daily when one of the zoo’s expert keepers will introduce you to one of the animals. Check the website for full details.

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

Contact info

2000 Meadowvale Road
Toronto, Ontario
www.torontozoo.com

Architecture

Year built: Opened in 1974
Building type: Attraction
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

Warkworth Walking Tour Doors Open Trent Hills

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Warkworth Walking Tour

Warkworth is a parcel of land originally purchased from the Mississauga First Nation in 1774 to provide land for United Empire Loyalist settlers. Surrounded by rich farmland and rolling hills, Warkworth’s location attracts the surrounding communities as well as a large tourist trade. A thriving arts community, heritage homes, friendly shopkeepers and its array of activities have made Warkworth a worthwhile destination. Take this walking tour and discover the town for yourself – from Italianate and Queen Anne to arts and crafts to classical revival, there is something for every architecture enthusiast.

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

Contact info

Start at 35 Church Street
Warkworth, 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

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre Doors Open Simcoe County

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Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

The Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre in Tay, Ontario offers 1,214 hectares (3,000 acres) of national wildlife area and provincially significant wetlands. Its mission is to be a centre of excellence for wetlands research, interpretation and education based on the principle of stewardship and the importance of environmental awareness. Open 362 days a year, visitors of all ages and abilities are encouraged to discover raptors and reptiles, explore hiking, cross country ski and snowshoe on its trails, experience canoeing and kayaking through the marsh channels, and visit the observation tower, floating boardwalks, waterfowl monitoring platform, wildflower gardens, the bee house and so much more! But Wye Marsh is more than a tourist attraction. More than 6,000 students take part in educational programs every year, and the stewardship program initiatives include monitoring of wildlife populations and habitat conservation. As part of Digital Doors Open, check out their “at home activities” – including nature journaling, how to build a bee hotel, making sweet bannock, playing games, making masks, and much more. The Wye Marsh is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. but you are encouraged to check their website before visiting as some programming is not available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Environment
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

16160 Highway 12 East
Midland, Ontario
Telephone: 705-526-7809
Email: info@wyemarsh.com
www.wyemarsh.com

Architecture

Year built: 1969
Landscape: Conservation area, Landscape, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

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