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Whitchurch-Stouffville

Event information

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Welcome to the 14th annual Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville!

Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville will be contributing to the celebration of the provincewide theme of "Toward a fair and equitable society" by showcasing 12 outstanding sites in our community.

Each site is of architectural, historical and/or cultural interest and will offer a unique experience for the whole family.

Admission is FREE for visitors at all participating sites. 

Bonus!

Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville is also offering three walking tours! Be sure to check this website and/or the Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville event brochure for details and start times. By the end of May, you can download your brochure from our website or you can pick one up on June 2 at any of the participating sites.

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Community information

Whitchurch-Stouffville is growing rapidly. In fact, we are the second-fastest-growing community in Ontario – and the third-fastest in Canada. That alone is one of our most important strengths.

At the end of 2015, the population was estimated to be 45,335 – an 89.5 per cent increase in population since 2006. The median age is 40 years (two years lower than the Ontario average), and the population growth rate between now and 2020 is projected to be 38.3 per cent – while Ontario’s growth rate is estimated to be 5.7 per cent. The 2020 projected population of Whitchurch-Stouffville is 70,467.

We also have a diverse local economy. Our strengths include knowledge-based industries, manufacturing, building and construction as well as agriculture and tourism. We have a workforce of over 26,000 people.

Whitchurch-Stouffville is becoming more urbanized, while retaining its rural roots – offering the best of both worlds. Owing to the area’s natural beauty and recreational assets, the town has strong existing tourism attractions – including the York Region Forests, the Oak Ridges Moraine, Treetop Trekking at Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area, the Lebovic Centre for the Arts and Entertainment – 19 on the Park, the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre and three local wineries.

Being close to other major urban areas is a huge asset for us. Major transportation and communication routes run through our town, directly connecting us to areas within York Region, the Greater Toronto Area and international destinations. Most of our town is located within the Greenbelt, which includes the Oak Ridges Moraine. While Whitchurch-Stouffville is known for its beautiful setting, industry-based activities – such as agriculture and aggregate extraction – help to drive our economy forward.

There is something for everyone in Whitchurch-Stouffville – country life, city life and everything in between – not only for our residents, but also for our businesses and visitors.

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Become a volunteer

When you volunteer for Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville, you have an opportunity to get together for friendship and fun as you share in meaningful, worthwhile activities that promote and enhance the heritage of this vibrant community. Volunteers will be stationed at various sites and will assist with a variety of duties.

For more information or to obtain your volunteer application, visit our website or send us an email at wsmuseum@townofws.ca.

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Contact info

Telephone: 905-727-8954 or 1-888-290-0337
Email: wsmuseum@townofws.ca
Website: www.townofws.ca/museum

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16 sites found

Altona Mennonite Meeting House Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Altona Mennonite Meeting House

Built by pioneers who emigrated from Pennsylvania, this 1852 brick meeting house has never been renovated. It contains original unpainted pine pews and floor. The cemetery is the burial place of the founder of Stouffville, Abraham Stouffer, and his family. Located just outside the municipal boundaries of Whitchurch-Stouffville in Altona, this site represents the rural Mennonite roots of the community.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

5475 Sideline 30 (at Sideline 30 and the Uxbridge-Pickering Townline)
Stouffville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1854
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre

Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre

This innovative LEED platinum-certified building creates more energy than it uses. Functioning as the hub for York Region Forestry’s educational programming, this centre was built using local and recycled materials. Guided and self-guided tours of the facility are available. Nature-themed arts and crafts will be offered for families and youth, including building a small bird feeder to take home.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

16389 Highway 48
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 877-464-9675
www.york.ca/yrf

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Architect: DIOLOG
Building type: Green building
Landscape: Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided forest walks at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m; building tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

bizZone inc. (site of the original Gormley General Store) Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

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bizZone inc. (site of the original Gormley General Store)

Purchased by James Gormley in 1865, this site was home to the Gormley General Store (destroyed by fire in 1935). The building seen today was constructed on the foundation of the original and served as a general store and post office. It is now home to bizZone inc., an innovative web technology company. Learn the fascinating story of this site.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2243 Stouffville Road
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-927-0015
www.bizZone.com

Architecture

Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canadian Mar Thoma Church, Toronto Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

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Canadian Mar Thoma Church, Toronto

The Canadian Mar Thoma Church, Toronto celebrates its roots in Kerala, India. Built in 2017, this 2,137-square-metre (23,000-square-foot) building contains a beautiful 750-seat sanctuary, seniors’ recreational room, youth room and spectacular chandeliers. Take a guided tour to learn the historical significance of the site, the community background and more. Refreshments will be available.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

159 Sandiford Drive
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 416-820-8075
www.marthoma.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2017
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Forever Thyme Sanctuary Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Forever Thyme Sanctuary

Forever Thyme provides a safe, peaceful home for retired horses. Visit the horses and tour the farm. Our horses' favourite snacks and refreshments are available by donation. Colour at the craft table or participate in the Lead Change Initiative program (equine assisted learning program) at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. (waiver required, children 8+, closed-toe shoes required).

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

14787 Warden Avenue
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-717-2562
www.foreverthyme.com

Architecture

Year built: 2013
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historical Self-Guided Walking Tour - Jean-Baptiste Lainé, Mantle Site Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Historical Self-Guided Walking Tour - Jean-Baptiste Lainé, Mantle Site

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

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

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

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Holy Theotokos Convent - Joyous Light Candles

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment - Nineteen on the Park

Originally designed as a market and concert hall, this building has been used for many purposes over the years. During Doors Open, see films featuring strong women on our new screen and IMAX-quality speaker system. The films will run continuously between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Film titles and more information to be announced at the end of April.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

19 Civic Avenue
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-640-2322
www.19onthepark.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1896
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Offices of Jane Philpott, Member of Parliament Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

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Offices of Jane Philpott, Member of Parliament

This designated heritage home, built in 1885 for the village veterinarian, currently houses the offices of Jane Philpott, Member of Parliament. It features the original dining room pocket doors, large crafted wood baseboards and plaster crown moulding. Staff will welcome you to the site. Light refreshments will be available. Only the main floor will be available during Doors Open.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

6060 Main Street
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-640-1125
www.janephilpottmp.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1885

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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Ontario SPCA Provincial Education and Animal Centre
Come and learn more about the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA). Adoption staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding donations, adoptions and the functions of the OSPCA. Fill out a "Meet your Match" survey, followed by a meet-and-greet with animals currently up for adoption.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richardson Masonic Lodge Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Richardson Masonic Lodge

Occupying a 1955 building, this lodge continues to play an active role in Stouffville. Take a guided tour of the building and Masonic lodge room, and learn about the sundial and the organization’s history. Light refreshments will be available. Participate in the MasoniCh.I.P. (child identification) program. Parents will receive a digital information CD compatible with the AMBER Alert system.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

279 Second Street
Stouffville, Ontario
www.richardsonlodge.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1955; founded in 1860

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Live Steamers Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Richmond Hill Live Steamers

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: 1977
Building type: Attraction, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walking Tour: Modern-day “Canary in a Coal Mine” Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

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Walking Tour: Modern-day “Canary in a Coal Mine”

Have you heard the saying “a canary in a coal mine?” Today, amphibians are early warning systems that indicate the health of our environment. Join us, in celebration of Rouge Days, and learn how frogs and toads serve as “indicator species.” Pre-registration is required (call 905-727-8954). All ages welcome. Meet at the Vandorf Park parking lot.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access

Contact info

Meet at 14732 Woodbine Avenue
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-8954
Email: wsmuseum@townfows.ca
www.townofws.ca/museum

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m; walks begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and are approximately one hour

Walking Tour: Outstanding Women of Stouffville Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

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Walking Tour: Outstanding Women of Stouffville

Join award-winning historian Fred Robbins in celebration of this year’s Doors Open provincewide theme of “toward a fair and just society.” Learn more about the unique history of Whitchurch-Stouffville and the contributions made by women. Pre-registration preferred as space is limited (call 905-727-8954). Tour begins outside Summitview Public School (approximately 1 hour). Difficulty level: Medium (some slight slopes).

Tell us your story about this site

  • Guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

Meet outside Summitview Public School, 6551 Main Street
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-8954
Email: wsmuseum@townofws.ca
www.townofws.ca/museum

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: tour begins at 10 a.m. sharp; please arrive early

Whitchurch-Stouffville Leisure Centre Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

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Whitchurch-Stouffville Leisure Centre

Built in 2001, the Whitchurch-Stouffville Leisure Centre has just undergone a 3,900-square-metre (42,000-square-foot) expansion. Join us for the official ribbon-cutting ceremonies during Doors Open and visit the newly expanded library, fitness centre, gymnasium and the relocated Latcham Gallery. Tours will be available throughout the day.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2 Park Drive
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-642-7529
www.townofws.ca/en/recreation/leisure-centre.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 2001

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 1 to 4 p.m. only

Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum and Community Centre Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum and Community Centre

Stop by the museum for the opening day of the new Made in Canada exhibit. See various artifacts – from the collection and on loan from the community – and learn about the military stories they tell. Interpretation of the historical houses will focus on the contributions of women over time. Enjoy craft activities for children in the main hall.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

14732 Woodbine Avenue
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 888-290-0337
Email: wsmuseum@townofws.ca
www.townofws.ca/museum

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (museum and community centre); Noon to 4 p.m. (heritage buildings)