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Kawartha Lakes

Event information

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

For 2019, Doors Open Kawartha Lakes features a selection of places that have been instrumental in helping citizens communicate with each other – ranging from a local printing shop and radio station to locks and railway telegraph poles. Visitors will also have the opportunity at some sites to try their hand at some interactive activities with a distinct communications theme!

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Community information

Surrounded by placid lakes and fertile farmland, Kawartha Lakes is home to Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon, Omemee and other picturesque towns, villages and hamlets. Each of these "communities within a community" offers a unique selection of shops, restaurants, museums and art studios – not to mention an amazing trail system that attracts thousands each year.

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To inquire about volunteering for Doors Open Kawartha Lakes, please contact:

Email: kawarthaheritagenetwork@gmail.com
Telephone: 705-324-3404

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Contact info

14 sites found

91.9 BOB FM Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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91.9 BOB FM

Radio broadcasting in Lindsay dates back to 1955 when the CBC Board of Governors approved the application of Greg-May Broadcasting Ltd. to operate a new radio station. Originally called CKLY, the station was purchased in 2001 by CHUM Ltd. Since 2005, it has been known as 91.9 BOB FM. Come and tour the station and learn more about radio broadcasting.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

249 Kent Street West
Lindsay, Ontario
Telephone: 705-324-9103
www.iheartradio.ca/91-9-bob-fm

Architecture

Architectural style: Queen Anne revival
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Alex Paton's Telegraphy School at the Academy Theatre Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Alex Paton's Telegraphy School at the Academy Theatre

In 1906, retired railroader Alex Paton (d. 1947) began a school of telegraphy on the second floor of what is now the Academy Theatre. During Doors Open, members of the Maple Leaf Chapter of the Morse Telegraph Club will recreate the spirit of this school with demonstrations in the Academy's second-floor Guild Room. Stop by and send a souvenir telegram!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Communication

Contact info

2 Lindsay Street South
Lindsay, Ontario
Telephone: 705-324-9111
Email: helen@academytheatre.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1892
Architect: W. Blackwell
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Theatre

Dates/hours open

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

Blewett Printing Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Blewett Printing

Blewett Printing opened in 1935 when J.E. Blewett converted a building on Victoria Avenue into a print shop. Hugh Carter purchased the business in 1959 and, in 1979, moved it to a new location. Carter’s son Rick purchased the business in 1984 and moved it to its current location in 2003 – a modern facility that allows for future growth.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

44 Colborne Street East
Lindsay, Ontario
Telephone: 705-324-4931
Email: print@blewettprinting.ca
www.blewettprinting.ca

Architecture

Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Fenelon Falls Generating Station Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Fenelon Falls Generating Station

For over a century, Canadians have relied on the forces of electricity to power the tools with which they communicate. Rebuilt in 1997, the Fenelon Falls Generating Station – a 2.6 megawatt hydroelectric station – supplies electricity to approximately 2,000 homes in the City of Kawartha Lakes (depending on the time of the year). During Doors Open, interior tours are scheduled.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet by the stairs on the east side of Lindsay Street, adjacent to the falls
Fenelon Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 705-743-1500, ext. 25
Email: slanders@owa.ca
www.shamanpower.com/projects

Architecture

Year built: 1997
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Kinmount Railway Station and Museum Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Kinmount Railway Station and Museum

This railway station, built to serve the Victoria Railway that ran between Lindsay and Haliburton, was rebuilt in 1901 for the Grand Trunk Railway. It now houses the Kinmount Model Railway, which depicts the heyday of the Kinmount-Haliburton line. The Icelandic Memorial, a symbol of the tribulations of Ontario’s first Icelandic settlement that helped construct the Victoria Railway, stands outside.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

5 Station Road
Kinmount, Ontario
www.kinmount.ca/Kinmount_Railway_Station.php

Architecture

Year built: 1901
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum, Transportation

Dates/hours open

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

Lindsay Daily Post Building Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Lock 32 Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Lock 32

Before wireless communications came into vogue, waterways were the communication channels for Ontario's pioneers. Built over 160 years ago, Lock 32 has been instrumental in the movement of people and goods along the Trent-Severn Waterway since the latter's inception in the 1830s. Come and enjoy a stroll along the water that was once traversed by logging steamers and pleasure craft.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

1 Main Street
Bobcaygeon, Ontario
Telephone: 705-738-2391
www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/visit/posteeclusage-lockstation/ecluse-lock-32-bobcaygeon

Architecture

Building type: Historical landmark, Transportation
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

Lock 34 Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Lock 34

Waterways were the communications channels for Ontario’s pioneers – long before wireless communications or even the advent of the railways. Lock 34 was built in 1963, succeeding two older locks dating to 1885. At 11 metres (35 feet) wide and 43 metres (142 feet) long, Lock 34 is one of the busiest locks on the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Communication

Contact info

Meet at 10B Water Street in front of the Lock Station
Fenelon Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 705-887-3001
www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/visit/posteeclusage-lockstation/ecluse-lock-34-fenelonfalls

Architecture

Year built: 1963
Building type: Historical landmark, Transportation
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

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

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Manilla Church Guest House and B&B

Originally a Bible Christian Church, this charming place of worship has been lovingly renovated into an inviting bed and breakfast. The Manilla Church recalls a time when small churches played an important role in rural communications – with births, marriages, deaths and various social functions all being announced from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. Light refreshments will be available for sale.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 8, 2019
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Manilla Library Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Manilla Library

The written word has been the heartbeat of communication for centuries. Built in 1887, this frame building became a Mechanic's Institute in 1893, from which the Manilla Library emerged. Since then, the library has offered library and community services to Manilla and the surrounding area. Now restored, it is operating as a community hub once again.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

17025 Simcoe Street
Manilla, Ontario
www.facebook.com/manillapubliclibrary

Architecture

Year built: 1887
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

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

Maryboro Lodge - The Fenelon Museum Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Maryboro Lodge - The Fenelon Museum

This spacious structure, built in 1837 by James Wallis, later became a boarding facility for ministers, teachers and families passing through the area. Since 1963, it has functioned as a museum. During Doors Open 2019, it will play host to several interactive activities with a communications theme – including making tin-can telephones, composing cross-written letters and writing in invisible ink!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

50 Oak Street
Fenelon Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 705-887-1044
www.maryboro.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1837
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

North Valentia Schoolhouse Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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North Valentia Schoolhouse

For generations, the one-room schoolhouse was instrumental in nurturing the communication skills of Ontario's students – with reading, writing and public speaking among their daily round of activities. Today, the North Valentia Schoolhouse is a vacation rental, complete with a stunning frame addition. During Doors Open, schoolhouse artifacts will be displayed at this charming example of a classic Ontario institution.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Communication

Contact info

275 Valentia Road
Little Britain, Ontario
Telephone: 416-452-8534
https://north-valentia-school-house.business.site

Architecture

Year built: 1897
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Commercial, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

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

Rotary Trail Telegraph Poles Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Rotary Trail Telegraph Poles

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

Tell us your story about this site

  • Self-guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

Enter the trail at 29 King Street
Lindsay, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1904
Landscape: Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

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