Doors Open Ontario

Events Sites

Filter sites by: (add a filter)

Selected Filters

Available filters

Index
Events
Keywords
Geographic location

Building type
Architectural style
Landscape
Site services
Date
Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor
Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor

Oshawa

Event information

Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Explore some traditional Doors Open Oshawa sites without having to leave home. The following sites offer tours, videos and activities that will engage people of all ages.

Close

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

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.”

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

Lakeview Park Doors Open Oshawa

New

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. View the 100th anniversary activities or 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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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 – Thursday December 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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 the online exhibit on the History of the Oshawa Public Library. 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 also regularly hosts programs on local history topics. Most recently, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Lakeview Park, the library has showcased the Oshawa in the Roaring Twenties video shown below. Note: While the library has reopened to the public, the Local History Room remains closed. (Check their website for COVID-related protocols before visiting.)

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

New

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

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

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

Simcoe Street United Church Doors Open Oshawa

Simcoe Street United Church

Built in 1867, in the Gothic revival style, Simcoe Street United Church is Oshawa's oldest church. Lancet-arched openings and a polygonal spire with pinnacles and dormers embellish the exterior. A pressed-tin ceiling, 11-metre (36-feet) high ornamental timber arches and a Casavant organ dominate the interior. Watch a quick introduction to this heritage-designated building with history buff Robert Bell. And check out the video below for some of the ghost stories that this building has to tell. In 2020, the church was turned over to the Back Door Mission for the Relief of Poverty, in partnership with Mission United, so that those who have been impacted by COVID-19 could be helped. 1919 was another horrible year for the congregation (which was established 1817 – Oshawa’s oldest), who were mourning the losses of the First World War, the Spanish Flu and then a major fire. One hundred years later, repairs are again urgently needed due to the passage of time. Visit the website for updates on the repairs as well as information about online church services.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

66 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
www.ssuc.ca

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area Doors Open Oshawa

Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area

Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area began delivering courses in 1974 at various facilities in the Oshawa community. In 2010, a standalone campus opened its doors at the site of the former St. Michael’s Catholic Elementary School. An extensive renovation was undertaken to modernize the building, leveraging existing brick archways and cedar plank ceilings, which were complemented by a new modern and spacious light-filled atrium. In fall 2020, a new academic and residence building officially opened its doors. Adorned with striking copper-clad columns, state-of-the-art learning and living spaces, and wood themes that tie the two campus buildings together, this new addition to the campus continues in the university’s traditions of beautifully curated architectural features. Explore the beautiful spaces and campus amenities through their virtual tour (and watch the video below for an introduction). Or check out the university’s unique degrees and programs.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

55 Thornton Road South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-435-5100
Email: durham@trentu.ca
www.trentu.ca/durham

Architecture

Year built: Repurposed in 2009-10, Student Residence 2020
Architect: Barry Bryant & Associates (Student Residence)
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

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

Windfields Farm Legacy Doors Open Oshawa

Windfields Farm Legacy

In 1927, R.S. McLaughlin (President of General Motors Canada) established these lands as Parkwood Stables and sold it in 1950 to E.P. Taylor, who bred championship horses at Windfields Farm. Ontario Tech University now owns the land. The Windfields Farm Legacy aims to preserve and educate by telling the story of E.P. Taylor, Northern Dancer, Northern Dancer Cemetery, Trillium Cemetery and the Windfields Stone House. Northern Dancer, one of the most recognized names in horse racing to this day, was a Windfields Farm-born, Canadian-bred thoroughbred racehorse who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness stakes, among other races, and became the most successful sire of the 20th century. He is the only equine to be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Northern Dancer’s death.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

2370 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1950
Building type: Cemetery, Historical landmark, Historical house
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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