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Oshawa

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Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What story will you discover this year? Come and celebrate our history, and visit our cultural treasures.

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Oshawa's narratives range from automotive heritage to Second World War espionage. Come and discover architecture that takes you from our humble beginnings (with an archaeological display) to the pride of our newest buildings. See works by famous architects, as well as museum and art collections unique to Canada.

From heritage gardens to the latest technology … prepare to be amazed!

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Contact info

Telephone: 905-436-3311
Email: rmason@oshawa.ca
Website: www.oshawa.ca/doorsopen

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Canadian Victory Garden Doors Open Oshawa

Canadian Victory Garden

The Canadian Victory Garden – which is run by the Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities, whose mandate is to encourage self-sufficiency/ecological lifestyles – is an education centre. Tours will showcase the history of the Guy Farm – which includes a solar-equipped greenhouse, beehive, pollinator gardens and earth systems for low energy.

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

Contact info

200 Winchester Road West
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-442-2167
www.fbsc.org

Architecture

Building type: Food and drink
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cowan House Doors Open Oshawa

Cowan House

Cowan House is a Georgian-style dwelling with Italianate features, including the bracketed eaves and portico elements. It was home to businessman and mayor W.F. Cowan and his family. Today, it serves as offices and meeting rooms for St. George's Memorial Church. Tours of the main floor reveal many original details of this heritage home. Heritage designation is in the works!

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

39 Athol Street West
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-723-7875
Email: church@stgeorgesoshawa.org

Architecture

Year built: c. 1858
Architectural style: Georgian, Italianate
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Durham Regional Consolidated Courthouse Doors Open Oshawa

Durham Regional Consolidated Courthouse

Completed in January 2010, the Durham Courthouse is a state-of-the-art facility that consolidates eight previous locations. Doors Open visitors will be able to tour the main foyer, the jury assembly room and attend a courtroom while it is in session to observe judicial proceedings. Please note that, for security reasons, visitors are required to pass through a metal detector.

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

Contact info

150 Bond Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-743-2800

Architecture

Year built: 2010
Building type: Courthouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. only

Intrepid Park, Camp X Doors Open Oshawa

Intrepid Park, Camp X

Meet author Lynn Phillip Hodgson at Intrepid Park’s monument for a guided tour of Camp X, the former top-secret Second World War spy training school. Explore the remains of the camp, strategically located beside Lake Ontario. Over 500 special agents were trained here to go behind enemy lines and “set Europe ablaze!” as dramatized in CBC Television’s X Company.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at the momument off Boundary Road, south of Wentworth Street West
Oshawa, Ontario
www.camp-x.com

Architecture

Year built: 1941
Architect: Canadian Corps of Engineers
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: walking tours at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. only

Knox Presbyterian Church Doors Open Oshawa

Knox Presbyterian Church

The construction of Knox Presbyterian began in 1927 and was completed in 1934. The architect, C.C. Stenhouse, also designed the award-winning Oshawa Masonic Centre. The church congregation was formed by dissenters who opted not to join the United Church in 1925. Tours, refreshments and organ concerts will be offered throughout the day.

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

Contact info

147 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-728-8673
Email: knoxpresosh@rogers.com
http://pccweb.ca/knox-oshawa

Architecture

Year built: 1934
Architect: C.C. Stenhouse
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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. See artifacts from Durham Region's Ontario Regiment from 1866 to the present. Explore the new Military Vehicle Conservation Centre (over 80 vehicles on display). Listen to a tank talk or take a tank ride (additional fee).

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Portraits by Goguen Doors Open Oshawa

Portraits by Goguen

This delightful Second Empire house was built as a residence and now serves as an artist’s studio and gallery. Many of the home’s original features have been restored, and the property includes a secret garden. From the owners: "We like to imagine the original family, especially the little child who owned the shoe we found in the wall!"

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

Contact info

191 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-435-0976

Architecture

Year built: c. 1900
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Regent Theatre Doors Open Oshawa

Regent Theatre

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 the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, as well as for community and cultural events. Enjoy classic movie passes and popcorn giveaways.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

44-52 King Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-721-3399
www.regent.uoit.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1919; designated in 2001
Architect: John McNee Jeffrey
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Simcoe Street United Church Doors Open Oshawa

Simcoe Street United Church

Built in the year of Confederation for a Methodist congregation, this church is a fine example of the Gothic revival style. 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.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

66 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-728-8143
Email: simcoest@bellnet.ca
www.ssuc.ca

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. George's Memorial Church Doors Open Oshawa

St. George's Memorial Church

St. George's Memorial opened in 1924, the same year that Oshawa became a city. Designer Eden Smith considered this Gothic revival-style church, constructed of Credit Valley sandstone, his finest work. The buttresses and Gothic tracery are noteworthy, and the tower supports a 15-bell carillon. Come for a chiming concert at noon and an organ concert at 1:30 p.m.

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

Contact info

51 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-723-7875
Email: church@stgeorgesoshawa.org
www.stgeorgesoshawa.org

Architecture

Year built: 1924
Architect: Eden Smith; parish hall designed by Forsey Page & Steele
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trent University Durham Doors Open Oshawa

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Trent University Durham

Trent University will partner with the Oshawa Museum for Doors Open to explore the history of Oshawa through displays and hands-on activities. Enjoy a history table and costumed photo booth. Meet an Indigenous Elder/Knowledge Keeper and a Fire-Keeper in the campus teepee. See artifact collections, displays and laboratory work from a recent archaeological dig at the Oshawa Museum.

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

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
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.