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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.

Get started early with Doors Open Oshawa this year by taking a Jane’s Walk guided tour on Friday evening.

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

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22 sites found

All or Nothing Brewhouse Doors Open Oshawa

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All or Nothing Brewhouse

Guided brewery tours will tell the history of beer and spirits from grain to bottle. Founded in 2014 by brothers Jeff And Eric Dornan, All or Nothing Brewhouse brings great craft beer to the city. See one of the largest stills in Ontario with a capacity of 5,000 liters (1,320 gallons) and a 13-level distillation stack.

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

Contact info

439 Ritson Road South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-337-0113
Email: info@allornothing.beer
http://allornothing.beer

Architecture

Year built: 1950
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

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

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 from 1902 to 1988, as well as other historical items. The building also has its original freight elevator. During Doors Open, visit the gift shop and enjoy family crafts. Lightning McQueen from Pixar Cars 3 is also in the building!

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

Contact info

99 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-576-1222
www.canadianautomotivemuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1920
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

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

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.

Colonel R.S. McLaughlin Armoury Doors Open Oshawa

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Colonel R.S. McLaughlin Armoury

This landmark brick armoury was built between 1912 and 1914. It is home to the Ontario Regiment Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, established in 1866. A Sherman tank monument can be found in front of the building. The only Canadian army presence in Durham Region, this armoury remains a functioning military establishment.

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

Contact info

53 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-721-4000

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Military

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

Fire Hall 6 Doors Open Oshawa

Fire Hall 6

Built in 2016, Oshawa's newest fire hall has the latest technology while its design reflects the history of the area – from a volunteer department with a hand pump to state-of-the-art facilities. Built on the former Windfields Farm lands (the birthplace of champion racehorse Northern Dancer), the building also reflects the area's agricultural history.

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

Contact info

2339 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-436-3311
www.oshawa.ca/residents/fire-services.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2016
Architect: Thomas Brown Architects Inc.
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

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

Gordon Willey Building, Durham College, Room B114 Doors Open Oshawa

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Gordon Willey Building, Durham College, Room B114

This year, the School of Media, Art & Design at Durham College will open its doors to demonstrate an astonishing new studio facility for augmented reality, virtual reality, motion capture and standard cinema compositing. Visitors will see how imagined realities (fantasies) can be combined with lived experiences to create vivid and very believable scenes.

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

Contact info

2000 Simcoe Street North (enter off Simcoe Street and park in the Commencement Lot)
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-721-2000
www.durhamcollege.ca

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

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

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

Islamic Centre of Oshawa Doors Open Oshawa

Islamic Centre of Oshawa

This first mosque built in Oshawa is reminiscent of the Ottoman Empire. Ornamental crescent moons enhance both the main prayer hall dome and the dome atop the minaret. During Doors Open, guided tours and free refreshments will be available. In addition, a display will highlight Islamic history. Shoes are to be removed.

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

Contact info

23 Lloyd Street
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 289-200-6070
www.oshawamosque.com

Architecture

Year built: 2012
Architect: Array International Architects
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Jane's Walk: Historical King Street East Walking Tour Doors Open Oshawa

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Jane's Walk: Historical King Street East Walking Tour

Stroll through history with members of Heritage Oshawa and explore this lovely neighbourhood, home to many of Oshawa's key families and their impressive and well-preserved residences. Discover the story of the early 20th-century construction boom that led to subdivision Plan 190 and one of Oshawa's most attractive, historical and graceful areas.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at the southeast corner of Ritson Road South and King Street East
Oshawa, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Friday September 27, 2019
Friday: 6 to 7 p.m.

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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.

McLaughlin Bandshell Doors Open Oshawa

McLaughlin Bandshell

This bandshell, set in downtown Oshawa, was a gift from R.S. McLaughlin, founder of General Motors Canada, in 1942 to the City of Oshawa. During Doors Open Oshawa, Brass Day workshops may be observed culminating in a concert at 2:30 p.m. Set in Memorial Park, there is also a cenotaph containing stones of allied nations.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

110 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-436-3311

Architecture

Year built: 1942
Building type: Theatre
Landscape: Park

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.

Ontario Tech University Doors Open Oshawa

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. 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.

Oshawa Executive Airport Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Executive Airport

Opened in the early 1940s as a British Commonwealth Air Training Field, this airport is now key to the region’s transportation infrastructure and economy. This event will include hands-on activities for kids, exhibitor booths, displays and information about hangar purchase/rental. Free shuttle bus between various airport venues and activities. Food and sightseeing flights available for purchase throughout the day.

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

Contact info

1200 Airport Blvd.
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-576-8146
www.oshawa-airport.com

Architecture

Year built: 1940-96
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Transportation

Dates/hours open

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

Oshawa Masonic Centre Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Masonic Centre

Constructed in 1928 in the art deco style and shrouded in symbolism, this building is now home to four lodges and two concordant bodies. Doors Open Oshawa provides a unique opportunity to learn more about Masonic imagery and to view the Lodge Room, as well as the anteroom, hall and library.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

91 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-433-1911

Architecture

Year built: 1928
Architect: C.C. Stenhouse
Architectural style: Art deco

Dates/hours open

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

Oshawa Public Libraries - McLaughlin Branch Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Public Libraries - McLaughlin Branch

R.S. McLaughlin officially opened the library, his gift to the city, in 1954. The architect studied under John M. Lyle, who designed Parkwood’s formal gardens. Lyle's influence is seen at Union Cemetery in the McLaughlin Mausoleum, while the library uses vocabulary from Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie style. Displays from the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame will also be featured.

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

Contact info

65 Bagot Street
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-579-6111
www.oshlib.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1954
Architect: Arthur H. Eadie
Architectural style: Prairie
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 2 p.m. lecture: Oshawa's Horseracing Past

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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.