Doors Open Ontario

Welcome!

The Ontario Heritage Trust works with communities across the province to open the doors, gates and courtyards of their unique and most fascinating cultural sites so you can explore the stories inside.

Every April to October, many of Ontario’s heritage treasures are opened to the public with free events across the province. Whether you are exploring on your own, organizing an outing with family and friends, or planning a first date, Doors Open Ontario has something for everyone.

From historical houses to modern marvels of construction, Doors Open Ontario showcases the buildings, natural spaces, infrastructure and cultural landscapes that shape and define our communities.

Since the program was launched in 2002, over 7.8 million visits have been made to thousands of unique buildings and spaces. The Doors Open Ontario program also has a big impact on local communities, with participants spending more than $11 million during their travels in 2018 as they learned about heritage conservation, local history and had fun.

What’s new this year?

In 2019, the Ontario Heritage Trust will explore the theme of communication by examining how verbal and written language, the preservation of language, technological innovation, communications systems and cross-cultural exchange have influenced Ontario’s cultural heritage.

Communication connects us – over space and time. It allows people to share ideas, knowledge, tradition and creativity from the past. Communication forges community and builds understanding. This year, we hope that you will join the Trust – through the provincewide Doors Open Ontario program – in exploring Ontario’s history of communication.

Join the millions of visitors who have had a great Doors Open Ontario experience and start planning your excursion today.

What story will you discover in 2019?