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.
In 2018, the Ontario Heritage Trust is exploring the theme of 100 years of women’s rights and suffrage, looking back to the end of the First World War – a time that saw great change for women in our society. Throughout the year, the Trust will be sharing stories about Ontario’s trailblazing women and the enduring fight for equality. Doors Open Ontario will provide an opportunity to visit interesting sites that relate to this chapter in our history. Possible related sites could include: meeting halls, churches, government buildings, homes of women who were central to this struggle, union buildings and other public spaces that hosted important events in the struggle for women’s rights.
Since the program was launched in 2002, over 7.3 seven 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 $13.1 million during their travels in 2017 as they learned about heritage conservation, local history and had fun.
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 2018?
What happened in 2017 ...
- 45 events hosted in 170 communities, representing 81 municipalities and 1,215 sites
- Number of participants: 575,000+
- Number of volunteer hours needed to run all local events: 48,000+
- Total revenue for event communities: over $13,100,000
- 93 per cent of the provincial population live in a community that has hosted a Doors Open Ontario event