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Simcoe County

Event information

Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The County of Simcoe is located in central Ontario. It is the site of first contact between Champlain and the Ouendat in the early 1600s. Two hundred years later, the War of 1812 saw a wave of British setters build roads, clear land and homestead. Two hundred years after that, the County of Simcoe is an ever-growing region with a vibrant future based on a solid and interesting historical foundation.

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The County of Simcoe is the second-largest county in Ontario. It is bordered by Lake Simcoe to the east and Georgian Bay to the north. An all-season playground, its population – which includes Barrie and Orillia – is more than 500,000. It is one of the fastest-growing regions outside of the Greater Toronto Area.

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If you’re interested in getting involved in Doors Open Simcoe County, please contact your participating municipality to see how you can get involved.

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Contact info

Telephone: 705-726-9300, ext.1620
Email: culture@simcoe.ca

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10 sites found

Banting Homestead Heritage Park Doors Open Simcoe County

Banting Homestead Heritage Park

Explore this unique Canadian treasure – the birthplace of Sir Frederick Banting, Nobel laureate and co-discoverer of insulin. Tour the farmhouse, exhibits, the 1918 octagonal drive shed, legacy trail and exercise equipment – all part of this diabetes education centre. Legacy Programs honour Banting’s life and talents through public access to informative exhibits assembled from the Banting Legacy Collection.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

5116 Sir Frederick Banting Road
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-0111
Email: kait@bantinglegacy.ca
www.bantinglegacy.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1925
Building type: Educational facility, Historical landmark, Historical house
Landscape: Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beattie's Distillers Doors Open Simcoe County

Beattie's Distillers

The Beattie family has been farming in Alliston for five generations, growing crops of the highest standard for over 100 years. They have evolved from a potato farm to a farm that grows, harvests and distills potatoes for distilled spirits, including an award-winning vodka. They look forward to welcoming you to this Doors Open event!

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  • Guided tours available

Contact info

6673 13th Line
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-2444
Email: kenbeattie@beattiesdistillers.com
www.beattiesdistillers.com

Architecture

Year built: 2016
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Concession 2E Railway Bridge Doors Open Simcoe County

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Concession 2E Railway Bridge

This bridge is one of the few heritage structures left from the North Simcoe Railway (established in 1878) in the Township of Tiny. It became a vital part along the line that ran from Colwell to Penetanguishene, which encompassed much of the length of the township. The bridge remains an important (and rare) link to the township’s railroad era.

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On Concession Road 2 West, just east of County Road 6 South
Tiny, Ontario
Telephone: 705-526-4204
Email: pzimmerman@tiny.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1878
Building type: Transportation
Landscape: Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Federal Building Doors Open Simcoe County

Federal Building

This marble-fronted, beaux arts-style building replicates a state building in Havana, Cuba. It opened here in 1915 as a federal post office, and boasts a central, three-bay, Corinthian-order portico with central pediment set between lower, three-bay, Doric porticoes, all with balustraded parapets and coffered bronze ceilings. This remarkable building pays tribute to the Greek temple.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

44 Hurontario Street
Collingwood, Ontario
Telephone: 705-305-7511
Email: maurizio.ciccarellii@bgis.com

Architecture

Year built: 1913-15
Architect: Philip Coles Palin
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Courthouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Honda of Canada Mfg. Doors Open Simcoe County

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Honda of Canada Mfg.

Discover the joy of creating with a behind-the-scenes look at Honda of Canada Mfg. Growth, innovation and stability are the hallmarks of their operation, which has expanded to three facilities on almost 364 hectares (900 acres). Manufacturers of the award-winning Civic and CR-V, powered by Honda engines, their products are continually evolving to meet customer needs.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

4700 Industrial Parkway
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-5561
Email: Sheila_Goodfellow@hcm.honda.com
www.hondacanadamfg.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1986
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Joseph Lawrence House Doors Open Simcoe County

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Joseph Lawrence House

At first glance, this two-storey bed and breakfast appears to be a straightforward example of the Italianate style of the late 1870s and 1880s. Its projecting frontispieces, segmental windows, brackets and double door with rectangular transom are characteristic of many Collingwood homes from this time. Of particular note is the decorative brickwork, with its distinctive bands of contrasting buff bricks.

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  • Guided tours available

Contact info

492 Hurontario Street
Collingwood, Ontario
Telephone: 705-441-6646
https://josephlawrencehouse.com

Architecture

Year built: 1860
Architect: Joseph H. Lawrence
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Commercial, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Museum on the Boyne Doors Open Simcoe County

Museum on the Boyne

The Museum on the Boyne is housed in a 1914 agricultural fair building, nestled among the trees of Alliston’s Riverdale Park. Since 1960, the museum has shared stories of the people and places that make up South Simcoe. Check out the Doors Open activities and find out why Riverdale Park has been a gathering place for more than a century.

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

Contact info

250 Fletcher Crescent
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-3900, ext. 1802
Email: boynemuseum@newtecumseth.ca
www.newtecumseth.ca/en/parks-recreation-and-culture/museum-on-the-boyne.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

National Ski Academy Doors Open Simcoe County

National Ski Academy

Tornaveen, this house’s original name, was built for Frank Telfer of the Telfer Biscuit Company. In 1924, the house was sold to the Gowans’ Home for Missionaries’ Children. In 1992, the house was purchased by the National Ski Academy as a boarding school. Today, it accommodates 22 students and offers classroom training as well as local ski hill instruction.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

200 Oak Street
Collingwood, Ontario
Telephone: 705-444-1617
Email: info@nsa.on.ca
www.nsa.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1896
Architect: Fred Hodgson
Architectural style: Queen Anne revival
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Seven Star Masonic Lodge No. 285 Doors Open Simcoe County

Seven Star Masonic Lodge No. 285

The members of the Seven Star Masonic Lodge have been active in the community since receiving their charter in 1872. You are cordially invited to tour the lodge room, ask questions concerning Freemasonry and learn about the organization’s history. Enter from Victoria Street (chair lift available) or Dominion Street. Light refreshments will be available.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

28 Victoria Street West
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-7594

Architecture

Year built: 1894
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church Doors Open Simcoe County

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Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church

Nestled in the heart of Tiny Township at Cawaja Beach, this Catholic Byzantine rite church celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019. Many Ukrainians came to Cawaja in the late 1950s and 1960s to build cottages so that their families could have a community experience. The entire Ukrainian community came together to build this church. Come and join their bilingual service.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

5 Brook Avenue
Tiny, Ontario
Telephone: 705-526-1555
Email: cawajachurch1@gmail.com
www.cawajachurch.com

Architecture

Year built: 1987-89
Architect: Ihor Stecura
Building type: Place of worship
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.