Doors Open Ontario

The Doors Open Ontario 2018 season was a great success. Over 482,000 people visited sites in communities across the province. Thanks to our sponsors, partners and volunteers for their support, and to all who participated.

Hillsdale Jail Doors Open Simcoe County

Hillsdale Jail
The three-cell Hillsdale Jail was constructed by local builder William John Davenport in 1906 when Hillsdale was designated as a “policing village.” The building has served several purposes over the years – including as a jail, courthouse, polling station and home for transient people. According to local lore, the lockup is considered the smallest jail and courthouse currently standing in Ontario.

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Contact info

4552 Penetanguishene Road
Hillsdale, Ontario


Year built: 1906
Architect: William John Davenport (builder)
Building type: Attraction, Courthouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hillsdale Jail 4552 Penetanguishene Road