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105 Gibson Centre Doors Open Markham

105 Gibson Centre

This Christian faith-based community centre is devoted to bringing positive changes to the neighbourhood. The centre is an active place, offering recreational facilities and programs, youth services and a food bank. At its heart is the Cultural Café, offering food, drink and fellowship. Please bring non-perishable items for the food bank. Tours will be offered in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

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105 Gibson Drive
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-946-8787
Email: info@105gibson.com
https://105gibson.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

10C Shared Space Doors Open Guelph

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10C Shared Space

The Seed Warehouse, a stone structure built in the 1860s, became Massey-Ferguson Farm Supply. In an 1855 fire, a huge safe fell through the floor to the basement, where it remains today. Around 1924, Ackers Furniture moved in, added two floors and remained until 2016. With Chalmers Community Services Centre, the building is now a collaborative workspace and community hub.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

42 Carden Street
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-780-5030
www.10carden.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1860s
Architect: Lloyd Grinham Architects (restoration 2016)
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 21, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; first tour leaves at 10 a.m.; last tour leaves around 3:40 p.m., to allow the site to close at 4 p.m.

360insights Doors Open Whitby

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360insights

Located in the former R.A. Sennett Public School, 360insights is a tech company specializing in creating, managing and measuring incentives programs. Built between 1920 and 1921, 360insights renovated and restored this 97-year-old school building in 2017; it now serves as the company’s tech campus.

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Contact info

300 King Street
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
https://360insights.com

Architecture

Year built: 1921
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Commercial, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

427 Wing and Spirit of Flight Aviation Museum Doors Open London

427 Wing and Spirit of Flight Aviation Museum

Enjoy self-guided and guided tours of more than 100 different models of aircraft, as well as a variety of historical and aviation-related photographs. Explore and learn the history of the London airport and early flights. Try the self-operated computer flight simulators for children and adults. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

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  • Kid-friendly
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2155 Crumlin Side Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-455-0430
Email: info@427wing.com
www.427wing.com

Architecture

Year built: 1939-40
Building type: Green building, Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

44 Gaukel Doors Open Waterloo Region

44 Gaukel

Kitchener’s combined arts and technology hub began as a partnership between Accelerator Centre and ArtsBuild Ontario. See how this former Canada Post depot has been repurposed into an innovation centre, housing tech companies, studio space and an art gallery. During Doors Open, this site will also be participating in Startup Open House. Job seekers, investors, curious neighbours: Discover startup culture!

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

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44 Gaukel Street
Kitchener, Ontario
www.44gaukelarts.com

Architecture

Year built: 1962-64
Architect: Barnett and Rieder Architects, Kitchener
Architectural style: Modernism

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Aaniin Community Centre & Library Doors Open Markham

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Aaniin Community Centre & Library

Markham’s newest community centre is a stunning example of contemporary architectural design. “Aaniin” is the Ojibwe word for “welcome.” The building – designed by Perkins+Will – features a library, climbing wall, aquatic centre, gym, teaching kitchen and more. The design is intended to reflect an urban idea of space that is suited to hosting a variety of community events.

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5665 14th Avenue
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-475-4851
www.markham.ca/wps/portal/Markham/RecreationCulture/AaniinCC

Architecture

Year built: 2017
Architect: Perkins+Will (Toronto)
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Abilities Centre Doors Open Whitby

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Abilities Centre

The Abilities Centre is a 11,613-square-metre (125,000-square-foot) facility that offers sports, fitness, arts and life-skills programming, as well as education opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. It is recognized as an International Centre of Excellence for its fully accessible design. The Centre is focused on bringing together families, friends and neighbours in the spirit of inclusion and opportunity.

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55 Gordon Street
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.abilitiescentre.org

Architecture

Year built: 2012
Architect: B+H Architects
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Accelerator Centre Headquarters Doors Open Waterloo Region

Accelerator Centre Headquarters

This centre is among the top performing startup accelerators anywhere, providing award-winning programming, mentorship and other resources to entrepreneurs. Tour the building, an early innovator of environmentally sustainable design, and meet inspiring entrepreneurs who are creating the next wave of innovation. During Doors Open, this site will also be participating in Startup Open House. Discover startup culture!

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

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295 Hagey Blvd.
Waterloo, Ontario
www.acceleratorcentre.com

Architecture

Year built: 2006
Architect: Robertson Simmons Architects, Laird Robertson, Kitchener
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel Doors Open Oshawa

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ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel

This facility offers chambers for climatic, structural and life-cycle testing. Any weather system imaginable can be re-created here – from sweltering jungle downpours to the paralyzing cold of an arctic storm. Chambers are used to test automotive and aerospace products, to improve the performance of elite athletes or fire fighters, and to provide services to the film, television and motorsports industries.

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2000 Simcoe Street North (enter off Conlin Road and park in Founders Lot 2)
Oshawa, Ontario
http://ace.uoit.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

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

ACL Steel Doors Open Waterloo Region

ACL Steel

Tour this 3,530-square-metre (38,000 square-foot) facility, where structural steel building frames are designed, manufactured and shipped to large-scale construction projects in Waterloo Region and across North America. Learn about both sides of the manufacturing process – from office to shop floor, from design modelling and drafting, to heavy equipment, cutting, welding, machining and finishing. Closed-toe shoes are required.

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  • Guided tours available

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2255 Shirley Drive
Kitchener, Ontario
www.aclsteel.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2005

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Active Lifestyles Seniors' Centre Grey-Bruce (McQuay Tannery Building) Doors Open Owen Sound

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Active Lifestyles Seniors' Centre Grey-Bruce (McQuay Tannery Building)
This building is all that remains of the 1902 McQuay Tanning Co., who produced fine-grade leather and harnesses that were shipped across Canada and internationally. The building, an example of post-Second World War modern architecture, today houses the Active Lifestyles Centre Grey Bruce, a not-for-profit organization that provides leadership, socialization, programs and activities to support healthy lifestyles and independence.

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1852 3rd Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-8304
Email: mail.alscgb@gmail.com
www.alscgb.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1946
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aeolian Hall Doors Open London

Aeolian Hall

Come and experience the unique ambience of one of Canada's top acoustic halls. Take a guided tour through the historical Donor Room, where guests can enjoy classical and jazz music. Wander through the catacombs and learn about the 135-year history of the Hall. Or enjoy a drink on the patio while watching for one of the Hall’s famous ghosts.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

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795 Dundas Street East
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-672-7950
Email: info@aeolianhall.ca
www.aeolianhall.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1883
Architect: George F. Durrand
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 16, 2018
Sunday only: Noon to 4 p.m.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre Doors Open Kingston

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Kingston’s public gallery since 1957, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre presents historical and contemporary art in gorgeous modern spaces – the elegant neo-Georgian home of its founder. Summer 2018 exhibits feature Log Cabin: A Canadian Quilt; Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave; The Art of African Ivory; Charles F. Gibson: Events of a Military Life in Kingston; and masterpieces by Rembrandt.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

36 University Avenue
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-533-2190
Email: aeac@queensu.ca
http://agnes.queensu.ca

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1957
Architect: Diamond & Schmidt; latest renovation in 2000
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ajax Downs Doors Open Ajax

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Ajax Downs

Alex Picov was Canada's largest horse dealer during the 1960s and 1970s. Picov Downs opened in 1968. In 2006, it was renamed Ajax Downs and expanded to include the Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) Slots. OLG Slots was renamed Casino Ajax in 2018. Tour the facility and stables. Note: The quarter horses will not be on site during the tours.

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50 Alexander's Crossing
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 905-686-8001
https://ajaxdowns.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

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

Ajax Fire Headquarters Doors Open Ajax

Ajax Fire Headquarters

Tour Ajax’s first LEED-registered facility and learn about the fire departments past and present. The fire headquarters facility opened in 2008 and features an extensive green-roof system with native plants. The town’s restored antique pumper truck and the fire safety house will also be on display for you to enjoy.

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  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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900 Salem Road North
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 905-683-4481
www.ajax.ca/en/livinginajax/Fire_Headquarters.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2008
Architect: Karp Namisniak Yamanoto Architects Inc. (KNY)
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

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

Ajax Operations and Environmental Services Centre Doors Open Ajax

Ajax Operations and Environmental Services Centre
An “environment first” philosophy is reflected in the design of this state-of-the-art, 5,110-square-metre (55,000-square-foot) facility, opened in 2010. This LEED-registered building includes nearly 500 solar panels, a green roof system, geothermal heating and cooling, and a solar public art piece at the main entrance.

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  • Kid-friendly
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800 Salem Road North
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 905-683-2951
www.ajax.ca/en/insidetownhall/operations.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2010
Architect: Karp Namisniak Yamanoto Architects Inc. (KNY)
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

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

Alexander Henry Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Alexander Henry

This former Canadian Coast Guard ship was built by the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. between 1957 and 1958. The Henry, a light icebreaker, served on the Great Lakes from 1959 to 1984 – tending buoys, supplying lighthouses, etc. The Henry returned home to Thunder Bay on June 27, 2017 under the care of the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society.

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  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

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Cruise Ship Dock at Pool 6, south of Marina Park
Thunder Bay, Ontario
http://ltms.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1958
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All Saints' Anglican Church Doors Open Simcoe County

All Saints' Anglican Church

This is the oldest surviving church in Collingwood. After a fire destroyed the original, a new and larger building was constructed in 1858 (the present church), with transepts, the sanctuary and bell tower added in 1876, and the parish hall and vestry in 1911. Over the years, the church has been enhanced by stained-glass windows and a distinctive altar.

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  • Full wheelchair access

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32 Elgin Street
Collingwood, Ontario
Telephone: 705-445-3841
Email: allsaintschurch@bmts.com
www.allsaintscollingwood.com

Architecture

Year built: 1858
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Almost Anything Wood Doors Open Fergus-Elora

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Almost Anything Wood

Step inside the Almost Anything Wood workshop to see one-of-a-kind works of art made from salvaged local trees. A family-owned and -operated custom cabinet shop for close to 30 years, Almost Anything Wood saves downed trees from the firewood pile and uses them to create cabinets and furniture for homes and businesses.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

205 Breadalbane Street
Fergus, Ontario
Telephone: 519-843-7500
Email: almostanythingwood@bellnet.ca
www.almostanythingwood.com

Architecture

Year built: 1966
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Altona Mennonite Meeting House Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Altona Mennonite Meeting House

Built by pioneers who emigrated from Pennsylvania, this 1852 brick meeting house has never been renovated. It contains original unpainted pine pews and floor. The cemetery is the burial place of the founder of Stouffville, Abraham Stouffer, and his family. Located just outside the municipal boundaries of Whitchurch-Stouffville in Altona, this site represents the rural Mennonite roots of the community.

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5475 Sideline 30 (at Sideline 30 and the Uxbridge-Pickering Townline)
Stouffville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1854
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Angelstone International Show Jumping Tournaments Doors Open Erin

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Angelstone International Show Jumping Tournaments

Canada’s fastest-growing show jumping tournament venue, Angelstone hosts nearly 1,000 of North America’s top horses during five weeks of Fédération Equestre Internationale competition. Thursday and Saturday nights feature special events and grand prix competitions, which are always free for spectators and the general public. Located less than an hour’s drive west of Toronto, Angelstone is the ideal equestrian experience!

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  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

8720 Wellington Road 50
Erin, Ontario
Telephone: 519-279-6788
www.angelstone.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2011
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Angus Glen Golf Club Doors Open Markham

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Angus Glen Golf Club

This club – located on a portion of the former Angus Glen Farms property – features two 18-hole championship golf courses. It was established by Gordon Stollery in 1995. Angus Glen hosted the Canadian Open in 2002 and 2007, and the Pam-Am Games in 2015. Come and try a putting challenge and test your golf skills in this beautiful setting.

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10080 Kennedy Road
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-887-0090
Email: events@angusglen.com
www.angusglen.com

Architecture

Year built: 1995
Architect: Established by Gordon Stollery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI) Doors Open Burlington

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Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI)

ASI is the largest archaeological and heritage consultancy in Canada, with offices in Toronto and Burlington. They have over 35 years of experience in the production and dissemination of knowledge about Ontario’s past. Come and visit the expanded Burlington office to meet the team of archaeologists and heritage specialists, see some artifacts and learn about local heritage!

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

Contact info

2321 Fairview Street, Unit 200
Burlington , Ontario
Telephone: 416-966-1069
http://asiheritage.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Arts at the Albion Doors Open Gravenhurst

Arts at the Albion

Situated in the Gothic revival Albion Hotel, which was rebuilt in 1888 after being destroyed in the 1887 Great Fire, this gallery has helped breathe life back into the once bustling turn-of-the-century dining room. During Doors Open, the gallery will feature a 20-member artist collective comprising some of the best artists in Muskoka.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

100 Muskoka Road North
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-331-8331
Email: varney@muskoka.com
www.artsatthealbion.com

Architecture

Year built: 1888
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

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

Arts Resource Centre Doors Open Oshawa

Arts Resource Centre

This building initially served as the Oshawa Police Station and Courthouse. In 1973, the holding cells were transformed into artists’ studios, the courtroom into a theatre and the building renamed. During Doors Open, join in a scavenger hunt, activities and special performances as part of Culture Days. Also, view the Durham College window vinyls in celebration of community milestones.

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

Contact info

45 Queen Street
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-436-3311, ext. 5654
Email: service@oshawa.ca
www.oshawa.ca/Modules/Facilities/Detail.aspx?CategoryIds=&FacilityTypeIds=&id=c8683f57-a3d8-4e1d-9f32-a905dc0bfe59

Architecture

Year built: 1952

Dates/hours open

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

At Home: Residential Architecture in Waterloo Doors Open Waterloo Region

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At Home: Residential Architecture in Waterloo

This exhibition at the City of Waterloo Museum takes you on a tour of our neighbourhoods and the architectural styles found around the city. Explore several house styles and take a look at homes that speak to who we are, how we live and what we aspire to be. A 3 p.m. talk speaks to the birth of Waterloo’s suburbs.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

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550 King Street North (Conestoga Mall)
Waterloo, Ontario
www.waterloo.ca/museum

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Atherley United Church Doors Open Simcoe County

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Atherley United Church

This property was purchased in 1894 for the Atherley Methodist Church. With the establishment of the United Church in 1925, the church was renamed the Atherley United Church. The interior dimensions were supposed to be those of Noah’s Ark. During the next decades, a stained-glass window was installed, the pews were painted and the interior was panelled.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

46 Balsam Road
Ramara, Ontario
Telephone: 705-484-5997
Email: brechinpastoralcharge@yahoo.ca
www.brechinatherleyunitedchurches.com

Architecture

Year built: 1894
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Attic Books Doors Open London

Attic Books

Enjoy a tour of a local literary landmark and learn about antiquarian books and printing. Attend a talk given by Jennifer Grainger, author of From the Vault: A Photo-History of London to 1950 and Early London 1826-1914, and learn about London's past. Meet Dan Mezza, a local bookbinder, and Jennifer Robertson from Books and Paper Conservation Services and see demonstrations.

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

Contact info

240 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-432-7277
Email: info@atticbooks.ca
www.atticbooks.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1875
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; guided tours available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days

Aultsville Theatre Doors Open Cornwall

Aultsville Theatre

Built in 1976, the Aultsville Theatre is a 680-seat non-profit professional theatre that hosts a variety of events annually. Come and experience theatre life on the other side of the curtain. Take a backstage tour and see where the performers prepare themselves. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the theatrical lighting, rigging and operations that bring productions and performances to life.

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

Contact info

2 St. Lawrence Drive
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 613-932-1661
www.aultsvilletheatre.com

Architecture

Year built: 1976
Building type: Attraction, Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aultsville Train Station Doors Open Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

Aultsville Train Station

The Aultsville Train Station is a 19th-century wooden station, originally located in the Lost Village of Aultsville. View an early locomotive, passenger coach, baggage car and refrigeration car on one of the few remaining sections of the original Grand Trunk rail bed. Also see the British Home Child exhibit about children who were sent to Canada as indentured labourers.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

13740 County Road 2
Morrisburg, Ontario
Telephone: 613-543-3704
http://lostvillages.ca/history/the-lost-villages/aultsville

Architecture

Year built: Between 1866 and 1889
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway Company
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18 – Sunday August 19, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aurora Farmers' Market and Artisan Fair Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Farmers' Market and Artisan Fair

The Aurora Farmers’ Market is the Doors Open Aurora headquarters. Drop by and pick up maps and brochures for participating sites. The market is a traditional community market with more than 30 vendors, featuring fresh local produce, seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, honey, jams, arts and crafts, and handmade jewelry.

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

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Town Park (Wells and Mosley streets)
Aurora, Ontario
www.theaurorafarmersmarket.com

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Food and drink
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Aurora Public Library Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Public Library

Public library service in Aurora began in 1855 with the formation of the Aurora Association for the Diffusion of Helpful Knowledge, later called the Aurora Mechanics’ Institute and Library Association. From these early organizations emerged the Aurora Public Library, now a busy, architecturally modern community hub in the heart of historical Aurora.

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

Contact info

15145 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-9493
www.library.aurora.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2001
Architect: Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aurora Readiness Centre (Bunker - Former Cold War Emergency Control Headquarters for Metro Toronto) Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Readiness Centre (Bunker - Former Cold War Emergency Control Headquarters for Metro Toronto)

Established by Metropolitan Toronto in 1962 following the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Aurora Readiness Centre was located beneath a circa 1875 farmhouse, now a private home. The centre was to be used to coordinate emergency services in the event of a nuclear attack on Toronto. During Doors Open, only the operations room is open for viewing.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

220 Old Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Centre, 1962; original farmhouse, c. 1875
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aviary, The Doors Open Hamilton

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Aviary, The

The Aviary – founded in 1927 at Dundurn Castle – was relocated in 1996 to the Fieldhouse of the Royal Botanical Gardens’ former teaching gardens. The Friends of the Aviary will introduce you to Hamilton’s lively, colourful parrots – each with its own personality, story and place on this planet. Learn about their care and environmental plight.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

85 Oak Knoll Drive (in Churchill Gardens)
Hamilton (Westdale), Ontario
www.fortheloveofbirds.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1947; 1980 (greenhouse); 1996 (outdoor flight areas)
Architect: Hugh D. Robertson
Building type: Attraction
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.; guided tours hourly from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; meet a parrot at 2 p.m.

Axalta Coating Systems Canada Company Doors Open Ajax

Axalta Coating Systems Canada Company

Located on four hectares (10 acres) of former Defence Industries Limited (DIL) lands, Axalta (formerly DuPont Performance Coatings) is one of Ajax’s founding businesses, dating back to 1956. The company provides liquid and powder coatings to automotive, transportation, general industrial and architectural/decorative customers worldwide and employs 250 people across Canada. Try your hand at the virtual spray paint machine!

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

408 Fairall Street
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 905-683-5500
www.axaltacs.com/ca/en_CA.html

Architecture

Year built: 1956
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Banting Homestead Heritage Park Doors Open Simcoe County

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Banting Homestead Heritage Park

Managed by the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation, Banting Homestead Heritage Park is also a diabetes management and education centre. Visitors can visit the birthplace of Sir Frederick Banting – 1923 Nobel Prize winner for medicine for the co-discovery of insulin. Learn about diabetes and the discovery of insulin, explore the historical farmhouse, drive shed and heritage exhibits.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms

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 house
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

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

Banting House National Historic Site of Canada Doors Open London

Banting House National Historic Site of Canada

Experience the life and career of one of our most celebrated international heroes, and the man voted Canada’s fourth-greatest Canadian – Frederick Banting. Enjoy a self-guided tour with commentary from volunteers. See the bedroom where Banting conceived his idea that led to the discovery of insulin. View exhibits devoted to his art and service during both World Wars.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

442 Adelaide Street North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-673-1752
Email: banting@diabetes.ca
https://bantinghousenhsc.wordpress.com

Architecture

Year built: 1900
Architectural style: Queen Anne
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects, Mercury Court Building Doors Open Ottawa

Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects, Mercury Court Building

Built in 1923 as Larocque’s Department Store, Mercury Court was renovated and expanded by Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects from 1989 to 1993. It is now home to this architectural firm. Features include the “flying Mercury” weathervane, which adorned the Sun Life Building at Bank and Sparks streets until 1949.

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

Contact info

377 Dalhousie Street, Suite 202
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-241-7198
http://padolsky-architects.com/

Architecture

Year built: 1923
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bata Shoe Museum Doors Open Toronto

Bata Shoe Museum

The Bata Shoe Museum is North America's world-renowned shoe museum, housed in Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama's award-winning five-floor structure. The idea of the museum as a container came from the array of shoe boxes that house the rare and priceless artifacts, protecting them from light, moisture and dust.

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  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

327 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-979-7799
www.batashoemuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1995
Architect: Raymond Moriyama
Building type: Attraction

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Battle of the Windmill National Historic Site Doors Open Brockville and Area

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Battle of the Windmill National Historic Site

Located on the St. Lawrence River, the place where the “Patriot Hunters” landed is steeped in history. Built in the 1830s, the windmill became a battleground for political reformers determined to change how the government was run. Come and visit to learn more about the battle, take in the view from the lookout, or have a picnic. See you there!

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  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

Windmill Road
Prescott, Ontario
Telephone: 613-925-1838
Email: windmillfriends@gmail.com
www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/windmill

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beattie's Distillers Doors Open Simcoe County

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Beattie's Distillers

The same family has been farming in this location 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 distils 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

Dates/hours open

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

Beck Mausoleum - First Presbyterian Cemetery Doors Open Simcoe County

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Beck Mausoleum - First Presbyterian Cemetery

Occupying a prominent place in this cemetery stands the Beck Family Mausoleum. It was constructed in 1910 by the Beck family for themselves and their immediate descendants. This influential family donated this parcel of land, which overlooks the Penetanguishene Harbour, to the church. Many of the monuments date back to 1900. Accessibility note: Site requires walking on a grass-covered incline.

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Contact info

79 Church Street
Penetanguishene, Ontario
Telephone: 705-549-8637
www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2508004/presbyterian-cemetery

Architecture

Year built: 1910
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

Beckta Dining & Wine Bar Doors Open Ottawa

Beckta Dining & Wine Bar

Beckta is a landmark fine-dining restaurant that relocated to the historical Grant House in November 2014. The building has a heritage designation for both the interior and exterior; it was the home and workplace of Dr. James Grant, Canada’s first Surgeon General. The building has also housed the University Club of Ottawa as well as Friday’s Roast Beef House.

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

Contact info

150 Elgin Street, Unit 100
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-238-7063
www.beckta.com

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bedford United Church Doors Open Windsor

Bedford United Church

Like most United churches, Bedford United was built as a Methodist church. Construction began in 1906; the building boasts five cornerstones. The sanctuary, with curved wooden pews, featured the latest in gas lighting (since replaced). The double-swinging doors at the back were covered in leather, and 18 stained-glass windows were installed in the tower. The site was designated in 2007.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

3340 Sandwich Street
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-256-1131
Email: bedford@mnsi.net
www.bedfordunited.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1906
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Behind the Painted Door Doors Open Gravenhurst

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Behind the Painted Door

Formerly a Salvation Army Church, this is one of the oldest buildings on Gravenhurst's Muskoka Road. Built in 1885, it has a proud history of serving the community for over a century. It is one of the few buildings that survived the great fire of 1887, when many buildings on both sides of Muskoka Road were destroyed.

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

Contact info

240 Muskoka Road North
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-681-0981
Email: jane@painted-door.com
www.painted-door.com

Architecture

Year built: 1885
Building type: Commercial, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Belleville City Hall Doors Open Belleville and District

Belleville City Hall

Built in 1872-73 by architect John D. Evans (the builder was John Forin) as Belleville’s market building and town hall, this attractive structure – with its tall clock tower – has dominated the downtown landscape for over 140 years. Architect Bill White’s imaginative renovations (1987-88) preserved many original interior architectural features, while adding 929 square metres (10,000 square feet) of space.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

169 Front Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-968-6481
www.belleville.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1872-73
Architect: John D. Evans (original building); Bill White (renovation)
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Belleville Public Library and John M. Parrott Art Gallery Doors Open Belleville and District

Belleville Public Library and John M. Parrott Art Gallery

This library has extensive collections, digitization services, computer labs, an art gallery, meeting rooms and more. As of 2016, the community archives are also located here. The old library’s 1909 stained-glass window is prominently displayed in the new building. During Doors Open, visitors will have an opportunity to visit some of the staff areas normally off limits to patrons.

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

Contact info

254 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-968-6731
www.bellevillelibrary.com

Architecture

Year built: 2006
Architect: Zeidler Partnership Architects
Architectural style: Art moderne
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Belleville Shrine Club Doors Open Belleville and District

Belleville Shrine Club

The Shriners, who are renowned for participating in community events, are recognized by children around the world. The Belleville Shrine Club took possession of this building in 1946. Prior to that, it was a stately private home, built in 1880. The building still preserves much of its original character, with a new addition added in 1959.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

51 Highland Avenue
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-962-2633
www.bellevilleshrineclub.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bench Brewing (formerly Maple Grove School) Doors Open Lincoln

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Bench Brewing (formerly Maple Grove School)

This former school was the longest active school in Ontario, running for 182 years. The original building, destroyed by fire, was replaced with a red brick structure in 1864. This school eventually became too small for the community’s needs and was replaced by the current building – which operated as a school until 2014 when it was repurposed as Bench Brewing.

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Contact info

3991 King Street
Lincoln (Vineland), Ontario
Telephone: 289-407-1402
Email: pdiianni@lincoln.ca
http://benchbrewing.com/our-brewery.html

Architecture

Year built: 1944
Architect: F.W. Warren
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

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

Bennett Hall Doors Open Lincoln

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Bennett Hall

Bennett Hall was built as a fire hall in the old village of Beamsville. James D. Bennett, a carriage and sleigh manufacturer, donated the property where it was built. The popular meeting space above the station is now home to the Beamsville Lions Club. The main level is now home to Spark Lincoln, a high-tech incubator hub servicing the community.

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Contact info

4282 Mountain Street
Beamsville, Ontario
Telephone: 289-407-1402
Email: pdiianni@lincoln.ca
www.lincoln.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1947

Dates/hours open

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

Beth Ezekiel Synagogue Doors Open Owen Sound

Beth Ezekiel Synagogue

First occupied by the Calvary Church, this building has housed the synagogue since 1946. Named for Ezekiel Cadesky, a Russian immigrant who settled here in the early 1900s, the structure draws from the tradition of simple, turn-of-the-20th-century Georgian meeting halls. Intricate stained-glass windows tell the story of many member families. Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1990.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

313 11th Street East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-4176
www.bethezekiel.org

Architecture

Year built: 1903
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sunday June 3, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bethel Union Cemetery Doors Open Simcoe County

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Bethel Union Cemetery

This cemetery was established in 1855. It was one of the only integrated cemeteries of its time, with black, white and Aboriginal peoples all buried in it. It remained an active cemetery until 1940, but fell into a state of disrepair by the 1960s. In 1997, Jane Cooper-Wilson and the Silver Shoe Historical Society restored the site.

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Contact info

2249 Creemore Avenue
New Lowell, Ontario
http://clearviewclerk.ca/cemeteries/bethel-union-cemetery

Architecture

Year built: 1855
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

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

Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church Doors Open Markham

Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church is one of York Region’s longest-established churches. Today, the church remains a centre of worship for descendants of these founding Markham families. The present building dates from 1910, incorporating materials from the earlier church. Visitors can admire the early 20th-century Gothic revival interior with beautiful memorial windows and a century-old pipe organ.

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

Contact info

20 Union Street
Markham, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1910
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bethune-Thompson House Doors Open Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

Bethune-Thompson House

This home encompasses the original 1784 "poteaux sur sol" (vertical-log) cabin of Loyalist Peter Ferguson, as well as the 1804 house of Reverend John Bethune, Upper Canada’s first Presbyterian minister, and David Thompson, one of Canada’s earliest map-makers. The Ontario Heritage Trust restored the property in the 1980s.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

19730 John Street
Williamstown, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/bethune-thompson-house

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18 – Sunday August 19, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre

Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre

This innovative LEED platinum-certified building creates more energy than it uses. Functioning as the hub for York Region Forestry’s educational programming, this centre was built using local and recycled materials. Guided and self-guided tours of the facility are available. Nature-themed arts and crafts will be offered for families and youth, including building a small bird feeder to take home.

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

Contact info

16389 Highway 48
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 877-464-9675
www.york.ca/yrf

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Architect: DIOLOG
Building type: Green building
Landscape: Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided forest walks at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m; building tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Billings Estate Artefact Collection Storage Doors Open Ottawa

Billings Estate Artefact Collection Storage

Explore behind the scenes of the Billings Estate National Historic Site artifact collection, listen to the stories these treasures tell, and learn how the City of Ottawa cares for historical artifacts. Experience pieces from the past first hand by investigating an object and seeing what secrets you can unlock!

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

Contact info

172 Guigues Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
http://ottawa.ca/museums

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Billings Estate National Historic Site Doors Open Ottawa

Billings Estate National Historic Site

Braddish Billings, the first settler of Gloucester Township, built Ottawa’s oldest wood-frame house, Billings Estate National Historic Site, between 1827-29. Learn about the architectural details as you tour this home from basement to attic and learn about the property’s evolution. Explore the history of transportation in Ottawa from canoes to country roads in a new special exhibition, City in Motion.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Architecture

Year built: 1827-29
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Billy Bishop Home - Museum, Archives and National Historic Site Doors Open Owen Sound

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Billy Bishop Home - Museum, Archives and National Historic Site

The Billy Bishop Home remains a landmark in the heart of Owen Sound. Boyhood home of the First World War Flying Ace, the museum invites you to explore the Bishop family, and to honour the contributions of service men and women, past and present. Dedicated as a museum in 1987, this site became a National Historic Site in 2002.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

948 3rd Avenue West
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-371-0031
www.billybishop.org

Architecture

Year built: 1884
Architectural style: Gothic revival, Queen Anne, Victorian
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Biodigester Doors Open Grimsby

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Biodigester

This facility – a Class 3 anaerobic digester with a capacity of 1,000 kilowatts of electricity – takes farm waste (such as grape pomace, silage, peppers, potatoes, hay and straw and non-agricultural materials including dog food, fats, oils and grease) and converts it into electricity, thereby avoiding dumping it into landfill. The facility represents a modern, progressive look at green energy.

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  • Parking

Contact info

424 Sobie Road
Grimsby, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

bizZone inc. (site of the original Gormley General Store) Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

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bizZone inc. (site of the original Gormley General Store)

Purchased by James Gormley in 1865, this site was home to the Gormley General Store (destroyed by fire in 1935). The building seen today was constructed on the foundation of the original and served as a general store and post office. It is now home to bizZone inc., an innovative web technology company. Learn the fascinating story of this site.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2243 Stouffville Road
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-927-0015
www.bizZone.com

Architecture

Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Blue Sky Community Healing Centre Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Blue Sky Community Healing Centre

The Blue Sky Community Healing Centre is an established northern Ontario social enterprise. Blue Sky provides professional development entitled One Tribe Indigenous Worldview and Diversity Coaching (income mechanism), and inspires self-discovery and self-healing within individuals. During Doors Open, Blue Sky will share demonstrations of drumming, Indigenous sacred items, and traditional Indigenous lodges. Note: There are cats onsite.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

512 Victoria Avenue East
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.blueskycommunityhealingcentre.ca

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Border City Boxing and Family Fitness Centre Doors Open Windsor

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Border City Boxing and Family Fitness Centre

The home of boxing champions, this long-time landmark in Ford City was once Ordon’s Hardware. Since the 1990s, it has been a not-for-profit organization and community booster. A famous one-time visitor was our current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. The centre now offers the Rock Steady boxing program for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1742 Drouillard Road
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-253-1578
Email: vectoron@hotmail.com
www.bordercityboxing.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brambleberry Farm Doors Open Quinte West

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Brambleberry Farm

Brambleberry Farm is nestled in the beautiful Murray Hills. This farm has been open as a pick-your-own business for over 35 years. Explore the farm as a family experience, pick some tasty fruit in season, stay for a picnic and enjoy the opportunity to learn how your food is grown.

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  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

9 Mitchell Road
Wooler, Ontario
Telephone: 613-398-8350
Email: berryfarm@hotmail.com
http://brambleberryfarm.ca

Architecture

Building type: Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Brechin United Church Doors Open Simcoe County

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Brechin United Church

The land for the Wesleyan Methodist Church was purchased in 1888. In 1925, with the establishment of the United Church of Canada, the church changed its name to Brechin United (the sister church of nearby Atherley United). Interior changes include the addition of stained-glass windows and notable wall hangings. It features a large kitchen and hall that can be rented.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

3252 County Road 47
Brechin, Ontario
Telephone: 705-484-5997
Email: brechinpastoralcharge@yahoo.ca
www.brechinatherleyunitedchurches.com

Architecture

Year built: 1888
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Brick Street Cemetery Doors Open London

Brick Street Cemetery

Take a stroll through one of London’s oldest pioneer cemeteries and enjoy theatrical presentations that bring history to life. Meet some of the earliest settlers south of the River Thames: American colonists fleeing the Revolution, British soldiers taking up land grants, and Scots and Irish in search of a better life. Children can also enjoy a scavenger hunt!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

370 Commissioners Road West
London, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: c. 1813
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday: 1 to 7 p.m. (peformances at 2, 4 and 6 p.m.); Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (performances at 1 and 3 p.m.)

Bridgehead Roastery Doors Open Ottawa

Bridgehead Roastery

Bridgehead Roastery restored the beauty and character of this original structure, which was a carriage stable built in the 1920s, to use as the roastery that supplies fair trade and organic coffee to all 20 of their Ottawa locations. Only the main level is accessible. Normal roastery hours of operation: Monday to Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

130 Anderson Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-231-5488
www.bridgehead.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1920s
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Britannia Yacht Club Doors Open Ottawa

Britannia Yacht Club

Established in 1887, this newly renovated clubhouse boasts the beautiful Dragon Lounge where visitors can see a unique bar fashioned out of a dragon sailboat. Visitors will notice a large stone tower that is part of the original structure. Despite additions, the clubhouse still retains its historical appearance, and offers one of the best views of the Ottawa River.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2777 Cassels Street (north side of the tennis courts at the end of Cassels Street)
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-828-5167
www.byc.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1887
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sunday June 3, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

British American Station (Stapleton Auction Centre) Doors Open Clarington

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British American Station (Stapleton Auction Centre)

This building is a vintage 1950s British American (B/A) service station – recognizable by the B/A sign out front. The building replaced the Burley garage from the early 1900s. This is one of the finest examples of an art deco-style B/A garage in Ontario. The Stapleton Auction Centre since 1980, the building is also often used in movie shoots.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

4532 Highway 2
Newtonville, Ontario
http://stapletonauctions.com

Architecture

Year built: 1950s
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

British Methodist Episcopal Church Doors Open Owen Sound

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British Methodist Episcopal Church

Traditionally a Black church, Owen Sound’s British Methodist Episcopal Church has been serving the spiritual needs of its congregation for almost 150 years. Loyalty to their church was a common characteristic of these Black residents. Established in 1856, it was a rallying point for the slaves who made it to Canada, both before and during the American Civil War.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

245 11th Street West
Owen Sound , Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1889
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sunday June 3, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brockville Museum Doors Open Brockville and Area

Brockville Museum

Explore Brockville’s history of prominent manufacturers, formidable wealth, fascinating historical figures and vivacious ordinary people through the Brockville Museum’s engaging exhibitions. Learn more about Brockville’s history and the role of the museum in our community. In 2018, the special exhibit is Pieces of Brockville. Behind-the-scenes tours of the collection storage areas will be offered hourly.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

5 Henry Street
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-342-4397
Email: museum@brockville.com
www.brockvillemuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1820, 1845, 1995
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Brockville Railway Tunnel Doors Open Brockville and Area

Brockville Railway Tunnel
Under Brockville’s downtown core, running 0.5 kilometres (0.3 miles) north and south, is the first railway tunnel built in Canada. Constructed between 1854 and 1860, it allowed the fledgling Brockville and Ottawa Railway to connect the industrial waterfront area to the outlying areas between the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the day.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1 Water Street West
Brockville, Ontario
www.brockvillerailwaytunnel.com

Architecture

Year built: 1854-60
Architect: De Bergue Sykes
Building type: Historical landmark, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brodeur Residence Doors Open Simcoe County

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Brodeur Residence

Built in 1880 by the Georgian Bay Lumber Company, this saltbox-style home has been owned and lived in by the same family since 1927. Original wood elements include floors, stairs, trim and doors. A pantry sits below the stairs with a trap door leading below the house. Works of art by renowned artist Mark Tumber can be found onsite.

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  • Parking

Contact info

209 Cherry Street
Waubaushene, Ontario
Telephone: 705-538-2380
Email: brodeur_christine@hotmail.com
www.tay.ca/en/resident-services/resources/Documents/Brodeur-House-209-Cherry-Street-Waubaushene.pdf

Architecture

Year built: 1880
Architect: Georgian Bay Lumber Company
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

Brodie Resource Library Doors Open Thunder Bay

Brodie Resource Library

Formerly the Fort William Public Library, this impressive brick-and-limestone library was constructed through a grant from the Carnegie Foundation. The library opened in 1912 under the direction of Fort William's first permanent female librarian, Mary J.L. Black. A true pioneer of strong professional women in northwestern Ontario, Black also became the first female president of the Ontario Library Association.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

216 South Brodie Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Telephone: 807-345-8275
www.tbpl.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1910-12
Architect: Hood & Scott
Architectural style: Renaissance revival
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tour at 2 p.m.

Brubacher House Museum Doors Open Waterloo Region

Brubacher House Museum

Explore the history of the Brubacher family, other Mennonite settlers and earlier Indigenous inhabitants at Brubacher House beside Columbia Lake, University of Waterloo. Enjoy guided tours of the multi-level Pennsylvania-German farmhouse, a video created by the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario, and a special 3 p.m. talk about the long history of this rapidly changing landscape.

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

Contact info

275 Frank Tompa Drive
Waterloo, Ontario
https://uwaterloo.ca/grebel/about-grebel/our-partners/brubacher-house

Architecture

Year built: 1850; renovated 1970s
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bruce County (Walkerton) Gaol Doors Open Brockton

Bruce County (Walkerton) Gaol

The Gaol (jail) was built in 1867, operated for almost 144 years and closed in 2011. Retrace the footsteps of famous inmates such as John Haag, who is rumoured to have survived his hanging. See if you can figure out how escape artist Mickey McArthur got out. Capture your best “cell-fie” in one of the original jail cells!

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

209 Cayley Street
Walkerton, Ontario
Email: alishia.mallory@gmail.com

Architecture

Year built: 1866
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

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

Bruce Grey Child & Family Services Doors Open Owen Sound

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Bruce Grey Child & Family Services

This building – a former YMCA and daycare – was constructed in 1965. In 2012, the Family Y headquarters was completely renovated to support 2,323 square metres (25,000 square feet) of modern office space for Bruce Grey Child & Family Services. This organization is committed to protecting and promoting the best interests of children, strengthening families and honouring culture, heritage and community.

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

Contact info

640 2nd Avenue East
Owen Sound , Ontario
Telephone: 519-371-4453
www.bgcfs.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Burlington - Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI) Doors Open Halton Region

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Burlington - Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI)

ASI is the largest archaeological and heritage consultancy in Canada, with offices in Toronto and Burlington. They have over 35 years of experience in the production and dissemination of knowledge about Ontario’s past. Come and visit the expanded Burlington office to meet the team of archaeologists and heritage specialists, see some artifacts and learn about local heritage!

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

Contact info

2321 Fairview Street, Unit 200
Burlington , Ontario
Telephone: 416-966-1069
http://asiheritage.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Burlington - Burlington Public Library, Central Branch Doors Open Halton Region

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Burlington - Burlington Public Library, Central Branch

Library services began in Burlington in 1872, with the Central Branch opening in 1970. Acting as a community space, the library is free for everyone and offers books, movies, music, magazines and more! During Doors Open, come and see the public makerspace, Burlington’s local history room, and tour the library – which includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the book circulation area.

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

Contact info

2331 New Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-639-3611
www.bpl.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1969
Architect: Brook, Carruthers, Grierson, Shaw Architects
Architectural style: Brutalism
Building type: Library
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (tours at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.)

Burlington - East Plains United Church Doors Open Halton Region

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Burlington - East Plains United Church

In 1843, the East Plains United Church started as a simple frame building where citizens would gather for meetings. Over 175 years, the church added a brick façade and cornerstones, survived a fire, merged with the United Church and installed a historical plaque commemorating the Indigenous farm workers of Aldershot. Discover the church’s history and its 130-year-old cemetery.

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

Contact info

375 Plains Road East
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-634-5858
Email: calliearcher773@gmail.com
www.eastplainsunitedchurch.com

Architecture

Year built: 1843
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

Burlington - Freeman Station Doors Open Halton Region

Burlington - Freeman Station

From 1854 to 1988, this location was Burlington's railway arrival and departure centre – connecting local residents with Toronto, Chicago and Buffalo. Built in 1906 for the Grand Trunk Railway as a combination passenger and baggage depot, the Burlington West Station (formerly Burlington Junction, known as Freeman Station) exhibits stylistic features characteristic of Grand Trunk Railway stations constructed in that decade.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1285 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
www.freemanstation.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1906
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

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

Burlington - Halton Mosque and Halton Islamic Association Doors Open Halton Region

Burlington - Halton Mosque and Halton Islamic Association

Built in the early 1990s, the Halton Mosque is the only masjid (a Muslim place of worship) in the City of Burlington. Since it opened, it has been the primary centre for prayer, learning and recreation for the Burlington Muslim community. During Doors Open, take a tour of this unique building and learn about the Islamic faith and culture.

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

Contact info

4310 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-334-9943
www.haltonmosque.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1990
Architectural style: International
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Burlington - Holy Cross Lutheran Church Doors Open Halton Region

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Burlington - Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Holy Cross Lutheran Church has interesting features, both inside and out. The interior has an impressive set of 15 stained-glass panels, which were completed between 1978 and 1985. The exterior features a pollinator garden, solar panels and a community garden. During Doors Open, visit this church and learn about its history – and how they have reduced their ecological footprint!

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

Contact info

3455 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-637-2741
Email: office@holycrossburlington.ca
www.holycrossburlington.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1960
Architect: John Harkness
Building type: Place of worship
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

Burlington - Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery Doors Open Halton Region

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Burlington - Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery

Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery is the Diocese of Hamilton’s best-known cemetery. Opened in 1875, it is the resting place of many of the diocese’s bishops, priests and religious sisters. In 1889, the beautiful Holy Sepulchre Chapel was consecrated by Bishop Dowling. It is situated in one of the most historical areas of the cemetery, overlooking the shores of Lake Ontario.

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

Contact info

600 Spring Gardens Road
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-522-7727
Email: dcahill@thecatholiccemeteries.ca
www.thecatholiccemeteries.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Burlington - Ireland House Museum Doors Open Halton Region

Burlington - Ireland House Museum

Built in 1837, Ireland House was the home of Joseph Ireland, one of Burlington’s earliest settlers. In 1820, he purchased the land that would become the future site of his family home. Ireland and his descendants occupied this house until 1985. Today, the site consists of the original homestead, gardens, woodland, a potting shed, a cottage/drive shed and picnic area.

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

Contact info

2168 Guelph Line
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-332-9888
Email: museuminfo@burlington.ca
http://museumsofburlington.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1837
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

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

Burlington - Nickel Brook Brewing Co. Doors Open Halton Region

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Burlington - Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

Nickel Brook is Burlington's only craft brewery. Founded in 2005, it has grown to be one of the leading players in the Ontario craft beer industry with a huge range of products. From hoppy IPAs and fruity sours to rich stouts, there's something for even the most discerning beer lover here.

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

Contact info

864 Drury Lane
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 289-208-8295
Email: info@nickelbrook.com
www.nickelbrook.com

Architecture

Year built: 1990
Architect: Luigi Romano
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

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

Burlington - Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Iron Duke Doors Open Halton Region

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Burlington - Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Iron Duke

Originally built in 1858 as a Methodist church, this structure later became the local headquarters for the Canadian Legion. Since 1949, the building has been home to the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Iron Duke. The Sea Cadets is a free program that teaches youth leadership, seamanship and more. See the Gothic-revival architecture and hear about the 1980 fire!

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  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

451 Elizabeth Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-719-7564
Email: dittmer.am@gmail.com
www.burlingtonseacadets.com

Architecture

Year built: 1858
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Military

Dates/hours open

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

Burlington - Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant Doors Open Halton Region

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Burlington - Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant cleans and treats wastewater for the City of Burlington. Through a series of filtration processes, the facility has the capacity to treat and discharge the equivalent of over 56 Olympic pools of clean water into Hamilton Harbour, Lake Ontario every day. Registration required to visit.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1135 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1964

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; scheduled tours only

Burlington - Burlington Public Library, Central Branch Doors Open Halton Region

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Burlington - Burlington Public Library, Central Branch

Library services began in Burlington in 1872, with the Central Branch opening in 1970. Acting as a community space, the library is free for everyone and offers books, movies, music, magazines and more! During Doors Open, come and see the public makerspace, Burlington’s local history room, and tour the library – which includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the book circulation area.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2331 New Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-639-3611
www.bpl.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1969
Architect: Brook, Carruthers, Grierson, Shaw Architects
Architectural style: Brutalism
Building type: Library
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (tours at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.)

Burr House and Guild Hall Doors Open Richmond Hill

Burr House and Guild Hall

In this cottage-style house, which Rowland Burr built in 1820, visitors can purchase fibre arts crafts and enjoy tea and scones (available for a nominal fee in the Tea Room). The Guild Hall, built in 1857 by the Evangelical Association of North America, was moved here in 1978 and is now a crafts studio. See weaving, spinning, pottery demonstrations and quilting. 

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

528-530 Carrville Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-884-0327
www.burrhousefiberarts.com

Architecture

Year built: 1820
Architectural style: Ontario cottage

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BYTOWN MUSEUM: Commissariat Building Doors Open Ottawa

BYTOWN MUSEUM: Commissariat Building

Discover the secrets hidden within Ottawa’s oldest stone building – the Commissariat, home of the BYTOWN MUSEUM – in this special behind-the-scenes tour! Learn about this spectacular heritage building from the foundation to the rafters – including the vault and stories of its former uses and inhabitants. One hundred and ninety-one years later, this building still has much to tell.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1 Canal Lane
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-234-4570
www.bytownmuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1827
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cable 14 - TV Hamilton Ltd. Doors Open Hamilton

Cable 14 - TV Hamilton Ltd.

Cable 14 – a local specialty channel serving the greater Hamilton area – is the only independent community programming network designated in Canada. See their state-of-the-art television equipment and learn how television is made. Observe a live production, get a chance to be on television asking your questions to provincial election candidates, enter draws to win a prize, and more!

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

Contact info

150 Dundurn Street South (Main and Dundurn streets)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-523-1414
www.cable14.com

Architecture

Year built: 1971; 1982 (adaptive reuse)
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sunday May 6, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Camp X Memorial, Intrepid Park Doors Open Whitby

Camp X Memorial, Intrepid Park

Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, the memorial to Camp X at Intrepid Park is dedicated to the men and women who were employed at the British Security Coordination spy training school and communications centre located here during the Second World War. The buildings associated with the site have been demolished or relocated. The memorial was erected in 1984.

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  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

2008 Boundary Road
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.camp-x.com/camp-x.html

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Military
Landscape: Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canada Council Art Bank Doors Open Ottawa

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Canada Council Art Bank

The Art Bank is home to over 17,000 contemporary Canadian artworks – including paintings, sculpture and fibre works. It offers Canadians access to original art through its three programs – art rental, museum loans and outreach projects. Enjoy a tour and see artworks related to transportation and the environment prior to the opening of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit System (LRT).

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

Contact info

921 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, Ontario
http://artbank.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canada's Penitentiary Museum Doors Open Kingston

Canada's Penitentiary Museum

Canada’s Penitentiary Museum is housed in Cedarhedge, once the residence of a Kingston Penitentiary warden. Built by convicts using local limestone, with Ohio sandstone accents, this home was first occupied in 1873 (it ceased to be the warden’s residence in 1933). Eight rooms of the house have been converted into galleries that depict the history of Canada’s federal correctional system.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

555 King Street West at Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd.
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-530-3122
Email: Dave.Stonge@CSC-SCC.GC.CA
www.penitentiarymuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1873
Architect: Henry Horsey
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
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 dating from 1902 to 1988, as well as other historical items. The building also has its original freight elevator. During Doors Open Oshawa, visit the gift shop and enjoy family crafts. New this year, Lighting McQueen is in the building!

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Women's history

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

Canadian Conservation Institute Doors Open Ottawa

Canadian Conservation Institute

Discover the fascinating world of heritage conservation and conservation science! Learn how the Canadian Conservation Institute supports museums, archives and historical sites of Canada in conserving our heritage collections so that they can be accessed by current and future generations.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

1030 Innes Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-998-3721
www.cci-icc.gc.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canadian Historical Aircraft Association Doors Open Windsor

Canadian Historical Aircraft Association
The Canadian Historical Aircraft Association is housed in the last remaining hanger of the #7 Elementary Flying Training School, which was used during the Second World War and is located at Windsor International Airport. The association's mission is to preserve and restore vintage military and civilian aircraft that are important to Canadian aviation history.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

2600 Airport Road (off Walker Road)
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-966-9742
www.ch2a.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22 – Sunday September 23, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canadian Mar Thoma Church, Toronto Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

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Canadian Mar Thoma Church, Toronto

The Canadian Mar Thoma Church, Toronto celebrates its roots in Kerala, India. Built in 2017, this 2,137-square-metre (23,000-square-foot) building contains a beautiful 750-seat sanctuary, seniors’ recreational room, youth room and spectacular chandeliers. Take a guided tour to learn the historical significance of the site, the community background and more. Refreshments will be available.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

159 Sandiford Drive
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 416-820-8075
www.marthoma.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2017
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, The Doors Open London

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, The

Stand amid the laureate portrait gallery and watch a video or read about over 100 remarkable Canadians and their contributions to medicine and health care. Explore fascinating exhibits featuring ground-breaking medical discoveries. Activities for kids include puzzles that highlight the importance of teamwork and scavenger hunts. Self-guided tour books are available, and there are also mini guided tours.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

267 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-488-2003
www.cdnmedhall.org

Architecture

Year built: 1928

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Canadian Space Services Ltd. Doors Open Ottawa

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Canadian Space Services Ltd.

In 1960, NATO and the Canadian Department of National Defence built this satellite communications (SATCOM) station with a huge metal space frame radar dome on its roof. The dome protects the SATCOM antenna, which provided satellite communications between NATO countries until 1999. It is now headquarters for the Canadian Space Services Ltd., CSS Wind Inc. and Rocky Mountain Equipment Ltd.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2336 Craig Side Road
Carp, Ontario
www.canspace.com

Architecture

Year built: 1960
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sunday June 3, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canadian Victory Garden Doors Open Oshawa

Canadian Victory Garden

Located on two hectares (six acres) of a historical farm property, the Canadian Victory Garden is an education centre. Tours will showcase an operational urban farm, solar-equipped greenhouse, beehive, pollinator gardens and earth systems for low energy as well as demonstrations of ham radio. Run by the Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities, whose mandate is to encourage self-sufficiency/ecological lifestyles.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

Cannon Knitting Mills Doors Open Hamilton

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Cannon Knitting Mills

Cannon Knitting Mills – one of Hamilton’s few surviving industrial complexes – started as a foundry and became the Chipman-Holton Knitting Company in 1902, one of Hamilton’s first knitting mills. Tour the former textile production spaces that will be adaptively reused as the Beasley Park Lofts – a restaurant, boutique hotel and residential condominiums complex.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

134 Mary Street (off Wilson Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
https://stinsonproperties.com/project/beasley-park-lofts-2

Architecture

Year built: 1854 (original foundry); 1856; c. 1910 (additions); 1911-22 (additions)
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canopy Growth Corporation (Tweed Inc.) Doors Open Smiths Falls

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Canopy Growth Corporation (Tweed Inc.)

Canopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis company, headquartered in Smiths Falls’ former Hershey Chocolate Factory. From its 2013 inception, Canopy Growth has focused on establishing brands, leading the Canadian cannabis sector with integrity, moving the dialogue on cannabis forward and creating something uniquely Canadian. Come and see the brand new Visitor's Centre, now open!

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Contact info

1 Hershey Drive
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-706-2185
Email: hi@tweed.com
www.canopygrowth.com

Architecture

Year built: 1963
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Theatre, The Doors Open Windsor

Capitol Theatre, The
Visit the historical home of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and help launch the symphony’s 2018/19 season. The renovated backstage area will be open for tours. The Capitol – a cultural hub in Windsor since businessman and impresario Marcus Loew had it built in 1920 – has been a home to movies, vaudeville and live theatre.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

121 University Avenue West
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-253-7729
www.capitoltheatrewindsor.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1920
Architect: Thomas W. Lamb
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Captain's House Heritage Bed & Breakfast, The Doors Open Simcoe County

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Captain's House Heritage Bed & Breakfast, The

Built in 1905, this was the home of Captain David Burke, his wife Lottie, and their daughter Ruth for over 60 years. Converted to a bed and breakfast in 2014, it has been lovingly restored to its original layout and showcases the true craftsmanship and elegance of the early 20th century.

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423 Hugel Avenue
Midland, Ontario
Telephone: 705-245-3555
Email: captainshouse@rogers.com
www.facebook.com/CaptsHse

Architecture

Year built: 1905
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Commercial, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

Cardus Doors Open Hamilton

Cardus
Visit the head office of Cardus – a nonpartisan think tank and registered charity dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture – located in a former industrial building. View archival building photographs and program displays. Try the Halo Calculator to estimate your city’s “halo effect.” Complimentary light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

185 Young Street (at Ferguson Avenue South, main floor)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-528-8866
www.cardus.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1882; 1974 (adaptive reuse); 2012 (renovation)
Architect: Trevor Garwood-Jones (1974); Invizij Architects (2012)
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carizon Family and Community Services Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Carizon Family and Community Services

Come and see where over 45 community partners meet once a week to support at-risk members of the Kitchener-Waterloo community. Tour Carizon – a purpose-built mental health and community services hub. This creative gathering place is home to globally recognized and innovative collaborations, among them the Family Violence Project of Waterloo Region and The Waterloo Region Child and Youth Advocacy Centre.

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

Contact info

400 Queen Street South
Kitchener, Ontario
www.carizon.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2000
Architect: Robert J. Dyck Architect and Engineer Inc., Kitchener

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Carley Community Hall Doors Open Simcoe County

Carley Community Hall

During Doors Open, visit the c. 1912 Carley Community Hall – originally a one-room schoolhouse. Today, it maintains its former look with original flooring, a stage, blackboard and large windows. Be a part of the history of the area, enjoy food and meet the talented artists whose work will be on sale.

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

Contact info

396 Warminster Sideroad (between Lines 8 and 9)
Oro-Medonte, Ontario
Telephone: 705-487-2171
www.carleycommunityhall.com

Architecture

Year built: c. 1912
Building type: Attraction, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Carman House Museum Doors Open Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

Carman House Museum

Carman House is a 200-plus-year-old Georgian limestone cottage that has been restored to its original condition. It was built shortly after the War of 1812 by Michael Carman III, son of a Palatine Loyalist. He was bequeathed the property in 1806 from his uncle, who had fought alongside the British during the American Rebellion.

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

Contact info

5895 Carman Road South
Iroquois, Ontario
Telephone: 613-652-4808
www.facebook.com/CarmanHouseMuseum

Architecture

Year built: 1815
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18 – Sunday August 19, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Carnegie Building (Grimsby Historical Society Archives) Doors Open Grimsby

Carnegie Building (Grimsby Historical Society Archives)

An outstanding example of a Carnegie library influenced by the beaux arts style, this building was constructed in 1911 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. The building is named for the late 19th-century Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Stop by to view a display on the history of Main Street, presentations on past and present influential women, and historical maps.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Women's history

Contact info

25 Adelaide Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-309-2002
Email: archives@grimsbyhistoricalsociety.com
www.grimsbyhistoricalsociety.com

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carpenters Local 1669 Training Centre Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Carpenters Local 1669 Training Centre

This contemporary facility, built in 2016, addresses the evolving needs of technology and education within carpentry-related trades. The building’s design, inspired by features found in northwestern Ontario, also incorporates the materials and methods traditionally used by carpenters. The 8-metre-high (26-foot-high) practical training area features an engineering training structure used for high-angle rescue, working at heights and suspend-access training.

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

Contact info

1306 Capital Way
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Telephone: 807-344-0611
www.carpenterslocal1669.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2016
Architect: FORM Architecture Engineering
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Educational facility, Union hall

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Casa Toscana (Farewell House) Doors Open Grimsby

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Casa Toscana (Farewell House)

Farewell House, now home to Casa Toscana, was built by the Woolverton family in 1839. This house features an eclectic combination of architectural elements. The Woolvertons ran a medical practice here until the 1980s. A memorial iron gate from the original house is now in the gardens at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, commemorating the family’s contribution to Grimsby health care.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

22 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 289-235-8888
www.casatoscana.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1839
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Catalyst137 and Miovision Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Catalyst137 and Miovision

Catalyst137 – the world's largest “Internet of Things” (IoT) hardware space – is helping Kitchener-Waterloo's IoT companies compete globally. Anchor tenant Miovision, with roots in traffic solutions, is now helping cities become smart cities. Join the 11 a.m. talk: What is a City? Interpreting Change in the Urban Landscape. During Doors Open, this site will also be participating in Startup Open House.

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

Contact info

137 Glasgow Street
Kitchener , Ontario
www.catalyst-137.com

Architecture

Year built: 1956; 1968; 2016-17
Architect: SRM Architects, Kitchener (2016-17)

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CBC-Radio Canada Doors Open Windsor

CBC-Radio Canada

Windsor's first television station began here in 1954. Located on the original site of the Canadian Salt Mine, this building is listed on the city's heritage register. Originally, the station shared its home with CKLW AM Radio – one of North America's most influential frequencies – which started broadcasting in Windsor in the 1930s. Today, it is the home of CBC-Radio Canada.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access

Contact info

825 Riverside Drive West
Windsor, Ontario
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor

Architecture

Year built: 1954
Architect: W.J. Carter

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Centennial Botanical Conservatory Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Centennial Botanical Conservatory

Built by the Fort William Parks Board in honour of Canada’s centennial, construction of this 18-tonne structure began in 1965. In November 1967, this oasis opened as one of only 10 conservatories in the country. The 1,096-square-metre (11,800-square-foot) viewing area features cascading waterfalls, pools and winding pathways among an extensive display of exotic flowers, plants and fruit-bearing trees.

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

Contact info

1601 Dease Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Telephone: 807-622-7036
www.thunderbay.ca/Living/recreation_and_parks/Parks/Botanical_Conservatory.htm

Architecture

Year built: 1967
Architect: Lord & Burnham Company Ltd.
Building type: Attraction
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Centennial Building Doors Open Whitby

Centennial Building

The Ontario County Courthouse was built between 1852 and 1854. By 1964, however, the building had become too small to accommodate the county’s needs and a new courthouse was built on Rossland Road. In 1967, with assistance from the Canada Centennial Project, the original courthouse was reopened as a community centre known as the Whitby Centennial Building.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

416 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1852-54
Architect: Frederic Cumberland et William Storm, Toronto
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Attraction, Courthouse, Historical landmark, Theatre
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Central Presbyterian Church Doors Open Waterloo Region

Central Presbyterian Church

Rare bell tower tours will be offered at this, one of Waterloo Region’s great church buildings, immediately recognizable for its patterned slate roof and picturesque location on the Grand River. The 56-metre (184-foot) spire contains 10 bells, rung weekly. Highlights include a beautiful curving gallery from 1889, a 1928 Casavant organ, and stained glass from the 19th and 20th centuries.

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

Contact info

7 Queen's Square
Cambridge, Ontario
www.centralchurchcambridge.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880-82
Architect: John Hall Jr., Guelph, with W.H. Mallory
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Central Westside United Church Doors Open Owen Sound

Central Westside United Church

Built in 1910 as the Westside Methodist Church, this building remains much the same as it did then. It was constructed of local materials with Renaissance proportions in the Akron style. A veranda was added to the northeast entrance and a wheelchair ramp at the west entrance. The pipe organ also dates from 1910.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

310 10th Street West
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-8319
www.centralwestside.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1910
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Century Church Theatre Doors Open Erin

Century Church Theatre

Built in 1906, this church has original elm panelling and curved pews, stained-glass windows, horse-tethering rings and many features that were modern for its time. Regular services ended in 2003, although the Good Friday service continued until 2014. The church is now the home of the Century Church Theatre, as well as one of Ontario’s largest bat colonies!

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

72 Trafalgar Road
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-4586
http://centurychurchtheatre.com

Architecture

Year built: 1906
Building type: Place of worship, Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cherry Creek Greenhouses Doors Open Lincoln

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Cherry Creek Greenhouses

Cherry Creek Greenhouses is a supplier of flowers and vegetable plants. This traditional growing facility incorporates a modern planting line, as well as the latest irrigation technology – from trough watering and drip irrigation to automated basket systems, a drive-through irrigation tunnel and cascade floor operations. Come inside and see the colours and innovations of a local, successful greenhouse operation.

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3550 Cherry Avenue
Town of Lincoln, Ontario
Telephone: 289-921-8780

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Chimczuk Museum (Museum Windsor) Doors Open Windsor

Chimczuk Museum (Museum Windsor)

The Chimczuk Museum, located on the ground floor of the Art Gallery of Windsor, is a premier museum destination that houses permanent exhibits on the history of the Windsor area, the culture and legacy of its Aboriginal people, and the development of the City of Windsor. The François Baby House, also part of Doors Open Windsor, is a block away.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

401 Riverside Drive West
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-253-1812
Email: wmuseum@citywindsor.ca
www.citywindsor.ca/residents/Culture/Windsors-Community-Museum/Pages/Chimczuk-Museum.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 2016
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22 – Sunday September 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Christ Church Doors Open Simcoe County

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Christ Church

This Anglican church, completed in 1881, was donated to the village by principals of the Georgian Bay Lumber Company. Originally, the exterior was clad in pine board and batten, painted white. The windows are original, covered on the outside. Its interior features include original windows, pews, chairs and clear ash panelling that covers a portion of the walls and ceiling.

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22 Hazel Street
Waubaushene, Ontario
Telephone: 705-549 2223
Email: anglicanparish@bellnet.ca
www.tay.ca/en/resident-services/resources/Documents/Christ-Church-22-Hazel-Street-Waubaushene.pdf

Architecture

Year built: 1881
Architectural style: Log structure
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Church House Doors Open Guelph

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Church House

In 1899, Knox Presbyterian established a Sabbath School Mission. In 1909, St. Paul’s Presbyterian was constructed as a modest Edwardian building with Gothic windows and an impressive Douglas fir ceiling. In 2002, the church was sold and renovated over the next five years into a residence, which is also the headquarters of Sage Solutions, a strategic planning and facilitation company.

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  • Guided tours available

Contact info

44 Short Street
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-776-1977

Architecture

Year built: 1899; 1906
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 21, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; first tour leaves at 10 a.m.; last tour leaves around 3:40 p.m. to allow the site to close at 4 p.m.

Church of Our Lady, Southwood Doors Open Gravenhurst

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Church of Our Lady, Southwood

Southwood Church is a charming log building built on scenic Southwood Road. The first church was built in the 1920s and then, in 1935, the logs were replaced. The pine pews, organ, lectern, Bible, Madonna statue and liturgical items are all original. Come and ring the bell – salvaged from a local train wreck – and learn more about the site.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

3411 Southwood Road
Kilworthy, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-1036
Email: catherine@canook.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1935
Architect: Pioneer families
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Church of Our Saviour The Redeemer, The Doors Open Hamilton

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Church of Our Saviour The Redeemer, The

This church – founded in 1876 as the Church of The Redeemer – was established in 2007 with the amalgamation of the parishes of The Redeemer and the Church of our Saviour, Stoney Creek (founded 1919). See how the 1876 church expanded in 1952, view stained-glass windows and learn the story of the Dossal tapestry. Complimentary refreshments will be available.

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

Contact info

25 Lake Avenue South
Hamilton (Stoney Creek), Ontario
Telephone: 905-664-6641
Email: oursaviourtheredeemer@bellnet.ca
www.oursaviourtheredeemer.com

Architecture

Year built: 1876; 1894 (buttresses); 1952 (addition to 1876 church); 1968 (chapel, Corman Hall and offices)
Architect: James H. Christie (1968)
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday service 9:30 to 11 a.m. (all are welcome)

Church of the Ascension Doors Open Windsor

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Church of the Ascension

The congregation of the Church of the Ascension is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. After the two original buildings were replaced, the current church was rebuilt in 1927. After a 1990 fire, the stained-glass windows were restored with the original glass and new lead. A cross made from timbers from the church roof is in the memorial garden.

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

Contact info

1385 University Avenue West
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-256-4341
Email: ascension@bellnet.ca
www.ascensionwindsor.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1927
Architect: Sheppard and Mason
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Church of the Nativity Doors Open Hamilton

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Church of the Nativity

The Church of the Nativity – founded in 1878 as St. Mary’s, Bartonville – was established in 2006 with the amalgamation of the parishes of St. Mary’s and Grace Church, Hamilton (founded 1919). View the intricately carved chapel reredos – originally in the 1881 stone church – stained-glass windows, archival photographs and worship artifacts from both former parishes.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1831 King Street East (at Barons Avenue)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-549-4335
www.worshipwithnativity.org

Architecture

Year built: 1880-81; 1953 (chancel renovation and nave addition); 1967 (Chapel of the Holy Family, parish hall, meeting rooms and offices)
Architect: Charles Willer Mulligan; Husband, Robertson & Wallace (1953); Charles Lenz (1967)
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday service at 10 a.m. (all are welcome)

Church Street School Doors Open Aurora

Church Street School

The Church Street School is home to both the Aurora Cultural Centre and the Aurora Museum. During Doors Open, discover Aurora through the new app, On This Spot, which comes to life at 11 a.m. with local historian David Heard. At 1 p.m., meet artist Rebecca Last for the opening of her new exhibition, Cassandra's garden: Tracing shifted ground.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

22 Church Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-713-1818
www.auroraculturalcentre.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1885-86
Architect: Thomas Kennedy
Architectural style: Victorian

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Churches of Saint Matthias & St. James the Apostle Doors Open Guelph

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Churches of Saint Matthias & St. James the Apostle

Built in 1891-92, this is the newest of Guelph’s stone churches and the last built with local limestone. The Gothic-style church was downsized from its original plan, resulting in an unusual orientation. The original fine wood ceiling and elaborate vaulting remain in the building’s final form. The roof slates came from Cornwall, England.

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

Contact info

86 Glasgow Street North
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-822-1061
www.sjapostle.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1891-92
Architect: John Day
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 21, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; first tour leaves at 10 a.m.; last tour leaves around 3:40 p.m. to allow the site to close at 4 p.m.

City Art Centre Doors Open London

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City Art Centre

Come and experience firsthand an Ontario heritage building as a living, breathing piece of history. Visitors will delight in a tour of this artists' studio and gallery, as well as participate in a fun and creative workshop. There will be food and beverages available in a friendly, welcoming environment – with the opportunity to purchase works of art.

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

Contact info

652 Elizabeth Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-433-0991
Email: cityartcentrelondon@gmail.com
www.cityartcentrelondonontario.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1888
Architect: Henry James

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday only: Noon to 4 p.m.

Citytv Building Doors Open Toronto

Citytv Building

The Citytv Building is a studio complex located at Yonge-Dundas Square. Built in 2004, the building was originally home to Olympic Spirit Toronto, an Olympic-themed entertainment attraction, until 2006. The building was acquired by Rogers Media Inc. in 2007 and is now the new home of four Toronto television stations: City, Omni 1, Omni 2 and CityNews.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Women's history

Contact info

33 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario
www.citytv.com/toronto

Architecture

Year built: 2004
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sunday May 27, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Collingwood Town Hall Doors Open Simcoe County

Collingwood Town Hall
Originally a market and opera hall, this Romanesque revival, three-storey, red-brick town hall features ornate sandstone trim, a central, gabled block and a circa 1890 clock tower. The building incorporates original round-headed arches with rustic stone voussoirs and hood mouldings. The tower is asymmetrically placed. Renovated in the 1980s, it remains a beautiful building well worth a visit.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

97 Hurontario Street
Collingwood, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1891
Architect: J. Wilson
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

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

Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County Doors Open Belleville and District

Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County

The Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County is Ontario's newest archive facility, opened in 2016. A collaborative project, it was built as a partnership between the City of Belleville, the County of Hastings and the Hastings County Historical Society. The archives preserve the history of the community through records of local governments, individuals, families, businesses and organizations.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

254 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-967-3304
www.cabhc.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2016
Architect: Shoalts and Zaback
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Community Living Guelph Wellington (CLGW) Doors Open Guelph

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Community Living Guelph Wellington (CLGW)

CLGW facilitates social inclusion and community engagement, supporting adults with developmental disabilities to have a full life – living, working and connecting in their community. CLGW’s vision to enrich, inspire and engage ensures that all members belong. Tour the facility, meet some of the 400+ people who the organization supports, and learn why Guelph is such a caring community.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

8 Royal Rd
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-824-2480
www.clgw.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2007
Architect: James Fryett
Building type: Commercial
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 21, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; first tour leaves at 10 a.m.; last tour leaves around 3:40 p.m. to allow the site to close at 4 p.m.

Community Waterfront Heritage Centre Doors Open Owen Sound

Community Waterfront Heritage Centre

In 1931, the Canadian National Railway built this station, which had a separate waiting room for women and children, to replace the original Grand Trunk station. Passenger service ended in 1970. Today, the station is a landmark and tourism hub, housing the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre. Learn more about Owen Sound’s port history and stroll along the nearby waterfront trail.

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

Contact info

1155 1st Avenue West
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-371-3333
http://marineandrail.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1931
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum, Transportation
Landscape: Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Compass Brewing Doors Open Timmins and Northeastern Ontario

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Compass Brewing

Compass Brewing aims to educate the community on craft beer culture through events, collaborations and partnerships. They strive for continual improvement through community participation. To Compass, beer is a tool to express both individual and community identities. During Doors Open, come and take a guided tour of the facility and find out what the craft beer culture is all about.

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  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1300 Riverside Drive, Unit 20
Timmins, Ontario
Telephone: 705-268-1010
Email: info@compassbrewing.com
www.compassbrewing.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 13, 2018
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Comstock and Kaye Life Celebration Centre Doors Open Peterborough

Comstock and Kaye Life Celebration Centre

The Comstock and Kaye Life Celebration Centre was formed in 2016 as a merger between two well-established Peterborough businesses: Comstock Funeral Home, founded over 150 years ago, and Kaye Funeral Home and Memorial Chapel, founded in 1946. Tour this business, located in an 1882 building, and learn about their history and work today.

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356 Rubidge Street
Peterborough, Ontario
Telephone: 705-745-4683

Architecture

Year built: 1882
Architect: David Gamble

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Conestoga College Applied Research Hub and Grand Innovations Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Conestoga College Applied Research Hub and Grand Innovations

Tour these large facilities inside a former machinery factory. Conestoga’s Applied Research Hub has advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and advanced recycling as focus areas. Grand Innovations is a new non-profit organization that supports local businesses to improve innovation and competitiveness. During Doors Open, this site is also participating in Startup Open House. Job seekers, investors, curious neighbours: discover the startup culture!

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96 Grand Avenue South (The Gaslight District)
Cambridge, Ontario
www.conestogac.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1890-1913; renovated 2017-18
Architect: MartinSimmons Architects Inc., Kitchener (2017-18)
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Consolidated Public Works and Environmental Services Operation Facility Doors Open Quinte West

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Consolidated Public Works and Environmental Services Operation Facility

Opened in 2017, this facility was built to accommodate services that were previously provided out of several fragmented pre-amalgamation (1998) facilities. The 9,300-square-metre (100,000-square-foot) building is home to repair and storage areas, truck wash bays and staff amenity areas. Tours will be available, starting at 10 a.m.

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177 North Murray Street
Trenton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-392-2841
Email: mayor@quintewest.ca
www.quintewest.ca/en/your-city-hall/Consolidated-Operations-Facility.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2017
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Copeland Hill Cemetery Doors Open Simcoe County

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Copeland Hill Cemetery

Copeland Hill Cemetery has a rich history. The church’s original congregation comprised members of the garrison from Drummond Island who settled here after the island was returned to the Americans following the War of 1812. In early days, the church’s pastors travelled by horseback. The Copelands – a prominent local industrial family – donated the cemetery land in the 1830s.

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2 Cemetery Lane
Township of Tiny, Ontario
Telephone: 705-526-4204

Architecture

Year built: 1829
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

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

Corby Park Rose Garden Doors Open Belleville and District

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Corby Park Rose Garden

The Corby Park Rose Garden is in the old east village in Belleville, a great area for exploring heritage homes, just a few blocks from the Bay of Quinte. The garden has a stunning water fountain and at the centre of it all, you get a beautiful view of the entire garden – perfect for a family outing or wedding.

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210 Ann Street
Belleville, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Core Arts and Culture Centre (CORE) Doors Open Belleville and District

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Core Arts and Culture Centre (CORE)

Built in 1851, this site has had many owners. In 1909, Henry Corby bought the building and gave to the city for use as a library. It was sold in 2006 and is now used as a church and cultural centre. Today, CORE supports arts- and culture-related programming – such as pottery, music, art and dance – as well as non-profit organizations.

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223 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-967-0255
Email: office@coreinfo.ca
http://coreinfo.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1851
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cornwall Community Museum in the Wood House Doors Open Cornwall

Cornwall Community Museum in the Wood House

Come to the museum and learn about Cornwall's historical roots. See the 1900s kitchen filled with old dairy products, the circa 1910 study, the 1950s-era dining room (which showcases pieces from Cornwall manufacturer Beach Furniture) and the newest exhibit on Queen Elizabeth's visit in 1959 for the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

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160 Water Street West
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 613-936-0280

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cornwall General Hospital Down Memory Lane Tour Doors Open Cornwall

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Cornwall General Hospital Down Memory Lane Tour

A partnership between the Cornwall General Hospital Nurses Alumni, Registered Nurses’ Association Alumni, community members and The Care Centre (operating in the former Cornwall General Hospital) is working to create a permanent commemoration of the former hospital. During Doors Open, come and tour the project area and speak with volunteer committee members about how these memories are being preserved.

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Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cornwall Historical Walking Tour Doors Open Cornwall

Cornwall Historical Walking Tour

This 6-kilometre (3.7-mile) self-guided walking tour is a voyage into Cornwall’s heritage, depicting events and points of interest from Cornwall’s past. The tour follows nearly 30 plaques erected along Cornwall’s waterfront, downtown and in parts of Le Village in the city’s east end – representing industrial links, the former Cornwall Canal and the founding of New Johnstown.

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Meet at the Cornwall Community Museum (160 Water Street West in Lamoureux Park)
Cornwall, Ontario
http://levillagebia.com/walkingtour

Architecture

Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cornwall Public Library Doors Open Cornwall

Cornwall Public Library

In 1995, the Cornwall Public Library celebrated its 100th anniversary. In 1997, the library underwent a large transition when it moved into the former post office. This move ended years of overcrowding and gave the public a locale in the heart of the city.

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  • French services available

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45 Second Street East
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 613-932-4796
http://library.cornwall.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1953
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cowan House Doors Open Oshawa

Cowan House

Cowan House, built circa 1858, 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.

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  • Guided tours available

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39 Athol Street West
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-723-7875
Email: church@stgeorgesoshawa.org

Architecture

Year built: c. 1858
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

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

Craighead Doors Open Fergus-Elora

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Craighead

Recently designated by Heritage Centre Wellington, Craighead was built as a limestone farmhouse in the Georgian style circa 1842 for influential Fergus pioneer Hugh Black and his family. It has two storeys at the rear and is one of the earliest surviving stone houses in Centre Wellington. Note: Only a portion of the interior will be open to the public.

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495 Union Street West
Fergus, Ontario
Telephone: 519-846-9691, ext. 289
Email: miglesias@centrewellington.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1842
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Crossland General Store Doors Open Simcoe County

Crossland General Store
The General Store was originally built by Henry Crossland and his wife Martha (nee Webster). It was also used as the local post office and gas station. Its prominent location encroaching onto the crossroads is typical of the many general stores that were a common feature of the rural Ontario landscape. The store was operational until 1974.

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  • Parking

Architecture

Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

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

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum Doors Open Ottawa

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum showcases historical and reproduction buildings on picturesque grounds depicting rural life in the 1920s and 1930s. Tour an operational sawmill and blacksmith shop, a one-room schoolhouse, a 1927 Imperial Gas garage, a 1904 church and family homes. Explore the history of transportation in Ottawa from railways to highways in our new exhibition, City in Motion.

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2940 Old Montreal Road
Cumberland, Ontario
Telephone: 613-833-3059
http://ottawa.ca/en/liveculture/museums/cumberlandmuseum

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Curtain Club, The Doors Open Richmond Hill

Curtain Club, The

Founded in 1954, The Curtain Club rehearsed in the homes of its then 25 members, built sets in garages, stored costumes in attics and performed in local halls and schools. In 1971, club members raised funds and hammers to create the current facility, which opened in 1972. The Royal Canadian Air Farce broadcast its first few seasons here.

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400 Newkirk Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-773-3434
www.thecurtainclub.org

Architecture

Year built: 1972
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dahlia May Flower Farm Doors Open Quinte West

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Dahlia May Flower Farm

Dahlia May Flower Farm is a small, family-run farm that specializes in cut flowers. With an 1885 Victorian farmhouse, a charming farm stand, an 18-metre (60-foot) greenhouse full of flowers and a rolling field of blooms during the summer, this property offers spectacular visual appeal. Enjoy this opportunity to connect directly with the growers who produce these gorgeous crops.

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  • Guided tours available
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1226 Stockdale Road
Trenton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-403-5055
Email: melanie@dahliamayflowerfarm.com
www.dahliamayflowerfarm.com

Architecture

Year built: 1885
Building type: Commercial
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Daniels Building Doors Open Toronto

Daniels Building

A merging of 19th- and 21st-century architecture, the Daniels Building parallels the history of the city itself. The original neo-Gothic building was the home of Knox College, a Presbyterian theological school. To create the new John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, the historical building was pared back to its roots, restoring original details.

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  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

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1 Spadina Crescent
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-978-5038
Email: enquiry@daniels.utoronto.ca
www.daniels.utoronto.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Architect: Smith & Gemmel
Architectural style: Gothic revival

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Danville Park Doors Open Mississauga

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Danville Park

Danville Park includes a premiere cricket site and toboggan hill with accessible pathways to the top of the hill. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority has partnered with the City of Mississauga to create an Airplane Viewing Platform at the park’s pinnacle. Soaring 25 metres (82 feet) above the surrounding area, the platform offers tremendous views of nearby Pearson International Airport.

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6525 Danville Road
Mississauga , Ontario
www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/parks-danville-park-302

Architecture

Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Davidson's Courtyard Doors Open Smiths Falls

Davidson's Courtyard

This site was once the location of Davidson’s Bread, the largest commercial bakery in eastern Ontario. Established in the early 1890s, it was operated by the Davidson family for three generations. The industrial structure has since been transformed into a retail courtyard with four shops and a café – with some original features still present (such as the unique flour elevator).

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  • Partial wheelchair access
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  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

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7 Russell Street West
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Email: davidsonshops@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/davidsoncourtyard

Architecture

Year built: 1890
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Deadman's Point, Whitney Cemetery Doors Open Timmins and Northeastern Ontario

Deadman's Point, Whitney Cemetery

The Great Porcupine Fire of 1911 destroyed the mining camps in the region. Many individuals perished, but afterwards most people chose to stay and rebuild their communities. Victims of the fire were buried at Deadman's Point. Today, the Whitney cemetery is still in service. View the monument to the victims of the fire as well as the Weiss family crypt.

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  • Guided tours available

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Cemetery Road, off of Haileybury Crescent
Porcupine, Ontario
Telephone: 705-360-2600, ext. 6245

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 13, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, The Doors Open Ottawa

Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, The

Designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, this award-winning building serves a representational role for the Ismaili Imamat, reflecting the wide-ranging humanistic and humanitarian agenda of the Aga Khan Development Network and its associated institutions. Visitors can also see an exhibit on Canada’s role in supporting global development.

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199 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
www.akfc.ca

Architecture

Architect: Fumihiko Maki

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Deloitte Canada – Kitchener-Waterloo Office Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Deloitte Canada – Kitchener-Waterloo Office

This building and the iconic smokestack outside were built nearly 100 years ago by the Lang Tanning Company. Meticulously restored and renovated, Deloitte’s workplace on Joseph Street combines early 20th-century industrial architecture elements – exposed brick and wood-beamed ceilings – with innovative individual and collaborative work areas. Join the talk at 1:30 p.m. – Designing our neighbourhoods: Trends and influences over 150 years.

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  • Guided tours available

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195 Joseph Street
Kitchener, Ontario
www.deloitte.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1925; renovated 2017
Architect: Gensler (2017)

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Devonshire Guest House Doors Open Erin

Devonshire Guest House

This stately guest house sits on part of the original 200 acres (81 hectares) of Crown land that Abraham Nelles claimed in 1820 and sold to Daniel McMillan in 1836. In 1846, Daniel sold half the land to Charles McMillan, who built the house. Now a bed and breakfast, the house has original stained glass, wood trim and hardware.

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  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

3 Union Street
Erin, Ontario
Telephone: 519-833-2187
www.devonshireguesthouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1856
Architect: Charles McMillan
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Devonshire Road Walking Tour Doors Open Windsor

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Devonshire Road Walking Tour

Follow us on a walking tour as we discuss the houses of interest in this historical neighbourhood. Discover the unique architectural features of buildings as we explore a range of elements – including decorative brick work, roof types, and window and door configurations that contribute to the textural structures. Tours will leave from the corner of Devonshire Road and Assumption Street.

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Meet at Devonshire Road and Assumption Street
Windsor, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Courthouse, Historical house, Post office

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22 – Sunday September 23, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dickinson House Doors Open Ottawa

Dickinson House

Built in 1867, the year of Canada’s Confederation, by M.K. Dickinson, founder of the village of Manotick, this 150-year-old house was the residence, from 1870 to 1972, of the Dickinson, Spratt and Watson families, owners/operators of the grist mill across the square. The house was visited by Sir John A. Macdonald during the 1887 general election.

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  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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1127 Mill Street
Manotick, Ontario
Telephone: 613-692-2241
www.rideautownshiphistory.org/dickinsonhouse

Architecture

Year built: 1867
Architect: M.K. Dickinson
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum Doors Open Ottawa

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum is a four-storey Cold War bunker built to protect the government from a nuclear attack on Ottawa. Once top-secret, this underground facility is now open year-round. Free tours in French and English by reservation only. Please visit diefenbunker.ca in early May to reserve your space.

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  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

3929 Carp Road
Carp, Ontario
http://diefenbunker.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1959-61
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dingo Farms Doors Open Simcoe County

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Dingo Farms

This family farm – the fourth generation of Harrisons – is dedicated to providing naturally slow-grown animals free of antibiotics and hormones to feed your family. With sustainability as their focus, they are consistently striving to support community initiatives, be responsible land stewards and take every opportunity to educate and share their passion for raising healthy animals.

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3412 Line 8
Bradford, Ontario
Telephone: 905-775-5520
Email: munawarc@hotmail.com
www.dingofarms.com

Architecture

Year built: 1908
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

District 28 Doors Open Toronto

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District 28

District 28 is home to two beautiful production studios, a screening room, bistro and a creative co-work space. The space is a media and creative hub in Toronto, inspiring and bringing together all creative types. With an onsite editing suite and screening room, District 28 has all the amenities needed to bring creative projects to life.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

28 Logan Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-224-2369
http://district28.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Documentary film screening: Long Walk Home: The Incredible Journey of Sheila Burnford Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Documentary film screening: Long Walk Home: The Incredible Journey of Sheila Burnford

Sheba Films will be screening their award-winning documentary Long Walk Home: The Incredible Journey of Sheila Burnford at Paramount Theatre during Doors Open. This 30-minute film about the local author of the classic novel-turned-Disney film The Incredible Journey will run at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. A collection of Burnford memorabilia will also be displayed in the lobby.

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  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Women's history

Contact info

24 Court Street South
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.shebafilms.com/films/long-walk-home-the-incredible-journey-of-sheila-burnford-2017

Architecture

Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Don Wright Faculty of Music Doors Open London

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Don Wright Faculty of Music

Enjoy a guided tour of Western University's Don Wright Faculty of Music – including performance, rehearsal and research spaces – and watch the New Horizons Adult Band rehearse. As London prepares to welcome the 2019 JUNO Awards, come and learn more about Western's long musical history in education, research, performance and composition.

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

Contact info

1151 Richmond Street North (Talbot College and Music Building, Western University)
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-3767
Email: musicevents@uwo.ca
http://music.uwo.ca

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday only: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dowler-Karn Museum Doors Open St. Thomas

Dowler-Karn Museum

Dowler-Karn has been a leading distributor of energy products for over 75 years. Opened in the fall of 2010, the Dowler-Karn Museum houses over 5,000 artifacts that feature a wide range of items – including vintage signs, a fully restored 1919 Model T fuel tanker and an exact replica model of the Canada Southern Railway Station.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

43841 Talbot Line
St. Thomas, Ontario
www.dowlerkarn.com

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 13, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Fergus Walking Tour Doors Open Fergus-Elora

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Downtown Fergus Walking Tour

First settled in 1833, downtown Fergus brings old-world charm with heritage architecture and an abundance of Scottish charm. The Grand River flows through the centre of town, bringing a subtle flow to everyday life. Wander the main street and travel back in time by reading stories about the downtown of the past.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

Start at 116 St. Andrew Street West
Fergus, Ontario
Email: fergusbia@gmail.com
http://downtownfergus.com

Architecture

Year built: 1833
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Industry Walking Tour Doors Open Peterborough

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Downtown Industry Walking Tour

Join local historians Don Willcock and Elwood Jones on a downtown walking tour that will explore the industrial heritage of Jackson Creek. Although few of the buildings remain, there are still lots of interesting stories to hear. There will be only two tours during the day, starting at Confederation Square.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at Confederation Square
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Mission, The Doors Open Windsor

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Downtown Mission, The

In the early 1970s, members of the Central United Church founded The Downtown Mission. In various locations until 2001, it is now located in the former Temple Baptist Church. Meals are offered daily. In 2016, the mission added a Wellness Centre at 875 Ouellette Avenue, with outreach services and Do Good Deli, a small restaurant that offers work training.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

664 Victoria Avenue
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-973-5573
www.downtownmission.com

Architecture

Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Walking Tour Doors Open Whitby

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Downtown Walking Tour

Presented in collaboration with the Downtown Whitby Business Improvement Area and Jane’s Walk. Meet outside of the Whitby Public Library (in front of Celebration Square) and wear your walking shoes! Explore the historical downtown and meet business owners, connect with neighbours, hear local stories and discover all of what downtown Whitby has to offer. Please dress according to the weather.

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Contact info

Meet at 405 Dundas Street West
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
https://janeswalk.org

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: walking tour starts at 2 p.m.

DOZR Inc. and RouteThis Doors Open Waterloo Region

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DOZR Inc. and RouteThis

DOZR, on the main floor at the former Berlin/Kitchener Fire Hall No. 2, is an asset-free, online heavy equipment rental platform revolutionizing the way that the construction industry accesses equipment. Upstairs is RouteThis, a growing firm that intelligently automates technical support for companies worldwide. During Doors Open, this site will also be participating in Startup Open House. Discover startup culture!

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

318 Duke Street West
Kitchener, Ontario
www.dozr.com

Architecture

Year built: 1913

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dr. Mullen House Doors Open Brockton

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Dr. Mullen House

This house was originally part of the Bobier subdivision. James Blair (owner of the Walkerton Ironworks) and his wife Frances lived here in the late 1800s. It is perhaps best known as the home of Dr. Gerald Mullen, a well-known local veterinarian. In his practice, he cared for animals in Walkerton and the surrounding area for nearly 40 years.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

415 Gibson Street
Walkerton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: c. 1880
Building type: Historical house, Private residence

Dates/hours open

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

Dreamwinds Equine Assisted Learning Centre Doors Open Simcoe County

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Dreamwinds Equine Assisted Learning Centre

This award-winning business provides a unique approach to team building, leadership and life skills development using horses to learn and grow. Centuries ago, the property was home to a lumber mill and contains a pioneer cemetery. Current owners, Tracey Evans and Dirk Tews, are providing unforgettable programs and events for the people of Bradford and the Greater Toronto Area.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2800 Line 10, RR 2
Bradford, Ontario
Telephone: 289-231-6775
https://dreamwinds.ca

Architecture

Year built: Established in 2012

Dates/hours open

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

Duff-Baby House Doors Open Windsor

Duff-Baby House

Duff-Baby House, one of Windsor’s oldest buildings, was built in 1798 for Alexander Duff, a Scottish fur merchant. The identity of the architect is unknown, but this Georgian design style was brought to Upper Canada by United Empire Loyalists in the late 18th century. The house was restored in the 1990s and is owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

221 Mill Street
Windsor, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/duff-baby-house

Architecture

Year built: 1798
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 23, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Durham Regional Consolidated Courthouse Doors Open Oshawa

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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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150 Bond Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-743-2800

Architecture

Year built: 2010

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

East City Industry Walking Tour Doors Open Peterborough

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East City Industry Walking Tour

Join local historian Gord Young from Lakefield Heritage Research on a walking tour of some of East City’s former industrial sites. Learn about how industry shaped the East City landscape and see what's there today. Tours will operate throughout the day, ending at 2:30 p.m., starting at the Cambium Consulting and Engineering parking lot. Easy walk; no special footwear required.

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Meet at 52 Hunter Street East
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

East Plains United Church Doors Open Burlington

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East Plains United Church

In 1843, the East Plains United Church started as a simple frame building where citizens would gather for meetings. Over 175 years, the church added a brick façade and cornerstones, survived a fire, merged with the United Church and installed a historical plaque commemorating the Indigenous farm workers of Aldershot. Discover the church’s history and its 130-year-old cemetery.

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

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375 Plains Road East
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-634-5858
Email: calliearcher773@gmail.com
www.eastplainsunitedchurch.com

Architecture

Year built: 1843
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

EcoHouse (Glen Manor) Doors Open Hamilton

EcoHouse (Glen Manor)

This restored stone farmhouse, operated by Green Venture as an environmental demonstration house, is an excellent example of adaptive reuse designed by Zebroski and Associates Inc. During Doors Open Hamilton, see a unique indoor dog pen in the basement of the original farmhouse. And join us for a heritage seedling sale and seed distribution.

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  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

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22 Veevers Drive (near Greenhill Avenue and Quigley Road)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-540-8787
www.greenventure.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1851; expanded and renovated 1968; adaptive reuse 2003
Architect: James Dean; Nicolson Design Services (1968); Zebroski and Associates Inc. (2003)
Building type: Educational facility, Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 30-minute guided tours both days at 1 p.m.

Eddie Sargent House Doors Open Owen Sound

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Eddie Sargent House

The Eddie Sargent House is an elegant and well-preserved Victorian home. The property was the former home of Eddie and Roma Sargent. Eddie was the Mayor of Owen Sound and the Member of Provincial Parliament representing Grey-North from 1963 to 1967 and Grey-Bruce from 1967 to 1987. The home occupies a prominent location on the west hill overlooking Georgian Bay.

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2545 5th Avenue West
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-3690, ext. 6114

Architecture

Year built: 1881
Architectural style: Gothic revival, Italianate
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ekort Realty Ltd. and Mortgage Architects Doors Open Belleville and District

Ekort Realty Ltd. and Mortgage Architects

This 1824 stone building was once the home and bakery of Henry Corby (the remains of the bakery are still visible in the basement). The foundation and large open hearth are original. A third storey was added in about 1883 and the present brick façade in 1891. The original wood and tin ceiling is still visible on the store level.

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258 Front Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-968-1182
http://ekortrealty.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1824
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Eldon House Doors Open London

Eldon House

Visit London’s oldest residence and view the family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures of the Harris family. After touring the house, join a garden party on the grounds with the London Dance Festival, where you will learn 19th-century historical dances. Then visit the Interpretive Centre to see history captured by the London Artists’ Studio Tour exhibit.

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  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

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481 Ridout Street North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-5169
Email: info@eldonhouse.ca
www.eldonhouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1834
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.; garden tour at 2 p.m. each day

Elgin County Archives Doors Open St. Thomas

Elgin County Archives

This building, designed as a nursing residence for the provincial psychiatric hospital across the road, has minimal decoration and striking curved two-storey bays, reflecting the era’s prevailing art deco style. Since 2002, the Elgin County Archives has been preserving and providing access to municipal government records and private collections – including Alma College and the St. Thomas Times-Journal.

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  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

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450 Sunset Drive
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-631-1460, ext. 154
www.elgincounty.ca/archives

Architecture

Year built: 1939
Architectural style: Art deco

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 13, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elgin County Museum Doors Open St. Thomas

Elgin County Museum

The new Elgin County Heritage Centre is located beside the Elgin County Administration Building, with the museum on the fourth floor. The new centre features changing exhibitions and a permanent space called Talbot’s Castle – a recreation of Colonel Talbot’s ancestral castle where visitors will discover how Talbot helped settle southwestern Ontario. Exhibits feature armour and a Robert the Bruce statue.

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  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

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450 and 460 Sunset Drive
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-631-1460
www.elgincounty.ca/museum

Architecture

Year built: 1939 and 2017
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 13, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elgin County Railway Museum Doors Open St. Thomas

Elgin County Railway Museum

Come to the Elgin County Railway Museum and visit the century-old Michigan Central Railroad locomotive shops. Take a guided tour and discover displays of railway artifacts, rolling stock equipment and the History in Motion model railway. Climb aboard and explore the interior of a real caboose and the 5700 steam engine.

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  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

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225 Wellington Street
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-637-6284
www.ecrm5700.org

Architecture

Year built: 1913
Architect: John Findlay
Building type: Museum, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 13, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elizabeth Street Pumphouse Doors Open Grimsby

Elizabeth Street Pumphouse

This waterworks facility was in continuous use until the early 1990s. It sits on the location of the Engagement of the Forty, a battle that took place in 1813. It is now home to the International Peace Garden. During Doors Open, enjoy live music and food trucks. And the Lakeside Pumphouse Artists will hold their annual Art Exhibition and Sale.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

477 Elizabeth Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-1288
http://niagaragreenbelt.com/listings/47-general-services/69-elizabeth-street-pumphouse.html

Architecture

Year built: 1905

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elmira’s Own Doors Open Waterloo Region

Elmira’s Own

Go behind the scenes for guided tours of the big, climate-controlled greenhouses at Elmira's Own and see how beefsteak and other tomatoes are now grown, year-round and pesticide free, using LED supplemental lighting. In their technologically advanced greenhouses, Elmira's Own grows vine-ripened, handpicked greenhouse vegetables, and packs and markets them to more than two dozen retail locations.

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2191 Arthur Street North
Elmira, Ontario
www.elmirasown.com

Architecture

Building type: Food and drink
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Elmwood Lawn Bowling Club Doors Open London

Elmwood Lawn Bowling Club

This club is often referred to as the hidden gem of Wortley Village. Come and learn about the club’s history through a tactile exhibit. A knowledgeable club member will give an overview of the game and hold a question-and-answer period. Then, go outside and try the sport of lawn bowling yourself, with a member coach to give you helpful tips!

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17 1/2 Edward Street (Wortley Village)
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-438-5695
www.elmwoodclub.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1911

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 16, 2018
Sunday only: Noon to 4 p.m.

Elora Centre for the Arts Doors Open Fergus-Elora

Elora Centre for the Arts

Built in 1856 as the Elora Public School, this building was thought to be the oldest elementary school still in use when it closed in 1996. The Elora Centre for the Arts opened in 2002, and includes the Minarovich & Harris Exchange Galleries. Take a guided historical walking tour, visit the Planet Youth art exhibit and enjoy the Pre-Loved Sale.

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  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

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75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario
Telephone: 519-846-0996

Architecture

Year built: 1856

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elsie Perrin Williams Estate Doors Open London

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Elsie Perrin Williams Estate

This estate was a wedding gift to Elsie Perrin from her father when she married Dr. Hadley Williams in 1905. Take a guided tour of this Spanish colonial-style house, built for the Williamses in 1917. Walk through rooms set up as they were in Elsie’s day and enjoy short vignettes depicting episodes in the life of Elsie and her husband.

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  • Guided tours available

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101 Windermere Road West
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-432-6620
Email: info@heritagelondonfoundation.ca
http://elsieperrinwilliamsestate.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1914-18
Architect: John Moore
Architectural style: Romanesque revival

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 16, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (showtimes at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.)

Embassy of Algeria, Fleck-Paterson House Doors Open Ottawa

Embassy of Algeria, Fleck-Paterson House

This house was built in 1901 by J.R. Booth for his daughter, Gertrude Fleck. The house remained Mrs. Fleck’s private residence until her death in 1940. It was then purchased by Senator Norman Paterson, who lived in it until his death in 1983. The house was bought by the Algerian Embassy in 2002 and is now used as a chancery.

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  • French services available

Contact info

500 Wilbrod Street
Ottawa, Ontario
www.ambalgott.com

Architecture

Year built: 1901
Architect: J.R. Booth

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Embassy of the Czech Republic Doors Open Ottawa

Embassy of the Czech Republic

The construction of this building dates back to 1879 and is typical of late-Victorian vernacular architecture in North America. In 1957, it became the headquarters for the Liberal Federation. The University Club bought it in 1970. Starting in 2000, it became the Czech Embassy. In 2006, portions of the embassy were carefully renovated. Guided tours on the ground floor only.

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251 Cooper Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-562-3875
www.mzv.cz/ottawa

Architecture

Year built: 1879
Architectural style: Victorian

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Embassy of the Republic of Croatia Doors Open Ottawa

Embassy of the Republic of Croatia

Known as Toller House, this building was designed by Henry Horsey and J. Sheard in the domestic Gothic revival style. Many dignitaries lived here, including Frederic Toller, Auditor General of the Dominion’s Currency in the 1880s. In 1999, it opened as the Embassy of Croatia following an award-winning restoration. Guided tours will be offered for the ground level only.

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229 Chapel Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-562-7820
http://ca.mfa.hr

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Architect: Henry Horsey and J. Sheard
Architectural style: Gothic revival

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Emmanuel Anglican Church Doors Open Richmond Hill

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Emmanuel Anglican Church

Step into this little church with the big heart! The cedar-lined interiors of the Emmanuel Anglican Church provide a warm and lovely space for worship. The building and furnishings were relocated to this site from Hanlan’s Point on the Toronto Islands. The Our Life in Christ tapestry by Karen Pascal is featured behind the altar.

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  • Guided tours available

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15 MacKay Drive
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-881-8198
www.emmanuelanglican.com

Architecture

Year built: 1964-65
Architect: N.L. Irwin of Hanks,Irwin and Pearson
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Environmental Laboratory and Operations Centre Doors Open Hamilton

Environmental Laboratory and Operations Centre

Take this rare opportunity – in a LEED Silver-certified building designed by McCallum Sather Architects – to learn how the City of Hamilton protects its drinking water. Refill your water bottle. Visitors over 9 years of age – wearing closed-toe footwear and on review and sign-off of the Laboratory Safety Form – will continue on a guided tour of the laboratory.

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  • Guided tours available

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700 Woodward Avenue (south gate entrance north of Brampton Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-546-2489
www.hamilton.ca/water

Architecture

Year built: 2006
Architect: McCallum Sather
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Erin Cenotaph Doors Open Erin

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Erin Cenotaph

The Erin Cenotaph was unveiled on Remembrance Day – November 11, 1956 – by local member of the provincial parliament John Root. The dedication was made by Reverend E.D. Snelgrove as a memorial to those named thereon who gave their lives in the defence of Canada and freedom. Plaques have subsequently been added to recognize the Korean War, post-war operations and Afghanistan.

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Corner of Main and Union streets
Erin, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Military

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Erland Lee (Museum) Home Doors Open Hamilton

Erland Lee (Museum) Home

Explore the birthplace of the Women’s Institutes (WI), founded in 1897 for the education and empowerment of women – and home to six generations of the Lee family, spanning nearly two centuries. See where the WI constitution and bylaws were penned. View displays and a virtual tour in the carriage house. Enjoy the panoramic view from the edge of the escarpment.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

552 Ridge Road
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Telephone: 905-662-2691
http://fwio.on.ca/erland

Architecture

Year built: 1808; 1860 (addition); 1873 renovations and carriage house addition
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday craft workshop: 10 a.m. to Noon (pre-registration required)

Eucharist Church Doors Open Hamilton

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Eucharist Church

Visit the Eucharist Church – originally known as the Victoria Avenue Baptist Church and most recently as the First Romanian Baptist Church – in its new home as they open their doors to the community. Explore the refurbished sanctuary and see the restored stained-glass windows. Tour the renovated kitchen and children’s area.

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  • Self-guided tours available

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130 Victoria Avenue North (at Evans Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
http://eucharistchurch.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1883 (original church now Sabbath School); 1893 (church); 1926 (Gospel Church renovation); 1994 (fire restoration); 2017 (first phase refurbishment)
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Everdale Doors Open Erin

Everdale

Everdale is an organic teaching farm in Erin. This not-for-profit farm believes in the power of locally grown food to fuel positive economic, social and ecological change. They also run several programs for kids and adults. In addition, they host farm festivals throughout the year. Come and explore everything this farm has to offer! Local artist display on site!

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

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5812 6th line
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-4859
http://everdale.org

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Food and drink
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Evergreen Brick Works Doors Open Toronto

Evergreen Brick Works

This site is a Toronto landmark and a dominant feature in the Don Valley. From 1889 to 1989, this site was an operating brick works. Since 1992, Evergreen has developed and adapted the 16 historically significant buildings to meet the needs of the community. The Kilns building is currently being transformed into a year-round facility, striving for carbon neutrality.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

300-550 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-596-1495
www.evergreen.ca/evergreen-brick-works

Architecture

Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eyer Wideman Homestead and Ropes Challenge Course Doors Open Richmond Hill

Eyer Wideman Homestead and Ropes Challenge Course

This house, constructed in 1828, is attributed to David Eyer (1796-1871) and is considered to be one of the earliest surviving examples of a Pennsylvania-German Mennonite dwelling in Richmond Hill. This designated building is currently used as the local youth centre, featuring an outdoor high and low ropes challenge course and a climbing wall. Enjoy craft activities and refreshments.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1045 Elgin Mills Road East
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-737-9210
www.richmondhill.ca/eyerhomestead

Architecture

Year built: 1828

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Western University Doors Open London

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Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Western University

Take a guided tour and learn about the historical and architectural significance of Western’s University College. Enjoy mini-performances on stage by Theatre Studies students. Then dive into the costume collection and take to the stage as your favourite literary character. Medieval and Renaissance costumes and props will be on hand for plenty of lively play to inspire future young thespians!

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

Contact info

University College, Western University
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-2111, ext. 82200
Email: jo.jennings@uwo.ca
http://uwo.ca/arts

Architecture

Year built: 1922
Architect: John M. Moore
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday only: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Fairfields Heritage House Doors Open Ottawa

Fairfields Heritage House

Fairfields Heritage House, a 19th-century Gothic-revival farmhouse, was the first heritage property designated by the former municipality of Nepean. Five generations of the Bell family lived in the home, and it was from here that they became successful in their farming, law and political endeavours. Photography is permitted. Guided tours will be available.

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

Contact info

3080 Richmond Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-723-7936
https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/arts-heritage-and-culture/museums-and-historic-sites/fairfields-heritage-house

Architecture

Year built: 1800s
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Falcon Brewery Doors Open Ajax

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Falcon Brewery

This is your chance to check out this local brewery and try one of the many beers featured daily! Originally launched in 2013 as a contract brewing operation called Stouffville Brewing, the company name was changed to Falcon Brewing in 2016 – consistent with their flagship beers, Red Falcon Ale and Laggar Falcon Craft Lager.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

30 Barr Road
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 905-686-6686
www.falconbrewingcompany.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

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

Fanshawe Downtown Doors Open London

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Fanshawe Downtown

Explore Fanshawe’s downtown campus! This is the public’s first opportunity to visit the newest Fanshawe building, located at 130 Dundas Street. Explore the modern labs, bright and open classrooms, and see how they've incorporated restored heritage features from the former Kingsmill’s department store. Fanshawe’s teaching restaurant, The Chef’s Table, will also be open.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

130 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-452-4430
Email: mgiroux@fanshawec.ca
www.fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/locations/london-campus/downtown-campus

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fanshawe Pioneer Village Doors Open London

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Commemorate the Richard Talbot Settlement’s 200th anniversary with Fanshawe Pioneer Village! Complete your settlement duties and get your deed stamped as the history of the Talbot Settlement comes alive. 

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

Contact info

2609 Fanshawe Park Road East
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-457-1296
Email: info@fanshawepioneervillage
www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1959
Architect: Wilfrid Jury
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; showtimes at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Saturday only)

Federal Building Doors Open Simcoe County

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Federal Building

This fabulous building is a marble-fronted, beaux-arts-style building that replicates a state building in Havana, Cuba. It opened in 1915 as a federal post office. It 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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44 Hurontario Street
Collingwood, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1915
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Courthouse

Dates/hours open

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

Film Camp for Kids & Youth Doors Open Windsor

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Film Camp for Kids & Youth

The Film Camp for Kids & Youth started as a research project in 2012 and quickly developed into a year-round program. The camp has a 557-square-metre (6,000-square-foot) studio and the latest in filmmaking technology. Kids learn animation, cinematography, directing and editing. During Doors Open, visitors will see students in action as they make a film.

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  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

586 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario
Email: info@filmcampforkids.com
www.filmcampforkids.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22 – Sunday September 23, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fire Hall 6 Doors Open Oshawa

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Fire Hall 6

Built in 2016, Oshawa's newest fire hall has the latest technology while its design reflects the history of the area. Built on the former Windfields Farm lands (the birthplace of champion racehorse Northern Dancer), the building reflects the agricultural history of the area. Oshawa Fire Services is celebrating 150 years this year and heritage panels will be on display.

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

Fire Station 105 Doors Open Mississauga

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Fire Station 105

The doors of this fire station are always open. Watch demonstrations of equipment used during emergencies. Learn how to keep your family safe by understanding the proper use and placement of alarms. Hear about the types of emergencies that happen most often in Mississauga. Did you know that most fires are caused by unattended cooking? Stop by and learn more!

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  • Guided tours available

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7101 Goreway Drive
Mississauga , Ontario
www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/fire

Architecture

Year built: 1980

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fire Station 2 Doors Open Grimsby

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Fire Station 2

Grimsby’s newest fire station will be hosting its open house to coincide with Doors Open. The open house theme this year is “Every second counts. Plan your escape.” In addition to fire safety public education, the open house will feature a live burn demonstration, a free barbecue, jumpy castle and more. Don’t miss out!

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

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167 Mountain Road
Grimsby, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 2017

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

First Baptist Church Doors Open Brockville and Area

First Baptist Church

Architecturally impressive, First Baptist Church is one of the original four Protestant churches in Brockville’s Court House Square. The three massive stained-glass windows are beautiful, viewed from inside or out. During Doors Open, you can see the church’s collection of antique bibles. And you might just be lucky enough to hear the 1910 Casavant Frères 1200-pipe organ.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

5 Pine Street
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-342-9556

Architecture

Year built: c. 1878
Architect: James P. Johnston
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church Doors Open Brockville and Area

First Presbyterian Church

This congregation was founded in 1811 by the Reverend William Smart, an itinerant preacher who spread the gospel on horseback, carrying his bible in his saddlebags. This impressive stone structure has three landmark spires and beautiful stained-glass windows. Tour guides will be on hand to welcome visitors and answer questions, and an organist will demonstrate the use of the organ.

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  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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10 Church Street
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-345-5014
Email: firstkirk@ripnet.com
http://pccweb.ca/firstchurch-BROCKVILLE

Architecture

Year built: 1879
Architect: James P. Johnston
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

First Steps School Age Doors Open Guelph

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First Steps School Age

The building at 55 Delhi Street was constructed in 1910 in the Georgian revival style; it was a nurses’ residence for Guelph General Hospital until the late 1950s. In the lower level is a childcare service. The lower red-brick walls have been beautifully restored to teach children about Guelph’s heritage. The rustic furnishings and bright windows create a welcoming atmosphere.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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55 Delhi Street
Guelph , Ontario
Telephone: 519-836-8547
www.firststepsguelph.ca/school-age

Architecture

Year built: 1910
Architect: Stewart McPhie
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 21, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; first tour leaves at 10 a.m.; last tour leaves around 3:40 p.m. to allow the site to close at 4 p.m.

First United Church and Wiidosendiwag-Walking Together Tour Doors Open Owen Sound

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First United Church and Wiidosendiwag-Walking Together Tour

First United Church has a history that goes back to 1842 in the Ojibway reserve of Newash. The current First United Church building opened in 1955. This year, First United will be the starting point for the Wiidosendiwag-Walking Together Tour of the traditional territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. Guided tours will be available throughout the Doors Open weekend.

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

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435 21st Street West
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-1736
www.firstunited-os.com

Architecture

Year built: 1955
Architectural style: International
Building type: Place of worship
Landscape: Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3, 2018
Saturday: book and bake sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and guided tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: morning worship, 10:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and guided tours 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Flach Family Homestead Doors Open Brockton

Flach Family Homestead

This three-level stone dwelling was built by John Flach in 1863. In 1996, Flach’s great-granddaughter took ownership of this mixed-farming property. For three years now, several local artisans and building designers have researched and restored the home back to its historical uniqueness. The restoration of this quaint homestead includes a working windmill, lavish outhouse and groomed landscape.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

2340 Highway 9
Walkerton, Ontario
Email: alishia.mallory@gmail.com

Architecture

Year built: 1864
Architect: John Flach
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

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

Fool's Paradise Doors Open Toronto

Fool's Paradise

Ontario Heritage Trust staff will tell visitors about Doris McCarthy, a key figure in Canada’s artistic community, and the experience she had building Fool’s Paradise. Visitors can tour McCarthy’s eccentric house/studio and learn about the artist-in-residence program now operating there. They can also explore the beautiful grounds, with gardens, a large pond and spectacular views of the Scarborough Bluffs.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Women's history

Contact info

1 Meadowcliffe Drive
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-325-5000
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/dmair

Architecture

Year built: 1940
Architect: Forest Tefler/Doris McCarthy
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ford City Walking Tour Doors Open Windsor

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Ford City Walking Tour

Join us on a leisurely walk through the neighbourhood to discover numerous buildings of interest in historical Ford City. Along the way, we will discuss how immigration affected the design of buildings – in particular, the churches that served families from Russia, Romania, Serbia and other Eastern Orthodox denominations. Tours will depart from the corner of Drouillard Road and Richmond Street.

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Meet at the corner of Drouillard Road and Richmond Street
Windsor, Ontario
http://fordcity.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22 – Sunday September 23, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Forever Thyme Sanctuary Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Forever Thyme Sanctuary

Forever Thyme provides a safe, peaceful home for retired horses. Visit the horses and tour the farm. Our horses' favourite snacks and refreshments are available by donation. Colour at the craft table or participate in the Lead Change Initiative program (equine assisted learning program) at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. (waiver required, children 8+, closed-toe shoes required).

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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14787 Warden Avenue
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-717-2562
www.foreverthyme.com

Architecture

Year built: 2013
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Former Bank of Montreal Doors Open Cornwall

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Former Bank of Montreal

This former Bank of Montreal in downtown Cornwall has served the community for generations and will continue to do so in the future in a new form as Cornwall's future Arts and Culture Centre. Stop in to admire the architectural beauty of this facility, learn about its future plans and participate in a unique fundraiser!

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159 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 613-330-3117

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Former Hamilton Port Authority Maintenance Shed Doors Open Hamilton

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Former Hamilton Port Authority Maintenance Shed

Take this rare opportunity to tour the former maintenance shed of the Hamilton Port Authority. View displays about: the City of Hamilton’s plans to redevelop Piers 6, 7 and 8, the Hamilton Waterfront Trust’s plans for public space, and Navy League and other waterfront-related organizations. Note: Flat footwear is recommended.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

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1 Guise Street (enter off Discovery Drive)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-546-2424
www.hamilton.ca/city-initiatives/priority-projects/waterfront-redevelopment-west-harbour

Architecture

Year built: 1940s

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Former Veevers Estate Doors Open Hamilton

Former Veevers Estate

This garden is a remnant of the 80 hectares (200 acres) cleared by the Loyalist Thatcher family in the late 18th century. Come and explore pesticide-free community gardens, native species, pollinator gardens and more. View solar- and wind-energy generation, permeable path options and a green roof. And examine the new Chevrolet Volt at the electric vehicle charging station.

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  • Guided tours available
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22 Veevers Drive (near Greenhill Avenue and Quigley Road)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-540-8787
www.greenventure.ca

Architecture

Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 30-minute guided tours both days at 1 p.m.

Fort Willow Doors Open Simcoe County

Fort Willow
During the War of 1812, this fort was a supply depot that marked the half-way point between Kempenfelt Bay and the Nottawasaga River. The Festival at Fort Willow highlights life as a British soldier in 1812 in a camp setting. Visitors can enjoy re-enactors as they demonstrate their daily tasks – which include blacksmithing, musket ball making and rope making.

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2714 Grenfel Road
Minesing, Ontario
http://www.springwater.ca/community/heritage/fort_willow

Architecture

Year built: 1812
Architect: British Navy
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark
Landscape: Conservation area

Dates/hours open

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

François Baby House (Museum Windsor) Doors Open Windsor

François Baby House (Museum Windsor)

American forces commandeered this building in July 1812 after hostilities broke out with the United States. The house, which served as American headquarters and subsequently the British artillery base during the War of 1812, is also where the final engagement of the Upper Canada Rebellion took place in 1838. Artifact storage area tours at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

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254 Pitt Street West
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-253-1812
Email: wmuseum@citywindsor.ca
www.citywindsor.ca/residents/Culture/Windsors-Community-Museum/Pages/François-Baby-House.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1812 (foundations)
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22 – Sunday September 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Franks Lime Kiln Doors Open Simcoe County

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Franks Lime Kiln

This side trail is part of the Bruce Trail Conservancy and leads to a restored lime kiln that was built circa 1860. Designated pathways and fencing are in place for hikers to view the structure. Franks Lime Kiln Side Trail is 30 metres (approximately 100 feet) in length and is an easy to moderate walk.

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Meet in the parking lot on County Road 91
Duntroon, Ontario
Telephone: 1-800-665-HIKE
Email: info@brucetrail.org
http://brucetrail.org/trail_changes/185

Architecture

Year built: 1860
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Trail

Dates/hours open

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

Freeman Station Doors Open Burlington

Freeman Station

From 1854 to 1988, this location was Burlington's railway arrival and departure centre – connecting local residents with Toronto, Chicago and Buffalo. Built in 1906 for the Grand Trunk Railway as a combination passenger and baggage depot, the Burlington West Station (formerly Burlington Junction, known as Freeman Station) exhibits stylistic features characteristic of Grand Trunk Railway stations constructed in that decade.

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  • Self-guided tours available

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1285 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
www.freemanstation.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1906
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

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

French Embassy in Canada Doors Open Ottawa

French Embassy in Canada

This 1930s art deco building, constructed primarily of materials from Quebec and France, features a replica of the Vimy Memorial, tapestries, bronze doors, the Birch Room, decorations by André Bizette-Lindet, a mural by Alfred Courmes, and historical wall engravings. No strollers, backpacks or metal objects. Photography limited. Pre-registration required (May 24 to June 1). Limited passes available.

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  • French services available
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42 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
www.ambafrance-ca.org

Architecture

Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from Noon to 1 p.m.; last admission at 5 p.m.)

Friends Cemetery Doors Open Ajax

Friends Cemetery

The Quaker Burial Ground on Mill Street is owned by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers); it is the oldest cemetery in Ajax. Timothy Rogers, who came to the area in 1807 with his wife and 40 other Quaker families, donated the land for the cemetery and Quaker meeting house. Rogers is buried here, along with his wife and children.

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  • Guided tours available
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Mill Street
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 905-839-1560
www.ajax.ca/en/livinginajax/historicalajaxcemeteries.asp

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1809
Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

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

Frontenac County Schools Museum Doors Open Kingston

Frontenac County Schools Museum

Bring your family to explore this one-room rural schoolhouse from the early 20th century. The desks and artifacts were collected from schools that dotted the surrounding countryside. Sit at a wooden desk, write on a slate with a slate pencil and browse through old Ontario readers. Try to solve some arithmetic problems from the past.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

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414 Regent Street
Barriefield, Ontario
Telephone: 613-544-9113
www.fcsmuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1886
Architect: William Newlands
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fulford Place Doors Open Brockville and Area

Fulford Place

This magnificent Edwardian mansion evokes the opulent lifestyle of Canada’s industrial and political elite in the early 1900s. Guides will be on hand throughout the house to share family history with visitors, and tours of the collections storage area will be available. Enjoy a new exhibit, Pieces of Me, which explores the interconnection of artifacts and identity.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Women's history

Contact info

287 King Street East
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-498-3003
Email: fulfordplace@heritagetrust.on.ca
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/fulfordplace

Architecture

Year built: 1899-1901
Architect: Albert W. Fuller
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Full Beard Brewing Doors Open Timmins and Northeastern Ontario

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Full Beard Brewing

Full Beard Brewing opened its doors in January 2017. The brewery has since become a go-to place in the Timmins community. During Doors Open, visitors will see the complete brewing operation in its open-concept space. Come and join one of the free tours, as well as pizza-making tutorials (courtesy of the Manitoulin Pizza Company).

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access

Contact info

219 Wilson Avenue
Timmins, Ontario
Telephone: 705-268-0444
Email: info@fullbeardbrewing.com
https://fullbeardbrewing.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 13, 2018
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Furlan Conservation Doors Open Hamilton

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Furlan Conservation

Furlan Conservation – a heritage conservation business – is located in an intact early-20th-century commercial streetscape, housing small businesses created for newcomers attracted to the east-end steel mills. Take a guided tour of the studio and workshop and learn about the restoration of wood windows, architectural paint analysis, wood types and properties.

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  • Parking
  • French services available
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

767-769 Barton Street East
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-383-3704
www.furlanconservation.wordpress.com

Architecture

Year built: c. 1911; 1950 façade renovation
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gallipeau Centre Doors Open Smiths Falls

Gallipeau Centre
The Gallipeau Centre, a historical property on 140 hectares (350 acres) of parkland was once an Ontario hospital school. Today, it houses businesses, recreational facilities, an 850-seat theatre and 50 two- or three-bedroom apartments. Tour one of these life-lease units – an attractive alternative to home ownership. Also visit the Two Rivers Commercial Kitchen, an innovative hub for local food producers.

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

Contact info

361 Queen Street
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-284-9916
Email: shannon@gallipeaucentre.com
www.gallipeaucentre.com

Architecture

Year built: 1952
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Private residence, Theatre
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Galt Carnegie Library Building Doors Open Waterloo Region

Galt Carnegie Library Building

Its monumental, ornate stone beaux arts portico with Ionic columns and other fine sculptural work makes this the grandest of Waterloo Region’s surviving Carnegie library buildings. The building owners have retained many original interior elements. Inside, find intricate ceiling plasterwork, pillars and pilasters, restored wood trim and broad staircase, and both stained and leaded glass.

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  • Washrooms

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34 Water Street North
Cambridge, Ontario
www.pcisred.com

Architecture

Year built: 1903
Architect: F.W. Mellish
Architectural style: Beaux arts, Classical revival
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Galt Collective Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Galt Collective

This co-working space in the historical former South Waterloo Agricultural Society building is freshly opened and ready to be enjoyed. Located on the Grand River and part of the downtown core, Galt Collective is set to become a creative hub for work, collaboration and community. Tour this newly renovated industrial office/event space that shares the building with the Blackwing Café.

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  • Washrooms

Contact info

135 George Street North, Suite 101
Cambridge, Ontario
www.galtcollective.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1923

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

George Brown House Doors Open Toronto

George Brown House

George Brown House is historically significant for its association with Father of Confederation, Globe newspaper founder and leading abolitionist George Brown (1818-80). In 1989, the Ontario Heritage Trust restored the building to its original state. Highlights include the art nouveau dining room, gracious front hall and Brown’s library. The site is often featured on the CBC television show "Murdoch Mysteries."

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

186 Beverley Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-325-5000
Email: programs@heritagetrust.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1876
Architect: William Irving; Edward Hutchins
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Historical house, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gibson School Lofts Doors Open Hamilton

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Gibson School Lofts

The former Gibson School – named in 1914 for Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Sir John Morison Gibson (1908-14) – evolved from a one-room schoolhouse in 1854 on this site, S.S. No. 7, Barton Township. Tour the former school and see how it will be adaptively reused as the Gibson School Lofts with residential lofts, retail and live/work units.

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  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

601 Barton Street East
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 289-389-1377
Email: info@gibsonlofts.com
http://stinsonproperties.com/project/gibson-school-lofts-2

Architecture

Year built: 1910 (8 rooms); 1914 (12-room addition)
Architect: Stewart et Witton (Walter Wilson Stewart)
Building type: Historical landmark, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Glanmore National Historic Site Doors Open Belleville and District

Glanmore National Historic Site

Glanmore is an excellent example of Second Empire architecture in Canada. The home was built in 1883 for banker J.P.C. Phillips. Interiors feature ornate frescoed ceilings, suspended staircases and intricate woodwork. Learn about the restoration of this historical house, climb part of the servant's staircase, and discover hidden secrets found during past restoration projects.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

257 Bridge Street East
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-962-2329
http://glanmore.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1883
Architect: Thomas Hanley
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Glengarry Pioneer Museum Doors Open Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

Glengarry Pioneer Museum

Founded in 1962, the Glengarry Pioneer Museum offers a glimpse of Ontario’s Celtic history. The museum is home to 10 buildings from the 19th century and thousands of artifacts. Among its treasures is the Star Inn, which was a general store in the 1840s and later served as an inn and stagecoach stop in the 1860s.

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

Contact info

1645 County Road 30
Dunvegan, Ontario
Telephone: 613-527-5230
www.glengarrypioneermuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18 – Sunday August 19, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gloucester Artefact Collection Storage - Leitrim Complex Doors Open Ottawa

Gloucester Artefact Collection Storage - Leitrim Complex

Explore behind the scenes of the Gloucester artifact collection, listen to the stories these treasures tell, and learn how the City of Ottawa cares for historical artifacts. Experience pieces from the past first hand by investigating an object and seeing what secrets you can unlock!

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

Contact info

4550 Bank Street (entrance off Leitrim Road)
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-742-5551
https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/arts-heritage-and-culture/museums-and-historic-sites/museum-artefact-collections

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gordon Willey Building, Durham College Doors Open Oshawa

Gordon Willey Building, Durham College

The School of Media, Art & Design (MAD) invites you to have a truly unique Doors Open experience! Visit the MAD Xscape Room – one of the only fully digital-based escape rooms in the region, with a Camp X theme. Spy training tasks will push your physical, intellectual and technological boundaries. Through teamwork, logic and intuition you may escape the room.

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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

Dates/hours open

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

Gormley Missionary Church Doors Open Richmond Hill

Gormley Missionary Church

John Leary donated this property in 1873. The original structure was built in 1931 by George Collard, and the oil lamps at the back of the church are from that building, but the structure itself was replaced in 1934. Historical mementos and photographs of the church site and area will be on display during Doors Open.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

120 Gormley Road West
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-887-5846
www.gormleychurch.org

Architecture

Year built: 1931; expanded 1966
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grand River Pedestrian Bridge Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Grand River Pedestrian Bridge

Join City of Cambridge staff for two guided walks of the new pedestrian bridge, built on former rail infrastructure. Learn about the historical significance of this location and the importance of the new bridge to the city’s future. Part of the “Back to the Rivers” initiative, this bridge reconnects Cambridge with the rivers that run through it.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at 53 Grand Avenue South (on the Grand River between Water Street South at Founder’s Point and Grand Avenue South at the Cambridge Sculpture Garden)
Cambridge, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 2018

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: two walking tours only at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Gravenhurst Ambulance Station Doors Open Gravenhurst

Gravenhurst Ambulance Station

The two-bay Gravenhurst Ambulance Station was built in 2006 to serve the community. Constructed adjacent to the busy Muskoka Wharf, it features accommodations for first responder teams. Visit this unique location and see how an ambulance station functions, and how they quickly respond to emergencies across Muskoka.

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

Contact info

1005 North Muldrew Lake Road
Gravenhurst, Ontario
www.muskoka.on.ca/en/live-and-play/Muskoka-Paramedic-Services.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 2006
Architect: Greystone

Dates/hours open

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

Gravenhurst Curling Club Doors Open Gravenhurst

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Gravenhurst Curling Club
The Gravenhurst Curling Club was established in 1905 as a three-sheet rink on the site of James Scott's skating rink. The current building and six-sheet ice surface were built in 1959 through community effort and fundraising. It is the largest ice surface in Muskoka. The arena is heated with a lounge that overlooks the ice.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

330 John Street North
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-5531
Email: ri7010.gov1213@gmail.com
www.gravenhurstcurlingclub.com

Architecture

Year built: 1959

Dates/hours open

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

Gravenhurst Opera House Doors Open Gravenhurst

Gravenhurst Opera House

This opera house remains a bustling cultural centre in Gravenhurst’s historical downtown. In 1934, John Holden and his Good Companions presented the first summer theatre in Canada here. A variety of concerts and theatre events take place all summer long, contributing to the visitor experience in Muskoka. The Gravenhurst Opera House continues to be “A Tradition Worth Coming Back For!”

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

295 Muskoka Road South
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-5550, ext. 2
www.gravenhurst.ca/en/opera/opera.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1901
Architect: John Francis Brown
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

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

Gravenhurst Public Library Doors Open Gravenhurst

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Gravenhurst Public Library

Built in 2000, the Gravenhurst Public Library is home to the Gravenhurst Archives; it houses 52,000 resources. Join them for children's programs, tours and a look at the history of Gravenhurst, with displays and access to the archives. Art buffs can also view the signed, limited-edition Group of Seven monograph – A.J. Casson: A Tribute – by Canadian art expert Paul Duval.

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

Contact info

180 Sharpe Street West
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-3382
Email: library@gravenhurst.ca
www.gravenhurstlibrary.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2000
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gravenhurst Railway Station Doors Open Gravenhurst

Gravenhurst Railway Station

The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) officially opened this historical railway station in September 1919. The town bought and restored the building in 1986. It is an excellent example of early 20th-century railway architecture and remains one of a few early stations in Central Ontario. Today, it is home to the Station Café and Ontario Northland bus service.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

150 Second Street South
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-684-8070
Email: icecreamsquared@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/thecoffeestationcafe

Architecture

Year built: 1916
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Great Lakes Métis Council Doors Open Owen Sound

Great Lakes Métis Council

The Great Lakes Métis Council is a local chartered community council committed to fostering community development and empowerment for Métis citizens. The organization oversees services to the Métis community, including: educational services, economic development, genealogy and the Urban Multi-Purpose Aboriginal Youth Centre. Some of the programs offered include: Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Program, Employment and Training and Infinity Property Services.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

380 9th Street East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-370-0435
Email: greatlakesmetis@gmail.com
www.greatlakesmetis.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Greek Orthodox Church Doors Open Kingston

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Greek Orthodox Church

Come and learn about Kingston’s vibrant Greek community at the Greek Orthodox Church. During Doors Open, visitors can enjoy a speakers’ series by prominent women from the community, a Greek bake and food sale by the Ladies of Philoptochos, and volunteers and children in historical costumes. Also explore artifacts, music and dance traditions, and an interactive Greek history display.

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

Contact info

121 Johnson Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-532-4930
Email: frmp.koimisi@gmail.com
www.greekcommunityofkingston.com

Architecture

Year built: 1881
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Greenwood Cemetery and Mausoleum Doors Open Owen Sound

Greenwood Cemetery and Mausoleum

Greenwood Cemetery, bordered by stately maples and cedar hedges, is the final resting place of ship captains, politicians and prominent business people. It is the only cemetery in Canada in which three Victoria Cross recipients are buried (including Billy Bishop). The Indiana-limestone-clad mausoleum, built in 1927, features marble interiors and impressive stained-glass windows. Walking tour brochure/guided tours available.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

190 1st Street Southwest
Owen Sound, Ontario
Telephone: 519-376-3203
www.owensound.ca/en/living/cemeteries.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1927 (mausoleum)
Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday tour at 11 a.m.; Sunday tour at 1 p.m.; special Friday night tour (June 1) at 8 p.m.

Grimsby Museum Doors Open Grimsby

Grimsby Museum

The regency-style entrance of the Grimsby Museum – Doors Open Grimsby’s headquarters – is the original doorway from the Marlatt Inn that once stood on Main Street. During Doors Open, the museum will open its storage rooms for visitors to explore some of Grimsby’s hidden secrets. Also enjoy family activities and crafts – part of the Once Upon a Time medieval exhibit.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

6 Murray Street
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-5292
www.grimsby.ca/Museum/Main

Architecture

Year built: 1983
Architect: Robert Yamamoto
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grimsby Public Library Doors Open Grimsby

Grimsby Public Library

This library brings information, ideas and people of all ages together to enrich lives, promote literacy and build community. During Doors Open, staff will show you around the building and highlight resources and services that you might not know about. Activities include viewing a timeline and display that features women’s suffrage. Join a virtual suffrage march on the green screen.

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

Contact info

18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-945-5142
www.grimsby.ca/Library

Architecture

Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grist Mill Auctions Doors Open Clarington

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Grist Mill Auctions

In the early 1900s, this building was local businessman George Hancock's blacksmith shop. The building suffered two fires (1943 and 1948), but was rebuilt. Then it was a feed mill for a time. It has been flourishing since 1980 as part of the Stapleton Auction house. It also features a rare 1930s Ruston & Hornsby diesel engine.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

9 Newtonville Mill Street
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1900s
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

GSP Group at 72 Victoria Street Doors Open Waterloo Region

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GSP Group at 72 Victoria Street

The former Interior Hardwood Company factory – one of the first brick-and-beam factory conversions in downtown Kitchener – houses this 836-square-metre (9,000-square-foot) office where planners, designers and landscape architects enjoy the high-ceilinged, open and light-filled space. Tour this key piece of industrial heritage and find out about GSP’s urban design, planning, and landscape architecture projects in the downtown.

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  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

72 Victoria Steet South, Suite 201
Kitchener, Ontario
www.gspgroup.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1903; 1914; 1929; renovated 2000
Architect: C.E. Cowan, Kitchener (1903)

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guelph Little Theatre Doors Open Guelph

Guelph Little Theatre

In 1935, the first Little Theatre opened at Guelph City Hall. In 1993, a fire forced the theatre out of the Salvation Army Hall on Dublin Street. In 1997, it moved into a former welding shop that now features a 288-seat raked auditorium, gracious lobby, rehearsal hall, workshop and dressing rooms. Visitors will see the set for the current production.

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

Contact info

176 Morris Street
Guelph, Ontario
Telephone: 519-821-0270
www.guelphlittletheatre.com

Architecture

Year built: 1960
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 21, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; first tour leaves at 10 a.m.; last tour leaves around 3:40 p.m. to allow the site to close at 4 p.m.

Guelph Orange Hall Doors Open Guelph

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Guelph Orange Hall

The Loyal Orange Association of British America has had a continuous presence in Guelph since 1837, with seven Lodges and three Ladies Orange Benevolent Associations. Prince Arthur Loyal Orange Lodge 1331 was established in Guelph in 1871, and moved into its present building in the late 1940s. Displays will demonstrate its history and community involvement.

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

Contact info

385 Waterloo Avenue
Guelph , Ontario
Telephone: 519-767-6524

Architecture

Year built: late 1940s to early 1950s
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Place of worship, Union hall

Dates/hours open

Saturday April 21, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; first tour leaves at 10 a.m.; last tour leaves around 3:40 p.m. to allow the site to close at 4 p.m.

Gwillimdale Farms Doors Open Simcoe County

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Gwillimdale Farms

Fairview Barn, built in the early 1900s by the Roberts Family, retains its original character. The property was taken over by the Hambly Family in 2014. They restored the barn and brought the place to what it is today, valuing the history and nostalgia of the old barn in a rural landscape where such structures are disappearing.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2026 11th Line
Bradford, Ontario
Telephone: 905-775-2889
Email: cristina@gwillimdalefarms.com
www.gwillimdalefarms.com

Architecture

Year built: 1900

Dates/hours open

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

Halton Hills - Cedarvale Cottage Doors Open Halton Region

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Halton Hills - Cedarvale Cottage

This charming cottage, nestled in a community park, is now home to the Credit Valley Artisans. It was built in the early 1920s as a staff residence for the adjacent Home for Girls. During Doors Open, visitors will enjoy seeing the workshop in action, with demonstrations of hand-weaving, pottery, painting and stained-glass crafting. Look for original fixtures and woodwork.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Maple Avenue (Cedarvale Park)
Georgetown, Ontario
Telephone: 905-873-2601, ext. 2264

Architecture

Year built: c. 1925
Architectural style: Arts and crafts
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 30, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Halton Hills - Devereaux House Doors Open Halton Region

Halton Hills - Devereaux House

This quintessential 19th-century Ontario Gothic revival farmhouse was saved from demolition and restored by a group of local citizens. Decorated to the early 1900s, the main floor is now available as a venue for meetings and intimate family celebrations. During Doors Open, visitors will be treated to stories of Devereaux family farm life spanning over 150 years.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

11494 Trafalgar Road
Georgetown, Ontario
Telephone: 905-877-5662
www.devereauxhouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1860; 2009
Architectural style: Ontario Gothic
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Garden, Park

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 30, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Halton Hills - Downtown Georgetown Walking Tour Doors Open Halton Region

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Halton Hills - Downtown Georgetown Walking Tour

An esteemed local writer and historian will guide you in a one-hour walk exploring old downtown Georgetown, starting at the Halton Hills Public Library and Cultural Centre. Walkers will hear stories of town history and appreciate the beautiful architecture of homes and commercial establishments dating from the mid-1800s. The tour is moderately difficult; wear appropriate walking shoes.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at 9 Church Street
Georgetown , Ontario

Architecture

Year built: late 1800s
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink, Library, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 30, 2018
Sunday only: tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Halton Hills - Library and Cultural Centre Doors Open Halton Region

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Halton Hills - Library and Cultural Centre

This recently renovated centre includes three municipal cultural facilities: a library, art gallery and theatre. In the Helson Gallery, experience the original Congregational church sanctuary with beautiful leaded stained-glass windows and original rugs. Check out the hangings showcased by the Georgetown Rug Hookers. Tour the LEED-certified library, complete with local history archives, welcoming lounges, lively children’s spaces and original artwork.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

9 Church Street
Georgetown, Ontario
Telephone: 905-873-2681
http://hhpl.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1877; 2013
Architectural style: Contemporary, Gothic revival
Building type: Attraction, Green building, Historical landmark, Library, Theatre
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 30, 2018
Sunday only: 1 to 5 p.m.

Halton Hills - Shepherd's Crook (Reid's Hardware) Doors Open Halton Region

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Halton Hills - Shepherd's Crook (Reid's Hardware)

One of the oldest buildings on Georgetown’s Main Street, this grand limestone-faced building was originally a hardware store. Today, it is a pub. Come inside to appreciate the traditional interior décor and second-floor refurbishments. View photos of old Main Street. This site has been designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.

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

Contact info

86 Main Street
Georgetown, Ontario
Telephone: 905-702-0456
www.facebook.com/Shepcrookpub

Architecture

Year built: 1879
Building type: Food and drink, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 30, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Halton Hills - VIA Rail/Canadian National Railway Georgetown Station Doors Open Halton Region

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Halton Hills - VIA Rail/Canadian National Railway Georgetown Station

This station combines a standard mid-19th century, five-bay, stone station with picturesque elements added during the 1892 expansion and 1904 remodelling. It is one of a few first-generation Grand Trunk Railway stations in Ontario. The original and surviving interiors include an intricate wood ceiling, wood wainscoting with rough stucco above, high wooden baseboards and arts and crafts-style door/window trim.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

55 Queen Street
Georgetown, Ontario
Telephone: 416-575-3775
Email: stefan_lout@viarail.com

Architecture

Year built: 1855 (with additions made in 1892 and 1904)
Architect: Casimir Gzowski
Building type: Historical landmark, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 30, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Halton Hills - Waldie House Doors Open Halton Region

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Halton Hills - Waldie House

Robert Waldie, a local carpenter, purchased the lot on McNabb Street for $160 and built this house – a prime example of the Edwardian architectural style. Presently a family home, Waldie House reminds us of the adaptability of century homes to modern times. It has been designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. During Doors Open, food and beverages will be available.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

17 McNabb Street
Georgetown, Ontario
Telephone: 289-935-1969

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Architect: Robert Waldie
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden, Landscape

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 30, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Halton Mosque and Halton Islamic Association Doors Open Burlington

Halton Mosque and Halton Islamic Association

Built in the early 1990s, the Halton Mosque is the only masjid (a Muslim place of worship) in the City of Burlington. Since it opened, it has been the primary centre for prayer, learning and recreation for the Burlington Muslim community. During Doors Open, take a tour of this unique building and learn about the Islamic faith and culture.

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

Contact info

4310 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-334-9943
www.haltonmosque.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1990
Architectural style: International
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Hamilton GO Centre (Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway Museum - TH&B) Doors Open Hamilton

Hamilton GO Centre (Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway Museum - TH&B)

This GO Centre is a rare example of an art moderne public building with curved forms, polished metals and machined detailing throughout. Retired staff operate the railway museum on the centre’s mezzanine level and share first-hand experiences of Hamilton’s railway history. Interpretative panels highlight the architecture and reconstruction of this landmark downtown building.

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

Contact info

36 Hunter Street East (between James Street South and Hughson Street South)
Hamilton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1933; restoration, 1995
Architect: Fellheimer & Wagner, New York; restoration, Trevor Garwood-Jones
Architectural style: Art moderne
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association (The Heart of Ontario) Doors Open Hamilton

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Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association (The Heart of Ontario)

Visit The Heart of Ontario offices and learn how we expand and enhance tourism in the County of Brant, the City of Hamilton, the Regional Municipality of Halton, the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. See the original fixtures in this art-moderne office building.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

605 James Street North, 2nd Floor
Hamilton, Ontario
www.hamiltonhaltonbrant.com

Architecture

Year built: 1953; 1957 (6th floor)
Architect: H.E. Murton et W.G. Evans
Architectural style: Art moderne
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.

Hamilton Port Authority Doors Open Hamilton

Hamilton Port Authority

Explore the Hamilton Port Authority’s wonderful art moderne-style headquarters by the bay. Learn about the Port of Hamilton – the largest port in Ontario. Enjoy the panoramic harbour view from the sixth-floor boardroom. Your visit will also include: displays, the "What is a Port?" video, and a giant colouring page.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

605 James Street North (at Burlington Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-525-4330
www.hamiltonport.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1953; sixth-floor addition, 1957
Architect: H.E. Murton et W.G. Evans
Architectural style: Art moderne
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.

Hamilton Road Tree Carving Tour Doors Open London

Hamilton Road Tree Carving Tour

Hamilton Road Tree Carving Tour

Join an exciting walking tour and learn the stories behind the tree carvings on Hamilton Road. Come and see these beautiful tree carvings – including the Trafalgar Bear, the Baptist Church Deer Family, the Crouch Library Honey Bear, Home Hardware Sasquatch and more!

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

Contact info

Tour starts at 525 Hamilton Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-282-8348
http://hamroad.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday: tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday: 1 and 3 p.m.

Hammond Power Solutions Inc. Doors Open Brockton

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Hammond Power Solutions Inc.

Hammond's originally started in Guelph in 1917 as a foundry tool manufacturer. During the Second World War, they started to build specialized transformers and reactors for military communication and radar equipment. The company grew from 50 to over 300 employees to satisfy the demand. In 1976, a plant was built in Walkerton, which currently produces over 65,000 transformers per year!

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  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

15 Industrial Road
Walkerton, ON, Ontario
Email: info@hammondpowersolutions.com

Architecture

Year built: 1976
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Hartrick House Doors Open Ajax

Hartrick House

Hartrick House was built in 1852 and incorporates elements of classical revival and Ontario Gothic architecture. Originally part of an 81-hectare (200-acre) farm, this house now serves as a community meeting hall. Doors Open visitors can explore Ajax through beautiful photography – captured by the Ajax Photography Club – on display at this amazing site.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

120 Roberson Drive
Ajax, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1852
Architectural style: Ontario cottage
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Museum Doors Open Belleville and District

Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Museum

This building, designed as a Class B facility for a single army unit, is based on the standard American armoury model, with offices on the main floor, lecture rooms and messes on the second, a janitor’s apartment on the third and firing ranges in the main hall. The museum, located on the main floor, has exhibits on local military history.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

187 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-966-2125
www.theregiment.ca/hpmuseum.html

Architecture

Year built: 1908
Building type: Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

​Hatch Specialty Coffee Doors Open Markham

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​Hatch Specialty Coffee

Those who appreciate quality coffee beans and care about how and where they are grown will appreciate Hatch Specialty Coffee. A coffee lab, roaster and brewer, they source many of their coffee beans by direct trade from coffee growers. The roasting style is strongly influenced by Scandinavian-style light roasts. Tours of the roaster and brewer, as well as tastings.

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  • Parking

Contact info

802B Cochrane Drive
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-474-3555
Email: info@hatchcrafted.com
www.hatchcrafted.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hendriks Greenhouses Doors Open Lincoln

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Hendriks Greenhouses

Hendriks Greenhouses, a well-established and respected local grower, began operations in 1953. Originally a grower of fruits and vegetables, today it grows flowers for the Canadian and American markets, focusing on high-quality products – including tropical plants, ferns and succulents. With over 22,297 square metres (240,000 square feet) of production space, this modern, high-tech growing operation is worth a visit.

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Contact info

5095 North Service Road
Town of Lincoln, Ontario
Telephone: 289-213-6076
www.hendriksgreenhouses.com

Architecture

Year built: 1960s
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Henry Corby House B&B, The Doors Open Belleville and District

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Henry Corby House B&B, The

Henry Corby Sr. built this home in 1875 and moved here from a large stone house at the northeast corner of Bridge Street East and George Street. He then proceeded to build a house next door for his daughter and her husband. Today, the house is a bed and breakfast offering three guest rooms with private living spaces.

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Contact info

126 Bridge Street East
Belleville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-827-4116
Email: vandykw@outlook.com
www.henrycorbyhouse.com

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Architect: John Brenton
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heritage Boatworks Doors Open Gravenhurst

Heritage Boatworks

Observe traditional Muskoka boat building of the early 1900s as a group of dedicated volunteers works to restore a variety of wooden boats and canoes. Admire the restoration work that these talented people have already completed. They demonstrate the craftsmanship that was a hallmark of the famous boat-building workshops and traditions throughout Muskoka.

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

Contact info

185 Cherokee Lane
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Telephone: 705-687-2115

Architecture

Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

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

Heritage Building and Ottawa City Hall Doors Open Ottawa

Heritage Building and Ottawa City Hall

Designed by R.W. Strickland and Kivas Tully, the Heritage Building features high Victorian design. Formerly the teachers’ college, it became Ottawa City Hall after municipal amalgamation. On Saturday only, enjoy coffee in the Mayor’s Office from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

Contact info

110 Laurier Avenue West, Elgin Street entrance
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 311
www.ottawa.ca

Architecture

Architect: R.W. Strickland and Kivas Tully
Architectural style: Victorian

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heritage House Catering Doors Open Ajax

Heritage House Catering
Dr. Byron Field originally used this well-known 1911 heritage home for his medical practice. The designated building reflects the Georgian revival and neoclassical styles. The original drawings of architect A.A. Post are featured in the retail shop, where the current owners - Heritage House Catering - offer homemade items for purchase that you won’t want to miss.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

479 Kingston Road West
Ajax, Ontario
Telephone: 289-314-9870
www.heritagehousecatering.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Architect: A.A. Post
Architectural style: Georgian, Neoclassical
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Heritage House Museum Doors Open Smiths Falls

Heritage House Museum

Heritage House Museum is housed in this Victorian home. Period rooms depict the lifestyle of a mill owner's family living in Smiths Falls in the 1860s. Situated on a picturesque portion of the Rideau Canal, the museum features a unique mirror-image façade, a two-storey privy, exhibition galleries, spacious gardens and a picnic area. Demonstrations and special guests throughout the day.

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

Contact info

11 Old Sly's Road
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-283-6311
Email: heritagehouse@smithsfalls.ca
www.facebook.com/heritagehousemuseum

Architecture

Year built: 1861
Architect: Joshua Bates
Architectural style: Georgian, Victorian
Building type: Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heritage Walking Tour Doors Open Whitby

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Heritage Walking Tour

Presented in collaboration with Jane’s Walk. Discover unseen aspects of our community. Join us at 10 a.m. near the Centennial Building's main entrance for a walking tour of Whitby's historical neighbourhood. (Meeting spot will be marked.) The tour encompasses part of the original plan of the subdivision owned by Asa Werden in 1854. Wear walking shoes.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at 416 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
https://janeswalk.org

Architecture

Architectural style: Classical revival, Queen Anne, Victorian
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Courthouse, Historical house, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 to 11 a.m.; tour starts promptly at 10 a.m.

HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel Doors Open Ottawa

HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel

Located in the former Carleton County Gaol, the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel is steeped in history. Opened as a hostel in 1973, this building has become an international hub for backpackers and travellers to the nation’s capital for 45 years.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

75 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-235-2595
www.hihostels.ca/Ontario/1166/HI-Ottawa-Jail.hostel

Architecture

Year built: 1862
Building type: Commercial, Courthouse

Dates/hours open

Sunday June 3, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hillary House and Koffler Museum of Medicine Doors Open Aurora

Hillary House and Koffler Museum of Medicine

Hillary House – home of the Koffler Museum of Medicine and the Aurora Historical Society – is a treasured piece of Aurora’s history. It is recognized as one of Canada's best examples of Gothic revival architecture. The museum contains a significant collection of medical instruments, books, papers and furnishings. Hillary House was declared a National Historic Site in 1975.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

15372 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-8991
http://aurorahs.com

Architecture

Year built: 1862
Architect: Henry Harris
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hillary House Barn Doors Open Aurora

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Hillary House Barn

Constructed in 1862, Hillary House Barn stored Dr. Hillary's horses and sleigh. This wood-framed barn, with bargeboard trim and three-over-three sash windows, is one of the best preserved in Aurora. Explore the original horse stalls and see the sleigh that Dr. Hillary used to visit his patients.

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Contact info

15372 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-8991
Email: erika.mazanik@aurorahs.com
http://aurorahs.com

Architecture

Year built: 1862
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hillsburgh Heritage Walking Tour Doors Open Erin

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Hillsburgh Heritage Walking Tour

Join members of the local heritage community on a one-hour guided walking tour of Hillsburgh. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Elora-Cataract Trailhead (11 Station Street, Hillsburgh). See part of the Gooderham Works distillery empire, the pioneer cemetery and a wonderful variety of heritage homes. Bring your walking shoes.

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

Contact info

Meet at 11 Station Street
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 416-460-1417

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 1 to 2 p.m.; tour starts promptly at 1 p.m.

Hillsburgh House by the Pond Doors Open Erin

Hillsburgh House by the Pond

Hillsburgh House is a charming century farmhouse in the beautiful town of Hillsburgh, featuring two guest rooms, lovely gardens and a peaceful view of the mill pond. Popular guest activities include making campfires and relaxing in the hot tub or on one of the two porches. Come and join us for lemonade, iced tea and a special treat!

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

3 Station Street
Hillsburgh, Ontario
Telephone: 519-855-9487
www.bbcanada.com/hillsburghhousebythepond

Architecture

Year built: 1894
Architect: Awrey Brothers
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

4552 Penetanguishene Road
Hillsdale, Ontario
http://www.springwater.ca/cms/one.aspx?portalId=312&pageId=1266

Architecture

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.

Hilltop Farm Doors Open Clarington

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Hilltop Farm

Hilltop Farm has been in the Elliott family since the earliest days of English settlers in Port Granby (circa 1834). The house and barn were built prior to 1860, which was the heyday of the port. The local sawmill cut softwoods to build the framing, floors and clapboard exterior, and the home builders dug the well by hand.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

4652 Lakeshore Road
Port Granby, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1860
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre of Windsor Doors Open Windsor

Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre of Windsor

Members of the Hindu faith community funded the construction of this temple. It is made of red brick with a red block foundation and incorporates arched windows and doorways. At the front of the 1,300-square-metre (14,000-square-foot) interior are areas for worshipping various deities where sculptures of them are displayed on altars under arches.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

7007 Enterprise Way
Windsor, Ontario
www.hmccw.org

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Architect: S. Bagga
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 23, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hindu Temple Society of Canada, The - Hindu Temple Richmond Hill Doors Open Richmond Hill

Hindu Temple Society of Canada, The - Hindu Temple Richmond Hill

This Hindu temple, the largest in North America, was built and is operated under the Agama Sastra traditions. The temple was designed by Mr. V. Janakiramana Sthapathi, who hails from the same family of architects that built the famous Big Temple in Tanjavur in South India during the Chola period. Come and explore the fine artwork displayed throughout.

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

Contact info

10865 Bayview Avenue
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-883-9109
http://htrh.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1987-88
Architect: V. Janakiramana Sthapathi
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 12, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery Doors Open Windsor

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Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery

The newly renovated J.P. Wiser's brand centre fronts the largest distillery in North America; they produce 45 million litres of alcohol yearly! Four generations of farmers have been supplying grain to this distillery, which has been operating in the Essex County region since 1858. Distillery tours will be offered every 45 minutes. Visitors must be 19+ and wear closed-toe shoes.

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

Contact info

2072 Riverside Drive East
Windsor, Ontario, Ontario
Telephone: 519-561-5596
Email: bianca.mancina@pernod-ricard.com
www.jpwiserstour.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1970s; renovations in 2017
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 22 – Sunday September 23, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historic SDG Jail Doors Open Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

Historic SDG Jail

Historic SDG Jail

This county jail building was constructed in 1833 and remained operational until it was closed in 2002. The facility housed inmates from Cornwall and across the modern-day United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. The jail is home to many historical artifacts and displays; it is considered one of the oldest public structures in Ontario.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

11 Water Street West
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 844-814-5245
www.sdgcounties.ca/tourism/jail

Architecture

Year built: 1833
Building type: Attraction

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18 – Sunday August 19, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Historic SDG Jail Doors Open Cornwall

Historic SDG Jail

This county jail building was constructed in 1833 and remained operational until it was closed in 2002. The facility housed inmates from Cornwall and across the modern-day United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. The jail is home to many historical artifacts and displays; it is considered one of the oldest public structures in Ontario.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

11 Water Street West
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 844-814-5245
www.sdgcounties.ca/tourism/jail

Architecture

Year built: 1833
Building type: Attraction

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 18, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Historic Zion Schoolhouse Doors Open Toronto

Historic Zion Schoolhouse

This schoolhouse was built in 1869 by the farming families of the rural community known as L'Amoreaux. Several generations of children attended the school until it closed in 1955. One of hundreds of schoolhouses that used to dot the Ontario landscape, the Zion Schoolhouse serves as a rare reminder of how education was provided in rural areas in the past.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Women's history

Contact info

1091 Finch Avenue East
North York, Ontario
Telephone: 416-395-7435

Architecture

Year built: 1869
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 26 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Historical Fort William Walking Tour Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Historical Fort William Walking Tour

Start your Doors Open day with a walking tour hosted by the Fort William Business District Business Improvement Area. Meet at the Up Shot Coffeehouse, where the tour will start at 9:30 a.m. sharp. The tour will include visits to the Chapple Building, the Blue Sky Community Healing Centre, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and the Brodie Resource Library.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at 111 ½ May Street South
Thunder Bay, Ontario
http://fortwilliambusinessdistrict.com

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
One tour only on Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Historical Self-Guided Walking Tour - Jean-Baptiste Lainé, Mantle Site Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Historical Self-Guided Walking Tour - Jean-Baptiste Lainé, Mantle Site

A village was founded on this site in the 16th century by the Huron-Wendat, a nation of agriculturalists and fisher-hunter-gatherers, prior to the arrival of Europeans. Enhance your self-guided tour with a stop at the touch-and-see display station where you can chat with museum staff and volunteers, and view a variety of fascinating images and objects related to the site.

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  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Park at 99 Reeves Way Blvd. proceed to the beginning of the path
Stouffville, Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historical Walking Tour of Alliston Doors Open Simcoe County

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Historical Walking Tour of Alliston

Discover historical downtown Alliston through a self-guided walking tour – offered by the Alliston Business Improvement Area. Capture the beauty of buildings such as St. John’s United Church, and learn how it was saved from the Great Fire. Stop in to learn more about other buildings along the way. Don’t miss the boutiques, restaurants and bakeries as you explore Victoria Street.

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  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Pick up your walking tour map at 51 Victoria Street East
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-1787