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1855 Whitby (former Ontario County Land Registry Office) Doors Open Whitby

1855 Whitby (former Ontario County Land Registry Office)

Enjoy this virtual tour of 1855 Whitby! This building, which served as the Ontario County Land Registry Office from 1873 until 1987, was part of a block that included the Ontario County Courthouse and the Ontario County Gaol. Today, it is the home base for business innovation and support. Come and see how this heritage building has been refreshed and adapted to assist the rapid growth of Durham Region’s innovation ecosystem – Whitby’s first accelerator hub!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

400 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1873
Building type: Courthouse, Government building

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitby

618 Athol Street Doors Open Whitby

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618 Athol Street

Constructed in 1914, this private home was built in the Tudor revival style (a rare building style found in Whitby). As part of Digital Doors Open, enjoy a virtual tour and learn more about the features of this unique structure (including its original woodwork, leaded-glass windows and brick fireplaces). You’ll also hear stories of some of its famous homeowners over time – including Leslie McFarlane, who wrote at least one of the Hardy Boys books (A Figure in Hiding) while living here.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

618 Athol Street
Whitby, Ontario
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp#Athol

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Historical house, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitby

ABCD Section – Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

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ABCD Section – Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

The ABCD Section is a significant portion of the north Bramalea area that functions as a small city. The community contains a civic centre, a major transportation hub, a regional shopping centre and a multi-purpose park. The ABCD Section in particular contains a significant portion of Brampton’s industrial land space, which plays a vital role towards the well-being, culture and economic prosperity of the city. While each section can be defined as its own neighbourhood, the proximity of their geographies means that these sections are supported by similar amenities, such as schools, parks and trails. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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Start at Victoria Park (A Section)
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Alderlea Doors Open Brampton

Alderlea

Alderlea, meaning meadow of alder trees, is a well preserved heritage building, built at the height of the Victorian era. It is one of the finest examples of Italianate villa architecture in Ontario. The property also holds tremendous landmark status on an elevated terrace overlooking Gage Park. Following careful restoration for adaptive reuse, this 19th-century mansion has plenty to offer. Check out the video below and see how the house has been adapted for use as a heritage venue.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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40 Elizabeth Street South
Brampton, Ontario
www.brampton.ca/EN/Arts-Culture-Tourism/alderlea/Pages/Welcome.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1867
Architect: Taylor Hazel (2009-13 renovations)
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

All or Nothing Brewhouse Doors Open Oshawa

All or Nothing Brewhouse

Established in 2014, All or Nothing Brewhouse produces a wide variety of craft beer on site in the historical Ritson Road Beer Store that was built in the 1950s (check out this original newspaper article from the Daily Times-Gazette). During COVID-19, the brewery has been busy producing ethanol for hand sanitizer for the residents of the Durham Region. The retail and online beer store are now open, so check their website for information. Learn more about the history of All or Nothing through the section called Our Story. Take a virtual tour around the brewhouse to see the larger-than-life production equipment. Or watch a beer production video below – and learn how All or Nothing goes from barley to beer can.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

439 Ritson Road South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-337-0113
Email: bottleshop@allornothing.beer
http://allornothing.beer

Architecture

Year built: 1950; established in 2014
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Amherstburg Freedom Museum Doors Open Amherstburg

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Amherstburg Freedom Museum

The Amherstburg Freedom Museum tells the remarkable story of the journeys and contributions made by African-Canadians. By preserving these stories and displaying them with artifacts that educate and inspire, the museum continues to provide both knowledge and pride in our Black history. As part of Digital Doors Open, this site offers a series of video stories from descendants of runaway freedom seekers. Also, take some time to learn more about the Underground Railroad in the video below.

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  • Video

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277 King Street
Amherstburg, Ontario
https://amherstburgfreedom.org

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Amherstburg

Appleton swamp (Gardiner, Grace and Neilson Properties) Doors Open Mississippi Mills

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Appleton swamp (Gardiner, Grace and Neilson Properties)

The Appleton swamp is an extensive riverine swamp and marsh complex associated with the floodplain of the Mississippi River. The Gardiner, Grace and Neilson properties are all managed for the Ontario Heritage Trust by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority with the purpose of maintaining the natural features and biodiversity of the properties. There is no public access to these properties for that reason. The properties are situated in the Appleton swamp, which is recognized as a provincially significant Class 2 Wetland and Life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) due to the unique representation of riverine marsh, swamp and upland forest on clay plain. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual boat ride through the Appleton swamp by watching the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Environment

Contact info

Public access is prohibited at this time due to the delicate nature of the wetland features.
Mississippi Mills, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/gardiner-grace-neilson

Architecture

Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Mississippi Mills

Archives of Ontario Doors Open Toronto

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Archives of Ontario

The Archives of Ontario is the largest provincial archives in Canada, and a premier source of information about the history of the land we now call Ontario and its people. Since 1903, they have been collecting, preserving and making available the documentary heritage of the province, with records that date back to the 16th century. Their collections include everything from handwritten letters to books, maps, architectural drawings, photographs, artwork, films, sound recordings, electronic documents and more. During Digital Doors Open, visit their website and YouTube channel. Search and discover images and moving images from their collections, the Government of Ontario Art Collection (peek inside the art vault in the video below), and extensive genealogical records, including births, marriages and deaths. Browse and enjoy the stories found in their collections by exploring the many online exhibits – from Black history and French Ontario, to the War of 1812 and the First World War, to toys from our past and an Eaton’s Christmas. Learn about and use the excellent and extensive resources for educators and students. (Building photo: David Tyler)

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

134 Ian Macdonald Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario
www.archives.gov.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1903
Building type: Government building

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Ashbridge Estate, The Doors Open Toronto

Ashbridge Estate, The

The Ashbridge family was one of the founding families of Toronto (formerly York); they immigrated to York from Pennsylvania in 1793. They are also the only Toronto family to occupy their land continuously for 200 years. Two acres of the original homestead and an 1854 house have been preserved to tell their story. The Ashbridge Estate, owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust, is architecturally significant for the house’s simple Regency design with neoclassical elements. The grounds are also home to an urban farm, planted and cared for by Building Roots. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore this intriguing site through the video below.

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  • Video
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1444 Queen Street East
Toronto, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/ashbridge-estate

Architecture

Architectural style: Neoclassical, Regency
Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house
Landscape: Garden, Landscape

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Assumption Church (Our Lady of Assumption) Doors Open Windsor

Assumption Church (Our Lady of Assumption)

Founded in 1728 to serve the Huron Indians, Windsor's Our Lady of Assumption Church is the centerpiece of Canada's oldest Catholic parish west of Montreal. There have been four buildings on this site, beginning with a chapel that was built in the 1740s. The current church, constructed from 1842-45, was designed in the Gothic revival style by Robert Thomas Elliott, who received $10 for his work. Assumption Church, as it is better known, is graced with many distinguishing architectural features – from arched doors and stained-glass windows to buttresses and towering steeples. The focal point of the interior is the intricately carved pulpit that was moved from an earlier building. It is the only known Indigenous French-Canadian carving from that period in Ontario. Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, Assumption Church was closed in 2014 due to safety concerns over building deterioration. While closed, the church celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2017. In 2019, Assumption Church reopened following a huge fundraising campaign that assisted in the restoration of the structure inside and out. Restoration remains ongoing; you can follow its progress here. Or, as part of Digital Doors Open, watch the Art and Architecture video series that explores the symbolism of the church as presented through art and architectural features (Part One of four is shown below).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

350 Huron Church Road
Windsor, Ontario
https://assumptionparish.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1842-45
Architect: Robert Thomas Elliot
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Windsor

Auchmar Manor House Doors Open Hamilton

Auchmar Manor House

Auchmar was originally home to the honourable Isaac Buchanan (a local businessman and politician). Throughout the years, Auchmar has also been home to the Young family (local entrepreneurs), the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Hungarian Sisters of Social Service. During Digital Doors Open, discover the history of the house and listen to a short lecture on the past, present and future of the property. View a photo tour of Auchmar below. And explore virtual tours and stories of the house and its past inhabitants on their Instagram page. Check their Instagram page daily for new photos and stories!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

88 Fennell Avenue West (at West 5th Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
www.friendsofauchmar.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1852-54
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Aurora Borealis Orthodontics Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Borealis Orthodontics

The world’s only Star Trek-themed orthodontic office is filled with props from all of the Star Trek television series and motion pictures. The office has gathered worldwide attention – featured on CTV and Space, and in magazines and blogs. During Digital Doors Open, you will encounter Borg drones, concept artwork, medical devices, alien weaponry and technology, and even Tribbles. Explore this unique facility through their online slideshow or the video below. Live long and prosper!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

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15185 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
www.auroraborealisorthodontics.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Public Library Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Public Library

Aurora’s public library service 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 Aurora. While this facility remains closed to the public, there are many Digital Doors Open opportunities available – from virtual science labs (see the sample video below), summer camps, cooking classes, speakers’ series and live-streaming storytelling to a digital bookshelf where you can read, watch listen and learn. Genealogy enthusiasts can also take advantage of the free access to the Library Edition of Ancestry.com. And there’s so much more!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

15145 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
www.library.aurora.on.ca

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Aurora

Barrow Bay Doors Open Northern Bruce Peninsula

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Barrow Bay

A Bruce Trail side trail traverses this spectacular property, located east of Barrow Bay in Northern Bruce Peninsula. The Dobson and Deal properties, where this bay is situated, are owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and managed by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Over 268 species have been documented, including four species at risk observed on the property. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual hike along this part of the Bruce Trail and see this property from the air by watching the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Environment
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info


Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Northern Bruce Peninsula

Beaux Arts Brampton Doors Open Brampton

Beaux Arts Brampton

Operating since 2002, this volunteer-driven, artist-run gallery serves as a premiere exhibition space for emerging and established visual and multimedia artists and photographers. Beaux Arts features bright gallery spaces, a boutique gift shop, and creative business studios. The centre unites artist members and the creative audience in the spirit of fostering and celebrating the arts. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about the gallery in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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70-74 Main Street North
Brampton, Ontario
www.beauxartsbrampton.org

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Bench Brewing Company (formerly Maple Grove School) Doors Open Lincoln

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Bench Brewing Company (formerly Maple Grove School)

Uncovering and preserving Lincoln's rich history has been the passion and committed mission of the Friends of Lincoln's History since their doors opened in 2011. In association with the Ontario Historical Society, this registered not-for-profit has been collecting, cataloguing and archiving historical documents and artifacts related to Lincoln's history in hopes of encouraging an interest in continued preservation and education in Lincoln's archaeological, architectural and historical heritage. One of their recent community projects involved helping the team at Bench Brewing Company to uncover over 182 years of history embedded in the halls of Maple Grove School. This local historical building, which was once the longest-running active school in Ontario, would soon become the home for the Bench Brewing Company’s new brewery, and the team wanted to honour the school’s past not only by adapting the physical structure but also by documenting its story with assistance from the Friends of Lincoln’s History. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video series entitled Uncovering the Lincoln Archives – Part 1 can be seen below, with Part 2 and Part 3 available on YouTube.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

4890 Victoria Avenue North, Building #6
Lincoln, Ontario
Telephone: 905-562-4242
Email: lincolnarchives@gmail.com
www.lincolnarchives.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Educational facility, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Door Open Lincoln

Bisson Dentistry Doors Open Guelph

Bisson Dentistry

This John Hall-designed house (now a dental office) – built in 1874 of red brick with white quoins – has an elaborate outer door with beautiful glass, a miniature hallway, an impressive inner door (trademarks of Hall’s designs), and original crown moulding, ceiling medallions and fireplaces. The ornate curved staircase leads to the recently renovated upper level. Visit guelphartsevents.com to listen, watch and learn about Bisson Dentistry.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

199 Woolwich Street
Guelph, Ontario
https://dentalsolutions.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1874
Architect: John Hall
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Commercial, Health-care facility, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

Brampton Downtown Heritage Walk Doors Open Brampton

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Brampton Downtown Heritage Walk

Downtown Brampton has much to offer – and one of the best ways to see it is on foot. Or, during Digital Doors Open, on foot by video. Join tour guide Steve Collie – member of the Brampton Heritage Board and the Brampton Historical Society – for an informative and enlightening guided tour. Starting at the historical Four Corners, Collie takes you back in time by visiting many sites in Downtown Brampton. As well, you will learn about some of Brampton’s unique history – from the annual flooding of its main streets to devastating fires, from suspected hauntings to hidden architectural features, from Vaudeville theatres to underground bank vaults.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Start at the Four Corners, Queen Street East and Main Street North
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Brampton Fire Services Apparatus and Maintenance Facility Doors Open Brampton

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Brampton Fire Services Apparatus and Maintenance Facility

Brampton's Fire and Emergency Services responds to over 20,000 calls every year. The Fire Services Apparatus and Maintenance Facility is where they come for repairs and ongoing equipment maintenance. This LEED-certified building opened in 2017 and provides ongoing support for all of the fire trucks and equipment used by Brampton's 13 fire stations. In addition, you'll find training facilities and a repair bay that can accommodate up to 18 vehicles at the same time - with a hoist that can lift up to 75,000 pounds! See for yourself. Take a virtual tour of Brampton's Fire Department Services Apparatus and Maintenance Facility in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

52 Rutherford Road South
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-458-4843
Email: scott.glew@brampton.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2017
Building type: Government building, Green building

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Door Open Brampton

Brampton Transit Sandalwood Facility Doors Open Brampton

Brampton Transit Sandalwood Facility

Brampton is home to one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada, with ridership just over 31 million in 2019. Founded in 1976, Brampton Transit currently operates 70 routes, including five bus rapid transit lines (BRT), four express routes, 16 school routes, and one GO Transit shuttle route. In 2008, Brampton Transit officially opened the doors to its new Sandalwood Transit facility. This facility – featured in the video below – represents an award-winning transit system that focuses on customer service, provides seamless connections to GO Transit, the Toronto Transit Commission, York Region and Mississauga Transit – contributing to the growth of Brampton and its commitment to being a green city. During COVID-19, Brampton Transit continues to provide a critical service throughout Brampton and has implemented several safety measures to ensure that all riders and staff stay safe. Check their website for more information.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

130 Sandalwood Parkway
Brampton, Ontario
www.brampton.ca/EN/residents/transit/Pages/home.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 2008
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

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. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore the various stations of the tunnel through interpretive panels, download their handy information guide, and learn more about Brockville’s railway history through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

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

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brockville and Area

Brubacher House Museum Doors Open Waterloo Region

Brubacher House Museum

Laura and Josh Enns live in a museum — a Mennonite farmhouse built in 1850 that is located smack-dab in the middle of the University of Waterloo tech park. For the past four years, the young couple has called Brubacher House their home, living in modern accommodations on the second floor as they promote and manage the museum and its grounds. They're also working to update the narrative of the land to reflect its origins as territory belonging to the Attawandaron, Huron-Wendat, Anishnaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to learn more about living and working in this museum.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Butler's Barracks and The Commons Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Butler's Barracks and The Commons

Named after Colonel John Butler, a hero of the American Revolutionary War, this complex was an integral component of the military facilities built in the Niagara region to replace those destroyed during the War of 1812. Situated inland, out of range of the American artillery across the river, Butler's Barracks comprised more than 20 buildings by 1854. The only structures that survive from this period are the Commissariat Stores, Junior Commissariat Officers' Quarters, Men's Barracks and Gun Shed. The site was used by the British until 1870, after which it became a training camp for the Canadian militia. The barracks near John Street have been fully reconstructed and act as the headquarters for Parks Canada’s Southwestern Ontario Field Unit. The Commons was used extensively over the past two centuries for military training. It was also the site of the Native Council House at the perimeter of Paradise Grove from 1812 until the mid 1820s. For Digital Doors Open, explore The Commons through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

440 King Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Telephone: 905-468-6614
www.pc.gc.ca/apps/dfhd/page_nhs_eng.aspx?id=430

Architecture

Year built: 1814-54
Building type: Government building, Historical landmark, Military
Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Buxton National Historic Site and Museum Doors Open Chatham-Kent

Buxton National Historic Site and Museum

This site encompasses the 3,642 hectares (9,000 acres) that made up the Elgin settlement, established in 1849 by Rev. William King. Find a brief description of the museum in the video below. The complex includes a restored 1861 schoolhouse and a church and cemetery dating from 1866. The site is also one of the few remaining African-Canadian settlements from the era before the American Civil War. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore Ontario’s Black heritage through this online resource, and check out this video on the Underground Railroad as well as this Archives of Ontario documentary that explores the history of the Black community in Buxton.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

21975 A.D. Shadd Road
North Buxton, Ontario
www.buxtonmuseum.com

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Chatham-Kent

BYTOWN MUSEUM: Commissariat Building Doors Open Ottawa

BYTOWN MUSEUM: Commissariat Building

Ottawa’s oldest stone building, the Commissariat, is home to the BYTOWN MUSEUM. Built in 1827 as Colonel By’s storehouse on the Rideau Canal, this building still has many stories to tell. Nestled beside the canal below Parliament Hill and adjacent to the Ottawa River, this museum traces Ottawa’s early history to present day, with a special focus on the construction of the Rideau Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore highlights from their fascinating online collections, take a virtual tour of the facility (don’t forget your VR glasses), explore the site through the lens of UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and learn more about the site by watching the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1 Canal Lane
Ottawa, Ontario
https://bytownmuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1827
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

A year-round tropical paradise and home to thousands of exquisite plants, butterflies, moths and bugs, the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory has been a remarkable institution in Waterloo Region since 2001. As a privately owned Canadian corporation, it is entirely self-reliant and must juggle the business of attraction with the responsibility of education, research and conservation. Andalyne Tofflemire, Conservatory Manager and naturalist, tours viewers throughout the magical 2,322-square-metre (25,000-square-foot) facility and its daily behind-the-scenes operations. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below for a behind-the-scenes experience of this tropical paradise.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

2500 Kossuth Road
Cambridge, Ontario
www.cambridgebutterfly.com

Architecture

Year built: 2002
Building type: Attraction, Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

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. Over 500 special agents were trained here to go behind enemy lines and “set Europe ablaze,” as dramatized in CBC Television’s X Company. During Digital Doors Open, do some spy training with site expert Lynn Philip Hodgson (see the video below). Or explore the documentary on this acclaimed spy school. Discover what happened to the site after the war ended – and the fascinating role played by women here. And, students, explore the Camp X photo gallery and download images for school projects. Today, while no buildings remain, you can still visit and evoke this fascinating history.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2008 Boundary Road
Whitby, Ontario
www.camp-x.com/camp-x.html

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitby

Campbellford Walking Tour Doors Open Trent Hills

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Campbellford Walking Tour

Settlement began in the Township of Seymour on the Trent River in the early 1830s. At that time, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Campbell and his brother, Major David Campbell, received Crown grants and purchased a total of approximately 1,100 hectares of land (2,800 acres) in the area. This land became the nucleus of settlement on both sides of the Trent River at a shallow area know as Campbell’s Ford. By 1876, the settlement had grown so that the Village of Campbellford became a separate municipality and, in 1906, it was incorporated as a town. Take this walking tour and learn more about the town, its early inhabitants and its rich past.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Activities and games
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Start at 17 Queen Street
Campbellford, Ontario
www.trenthills.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Trent Hills

Canada's Wonderland Doors Open Vaughan

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Canada's Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland is a 134-hectare (330-acre) theme park loaded with fun and thrills for all ages. The country's first major theme park – and its largest – Canada’s Wonderland has become a summer tradition. This year, you can visit the site virtually and enjoy up to 16 different roller coasters, 11 thrill rides and seven family rides – all from the comfort of your own home. If you have a virtual reality headset, load the video up on your phone or gaming system to enjoy an even more immersive ride experience! In addition, you can watch virtual fireworks displays with over 6,000 explosions of colour above the park skyline. When you need a break from the rides, spend some time on a scavenger hunt or doing some colouring pages. Finish off your Digital Doors Open experience with a homemade funnel cake. Canada’s Wonderland is now sharing their recipe for this sweet summertime treat.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1 Canada's Wonderland Drive
Vaughan, Ontario
www.canadaswonderland.com

Architecture

Year built: 1981
Building type: Attraction

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Vaughan

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 and artifacts from 1903 to 1999. The “Our Oshawa is Automotive Heritage” video provides a brief introduction while the video below offers more detail. New for 2020 is the Oshawa’s Automotive Community virtual exhibit, which highlights the origins, growth and community impact of Canada’s largest automotive assembly plant. Did you or a family member work at the General Motors Oshawa Assembly Plant? Share your automotive memories with us. Note: The museum is now open by timed-ticket entry purchased online. Expert guides will also be hosting a Fall Downtown Walking Tour on September 12 at 11 a.m. to bring to life the people and places that made Oshawa “Canada’s Motor City.”

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

99 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
www.canadianautomotivemuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1920
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Canadian Canoe Museum Doors Open Peterborough

Canadian Canoe Museum

Established in 1997, the Canadian Canoe Museum is home to the largest collection of canoes and kayaks in the world. As part of Digital Doors Open, the museum has developed a series of videos to give virtual visitors a glimpse of the many stories the artifacts have to tell. In addition to the Commanda birchbark canoes story shown below, you can check out more of The Stories They Hold series with Gordon Lightfoot’s canary yellow canoe and May Minto and Robert Bateman’s canoe. Also, explore some featured pieces from their collection here.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, Ontario
www.canoemuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Peterborough

Canadian Niagara Power Generating Station Doors Open Niagara Falls

Canadian Niagara Power Generating Station

The Canadian Niagara Power Generating Station (CNP) – the first major power plant on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls – was completed in 1905 to produce hydroelectricity by leveraging the power of the Niagara River. A marvel of engineering and architecture, the station’s generators were the largest of their kind. Power generated from CNP was used to service Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York; the plant remained in operation until 2006 when it was decommissioned. The Niagara Parks Commission acquired ownership in 2009. CNP was built with a rusticated stone exterior from Queenston limestone, with stunning, rounded window arches depicting restrained Romanesque design. The water-filled forecourt is the most prominent feature of the building setting, acting as a reflecting pool that enhances the pattern of the arches. The interior also features significant detail, from the massive bronze doors on the north side to the marble and bronze detailing of the office area. Renovations for adaptive reuse are underway – the first phase will open to the public in 2021 – will transform the facility into an extraordinary new multi-faceted visitor experience, which will preserve and showcase this culturally significant landmark while creating an iconic new attraction for Niagara Falls. For Digital Doors Open, explore the interior of CNP through the video below, and relive Fall 2019's special Doors Open event held at the station.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

7005 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario
www.niagaraparks.com/visit/attractions/canadian-niagara-power-generating-station

Architecture

Year built: 1905
Architect: Algeron S. Bell
Architectural style: Beaux arts, Romanesque revival
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara Falls

Canadian War Museum Doors Open Ottawa

Canadian War Museum

The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history. Its outstanding exhibitions explain Canada's rich military past from earliest times to the present, and its collections are among the world’s finest military holdings. The museum shares a series of online exhibits and videos that show Canadian military history in fascinating detail. There is also a new video that commemorates the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe. During Digital Doors Open, explore their online collections and educational resources, play their popular online game or download their colouring pages.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario
www.warmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2005
Architect: Raymond Moriyama
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

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. Learn more about this building’s history and its role in Whitby’s past through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

416 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Email: events@whitby.ca

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitby

Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum Doors Open Chatham-Kent

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Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum

The Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society is dedicated to the discovery, research and preservation of Chatham-Kent’s Black history. In the early 1800s, Black families settled along McGregor’s Creek in the town known then as The Forks. The village soon became a haven for runaway slaves and, by 1850, its population was one-third Black. Blacks in Chatham thrived in business, education, medicine, sport and literary and cultural arts. News of their success attracted Blacks to the area from across North America. The history of Blacks in early Chatham is not only of local significance; but their contribution and participation in Southwestern Ontario over the years has also left a fundamental impression on the national landscape. During Digital Doors Open, watch this video to learn more about the history of Chatham. Discover some of the museum's online exhibits. Explore the Breaking the Colour Barrier website to learn more about the Chatham Coloured All-Stars baseball team. And download and enjoy a colouring page and word search puzzle.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

177 King Street East (inside the WISH Centre)
Chatham, Ontario
https://ckbhs.org

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Chatham-Kent

Christ Church-McNab Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Christ Church-McNab

Land for this church was donated by William Servos; Edward Hiscott and James Servos mortgaged their farms for the loans. The first service was held here on Christmas Eve 1853 and was led by Reverend A.F. Atkinson. In the adjacent cemetery, there is a burial ground for Black slaves who escaped from the United States and lived near Eight Mile Creek. While this church remains closed, you can learn more about this fascinating site through the video below as part of Digital Doors Open.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

1294 McNab Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
http://niagaraanglican.ca/parish/christ-church-mcnab

Architecture

Year built: 1853
Architect: William Thomas
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Clare's Harley-Davidson of Niagara Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Clare's Harley-Davidson of Niagara

Throughout this store, you can see architectural touches of reclaimed and repurposed materials. Outside, a large water tower – originally from Fort Erie – was relocated to form the Harley Davidson sign. Inside, reclaimed brick was used to create the industrial feel. The wood panelling came from Buffalo, New York and features original mailboxes from a small apartment building. Other items such as the vintage window in the sales offices and doors came from the same source. In the ladies’ washroom is a bathroom counter from the Prince of Wales Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake. In addition, the original art deco interior and other restaurant fittings from Diana Sweets – a restaurant that operated for 75 years in St. Catharines – has now been restored inside! As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about this unique site in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

590 York Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Telephone: 905-684-4647
Email: lisa@clarescycle.com
www.claresharleydavidson.com

Architecture

Year built: 2008
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Clearpath Robotics Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Clearpath Robotics

Dull, dirty and dangerous. These are the types of jobs that Clearpath Robotics is working to automate. Founded in 2009 by four University of Waterloo Mechatronics Engineering grads, Clearpath and its sister company OTTO Motors develop hardware, software and services to enable self-driving vehicle development, deployment and fleet operation. The award-winning company works with over 500 of the world’s most innovative brands in over 40 countries, serving markets that span industrial materials handling, mining, military, agriculture, aerospace and academia. Find out why Clearpath values automating dull, dirty and dangerous jobs in the following episode of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

1425 Strasburg Road
Kitchener, Ontario
https://clearpathrobotics.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum Doors Open Simcoe County

Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum

The Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum promotes, collects and retains the history of Coldwater and its surrounding area from 1830 to 1950. The museum is located on the original homestead site of 1836 settler Archibald Woodrow, with 2 hectares (6.6 acres) of park-like setting that includes a variety of heritage buildings, the Coldwater Heritage Trail and Heritage Gardens. Discover history that you can touch, hear and explore. While the museum is closed for the 2020 season, you can take a peek from home by watching the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1474 Woodrow Road
Coldwater, Ontario
www.coldwatermuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1836
Architect: Unknown
Architectural style: Log structure
Building type: Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Garden, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Simcoe County

Commerce Building, The Doors Open Peterborough

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Commerce Building, The

The Commerce Building was designed in 1894-95 by John E. Belcher, one of Peterborough's leading architects. It was constructed of Credit Valley stone and pressed brick from Toronto's Don Valley. The building's main tenant was the Commerce Bank, later the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Architectural and decorative remnants of the old bank hall at the main floor level remain intact and can be seen inside what is now a restaurant. The building has undergone many changes over the years and now houses a vibrant arts community (featuring @Bluefrogslegs, Madder House Textile Studio, Aterlier Ludmila, Heather Doughty Photography, Mary McLoughlin and more). Learn more about this building and its place in downtown Peterborough’s past. And join them, along with other downtown locations, for a virtual First Friday art crawl.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

129 Hunter Street West
Peterborough, Ontario
https://firstfridayptbo.com

Architecture

Year built: 1894-95
Architect: John E. Belcher
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Peterborough

Courthouse Hotel Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Courthouse Hotel

The original courthouse and jail serving Prince Arthur’s Landing, later Port Arthur, was built on this site in 1877. Built on the same site in 1923, the new Port Arthur District Courthouse could not be fully completed until a portion of the old jail was demolished. Once opened in 1924, the courthouse housed judicial officials for the District of Thunder Bay along with Port Arthur’s Ontario Government offices. Symmetrical in its design, the classical pediment, Corinthian columns and central entryway give the building its “official” look. Tyndall Stone® limestone from Manitoba – used for the building’s decorative elements, including columns, keystones, sills and window casements – contains visible fossils. The Superior Court of Justice relocated to the Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse on Miles Street in 2014. The building, purchased in 2016, began an extensive $5-million renovation in 2017, transforming it into the boutique hotel we see today. Opened in 2019, the Courthouse Hotel was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

277 Camelot Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.courthousehotel.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1923-24
Architect: Frank R. Heakes, Department of Public Works
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Credit Valley - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

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Credit Valley - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

What once was underdeveloped is now a bustling suburban community. Residents have access to commercial properties, recreational parks, and pathways and natural spaces like the Churchville and Springbrook Tributary. One defining element of this vibrant community is Teramoto Park, named after the first Japanese family to move to the City of Brampton. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Start at the David Suzuki Secondary School, 45 Daviselm Drive
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Daniels Building Doors Open Toronto

Daniels Building

A merging of 19th- and 21st-century architecture, the Daniels Building conveys a narrative that parallels the history of the city itself. Situated in a large roundabout, the circular site was originally constructed as a garden with views to Lake Ontario. The original neo-Gothic building was the first home of Knox College, a Presbyterian theological school. Later, it served as a military hospital during the First World War, the home of Connaught Laboratories, and an auxiliary and servicing facility for the University of Toronto. 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. The contemporary addition integrates active, creative spaces, iconically represented by the design studio, with its soaring bow-tie truss ceiling and clerestory windows. The Main Hall boasts fins and stripes in charged colours that surprise and delight. As part of Digital Doors Open, check out the video below or consult their YouTube playlists to learn more.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1 Spadina Crescent
Toronto, Ontario
www.daniels.utoronto.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1875; 2017 restoration
Architect: Smith & Gemmel (restoration by NADAAA)
Architectural style: Contemporary, Gothic revival
Building type: Educational facility, Green building
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

David Dunlap Observatory Doors Open Richmond Hill

David Dunlap Observatory

Since 1935, this observatory has been a research centre for the University of Toronto's Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and a facility for public education and outreach. A popular site for Doors Open Richmond Hill in 2019, the David Dunlap Observatory gives us a glimpse into the skies above us from a spectacular facility. During Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the site through the video below. Also, enjoy a short history of the site from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Or learn how to use a star finder to find your way around the night skies.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

123A Hillsview Drive
Richmond Hill, Ontario
http://Richmondhill.ca/DDO

Architecture

Year built: 1935
Architect: Mathers and Haldenby
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Attraction, Educational facility, Historical landmark
Landscape: Garden, Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Richmond Hill

Devil’s Monument Doors Open Northern Bruce Peninsula

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Devil’s Monument

The “Devil’s Monument” flowerpot is the only complete flowerpot on land along the east side of the Bruce Peninsula. A series of steps from the main Bruce Trail down the escarpment enable hikers to access the base of the flowerpot. The LeFeuvre-Chupac, Minhinnick, Schneider properties, where this feature is located, are owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and managed by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual hike along this part of the Bruce Trail and see this property from the air by watching the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Environment
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info


Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Northern Bruce Peninsula

Dickinson House Doors Open Ottawa

Dickinson House

This 150-year-old house – built in 1867 by M.K. Dickinson, founder of the village of Manotick – was the residence from 1870-1972 of the Dickinson, Spratt and Watson families: owners and operators of the grist mill across the square. The house is distinctive for its New England federal-style architecture, which is a rare and unusual sight in Ontario. For Digital Doors Open, explore an impressive 3D virtual tour of the house, or wander the village of Manotick by aerial drone through the video below! If you'd like to see another example of New England architecture in Ontario, check out the history of the Ontario Heritage Trust's Barnum House in Grafton.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

1127 Mill Street
Manotick, Ontario
www.rideautownshiphistory.org/dickinsonhouse

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

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. During Digital Doors Open, you can explore this site through a series of virtual tours, download some colouring pages from their collections, keep busy with various jigsaw puzzles, or play the online game, Project Rustic (Flash required). And learn more in the video below from Historica Canada about the Cold War and the important role that this site played.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Doors Open Kawartha Lakes Highlights Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Doors Open Kawartha Lakes Highlights

Since its first event in 2004, Doors Open Kawartha Lakes has showcased some of their communities' most interesting sites and welcomed visitors to their historical buildings, trails and local landscapes. On this virtual tour, you can explore some the most popular and unique sites from the last 16 years of Doors Open Kawartha Lakes – and get ready for the next event in 2021!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

Start at the Pontypool Grain Elevator, 25 Pontypool Road
Pontypool, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Downtown Lindsay Virtual Tour Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Downtown Lindsay Virtual Tour

Downtown Lindsay has a long and storied history that dates back to the mid-19th century. From the time that the town plan was first laid out in 1834 to the changes of the mid-20th century, Lindsay’s downtown has long been the commercial heart of the community – and, as such, has many interesting stories to tell. Designated as a Heritage Conservation District in 2017, the downtown remains a vibrant shopping district with many exciting things to do and see. Explore this storymap and learn about the town from its early beginnings to present day – with a unique guided “walking” tour that presents some of downtown Lindsay’s architectural highlights.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

Start at the provincial plaque for Purdy's Mills
Lindsay , Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Downtown Walking Tour Doors Open Peterborough

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Downtown Walking Tour

Explore Peterborough’s historical downtown digitally with local historian Don Willcock. The tour will include George, Water and Aylmer streets and everything in between. Come and explore the development of the city’s commercial centre from the 19th century, including many buildings being adaptively re-used. Join the tour by clicking the video link below! Or learn more about one of the tour's stops: St. John's Anglican Church through this video.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

Start at Confederation Square (501 George Street North)
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various
Architectural style: Edwardian, Victorian
Building type: Commercial, Courthouse, Military, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Peterborough

Dundurn National Historic Site - Dundurn Castle Doors Open Hamilton

Dundurn National Historic Site - Dundurn Castle

This Italianate-style villa was built in 1834 for Sir Allan MacNab, one of Canada's first premiers. Digital Doors Open lets you experience what life upstairs and downstairs was like at this grand country estate through this extensive online guided tour (Flash required) – including the grounds and gardens. Learn about the castle in the video below. And get some baking and gardening tips from costumed staff.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

610 York Blvd.
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: dundurn@hamilton.ca
www.hamilton.ca/dundurn

Architecture

Year built: 1835
Architect: Robert Wetherell
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Eby Manor Golden Guernsey Milk Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Eby Manor Golden Guernsey Milk

For all but 10 days of his life, Jim Eby has lived on this dairy farm in Woolwich, now known as Eby Manor. You'll be moo-ved by his story of the family operation that seized a golden (Guernsey) opportunity to create something truly special in the new niche milk market. Denoted by its unique, creamy texture and iconic glass bottles, Eby Manor and its small herd boast an avid following. As part of Digital Doors Open, find out more about Eby Manor and this dairy operation through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

1174 Weeby Place, RR1
Waterloo, Ontario
https://ebymanor.ca

Architecture

Building type: Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Doors Open Toronto

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

Come and take a closer look at the historical Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre – the last operating double-decker theatre facility in the world. These stacked Vaudevillian-era theatres were saved from demolition in 1981 by the Ontario Heritage Trust. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour inside this theatre complex. Enjoy some videos from past performers. And learn about the history of this remarkable place through the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

189 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
Email: ewg@heritagetrust.on.ca
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg

Architecture

Year built: 1913-14
Architect: Thomas Lamb (designer)
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Elora Gorge Doors Open Elora and Fergus

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Elora Gorge

The Elora Gorge, operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority, is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural areas in the Grand River valley. Riverside trails look down 22 metres (72 feet) over scenic views of the water below where kayakers and canoeists make their way through the rapids. While the area has gradually reopened amidst COVID-19, visitors are encouraged to check their website to see what’s open and what’s not (camping, hiking, cycling, fishing and canoeing are allowed, for instance, but not tubing, picnic pavilions or the splashpad). For a digital experience, download their brochure and map, explore their Flickr photo album, or enjoy the aerial tour of the region below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

7400 Wellington County Road (Elora Gorge Park)
Elora, Ontario
https://www.grandriver.ca/en/outdoor-recreation/Elora-Gorge.aspx

Architecture

Landscape: Conservation area, Landscape, Natural heritage, Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Elora and Fergus

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Doors Open Toronto

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, Toronto’s oldest school still standing, is today a public museum and conference and special events venue. The original one-room school was established in 1849 by Enoch Turner (1792-1866), a wealthy brewer and philanthropist, to educate the children in the poor neighbourhood surrounding his brewery. Because many of the area's immigrant families were from County Cork in Ireland, the neighbourhood became known as Corktown – a nickname that it still carries today. From the 1860s to the 1960s, the schoolhouse served as the parish hall and Sunday school for the neighbouring Little Trinity Anglican Church. But, by the late 1960s, the building had fallen into disrepair. To protect the building and to raise funds for its restoration, the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation was established in 1971. They continue to this day – along with the Ontario Heritage Trust – to showcase the site through events, museum activities, school groups and more, to build awareness and raise money for the site. As part of Digital Doors Open, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse offers a virtual tour of the site, including the original classroom. Or learn more about this site through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

106 Trinity Street
Toronto, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/etsh

Architecture

Year built: 1848
Building type: Museum, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Exchange Brewery, The Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Exchange Brewery, The

Constructed in 1880, this building was Niagara's first telephone exchange. In 2015, it was transformed into a brewery, but it retains some of its original features. Original hemlock floor joists became the second-floor bar and tabletops. Some nods to the building's use as a telephone exchange include brewing numbers (instead of names) and a tasting board shaped like a rotary dial. As part of Digital Doors Open, you can learn more about this unique site through the video below. Check their website, too, for virtual events - including Sourpalooza.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

7 Queen Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Telephone: 905-468-9888
https://exchangebrewery.com

Architecture

Year built: 1880; adapted in 2015
Architect: Williamson Chong
Architectural style: Art moderne
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Filming The Handmaid's Tale in Cambridge - Part 1 Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Filming The Handmaid's Tale in Cambridge - Part 1

Part 1 of a two-part series on how Cambridge became Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale. The architecture, heritage buildings and stunning natural features of Cambridge are showcased in the award-winning web television series The Handmaid's Tale. The city's unique assets, central location and welcoming vibe for the production team made it winner. After three celebrated seasons and 37 major award victories, it's easy now to applaud the city's work to accommodate large production crews with tight schedules and narrow lead times. But what was it like for Devon Hogue, the Business Information Officer for the City of Cambridge during those first days in August 2016 when the Handmaid's Tale was just a concept being pitched for the first time? Just how do you explain to residents why there are gallows erected in the park, army tanks and men with machine guns on the bridge, and three bodies hanging from the wall by the river? Find out in the following episode of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region. And check the city's map of filming locations.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

36 Water Street North
Cambridge, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Filming The Handmaid's Tale in Cambridge - Part 2 Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Filming The Handmaid's Tale in Cambridge - Part 2

Part 2 of a two-part series on how Cambridge became Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale. Under her eye: The award-winning web television series The Handmaid's Tale showcases much of the architecture, heritage buildings and stunning natural features of Cambridge in its fictional rendering of a dystopian Gilead. The city's unique assets, central location, and welcoming vibe for the production team made it winner. After three celebrated seasons and 37 major award victories, many of these key locations have put Cambridge on the map worldwide – with viewers and film production companies alike. Devon Hogue, the Business Information Officer for the City of Cambridge, takes us on a tour of key locations and the many challenges and rewards along the way. Join the tour in the below episode of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region. And don’t forget to check out the filming locations on the city’s map.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

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Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Fool's Paradise Doors Open Toronto

Fool's Paradise

The former home of Canadian landscape painter Doris McCarthy (1910-2010) is a one-storey wood-frame cottage – on the spectacular Scarborough Bluffs (take an aerial tour of the Bluffs, and check out some of her artwork in the collections of the Wynick/Tuck Gallery and the Mountain Galleries). McCarthy donated this property to the Ontario Heritage Trust in 1998 to conserve its scenic, esthetic, natural and cultural values, with the wish that it would become an artist-in-residence centre and venue for heritage activities following her death. Explore the site through this virtual tour. Since the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Program launched in 2014, over 30 artists have completed residencies here. Meet one of the artists below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Environment
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1 Meadowcliffe Drive
Toronto, Ontario
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

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Fort William National Historic Site Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Fort William National Historic Site

Discover the original location of the fur-trading post lying at the heart of Thunder Bay and the mouth of the Kaministiquia River. This location saw First Nations camps, fur-trade boom and bust, the rise of the railway and growth of today’s neighbourhood. Fort William was the inland headquarters of the North West Company, the largest fur-trading enterprise in the world. At its peak in 1816, it was the hinge of an empire. Once the North West Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company merged in 1821, Fort William became a smaller regional trading post; most of its buildings were demolished by the 1880s to make way for the Canadian Pacific railyards. Archaeological excavations have unearthed artifacts from the fur trade and make it possible to overlay the 1816 fort plan on modern-day maps. As birchbark canoes were replaced by locomotives, vibrant and ethnically diverse east-end neighbourhoods sprang up around the fort. Many of the residents worked for the railways, grain elevators and coal-handling facilities. In 1968, Parks Canada recognized the original location of the Fort William fur trading post as a National Historic Site. The plaque commemorating it is part of the Heritage Hide’n’Seek Geocaching Series. The Province of Ontario built a reconstruction of old Fort William as a tourist attraction, which opened to the public in 1973 at Point De Meuron, nine miles up the Kaministiquia River.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

500 McNaughton Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.pc.gc.ca/apps/dfhd/page_nhs_eng.aspx?id=526&i=64413

Architecture

Year built: 1803 (North West Company); 1916 (memorial tablet erected)
Architect: North West Company
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

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. Senator George Taylor Fulford made millions of dollars from "Pink Pills for Pale People" – a patent medicine he manufactured in Brockville and sold around the world. Today, his mansion – owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust – is a highlight along the St. Lawrence River. Check out this video from Visit the 1000 Islands to learn more about the man and the house. Enjoy the aerial drone tour below of the resplendent Fulford gardens, laid out by the renowned Olmsted brothers (who were famous for designing New York City’s Central Park). And take a virtual tour of the site here.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

287 King Street East
Brockville, Ontario
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

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brockville and Area

Garden Square Doors Open Brampton

Garden Square

Garden Square opened in the heart of downtown Brampton in 2006 as one of Brampton’s premier public spaces. It remains a gathering space that brings Bramptonians together, ignites civic pride, and acts as a catalyst for creativity for arts and culture programs, events and community-focused activities. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below and enjoy highlights from Garden Square’s first-ever summer of virtual events. Many thanks to the artists and partners who embraced unique performance conditions, sponsors TD, Alectra and Algoma University for their support, and every audience member who joined in the festivities. #InGardenSquare

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

12 Main Street North
Brampton, Ontario
www.brampton.ca/EN/Arts-Culture-Tourism/garden-square/Pages/Welcome.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 2006

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

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." For Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of this restored mansion. Or watch a biopic on the history of Confederation to understand the critical role that Brown had in shaping Canada.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

186 Beverley Street
Toronto, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1876
Architect: William Irving; Edward Hutchins
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Historical house, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Glanmore National Historic Site Doors Open Belleville

Glanmore National Historic Site

Glanmore is an excellent example of Second Empire architecture in Canada. The home – now a regional museum – was built in 1883 for banker J.P.C. Phillips. Interiors feature ornate frescoed ceilings, suspended staircases and intricate woodwork. Even though the site is closed, there is much to see and do through Digital Doors Open. Explore their online collections (approximately 20,000 artifacts), watch a video about the restoration of the site, take a 3D tour (don’t forget your virtual reality glasses!), and discover the Canada at Play online exhibit (currently on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum), where you can also learn how to make a rag doll. Note: While Glanmore has reopened for paid visits (with mandatory face coverings and physical distancing measures in place), visitors are required to book a time slot in advance to visit the property.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

257 Bridge Street East
Belleville, Ontario
www.glanmore.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1883
Architect: Thomas Hanley
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Belleville

Grace United Church Doors Open Brampton

Grace United Church

The beginning of this congregation goes back to 1822. The historical church, built as a Wesleyan Methodist Church in 1867 and extensively renovated in 1887, is the oldest church in Brampton. The exterior brickwork and bell tower of this Gothic revival building have been restored. The sanctuary has wonderful woodwork, a gallery with an intricate wrought-iron railing, and over 40 stained-glass windows. The beautiful Casavant pipe organ was installed in 1924, a gift from the Duggan family in memory of those who served in the First World War. In 1982, people from Grace United formed a non-profit group to build Grace Court, a seniors’ apartment building in downtown Brampton in recognition of the need for affordable seniors’ housing in the area. More recently, in 2009, the parts of the building outside of the sanctuary became a community hub known as Grace Place, where over 40 community groups deliver their programs and services to the people of Brampton. Grace Church today has become known as the church with a heart in the heart of the city. As part of Digital Doors Open, visit the Doors Open Brampton YouTube channel and learn about this extraordinary place, take a virtual sanctuary tour, hear all about the congregation’s 198-year history, and take a look at how the Casavant pipe organ works and what it sounds like.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

156 Main Street North
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-451-1215
www.graceunitedbrampton.com

Architecture

Year built: 1867-89
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Grace United Church Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Grace United Church

Steps away from Queen Street, with yew trees flanking the front entrance, this storied church has an interesting history. Built in 1852 for the Canada Presbyterian Church, it was vacated by 1874 and later purchased at auction by the local Methodist congregation. In 1925, the United Church of Canada was formed and local congregations merged to become Grace United Church. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about Grace United by watching the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

222 Victoria Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
www.graceunitedchurch.com

Architecture

Year built: 1852
Architect: W.M. Thomas
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Great Manitou Island Doors Open North Bay

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Great Manitou Island

Great Manitou Island – owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust – is the largest island in the Manitou Islands Provincial Nature Reserve. Great Manitou Island is 84 hectares (210 acres) in total. It includes a small beach area and is suitable for day use only (no camping is allowed) and water-based recreation like swimming, boating or walking along the beach. Ontario Parks manages the Manitou Islands, including Great Manitou Island, on behalf of the Trust. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to learn more about this site.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Environment
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

In Lake Nippissing
North Bay, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/great-manitou-island-property

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage, Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open North Bay

Gryphon Football Pavilion Doors Open Guelph

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Gryphon Football Pavilion

Home to the Gryphon Football team, this pavilion is a stunning modern building designed for the players’ training, education and leisure. It features original art, intriguing graphics, outstanding training facilities and a unique locker room, all sporting the red and black team colours. Large viewing areas open onto the redesigned field. Visit guelphartsevents.com to watch, listen and learn more about the Gryphon Football Pavilion.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

15 Lang Way, University of Guelph
Guelph , Ontario
www.gryphonfootball.com

Architecture

Year built: 2017
Architect: Ayesha Moghal
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Educational facility
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology National Historic Site Doors Open Hamilton

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology National Historic Site

Witness the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution. Housed in a 160-year-old waterworks, this National Historic Site preserves two 70-ton steam-powered water pumping engines, perhaps the oldest surviving Canadian-built engines. During Digital Doors Open, explore the site through this informative virtual tour.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

900 Woodward Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: steammuseum@hamilton.ca
www.hamilton.ca/steammuseum

Architecture

Year built: 1859
Architect: Thomas Coltrin Keefer
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Hammond Museum of Radio Doors Open Guelph

Hammond Museum of Radio

Established in 1982 by Fred Hammond, one of the founding members of Guelph’s Hammond Manufacturing, this museum houses an extensive collection of rare and historically significant pieces. The 2,000-plus items exhibited here illustrate the development of radio throughout the past 100 years. Included are crystal radios, early tabletop and broadcast pieces, early wireless sets, military and amateur radio equipment. Visit guelphartsevents.com to watch, listen and learn more about the Hammond Museum of Radio.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

595 Southgate Drive
Guelph, Ontario
www.hammondmuseumofradio.org

Architecture

Year built: 1982
Architect: Hammond Power
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

Harry Kirk Archives and Records Centre Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Harry Kirk Archives and Records Centre

This two-storey concrete block building was constructed for Fort William Hydro in 1958. Acquired by the City of Thunder Bay in 1970, it housed a variety of departments until 1988 when the Office of the City Clerk took sole possession of the building. Harry Kirk – the City Clerk at the time – believed that the identification and protection of permanent archival records should be seamlessly integrated with the management of all municipal records. This vision has made the Thunder Bay’s Archives and Records program a model of civic transparency and corporate memory preservation. Through extensive renovations completed in 1991, the facility provides secure storage for historical artifacts and archival records, as well as a warehouse for active records, staff offices and a public reference room. The collections include the corporate municipal records of Port Arthur, Fort William and Thunder Bay, housing more than 2 kilometers of records, 17,000 photographs, 4,000 maps and plans, and 1,000 artifacts – with more to come. A sampling of the collection can be viewed through the Thunder Bay Archives Flickr page and a variety of web exhibits. The newest exhibit features items from the City of Thunder Bay’s 50th Anniversary time capsule, which was opened on January 1, 2020 by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

235 Vickers Street North
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.thunderbay.ca/archives

Architecture

Year built: 1958
Architect: L.Y. McIntosh & Associates
Building type: Government building

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Hastings Walking Tour Doors Open Trent Hills

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Hastings Walking Tour

The village of Hastings straddles the Trent River near the border of Northumberland and Peterborough counties. In 1810, William Hare – the first Crown land grant holder – sold approximately 340 hectares (850 acres) to Scots entrepreneur James Crooks, who named the site “Crooks Rapids.” In 1835, the government began planning the Trent Canal system and, by 1844, a dam and log slide were completed at Hastings. Hastings industry included grist, woollen and lumber mills. Take a fascinating walking tour of the village and learn more about its early settlers, its history and some of its enduring architecture.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Activities and games
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Start at 60 Bridge Street South
Hastings, Ontario
www.trenthills.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Trent Hills

Heintzman House Doors Open Markham

Heintzman House

Heintzman House – a treasured asset of the Thornhill community – is one of the area’s oldest buildings. This historical building has a fascinating story. What began as a simple farmhouse in 1798 is now an important piece of Markham’s history and a gathering place for the community. Originally built as an adobe brick cottage, the house was enlarged by Colonel George Crookshank in 1817. Charles T. Heintzman, grandson of the founder of Toronto’s Heintzman Piano Company, purchased the property in the 1930s and transformed the house into its present, elegant form. Heintzman House was Markham’s most-visited site during Doors Open Markham 2019 and is a beautiful space for any occasion. From the preserved original architecture to the impressive seasonal gardens, Heintzman House offers something for everyone. There are also tales of prominent owners, spirits that dwell inside, and a community’s determined efforts to recognize the heritage site. During Digital Doors Open, learn about the history of this remarkable place through the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

135 Bay Thorn Drive
Markham, Ontario
www.heintzmanhouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1816
Architectural style: Classical revival, Georgian, Regency
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Markham

Heritage Walking Tours Doors Open Barrie

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Heritage Walking Tours

Barrie's history and heritage shape the city’s distinctive character and provide a sense of place. Their distinct historical neighborhoods reflect their natural and cultural heritage. Experience these detailed virtual walking tours and learn about Barrie's most iconic historical destinations. Locations include Downtown East, Downtown West, Allandale, Grand Homes, H-Block and Court House Hill, Rodney and Blake Street and the Barrie Waterfront. Check out the video below to get a taste of Barrie’s past. (Photo: Dunlop Street)

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various
Building type: Attraction, Courthouse, Historical landmark, Historical house, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Barrie

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. The Aurora Historical Society, founded in 1963, purchased the house in 1981. Hillary House was declared a National Historic Site in 1975. While Hillary House is now open again, with COVID-related visitor guidelines in place, you can explore many things about the property and its collections digitally (see the video below as a sample). In addition, there are several video recollections as part of the Let’s Talk: Oral History Aurora Project.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

15372 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
http://aurorahs.com

Architecture

Year built: 1862
Architect: Henry Harris
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Aurora

Historic Bovaird House Doors Open Brampton

Historic Bovaird House

Historic Bovaird House is an exceptional example of a mid-19th-century Ontario farmhouse, built in the Georgian style. Volunteers have endeavoured to restore the house to its original appearance. Authentic artifacts and period craftsmanship demonstrate the history of this house, which contains five fireplaces, original plank flooring and hand-blown windowpanes imported from England. Michael Avis, from the Friends of Historic Bovaird House, has been active in caring for the property for 22 years by maintaining its stories and history. As part of Digital Doors Open, join him on a tour of the house in the video below, as well as the log cabin and grounds, where you will experience Brampton’s pioneer heritage first hand. You will also meet long-time volunteer, gardener and groundskeeper, Gail Armstrong.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

563 Bovaird Drive East
Brampton, Ontario
http://www.bovairdhouse.com

Architecture

Year built: 1852
Architect: Unknown
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Hollinger House Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Hollinger House

From 1919, the Hollinger Mine embarked on a building project to house its growing workforce. More than 300 green and red tar-paper houses were built in rows on the Hollinger townsite. This particular house was originally located on the Underground Mine Tour Site and then moved to its current location at the Timmins Museum. Read local historian Diane Armstrong’s account of how this house was saved from demolition. During Digital Doors Open, join the museum staff for breakfast inside the Hollinger House to find out more!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

325 Second Avenue (Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre)
Timmins, Ontario
www.timminsmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1919, 1936, 1967
Architect: Hill-Clark-Francis
Building type: Attraction, Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Hope House and Lakeside Downtown Doors Open Guelph

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Hope House and Lakeside Downtown

Guelph’s oldest stone church – built in 1855 – became the Norfolk Street United Church when the United Church was formed in 1925. People worshipped here until it was sold to Lakeside Church in 2012. Today, Hope House operates out of this church, offering a food market, clothing bureau and café to help those in need in Guelph’s downtown core. Visit guelphartsevents.com to watch, listen and learn more about Hope House and Lakeside Downtown (coming September 24).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

75 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario
https://lakesidehopehouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1855
Architect: John Hall Jr.
Architectural style: Gothic revival, Italianate
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

Inge-Va Doors Open Perth

Inge-Va

Located in the heart of Perth, this late-Georgian stone residence was built in 1823 for Reverend Michael Harris, the first Episcopalian minister in the district. By 1833, it was the home of Thomas Mabon Radenhurst, a prominent lawyer in the community. Ella Inderwick purchased the property from the Radenhurst family in the 1890s and named it "Inge-Va" – a Tamil word meaning "come here." Her son Cyril, a founder of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario in 1933, inherited the property. Inge-Va was donated to the Ontario Heritage Trust by Cyril's wife Winnifred in 1974. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of Inge-Va to learn more about the history and archaeological discoveries.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

66 Craig Street
Perth, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/properties/inge-va

Architecture

Year built: 1823-24
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Perth

Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum Doors Open Oxford-Ingersoll

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Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum

Voted the Top Small Museum in Ontario, this cluster of seven buildings focuses on the history of cheese production in the province, but it offers so much more – including the Oxford County Museum School, blacksmith shop, breathtaking wood sculptures by the late Wilson Johnson, and local history exhibits. Opened in 1977, this museum is a faithful recreation of a 19th-century cheese factory, paying tribute to the cheese-making history of Oxford County and the Town of Ingersoll in particular. While the museum is open with reduced hours, and with COVID-19 protocols in place, check their website before visiting. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below (from Tourism Oxford) to learn more about the significance of this museum. Learn how to make cheese in this video from Tasty. Explore the Oxford County Cheese Trail. Or find some mouth-watering cheese recipes from the Food Network Canada.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

290 Harris Street
Ingersoll, Ontario
www.ingersoll.ca/cheese-and-agricultural-museum

Architecture

Year built: 1977
Building type: Attraction, Museum, Schoolhouse
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oxford-Ingersoll

Innisfil ideaLAB & Library Doors Open Innisfil

Innisfil ideaLAB & Library

The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library is an award-winning space that is known for its innovation, community-led programming and hacker ethic. With many programs, events, resources and stories, the ideaLAB & Library invites you to experience everything that they have to offer – books, DVDs, e-resources, free Wi-Fi, music recording, graphic design, community gathering space, 3D printing, soldering, business resources, community events, a butterfly nursery, pollinator gardens, jewelry making, robotics and much more! 2020 marked a big year for the ideaLAB, as they moved to a fine-free service model, expanded their digital collections and virtual programming opportunities, and launched new programs to address public safety and social isolation. This was also the first year that the library participated in Simcoe Reads, along with public libraries from Barrie, Bradford, Essa and Midland. Visit their extensive YouTube channel to learn more about the kinds of things they do. And check their website for more COVID-related updates.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

967 Innisfil Beach Road
Innisfil, Ontario
Telephone: 705-431-7410, ext. 5224
Email: jmurley@innisfilidealab.ca
www.innisfilidealab.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Library
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Innisfil

Intrepid Park, Camp X Doors Open Oshawa

Intrepid Park, Camp X

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. Over 500 special agents were trained here to go behind enemy lines and “set Europe ablaze,” as dramatized in CBC Television’s X Company. During Digital Doors Open, do some spy training with site expert Lynn Philip Hodgson (see the video below). Or explore the documentary on this acclaimed spy school. Discover what happened to the site after the war ended – and the fascinating role played by women here. And, students, explore the Camp X photo gallery and download images for school projects. Today, while no buildings remain at Camp X, you can still visit and evoke this fascinating history.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2008 Boundary Road
Oshawa, Ontario
www.camp-x.com/camp-x.html

Architecture

Year built: 1941
Architect: Canadian Corps of Engineers
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Military
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Ireland House Museum Doors Open 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. Be sure to take this virtual tour as part of Digital Doors Open and explore this beautiful home. Or take a look at their online exhibit, Then/Now, to explore everyday Burlington locations with extraordinary stories.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2168 Guelph Line
Burlington, Ontario
Email: museuminfo@burlington.ca
http://museumsofburlington.ca

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Burlington

Jamiat-Ul-Ansar/Great Lakes Mosque Doors Open Brampton

Jamiat-Ul-Ansar/Great Lakes Mosque

This facility reflects Brampton’s growing Muslim-Canadian community by providing Muslims with a place of worship, prayer, reflection, learning, counselling and charitable care. It is also a place where people from all faiths (or no faith) can learn about Islam in an open and peaceful forum. The congregation is proud to be part of the inclusive and multicultural city of Brampton. As part of Digital Doors Open, Zahir Bacchus speaks about the Great Lakes Mosque in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • French services available
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

291 Great Lakes Drive
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-792-7576
www.jamiatalansar.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2002
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Kawartha Settlers' Village Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Kawartha Settlers' Village

Kawartha Settlers' Village was established in 1990 to help preserve the history of the Bobcaygeon area. Now home to a collection of over 20 historical homes and other buildings, it allows visitors to experience what life was like for early pioneers in Kawartha Lakes as they walk through the village and explore its many buildings. As part of Digital Doors Open, you can now explore the village from home with a new virtual tour, which highlights some of the village's major buildings. Or discover some of their fascinating online exhibits.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

85 Dunn Street
Bobcaygeon, Ontario
www.settlersvillage.org

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum Curatorial Centre Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum Curatorial Centre

With nearly 50,000 items capturing life in Waterloo Region, the collection at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum is the most comprehensive of any local museum in Canada. These artifacts’ origins range from the 1500s to the modern era and are lovingly obtained by, and preserved in, the museum’s state-of-the-art Curatorial Centre. The acquisition and safekeeping of these items provides a comprehensive visual history of the region and its stories. But the effort to preserve the past also serves the community in understanding the present and navigating the future. Explore the Curatorial Centre in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

10 Huron Road
Kitchener, Ontario
www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Lakeview Park Doors Open Oshawa

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Lakeview Park

One hundred years ago, the McLaughlin family bought 17 hectares (44 acres) of lakefront in the name of General Motors and deeded it to the Town of Oshawa for $1 – to be used as a public park. A streetcar travelled down Simcoe Street to the lake, a zoo was established in 1924, and a dance pavilion was built in 1927 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Confederation. A museum opened in 1960 and has since grown to include three original buildings dating from the 1840s and 1850s. The park now hosts the annual Canada Day celebrations as well as sports tournaments and beach volleyball. View the 100th anniversary activities or listen to a YouTube podcast below with even more historical tidbits. Be sure to visit the Oshawa Museum’s Lakeview Park – Celebrating 100 extensive online exhibit and be sure to share your memories.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

1500 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-436-3311
Email: service@oshawa.ca
www.oshawa.ca

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1920
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Lester B. Pearson Memorial Theatre Doors Open Brampton

Lester B. Pearson Memorial Theatre

Welcome to the new Lester B. Pearson Memorial Theatre, a creative hub for local performing arts groups, schools, education programs, dance recitals and professional presentations. The facility includes a 400-seat auditorium and adjacent studio space. Located in the Brampton Civic Centre, the theatre, affectionately known as LBP, has been home to community organizations and productions since 1973. The venue reopened in October 2019 with enhanced accessibility and health and safety features, upgraded technical equipment, and a more attractive, welcoming space. Take a virtual tour through the video below and learn more about this popular theatre venue.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

150 Central Park Drive
Brampton, Ontario
www.brampton.ca/EN/Arts-Culture-Tourism/Performing-Arts/LBP/Pages/LBP.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1973, 2019
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Lett Architects Studio Doors Open Peterborough

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Lett Architects Studio

In 2016, Lett Architects purchased this historical building, which has seen many uses since 1875. Much of the existing interiors, and previous renovations, were demolished and taken down to the original structure, bringing life to a building that had been abandoned for three years. Elements of the original building were re-used, and energy efficient systems were added in the renovation. Learn more about this fascinating structure - and its history - through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

138 Simcoe Street
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1975
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Peterborough

Lieutenant Governor's Suite Doors Open Toronto

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Lieutenant Governor's Suite

The Lieutenant Governor's Suite comprises several state rooms and offices inside the northwest wing of the Legislative Building at Toronto’s Queen’s Park. It is the working office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, currently the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell. It is the venue of many significant constitutional events, such as the appointment and resignation of Premiers of Ontario, the swearing-in of cabinet ministers, and the granting of Royal Assent for bills passed by the Legislature. Her Honour hosts foreign heads of state and government, diplomatic and consular representatives, and distinguished visitors in the Suite; it is also a place to host community groups for awards ceremonies, receptions and meetings. During Digital Doors Open, as you learn about the role of the Lieutenant Governor through the above links, enjoy a virtual tour of the Suite in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

111 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario
www.lgontario.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1893
Architect: Richard A. Waite; E.J. Lennox
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Government building, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Local History Branch - Windsor Public Library Doors Open Windsor

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Local History Branch - Windsor Public Library

The Local History Branch is an important link to Windsor’s rich and diverse heritage. Located in historical Sandwich, the archives contains information that dates from the late 1700s – including newspapers, magazines, photographs, city directories, yearbooks and a rich collection of published material on the history of Windsor and area. The multimedia collection also includes paper documents (journals, letters, diaries), posters, audio tapes and memorabilia. The branch also contains a variety of genealogical resources – census records, birth, marriage and death records, passenger lists, church registers, cemetery listings and baptismal records. The holdings of the Essex County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society are housed here, too. While this branch is currently closed to the public, the archives remain available so that you can continue to do your research. Simply email us for assistance. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below for an introduction to the genealogist and archivist who are both onsite to answer your questions.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

3312 Sandwich Street
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-255-6770, ext. 4437
Email: localhistory@windsorpubliclibrary.com
www.windsorpubliclibrary.com

Architecture

Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Windsor

Lorne Scots Regimental Museum Doors Open Brampton

Lorne Scots Regimental Museum

This museum is part of the old Brampton firehall, which was constructed in 1854. The building has been occupied by the Lorne Scots regiment for many years. The museum itself was opened in 1980 and contains a large collection of historical and military artifacts that showcase the rich history of the regiment and the Brampton residents who have volunteered in various conflicts. During Digital Doors Open, you can experience some of this remarkable history through these videos: Lorne Scots 12 Chapel, Trooping 1975, Homecoming 1945, Camp Niagara 1944, Pipes and Drums Edinburgh 1960, March Past Trooping of the Colour 2016 (shown below) and the Lorne Scots Sesquicentennial.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

48 John Street
Brampton, Ontario
www.lornesmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1854
Building type: Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Lynde House Museum Doors Open Whitby

Lynde House Museum

This house was built around 1812 for Jabez Lynde, an early Whitby pioneer. It is a rare example of the Georgian or Loyalist architectural style. It has been a museum since 1972 and was moved to its current location in 2014. Enjoy the digital tour below and learn more about the history of this site.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

910 Brock Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.lyndehousemuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1812
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitby

Markham Village Fire Station Doors Open Markham

Markham Village Fire Station

Everyone is fascinated by fire trucks and firefighting technology. Fire prevention and firefighting are an important part of the City of Markham’s administration. This building’s design was inspired by late-19th-century fire halls. It features a replica hose drying tower, common to most fire halls in the past. The hall was designed to fit into the context of historical Markham Village. Always a popular feature during Doors Open Markham is a tour of the fire engine. During Digital Doors Open, you can get a similar experience through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

207 Main Street North
Markham, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1985

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Markham

Markham Village Train Station Doors Open Markham

Markham Village Train Station

The restoration of this Toronto and Nipissing Railway station was the first major project of the Markham Village Conservancy. When the railway opened in 1871, the station became a busy commercial and industrial hub. The exterior has been restored to its c. 1910 appearance. The station continues to serve GO Transit commuters, and functions as a community centre. As part of Digital Doors Open, enjoy a virtual tour of this station below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

214 Main Street North
Markham, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1870
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Markham

Martin's Family Fruit Farm Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Martin's Family Fruit Farm

Seven generations have farmed the land in Woolwich Township that is now home to Martin’s Family Fruit Farm - one of the largest apple growers, packers and shippers in Canada. While the business has blossomed with innovation and expansion in the past decade, each one of the orchards’ millions of apples is still picked carefully by hand, and locals continue to buy apples in the onsite Orchard Market. With the help of up to 300 employees, the Martins still run this family business, and they do so according to their core values that support their mission of growing for healthy communities. During Digital Doors Open, learn more about this family and their thriving business through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

1420 Lobsinger Line
Waterloo, Ontario
http://martinsapples.com

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1971
Building type: Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Mary J.L. Black Community Hub, Thunder Bay Public Library Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Mary J.L. Black Community Hub, Thunder Bay Public Library

Named in honour of Fort William's first permanent librarian, Mary J.L. Black, this $4-million modern facility was designed as a comfortable welcoming space for the community. Opened in 2011, the Mary J.L. Black Community Hub replaced the original Mary J.L. Black Library that was constructed in 1938 on nearby Brock Street. The bright, naturally lit entryway perfectly highlights an impressive 6.5-square-metre (70-square-foot) mosaic that was relocated from the original library. Tiled by Ruby Owen, this 27,000-piece mosaic was unveiled in 1965. The mosaic is based on the work entitled “The Indian that Became a Thunderbird,” by Ojibwe artist Norval Morriseau. Beyond the traditional resources of a library, this community hub aims to provide access to multiple services and specialized programming. During normal operations, be sure to check out Northern Nature Trading – an interactive program developed by Science North that is open to all ages, which encourages the discovery of nature.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

901 Edward Street South
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.tbpl.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2010-11
Architect: John Knox, Chamberlain Architect Services
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Masonic Hall Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Masonic Hall

Freemasons are proud of their heritage and the principles by which they live: brotherly love, relief and truth. The Masonic Hall in Timmins, built in 1915, is governed by the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario and is one of more than 650 lodges in the jurisdiction. Read the Golden Beaver Lodge pamphlet to find out more about the history of Freemasonry in Timmins or view the slideshow to take a virtual tour of the Lodge Room.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

35 Tamarack Street
Timmins, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1915
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Masonic Hall, Shuniah Lodge No. 287 Doors Open Thunder Bay

Masonic Hall, Shuniah Lodge No. 287

Free masons – from the oldest and largest worldwide fraternity – casually met in the Thunder Bay area at a bunkhouse at the Shuniah Mine prior to the Lodge’s first official meeting on September 7, 1872. In 1887, the Masons bought the former Port Arthur Town Hall building where they operated until fire destroyed it in 1907. The current Lodge – part of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario – was built in 1909-10 and designed by architect Marshall B. Aylesworth. It was constructed for commercial purposes at street level while the upper floors were to house Lodge facilities. Local Nipigon quarries supplied the marble for the entrance and the staircase to the second floor. On the staircase landing is a First World War memorial to fallen Lodge members. The second floor houses the impressive Lodge Hall, with its 5.8-metre (19-foot) vaulted ceiling and Ionic pilasters. The vaulted ceilings continue into the banquet hall, where portraits of past Masters are displayed. The Lodge’s social rooms are located on the third floor, one of which contains a 100-year-old antique pool table.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

270 Red River Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.grandlodge.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1910
Architect: Marshall B. Aylsworth
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Masonic Temple Doors Open Windsor

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Masonic Temple

Opened in 1922, Windsor's Masonic Temple is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Designed by architect J.C. Pennington in the neoclassical revival style, it was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1995. Many of the furnishings in the lodge rooms date back to the late 1800s. As well as providing a meeting place for Masons, the Temple has a large ballroom that was a popular dance hall in the 1940s and 1950s. It remains available to rent for special occasions today (when it again becomes safe to do so). The Temple is also home to the Windsor Scottish Rite Learning Centre, which provides tutoring for individuals with dyslexia. As part of Digital Doors Open, Professor William Moore of Boston University discusses the architecture and style of this Masonic Temple in a video below. Moore specializes in material culture, the built environment and cultural history and is the author of a couple of books on freemasonry and masonic temples.

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  • Video

Contact info

986 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-253-3615
www.masonictempleballroom.com

Architecture

Architect: J.C. Pennington
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Windsor

McIntyre Community Building Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

McIntyre Community Building

The McIntyre Community Building was built in 1938 for employees of the McIntyre Porcupine Mines. The company’s president, J.P. Bickell, directed that the building be modelled as a smaller version of Maple Leaf Gardens. Facilities include an arena, ballroom, auditorium, curling club and coffee shop. The building has been under municipal management since 1968. Frank Mahovlich and Bill Barilko are just two of the sporting greats who got their start at the “Mac.” Watch the archival video (from the collection of the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre) or explore further with our exclusive Digital Doors Open video below (coming soon).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

85 McIntyre Road
Schumacher, Ontario
www.timmins.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1938
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

McMichael Canadian Art Collection Doors Open Vaughan

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, located on 40 hectares (100 acres) of forested land along the Humber River, is a major public gallery devoted to collecting the art of Canada. Located on the original lands of the Ojibwe Anishinaabe people, the McMichael is uniquely situated along the historical Carrying Place Trail. The McMichael’s permanent collection consists of over 6,500 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and contemporary artists who have contributed to the development of Canadian art. While the McMichael has reopened, there are restrictions in place for visitors. Check their website for details. Digital visits, however, are also encouraged. Explore their eMuseum – a searchable online collection. Wander the grounds – lush forests, a sculpture garden and scenic hiking trails – with the aid of their downloadable map and audio guided tour. For budding young artists, the McMichael offers the ArtVenture Online program, which includes free art activities, videos, tutorials and more. Watch and learn through a series of curatorial talks and virtual studio visits. Take an online art class. Or discover their many educational resources – from virtual classrooms and tours to workshops and teacher retreats. With Digital Doors Open, there is much to see and do.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

10365 Islington Avenue
Kleinburg, Ontario
www.mcmichael.com

Architecture

Year built: 1954, with additions in 1963, 1967, 1969 and 1972
Architect: Leo Venchiarutti
Building type: Green building, Museum
Landscape: Garden, Landscape, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Vaughan

Mnjikaning Fish Weirs National Historic Site Doors Open Simcoe County

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Mnjikaning Fish Weirs National Historic Site

Located on portions of the bottom of the Narrows between Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching in Orillia, the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs contains the largest and best-preserved wooden fish weirs in eastern North America, in use from about 3300 BC until the recent past. The site was cared for and used by the Huron-Wendat in the centuries immediately before AD 1650; today, the Anishinaabeg are stewards of the site. This is a sacred place that represents an ancient and ongoing spiritual bond between the Creator and all living things. Watch the video below to learn more about the site’s original use as well as future plans for the long-term interpretation of the site. (Photo: Parks Canada)

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

693 Atherley Road
Orillia, Ontario
www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/mnjikaning

Architecture

Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Simcoe County

Mount Pleasant Village – Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

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Mount Pleasant Village – Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

Nestled within the large Mount Pleasant community in northwest Brampton is Mount Pleasant Village. Just steps from the GO Train station, this transit-oriented urban village provides a unique experience in Brampton. At the heart of this community is the village, featuring a public square, a playground, art features, spaces to relax and chat, and a reflecting pond that is transformed into a skating rink in the winter. Next to that is the village's landmark cultural and education centre, which includes a community centre (located within a reconstructed Canadian Pacific Railway station), a library and a two-storey elementary school. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Start at Mount Pleasant Village Square
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Mount Pleasant Village Square and Artist Ron Baird Doors Open Brampton

Mount Pleasant Village Square and Artist Ron Baird

The Mount Pleasant Community Centre is in a restored historical Canadian Pacific Railway station that has been converted into a cultural facility in the Mount Pleasant Village Square. Shared with the Peel District School Board and the local library, this landmark building is now an integral part of the community, connecting the past with the future. Located in Mount Pleasant Village Square are one-of-a-kind sculptures created for the City of Brampton by renowned artist Ron Baird. As part of Digital Doors Open, join Baird as he speaks up close and personal about The Ghost Train (see the video below) as well as three unique metal structures: Time, Tracks and Trestle Bridge.

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  • Video

Contact info

Commuter Drive
Brampton, Ontario
www.ronbairdartist.com

Architecture

Year built: 2010

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Mount Royal/Pavilion - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

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Mount Royal/Pavilion - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

Located in the northeastern corner of the City of Brampton is the uniquely designed Mount Royal/Pavilion Neighbourhood. Within the centre of this community, residents find natural spaces, a park and two educational facilities. One of Brampton’s most desirable neighbourhoods, and an exclusive community in Castlemore, is just minutes away from downtown Brampton. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Start at Mount Royal Public School, 65 Mount Royal Circle
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Municipal Building (Town Hall) Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

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Municipal Building (Town Hall)

On its official opening in 1938, the Municipal Building in Timmins was feted in the Porcupine Advance as “one of the most modern municipal centres in Northern Ontario.” Read more from the June 6, 1938 article in the Porcupine Advance. Explore the view from the city hall webcam. And learn about the most recent addition to the city hall – the staircase mural by artist Mique Michelle, completed in 2019 – part of the Indigenous Teachings Murals Project. You can read more about this project in the 2020 Timmins Tourism Guide.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Collections and resources
  • French services available

Contact info

220 Algonquin Blvd. East
Timmins, Ontario
www.timmins.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1937
Architect: P.J. O’Gorman
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Government building

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Museum on the Boyne Doors Open Simcoe County

Museum on the Boyne

Since 1960, the Museum on the Boyne has shared stories of the people and places that make up South Simcoe. In 2020, they are celebrating their 60th anniversary (see the video below) with exhibits that trace the growth of South Simcoe from early settlement to present day – featuring a 1914 agricultural fair building, an 1865 log house, and an 1858 barn. The museum is a stop on the Simcoe County Honey Trail. Stop by to learn about D.A. Jones – the Bee King of Canada – and pick up a Honey Trail map, or download a copy. Note: During COVID-19, the Museum on the Boyne is open to visitors by appointment only.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

250 Fletcher Crescent
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-4030, ext. 1802
Email: boynemuseum@newtecumseth.ca
www.motb.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Simcoe County

Myseum Doors Open Toronto

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Myseum

Myseum is Toronto’s museum, complete with engaging programs and experiences that showcase the history, spaces, culture(s), architecture and the people that represent Toronto’s unique place in the world. Myseum is ideally suited to Digital Doors Open because it doesn’t exist in just one place, but in all places throughout the city. Check out their ever-changing events, their unique Quarantine Edition exhibit called Images of Resistance: An Archive of Action, as well as their many online tours – interactive experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of your home or in the palm of your hand. Tours include Brought in Bondage, Women of the Ward, the Evergreen Brickworks and a Movie Theatre Tour.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

401 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario
www.myseumoftoronto.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

National Air Force Museum of Canada Doors Open Quinte West

National Air Force Museum of Canada

Established in 1984, the National Air Force Museum of Canada is dedicated to preserving and telling the history of Canadian military aviation. The museum – with over 7,000 square metres (75,000 square feet) of exhibition space with an adjoining 6-hectare (16-acre) air park – captures the spirit, daring and courage of the men and women of the Royal Canadian Air Force – from the first flight on a frozen lake in Nova Scotia to today's humanitarian relief missions. While the site has reopened (check their website for COVID-19 protocols), there are still a number of excellent digital resources available for at-home visits. Start with the video below. Then check out their collections, including many aircraft, and their online exhibits, including Victory (about the end of the Second World War). The museum also features several Museum from Home activities – including a table hockey game, a colouring sheet (where you can design your own jersey to win a prize), the Be an Airman board game, and much more.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

220 RCAF Road
Astra, Ontario
http://airforcemuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1984
Building type: Attraction, Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Quinte West

Navy Hall Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Navy Hall

In 1765, British naval craftsmen from Fort Niagara erected a barracks on the opposite side of the Niagara River. Over the years, several buildings – known collectively as Navy Hall – evolved into a key military supply facility for British forts on the upper Great Lakes. During the American Revolution, the Provincial Marine wintered at Navy Hall and, in 1792, Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe converted one of the buildings into his residence. The Lieutenant Governor's home in the first capital of the Province of Upper Canada later served as a dining hall for the officers at Fort George. Navy Hall was destroyed by American forces during the War of 1812. After the war, the British rebuilt some of the buildings, of which one still survives today. As part of Digital Doors Open, you can learn more about this site’s remarkable history through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

305 Ricardo Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Telephone: 905-468-6614
www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/fortgeorge/culture/navyhall

Architecture

Year built: c. 1815
Building type: Historical landmark, Military
Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara Apothecary, The Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara Apothecary, The

Step through these doors and see how pharmacists practised their profession over 100 years ago. The apothecary opened in the late 1860s at this location and closed in 1964. The Ontario Heritage Trust acquired the property, led its restoration and opened it as a museum in 1971. Operated by volunteers from the Ontario College of Pharmacists. For Digital Doors Open, explore the apothecary through a virtual tour found here.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

5 Queen Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/niagara-apothecary

Architecture

Year built: 1818
Architect: Peter Stokes (restoration architect)
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara District Court House Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Niagara District Court House

The Niagara Court House was constructed c. 1847 and served as the official county seat of Niagara District – with courtrooms, meeting rooms and jail cells – until the judicial courts were moved to St. Catharines in 1862. Its large courtroom interior was home to the Shaw Festival’s Court House Theatre until 1973. Today, Parks Canada and the Chamber of Commerce use the building for offices. The Court House received designation as a National Historic Site in 1981. For Digital Doors Open, learn more about the site in the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Contact info

26 Queen Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Telephone: 905-468-3061, ext. 263

Architecture

Year built: 1847
Architect: William Thomas
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Courthouse, Historical landmark, Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara Falls Doors Open Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, known both for its scenic beauty and its immense force (which generates an enormous amount of hydro-electric power). While you can now visit Niagara Falls again in person, there are still many digital experiences that are available and worth experiencing from your backyard. Take a virtual helicopter ride over the falls, experience a zipline ride to the falls, enjoy the much-loved Journey Behind the Falls, or even look ahead to the annual Winter Festival of Lights. Don’t forget your VR glasses to make these experiences pop! But if an in-person experience is what you’re looking for, check out the Niagara Parks COVID-19 Information Centre. Stay safe but have fun!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info


Ontario
www.niagarafallstourism.com

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara Falls

Oakville Museum at the Erchless Estate Doors Open Oakville

Oakville Museum at the Erchless Estate

The Erchless Estate was once the home of Oakville’s founding family, the Chisholms. It is now the setting for the community's museum. For Digital Doors Open, discover an extensive virtual tour that takes you inside each room of the property – don't miss the Underground Railroad exhibit upstairs! After your virtual tour, take in the video tour on YouTube below (led by the museum's very own Julian Kingston), which features some of the Town of Oakville's online collections – including hundreds of artifacts and historical photos of the town.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

8 Navy Street
Oakville, Ontario
www.oakville.ca/museum

Architecture

Year built: Custom house and bank, c. 1856; estate, c. 1858
Architect: R.K. Chisholm
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Attraction, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oakville

Ontario Heritage Centre Doors Open Toronto

Ontario Heritage Centre

Take a virtual tour of the Ontario Heritage Centre, the head office of the Ontario Heritage Trust. Among the many interesting features of this building, constructed in 1909, are the two gallery spaces with mezzanines, oak-panelled oval board room, the restored manually operated elevator and period washrooms. This site, popular for meetings and weddings, has also been used in many television and film shoots, including Cinderella Man, Queer as Folk and Serendipity.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

10 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Architect: George Gouinlock
Architectural style: Edwardian

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Ontario Regiment Museum Doors Open Oshawa

Ontario Regiment Museum

Located on the historical south field of the Oshawa Executive Airport, this museum is home to Canada's largest collection of operational, historical military vehicles. During Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the site and see artifacts from Durham Region's Ontario Regiment from 1866 to the present. Explore behind-the-scenes videos of the Military Vehicle Conservation Centre (with over 80 vehicles on display), the Tank Arena or the Tank Trek setup. Still need more tanks? Check out their online collection as well. Take a moment to watch the award-winning Convoy to Remembrance documentary below to learn about the museum’s participation in Remembrance Day celebrations (15:30). Note: The museum has reopened with limited hours and pre-booked tours. Visit their website for full details.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

1000 Stevenson Road North (Airport South Field)
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-728-6199
www.ontrmuseum.ca/tankmuseum

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Ontario Science Centre Doors Open Toronto

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Ontario Science Centre

To mark Canada’s centennial, the Ontario Science Centre was built as one of the first interactive science museums in the world. Since it opened in 1969, the Science Centre has become a significant cultural attraction where visitors of all ages can learn through play. As part of Digital Doors Open, there is a lot to see and do at the Science Centre. Their Do it Yourself series will inspire your inner scientist – from games to experiments. Regular Facebook Live events connect you with Science Centre educators and hosts – learning about everything from snakes and bees to paper planes and outer space. And don’t forget to check out their Teacher Resources and Science at Home activities with easy-to-follow educational videos and downloadable resources and activities. This year, while they're working to reopen, let them bring the Science Centre to you!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

770 Don Mills Road
Toronto, Ontario
www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

Architecture

Year built: Opened in 1969
Architect: Raymond Moriyama
Building type: Attraction, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Open Mind Interiors (formerly the Mary J.L. Black Library) Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Open Mind Interiors (formerly the Mary J.L. Black Library)

Built as the Mary J.L. Black Library, this 1938 structure and its 1962 addition served the Westfort community as its first dedicated public library building until 2011. Now home to Open Mind Interiors, who specialize in creating innovative workspaces, this is an excellent example of a building’s adaptive re-use. Explore the showroom of this newly re-imagined building, which has intentionally kept a mix of old and new. Some of the original features retained include terrazzo floors and deco handrails, while new windows across the front allow natural light to pour into the workspace. While appreciating the transformation that has taken place, many will be reminded of the times spent visiting the library; attending a play or puppet show.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

151 Brock Street West
Thunder Bay, Ontario
http://openmindinteriors.com

Architecture

Year built: 1938 (1962 addition)
Architect: H.M. Scott (1938), Ranta & Tett Architects (1962 addition)
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Orillia Museum of Art & History (Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building) Doors Open Simcoe County

Orillia Museum of Art & History (Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building)

The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH), housed in the landmark Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building in downtown Orillia, acts as the steward of the community's heritage and culture by being actively engaged in the community and being responsive to its needs. Originally a customs house and post office, the building is now a museum with 12,000 artifacts in their collection, ranging from artwork and textiles to metal and woodwork. The OMAH designs and creates exhibitions, programs and events to inspire the community to explore, engage and experience art, local history and culture. You'll even find the perfect photo opportunity – they have a jail cell in the basement! Currently, the site is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, from Noon to 3 p.m. But for Digital Doors Open, feel free to check out the site through the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Contact info

30 Peter Street South
Orillia, Ontario
Telephone: 705-326-2159
Email: visitors@orilliamuseum.org
www.orilliamuseum.org

Architecture

Year built: 1892-94
Architect: Thomas Fuller
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Attraction, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Simcoe County

Oshawa Museum Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Museum

For over 60 years, the Oshawa Museum has celebrated Oshawa's history. The museum, located in Lakeview Park, comprises three historical houses, all standing on their original foundations. During Digital Doors Open, enjoy a virtual introduction to the museum through the video below, discover the Museum From Home: Inside the Henry House Study and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the 1840s Henry House. Travel back even further in time to explore A Carrying Place: Oshawa’s Indigenous Story. Or peruse the online collection database and research resources to learn more about the museum and Oshawa’s rich past. As the museum slowly reopens, visitors are invited to book an appointment and download the audio tour for a self-guided visit. For more information about their reopening, please visit their website. The Henry and Guy Houses will be open with an exhibit of Lakeview Park, Celebrating 100. Please take a moment to share your memories here.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1450 Simcoe Street South, Lakeview Park
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-436-7624
www.oshawamuseum.org

Architecture

Year built: c. 1840-56
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Public Libraries - McLaughlin Branch Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Public Libraries - McLaughlin Branch

Forming part of Oshawa’s Civic Centre, this library was a gift of R.S. McLaughlin in 1954. Architect Arthur Eadie was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright in his design of the library, now Oshawa’s central branch. The inside vestibule includes walls of Italian marble and a circular staircase, above which is a gold inscription to the generous donor. As part of Digital Doors Open, check out the online exhibit on the History of the Oshawa Public Library. In the Local History Room, you will find a growing collection of materials relating to historical events, places and people (as highlighted in this virtual tour). Some of these materials are also available online through the Internet Archive and in the Heritage Images collection. The library also regularly hosts programs on local history topics. Most recently, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Lakeview Park, the library has showcased the Oshawa in the Roaring Twenties video shown below. Note: While the library has reopened to the public, the Local History Room remains closed. (Check their website for COVID-related protocols before visiting.)

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Collections and resources
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

65 Bagot Street
Oshawa, Ontario
www.oshlib.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1954
Architect: Arthur H. Eadie
Architectural style: Prairie
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Union Cemetery Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Union Cemetery

Many famous people from Oshawa's and Canada's past are interred in the Oshawa Union Cemetery, formerly Thornton's Burying Ground. Oshawa Museum’s podcast below highlights the history of the cemetery. Today, the site covers 12 hectares (32 acres) and includes private mausoleums and a Gothic-revival chapel. The central mausoleum was built in 1924 and features an ornate marble interior and hand-painted stained-glass windows. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore the online interactive map – a new, searchable resource of burials. The gravestones are also of particular interest: explore the iconography on the monuments and learn about the rare white bronze markers. Listen to a video podcast about Oshawa in the 1860s and learn the story of local blacksmith Captain George Prentice and his involvement in the Fenian Raids.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

760 King Street West
Oshawa, Ontario
www.oshawa.ca/residents/union-cemetery-services.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1837
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens Doors Open Oshawa

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Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens

The Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens is a unique attraction. It combines the dedicated gardens of the Parkwood National Historic Site with the scenic terrain of the Oshawa Valley Creek Trail system. A collaboration between students from Durham College’s School of Media Art & Design and TeachingCity, this park features a virtual experience for desktop and mobile. Explore the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens in person or online through QR codes, virtual tours, and point-to-point trail animations. (For Digital Doors Open, you can also watch the YouTube video below on the City’s Virtual Peony Festival.) This immersive experience brings together the beauty of the park with information on the art, history and contributors of its many sites. TeachingCity brings together the City of Oshawa and its teaching and research partners – Canadian Urban Institute, Durham College, Ontario Tech University, Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, and the University of Toronto’s Facility of Applied Science & Engineering. The partners focus on and address Oshawa’s urban issues through innovation, collaboration, applied research and shared experiential learning opportunities.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

155 Arena Street
Oshawa, Ontario
https://ovbg2019.github.io/ovbg-doo

Architecture

Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Parkview Crematorium Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Parkview Crematorium

The death industry is changing and Parkview Crematorium in Waterloo is one of just a handful of crematoriums still owned and operated by municipalities in Ontario. In 2019, it seemed Parkview might also close amidst competition from private operators. But the community rose to save it from the ashes.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

335 University Avenue
Waterloo, Ontario
www.waterloo.ca/en/things-to-do/cemetery-locations.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1977

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Parkwood National Historic Site Doors Open Oshawa

Parkwood National Historic Site

Parkwood National Historic Site was home to R.S. McLaughlin and his family. The 55-room mansion is surrounded by a 4-hectare (12-acre) garden. Watch this video for an overall introduction to the site, or view a slideshow of the McLaughlin family enjoying the gardens. In the 1920s, H.B. and L.A. Dunington-Grubb, founders of Sheridan Gardens, created spectacular outdoor garden rooms – including the distinct Sunken Garden and Italian Garden, as well as the Pergola and Sundial Garden. In 1935-36, John Lyle created the Formal Garden, with its terrace, fountains and art deco-style pavilion. Below, Ken Shaw narrates Khaki at Parkwood: Whiskey, Espionage and the Maple Leaf – a dramatization of the McLaughlins and their wartime connection to Camp X, another Digital Doors Open Oshawa site. Note: Parkwood has now reopened for tours. Please visit their website for full details.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

270 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-433-4311
Email: info@parkwoodestate.com
www.parkwoodestate.com

Architecture

Year built: 1915
Architect: Darling and Pearson, H.B. and L.A. Dunington-Grubb, and John Lyle
Architectural style: Art deco, Art moderne, Beaux arts, Classical revival
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) Doors Open Brampton

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)

The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. The Peel County Courthouse, a designated heritage site, and the Peel Jail, now home to the museum, have important stories to tell. As part of Digital Doors Open, you can tour the jail in the video below. Additional video resources include a fascinating history of Peel's Black communities through the North Peel Community Church, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Peel Regional Archives, and a rare opportunity to explore one of artist Tom Thomson's sketchbooks from inside the art gallery vault.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

9 Wellington Street East
Brampton, Ontario
www.pama.peelregion.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1867
Building type: Attraction, Courthouse, Green building, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Peel Village - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

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Peel Village - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

Peel Village was the first-ever master-planned community to include residential, commercial and industrial uses all in the same neighbourhood, and the first master-planned community in what was then known as Flowertown. The presence of golfing greens, mature trees and the Charles F. Watson Gardens makes you feel like you are entering a residential area within a conservation park. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Start at the Peel Village Golf Course on Hartford Trail
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives Doors Open Simcoe County

Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives

The building that now holds the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives was constructed in 1875 by Carl Beck. Its original function was a general company store for the workers in Beck’s nearby sawmills, and it carried everything from hardware to groceries. The Beck Company employees were paid partly in cash and partly in Beck tokens, which were only redeemable at this store and another similar one on Main Street, a method of payment that increased the company profits. At this museum, you will find Simcoe County's oldest car, a turn-of-the-century general store and other exhibits. This rectangular two-storey building still stands on its original site. Come and learn about the history of one of Ontario's oldest communities. While the museum is currently open, visitation is limited and visitors are encouraged to pre-book their visit through email or phone. For Digital Doors Open, however, explore the site through the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Washrooms

Contact info

13 Burke Street
Penetanguishene, Ontario
Telephone: 705-549-2150
Email: museum@penetanguishene.ca
www.penetanguishene.ca/en/Museum.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Building type: Commercial, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Simcoe County

President’s House Doors Open Guelph

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President’s House

Built in 1882 by local stone masons on the current site of Creelman Hall, this house was the University of Guelph president’s residence from 1928-2003. In 1912, the house was jacked up and moved across College Avenue to make way for Creelman Hall. Now used for entertaining, it contains an outstanding collection of furniture and Canadian art. Visit guelphartsevents.com to watch, listen and learn more about the President's House.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

100 College Avenue East
Guelph, Ontario
www.uoguelph.ca/campus/map/presidents

Architecture

Year built: 1882
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

Quinte Waste Solutions Doors Open Quinte West

Quinte Waste Solutions

Quinte Waste Solutions is the municipal recycling service that has collected for nine member communities for over 25 years. At its Trenton location – known as the Material Recovery Facility – they process over 50 metric tonnes of household recycling each day. During Digital Door Open, watch the video below to see how recycling works - from curbside collection to the sorting line to the finished bales of recycled materials that are then sold to companies for new uses.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

270 West Street
Quinte West, Ontario
http://quinterecycling.org

Architecture

Year built: 1990
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Quinte West

Regent Theatre Ontario Tech University Doors Open Oshawa

Regent Theatre Ontario Tech University

The Regent Theatre’s façade, built in 1919 for Famous Players theatres, has Georgian architectural lines. One of the town’s few remaining examples of this classically inspired style, the building reopened in 2010 as a lecture theatre for Ontario Tech University, as well as for community and cultural events. As part of Digital Doors Open, listen to an Oshawa Museum podcast below on this designated building’s fascinating history or take a virtual tour.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

44-52 King Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
http://regenttheatre.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1919; designated in 2001
Architect: John McNee Jeffrey
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) Doors Open Waterloo Region

Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

Once upon a time, the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) consisted of two grass air strips. Today, it consistently ranks as one of the 20 busiest airports in Canada. YKF is unique in many ways and this behind-the-scenes exploration of its daily operation reveals a thriving aviation community that is passionate about safety and growth. Still enchanted by the magic of air travel, the dedicated staff are planning today to better serve Waterloo Region tomorrow. Find out how in the following episode of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

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4881 Fountain Street North, #1
Breslau, Ontario
www.waterlooairport.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1929
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Research Casting International (RCI) Doors Open Quinte West

Research Casting International (RCI)

Research Casting International is one of the world’s largest providers of museum technical services – specializing in the fabrication of paleontology displays. Their services include specimen mounting and restoration, molding and casting, exhibit fabrication, and more. Check out some of their current projects in this year’s Digital Doors Open tour below. Explore their facility and watch as they work on the restoration of a brontosaurus, blue whale and mastodon!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

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15 Dufferin Avenue
Trenton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-394-7051
Email: bmcinroy@rescast.com
www.rescast.com

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Quinte West

RiverBrink Art Museum Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

RiverBrink Art Museum

RiverBrink houses approximately 1,400 works of art – including paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures. Exhibitions, installed year-round, come from the collection of Samuel E. Weir, and from public and private loans. This building was, in fact, his homestead, purchased in 1943. An art library, decorative arts and impressive views of the Niagara River enhance the visitor experience. Visitors can enjoy three floors of exhibition space, a gift shop and the library's priceless collection of books on art, history and local and regional geography. The museum remains open, with restrictions in place. But, as part of Digital Doors Open, you can learn more about this intriguing site through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

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116 Queenston Street
Queenston, Ontario
www.riverbrink.org

Architecture

Year built: 1950s
Architect: Arthur E. Nutter
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Rizzardo Health & Wellness Centre Doors Open Innisfil

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Rizzardo Health & Wellness Centre

The Rizzardo Health & Wellness Centre is an innovative health and wellness hub that is transforming how health care is delivered. The purpose of the Centre is to encourage health and wellness, connect with the community, foster a connection to nature, provide safe, accessible and comfortable social spaces, and support environmental responsibility. In this space, health-care providers and services are brought together to provide an integrated and optimized health-care system for the community. Services include family medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, physiotherapy, radiology, pharmacy, health and wellness programs, and more. (Check out the video below, as part of Digital Doors Open, to learn more about the Centre.) It is also home to the Horodynsky Community Kitchen and the Stewart and Betty Fisher Family Community Room. These multipurpose community spaces support the programs offered through the Centre, and are available to community members for business and social rentals. To learn more about the health-care services or virtual health and wellness programs available, visit their website. Or download this Healthy Habits Tracker and children’s activities – with colouring pages, games and more!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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7325 Yonge Street
Innisfil, Ontario
https://yourhealthinnisfil.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2019
Architect: Lett Architects
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Green building, Health-care facility
Landscape: Garden, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Innisfil

Royal Botanical Gardens Doors Open Burlington

Royal Botanical Gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) are the largest botanical gardens in Canada, a National Historic Site and have been recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve, protecting 1,100 hectares (2,700 acres) of environmentally sensitive areas. Through displays, research, tours, demonstrations, trails and conservation activities, the RBG teaches us all about the importance of plants and nature, and how best to become environmental stewards in our own communities. Download a map before you visit, and be sure to check their website to learn about their COVID-19 protocols. During Digital Doors Open, the robust RBG at Home program offers videos and activities for all ages. Learn from RBG experts as they answer your gardening questions (see the video below). There’s a Culinary Corner of downloadable recipes for things like Lilac Honey Cake or Coconut Carrot Energy Balls, an informative blog, lots of activities for kids, and exciting teacher resources (including Virtual Field Trips and Lesson Plans).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

680 Plains Road West
Burlington, Ontario
www.rbg.ca

Architecture

Landscape: Garden, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Burlington

Royal Ontario Museum Doors Open Toronto

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Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is an iconic site in the heart of Toronto. With 13 million artworks, cultural objects and natural history specimens in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces, the ROM showcases pieces from around the world and across the ages. The museum has now reopened (see their Visitor Policies for new guidelines or download a map in your preferred language), with exciting exhibitions currently open – Egyptian Mummies: Ancient Lives. New Discoveries, Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic and The Cloth that Changed the World: India's Painted and Printed Cottons. The ROM also continues to offer an extensive ROM@Home series of videos and activities to keep you and your families engaged – like Teaching Indigenous Knowledge, Leeches and Evolution, Stone Tools from the Paleolithic, Fashion Research and the ROM Library, or making your own dinosaur eggs. The museum also features a roster of free Zoom talks with experts on diverse subjects.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • French services available
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Washrooms

Contact info

100 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario
www.rom.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: Founded in 1914
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Saint Joseph's Indian Residential School Memorial Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Saint Joseph's Indian Residential School Memorial

Surrounded by gardens, a large granite memorial stone sits atop a medicine wheel. The affixed plaque shares the message of the Saint Joseph’s Indian Residential School, once located alongside this site. Unveiled on June 5, 2019 (in partnership with and Nishnawbe Aski Nation and the City of Thunder Bay Aboriginal Liaison Office, with representatives of Fort William First Nation, the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board), this memorial serves to honour the survivors and to remember the children who didn’t go home. It is also a means to educate the community about residential schools. During the unveiling ceremony, educator and Order of Ontario appointee Dolores Wawia – a former Saint Joseph's student – shared her experiences while at the residential school. Residential schools operated for over 150 years throughout Canada. By removing children from the influence of their own culture, this means of assimilation by the Canadian government and churches has left behind a legacy of damage that is still felt today. Listen to Senator Murray Sinclair as he discusses the Residential School system and Reconciliation.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

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Arthur Street near Franklin Street
Thunder Bay , Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 2019
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Sandalwood West - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

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Sandalwood West - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

The large, residential community of Sandalwood is located near the northern border of the City of Brampton. This community is home to a healthy mix of land uses and spaces. Trails and parks cut through the neighbourhood, allowing for strong connectivity between various areas. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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Start at the Springdale Library, 10705 Bramalea Road
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Self-Guided Walking Tours Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Self-Guided Walking Tours

Set out on your own self-guided adventure – following safe social distancing practices –and explore the streets of Thunder Bay through one of these historical walking tours. Or you can take the tours digitally by exploring the PDF links below. These tours highlight Thunder Bay's rich heritage and architecture, while enabling you to enjoy a scenic walk through the city. A total of 117 sites are featured on five different tours located in different parts of the city. Each tour can be completed in approximately one hour. Note: Many sites on these tours are private residences, so we ask that you please respect private property and view all homes from the sidewalk only. Tours include Thunder Bay North Core Waterfront, Waverley Park Neighbourhood, McVicar Creek Harrington Neighbourhood, Thunder Bay South Core and Vickers Park Neighbourhood.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Activities and games
  • Kid-friendly

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Seymour Driving Tour Doors Open Trent Hills

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Seymour Driving Tour

In the 1850s, Seymour Township became the home of Scottish stone masons and other Scottish settlers. Limestone was a common local building material. These settlers replicated the homes they had left in Scotland and created a legacy of new stone homes in Seymour Township. Take this driving tour around the township and see some of these remarkable structures for yourself – from stone cottages to two-storey homesteads.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Activities and games
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Start at 1147 County Road 8
Seymour, Ontario
www.trenthills.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Trent Hills

Shand Dam Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Shand Dam

Despite its location in the neighbouring municipality of Centre Wellington, the Shand Dam has been vital to the health and wellbeing of Waterloo Region since it opened in 1942. In this episode of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region, the Grand River Conservation Authority provides web visitors with exclusive access throughout the dam’s superstructure, explaining the marvellous wartime feats of engineering that created it, and the balance of technology and human knowledge required to maintain it.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Architecture

Year built: 1942

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Sheridan - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

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Sheridan - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

The Sheridan neighbourhood is located within the city's most prosperous defined regions in Brampton’s 2040 vision. By 2040, this region will be a hub of economic activity with recreational opportunities and diverse housing. Residents and students are the heartbeat of this community, and their imprint is seen throughout Sheridan. Sheridan also boasts a unique district energy facility, and has initiated an exciting process to develop a bold, innovative and comprehensive Campus Master Plan that will provide a road map to transform Brampton’s built environment over the next 30 years. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Start at 7899 McLaughlin Road, Sheridan College Davis Campus
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Simcoe County Museum Doors Open Simcoe County

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Simcoe County Museum

The Simcoe County Museum offers a wide variety of events, exhibits and programs for all ages throughout the year. Visitors can discover Simcoe County's history through hands-on exploration and interactive displays. In September 2018, the County conducted a controlled burn of 30 hectares (74 acres) of land adjacent to the museum and began the largest planting operation in decades in order to restore the Museum Tract as a healthy ecosystem and important wildlife habitat. They have since planted seven native species of trees, including the jack pine, which will account for over two-thirds of all the new trees to be planted on the tract. To learn about forestry in Simcoe County, watch this video. Or, to learn more about the heritage buildings at the museum, check out the video below. Also, as part of Digital Doors Open, explore their Museum From Home, which includes a collection of online exhibits, Virtual Fall Fair, kids’ activities (including downloadable colouring pages), recipes, a scavenger hunt, and much more!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

1151 Highway 26
Minesing, Ontario
https://museum.simcoe.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1962
Building type: Attraction, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Simcoe County

Simcoe Street United Church Doors Open Oshawa

Simcoe Street United Church

Built in 1867, in the Gothic revival style, Simcoe Street United Church is Oshawa's oldest church. Lancet-arched openings and a polygonal spire with pinnacles and dormers embellish the exterior. A pressed-tin ceiling, 11-metre (36-feet) high ornamental timber arches and a Casavant organ dominate the interior. Watch a quick introduction to this heritage-designated building with history buff Robert Bell. And check out the video below for some of the ghost stories that this building has to tell. In 2020, the church was turned over to the Back Door Mission for the Relief of Poverty, in partnership with Mission United, so that those who have been impacted by COVID-19 could be helped. 1919 was another horrible year for the congregation (which was established 1817 – Oshawa’s oldest), who were mourning the losses of the First World War, the Spanish Flu and then a major fire. One hundred years later, repairs are again urgently needed due to the passage of time. Visit the website for updates on the repairs as well as information about online church services.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

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66 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
www.ssuc.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1867-68
Architect: Gundry & Langley
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Sleeping Giant Brewing Company Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Sleeping Giant Brewing Company

Since 2012, the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company has been crafting beers inspired by Lake Superior and the northern wildness. Sourcing water from Lake Superior and grain locally malted at Canada Malting, Sleeping Giant Beer ingredients deliver a truly local brew. Just ask the “New Guy In Town”. Operating out of a light industrial building in the intercity area, the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company’s facility provides more than just a place to design, brew, package and ship its beer. Stop by to sample one of their brews at the popular Brewer Lounge taproom and mezzanine (check their website for hours). Don’t forget to visit their shop, which showcases its products and other local offerings. There’s grab ‘n’ go service, curbside pickup or even free next-day delivery (full delivery details on their website). And as the City of Thunder Bay celebrates “One City. Fifty Years,” the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company has released a specialty brew for the occasion – One City Pilsner. Cheers!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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712 Macdonell Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.sleepinggiantbrewing.ca

Architecture

Year built: Established in 2012
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park near Thunder Bay is a massive lakeside park that offers year-round recreation, campgrounds and breathtaking views. While the park is partially open, with safety and social distancing restrictions in place, you may want to consider a more digital approach to exploring its grandeur. The park offers over 100 km (62 miles) of incredible hiking and mountain-biking trails, excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, full-service cabins and rugged campsites, swimming and canoeing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and exhibits on natural and cultural history at the Visitor Centre. As part of Digital Doors Open, experience the climb up the Sleeping Giant with Jazzy and his friends, check out the Flickr album for year-round images of this beautiful park, and watch the video below for some truly spectacular aerial footage.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Self-guided tours available

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage, Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Snelgrove - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

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Snelgrove - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

The neighbourhood of Snelgrove was once a former hamlet. Today, Snelgrove is a large, suburban community with rich swaths of natural space. Conservation Park in particular plays a significant role in the community, giving residents an opportunity to experience the natural world in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Start at the Snelgrove Community Centre, 11692 Hurontario Street
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens Doors Open Toronto

Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens
This elegant Second-Empire home – co-owned by the City of Toronto and the Ontario Heritage Trust – was built for Toronto financier James Austin. Restored in 2010 to reflect the period between the First and Second World Wars, this period house is filled with spectacular furniture and 1920s décor. Learn about the restoration project and explore this unique property from inside out. And learn more about the prestigious Austin family in 1920s Toronto in the video featured below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

285 Spadina Road
Toronto, Ontario
www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/museums/spadina-museum

Architecture

Year built: 1866; 1896
Architect: Original architect unknown; Vaux Chadwick (1896)
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

SPECTRUM - Rainbow Community Space Doors Open Waterloo Region

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SPECTRUM - Rainbow Community Space

SPECTRUM is Waterloo Region’s first ever LGBTQ/rainbow community space. The small-but-mighty haven created by SPECTRUM is currently located in the historical Boehmer Box building in Kitchener. This poignant episode explores the rainbow community's long struggle to establish safe gathering spaces within Waterloo Region, and includes a walking tour hosted by SPECTRUM's President, Cait Glasson. Watch the episode below from Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region and explore downtown Kitchener from Glasson's perspective.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

283 Duke Street
Kitchener, Ontario
https://ourspectrum.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Spring Valley – Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

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Spring Valley – Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

The neighbourhood of Spring Valley is a community filled with lush pathways, parks, water bodies and many other features. The neighbourhood is considerably newer than most communities in Brampton but maintains pre-existing features and amenities to give residents a glimpse of what once was. A portion of the Huttonville Creek, located in this neighbourhood, was intentionally included in the park's jurisdiction to improve the rehabilitation and naturalization of the creek. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Start at Jean Augustine Secondary School
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

The original church was built here in 1794, but was burned by the occupying American army in 1813 during the War of 1812. A new church was built in 1831, but it was destroyed by a cyclone. In 1855, the current building was constructed. While major restorations occurred in 1937 and 1991, the interior and exterior appear much the same as the 1831 church. Learn more about this church and its history by watching the video below as part of Digital Doors Open.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

323 Simcoe Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
http://standrewsniagara.com

Architecture

Year built: 1855
Architect: Kivas Tully
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

St. Mark's Anglican Church Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

St. Mark's Anglican Church

This collection of buildings sits in two pristine hectares (seven acres). The 18th-century church has been in continuous use longer than any other church in Ontario. A cemetery, still in use, records a burial from 1782. The 1886 Addison Hall houses parish functions and the impressive home of the rector is an unusual 1858 Tuscan rectory. For Digital Doors Open, learn more about the church by watching the video below. Note: This church is currently only open for one Sunday service. Check their website for full details.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Washrooms

Contact info

41 Byron Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
https://stmarksnotl.org

Architecture

Year built: 1792
Building type: Place of worship, Private residence
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

St. Mary Orthodox Church Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

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St. Mary Orthodox Church

The Porcupine gold fields offered ready employment and drew many immigrants from diverse backgrounds. St. Mary Orthodox Church was built by the Romanian community and dedicated on September 8, 1935. As part of Digital Doors Open, read a short history of the church or watch this video to see Fr. Orlando Geonea give a special prayer for the end of the pandemic.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

94 8th Avenue
Timmins, Ontario
Telephone: 705-288-8630
Email: stmarychurch1918@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/OrthodoxChurchTimmins

Architecture

Year built: 1935
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

St. Matthew's Anglican Cathedral Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

St. Matthew's Anglican Cathedral

This church was built in 1913 and has been renovated several times over the years to take on its current form. St. Matthew's was designated as a permanent cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Moosonee in September 1961. The interior is interesting for the contemporary stained-glass windows by two well-known Canadian artists: Yvonne Williams and Rosemary Kilbourn. Read more about the church and its windows in the information pamphlet. Or watch the video below to step inside the church virtually and enjoy a special Digital Doors Open performance by Joshua Wood (horn) and Sue Steel (piano) from the Timmins Symphony Orchestra.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

331 Fifth Avenue
Timmins, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1913; 1926, 1947 and 1961 (additions)
Architect: D.R. Franklin (renovations, c.1947)
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Stephanie Boutari: Mural Artist Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Stephanie Boutari: Mural Artist

In 2017, Stephanie Boutari took a big leap to paint big, joining her husband Adam (BOKO Studio) on a path of artistic and design exploration to make ideas happen. Her large-scale murals, often featuring vibrant palettes and geometric shapes, have been commissioned for dozens of public and commercial spaces throughout Waterloo Region. Inspired by the ways in which colour and scale transform the perception of space, Boutari’s work is refining her relationship between art and architecture. Watch the episode below of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region to learn how Boutari is painting the town big.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

385 Waterloo Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
www.stephanieboutari.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Stratford Festival Doors Open Stratford

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Stratford Festival

The Stratford Festival – North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company – has gone digital for 2020! Watch full-length productions of past shows (the film festival runs from April 23 to July 30), with new shows being added – complete with live-streaming viewing parties. Take one of their virtual tours. Check out their @Home content for exclusive interviews with Stratford production and company members, watch The Meighen Forum “live in conversation” series, and enjoy some behind-the-scenes videos to learn more about props, wigs and makeup. In addition, there is a series of study guides available that will assist both teachers and students as they learn about Shakespeare. Prithee, whilst thou art social distancing, maketh the most of thy time at the Stratford Festival!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

55 Queen Street
Stratford, Ontario
www.stratfordfestival.ca

Architecture

Year built: Opened in 1953
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Stratford

Tapestry Hall and the Foundry Brewing Co. Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Tapestry Hall and the Foundry Brewing Co.

Tapestry Hall is a new skin on old, strong bones. From its foundry roots of 1847 to today's reinvention as a premier event venue in Galt's burgeoning Gaslight District, this new, chic space is a warm embrace with storied limestone bricks, beaten wooden beams and smooth concrete. Voluptuous windows spill light throughout the hall, taproom and onsite brewery as the world's largest living sculpture, called Meander, draws from the ceiling to greet and guide visitors throughout this historical masterpiece. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about this unique venue through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

74 Grand Avenue South
Cambridge, Ontario
www.tapestryhall.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1847
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

The ArQuives Doors Open Toronto

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The ArQuives

The ArQuives was established to aid in the recovery and preservation of the histories of Canada’s LGBTQ2+ people. Founded in 1973, they have grown to become the largest archive of its kind in the world. Through these collections, you can learn about the history and the struggles faced by – and the resilience of – LGBTQ2+ people. For Digital Doors Open, learn about the kinds of artifacts found in the archives – and the people who collect and preserve them – through the video below. And search their online collections or explore their digital exhibits for more information.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

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34 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario
https://arquives.ca/

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

The Grange Doors Open Mississauga

The Grange

The Grange, located in the historical Robinson-Adamson House, tells its unique story through the many fascinating characters who have owned it over the years. Built for the first Chief Justice of Upper Canada, Sir John Beverley Robinson, the Ontario Regency-style architecture and high-quality craftsmanship supported the importance of this building to the area. Changing hands several times, The Grange was eventually deeded to the City of Mississauga in 1978 and restored. It was designated in 1982 as a significant historical and architectural landmark, and is today home to Heritage Mississauga. During Digital Doors Open, there are many experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Download their heritage-themed comic books and learn more about the history of Mississauga from a unique perspective. Discover local history through their Digital Oral History Projects. Download a self-guided walking tour and explore the many historical areas within the city. Follow on their blog for upcoming online events, question-and-answer sessions with local historians, discussions on local history, and more. And check out their extensive video anthology to learn more about the majestic Credit River, Mississauga’s Indigenous heritage, remembrances of the 1979 Mississauga train derailment, and much more!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1921 Dundas Street West
Mississauga, Ontario
www.heritagemississauga.com

Architecture

Year built: c. 1830
Architect: Sir John Beverley Robinson
Architectural style: Regency
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Mississauga

The Junction Doors Open Guelph

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The Junction

This mixed-use development sits on a site that’s important to Guelph’s railway history. The former Canadian National Rail warehouse is now a stunning showroom for Granite Homes and its Design Studio, along with serviced offices. A second building was constructed to echo its style and is home to innovative services offices and Home Group Realty. All buildings feature unique railway décor and art to reflect the site’s heritage. Visit guelphartsevents.com to watch, listen and learn more about The Junction.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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5-7-9 Edinburgh Road South
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1960
Architect: Granite Homes
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

The Rectory and Catholic Hill Doors Open Guelph

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The Rectory and Catholic Hill

The restoration of this rectory, built in 1852, surprised the community with its rendered stone exterior instead of the expected limestone walls. It now contains residences for the priests and a new office. Online visitors will experience a guided walk around the rectory and the rest of Catholic Hill to hear the stories of Guelph’s most prominent landscape and buildings. Visit guelphartsevents.com to listen, watch and learn about The Rectory and Catholic Hill.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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28 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1852
Building type: Place of worship, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Guelph

The Rose Doors Open Brampton

The Rose

The Rose is a magnificent performing arts venue and iconic feature of downtown Brampton. A vital part of the city, it is a destination for local and world-renowned performers, providing opportunities for culture lovers from Brampton and beyond to experience a wide range of talent in an extraordinary setting. Architecturally and acoustically sublime, the venue boasts two performance venues for large shows and intimate experiences. The Rose is where Brampton comes to life. As part of Digital Doors Open, take an exclusive backstage tour of the facility in the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

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1 Theatre Lane
Brampton, Ontario
www.rosetheatre.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2004-06
Architect: Page and Steele Architects
Building type: Attraction, Theatre
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Thornhill Village Library Doors Open Markham

Thornhill Village Library

This house, which was converted into a public library in the 1970s under the direction of restoration architect Napier Simpson Jr., fits comfortably into Colborne Street’s historical streetscape. The library was featured in Deborah Kerbel’s 2010 ghost story, Lure. The ghost of Ellen Ramsden, the building’s original owner, is said to make an appearance from time to time. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to learn more about the site.

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10 Colborne Street
Markham, Ontario
https://markhampubliclibrary.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1851
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Library
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Markham

Thunder Bay City Hall Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Thunder Bay City Hall

One City. Fifty Years. In 2020, the City of Thunder Bay celebrates its 50th anniversary. A lot has happened to get the city to where it is today. As early as 1910, official discussions had occurred around amalgamating the neighbouring cities. The History of Amalgamation exhibit takes a look back at how Thunder Bay came to be. In addition, the City Halls of Thunder Bay web exhibit explores numerous buildings that have served as town and city halls to both Fort William and Port Arthur. The 1966 municipal building shown here was the third to serve the community of Fort William. Built just four years prior to amalgamation, Fort William City Hall became Thunder Bay City Hall when the new city was formed in 1970. Explore the Civic Timeline, which features municipal milestones since amalgamation. And a major reconstruction of the City Hall, completed in 2009, not only modernized the facility, but also uncovered an exciting discovery – time capsules!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

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500 Donald Street East
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.thunderbay.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1966
Architect: L.Y. McIntosh & Associates
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Government building

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Museum Doors Open Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Museum

Opened in 1912, this building was constructed as both a courthouse and a station for Fort William’s growing police force. Heralded as “the finest on the continent” for a small city, the building featured the Lakehead’s first automatic elevator. Designed by Robert E. Mason in the Edwardian classical style, the central entrance is dominated by unfluted Corinthian columns, crowned by carved acanthus leaves and small volutes, and pilasters. Milton brick covers a steel-and-concrete frame with limestone cladding on the ground floor and as trim. The wide, curving stone stairs leading to the recessed portico symbolizes the building’s original purpose. When Fort William and Port Arthur amalgamated in 1970, so did their two police forces. The then-newly formed Thunder Bay Police Force was headquartered here until 1987. In 1995, the building became home to the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, which operates the Thunder Bay Museum. The museum opened its major exhibit gallery here in 1997 before later constructing the glassed-in exhibition space to display some of its larger artifacts. Exhibit galleries on the main, second and third floors can be explored online. You can also experience the museum through its virtual exhibits and 360 virtual tour. Or take a behind-the-scenes tour with Executive Director Scott Bradley and Curator Michael deJong.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

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425 Donald Street East
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Telephone: 807-623-0801
www.thunderbaymuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1910-12
Architect: Robert E. Mason
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda

Welcome to Canada’s oldest continuously operating tourist information bureau! Many communities participated in the trend of civic boosterism in the early 1900s, promoting their town to tourists and businesses, though few constructed purpose-built structures such as the Pagoda. In 1908, a design competition was organized by the Industrial Commission asking for submissions that were “striking in nature” that would attract people’s attention. Based on the winning design by local architect Harry Russell Halton, the Pagoda was constructed in 1909 to demonstrate Port Arthur’s merits as a social, business and economic hub. The octagonal pagoda is an eclectic design, combining eastern and western styles to symbolize Port Arthur itself, where the east of Canada meets the west. Many Thunder Bay locals have fond memories of the polka dots painted on the roof of the Pagoda, done as a surprise by the Port Arthur Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) in 1961 to kick off Visitor’s Week (polka dots decorated the roof into the 1980s). Owned by the City of Thunder Bay and operated by Tourism Thunder Bay, the Pagoda is a designated heritage property and a National Historic Site. The Ontario Heritage Trust holds a conservation easement on the property.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

170 Red River Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.visitthunderbay.com

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Architect: H. Russell Halton
Architectural style: Octagon
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

Timeless Material Company, The Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Timeless Material Company, The

Since its inception in 2002, The Timeless Material Company has operated in the true spirit of salvage. While preserving and repurposing wood and other building products from historical and iconic local structures, this Waterloo family business has simultaneously diverted tons of quality material from landfill. Working with its sister company Kieswetter Demolition, The Timeless Material Company promotes and facilitates a modern afterlife for the building components of our past. During Digital Doors Open, explore this unique site through the video below and learn more about its spirit of salvage.

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305 Northfield Drive East
Waterloo, Ontario
www.timelessmaterials.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Timmins Fire Hall Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Fire Hall

The Timmins Fire Hall was built in 1957 to replace the old station that was adjacent to the Municipal Building on Algonquin Blvd. Porcupine established its first organized fire department shortly after the Great Fire of 1911. This tragic fire destroyed the mining settlement and took more than 70 lives. During Digital Doors Open, learn more about the fire hall by exploring the photo archive from the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre, and read more about the department’s history on the City of Timmins website. The jurisdiction of this hall’s fire chief includes six other fire halls: Mountjoy, South Porcupine, Schumacher, Whitney, Connaught and Victor M. Power Airport. Watch the video below to see their firefighters in training! (Coming soon!)

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

133 Cedar Street South
Timmins, Ontario
Telephone: 705-360-2626
Email: firedept@timmins.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1957
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Memorial Cemetery Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Memorial Cemetery

The old Catholic Cemetery (1912-16) was moved from the churchyard on Fifth Avenue to this location in 1917, under direction of Father Theriault. Check this map to see how, historically, Protestants were buried on adjacent land, as well as the position of the Legion site, which was established in 1937. All sites were amalgamated into the Timmins Memorial Cemetery in 1966. It remains one of three cemeteries under management by the City of Timmins. Points of interest include a monument to victims of the 1928 Hollinger Mine Disaster, the headstone of hometown hockey hero Bill Barilko (watch the 2016 Tragically Hip’s performance of Fifty Mission Cap), and graves bearing the names of several well-known families and early pioneers of the Porcupine area.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1011 Pine Street South
Timmins, Ontario
Telephone: 705-360-2615
Email: cemetery@timmins.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1917
Building type: Cemetery, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre

The Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre is a public resource dedicated to the presentation, promotion and preservation of heritage. During Digital Doors Open, you can participate in their Trivia Thursday and Photo Friday features by following them on Facebook and Instagram. Take a peek into the back room through a slide show that features pieces from the collection. And watch the one-minute lockdown video. The museum is pleased to report that it is now open to visitors once again. You can explore their new permanent exhibition “Where We Stand: Stories of the Land” and visit the temporary exhibition “A Taste of Science,” on loan from the Canadian Agricultural Museum. Find out more about visiting the museum and hours of operation on their website.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • French services available
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

325 Second Avenue
Timmins, Ontario
Telephone: 705-360-2617
Email: museum@timmins.ca
www.timminsmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2001
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Public Library Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Public Library

High ceilings and soaring timber columns make this an architectural gem and community haven. Timber was chosen as the primary building material to reflect the importance of the forest products sector in the heritage, culture and economy of Timmins. Find out more about the history and background of the Timmins Public Library here. The library houses a comprehensive local history collection but, due to COVID-19, access is presently limited. You can still, however, explore the rich history of mining in Northern Ontario through a digitized version of the Porcupine Advance (1912-50).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

320 Second Avenue
Timmins, Ontario
http://tpl.timmins.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2005
Architect: Ano Architects/Architectes Inc.
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Tommy Thompson Park (Leslie Street Spit) Doors Open Toronto

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Tommy Thompson Park (Leslie Street Spit)

Tommy Thompson Park, just minutes away from downtown Toronto, is a unique urban wilderness that offers some of the best bird watching in the city – with more than 300 species. The Leslie Street Spit – the land on which this park now stands – was entirely manmade, composed of landfill, concrete, bricks and rebar. Today, this 250-hectare park (617 acres) is operated by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. It has become an oasis for walkers and cyclists, and remains the habitat of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. As part of Digital Doors Open, download their birder’s checklist, read their research reports on breeding birds, explore the site through the video below, and watch the acclaimed documentary (from CBC’s The Nature of Things, 44:18).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Environment
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1 Leslie Street
Toronto, Ontario
https://tommythompsonpark.ca/

Architecture

Year built: Begun in 1959
Landscape: Conservation area, Landscape, Natural heritage, Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Toronto Zoo Doors Open Toronto

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Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo – Canada’s largest zoo, at 287 hectares (709 acres), with over 5,000 animals – has a mission to connect people, animals and conservation science to fight extinction. And that mission has never been more important. While the site was closed due to COVID-19, the Zoo quickly enhanced its online engagement to remain connected with the public. Social media and online storytelling grew significantly, with animal photos and videos keeping everyone connected to their favourite animals. Now safely reopened (see the video below for more information), the Zoo has implemented strict new guidelines – including designated one-way routes, hand-sanitizing stations, mandatory face coverings in most areas, and mandatory advanced ticketing with pre-booked time slots required. Should you visit, check out the new Scenic Safari Drive Thru, Camping at the Zoo, the Wild Encounters behind-the-scenes program, and the return of the successful Terra Lumina: An Enchanted Night Walk. But you can also still enjoy a rich digital experience at the Zoo, including lots of home activities, a new downloadable map, educator resources, Wild for Life podcasts and much more! Don’t forget to join them on Facebook Live at 1 p.m. daily when one of the zoo’s expert keepers will introduce you to one of the animals. Check the website for full details.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

2000 Meadowvale Road
Toronto, Ontario
www.torontozoo.com

Architecture

Year built: Opened in 1974
Building type: Attraction
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Toronto

Tremont House, The Doors Open Simcoe County

Tremont House, The

The Tremont was built in 1889 by John McCormick as a 24-room hotel. It is one the last remaining 19th-century hotel buildings in the Collingwood Heritage District. The proximity of the hotel to the railway station and port made it a popular destination for travellers. Now a home to the arts, The Tremont still carries its original name and is an important historical link to Collingwood’s railway and shipbuilding era. The historical building was saved from destruction after a long battle by the Collingwood Branch of the Architectural Conservatory of Ontario, and The Tremont was later purchased by an avid heritage preservationist and a ceramic artist, who began to breathe new artistic life into the building. The former hotel’s halls are once again filled with people proclaiming the newly reopened Tremont as a jewel in Collingwood’s historical downtown. The Tremont restoration project received several awards – locally, provincially and nationally – and spurred further revitalization on Simcoe Street. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the building by watching the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

80 Simcoe Street
Collingwood, Ontario
Telephone: 705-293-0660
Email: info@thetremont.ca
www.thetremont.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1889
Architect: Unknown
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Simcoe County

Trent Port Marina Doors Open Quinte West

Trent Port Marina

The Trent Port Marina sits at the mouth of the Trent River. It is a first-class, city-owned facility that is well used by boaters and others in the community. Uniquely positioned close to downtown Trenton, the marina is close to fine dining, entertainment, shopping, historical sights and other tourist attractions. It provides easy access to the renowned Trent-Severn Waterway, the Rideau Canal, the Bay of Quinte and the Murray Canal, which leads to Lake Ontario. The main room has seen many weddings, birthdays, conferences and art and fashion shows since 2015. In 2020, the building will only be open to boaters. During Digital Doors Open, you can check out their interactive slip map for 374 fully serviced slips. Visitors can also enjoy an online photo gallery plus a variety of videos showcasing the site and its many uses - including the one shown below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

15 Creswell Drive
Trenton, Ontario
www.quintewest.ca/en/marina/trent-port-marina.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Quinte West

Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area Doors Open Oshawa

Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area

Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area began delivering courses in 1974 at various facilities in the Oshawa community. In 2010, a standalone campus opened its doors at the site of the former St. Michael’s Catholic Elementary School. An extensive renovation was undertaken to modernize the building, leveraging existing brick archways and cedar plank ceilings, which were complemented by a new modern and spacious light-filled atrium. In fall 2020, a new academic and residence building officially opened its doors. Adorned with striking copper-clad columns, state-of-the-art learning and living spaces, and wood themes that tie the two campus buildings together, this new addition to the campus continues in the university’s traditions of beautifully curated architectural features. Explore the beautiful spaces and campus amenities through their virtual tour (and watch the video below for an introduction). Or check out the university’s unique degrees and programs.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

55 Thornton Road South
Oshawa, Ontario
Telephone: 905-435-5100
Email: durham@trentu.ca
www.trentu.ca/durham

Architecture

Year built: Repurposed in 2009-10, Student Residence 2020
Architect: Barry Bryant & Associates (Student Residence)
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site Doors Open Chatham-Kent

Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site

Josiah Henson, an African American who escaped plantation slavery in the United States via the Underground Railroad, purchased this property in 1841 and established the Dawn Settlement, a refuge for fugitives from slavery who escaped to Canada. Today, the site is a museum, owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust. During Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the site in the video below. Explore Ontario’s Black heritage through this online resource. Watch this moving documentary on the life of Henson (narrated by Danny Glover and directed by Jared Brock). And explore the site digitally through a series of virtual tours found here.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

29251 Uncle Tom's Road
Dresden, Ontario
www.uncletomscabin.org

Architecture

Year built: 1840s
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Chatham-Kent

Unionville Train Station Doors Open Markham

Unionville Train Station

The Unionville Train Station is one of Canada’s oldest remaining railway stations – and one of the few 19th-century stations still in its original trackside location. Constructed for the Toronto and Nipissing Railway, it is clad in board-and-batten siding with a gable roof and six-over-six paned windows. It was designed as a simple building, with a trackside platform sheltered by an extension of the roof, supported by simple, sturdy brackets. The west end of the building contained a passenger waiting room, with walls clad with vertical wainscoting and a wood stove. The east end of the building served as a freight shed. In the middle of the station was a baggage room and an office for the Station Agent, with a ticket window opening into the general waiting room. The station served the Grand Trunk Railway from 1884 to 1923 when the line became part of Canadian National Railways. By the late 1970s, the station was showing its age and the railway considered demolition after the station was damaged by fire. Local residents opposed this demolition and successfully campaigned to save the station. The municipality restored the building as a community centre in 1989. In 1993, the Town of Markham purchased the land containing the Unionville Train Station and the Stiver Mill. For more information, watch the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

7 Station Lane
Unionville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1870
Architect: A.T. Button (Uxbridge)
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 12 – Monday November 30, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Markham

Valley Creek - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

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Valley Creek - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

The name Valley Creek correctly describes this community. The preservation of this forest allows residents the unique opportunity to gaze on a truly untouched natural environment. Surrounding the community are residential, commercial and industrial land uses, making this a truly unique area. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Start at the Red Willow Public School, 80 Redwillow Road
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Brampton

Walking Tour – Innkeeper Tales: Bed, Bath and Beers Doors Open Barrie

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Walking Tour – Innkeeper Tales: Bed, Bath and Beers

The Barrie Historical Archive’s new, interactive walking tour explores downtown Barrie in a whole new way – revealing a surprising number of historical hotels and sites that have catered to railway and lumber workers, politicians and tourists since the 1800s. For Digital Doors Open, follow along with local historian and storyteller Mary Harris in the video below as she describes the history, colourful proprietors, scandals, fights, grand events and unusual guests from years gone by.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

Video tour starts at the Five Points
Barrie, Ontario
www.barriearchive.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Barrie

Warkworth Walking Tour Doors Open Trent Hills

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Warkworth Walking Tour

Warkworth is a parcel of land originally purchased from the Mississauga First Nation in 1774 to provide land for United Empire Loyalist settlers. Surrounded by rich farmland and rolling hills, Warkworth’s location attracts the surrounding communities as well as a large tourist trade. A thriving arts community, heritage homes, friendly shopkeepers and its array of activities have made Warkworth a worthwhile destination. Take this walking tour and discover the town for yourself – from Italianate and Queen Anne to arts and crafts to classical revival, there is something for every architecture enthusiast.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Activities and games
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Start at 35 Church Street
Warkworth, Ontario
www.trenthills.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Trent Hills

Warsaw Caves Conservation Area Doors Open Peterborough

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Warsaw Caves Conservation Area

The stunning Warsaw Caves, located near Peterborough and operated by Otonabee Conservation, were created by glacial activity over 10,000 years ago. Today, they offer some of the province’s best spelunking opportunities. Due to COVID-19, however, the caves and the cave trail remain closed. But all other trails – as well as camping and canoeing – are available. The Warsaw Caves Conservation Area has a number of downloadable resources – including maps for hiking and camping, plus detailed brochures for canoeing and spelunking. During Digital Doors Open, explore the caves and the cave trail through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

289 Caves Road
Warsaw, Ontario
www.otonabeeconservation.com/camping-outdoor-recreation/warsaw-caves

Architecture

Landscape: Conservation area, Landscape, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Peterborough

Waterloo Brewing Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Waterloo Brewing

While it is now the largest craft brewery in Ontario, it was also the first, and Waterloo Brewing is simultaneously expanding its scope while stoking that pioneering spirit that launched it 36 years ago. Brewing beer with character, for people of character, the entire operation now runs from a single Kitchener location. It features a new beer store, patio and taphouse where a microbrewery affords passionate beer-loving staff to dream up and test the next big thing. Learn more about Waterloo Brewing's passion for craft beer in the following episode of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

400 Bingemans Centre Drive
Kitchener, Ontario
https://waterloobrewing.com

Architecture

Year built: 1984
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Waters Passive House Doors Open Innisfil

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Waters Passive House

The Waters Passive House is the most energy-efficient home in Innisfil. Built in 2015, the house combines thick insulated walls, low air leakage, south-facing windows, energy-efficient windows, and a ventilation system for energy efficiency. Fun fact: The house has no furnace and is heated entirely by the heat generated by appliances, warm bodies, and the sun shining through the windows! It also has a 5-kilowatt solar generating system that provides electricity. (The video below explains how this system was installed.) There are also lush natural gardens surrounding the house. So, what is a passive house? Watch this video for a 90-second explanation!

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

759 Happy Vale Drive
Innisfil, Ontario
Telephone: 705-305-1128
www.facebook.com/waterspassivehouse

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Architect: Alex Waters
Building type: Green building, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Innisfil

Westover Doors Open Northern Bruce Peninsula

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Westover

The Westover property (also known as Williams Caves) is located on the west side of Isthmus Bay on the northern Bruce Peninsula. The property is owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and managed by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. The most significant features on the Westover property are four distinct sea caves created by wave action, which extend into the main escarpment bluff. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual hike along this part of the Bruce Trail and see this property from the air by watching the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Environment
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

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Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Northern Bruce Peninsula

Whitney Cemetery and Deadman's Point Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Whitney Cemetery and Deadman's Point

The Whitney Cemetery was incorporated into the Cemetery Department of the newly amalgamated City of Timmins in 1973. Victims of the 1911 Great Porcupine Fire were buried here on the shore of Porcupine Lake, hence the name Deadman's Point. The cemetery has remained in service since that time. Points of interest include the monument to victims of the fire and the Wiess Family Crypt. Watch the video below to hear survivor Minnie Graham relate her recollections of the tragic fire, as well as to learn more about the fate of the Wiess Family from Timmins Museum historian, Ken Doherty.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Cemetery Road, off of Haileybury Crescent
Porcupine, Ontario
Telephone: 705-360-2615
Email: cemetery@timmins.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Willistead Manor, Coach House and Gate House Doors Open Windsor

Willistead Manor, Coach House and Gate House

Willistead Manor is a 36-room mansion nestled within a six-hectare (15-acre) park in the heart of Walkerville, and offers gracious accommodations for weddings, receptions, meetings and other special events. It was built in 1906 for Edward Chandler Walker, the second son of Hiram Walker, founder of the world-renowned distillery. Albert Kahn, noted Detroit architect, actually built three buildings on the estate: the Manor House, the Coach House and the Gate House. Designed in the 16th-century Tudor-Jacobean style of an English manor house, the main building was started in 1904. No expense was spared in the materials or labour. The exterior of grey limestone, quarried in Amherstburg, was hand-cut at the worksite by Scottish stonemasons specifically imported for the project. The interior is graced with rich wood panelling, detailed hand carvings and Carrera marble. The house was in the family until 1921 when it was deeded it to the town of Walkerville. Following a 1935 amalgamation, the City of Windsor inherited this magnificent building. Managed today by the City of Windsor Recreation, Culture & Parks, Willistead Manor offers seven uniquely designed rooms to rent for special occasions and events. During Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of this property and enjoy the beauty and elegance from another era.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

1899 Niagara Street
Windsor, Ontario
Telephone: 519-253-2300, ext. 2752
Email: willistead@citywindsor.ca
www.willistead.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1904-06
Architect: Albert Kahn
Architectural style: Edwardian
Landscape: Garden, Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Windsor

Willowbank Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Willowbank

Willowbank is a neoclassical estate house (1834) situated in a picturesque landscape. As a private residence, the estate changed hands several times. The site has over 8,000 years of documented human use, as Indigenous people used the ravine as a portage route. The lower campus is the Laura Secord School, built in 1914 (an extension was built in the 1950s). Learn more about Willowbank as part of Digital Doors Open by watching the video below, or take a campus tour of this exciting heritage conservation school.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

14487 Niagara Parkway
Queenston, Ontario
www.willowbank.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1834
Architect: John Latshaw
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Educational facility, Historical landmark
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Windfields Farm Legacy Doors Open Oshawa

Windfields Farm Legacy

In 1927, R.S. McLaughlin (President of General Motors Canada) established these lands as Parkwood Stables and sold it in 1950 to E.P. Taylor, who bred championship horses at Windfields Farm. Ontario Tech University now owns the land. The Windfields Farm Legacy aims to preserve and educate by telling the story of E.P. Taylor, Northern Dancer, Northern Dancer Cemetery, Trillium Cemetery and the Windfields Stone House. Northern Dancer, one of the most recognized names in horse racing to this day, was a Windfields Farm-born, Canadian-bred thoroughbred racehorse who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness stakes, among other races, and became the most successful sire of the 20th century. He is the only equine to be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Northern Dancer’s death.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video

Contact info

2370 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1950
Building type: Cemetery, Historical landmark, Historical house
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre Doors Open Simcoe County

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Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

The Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre in Tay, Ontario offers 1,214 hectares (3,000 acres) of national wildlife area and provincially significant wetlands. Its mission is to be a centre of excellence for wetlands research, interpretation and education based on the principle of stewardship and the importance of environmental awareness. Open 362 days a year, visitors of all ages and abilities are encouraged to discover raptors and reptiles, explore hiking, cross country ski and snowshoe on its trails, experience canoeing and kayaking through the marsh channels, and visit the observation tower, floating boardwalks, waterfowl monitoring platform, wildflower gardens, the bee house and so much more! But Wye Marsh is more than a tourist attraction. More than 6,000 students take part in educational programs every year, and the stewardship program initiatives include monitoring of wildlife populations and habitat conservation. As part of Digital Doors Open, check out their “at home activities” – including nature journaling, how to build a bee hotel, making sweet bannock, playing games, making masks, and much more. The Wye Marsh is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. but you are encouraged to check their website before visiting as some programming is not available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Environment
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

16160 Highway 12 East
Midland, Ontario
Telephone: 705-526-7809
Email: info@wyemarsh.com
www.wyemarsh.com

Architecture

Year built: 1969
Landscape: Conservation area, Landscape, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Simcoe County