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1st Hussars Museum Doors Open London

1st Hussars Museum

The 1st Hussars Museum is located in one of the last remaining original buildings at the Forks of the Thames. The museum illustrates the history of the 1st Hussars militia regiment and those who served during the South African War, the Great War, the Second World War and peacekeeping missions. Over the Doors Open London weekend, to celebrate 20 years of Doors Open London, the museum will digitally tell the story of its involvement with Doors Open as well as the history of the Holly Roller at Victoria Park. In addition, the museum’s website offers several resources for you to explore – including audio clips and photos. Or check their YouTube channel for more information, including the virtual tour of the museum shown below.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-455-4533
Email: tea.granny@sympatico.ca
www.first-hussars.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880-81
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

427 Wing and Spirit of Flight Aviation Museum Doors Open London

427 Wing and Spirit of Flight Aviation Museum

The 427 Wing Building is a heritage Royal Canadian Air Force Officers Canteen, built in 1941. It is possibly one of the few remaining examples in continuous use. During the Doors Open London weekend, learn about this museum through a virtual tour of the space. Videos will also highlight the historical Second World War context of the importance of the Station Crumlin Flight Training School (1941-45), the present site of London International Airport. Station Crumlin was a local air force training base, one of hundreds across Canada, part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan that trained Canadian and other Commonwealth airmen and women to be pilots and ground crew for missions overseas. As part of Digital Doors Open, be sure to check out their YouTube videos to learn more about the site and its formidable history.

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

Contact info

2155 Crumlin Side Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-455-0430
Email: linda.brimson@yahoo.com
www.427wing.com

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

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

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

Banting House National Historic Site of Canada Doors Open London

Banting House National Historic Site of Canada

Recognized as “the site of the defining moment in the discovery of insulin” by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Banting House – former home of Sir Frederick Banting – became a national historic site in 1997. During the Digital Doors Open London weekend, visitors will be able to participate in an augmented reality experience outdoors in Sir Frederick Banting Square. Exhibits include Banting as an Artist, the Flame of Hope, Major Sir Frederick Banting and the Second World War, and The Birth of an Idea. Once each hour during the Digital Doors Open London weekend, using Facebook Live, Banting House will host a brief virtual tour of specific exhibits and a question-and-answer session. More Digital Doors Open content includes intriguing online exhibits, fun and interactive online puzzles (share your record time on social media and challenge your friends), and the popular Heritage Minute video (see below).

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Boyd Heritage Museum Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Boyd Heritage Museum

The Boyd Heritage Museum in Bobcaygeon was founded to collect and exhibit information and artifacts related to the history of Bobcaygeon and the family of Mossom Boyd, the lumber baron whose business activities shaped the history of the village beginning in the mid-19th century. Explore the museum from home through their new virtual tour. The museum is also open for in-person visits. Please visit their website as the hours may change seasonally.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

21 Canal Street East
Bobcaygeon, Ontario
https://theboydmuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1889
Architect: John Belcher
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Brain and Mind Institute Doors Open London

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Brain and Mind Institute

The Brain and Mind Institute is recognized as one of the world’s leading research institutes in cognitive neuroscience. Researchers here aim to understand how the brain allows us to make sense of what we see and hear, remember the past and plan for the future, communicate our thoughts to others, choose goals, plan actions and carry those actions out. Powerful imaging tools allow researchers to observe the human brain at work. For the Doors Open London weekend, they will offer a live virtual demo on September 18 at 1 p.m. through Zoom (Meeting ID: 940 0592 8570 Passcode: 865086), as well as a virtual tour of the research facilities. Come learn about the exciting discoveries that are being made about the brain! And, for Digital Doors Open, be sure to check out their YouTube playlist to learn more about the institute and their mind-boggling research.

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

Contact info

1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario
Email: laura.gonzalez@uwo.ca
www.uwo.ca/bmi

Architecture

Year built: 2018
Architect: Cannon Design
Architectural style: Art moderne
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Burlington Public Library, Central Branch Doors Open Burlington

Burlington Public Library, Central Branch

The Burlington Public Library (BPL) belongs to everyone in this community. The BPL has six full-service branches and a rural lending location that offer welcoming spaces where visitors can explore, discover, reflect, learn, improve, create and connect with others. For Digital Doors Open, watch the video below and join BPL staff for a unique virtual tour of the library. In addition, check out their free online resources (everything from genealogical resources to digital newspapers and online book clubs) as well as a large offering of online programs and events for all ages.

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Burlington

Bytown Museum: Commissariat Building Doors Open Ottawa

Bytown Museum: Commissariat Building

Ottawa’s oldest stone building, the Commissariat, was built in 1827 as a storehouse during the construction of the Rideau Canal. It was commissioned by Colonel By and built by labourers under the direction of stonemason and founder of New Edinburgh Thomas Mackay. The limestone used to build the Commissariat’s 0.8-metre-thick (2.5-foot-thick) walls was quarried locally, and the symmetrical placement of its doors and windows provide a wonderful example of the Georgian architectural style. Its three floors and attic were used to house building materials, and to provide living quarters to officials onsite, revealed by the presence of a Rumford-style fireplace in the third-floor offices. On the first floor, the heavily fortified vault kept black powder, alcohol rations and the money used to pay the workers and soldiers. Over the years, the Commissariat has had many landlords but, in 1951, the keys were handed to the Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa (WCHSO). Now the Historical Society of Ottawa, the WCHSO made the Commissariat the new home of the Bytown Museum, Ottawa’s oldest community museum, in 1917. The Commissariat underwent a major Parks Canada restoration and renovation in the 1980s to help repair damage and to reinforce the building’s structure, as seen by the inclusion of metal braces and additional wooden beams on the third floor. As part of your Digital Doors Open experience, you can 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 building 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 January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Doors Open Waterloo Region

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 January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

Canada Council Art Bank Doors Open Ottawa

Canada Council Art Bank

The Canada Council Art Bank makes contemporary artwork available to the public across the country through its Art Rental and Exhibitions and Outreach programs. With more than 17,000 artworks by over 3,000 artists, the site is home to the largest collection of contemporary Canadian art in the world – housing paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and prints by emerging and established artists, including a significant number of artworks by Indigenous and racialized artists. This year, because of COVID-19, the Art Bank offers a virtual tour only (see the video below). As this tour shows, a curated selection of pieces leads from the entrance into the viewing room. Then, you can head into each of the five bays of presentation racks to experience the works first-hand and engage directly with the collection. A favourite stop on the tour is the sculpture area. As part of Digital Doors Open, you can explore their collection or some of their rotating exhibits. Read more about their programs and activities on their blog or follow them on social media. And check out their Art Rental program, which remains available even during the pandemic.

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Canada Life Doors Open London

Canada Life

Canada Life (formerly known as London Life) has a long history and deep roots in the London community. As the presenting sponsor of Doors Open London since 2001, they are honoured to celebrate 20 years of history, culture and heritage in the Forest City. For the Doors Open London weekend, join the activities and take a virtual tour of their London head office, showcasing a few special places and objects along the way.

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

Contact info

255 Dufferin Avenue
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-435-4991, ext. 4991
www.canadalife.com

Architecture

Year built: 1926
Architect: John M. Moore and Company
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Canadian Conservation Institute (Canadian Heritage Information Network) Doors Open Ottawa

Canadian Conservation Institute (Canadian Heritage Information Network)

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), special operating agencies within the Department of Canadian Heritage, were created in 1972 to advance and promote the conservation of Canada’s heritage collections. The CCI is focused on moving conservation forward through science and practice. It helps heritage institutions care for and share their collections both here in Canada and abroad. The CHIN offers valuable collections management resources to the Canadian museum community and online public access to millions of collections records. The building they occupy houses over 20 laboratories that are used for conservation and research. It also has a library, metal workshop, wood workshop, photography studio – with an industrial radiography laboratory – and over 100 offices. Visitors will note the eccentric figure that sites atop the front entrance of the building, known as “Captain Conservation.” This imposing fibreglass sculpture tells an interesting story. CCI conservator Andrew Todd came across the sculpture in an Ottawa junkyard in the early 1980s. When Todd left the CCI, he left “the Captain” behind. In the early 1990s, however, then-Director General Charles Gruchy bought the statue from Todd for $1, making the Captain the CCI’s official mascot. During the statue’s restoration, a time capsule was placed in its cement base. The capsule is scheduled to be opened in 2042. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the CCI through the video below and learn more about this fascinating site.

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

Contact info

1030 Innes Road
Ottawa, Ontario
www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute.html

Architecture

Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Doors Open London

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

This one-of-a-kind museum is now housed in what was the original factory for Kellogg's Canada, a long-time London landmark that has been transformed into a 92,900-square-metre (1 million-square-foot) leading tourist destination. During the Doors Open London weekend, explore fascinating stories on their new website that feature ground-breaking medical research. Watch a video or read about over 130 remarkable Canadians and their contributions to medicine and health care in Canada and around the world. Enjoy watching their recording of the 2020 Induction Ceremony. And, as part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about their Laureates through online puzzles and games. Search their database and meet the Laureates. And subscribe to their informative and fascinating podcast (Season 2 now available).

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

Contact info

100 Kellogg Lane
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-488-2003
Email: cmhf@cdnmedhall.org
www.cdnmedhall.org

Architecture

Year built: 1913; 1986
Architect: Albert Khan
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Canadian Museum of Nature Doors Open Ottawa

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Canadian Museum of Nature

The official name of the Canadian Museum of Nature building is the Victoria Memorial Museum Building. Most of the exhibitions and programs are offered here. This museum is proud to reside in the first building in Canada created to house a national museum. It is a national historic site and the birthplace of Canada's national museums. The Victoria Memorial Museum Building's chief architect and designer, David Ewart, created a fanciful castle-like structure that has been described as Scottish baronial in design. Ewart's structures reflect the Romanesque and medieval styles of Europe, with a combination of Tudor and Gothic features. The massing and interior articulation of the building are influenced by the beaux-arts style, which stressed symmetrical, axial plans. The architecture was intended to mirror the Centre Block of Canada's original Parliament Buildings, one mile due north of the museum's site. Despite the influence of European styles, the building is firmly rooted in Canadian reality. It is one of the first public buildings to incorporate into its design animals and plants found in Canada – in windows, exterior walls and interior embellishments, as well as the two carved moose heads that guard the main entrance. Renewal of the museum was completed and the renovated museum building was celebrated on May 22, 2010 – the International Day for Biological Diversity. The Queen dedicated the new glass tower, called the Queens' Lantern, named for both Victoria and Elizabeth II. As part of Digital Doors Open, take the self-guided online tour, search their digital collections or explore the many online exhibits. Get started by taking the highlights tour shown below or here. Or explore the juxtaposition of music and nature with nature-inspired musical performances.

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

Contact info

240 McLeod Street
Ottawa, Ontario
https://nature.ca

Architecture

Architect: David Ewart
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Cancer Research Labs at The Ottawa Hospital Doors Open Ottawa

Cancer Research Labs at The Ottawa Hospital

The Ottawa Hospital is a world leader in cancer research, with basic and clinical researchers working together to improve our understanding of cancer, to develop new therapies, and to determine how best to prevent and diagnose this disease. The cancer research labs at The Ottawa Hospital are beside the clinics where cancer patients come for tests and treatments. Passing cancer patients on their way to the lab inspires our researchers to continue their important work. In addition, the proximity to cancer physicians makes it easier to collaborate on projects, leading to stronger research and better care. The cancer research labs are also home to the Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre Virus Manufacturing Facility. The highly trained staff in this state-of-the-art facility specialize in making viruses and other biotherapeutics for clinical trials. Viruses are a key ingredient in many vaccines, including some novel vaccine candidates for COVID-19 that the facility is helping to manufacture. Another of the facility’s specialties is oncolytic, or cancer-killing, viruses. These modified viruses infect and kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells. They also stimulate the body’s own immune system to recognize and attack the cancer. For Digital Doors Open, take the video tour below to see some of the steps that researchers take to make these cancer-killing viruses.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

501 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario
www.ohri.ca/Programs/cancer_therapeutics/default.asp

Architecture

Building type: Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

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.

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  • 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

Chaudière Falls (Portage Power) Doors Open Ottawa

Chaudière Falls (Portage Power)

Chaudière Falls is a subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holdings Inc. and is a 29-megawatt hydroelectric facility that feeds into the provincial grid and powers 20,000 homes with clean, renewable energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 115,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year. Built entirely below ground, this facility was designed to have minimal-to-zero impacts on the visual, natural and aquatic environments. To ensure safe fish passage through the facility, they have incorporated leading technological solutions to protect migrating American eel, endangered under the Ontario Endangered Species Act (ESA). In addition, there are new spawning beds being built downstream to promote the recovery efforts associated with sturgeon (also endangered under the ESA). Chaudière Falls is home to Canada’s oldest hydroelectric station still in operation. It was responsible for lighting Ottawa’s streets with electricity and fuelled the industrial explosion of the mid-1800s by providing water power for the vast complex of lumber mills that once occupied the shoreline of the Ottawa River. The new site offers safe viewing platforms and greater public access in the form of a defined corridor on the roof of the new below-grade hydro facility. A new bridge across the intake canal is open for pedestrian and cyclist traffic. Using a restorative philosophy, they are maintaining elements of the city’s industrial past, including refurbishing the site’s oldest buildings that survived the Great Fire of 1900. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Chaudière Falls has remained closed to school and general public tours, but you can – as part of Digital Doors Open – enjoy a virtual tour below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

4 Booth Street
Ottawa, Ontario
https://chaudierefalls.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa Doors Open Ottawa

Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa

The parish of Christ Church Bytown was established in 1832 on unceded Algonquin territory. In 1872, architect King Arnoldi completed construction of a bigger church in the English Gothic style to harmonize with the new Parliament buildings. Named the Cathedral of the Diocese in 1897, it continues to nurture faith in creative and traditional ways, and is often used for ecumenical, interfaith and state events. The cathedral offers soaring ceilings and pointed windows, drawing attention heavenward while every line seems to point to the altar. In between, in small details and great windows, key aspects of the Christian story are told. Features include the bell tower, home to the 234-kilogram (516-pound) bronze bell cast for the original church in 1839. Having celebrated the creation of Canada on July 1, 1867, the bell continues to ring for services today. The carved wooden reredos behind the altar reflects the motto of the cathedral. The Chapel of Reconciliation includes the Cross of Nails and represents the call to reconciliation with God, between people and with the created order. This chapel also recognizes the cathedral’s role as the Cathedral to the Anglican Military Ordinariate of the Canadian Forces. The magnificent west window was commissioned to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the founding of Christ Church Bytown. Filling the lower portion of the window, crowds of people represent the diversity of the population served by Christ Church over the years. At the top, Christ the King holds the cathedral safe in his arms. The cathedral mice offer young and old a whimsical perspective from their unique hiding places in the stained glass. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the cathedral below. You can also participate in livestream services (check their website).

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

414 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario
www.ottawacathedral.ca

Architecture

Architect: King Arnoldi
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Church of St. Bartholomew Doors Open Ottawa

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Church of St. Bartholomew

St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church was established in 1867 by a small number of households living in the newly formed community of New Edinburgh. The building was designed by architect Thomas Seaton Scott on land donated by the estate of canal-builder and pioneer industrialist Thomas MacKay, founder of New Edinburgh and first occupant of Rideau Hall. His son-in-law, Thomas C. Keefer, a civil engineer and businessman, was one of the founders of the parish as well as of the village of Rockcliffe Park. The church is built of local limestone and is a designated heritage building. An active place of worship and concert venue today, its history is closely intertwined with that of the local community, the city of Ottawa and the nation. Artifacts and windows remind us of those connections. Particularly striking is the stained-glass window behind the altar. The East Window, unveiled in 1919, is the only work in North America by renowned Irish artist Wilhelmina Geddes. It commemorates staff members of the Duke of Connaught, Canada’s 10th Governor General, who was killed in the First World War. The window, in An Túr Gloine style, depicts a fallen soldier being welcomed into heaven by other warrior-saints. Against the west wall stands the magnificent Létourneau organ. Installed in 2013, the first pipe organ in Ottawa for a generation, it boasts 17 stops and over 1,000 pipes. Many of the plaques, tablets, fittings and other objects – including the lectern and font – are memorials to clergy, parishioners and individuals associated with the church. Heraldic shields bearing the coats of arms of Canada’s Governors General point to the close links to that office. The church is the regimental chapel of the Governor General’s Foot Guards. Two stands of regimental colours are displayed. For Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the church through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

125 MacKay Street
Ottawa, Ontario
www.stbartsottawa.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1867
Architect: Thomas Seaton Scott
Building type: Historical landmark, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Clearpath Robotics Doors Open Waterloo Region

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 January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

CNIB Community Hub Doors Open London

CNIB Community Hub

The London CNIB Community Hub is a space that provides a heartbeat for the community, transforming the community into a beacon of accessibility and inclusion. Londoners who are blind or partially sighted connect with each other to learn and share information while they live, play, work, learn and use tech. With many innovative programs, resources and stories, the London Hub invites you to experience all that they offer. During Digital Doors Open, decode this braille message. Explore products that are helping people impacted by sight loss to read books, travel independently, participate in sports and more. Learn more about guide dogs and how they assist people with sight loss to live independently. Take an online tour of the site (see below) to hear program leads talk about how the CNIB assists with building confidence, expanding skills and providing opportunities to fully participate in life. And watch this pre-recorded question-and-answer session.

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

Contact info

171 Queens Avenue, Suite 101 (enter off Richmond Street)
London , Ontario
Telephone: 519-685-8420, ext. 5150
Email: LondonCommunityHub@cnib.ca
www.cnib.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

CSS Building Inc. Doors Open Ottawa

CSS Building Inc.

In 1960, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) built a satellite communications station (SATCOM) at this location. It supports a 20.7-metre (68-foot) diameter metal space frame radar dome (radome) on its roof, which provides environmental protection for the 15.2-metre (50-foot) diameter SATCOM antenna that it houses. The antenna provided satellite communications between all NATO countries until 1999 when NATO and the DND decommissioned the site. That same year, it was purchased by Canadian Space Services Ltd. to serve as its corporate headquarters and training ground for employees. Today, it is owned by the CSS Building, which rents interior space to various local businesses. The two-hectare (five-acre) property currently has four domes on it that vary in size from three metres (10 feet) in diameter to 20.7 metres (68 feet) in diameter. A guided tour inside the building allows visitors to see inside the antenna to view a section of wave guide and the servo motors. Tours around the grounds and inside the building are available by appointment only. For Digital Doors Open, however, anyone can take a virtual tour through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2336 Craig Side Road
Carp, Ontario
www.cssbuilding.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1960
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

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.

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  • 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 January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Richmond Hill

Dickinson House Museum Doors Open Ottawa

Dickinson House Museum

Dickinson House, along with Watson’s Mill and an associated carriage shed, form the core of Dickinson Square, an enclave of heritage buildings in the historical centre of Manotick. In 1858, Moss Kent Dickinson and his business partner Joseph Currier leased water power rights at the site and built a milling complex. By the time Dickinson became sole owner in 1863, there were mills to grind grain into flour, saw lumber and card wool. In later years, wool fabric and stoppers for barrels were also produced. In 1867, Dickinson constructed the 2½-storey clapboard house that still stands facing the grist mill. Originally used as mill offices and a general store, the house became the Dickinson family home in 1870. They lived in the house for 60 years and were followed by two subsequent mill-owning families – the Spratts (1931-48) and the Watsons (1948-72). Furnished in the Victorian manner, Dickinson House and its costumed guides are happy to welcome you and share the history of the house and its times. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the site.

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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: Moss Kent Dickinson
Building type: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 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

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 January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Downtown Lindsay Virtual Tour Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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 January 1 – Friday December 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 January 1 – Friday December 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: Regency
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

Eldon House Doors Open London

Eldon House

Virtually unchanged since the 19th century, Eldon House is London’s oldest residence. It contains family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures from the Harris Family. Eldon House is a historical site in downtown London that has been preserved and maintained since 1960, when it was donated to the City of London. It was home to four generations of the Harris family; it is an excellent example of Georgian and regency architectural styles and its gardens are considered among the most beautiful in the city. For more information, visit their website or call 519-661-5169. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore the site’s timeline to learn more about the history of the place. Discover their interactive maps to gain insight about the house and gardens, and spend some time meeting the family. And check out the videos on their social media channels.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

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

Elsie Perrin Williams Estate Doors Open London

Elsie Perrin Williams Estate

This beautiful manor house and property was bequeathed to the City of London in 1936 by Elsie Perrin Williams, the heiress to a biscuit manufacturer. The property includes lands along the river and land once used as a private golf course. This Spanish colonial house features stuccoed walls, a red-tiled roof, wrought-iron balconies, beamed ceilings, glazed tile fireplaces and a great hall that was added in the 1920s. The building is managed today by the Heritage London Foundation. This Doors Open London, experience this property through a video production featuring drone footage of the extensive property surrounding the manor, followed by a historical tour of the inside of the house where you will hear the story of its original owners. The house was one of the first sites to ever participate in Doors Open London, and you can learn more about the 20-year history of the event through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

101 Windermere Road West
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-432-6620
Email: bookings@heritagelondonfoundation.ca
https://heritagelondonfoundation.ca/elsie-perrin-williams-estate

Architecture

Year built: 1916-1917
Architect: John Moore
Architectural style: Arts and crafts
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

Enriched Bread Artists (EBA) Doors Open Ottawa

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Enriched Bread Artists (EBA)

Enriched Bread Artists (EBA) is a not-for-profit collective of visual artists working in a range of media and techniques. The collective was formed in 1992 by graduates of the University of Ottawa looking for studio space and an artistic community beyond university. EBA members have changed over time and, today, EBA artists come from all over the world. The group’s name refers to the former bread factory where the co-operatively run studios are located. Designed by Sydney Comber, a dairy and bakery specialist, the Standard Bread bakery was built in 1924. It was founded by Cecil Morrison and Dick Lamothe. Designated a heritage site by the City of Ottawa in 2020, the building is one of the few remaining light-industrial buildings left in Ottawa. The Enriched Bread Artists’ studios are now home to contemporary artists who continue to sustain the Ottawa art’s scene. The building’s past as a place to produce bread, and its present as a place to produce art, is of interest. Art, like bread, sustains and stimulates society. During Doors Open Ottawa, they will be highlighting the historical features of the building and its current use. At the end of October, EBA artists will present their annual “Open Studio,” a time when studios will be open to the public to share their work and vision with the Ottawa community, and beyond. 2021 marks the 29th anniversary of Enriched Bread Artists. For Digital Doors Open, check out their virtual tours (2020and 2021). Or watch the video below to see how art has kept EBA alive throughout the pandemic.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

951 Gladstone Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
www.enrichedbreadartists.com

Architecture

Year built: 1924
Architect: Sydney Comber
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open

Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa (Roger Guindon Hall) Doors Open Ottawa

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Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa (Roger Guindon Hall)

Welcome to the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine, the first and largest bilingual medical faculty in Canada. Learners here have access to state-of-the art facilities and specialized institutions as they learn alongside world-class physicians and scientists. The school offers top-quality accredited programs in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, as well as diverse topics for graduate and postdoctoral studies, and a specialized undergraduate degree in translational and molecular medicine. Nationwide, they rank among the top five medical schools for research intensity and impact. As a faculty, they generate approximately $130-140 million per year in research funding from provincial, federal and international sources, and are among the top faculties of medicine in the world for research impact in biomedical and health sciences. Located in the nation’s capital, they are part of a vast network of health practitioners, policy-makers and leaders with national and international influence. They are proudly partnered with five distinguished local academic health science centres: The Ottawa Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Hôpital Montfort, The Royal and Bruyère Continuing Care. In 2020, the school celebrated their 75th anniversary – and have graduated more than 5,000 medical doctors and trained over 7,000 residents. For Digital Doors Open, travel in the footsteps of these students and faculty by enjoying this virtual tour of the medical school.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

451 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario
https://med.uottawa.ca

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility, Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open

Fairfields Heritage House Doors Open Ottawa

Fairfields Heritage House

An impressive 19th-century Gothic revival farmhouse, Fairfields Heritage House represents the homestead and community building legacy of the Bell family. Originally built on 267 hectares (660 acres) of farmland, Fairfields was home to five generations of the Bell family, starting when William Bell purchased the land in 1823. A Georgian-style farmhouse was constructed on the site between 1842 and 1851. Sadly, this original home was razed during the great Carleton fire of 1870. Lakeview Farm, as it was originally named, was rebuilt in 1871-72 using the Gothic revival style that was popular at the time. As a museum, Fairfields Heritage House tells the story of nearly 200 years of rich, local history and the people who helped shape the evolution of the area through farming, community involvement, politics and law. Beautiful green lawns surround the house and are an invitation to spend leisure time here. With a gazebo, gardens and statuesque trees, the space is perfect for picnics, exploration and family-friendly activities. For Digital Doors Open, explore the house through this Matterport tour.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

3080 Richmond Road
Ottawa, Ontario
https://ottawa.ca/fairfields

Architecture

Year built: 1871-72
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Fanshawe Pioneer Village Doors Open London

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

This museum is an early example of the museum type known as a “pioneer village,” initially developed in mid-20th century Ontario by conservation authorities. During the Doors Open London weekend, enjoy virtual tours of areas that are otherwise out-of-bounds for visitors. Not all things are as they appear. Learn about some of their most frequently-asked-about artifacts. Gather for tales from the staff about their experiences working at the village. For Digital Doors Open, explore their Online Collections Database, wander the Virtual Village (complete with audio tours) and discover their online exhibit Tools of the Trade and their Museum at Home videos (including the one shown below) where you can learn how to live (and cook!) like a pioneer. You can always see and learn more through their extensive YouTube video playlists.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2609 Fanshawe Park Road East (enter at 1424 Clarke Road)
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-457-1296
Email: info@fanshawepioneervillage
www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1959
Architect: Wilfrid Jury
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

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

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 January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

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

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

Contact info


Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa Doors Open Ottawa

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First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa

The Ottawa Unitarian Association was formed in 1898, with the first church built at the corner of Elgin and Lewis streets. In 1967, the congregation moved to its current location on Cleary Avenue. Constructed in 1967, this beautiful building is memorable for its soaring spire and the beauty of its interior design. Upon entering the main doors, visitors are welcomed into the sanctuary, which features tall ceilings of red cedar and an expanse of windows that overlook nature. Its architect, James B. Craig, won second place in an annual city design contest run by the Ottawa chapter of the Ontario Association of Architects. First Unitarian Ottawa has a variety of bright, open spaces that can be used for concerts and personal ceremonies. It also shares its space with various other non-profits. The 1.8-hectare (4.5-acre) parcel of land overlooks the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and the Ottawa River, and the grounds include the beautiful Meditation Gardens (an Ontario Communities in Bloom award-winner), Unitarian House (senior’s residence) and River Parkway Children’s Centre. To learn more about this property during Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

30 Cleary Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
www.firstunitarianottawa.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1967
Architect: James B. Craig
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

Freeman Station Doors Open Burlington

Freeman Station

The Burlington Grand Trunk Railway Station, more commonly known as Freeman Station, was built in 1906 to replace the original two-storey Great Western Railroad station (built circa 1850), which burnt down in 1904. Until its closing in 1988, Freeman Station was a hub of activity for Burlington and the surrounding area, transporting both passengers and freight. Management and restoration of the Station was undertaken by community volunteers, now incorporated as the Friends of Freeman Station. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below and step into Burlington's past with the Friends of Freeman Station. Diorama Director, Ken Taylor, shows how Freeman Station volunteers have brought 1920s Burlington back to life with a large diorama located in the station's basement.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1285 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
www.freemanstation.ca

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Burlington

French Embassy in Canada Doors Open Ottawa

French Embassy in Canada

The French Embassy is an example of 1930s art deco, built primarily of materials from Quebec and France. In this building, which was inaugurated in 1939, highlights include the Salon de l’hon. George W. Vari (formerly the Birch Bark Room), a replica of the Vimy memorial, bronze decorations by André Bizette-Lindet, a fresco by Alfred Courmes and historical wall engravings. Due to COVID-19, the building remains closed to the public. An exhibition on Sussex Drive, however, will give you more information on this iconic building. In addition, as part of Digital Doors Open, you can take a virtual tour here.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

42 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
https://ca.ambafrance.org/-English-

Architecture

Year built: 1930s
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

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

Goulbourn Museum Doors Open Ottawa

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Goulbourn Museum

Built in 1872, the building currently known as the Goulbourn Museum was the Town Hall of Goulbourn Township. Despite being the size of a one-room schoolhouse, this popular community hub was home to council meetings, parties and dances. The adjacent History Centre building was constructed in 1961 and was the former clerk building. It is now used to store the museum’s artifact collection, as office space and to hold meetings and research appointments. The museum is located just south of Stittsville at Stanley’s Corners, and is home to interactive and hands-on exhibitions– including the All the Woods & Waters exhibit, which explores the colonization of Goulbourn Township, The Village General Store where visitors dress up, shop or barter for supplies, and SCORCHED: The Great Fire of 1870, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the fire that had devastating consequences for Goulbourn Township. Goulbourn Museum shares the story of the former township by collecting, preserving, displaying and interpreting local artifacts. The museum cares for 10,000 artifacts and a 40,000-piece archaeological collection. Goulbourn Museum is pleased to partner with Doors Open Ottawa 2021 to host virtual behind-the-scenes tours of their collections in storage. In addition to virtual tours of the collections, museum staff are excited to share ongoing digitization efforts and a preview of the Fall 2021 virtual exhibition. For more Digital Doors Open fun, explore their extensive Museum at Home programming, which includes a virtual escape room, virtual tours, heritage driving tours and educator resources.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2064 Huntley Road
Ottawa, Ontario
https://goulbournmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1872
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

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

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology National Historic Site

The Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology is located in Hamilton’s first public waterworks, which was completed in 1859. The complex is the only intact mid-19th-century waterworks surviving in North America with its major buildings preserved – the pumphouse, boilerhouse, chimney and woodshed. The pumphouse contains two 70-ton beam engines (built in Dundas) – the oldest in Canada in their original location. One of these engines is still in operation powered by an electric motor. The grand scale and detail of the complex reflect a civic pride characteristic of mid-19th century Hamilton. The pumphouse and boilerhouse were built in the Italianate style of rusticated limestone with classical details and round arched and bull’s-eye windows. The 46-metre (150-foot) chimney was constructed with a brick shaft on a stone pedestal. The Hamilton Waterworks is a living museum that interprets through its buildings and exhibitions the history of 19th-century Victorian waterworks and steam engine technology. It became a National Historic Site in 1977. During Digital Doors Open, witness the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution. 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 January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Hamilton Road Tree Trunk Tour Doors Open London

Hamilton Road Tree Trunk Tour

To help celebrate 20 years of Doors Open London, experience the virtual version of Hamilton Road’s Tree Trunk Tour! Alternatively, you can drive the entire 5.6 kilometres (3.5 miles) or do the smaller walking version (1 kilometre/0.6 miles) as both are safe and COVID friendly. You will be introduced to each of the 26 sculptures and benches with video introductions and links to each as you see and hear the stories showcasing what they mean, what kind of trees were used, and which sculptors created each one. In between, you will learn about the rich history of Hamilton Road and the historical buildings that are an integral part of their tours. In addition, as part of Digital Doors Open, visit their website to download a colouring book and tour map, take a virtual tour or watch a video. Experience London’s best-kept secret. The Hamilton Road Tree Trunk Tour is something that you’ll never forget!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

Tour starts at 525 Hamilton Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-282-8348
Email: dave@hamroad.com
http://hamroad.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Hutton House Doors Open London

Hutton House

Hutton House provides services for youth and adults with disabilities – offering creative arts classes, fitness classes and other recreational opportunities. As part of Digital Doors Open, there are several activities to enjoy. Watch some of their videos, which include a building tour, pottery demonstrations, craft workshops and the history of Hutton House. Or explore their virtual arts programs, their at-home fitness programs, or browse back issues of their newsletter. As they join us in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Doors Open London, learn more about what Hutton House does and how they contribute to the community!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

654 Wonderland Road North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-472-6381
Email: hhservices@huttonhouse.com
www.huttonhouse.com

Architecture

Year built: 1986
Building type: Commercial, Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

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

Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards Doors Open Ottawa

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Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards

Bayview Yards is Ottawa’s one-stop business acceleration shop, bringing together innovators, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, investors and community members. Constructed from 1941 to 1947 for the City of Ottawa, City Works Building #4 was established as part of a broader building complex on Bayview Road. During this era, this municipal works building housed key operational and storage capabilities for the City, including machinery storage and repair shops, stables, offices and stock rooms. Although City Works yards featured many buildings during this period, most of these facilities have been demolished. City Works Building #4 is a reinforced concrete construction building with brick panels that embodies modern industrial style architecture. Popular in Canada from the 1940s to the 1970s, this architecture is characterized by modular square or rectangular forms, plain unadorned surfaces, and large windows that sit within reinforced concrete or a steel frame. The former City Works Building exemplifies this style with masonry panels, flat roof and large windows. This building comprises a one-storey central pavilion with flanking two-storey wings. The east wing of the facility is clad in red brick with large multi-pane, single-glazed windows in steel frames. The east elevation of the building is defined by four large service bays with hinged wooden tongue-and-groove doors. The south and east elevations feature loading docks adorned with wooden garage doors that feature rows of windows. The south elevation also dons the landmark name City of Ottawa Workshops on the concrete band that runs along the top of the building. For Digital Doors Open, explore this site through this virtual tour.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

Bayview Station Road
Ottawa, Ontario
https://bayviewyards.org

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Innovation Works Doors Open London

Innovation Works

The 20th anniversary of Doors Open London in 2021 coincides with the 20th anniversary of Pillar Nonprofit Network and the 5th anniversary of Pillar's move to Innovation Works! To celebrate these milestones, as part of Digital Doors Open, visitors will be able to choose from a suite of digital offerings that connect the building's heritage to its present use and to these commemorations – including a gallery of historical photos, a video of the site renovation, and a video tour of the facility, led by volunteers and co-tenants, which connects specific sites in the building to their historical context and their present-day use. Also as part of Digital Doors Open, join one of their online events or follow them on their blog.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

201 King Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-433-7876, ext. 235
Email: pseale@pillarnonprofit.ca
www.innovationworkslondon.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Ireland House Museum Doors Open Burlington

Ireland House Museum

Built between 1835-37, Ireland House at Oakridge Farm was home to four generations of the Ireland family until 1985. In 1987, the City of Burlington purchased the property from the estate of Lucie Marie Ireland Bush and established a museum here, restoring the homestead to illustrate three distinct time periods that represent the generations of Irelands who lived in the house: the 1850s, 1890s and 1920s. For Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to go behind the scenes of Ireland House Museum with the Museums of Burlington's Curator Chris Selman. Learn about how many artifacts are on display in the historical home and where we keep the other artifacts that are in storage! In addition, there are online galleries to explore, school programs and resources (including education kits, home-school programs and virtual field trips), virtual “badge” programs (based on the Girl Guides and Scouts), lectures, a mix of in-person and virtual kids’ camps, and a variety of both in-person and virtual events.

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
Telephone: 905-332-9888
Email: museuminfo@burlington.ca
http://museumsofburlington.ca

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Burlington

Jet Aircraft Museum Doors Open London

Jet Aircraft Museum

Come and virtually visit this one-of-a-kind museum. The Jet Aircraft Museum combines the creation and operation of a museum, housing aircraft, historical artifacts, records and memorabilia, while also participating in major aviation events across Canada. Over the Doors Open London weekend, along with their online tour, participants will also be able to enjoy talks by a variety of guest speakers. Each speaker will be scheduled at specific times and days over the weekend. Topics will include the education program, working on maintenance projects, learning how to become part of our ground crew, the Red Knight, the Voodoo, flying T33s as part of the RCAF, flying a simulator and more. A special guest host may be included in these special spotlight talks. Also, as part of Digital Doors Open, be sure to check out their Matterport tour to explore the facility, or watch the video below. In addition, learn more about their unique collection of aircraft – including several restoration projects.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2465 Aviation Lane
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-453-7000
Email: info@jetaircraftmuseum.ca
www.jetaircraftmuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

John R. Booth Residence National Historic Site of Canada Doors Open Ottawa

John R. Booth Residence National Historic Site of Canada

The John R. Booth Residence National Historic Site of Canada was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1990 because it is a nationally significant example of the Queen Anne revival style as expressed in domestic architecture. The luxurious house was constructed in 1909 for prominent lumber baron John R. Booth, its corner lot allowing both principal façades to be appreciated independently. When viewed from an angle, balance and harmony is conveyed through the gables of similar design anchored by a tall chimney at the point of intersection. Booth died in 1925 and the house remained in the family until 1947 when it was sold to the Laurentian Club of Ottawa. Trinity Western University acquired the site in 2001 to establish a base for educational programs in Ottawa, and subsequently opened the Laurentian Leadership Centre here in 2002. The exterior of the building is fully finished in brick and the roof is made of copper. Inside the residence, there are 11 public rooms that are each finished with a different variety of wood and handcrafted woodwork. Original tapestries cover the walls, and the residence is adorned with beautiful original stained-glass windows. Seven fireplaces can be found throughout the building, each made of different colours of Italian marble. For Digital Doors Open, tour this beautiful site through a Google Maps virtual tour.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

252 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario
www.twu.ca/academics/laurentian-leadership-centre

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Architect: John W.H. Watts
Architectural style: Queen Anne
Building type: Educational facility, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Joseph Brant Museum Doors Open Burlington

Joseph Brant Museum

In 1798, King George III granted the Mohawk and British army captain land on what’s now known as Burlington Bay for his services to the Crown during the Seven Years War and the American Revolution. The museum was built in recognition of Joseph Brant “Thayendanegea” (1742-1807) as Burlington’s first citizen. Over the years, the museum has undergone a series of transformations. The current museum, which reopened in September 2019 after a significant restoration, features three permanent galleries and a space for travelling exhibitions. The white house atop the hill is an approximate replica of Joseph Brant’s original home, which served as the museum from 1941 to 2017. For Digital Doors Open, watch the video below as Director of Museums, Kimberly Watson, shows us where and how artifacts are stored in the newly built Joseph Brant Museum. Learn how the recently reopened museum has managed to maintain a small carbon footprint while adding 1,115 square metres (12,000 square feet) of space. In addition, there are online galleries to explore, school programs and resources (including education kits, home-school programs and virtual field trips), virtual “badge” programs (based on the Girl Guides and Scouts), lectures, a mix of in-person and virtual kids’ camps, and a variety of both in-person and virtual events.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1240 North Shore Blvd. East
Burlington, Ontario
Telephone: 905-634-3556
Email: museuminfo@burlington.ca
www.museumsofburlington.ca/j

Architecture

Year built: 1937-38; 2018-19
Architect: Chamberlain Architectural Services Limited
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Burlington

Kawartha Settlers' Village Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

85 Dunn Street
Bobcaygeon, Ontario
www.settlersvillage.org

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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 January 1 – Friday December 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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

London City Hall Doors Open London

London City Hall

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the official opening of London’s City Hall. A prominent landmark in London’s downtown core for five decades, City Hall is the symbolic centre of the community’s civic government and administration. On the Doors Open London weekend, join them and learn more about the City Hall's fascinating history, beautiful architecture and intriguing people, events and stories associated with this prominent building through a virtual guided tour.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

300 Dufferin Avenue
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-854-1327
Email: rarmiste@london.ca
www.london.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1971
Architect: Philip Carter Johnson
Architectural style: Modernism

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

London Muslim Mosque Doors Open London

London Muslim Mosque

The London Muslim Mosque is the oldest mosque in Ontario, and the oldest operating mosque in Canada. The first mosque in Canada, Al-Rashid Mosque in Edmonton, has been designated a heritage site, thereby leaving the London Muslim Mosque as the oldest functioning mosque in Canada. During the Doors Open London weekend, learn more about this mosque and the Islamic culture through virtual lectures and storytelling, as well as a digital tour of the mosque.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

151 Oxford Street West
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-439-9451
Email: secretary@londonmosque.ca
www.londonmosque.ca

Architecture

Year built: Original building, 1966; expansion, 2010
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

LondonFuse Doors Open London

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LondonFuse

Building off of the popular London Neighbourhood Histories article series, LondonFuse has adapted the stories of five Forest City neighbourhoods (Old East Village, Woodfield, Hamilton Road, Old North and Midtown) into a digital audiovisual experience for Londoners to enjoy during Doors Open London. My Sister's Place, located in midtown, is one such point of interest that is covered in this tour. Participants can enjoy these tours from home – listening and learning about some of the rich, layered heritage of many of London’s neighbourhoods, the diverse individuals who have lived within them, and the events that have impacted their development. Or, to bring it to life, Londoners can download the audio and listen as they walk through the neighbourhoods for some socially distanced heritage fun!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Start at 566 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-860-8624
Email: info@londonfuse.ca
https://londonfuse.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

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 take a virtual tour of the Lodge Room by watching the short video below.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

35 Tamarack Street
Timmins, Ontario
Email: kaj@geologist.com

Architecture

Year built: 1915
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Museum of Ontario Archaeology Doors Open London

Museum of Ontario Archaeology

There is more than meets the eye at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology. During the Digital Doors Open London weekend, step behind the scenes for a 360-degree tour of the specialized archaeological collections storage and research wing. Learn about the methods used to record and share some of the lesser-known stories about the past and get an exclusive peek at some of the research being conducted in the facility with equipment such as a digital microscope, microCT and 3D scanners. Learn more about how museum staff and researchers bring these fragmented and forgotten pieces of the province's history to light. Also, as part of Digital Doors Open, there are a variety of fascinating online exhibits through Google Arts and Culture, online collections to explore, and extensive e-learning resources that complement the Ontario curriculum for elementary and secondary grades.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1600 Attawandaron Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-473-1360
Email: info@archaeologymuseum.ca
www.archaeologymuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1981
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

National Arts Centre Doors Open Ottawa

National Arts Centre

The National Arts Centre (NAC) is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams – the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre and Popular Music and Variety – and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation. Named after the National Art Centre’s founding general director, G. Hamilton Southam, the largest and most majestic of their four performance halls is Southam Hall. Home to the NAC Orchestra, it’s an ideal venue to support large-scale productions for a variety of performances and events. The Babs Asper Theatre is the NAC’s second-largest performance space, and the main venue for the NAC’s premier theatrical productions and contemporary dance performances. The design of the theatre’s technical system makes it an ideal setting for all types of musical concerts – from intimate chamber ensembles to jazz, rock and pop. The Azrieli Studio was engineered as a black box space, allowing for a more versatile theatrical experience. A variety of performances are presented in this studio, from contemporary theatre to adventurous dance performances to popular concerts. It is also used for corporate seminars and presentations. The National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage is the most intimate. Exceptional sound and lighting, as well as cabaret seating, offer audiences an arms-length viewing experience. Every year, the Fourth Stage hosts hundreds of emerging music concerts, speakers and community events. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore this complex and fascinating site through their virtual tour.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario
http://nac-cna.ca/en

Architecture

Year built: 1969
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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 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!

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

Niagara Parks Power Station Doors Open Niagara Falls

Niagara Parks Power Station

The Niagara Parks Power Station – 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 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. The station 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 through the video below, and relive Fall 2019's special Doors Open event held at the station.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

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

Old Gaol Museum Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Old Gaol Museum

Housed in the former Lindsay Gaol, the Old Gaol Museum tells the story of Lindsay and Kawartha Lakes. It houses a wide range of permanent and temporary exhibitions, and also retains intact portions of the gaol for you to visit. Explore the museum from home through their new virtual tour. The museum is also open for in-person visits. Please check their website for hours as they may change seasonally.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

50 Victoria Avenue North
Lindsay, Ontario
https://www.oldegaolmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1863
Architect: William Storm
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Government building, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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 Legislative Building Doors Open Toronto

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Ontario Legislative Building

Opened in 1893, this impressive Romanesque revival building is the meeting place of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly. Laws are made for all Ontarians in the Chamber, beautifully decorated with hand-crafted carvings and murals. Designed by British-born architect Richard Waite, later additions and changes were made by two of the province’s most significant city builders – E.J. Lennox of Casa Loma fame and George Gouinlock who planned several original buildings on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour to explore this historical building. Register for a variety of free virtual programs and webinars. Or tune in to watch the legislature in action. The parliament building also houses the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite, a working office of the Crown’s representative in Ontario.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Activities and games

Contact info

111 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario
www.ola.org

Architecture

Year built: 1893
Architect: Richard A. Waite
Architectural style: Arts and crafts, Beaux arts, Romanesque revival, Victorian
Building type: Government building
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 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.

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  • 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

Osgoode Township Museum Doors Open Ottawa

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Osgoode Township Museum

In operation since 1973, the Osgoode Township Museum presents the story of Ottawa South’s agricultural and rural heritage. The main museum building is a mid-century two-room schoolhouse built in 1961. It was designed by Balharrie, Helmer & Associates and built by Paul Daoust Construction Ltd. The main museum building is open year-round and houses an eclectic collection of approximately 11,000 artifacts. Visitors to the museum are invited to explore the permanent exhibition gallery, community gallery, research library and gift shop. Open seasonally, the Agricultural Barn provides a home for the vast farming and industrial collection that includes full-sized tractors, plows and combines, as well as handheld farming tools and industrial equipment. The Agricultural Barn was officially opened on August 12, 1989. Visitors are also invited to explore the 1.2-hectare (three-acre) museum grounds and experience the heritage school garden, orchard and playground. New for 2021 will be their dementia-friendly and accessible garden space, with raised beds and plenty of space to rest in the shaded gazebo. A variety of plants in the garden will be used as a sensory tool to help evoke memories, build happy moments for seniors with dementia and community members of all ages. As part of Digital Doors Open, visitors can also enjoy a virtual tour and explore the museum’s online exhibits.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

7814 Lawrence Street
Vernon, Ontario
www.osgoodemuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

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.

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  • 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 this video on the history of library service in Oshawa. 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 regularly hosts programs on local history topics, many of which have been recorded and can be viewed on their YouTube channel. Note: The library is now open to the public, but the Local History Room remains closed.

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  • 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 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.

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  • 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

Ottawa Mission, The Doors Open Ottawa

Ottawa Mission, The

Since 1906, The Ottawa Mission has been serving the homeless, the hungry and the lost by providing food, clothing, shelter and skills. In 2019-20, The Ottawa Mission provided emergency shelter to an average of 197 men each night and served an average of 1,422 meals every day. As the oldest and most progressive homeless shelter in the community, The Ottawa Mission also provides health services, mental health and addiction treatment programs, hospice care, dental services, housing services, educational support, job training, spiritual care and clothing to thousands in need in the Ottawa community. In September 2020, The Ottawa Mission marked the one-millionth hour that the shelter has been in existence since its founding in 1906. In 2019, The Ottawa Mission became a housing-focused shelter – reflective of its commitment to a home for everyone as a human right – with the launch of a new housing department. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the site through the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

35 Waller Street
Ottawa, Ontario
https://ottawamission.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Ottawa Wedding Chapel Doors Open Ottawa

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Ottawa Wedding Chapel

The Ottawa Wedding Chapel was built in 1907, serving its entire church life as a Baptist church. In fact, the full-immersion baptism tank still lies beneath the floor in the archway at the front of the sanctuary. The building features high tin ceilings and plenty of stunning stained glass – even the basement windows. The stained glass features the trinity in floral motif, but otherwise has no overt religious symbols, except for one window featuring a cross that had been replaced in the 1960s or 1970s. The chapel’s curved pews seat approximately 90 people, with room for up to 150. A major renovation was undertaken in 2012-13 that uncovered the wood flooring and brought all of the wood trim back to its original lustre. The ample back yard features flower gardens and a variety of photo-worthy backdrops. The chapel is mainly used for weddings, but it is also available for other rentals, hosting 40-50 events each year. Check out their website and take a virtual tour as part of Digital Doors Open.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

3249 York's Corners Road
Kenmore, Ontario
https://ottawaweddingchapel.org

Architecture

Year built: 1907
Building type: Commercial, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

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.

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  • 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

Richmond Loyal Orange Lodge Doors Open Ottawa

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Richmond Loyal Orange Lodge

The building that houses the Richmond Loyal Orange Lodge was constructed in the mid-19th century when commercial traffic on McBean Street was at its height and the village was bustling. George Brown, a former village reeve, operated a store here in the 1860s. In 1905, the building became the location of the first bank in the village, the Bank of Ottawa. To accommodate the bank’s vault, the right-hand door, which had provided access to the upper levels, was removed and a new entrance was placed on the north side of the building. In 1923, members of Loyal Orange Lodge (#151) purchased the building. Since then, the upper floors have been used for lodge meetings and social gatherings. For a few months in 1924, public school classes were held on the second floor because the school had been destroyed by fire. The upper floors continue to be the site of Lodge meetings and social gatherings, while the first floor has been used for a variety of purposes. At present, it is a tattoo parlour. Constructed by local stone mason James Scott, the building displays most of the general features of classical revival architecture, including a gable roof, quoins (or cornerstones), returned eaves and general symmetry. This stone building also has a full basement, and the exterior walls are 61 centimetres (two feet) thick. An ogee window, with its pointed arched top, is located in the central dormer. A wooden, octagonal cupola is centred on the roof – a common architectural detail of the time. As part of Digital Doors Open, enjoy this virtual tour and explore this unique site.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

3550 McBean Street
Richmond, Ontario
www.richmondheritage.ca/index.php/george-brownbankorange-lodge-building

Architecture

Architect: James Scott

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Rideau Hall (Official Residence of the Governor General of Canada) Doors Open Ottawa

Rideau Hall (Official Residence of the Governor General of Canada)

Rideau Hall has been the official residence of every governor general of Canada since 1867, and their workplace since 1940. It is a National Historic Site with nearly two centuries of history and has become an important gathering place and site of official activities. The villa, which forms the main part of Rideau Hall, was built in 1838 by Thomas MacKay as a home for his family. In 1868, the year following Confederation, the Government of Canada purchased the house and grounds and declared it the official residence of Canada’s governors general. During the mandate of Canada’s third governor general, Lord Dufferin (1872-78), the ballroom and the tent room were built as wings on either side of the front entrance. The tent room was originally designed as both an indoor tennis court and reception room. It is now used for official and ceremonial functions. In 1913, during the tenure of the Duke of Connaught (1911-16), work was completed on the interior entrance hall and the current front entrance. The front entrance features the massive Royal Arms, visible from the driveway and said to be among the largest in the world. Also in 1913, the long gallery was added and the dining room enlarged. Over the years, the grounds, the building and its interiors have evolved to better reflect and reinforce Rideau Hall’s identity as a national symbol. As part of Digital Doors Open, take part in their online interactive tour experience to learn more about Rideau Hall’s main attractions. The tours are offered free of charge, but registration is required. Visit their website for more information.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
www.gg.ca

Architecture

Architect: Thomas McKay
Building type: Government building, Historical landmark, Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, The Doors Open London

Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, The

Located in the Wolseley Barracks, The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum tells the story of Canada’s senior infantry regiment. The museum’s vast collection includes a large variety of artifacts: regimental memorials, silverware, uniforms, medals, original art, weapons, military equipment, archives, musical instruments, etc. An expanded permanent gallery and a gift shop are high-profile attractions. During the Doors Open London weekend, enjoy this video of the 2013 reopening of the museum. There will also be two pre-booked Zoom events (with sign-up required via Eventbrite): a North West Field Force (1885) gallery tour with the gallery's curator on Saturday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m.; and, a First World War Gallery Tour with the museum's public programmer on Sunday September 19 at 5:30p.m. For Digital Doors Open, you can also check out the video below to learn more about this fascinating museum, explore their extensive Digital Education resources, delve into their searchable online collections (including their unique Stories from the Collection series), explore virtual exhibits and subscribe to their informative podcast.

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

Contact info

701 Oxford Street East
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-660-5275, ext. 5015
Email: info@thercrmuseum.ca
www.thercrmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1886-88
Architect: Henry James
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

Saint Matthew and Great Martyr Hristina Church Doors Open Ottawa

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Saint Matthew and Great Martyr Hristina Church

Saint Apostle and Evangelist Matthew Parish was founded in 1981, with the blessing of His Eminence Victorin, Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox Missionary Archdiocese in America and Canada. In April 2010, a piece of land was purchased with the intention of building a new church. The foundation stone was consecrated on June 7, 2015 by His Grace Bishop Ioan Casian, the Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Canada, surrounded by priests and orthodox faithful. Construction began in May 2016 and was completed two years later. It was the first Romanian Orthodox place of worship built in Ottawa after many years of devotion and effort, and it officially opened its doors on May 12, 2018 with a vespers service. In July 2019, the church was adorned with iconostasis and strana carved from dry oak, work executed by the company of Ciprian Stoica from Bacau, Romania. The iconostasis of the church was painted by the painter Liviu Răsteanu from Piatra-Neamț. Holy services have been held by the Very Reverend Father Grigorie Țăpuc since October 2005. Every Sunday, the service is accompanied by the Incognito Choir, a choir that performs exclusively a cappella. As part of Digital Doors Open, visit this church through this virtual tour and learn more about its architecture.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour

Contact info

19 Cordova Street
Nepean, Ontario
https://sfmatei.ca/en

Architecture

Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Secrets of Radar Museum, The Doors Open London

Secrets of Radar Museum, The

Could you keep a secret for 50 years? Located on airport grounds, The Secrets of Radar Museum tells the story of a secret that was kept for 50 years! During the Doors Open London weekend, the museum will present a pre-recorded virtual tour that features the development of radar technology from 1939 to 2021. You will learn how Canadian men and women veterans defended Canada during the Second World War and the Cold War. They will also present the spin-off technologies that we use in our everyday lives. For Digital Doors Open, check out their newest online exhibit: Top Secret War. And don’t miss their #MuseumFromHome video series on YouTube.

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

Contact info

2155 Crumlin Sideroad
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-691-5922
Email: info@secretsofradar.com
www.secretsofradar.com

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 18 – Sunday September 19, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open London

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

Contact info

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

SPAO Centre Doors Open Ottawa

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SPAO Centre

Designed by Hobin Architecture, the new SPAO Centre building officially opened its doors to the public in 2017. A nondescript warehouse underwent a purpose-built renovation, converting it into a photographic arts centre that is now home to Canada’s only two-year photographic arts diploma in Canada. The SPAO (School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa) also hosts numerous evening and weekend part-time classes, a unique international artists’ residency and the only gallery in the national capital region dedicated to lens-based art. Nestled in the heart of Little Italy, SPAO’s purpose-built facility is specifically designed for all levels of photographic techniques. The ground-level and wheelchair-accessible space comprises a large studio/lecture space and gallery, perfect for hosting events of many types. The studio is equipped with industry-standard lighting, camera and support equipment for shooting in a large studio, and a selection of 35mm, medium and large format cameras available to full-time students. SPAO’s multi-station, multi-format darkroom for both silver gelatin and alternative printmaking allows for comprehensive study and technical instruction in historical and alternative photographic processes. On the second floor, the media lab is equipped with inkjet printmaking capabilities, including large-format printers, a drum scanner and flatbed scanners. SPAO prides itself on having one of the largest photobook collections in the Ottawa region, thanks in large part to the generosity and commitment of its community. The SPAO Centre is also home to the Ottawa region's only independent and critical gallery space that is dedicated to photographic and video art. Accompanying the indoor gallery space is the Photo-Synthesis Garden, a unique outdoor exhibition space comprising a custom-built hanging system set up over a large garden bed, pairing the natural world with the created photographic one. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a tour of the space through the video below, or learn more about the SPAO on their website, or explore their latest online exhibit.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

77 Pamilla Street
Ottawa, Ontario
http://spao.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2017
Architect: Hobin Architecture
Building type: Educational facility
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

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

Supreme Court of Canada Doors Open Ottawa

Supreme Court of Canada

Although this building is currently closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it does not mean that it is impossible to obtain a tour. In fact, the remote tour that they have created brings the Supreme Court of Canada to the public. A 45-minute remote tour by one of the court’s guide-interpreters is a unique opportunity to learn about the building, its massive scale and commanding grand entrance hall. The architect Ernest Cormier’s art deco design enhances the natural beauty of the exquisite woods and marble interior. Various topics linked to justice – including the Canadian judicial system, its history and judges through pictures and interesting facts – will be discussed. Visit their website for the tour schedule and to book your Digital Doors Open tour of this fascinating site. Remote tours will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Zoom.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

301 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
www.scc-csc.gc.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1939
Architect: Ernest Cormier
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Courthouse, Government building

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

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

Contact info

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

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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 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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

TSB Engineering Laboratory Doors Open Ottawa

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TSB Engineering Laboratory

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) Engineering Laboratory is located near the Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. The laboratory plays a pivotal role in the investigation of aviation, marine, pipeline and railway occurrences (incidents and accidents) across Canada. Its staff supports lead investigators across the country by investigating whether mechanical, electrical, material, structural or other deficiencies contributed to accidents. Lab experts analyze information from data recorders (black boxes), electronic equipment and field elements, such as photographs and site surveys, to piece together the sequence of events that led to an occurrence. While visiting the lab, you can expect to see equipment used by investigators to examine materials and electronic systems and the flight recorder analysis area, and learn about their animations/reconstructions that can be derived from flight data recorder information or railway accident site survey data. The TSB Lab offers an opportunity to look behind the scenes of transportation safety investigations in Canada. To learn more about this site during Digital Doors Open, watch the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

1901 Research Road
Ottawa, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Government building

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

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, or book a live, interactive virtual tour here. 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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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

University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre Doors Open Ottawa

University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre

The University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC) is a partnership between The Ottawa Hospital and The University of Ottawa and is located at The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus. The uOSSC offers world-class facilities to train the next generation of health-care professionals and it supports current professionals to hone their skills and develop new and innovative procedures. Simulation-based medical education involves a wide range of tools for hands-on training and experience. In addition to education, the uOSSC prioritizes research and development, as well as advancements in teaching practices, equipment and assessment of health professionals, to improve patient outcomes. These facilities include approximately 2,323 square metres (25,000 square feet) of specialized space that includes four state-of-the-art theatre-based simulation rooms. The uOSSC also offers skills training space. These spaces allow trainees to practise many skills, such as intravenous insertion, suturing and intubation. In 2014, the uOSSC began bringing simulation to the point of care with the Simulation Patient Safety Program (SPSP). Using in-situ simulation sessions at the hospital, interprofessional teams of health practitioners can be trained in their own environment. This fosters a culture of patient safety, empowers team members to communicate more effectively, and allows latent safety threats to be identified. When the pandemic hit last year, the uOSSC and SPSP program shifted gears to provide support to The Ottawa Hospital staff as well as other local health-care institutions. This included training sessions for the correct use of personal protective equipment, working with clinical groups to practise and refine changes in clinical protocols for COVID-19 patients, and virtual reality videos for health-care workers and patients. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore their interactive floorplan or take a virtual tour of the site by watching the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

725 Parkdale Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
www.uossc.ca

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility, Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre

Located in the hamlet of Vandorf, the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre preserves the town's rich heritage. During Digital Doors Open, enjoy the museum's virtual exhibition “Archaeology Alive! The Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site in Whitchurch-Stouffville” from the comfort of your home. Access this virtual exhibition here, or learn more about the exhibit's collaborative creation through the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

14732 Woodbine Avenue
Stouffville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-8954
Email: wsmuseum@townofws.ca
www.townofws.ca/museum

Architecture

Year built: 1830-2012
Building type: Attraction, Educational facility, Historical landmark, Historical house, Museum, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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 January 1 – Friday December 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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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