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Archives of Ontario Doors Open Toronto

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Archives of Ontario

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

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1903
Building type: Government building

Dates/hours open

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

Aurora Borealis Orthodontics Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Borealis Orthodontics

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

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

15185 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
www.auroraborealisorthodontics.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

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

Aurora Public Library Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Public Library

Aurora’s public library service began in 1855 with the formation of the Aurora Association for the Diffusion of Helpful Knowledge, later called the Aurora Mechanics’ Institute and Library Association. From these early organizations emerged the Aurora Public Library, now a busy, architecturally modern community hub in the heart of Aurora. While this facility remains closed to the public, there are many Digital Doors Open opportunities available – from virtual science labs (see the sample video below), summer camps, cooking classes, speakers’ series and live-streaming storytelling to a digital bookshelf where you can read, watch listen and learn. Genealogy enthusiasts can also take advantage of the free access to the Library Edition of Ancestry.com. And there’s so much more!

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Brockville Railway Tunnel Doors Open Brockville and Area

Brockville Railway Tunnel

Under Brockville’s downtown core, running 0.5 kilometres (0.3 miles) north and south, is the first railway tunnel built in Canada. Constructed between 1854 and 1860, it allowed the fledgling Brockville and Ottawa Railway to connect the industrial waterfront area to the outlying areas between the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore the various stations of the tunnel through interpretive panels, download their handy information guide, and learn more about Brockville’s railway history through the video below.

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Buxton National Historic Site and Museum Doors Open Chatham-Kent

Buxton National Historic Site and Museum

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

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

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

BYTOWN MUSEUM: Commissariat Building Doors Open Ottawa

BYTOWN MUSEUM: Commissariat Building

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

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: 1827
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

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

Camp X Memorial, Intrepid Park Doors Open Whitby

Camp X Memorial, Intrepid Park

Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, the memorial to Camp X at Intrepid Park is dedicated to the men and women who were employed at the British Security Coordination spy training school and communications centre located here during the Second World War. The buildings associated with the site have been demolished or relocated. The memorial was erected in 1984. Over 500 special agents were trained here to go behind enemy lines and “set Europe ablaze,” as dramatized in CBC Television’s X Company. During Digital Doors Open, do some spy training with site expert Lynn Philip Hodgson (see the video below). Or explore the documentary on this acclaimed spy school. Discover what happened to the site after the war ended – and the fascinating role played by women here. And, students, explore the Camp X photo gallery and download images for school projects. Today, while no buildings remain, you can still visit and evoke this fascinating history.

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Canadian Automotive Museum Doors Open Oshawa

Canadian Automotive Museum

Established in 1963 and housed in a 1920s car dealership, this museum showcases the development of the automobile, with vehicles and artifacts from 1903 to 1999. The “Our Oshawa is Automotive Heritage” video provides a brief introduction while the video below offers more detail. New for 2020 is the Oshawa’s Automotive Community virtual exhibit, which highlights the origins, growth and community impact of Canada’s largest automotive assembly plant. Did you or a family member work at the General Motors Oshawa Assembly Plant? Share your automotive memories with us. Note: The museum is now open by timed-ticket entry purchased online. Expert guides will also be hosting a Fall Downtown Walking Tour on September 12 at 11 a.m. to bring to life the people and places that made Oshawa “Canada’s Motor City.”

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: 1920
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

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

Canadian Canoe Museum Doors Open Peterborough

Canadian Canoe Museum

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

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, Ontario
www.canoemuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

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

Canadian War Museum Doors Open Ottawa

Canadian War Museum

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

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

Contact info

1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario
www.warmuseum.ca

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

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

Downtown Lindsay Virtual Tour Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Downtown Lindsay Virtual Tour

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

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

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

Elora Gorge Doors Open Elora and Fergus

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Elora Gorge

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

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

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. Since the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Program launched in 2014, over 30 artists have completed residencies here. Meet one of the artists below.

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

Contact info

1 Meadowcliffe Drive
Toronto, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/dmair

Architecture

Year built: 1940
Architect: Forest Tefler/Doris McCarthy
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden, Trail

Dates/hours open

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

Fort William National Historic Site Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Fort William National Historic Site

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

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Harry Kirk Archives and Records Centre Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Harry Kirk Archives and Records Centre

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

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Hillary House and Koffler Museum of Medicine Doors Open Aurora

Hillary House and Koffler Museum of Medicine

Hillary House – home of the Koffler Museum of Medicine and the Aurora Historical Society – is a treasured piece of Aurora’s history. It is recognized as one of Canada's best examples of Gothic revival architecture. The museum contains a significant collection of medical instruments, books, papers and furnishings. The Aurora Historical Society, founded in 1963, purchased the house in 1981. Hillary House was declared a National Historic Site in 1975. While Hillary House is now open again, with COVID-related visitor guidelines in place, you can explore many things about the property and its collections digitally (see the video below as a sample). In addition, there are several video recollections as part of the Let’s Talk: Oral History Aurora Project.

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Hollinger House Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Hollinger House

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum Doors Open Oxford-Ingersoll

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Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum

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

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Innisfil ideaLAB & Library Doors Open Innisfil

Innisfil ideaLAB & Library

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Intrepid Park, Camp X Doors Open Oshawa

Intrepid Park, Camp X

Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, the memorial to Camp X at Intrepid Park is dedicated to the men and women who were employed at the British Security Coordination spy training school and communications centre located here during the Second World War. The buildings associated with the site have been demolished or relocated. The memorial was erected in 1984. Over 500 special agents were trained here to go behind enemy lines and “set Europe ablaze,” as dramatized in CBC Television’s X Company. During Digital Doors Open, do some spy training with site expert Lynn Philip Hodgson (see the video below). Or explore the documentary on this acclaimed spy school. Discover what happened to the site after the war ended – and the fascinating role played by women here. And, students, explore the Camp X photo gallery and download images for school projects. Today, while no buildings remain at Camp X, you can still visit and evoke this fascinating history.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Ireland House Museum Doors Open Burlington

Ireland House Museum

Built in 1837, Ireland House was the home of Joseph Ireland, one of Burlington’s earliest settlers. In 1820, he purchased the land that would become the future site of his family home. Ireland and his descendants occupied this house until 1985. Today, the site consists of the original homestead, gardens, woodland, a potting shed, a cottage/drive shed and picnic area. Be sure to take this virtual tour as part of Digital Doors Open and explore this beautiful home. Or take a look at their online exhibit, Then/Now, to explore everyday Burlington locations with extraordinary stories.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

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

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

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Masonic Hall Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Masonic Hall

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

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

35 Tamarack Street
Timmins, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1915
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

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

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

Masonic Hall, Shuniah Lodge No. 287

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

McMichael Canadian Art Collection Doors Open Vaughan

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

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

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

Contact info

10365 Islington Avenue
Kleinburg, Ontario
www.mcmichael.com

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Municipal Building (Town Hall) Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

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Municipal Building (Town Hall)

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

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Museum on the Boyne Doors Open Simcoe County

Museum on the Boyne

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

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

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

Myseum Doors Open Toronto

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Myseum

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

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

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

Architecture

Dates/hours open

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

National Air Force Museum of Canada Doors Open Quinte West

National Air Force Museum of Canada

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

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Oakville Museum at the Erchless Estate Doors Open Oakville

Oakville Museum at the Erchless Estate

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

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Ontario 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

Ontario Science Centre Doors Open Toronto

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Ontario Science Centre

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

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

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

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

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

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

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 the online exhibit on the History of the Oshawa Public Library. In the Local History Room, you will find a growing collection of materials relating to historical events, places and people (as highlighted in this virtual tour). Some of these materials are also available online through the Internet Archive and in the Heritage Images collection. The library also regularly hosts programs on local history topics. Most recently, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Lakeview Park, the library has showcased the Oshawa in the Roaring Twenties video shown below. Note: While the library has reopened to the public, the Local History Room remains closed. (Check their website for COVID-related protocols before visiting.)

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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 Union Cemetery Doors Open Oshawa

Oshawa Union Cemetery

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

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: 1837
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

Royal Botanical Gardens Doors Open Burlington

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

Landscape: Garden, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

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

Royal Ontario Museum Doors Open Toronto

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Royal Ontario Museum

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

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Simcoe County Museum Doors Open Simcoe County

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Simcoe County Museum

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

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: 1962
Building type: Attraction, Museum

Dates/hours open

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

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

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

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

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage, Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

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

St. Mary Orthodox Church Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

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St. Mary Orthodox Church

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

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: 1935
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

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

St. Matthew's Anglican Cathedral

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

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

Contact info

331 Fifth Avenue
Timmins, Ontario

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

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

The ArQuives Doors Open Toronto

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The ArQuives

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

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

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

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

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

The Grange Doors Open Mississauga

The Grange

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

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Thunder Bay City Hall Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Thunder Bay City Hall

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

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Thunder Bay Museum Doors Open Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Museum

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

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

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

Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda

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

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Timmins Fire Hall Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Fire Hall

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Timmins Memorial Cemetery Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Memorial Cemetery

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: 1917
Building type: Cemetery, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

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

Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: 2001
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

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

Timmins Public Library Doors Open Timmins-Porcupine

Timmins Public Library

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Tommy Thompson Park (Leslie Street Spit) Doors Open Toronto

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Tommy Thompson Park (Leslie Street Spit)

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Toronto Zoo Doors Open Toronto

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Toronto Zoo

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2000 Meadowvale Road
Toronto, Ontario
www.torontozoo.com

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Trent Port Marina Doors Open Quinte West

Trent Port Marina

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

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

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

Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site

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

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • 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

Warsaw Caves Conservation Area Doors Open Peterborough

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Warsaw Caves Conservation Area

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

Landscape: Conservation area, Landscape, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

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