Doors Open Ontario

Doors Open Ontario had another successful season! Nearly 500,000 people visited sites in communities across the province. Thanks to our sponsors, partners and volunteers for their support, and to all who participated. Stay tuned for information about next season …

Whitby

Event information

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for this free, annual one-day event that showcases the buildings, history, natural spaces, infrastructure, cultural landscapes and people that shape and define the communities of Brooklin and Whitby! With 12 Sites and two walking tours to choose from, you will discover something new in our community! Go behind the scenes of some of the most historically significant sites that Whitby has to offer. Explore various historical locations and learn about the people and places that have helped shape Whitby and Brooklin. Hear stories of our past that take us to present day.

Bring a camera to capture your adventures! Tag us in your photos @TownOfWhitby and share on Facebook or Twitter with #WhitbyDoorsOpen.

Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring binoculars to get a good glimpse of birds and other wildlife!

Follow the Doors Open signs; they'll lead you where you need to go. Ask questions! Site volunteers are happy to share their knowledge.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant or visit many of our great downtown shops … and, above all, have fun!

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Community information

Plan your trip with our interactive Google map, which can be found on our website. Plan in advance and account for travel time between sites. Limited parking is available at some sites; see the site listings for more information. On-street parking is available – please obey all parking signs and bylaws.

The Doors Open Whitby brochure will be available for pick-up at any town facility by April 2019. If you are not local but plan to visit our community, please contact the Town of Whitby to get a copy.

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Become a volunteer

Doors Open Whitby is heavily supported by volunteers. If you’re passionate about local history, or have a penchant for talking to people, this event is for you!

Information about the many volunteer opportunities at all Town of Whitby events can be found on our Volunteers page.

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Contact info

Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
Website: http://whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

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25 sites found

1855 Whitby Doors Open Whitby

1855 Whitby

This building served as the Ontario County Land Registry Office from 1873 until 1987. It was part of a block that included the Ontario County Courthouse and the Ontario County Gaol. Come and see how this heritage building has been refreshed and adapted to support the growth of Durham Region’s rapidly growing innovation ecosystem – Whitby’s first accelerator hub!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

400 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1873
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

360insights Doors Open Whitby

360insights

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

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  • Parking

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Abilities Centre Doors Open Whitby

Abilities Centre

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Brooklin Heritage Walking Tour Doors Open Whitby

Brooklin Heritage Walking Tour

Bring your walking shoes as Whitby’s Heritage Planner and the Brooklin Heritage Society guide you through this historical village. Take in the neighborhood, meet the business owners, connect with neighbours, hear stories and discover unseen aspects of this community. Meet at the Brooklin Legion hall – originally a hotel, and later the Temperance House when liquor sales in hotels became prohibited.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

Meet at 56 Baldwin Street
Brooklin, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: tours depart at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. only

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.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Centennial Building Doors Open Whitby

Centennial Building

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

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Cranberry Marsh (Lynde Shores Conservation Area) Doors Open Whitby

Cranberry Marsh (Lynde Shores Conservation Area)

The Lynde Shores Conservation Area includes Cranberry Marsh and Lynde Marsh. Historically an Indigenous hunting ground, it is now a significant breeding habitat and important migratory stopover. During Doors Open, wear sturdy footwear to walk the accessible gravel trail and explore the Cranberry Marsh – including touch-table displays. Try your hand at feeding the friendly chickadees. Bring your camera!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

Halls Road South and Victoria Street West
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1972
Landscape: Conservation area, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Walking Tour Doors Open Whitby

Downtown Walking Tour

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

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Contact info

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

Architecture

Dates/hours open

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

GO Whitby Rail Maintenance Facility Doors Open Whitby

GO Whitby Rail Maintenance Facility

GO Transit’s new 46,451-square-metre (500,000-square-foot) state-of-the-art facility – built to LEED Gold certification standards – provides the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area with fast, convenient and integrated transit. Stop by this site during Doors Open and see what goes into keeping GO trains in shape, and see how they get that perfect shade of green in the Paint Shop.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

625 Victoria Street East
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2018
Architect: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Building type: Commercial, Green building, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heritage Walking Tour Doors Open Whitby

Heritage Walking Tour

Presented in collaboration with Jane’s Walk. Discover unseen aspects of our community. Join us at 10 a.m. near the Centennial Building's main entrance for a walking tour of Whitby's historical neighbourhood. (Meeting spot will be marked.) The tour encompasses part of the original plan of the subdivision owned by Asa Werden in 1854. Wear walking shoes.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

Meet at 416 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
https://janeswalk.org

Architecture

Architectural style: Classical revival, Queen Anne, Victorian
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Courthouse, Historical house, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 to 11 a.m.; tour starts promptly at 10 a.m.

James Rowe House Doors Open Whitby

James Rowe House

This frame house – built for James Rowe, Whitby’s first mayor – is one of the finest surviving examples of early building at Port Whitby. The house contains the original interior central hall floor plan. Relocated in 1999, the house is now a museum run by the Whitby Community Heritage Association. As part of Doors Open, enjoy the vintage camera display.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

301 Front Street West
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: c. 1856
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum, Private residence
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids' Safety Village Durham Doors Open Whitby

Kids' Safety Village Durham

This community-based site was supported by donations, services and materials from local businesses, citizens and service clubs. Following 2018 renovations, the site now includes two full classrooms and welcomes over 15,000 students annually. Come and explore this kid-sized version of a real town – featuring small-scale buildings, detailed roadways, and more! Meet community partners to learn more about programs offered here.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1129 Athol Street
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1996
Building type: Attraction, Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lynde House Museum Doors Open Whitby

Lynde House Museum

This house was built around 1812 for Jabez Lynde, an early Whitby pioneer. It is a rare example of the Georgian or Loyalist architectural style. It has been a museum since 1972 and was moved to its current location in 2014. Enjoy all that the museum has to offer by taking an informative tour with one of our guides.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

910 Brock Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.lyndehousemuseum.com

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

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

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences Doors Open Whitby

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

The original hospital, designed by James Govan, was built to house convalescing First World War soldiers. The current facility was modernized in 1996 (the Doctors’ Residence is all that remains of Govan’s original), and delivers innovative mental health care. During Doors Open, visitors can explore vendors, an arts workshop, historical artifacts and photographs, and the Family Resource Centre.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

700 Gordon Street
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Architect: 1911 (James Govan); 1996 (Crang and Boake, Cannon and Moffat Kinoshita)
Building type: Health-care facility
Landscape: Landscape, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Racic Family Home Doors Open Whitby

Racic Family Home

This house was built between 1908 and 1909 for the family of Peter Mathison. Its architecture reflects the simple, balanced and classical characteristics of the Edwardian style. The current owners - the Racic family - welcome you to explore their home in this picturesque, heritage neighbourhood.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

504 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1909

Dates/hours open

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

Ringwood Manor Doors Open Whitby

Ringwood Manor

This house was constructed in 1876 for Barnabus Gibson, a railway contractor. Known as Ringwood, the house is architecturally significant and was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1982. After several years of neglect, a flood and a fire in the early 2000s, Ringwood was restored in 2011 by Dr. Nihad Ali-Ridha. It is now used as commercial space.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1601 Hopkins Street
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1876

Dates/hours open

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

Spencer School Community Centre Doors Open Whitby

Spencer School Community Centre

The Spencer School Community Centre stands on the original location of a log schoolhouse (replaced in 1877 by the current building) that served rural residents northwest of Brooklin. The school closed in 1965 but reopened in 1967 as this community centre. During Doors Open, join a professional archaeological team and see what treasures you might find in the school yard.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

7035 Country Lane
Brooklin, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1877
Building type: Historical landmark, Schoolhouse
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Town Hall Doors Open Whitby

Town Hall

Whitby’s Town Hall was officially opened on January 8, 1977. Architect Raymond Moriyama hoped that the building would become the “beating heart of Whitby.” During Doors Open, stop by to see rare local artifacts, and learn about the Talking Historical Plaques application. At 2 p.m., join Lynn Philip Hodgson in the Council Chambers for a special Camp X presentation.

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Contact info

575 Rossland Road East
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1976
Architect: Raymond Moriyama

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; special presentation by Lynn Philip Hodgson in Council Chambers at 2 p.m.

Trafalgar Castle School Doors Open Whitby

Trafalgar Castle School

Trafalgar Castle was originally built for Ontario County’s notorious sheriff Nelson Gilbert Reynolds by Toronto architect Joseph Sheard. Reynolds went bankrupt in 1874 and sold the building to the Methodist Church of Canada, which turned it into the Ontario Ladies’ College. Today, it operates as a private girls’ school. The principal’s residence was converted from a carriage house in 1877.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

401 Reynolds Street
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1859-62
Building type: Attraction, Educational facility, Historical landmark, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vickery Electric Doors Open Whitby

Vickery Electric

Emmanuel Sleep from Cornwall, England purchased 57 acres here in 1879. Within three years, he had built this farmhouse with bricks from Toronto’s Don Valley Brick Yard; the staircase and library bookcases were made of black oak. Sleep eventually owned 500 acres, making him one of the area’s wealthiest farmers. During Doors Open, see how the property/business has been transformed.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

601 Victoria Street East
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1879
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Commercial, Historical house, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (Durham College) Doors Open Whitby

W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (Durham College)

This Centre is home to Durham College’s culinary, food and farming, horticulture, hospitality and special events management programs. The building boasts numerous features – including an apiary, apple orchard, gardens and greenhouses – and provides fresh food each year for use in the college’s kitchens and laboratories. During Doors Open, join facility and garden tours, or grab a bite at The Pantry.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1604 Champlain Avenue (Durham College, Whitby Campus, 2nd floor)
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2013
Building type: Educational facility, Food and drink, Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whitby Central Library Doors Open Whitby

Whitby Central Library

This library was designed with a dynamic relationship between the interior and outdoor public spaces. During your Doors Open visit, you'll learn about all the building features that put the environment and technology top of mind. Get an inside look at the boiler room, pool room and computer systems area, and see where the archivist keeps the most historical documents.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

405 Dundas Street West
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2005
Architect: Shore Tilbe Irwin and Partners
Building type: Educational facility, Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whitby Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters Doors Open Whitby

Whitby Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters

The first full-time firefighters were hired by the Whitby Fire Department in 1970. In 1998, they changed their name to Whitby Fire and Emergency Services, officially opening on September 21, 1999. Today, it operates five fire halls. During Doors Open, kids are invited to complete the Junior Firefighter obstacle course and experience simulated activities of a real firefighter!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

111 McKinney Drive
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1995
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.